Sunday, November 19, 2017

Looking for a New Copy of Portsoy Woods ?

                Yesterday, I got an e-mail asking me why Amazon says that Portsoy Woods is out of stock and that one can order it and it will arrive as soon as they get it.  I have absolutely no earthly idea why they wouldn't have immediately available copies especially as the Christmas season gears up.  I do know however, that you can get copies in these other ways, while Amazon corrects their little problem.

This website ALWAYS has it:

Barnes and Noble has it:

There are always electronic copies available.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Questions on Portsoy Woods

                Periodically, I try to make time to answer some of the questions I have been asked about each book. Since Portsoy Woods, is my first novel, and my most recent release, this is the book which is generating the most questions at the moment.

How long does it take you to write a book?

For me, that depends entirely on the project itself.  A book can move quickly if a great deal of the planning and research is completed or if I have been mentally working on the project for a long time, or have made other earlier attempts at writing that particular book, framed as another project.  My books have taken between about three months full-time, to about a year, while working on other things.  Each project really is unique. Also since I write a broad range of things, first a guide to disaster preparedness, then a book which tells the story of the life of my youngest son, then a novel such as Portsoy Woods, then each project flexes different muscles and requires different amounts of time spent in different types of efforts.

When will your next book be available ? 

My next book should be available in November, 2017.  It is an historical biography in which much of it takes place in the nineteen-forties and beyond. It is an historically accurate piece and therefore took a great deal of concentration and research. 

Why do you write in different genres ? 

For years with a young family, I wrote what the magazine or publication needed, and so I practiced writing different types of projects. I have often joked, that I will write whatever "they pay me to do" within reason.   With books, I think I write the stories which I think need to be told, or need to be said. I don't think much about the genre, until the project is finished.

What do you like least about writing books ? 

I was surprised by this, but I don't much enjoy the promotion of books after each book is written.  Once one agonizes to write, then does revisions, edits and re-edits then I don't much want to discuss it for awhile. Unfortunately, right before and after release are the most important times in which the author must discuss and promote  the book !  It's an evolution and I will simply need to learn. Life does consist of opportunities to learn to do things that you would rather pass on, sometimes.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Taking a Breather

                        The characters from Portsoy Woods have all gone on with their lives, oblivious to the fact that the book is finished, and it out and about in the world.  
  Which characters were your favorites ?   Who do you wonder about ?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year to the Readers of Portsoy Woods

                  Thanks so much to those of you who are reading or who have read my newest book,  Portsoy Woods.  I send additional thanks to those who have posted a review on Amazon, Books a Million or other sites online. It really does help in bringing other readers to the book.

                  Thanks also to the readers who found the book through Facebook.

                   It is my hope that not only readers are entertained by the travels, activities, challenges and relational stories within Portsoy Woods, but that they will come away from the book having learned a few things about preparedness and with thoughts as to how to avoid some of the challenges natural and man-made disasters can cause for us and for our families.

                   Just like the families in Portsoy Woods, we all need to learn enough about general preparedness in order to keep our families safe.

                    Happy New Year everyone !

Friday, November 25, 2016

More News

  I am really pleased to announce that electronic versions of my new book "Portsoy Woods" are now available for purchase at the following fine booksellers:

Amazon Store URL -

BN Store URL -

Apple Store URL -

Kobo Store URL -

Of course, excellent quality paperback versions will always be available:

Happy Holidays to all !

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Cycles and Seasons of Being an Author


         I think the most exciting time as an author, is the time in which a book has been newly released. Most of us have worked hard to create a story, crafted telling that story and then worked for a couple of seasons in honing and revising that story. It can be tedious work.  Then, as it readies for market, it is time to hire someone to create a book cover. This is also important work as I always want a fair measure of input here because I realize that many times, the books I read drew me to them with their cover. There is also the matter of an author picture which should always be freshly taken for the back of your book.
                 After submittal, acceptance, any final revisions, etc. the book readies for release. This is the most exciting time for me. My favorite moment of being an author, is the moment in which I hold and page through the first copy of the new book that I have seen. Often this is sent to you by the publisher, but occasionally depending upon the publisher, it is not. Then, you might have to purchase one yourself. I liked opening and seeing exactly what the purchasers of my book would see.

