From Kindle to Print: Memoirs Released in Paperback

Seasons SpringExciting news! My award-winning memoir vignette, “1945,” which was selected for the Seasons of Our Lives anthology in 2014, is making a comeback on Amazon. My story was written from the point of view of my childhood alter ego, Nellie Quinn—the little girl who tells so many of my memories. In this one, she’s barely more than a toddler when she experiences one of the harsh realities of life. Another vignette, “Why Didn’t You Catch Me?” (told by the adult me) was selected in 2015 for the award-winning anthology, Tales of Our Lives: Reflection Pond. This story tells about my sister’s suicide and its immediate aftermath.

Tales PondAll of these anthologies—the Seasons series and the Tales series—were originally published as Kindle books, but you know, as great as e-books are, I still like the feel of a print book in my hands. The good news is that all four Seasons anthologies and the two Tales anthologies are available now in paperback. My sister memoir authors have written powerful stories in these anthologies, and I know you will get as much out of them as I have. Collectively, they speak to all our lives.

Those of you who are interested in writing memoir would do well to read the many vignettes included in these anthologies, along with the commentary that editors and memoir coaches, Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnet, offer about our stories, along with their advice for aspiring memoirists. In fact, in the anthologies, you will find a mini-lesson following each story, something focused on the skills that story demonstrated.

Butler is the award-winning co-author of the collective memoir, Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story, Writing Alchemy: How to Write Fast and Deep, and other books. A psychologist, online and in-person memoir coach, and writing conference speaker, she writes and teaches in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

Bonnett is the award-winning co-author of Rosie’s Daughters and Writing Alchemy and author/ghostwriter of nine books, a marketing executive, a speaker, and memoir coach. She regularly blogs with Matilda Butler at WomensMemoirs.com, writing and teaching from her home in Downeast Maine.

About Seasons of Our Lives, Susan Wittig Albert, bestselling author of Writing from Life, said, “It is true that each woman is a story waiting to be told—and in this outstanding collection of memoirs you’ll find many wonderful women’s stories. It is also true that each woman’s story is everywoman’s story, for we share so many of the same experiences. As I read these stories, I am reading bits and pieces from my own life, and I am inspired to write my own with a more passionate and compassionate heart. I hope you are, too.”

The paperback publisher, Knowledge Access Books, has listed these four volumes—Seasons of Our Lives (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter)—at a special introductory price on Amazon for family and friends of the authors. My vignette featuring Nellie Quinn is in Seasons of Our Lives: Spring. If you are interested in getting a copy, the price is $9.97. Tales of Our Lives: Reflection Pond, which has the story of my sister’s suicide, is available for $19.97. After June 15, the prices will go up by $2.

I’d love for you to read the stories in the volumes—mine and those of the other authors as well, and if the spirit so moves you, post a review on Amazon and Goodreads.

Here are the links to the books with my stories:

Seasons of Our Lives: Spring

Tales of Our Lives: Reflection Pond

The other anthologies are available at:

Seasons of Our Lives: Summer

Seasons of Our Lives: Autumn

Seasons of Our Lives: Winter

Tales of Our Lives: Fork in the Road

 

 

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A Review of Winter’s Edge: An Anthology of Historical Fiction

36580289Winter’s Edge includes seven stories written by seven authors in a literary “Where’s Waldo.” The stories recount the travels through time and across the globe of three daggers forged in sixth century Rome. In each story, set in a different century and a different place, one of those finely-crafted daggers, each with a silver, snarling wolf’s head atop the handle, plays an important part in the experiences of characters who come alive on the page (or screen, if you will).

Paul Murphy’s “Wolf of Saturnalia” introduces the daggers in an action-packed adventure in ancient Rome; “Vielle,” written by Prue Batten, puts a dagger in the story of a twelfth-century musician in French King Phillip’s court at a time when tensions were high between England and France; T.C. Hester offers “DiPaolo and DaVinci” in the sixteenth century when the famed artist uses one of the daggers in the service of life; “Sweet Nightingale,” by David Neilson, features his eighteenth-century heroine, Sophie Rathenau, once again solving a crime in Vienna in which the dagger makes a surprising, but satisfying, appearance; “Bingley and Darcy,” by Martin Rinehart, fills in the details of the relationship between Mr. Bingley and Jane Bennett which are missing from Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice; in the Kansas Dust Bowl of the 1930s, the dagger makes an appearance in a stunning story of friendship, love, and survival by Lena Maye; and, finally, in present-day New York, the three daggers are re-united in “Warm Me Softly,” a gentle love story by D.M. Davis.

This anthology is cleverly conceived and expertly rendered. Very impressive work from a stable of fine writers.

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Karen J. Mossman: Author Spotlight

A secret is a secret for good reason. Kerry O’Brien has a secret so terrible it burns inside her. All she wants is to be part of a normal family, but with a step father like Bill, that is impossible.

A New Feature

I’m pleased to introduce a new feature to my blog called Author Spotlight with Karen J. Mossman as my inaugural author.

Karen J. Mossman is originally from Manchester in the UK, but she has now settled into retirement with her husband of nearly 40 years. She lives on Anglesey, a small Island off the North Wales coast and says, ‘Retirement means I am busier than ever as I’m able to spend more time writing. I’m also an avid book reader and blogger. When I am not working on my computer, I belong to an embroidery club where I cross stitch. I am also involved in Anglesey Federation of Women’s Institute. So, retirement has improved my life by enabling me to do the things that make me happy.’

