My newest book is now available – “After the Wink and other stories.” It’s a collection of 38 short stories and essays that I have written over the years. Most of these have been previously published in various magazines or ezines in the US, Europe and Latin America, but now they’re all in one place. Read more about it by clicking on the link marked “About After the Wink”, up above. It is available in paperback or in Kindle format; you can buy the paperback directly from this website and save shipping charges, or you can buy either format through Amazon, by going here. Don’t forget – if you have an I-pad or I-phone, you can download the Kindle app for FREE.
The past year and a half has been very exciting and busy, self-publishing three books. I never expected to go this route, but I have to say it’s been worthwhile. Several book clubs have read my novels and a couple more clubs are reading them in January. The public libraries of Lincoln, Gaston and Catawba counties carry my books, and they can also be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
I made the decision to self-publish in July of 2010, right after I received an invitation to my 40th high school reunion. I decided – if not now, when? I don’t reach as large an audience as I would if my books were traditionally-published, but the people who’ve read them seem to enjoy them. I hope, if you read my books, that you’ll enjoy them and maybe write a review for Amazon or Goodreads. I can use all the word-of-mouth I can get.
For 2011, I would like to write entries to this blog a little more regularly, and I’ll be writing about the things that inspire me, about my writing life, about being a Baby Boomer and taking the opportunity to DO things that I only dreamed about before. I’m also an active Toastmaster, and will probably write a bit about that. If you don’t know what Toastmasters is, it’s a self-help organization that teaches you to become comfortable with public speaking and leadership. I joined several years ago because I was in a writing class and we were required to do an ‘open-mic’ reading. I wanted to be able to remember how to breathe while doing this, so Toastmasters seemed a good idea. I’ve remained a member because it’s fun and now that I’m needing to learn how to self-promote, it’s helpful.
I’d much rather be writing than self-promoting, so I hope to do a lot more of that in the new year as well. For some time, I’ve been picking away at a story about Camp Meeting, and need to settle down and WRITE it. I’ll keep you posted how it goes.
For now, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I didn’t get my Christmas cards sent out this year – my bad – but I certainly wish everyone the happiest of holidays (and plenty of great reading!).