Archive | March, 2012

The Real Reward of Writing

21 Mar

I’m redoing my website, and bopped onto Amazon to check a fact about one of my books. I noticed that it had a new review. I froze. This is a tender moment for an author. I’ve gotten reviews that were so complementary that I practically levitated. And––like any author who’s been published for more than two weeks––I’ve gotten reviews where the reviewer thought that tar and feathering was too good for my book––and me.

I was in pretty good mood. Should I look at the review and chance wrecking it? Yes. No. Yes. No. Well, what the hell.

As I read the review, my eyes filled and I started to tremble. I was so moved. I’ve gotten lots of very good reviews by wonderfully articulate readers, but something about Glenda A. Bixler’s review moved me.

I thought about it. Why was this review so touching? Because Glenda got me. She understood me and what my writing’s about and captured it. I thought about that some more and realized that the connection that Glenda and I shared through The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy was a heart connection. What I want more than anything is that kind of connection from my readers.

How to Finish Books, Find True Love, and Live, Write, and Speak from the Heart

14 Mar

I’ve wanted to get to know you. The you you. The you beyond the hype. I’ve finally found a way to introduce myself, the real me. I gave a talk at our local book store, The Book Loft in Solvang, CA the day before Valentine’s Day. I hate Valentine’s Day. The talk was recorded and the link below will magically transport you to YouTube, where I’ll tell you why I hate the famous day of hearts and flowers. I’ll share a lot of other things with you, too. How I write. “Literature through disaster,” is my own personally trademarked term to express how my soul transforms personal wipe-outs into books. It may work for you too.