When I first began this blog I anticipated that I would be writing on it once or twice a week. That was before real life took hold of me. Since last June it seems that I haven’t had no time to even read my own blog much less add to it. To any who have read it and feel that I have let them down, you have my apology.

A couple years ago I decided that I have spent too many years with stories in my head that I wanted to write. I made about to myself that I would begin writing on a regular basis. That lasted slightly less than two years. I did produce thousands of pages in that time. Some of which I have put on Amazon.

I find it very comforting to look at the numbers for my titles, both short stories and novels. When I began I had no idea that people would actually pay to buy some of my short stories. I did not put them online to make money, neither have I put my novels online to make money. I put them online so that people would read them and recognize me as a writer. With that in mind I have put most of the short stories and all of the novels in a rotating sequence in which they occasionally will show up to be given away for free.

My goal in giving away my work for free is twofold. The first is as stated to get my name in front of the public. The second is a desire for feedback from readers in the form of reviews. Unfortunately even with thousands of my titles been downloaded for free I do not see a great many reviews. I am interested in reviews of any type. If a reader is displeased by my work I would like to know so that I can do something to correct that work for future works to make it more palatable to the general public.

I have the time now to spend with the blog and working on new short stories and novels. I hope any who have read any of my works will leave a review.

Thank you,

30 Questions to Ask Your Main Character

What a great way to develop a new character.

Carly Watters, Literary Agent

Key to a breakout book.

How well do you know your main character?

So often I see writing that feels like it only lives on the page. Writers only imagine their main character in the situation they’ve put them in, not what their main character would be like if they were real. To get beyond the obvious, try to imagine your main character as someone that lives in a multi-dimensional, multi-situational way. Readers connect most with characters that they feel live on after the book is over.

Do you know the answer to these 30 questions?

  1. What do they look like?
  2. What do they like to wear?
  3. How do they like to socialize?
  4. What was their role in their family growing up?
  5. What were they most proud of as a kid?
  6. What did they find terribly embarrassing as a kid?
  7. What was their first best friend like?
  8. What ‘group’ were they in during their high…

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How Do You Share Backstory Information

Great advice.

Jen's Pen Den

Welcome to Twitter Treasure Thursday! So, as I’ve been revising my manuscript, I’ve been trying to figure out how to slip in background details about my characters and the world they live in–you know, tell the reader about the main events and conflicts that have led them to where they are now. Of course, there is the wicked temptation to dump all the information on the reader in one foul swoop, or even squeeze it all into a prologue. But many consider those big no-no’s.

So then how should writers present the backstory? How do we slip those necessary details in without committing a writing sin or boring the reader?

tumblr_mg4zjrIVjL1qhd2y8o1_500 Well, today’s gem addresses this issue. Autumn M. Bart (@Weifarer) tweeted an article from the blog Guild of Dreams: Backstory.

How much backstory should I spoon feed my readers?

I belong to a large online writers’ critique group, and I see this question posted almost weekly…

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Book Reviews (a subject dear to all of our hearts!)

Some great ideas for struggling new writers. I especially like the reverse color technique, I will need to try that. I have found many of my own mistakes listening to a text to speech read back. That has been very helpful.

BowmanAuthor and Writer/Editor

Those of you who follow my blog, and especially my tweets, know that I’ve been extremely ill this winter. It comes with the territory, unfortunately, when you have SLE–Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. I’ve been dealing with this over 20 years so I know what to do, which means becoming a recluse for the winter! But it does give me time to do something very important, which is review other authors’ works.

I’ve reviewed about 7 books in the past two weeks and really found some gems, including one diamond! “It Really IS Rocket Science!” by BH Branham. Also, anything by Donna Zadunajsky is really worth the read. For children, I strongly recommend, “Sam, The Super Kitty” by M. Lovato! It’s just adorable.

I haven’t been totally idle with my own writing, but it is hard to make sense when your fever’s 103–lol. I’ve written five chapters for the next novella…

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Being an Indie author.

Where does the time go for an indie writer? Allotting the proper use of time seems to be the most pressing issue in my life. It seems that I have five segments that require my attention.

As a writer, the very first is thinking up a story and putting it to paper. Not an easy task for me at least. Contemplating the theme of my next story, outlining a general plot and then trying to put it all together. I wish I had 24 hours a day just do that. As a writer I find that I can often maintain an average of 2000 words a day on a story that is well-developed and ready to be written. Unlike more prolific writers than myself, my novels tend to run less than 80,000 words. Which means if all goes well, 40 days or less of writing could produce a novel. Sadly rare is the case that I can write more than two or three consecutive days without something interfering. Therefore those 40 days spread the two or three months.

Alas, a second even more demanding task befalls me. That is editing and rewriting what I have already written. Unfortunately I have found that at least three times that amount of time is required to edit one. That is with myself and a few devoted friends who are willing to help. During that time. of course any new writing suffers. Not only is it more time-consuming, it is far less rewarding to read the same sentences 4, 5, sometimes 10 times each. Then only to find that it still does not sound right and a section must be completely rewritten.

