September 15, 2020



What inspires you to write?

I get inspiration from everywhere.  Sometimes I even wake up in the middle of the night with an idea, so I keep a notepad by my bed.  I’m a huge believer in the fact that you should write what you know.  And even though I haven’t been in al...

July 28, 2020

What did you have for dinner? Did you go out, or eat in? Alone or in company?

Being a tractor, I usually eat whatever the farmer gives me. Oil. Diesel. Those are my staples. My favorite thing to eat is corn! Don’t tell the farmer, but sometimes, when he leaves me parked...

December 10, 2019

Entering the publishing industry can be daunting! If you're taking the traditional path (MFA), an established plan of action might be waiting for you. If not, there are plenty of resources available to you. In no way can we cover all of them. But, we'd like to point ou...

September 25, 2019

What does literary success look like to you?

At first I had imagined being the next Stephen King. However, he’s prolific and somewhat talented. And lucky. There are so many authors out there today, that to imagine success as becoming famous is a bit presumptuous. So, ju...

June 25, 2019

1. What books/authors have influenced you and why?

Wow, there are so many picture books that inspire me. And that inspiration may be from the story itself, the style of writing, the artwork, or some combination of the three. I will go with some of the first picture book...

May 1, 2019

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Of the many occupations comprising my employment history, one of my favorites was my nine years as an information specialist with the Johnson County Library. I began my time there in 1...

April 16, 2019

Character motivation is, in my opinion, the most vital part of storytelling. Everyone acts for a reason, because of the way they feel, because of something they want. I connect with a story because I can relate to those feelings, because a character’s actions are authe...

January 8, 2019

What books/authors have influenced you and why?

I read anything I can get my hands on. I love the good and soldier through the bad. Jane Austen was my first love, and I have a good chunk of her works committed to memory. Her characters came alive and spoke to me. I also...

November 20, 2018

How did you become a writer?

We had a creative writing assignment back in 3rd or 4th grade, I think. I don't really have any idea what it was about, or what I wrote, but I remember getting praise from my teacher, Mrs. McNeese. After that, I used writing as self-expressi...

November 13, 2018

Let’s be honest. It is entirely too easy to be caught up in what does not go right, than to appreciate what is working. Writer’s block, silence from a query, a rejection letter...these all go a long way toward diminishing our confidence and quieting our inner cheerlead...

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