Karen’s book is called The Secret.

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The Secret

Image 1A secret is a secret for good reason.

Kerry O’Brien has a secret so terrible it burns inside her. All she wants is to be part of a normal family, but with a step father like Bill, that is impossible.

Set in the 1970s when secrets like this were only ever whispered about, Kerry somehow keeps her humour by pretending everything is fine. Then she meets biker Tommy, and he has his own secret; one that impacts on her.

Kerry’s secret becomes harder to keep and the tell-tell signs are harder to hide. Can she keep it together? Can Tommy and Kerry get it together?

Then the worst happens and Kerry’s secret is a secret no more.

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What Readers are Saying

Karen Mossman’s The Secret is the beautifully written story of high-spirited, Irish-born Kerry O’Brien who struggles to walk a tightrope in her dangerous home life. Set in Manchester, England, in the 1970s, a more “innocent” time when family secrets could be even more deadly than today and the cloud of secrecy over domestic abuse made it hard for victims to find a way out.

Lynne Murray

The story is gripping and interesting, the romance warm and simmering. I absolutely loved the ending, which gives the story an almost fairy tale-like feeling. All in all, it was a very enjoyable two hour read, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to fans of the genre.

S. Anderson

I really enjoyed this book and I was automatically drawn into the characters world, from the very first page. Tommy treats Kerry like a queen, and it’s so refreshing to read a story where the man respects and truly loves the girl.

Jenna Hodge

The characters were so real and the story definitely so believable. These sort of secrets unfortunately still go on. Let’s hope others can find the strength, just like Kerry, to come out the other side.

Lindy-Lou

 

 

An Interview with Cheryl Holloway

I recently had a lovely interview with author and book blogger, Cheryl Holloway. You can read it here. Cheryl’s blog is her way to “pay it forward” on behalf of other authors. She says, “To Pay-It-Forward means that we must serve others in order to lift up ourselves,”  and she does just that.

It was great fun talking about all three books in the Clay Series. Book 3, The Clay Sustains, is due for release on September 29, 2017. Amazon pre-sales will begin on September 1.

In her interview, she asked which book was the hardest to write. My answer? It was the upcoming third book, The Clay Sustains, because I had to do a certain amount of world-building, since it was a prehistoric culture and society I was describing. Many of the spiritual and cultural beliefs of the characters were borrowed from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s ancestral people, the Yoeme, as well as from the Tohono O’odham Indians, who believe they are direct descendants of the Hohokam. I felt an obligation to treat these beliefs and practices with the utmost respect, while at the same time creating a society that readers should not assume to be factual representations of either culture or tribe. And, because Yoeme spirituality is somewhat complex, I had to work hard to make it accessible to my readers.

Striking a balance between creating a fictional world and honoring the real culture that serves, to some extent, as a model is something that I had to keep in mind with every word, sentence, paragraph, and chapter. I can only hope I succeeded.

She asked a wonderful series of thought-provoking questions that gave me an opportunity to explore my writing experience in depth.

Mosey on over to Cheryl’s blog and catch up with me and my author’s journey.

By the way, I will have a repeat interview with Pat Rullo on Speak Up Talk Radio on Tuesday, September 22. It’s a follow-up to last year’s interview in which I talked about writing the first two books in the Clay Series. Now I get to talk about book 3, The Clay Sustains.

“Solving” an Archaeological Mystery in Fiction

As I near the end of my current work-in-progress, The Clay Sustains, the third book of The Clay Series, I have arrived at the chapter wherein I will “solve” one of the greatest archaeological mysteries from the Hohokam era in the Tucson Basin.

In 1949, a man by the name of Ray Romo was hunting in an area of what is now Catalina State Park, near Tucson, Arizona. When the ground collapsed beneath his foot, I can only imagine he knelt down to examine the resulting hole and “peered into the past” (Swartz and Doelle, “The Romo Cache and Hohokam Life,” In the Mountain Shadows, 27:1, Archaeology Southwest, 1996 and 2013).

What he found was an ancient Hohokam pot cupped over a larger Hohokam pot containing a most exciting and intriguing treasure. Inside were 25 copper bells and 100,000 beads. That’s right. You read that correctly: 25 copper bells and 100,000 beads! romerocachediscoverysitebackgroundsstif

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What Makes a Book a Keeper? Part 1

booksSome books are meant to pass time on my shelves before getting swept into the donation box for the local library or the thrift shop. Others have the distinction of permanent residency on what might be dubbed my “shelf of honor.” Those books are the ones that have somehow made a difference in my life. Maybe they were books that left a profound impression on me through their content and the author’s craft. Or they might be personally and professionally important–those that I had the honor of editing and designing for publication (or even writing), for example, or one that marked a life-passage for me. Continue reading “What Makes a Book a Keeper? Part 1”

Two Indispensable Tools for Writers and Editors

As a writer, I know how hard it is to self-edit and proofread my own writing. It’s important to have my manuscript as close to perfect as I can make it before I send it to my editor. (Yes, writers who are also editors hire other editors to edit their work.)

As an editor, I know how easy it is to get caught up in a client’s narrative and miss both small and large problems that must be addressed. That’s one reason I always sub-contract proofreading to someone else. But I also make sure I’ve done my own due diligence before I pass a manuscript–mine or someone else’s–to a proofreader.

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