Sometimes when I’m searching for a topic to write about I look at elements of my own life for inspiration and one place that has provided a lot of that is the gym. When I threw my father’s seventieth birthday party, everyone there kept commenting on how much I looked like my father. Later that evening, I looked at myself in the mirror and realized I truly did look like my seventy year old father and not in a good way. So that week I joined a gym and began losing weight. A side benefit of that decision is … Continued
Tonight at midnight is the release of A Daring Ride. When I was writing this story I wanted to explore the idea of a double life to a degree. So at the beginning of the story Simon is in the closet about his bull riding to his family. He’s in the closet in other ways as well. Mom and dad own a Christian bookstore chain. So climb into the chute and hold on for the ride… If you dare. http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4183
Simon “Frizz” Frizzell sneaks away to the rodeo on weekends, and it’s not until after he wins a buckle that he tells his parents about his bull-riding. He knows they won’t approve of his choice of sport, but his parents own a Christian bookstore, and he couldn’t possibly tell them the whole truth: he’s gay. And so are some of his rodeo friends, like Dante and Ryan, and Jacky—a young man he wishes could have been more than a one-night stand. When Simon sets his sights on his dreams, he finds work with Dante and Ryan, and bumps into Jacky … Continued
Ten Things I learned at Authors After Dark Savannah 1) Pecan fried chicken is worth not eating for three days 2) C.J. Ellison, Boone Brux, and Marianne Moria throw one heck of a party. 3) The best way to start an evening is with a marriage proposal. Right BA and Julia? 4) Being nominated for a Bookie is great. Winning kicks ass!!!!! 5) Sharing a ride to the airport with Kate Douglas was the fastest half hour cab ride ever. 6) Doing on interview with Simply Ali was so much fun. She was great to spend time with. 7) Stella … Continued
Love Comes in Darkness, the follow up to Love Comes Silently, released at midnight last night. This story really truly touched my heart.
Howard Justinian has always had to fight for his freedom. Because he was born blind, everyone is always trying to shelter him, but he’s determined to live his life on his own terms.
There are times as a writer when you are hit by an idea that really knocks your socks off. When that happens, you get down on your knees and thank your lucky stars. Stranded was that kind of story for me.
Former model Brent Phillips now works the other side of the camera. He makes his money on senior portraits but wants to create an art exhibition. His only problems are lack of a central image and a three-week deadline.
Last October I was at a conference with a friend, Hope. I had finished a novel and was looking for an idea. At the conference I attended a seminar on storytelling and the leader quoted Henningway’s answer to the challenge to tell a story in as few words as possible. His response was “For sale, baby shoes, never worn.” I was fascinated with the idea and after talking it over with Hope the entire ride home, I began this story.
As he answers the Skype call, Spencer’s face appears in the window. Grainy, but not freezing, his slow easy smile is shy and tentative, like he’s not sure what’s going to happen. The rapid tapping on the desktop betrays his nerves, but when JP’s corresponding picture comes up on his screen, he grins, ready for the interview.