Tuesday, May 16, 2017



I love attending writer’s conferences and learning new things about the craft I have devoted so much time to in the last few years. I recently attended the Dallas DFW Conference where I met different agents, listened to agent panels and successful writers from all over the United States. I went into talk which was titled “Put Your Readers on an Emotional Roller Coaster.”

Emotions are powerful. They can make people do or not do almost anything at any given moment. I can get so wrapped up in what is happening on the page that I find myself crying out of grief or sadness or my heart pumping because I’m so mad. I couldn’t stop typing if I wanted to. I may have made up this character on the page but she is making me FEEL what is happening to her.

The session was presented by Kelsey Macke, and she was a superb speaker as well as a talented, successful writer. She suggested that we take a piece of paper and think about our Work In Progress. She wanted us to imagine the main Protagonist only. Next we were to imagine putting her on the edge of a cliff. She or he is holding a box. Anything or anyone can be inside the box.

Then we think of five incidents for our protagonist and the box on the edge of a cliff.  Remember what is inside the box. What does she feel about what is inside—hate, love, protection. Any emotion. Anything can be inside the box. Let your imagination take hold.

We have exactly two minutes to write whatever we want to fit. I suggest that you try these exercises. You’ll be surprised what insights you can gain. Of course, she timed us, but you’ll have to set your kitchen timer or microwave—anything that will make you stick to the two minutes.

Don’t overthink the situation. The exercise is to express the emotions that your character is feeling at the time. Will she jump? Be pushed over? Throw the box over? Whatever your intention is in order for your character to feel what is happening to her, Make her FEEL HER CIRCUMSTANCES. Maybe she will react physically or not, but she has to FEEL something while she is doing it. Maybe it is her feelings that make her do what she does. She doesn’t have to do anything with the box or she can. She’s under your control but her emotions are her own.

Have your piece of paper and pencil ready. They are:
1.     1. Someone or something is running hard toward you. It’s going to hit you. What does she feel? How will she react?
2.      2.Your character is facing her most horrific moment with the antagonist. What is it? How does she feel about what is happening?

3.      3.Something is falling from the sky. What is it? What does it have to do with her? How will she feel?
4.      4.Someone is running toward her. Who is it? What does she feel?
5.      5.The box is beginning to open. What is in it? What does she feel? What does she feel?

You want your reader to be every bit as invested in your characters as you are. If you think about all of your favorite books, you realize that each one tore at your heart in different ways. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is one of my favorite books. Every time I read it, I get angry, become saddened, feel protective, and frustrated. Those are just some of the things I feel, but whatever you do, make your readers fall in love with your characters so much that they feel sad when they come to the end of the book. What a ride you gave them!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Welcome to my blog! Please leave a Comment!

Hello, guys! How lucky is it that my blog was chosen for today? 
Each visitor who leaves a comment will be entered to win a paperback copy of my book, THE UNSURRENDERED! Two will be given away!
There is a video and description of book listed below.

You will also be entered to win a grand prize listed on RRBC site!

I mostly post reviews of other authors on my blog. Lately, they are books written by members of RRBC. I feel very privileged to be a member of this group. I have met countless authors!

I am a Certified Copy Editor, and my latest blog is a copy of my editor’s introduction to my latest editing and writing endeavor. It’s a collaborative effort of club members of the Permian Basin Bookies. We are all authors who have joined to share our ideas about publishing and marketing. We are all lucky to live in the Permian Basin of West Texas. Our collection of short stories is called “Legends and Lore of West Texas.” All proceeds will go to our favorite charity, West Texas Readers for the Blind. Our targeted publishing date is July, 2017.

The Permian Basin Bookies is also hosting the second annual Permian Basin Writers Workshop in Midland, Texas from September 15-17, 2017. Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest is one of our thirteen speakers. We hope that anyone interested will check out our website at: permianbasinwritersworkshop.com. #PBWW

Friday, April 28, 2017

Hello, Rave Review Book Club members!

This blog comes to you from Midland, Texas!

Each person who leaves a comment will enter a contest to receive a signed copy of THE UNSURRENDERED. (2 winners)
You’ll also be eligible to win a grand prize from RRBC.

There are sites where you can buy all of my books (described down on the right) and some videos of each are displayed down the page on the left.

I’d like to take this chance to thank all of the supportive RRBC members I’ve met since I joined. You’ve been great!

I’ve been busy writing and have three finished manuscripts on my desk. I’m looking for an agent(s) but still thinking about self-publishing.

My favorite one is SCARED SILENT about a woman who murders her abusive husband. She runs but is chased by her ex-father-in-law, Sheriff Raines, who is trying to murder her. She finally surrenders and a trial is held in the small Texas town where her husband’s family rule. What does fate have in store for her?
I also have a Young Adult Historical Fiction, GLORY LOST, about a sixteen year-old girl whose parents are killed by Confederate Bushwackers. She dresses like a man and runs to join the Union Army. As she fights in Sherman’s Army, she’s faced with devastation on both sides, finds love, and decides to lay down her gun. Will Jonathan go home to her farm with her? Only time will tell.
THE BULLY’S LAST CHANCE tells the story of a thirteen-year-boy who moves to a new town with his mother when his father is deployed to Afghanistan. Freddie’s a skinny, smart, and funny kid who immediately falls in love with Emma. He’s bullied by Will who threatens Freddie because he assumes he’s weaker. Taught by his father how to fight at a young age but told that violence should only be used as a last resort, Freddie doesn’t use his skills to teach Will a lesson until he’s forced. What will happen? Stay tuned to find out!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

West Texas Legends & Lores

Exciting anthology due for release in mid-July!

West Texas Legends & Lores

Anthology combining twenty-six authors writing 44 stories:

      As editor of this anthology, I was given the immense privilege of meeting each author who is a member of the Permian Basin Bookies and learning what makes our writers’ group truly unique. It brings together talented writers from every genre in the spectrum. Each writer has his own unique perspective of West Texas and its widely-ranging landscape, people, and history. The result is a book which offers the reader stories of an immense range, including historical fiction, contemporary, western, true legends, suspense, children’s, Christian, and paranormal.

     This book will offer each reader the chance to explore West Texas through the eyes of the Permian Basin Bookies while also contributing to our favorite charity, the West Texas Recording Library for the Blind. This organization provides a much-needed service to our community.
     Thank you to the Permian Basin Bookies for allowing me to be an integral part of this fascinating glimpse of West Texas.