You’re Not the Boss of Me

Another fantastic blog from my friend and fellow author, #Pamela Foster 🙂

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No woman can expect to be regarded as a lady after she has written a book –Lydia Maria Francis Child (paraphrase) 1802-1880

Don’t air your dirty laundry in public — Mom

Yes, that’s right. Another blog post from me. Nothing for months and then two posts in one week. I am neither moderate nor consistent, nor do I strive to be.
Recent events have set me to thinking about censorship, and before your heart sets to racing and you start forming rebuttals in your mind, let me assure you that I am NOT speaking of censorship in the word’s legal definition. I’m talking about personal, internal censorship.
Artists of all stripes – and writers in particular – hate censorship. It’s our C word.
To write anything, and I do mean anything , from a sweet story of a mother loving her child, to the chilling mother/child relationship in Mike Miller’s…

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Hillbilly Revolution

I completely agree with this take on recent events, extremely well written by my friend and fellow author Pamela Foster.

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When Jack and I strapped the leashes of Chesty and Rocca to our wrists, came out of retirement in the lovely tropical country of Panama, and returned to the USA – specifically to Northwest Arkansas – our families and friends were flummoxed.
“You’re moving to the Ozarks? Isn’t that hillbilly country?”
“Well, at least you’ll save money on dental care. Fit right in when those teeth just fall right out.”
“Seriously? The Ozarks? Are you crazy?”
Since we heard the exact same incredulous tones when we moved to Mexico, and when we immigrated it Panama, neither Jack nor I argued with the stereotype, but neither were we swayed. There is no stronger bias than that which is based on unsubstantiated beliefs.

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Besides, we had those two giant mastiffs to worry about getting back onto the passenger section of a Delta jet in order…

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My Writing Process (writing process blog tour).

My Writing Process (writing process blog tour).

A couple of weeks ago Madison Woods invited me to blog about my writing process as part of the Writing Process Blog Tour. Four questions are posed: 1) What am I working on? 2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? 3) Why do I write what I do? and 4) How does my writing process work?

1) What am I working on?
I’m currently working on a novel/novella called That English Lady.Cover 1 TEL fourth draft It is a tale of time travel with a love story mixed in. Emily, an English lady, and August, an American Army Veteran, meet on the internet. Both have had reason to be in a support chat room, but do not divulge too much about themselves to each other right off the bat. August suggests they meet in person, and invites her to visit him in America.This is their journey. Time travelling to prehistory, Medieval times, and parallel worlds, this is their journey of enlightenment for the places they visit and each other. But who is behind the strange willow tree, which entices them time after time to enter its shroud, and what is that shape in the sky that Emily keeps seeing?
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My work crosses genres, and I think my books offer something fairly unique, in that I am from England myself, but writing/publishing in America. My first four books, The Blue Door Trilogy and their sequel, Twisted Labyrinth, were written in the UK about time travel and the Victorian era in the UK, Such as .which already makes them different to most books published in the US. With my current project I am able to mix the two cultures, I hope with some success.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I have always been fascinated with time travel, fantasy, and “what if?” stories. And that is what my longer works encompass.

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However, just lately I have been branching out into short stories and essays. But these are mostly non-fiction. More of a memoir feel.

4) How does my writing process work?

I try to write every day, but I don’t beat myself up if I can’t. Sometimes life gets in the way, and that is all right. Also, sometimes one has to take a step back in order to see progress 🙂

I’m a seat of your pants kind of writer. I allow my characters room to tell me what they are up to next. And I think that if the story turns surprise me, sadden me, or cause me to guffaw, there is a strong likelihood the reader will be effected the same way.

Click here to view Madison Woods’ answers, published last week. For next week (September 10th), I invited three more writers to participate, but only two were available for this blog tour:

Can’t wait to read Gil Miller‘s and Pamela Foster‘s answers!

Ridgeline by Pamela Foster, a book launch party.

WP_20140601_002[1]I had a wonderful time and very much enjoyed seeing everyone yesterday at the Apple Blossom Brewery. They and Oghma Creative Media did a great job hosting Pamela Foster’s book launch party for her new book, Ridgeline.WP_20140601_006[1]

Pam read two short sections from the book, which had everyone enthralled. Not only does her writing captivate, but when she reads one is drawn into her story even more.

The Dave Bright Band kept our spirits… well, bright 🙂

WP_20140601_005With their own versions of songs by the likes of Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. Wonderful voice and that steel guitar…oh man, I love that sound!

Pam even managed to find time to dance with her lovely husband, Jack.