The next task while not nearly as time-consuming, can be even more frustrating. Coming up with a cover for the story. While not yet satisfied with the amount of money coming in, I am forced to generate my own covers. They may not be as clean and polished as some of my competitors, but I feel comfortable with them.

Now I have written my book! I have done the editing. And it has a cover that I am proud of. The hard work begins. Even though I publish on Amazon using Kindle Direct Publishing which is free to the user, there is a lot of work involved. Working the many blogs to try to publicize my work. Using social media’s as best I know how, which is limited takes far more time then it is really worth. Also involved is the discounts and giveaways. They have to be coordinated so not to overlap each other too much.

The fifth thing may be the most important of all. Real life! How to deal with the daily grind of keeping a spouse happy, doing the daily chores and in general communicating with the rest of the world who are not involved in the book. At least I don’t have a real-world job that takes some of my time as well.

Oh my, I forgot something. Sleep! Oh well we can forget about that or at the least cut it back.

Discount novel

I am pleased to announce my novel is in the Kindle Countdown Deal promotional program.

HER INHERITANCE will be available February 4 for just  $.99  for a limited time only. Don’t miss this chance at this reduced price.

If you enjoy a little mystery, some paranormal of events, lots of erotic love, all set in Ireland. You will enjoy this story.

Look for your copy on February 4.


Looking for beta readers

My latest novel is ready for publishing, (I hope) and I would like feedback.

Please email me if interested at

Story line:

Once upon a time there was a lonely school teacher.  A sad soul, with no real life close friends.  All her family had long since moved away. She stumbled onto an Internet world called an Another Place.  It was a world filled by people with flaws in real life.  Yet in the fantasy world everything was perfect.  Everyone was beautiful.

Angela Johnson, at fifty-three was far too old to embark on a life of playing fantasy games she told herself.  Somehow the world of Another Place did not act like a game.  Meeting a kindred spirit in Audrey Holden online, a world of possibilities opened up to her.  No longer dreading going home alone, she longed for the reality she found on her computer screen.  Two lost souls bumping along a pathway of imagination that could take them anywhere they wanted to go.

How far into the world of make believe would she allow herself to be sucked?      Would the real life man who called his avatar, Spenser Vanderbilt be as flawed as she was?  On the screen she lived a life she had never dreamed possible.  Dinner, dancing, partying into the wee hours of the night.  And the sex, wow.  Real life had never been like that.

She was rapidly spiraling into the fantasy world.  How deep would she go? Delving deeper into the strange world of make believe, she began to question what was real and what wasn’t.  At times the events on the screen had their own reality that carried over into her physical form.  Could she keep them separate?  Did she want to?

Any review on Goodreads or Amazon would be grateful after publishing.

The book is 52,000 words.


This book contains sexual encounters of a graphic and explicit nature. Content is intended for persons over age eighteen.  All characters are fictional and are the inventions of the writer’s imagination. Characters engaging in sexual activity are considered to be over the age of eighteen in all cases.


As I struggle each day to write new stories, I occasionally look at what my competition is doing. It is wonderful to know that at least a few people are successful.

I’ve become quite envious of those writers who have a string of five star reviews. How does one publish a book and in less than a week have ten, twenty or even thirty-five star reviews? What is even more impressive is when you see they are verified purchasers. Well done!

I may be a cynic, but as I was reviewing the details about one book (granted it was part of a series) that in less than a week had eighteen five star reviews I saw a pattern. Most of the other books in the series had 32 to 36 five star reviews. It seems strange that each book in the series ended up with approximately the same number of five star reviews.

Putting this out as a question. Do any of you fellow writers get so many reviews almost instantly?

For me, the answer is one of two things. The person who wrote the stories is very good at finding beta readers who are willing to post reviews after the book is published. After publication, the beta readers can “buy” the book, return it to get their money back, and still be a verified purchasers. Maybe this doesn’t happen, but it seems strange that a series with multiple five-star review titles, all end up with 30 to 35 reviews. Just seems strange.

The second idea is that some external review company will sell reviews for a price.

Am I being too much of a cynic to believe the reviews are some sort of package deal? Just my observations as I look at my own work and wish for even a single three-star review.

The Importance of Good Editing

Diana Tibert

EditingEditing. That’s the mammoth task every writer must face in the process of publishing a book. I know some writers don’t bother—you can easily spot their eBooks like you can an elephant in your corn chowder—but editing is the one essential task that must be done and done to a specific professional level to gain success and respect in self-publishing. It can’t be half-assed, sped through or done with no knowledge on how to do it.

Readers will notice. Other writers will notice too. Even my ten-year-old can spot a spelling mistake.

Unedited books also become fair game to reviewers. Some will politely tell the author there are mistakes or that “this is a good first draft” or “it has potential”, but most will not be so kind.

Here are a few actual one-star reviews from Amazon

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People Who Steal Art!

As a struggling writer who can not pay for high priced cover art I have found trying to upload photos from the Internet a mess. This is a great blog about that. Just when I find a “free to use” photo, I trance it to an fee site somewhere.
I have begun creating my own covers using avatars from chat worlds. Maybe not as perfessional, but I know they are mine.