Technical writers or non fiction writers scribble to pay the bills and for the love of the analytical or the exercise of truth or deception.

Fiction authors write to illuminate their world or escape it.

Whichever kind of writer, it's all about staying alive and helping or entertaining others.

The Writing Life

Like most writers, I have a love of reading and the power of words. When I was younger, I read everything I could get my hands on, but I don’t consider myself well read. I consumed books like a starved person, so quickly I hardly knew what I had read. By some strange process of osmosis, I learned from everything I read, but I cannot give you an erudite discussion of characters, plots, or authors. I can only tell you it’s lodged some where in the core of my being and informs my writing.

In addition to reading, I’ve spent a life time writing---from that first elementary school composition to my college days when I studied French literature and wrote explications de texte. Along the way, I fell into technical writing--to put food on the table and pay bills. In the 90s, I had the good fortune to take a dialog class with Sol Stein, former owner of Stein & Day publishers in New York and a prolific author. That led to his California-based writers’ group, Chapter One. It was a rigorous, ego-bruising experience, but I was intent on learning everything I could about fiction writing. A few years ago, I also had the good fortune to study with another writer, Louella Nelson, an experienced romance writer and teacher of fiction writing. She provided a different perspective and balance to my writing.

My novel, DREAMING OF LAUGHING HAWK, a mainstream, Sixties era novel, is available on Amazon in print and ebook (also available in Canada, Europe, Japan, and Brazil). Download a free sample. If you like it, I hope you'll download the book and post a review on Amazon.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Holiday Giveaway: Your Favorite Gift to Give

I'm delighted to announce that I have an excellent audiobook to give away for the holidays. You can find a sample of it on my previous post, Book Review: Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. All you need to do is tell me what your favorite gift to give will be this holiday season. Maybe you've contributed to a charity, maybe you've picked out a special gift for that special someone in your life--whatever it is, share it here in the comments section for a chance to win the audiobook. Be sure to confirm your entry in the Rafflecopter form. The winner will be chosen based on entry points. Here are the guidelines for the giveaway:

  • Submit your comment to this post between midnight Monday, December 10 and midnight PST on Friday, December 14. Also be sure to use the Rafflecopter form below to indicate that you have left a comment. The sponsor for this giveaway requires that you must be a US resident. I'm sorry to have to exclude my blog readers from other countries.
  • You can earn additional points by signing up for my email list (you'll receive notification whenever there is a new post), following me on Twitter, or tweeting. These options are not mandatory.
  • The winner will be announced on Monday, December 17th.

As for myself, I am quite pleased with the miniature apron I made for my two-year old granddaughter, Kylie. She loves to help her mother in the kitchen so I figured: what could be more perfect than denim with pink butterflies? Something tough but feminine, like herself.

Of course, I love picking out gifts for everyone on my Christmas list, but when I invest the time to make something for someone, it becomes more special to me as the giver and hopefully more special to the recipient of the gift.

UPDATE: Winner is T. Coster  Congratulations!

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