                The next part does not thrill me, but it's extremely important. Authors need to promote their books in a myriad of ways. There are radio interviews, book signings, television interviews if you can get them, and bringing your book to the attention of the public in creative ways.  I don't enjoy this part terribly, but I understand its importance and I am committed to a certain amount of this type of work.  I am enjoying however, that with each day since the release of this book, it appears in more and more places over the Earth. First, it appeared on Amazon. Then Barnes and Noble online. Then Books-a-Million had it.  Bit by bit this book will find its way to book sellers, particularly those online, all over the world. This is very exciting.

                Of course, there is no time to rest on one's laurels, if there are any. A new book must begin. It must be outlined. People may need to be interviewed. Research must be done. Permission for pictures needs to be obtained, should you decide to use those pictures in the book. It could take a year or two for a new work to even near completion.

               And so, this is where I am. I am promoting my third book, and  first novel, which I feel is an important book.  I am in the early creation stage of a new one, although the vision for the new one is clear. Snippets of books which will follow call to me sometimes. If I am smart, I will write those thoughts down now. Managing all these seasons of creating books is not easy. Wish me luck !

Friday, November 11, 2016

Questions for the Author

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These are the questions asked of me this week with regard to the new book Portsoy Woods
 Thank you to all who read the book in advance of its release and who allowed me to post their questions here.

Q.)    Is this book autobiographical ?

A.)   No.  Most authors of fiction take things they do indeed know something about and create a world which resembles our own world in some ways but not in others. A good author incorporates many people, many things, and many situations into a book. There may be parallels to real life, and there may not.A good writer should leave you wondering what is true in their book, and what isn't. Blurring the lines of reality is desirable.

Q.)  Why is the husband who is the main character an intelligence analyst ?

A.)  Living in Virginia, I know quite a few people who either work in intelligence analysis today, or who have in the past.  Some of them have mentioned the occupational hazard of becoming concerned for the safety of their families in the world, especially after years of reading concerning information regarding the security of our nation. I found this particular occupational hazard interesting and I wanted to explore it. 

Q.) I found several of the things that happened in the story upsetting. Why did you let those things happen to good people ?

A.)  Sometimes, in life, bad things happen to good people. In order to resonate and to interest readers, art must sometimes approximate life.  In this book, the characters are not subjected to strife for no reason. The lessons they learn and the ways in which they cope can be instructive for those of us who are enduring trials, similar and dissimilar, in our own lives. Reading fiction can be enjoyable sometimes, but it can also be instructive.
       From a Christian standpoint, God is always with us even in terrible circumstances,  From a humanistic standpoint, men and particularly women are more resilient than they realize. Resiliency is an aspect of human nature which interests me.

Q.)  Are the children in this book your own ?

A.)  No.  Although there are certainly elements of my children at certain ages in Kristin, Chloe, Hunter, MJ, and Amanda Jane, they are not my own.  I did homeschool my children, and one of my children did die unexpectedly, and this is where the parallels end.

Q.)   I wondered why there were not romance or sex scenes.

A.)  Michael and his wife have a normal life together. However, their sex lives do not relate directly to the challenges in the book, and so the focus was not placed on these. 

Q.)  Why did you wait several years before releasing a new book ?

A.)   I continue to do many things in life in addition to being an author.  Raising my family is the most important task my husband and I have undertaken.  Running a farm and then making money in a variety of ways continue and are important.  I do have a number of writing projects in process. Sometimes there may be a delay between books and sometimes there may be a short hiatus before the release of another.

Q.)   When do you find time to write ?

A.)   Much of my writing and almost all of the writing for this particular book occurred from about four in the morning to about seven thirty in the morning.  Later in the afternoon, I may have time to reread, rephrase, and revise what I said that morning.  Sometimes, at night after dinner, I will organize projects better and name chapters.

Q.)  Do you ever worry that you will run out of things to say ?

A,)   Not really.  There are always things which interest me that are occurring in the world. I am interested in seeing how people, particularly families, handle challenges. I hope my readers are also.