A Journey Through Words: An Author’s Blog

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F*ck Cancer


Having heard those dreaded words twice, my heart goes out to fellow author Sandra Moran, her wife and their families. They are some of the most horrific words a person can hear and for those who are close friends, or even acquaintances, they can be just as harsh.

I had the honour of meeting Sandra Moran in this past summer at the GCLS Conference in New Orleans. Sadly, I didn’t get to chat with her very much as I’m certain this well-studied woman with several books under her belt has a lot of wisdom to impart. But I did get to experience not only her infectious smile but her sense of humour and since then have gone out of my way to purchase her books.

I am so thankful that Sandra Moran has so many people rallying around at this change of journey. I would be lying if I said this is an easy path and I know some of us have personally traveled it or walked beside someone else as they did.

It can be the little things that mean the most. It is certainly the things that bring a spontaneous burst of laughter or a smile. It is the positive, the thoughts, the prayers, the hope. Even if you don’t know the person as well as someone else, it still counts.

Thank you for touching my life in a positive way, Sandra. You will never know what it meant to me. Thank you for sharing your talent with us, for being the person you are. Know that you are in my thoughts as you travel this path.

2015 so far …

This has been an amazing year so far. I have had the chance to cross several ‘Must do before it is too late’ things off my bucket list.

I finally got the majority of my poetry published. The remainder is what I classify as humourous poetry or poems written after the publishing. I guess that means there is another book in the works.

I’ve been invited and taken part in several public readings where my works were well received.
Most of the readings were in my city of residence, Plymouth and were Black Book affairs. I even took part in an on-line reading for which Relay For Life benefited. However, in conjunction with GCLS, the Golden Crown Literary Society, I took part in a reading in New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA). What a distinct honour that was. It was also great to get feedback from authors whose book I have read or whom I have heard about over the years. Poetry is traditionally a ‘hard sell’ so I am told. But all the books I had on sale, went! I hope their new owners are enjoying them.

As I’ve already mentioned, I attended the 2015 GCLS Conference in NOLA. It was the first time I had been ‘home’ in ten years. Home in the previous sentence does not mean that I am from NOLA. I use the word home in this context to signify collectively the United States. I was born in Alabama and resided at various periods of my youth in Georgia and Florida. Through the military, I found myself in South Carolina, Texas and back in Florida. Summers and Christmas’ seemed to have been spent, for the most part, in North Carolina and Virginia.

It was great to be ‘home’ again, but I had forgotten about the humidity. It would seem that I had also forgotten about poisonous spiders too … I was bitten by one as I slept peacefully in the Hilton, but that is an on-going story and I’ll refrain from telling it here.

I’ve been to Manchester and Germany, where I got to partake in the beauty of Munich. I am now, because of my trip to Germany, in the process of outlining a book. I am really excited about this as it is historical and involves a lot of research to insure I get the facts right.

I am also fine-tuning a collection of short stories I have written over the years which will also be published. I have the contract, but haven’t signed it yet.

I have met so many talented authors and wonderful people in my travels throughout the year. There are far too many to mention, but you know who you are. Thank you all for being a part of my 2015, for making this year a memorable one for me. I look forward to seeing some of you again.

BlackBooks 7 at the Notte Inn

On March 25th, 2015 I took part in an event where authors read some of their works, poets read poems, musicians serenaded us and we even had the pleasure of cello playing parody artist.

BlackBooks 7

I read three poems from my recently published book of poetry and prose, The Small Step Journey.


I would like to extend my thanks to Peter Davey who invited me to take part.

Author Help and Appreciation Please

My publisher Shadoe Publishing has set up a GoFundMe page to help authors attend a Literary Conference. Their statement there says:
“Helping authors attend conferences and conventions for educational workshops. Authors are notoriously financially limited, they write for the love of telling their stories. Several authors we know cannot afford to travel to these conferences and seminars, we are merely helping them achieve their dreams.”

Shadoe Publishing has been very supportive of me since I joined them and I cannot thank them enough.
Perhaps some of you would like to help out. If this is the case, you can find the GoFundMe page HERE

Shadoe Publishing have also set up various thank yous for seven donation levels. They are:

Thank You $10: A personal thank you as well as an e-book.

Book Level $25: Signed copy of a book … FREE.

Twofer Level $50: Two (different) books signed by the author.

Bronze Level $100: Choose any five author’s books … SIGNED.

Silver Level $500: Choose the names of characters in one of the authors next lesbian romance novels.

Gold Level $1,000: Give us the rough outline of what you would like one of our authors to write in
their next novel/novella FOR you, dedicated TO you.

Platinum Level $2,500: A ‘fictional’ love story about YOU.

Thank you in advance!!

First Review!!!!

Today my book ‘The Small Step Journey’ got its first review … and a five star one at that. Reviews are important, not only for the author but for potential readers. If you’ve bought and read my book … thank you … please consider writing a review! Hereafter follows the review:

“The Small Step Journey” captures moments along the path of life. Some is love poetry, some of it is not. I particularly like the notes at the end of select poems where the Author explains why a poem was created. It helped my understanding of the Author’s mind-set.

“The Small Step Journey” speaks of an inner path, successfully captured in words. It spans love in its myriad of forms, it tries to capture cancer and the aftermaths, and numerous other topics such as wars, or rather, the history of it eons later. It is the first published book by this Author and deserves a decent review. It is a good book.

Comments and reviews? … yes please!

I am sure I speak for most creative people when I say comments are good. They do not literally have to say something good either because criticism is a way of learning what readers want from the books they read. If you buy a book from amazon.com for example, once you’ve read it go back and post a review, even if it is only a sentence long.

I made a post somewhere regarding my poetry and I got a wonderful feedback from none other than my publisher. I thought I would share it here since to me, it speaks volumes.

I have never been a huge fan of poetry, but after listening to this author’s work, both verbally and then reading it myself, I couldn’t help but encourage her to get them published. They are strong and beautifully written with emotion and feeling that draws the reader in. If I had such a strong reaction, what could someone who truly appreciates such prose do when they read such work? I encouraged her immediately to be published, if not with me, with someone, even self-publishing. I am just thrilled that she chose my company to publish her work with. The ease in which her submitted work was set up into book form, I only wish all books were this easy!

Never let the fact that you have not liked reading a specific genre put you off from reading that type of book again. You never know, it may just have been the story plot or the characters that put you off, not the genre.