I was honored to be asked by Terry Gibson to participate in My Writing Process Blog Tour. #MondayBlogs. Terry is a truly great person. I have had the pleasure of reading her poetry and blogs for many years. She is empathetic, kind, supportive, and a wonderful writer. Here is a link to her blog. It is definitely worth the time and the read. http://mystoryourstory.org/?p=3168
What am I working on?
Presently, I am working on the second book in a series of children’s books adapted from Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal. The first is called, Dinky’s Quest: The Journey Begins, and is written for ages three to eight. It focus’ on learning how to give and get respect, understand that his place in life is as special as everyone else’s.
As Dinky has grown, he has had to learn that it doesn’t matter where he came from or the fact that he grew up without a mother it doesn't make him any less special.
My husband and I adopted Dinky when he was four months old. Because he is a nurse mare foal, he was taken away from his mother at birth. He is now five years old and still learning how to be a horse in the world of humans. Both Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal and Dinky’s Quest: The Journey Begins are written from his point of view. Dinky's Quest is color illustrated for young children and those who are young at heart. It is available in both kindle and hardcover.
I'm also finishing another of my mother's paranormal stories. She wrote all her life, with dream to become a published author. Unfortunately, with nine children, working a full time job, and finally health issues she never finished any of her stories. I promised her I would do so and get them published.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write in many different genre’s. But there is a central theme in all my writing, whether it is poetry, a story, or a novel. That theme is that no matter who you are or where you grew up you can find hope at the end of the tunnel. Everyone has something special to offer and no matter how different you may be from other people, you will find a place that is yours.
Why do I write what I do?
I grew up in a family that was more dysfunctional than most, in a small town in Northern Minnesota. We were poor and my father the town drunk, many people in town wouldn't socialize with us or allow their children to do so.
Just before my twelfth birthday my parents divorced. At that time I became the oldest child at home and in charge of my three younger siblings.
We moved a lot and I never created those childhood bonds one forms during their early years. Instead, I learned to empathize with those who were different and seek out a way for each person to help one another grow into better person.
I lost myself in books, they took me into different worlds and helped me to understand and imagine others lives.
How does your writing process work?
There are times, an idea, a thought, or a line, comes to me. If I am driving, I'll pull over to the side of the road to write so I don't want to forget the line running through my head.
There might be something that uplifts me or gives me a sense of impending doom and a story or a poem will begin to take shape in my mind. If something requires research, I will seek out anything and everything I can find on the subject that will bring a more realistic aspect to the scene I can see in my mind.
My main goal in writing is to use words to paint a picture that will take the reader into the thoughts, heart, and mind of someone else. And take them into a world.
I have asked Julia Robb, Dellani Oakes, and Kevin Swarbrick, to join the #MondayBlogs. They will be posting next week, here is a bit of information about them I think you will find them both fascinating writers and people.
Julia Robb grew up in West Texas, on the Southern Great Plains where the land goes on as far as the eye can see and the wind never stops blowing. She was a Preacher’s kid, as her father was a Methodist minister. The congregations in Abilene, Hamlin, Midland, places nobody ever heard of, called her father Brother Robb and sang Amazing Grace with a haunting pathos Julia has never been able to forget.
Life went on, marriage/no marriage, your usual mayhem, and she became a reporter, fighting for each story like Pickett’s Charge, at the Battle of Gettysburg. Attitude must have counted as she earned six Associated Press Awards, one for Best Breaking News Story and one for Best Feature Series, among others.
In 2004, the APME Headliners Foundation chose Julia as Star Reporter Of The Year.
You can still read her "Texas Observer" stories on-line, one on West Texas' shrinking population, The Last Picture Show, For Real, and one on death masks housed in the Midland, Texas museum, Who Were Those Masked Men?
Julia now lives in Marshall, Texas, in the state’s pine and lake country, and writes novels.
So far, she’s written Scalp Mountain, Saint of the Burning Heart and Del Norte, all set in the West Texas country she’s never been able to forget.
Scalp and Del Norte are historical novels set on the frontier, and Saint is set in 1960’s Texas.
You can find Julia Robb @ https://www.facebook.com/Julia.RobbFanPage
Dellani Oakes makes her home in Florida, but she grew up in Western Nebraska. Before that, she had lived in four other states. Since then, she has added two more, giving her a unique perspective on life. Always a people watcher, Dellani put that talent to use when she became an author.
Bitten by the writing bug early in life, Dellani first pursued poetry as her medium of self-expression. Soon, she moved on the song parodies and then short stories and humorous essays. Once she got to high school, it became apparent that she needed to learn to spell when she got a paper back from her English teacher, “For content: A+. For mechanics: F.” That comment changed her life, forcing her to focus as much on how she said things as well as what she said.
Dellani took up writing full time when her youngest son started kindergarten in 2002. Since then, she has published five books. Her two romantic suspense novels are with Tirgearr Publishing, though she has an historical romance and two sci-fi novels with Second Wind Publishing. She has also contributed to several anthologies, MJ Magazine and shares her unpublished works on her blog.
Because she loves to talk to other authors, Dellani hosts two talk shows a month on Blog Talk Radio. Listen in every second Monday of the month at 4:00 PM Eastern for Dellani's Tea Time, and every fourth Wednesday, at 4:00 PM Eastern for What's Write for Me. You can find Dellani @ www.dellanioakes.wordpress.com. She writes the most wonderful blog posts.
My name is Kevin Swarbrick. I'm in my late thirty’s and now live in Manchester, UK.
All my life I have lived through many ups and downs. To this day they continue, but that’s another story!! When I first started writing at the age of thirty-five I had no idea that this talent was there until it was pointed out to me. ‘It is all in my books!’
I've always been an artsy person, studying art and design at college, then my life led me on more paths and more failures, I took the knock downs that life had to offer, but no matter what and no matter how hard my times have been, I have always got up from the falls. In reflection, it has made me the person I am today and I travel on a path I would have never dreamed about back then. They say everything happens for a reason, I can say I have found that reason at long last!
Now I just want to share with my readers the fun times and the bad times that have happened in my life, this ranged through many things, Romance! Affairs! Erotic times! Destruction! Fun times! Heartache! Bullying! And of course, that magic word ‘Love’ that has tended to get in my way many times! When I look back at some situations, I do think did that really happen? Unfortunately and fortunately it all did. I truly believe in ‘what hurts us does make us stronger.’ I always try to bring a positive out of a negative, and you should never let anyone stand in the way of your dreams or try and put you down for following them. It is my dream, my vision, my path, my journey and most of all my life! Your life is in your hands and yours alone. Sometimes, we make all the wrong choices. We all make mistakes; we wouldn't be human if we didn't. We are who we are today and not who we were, never look back to what could have been. Look forward to how it can be, follow your heart and your heart will guide you to your dreams.
You can find Kevin's books, Louie Has Landed: The Early Days, Louie Has Landed: The Second Encounter, and Passion, wherever books are sold.Or visit him on his website: http://kevinswarbrickauthor.weebly.com/