This was an author interview that I conducted in the 1990s.
Psst . . . see that woman over there? . . . No, not here. The one in that, yeah, that one, the lady in the blue polyester pantsuit . . . no silly, I wouldn’t want one of those outfits for my birthday . . . no, my point is that . . . no refill, thank you, I’m done here . . . my point is that, what if she climbed to the top of the Rune Stone . . . no, not in those shoes, of course not . . .c’mon, would you please listen to me? . . . What if she climbed way up there and then she “murdered” somebody???
What you’re just heard is not live. Nor was it directly quoted from any historical figure, live person, or fictional character. No, instead, it is my questionably creative reenactment of how someone nominated for the 1997 Edgar Award for Best First Novel, Margaret Moseley, was first inspired to create the truly unforgettable character in Bonita Faye.
This is an author interview that I wrote in the 1990s.
Sol Stein penned his first story on telegram blanks, stolen from Western Union. “My father took them from the Grand Central Station,” Stein said, “because we couldn’t afford paper in the depths of the Depression.”
His first poem was published in a school paper when he was seven. “I wrote my first book when I was 13, and it was published when I was 15,” he said. “When I went to see the publisher, he asked me why my father didn’t come himself.”
If you’ve been thinking about learning new skills that can help you to earn income or strengthen your knowledge, I will be teaching a ten-week copyediting class through Writer’s Digest University that starts on September 3, and here’s the description:
Just an FYI that I’ve written a guest blog post on the subject. (Yep! That’s it. If you find yourself in need of blog content for your website, whether B2B or B2C, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about my ghost blogging for you.)
Whenever you start a new nonfiction writing project, it can be a thrilling time. You’ve come up with the most incredible idea and you envision the marvelous story you’re about to tell, full of dazzling insights, with an ending that will cause readers to become breathless with amazement, dizzy with excitement, in complete and utter awe of your talent!
You may know exactly which anecdote, statistic or quote will create the best beginning to draw in readers, and you may also know the final point that needs to be made. But, what about the middle?
After Dianne Day’s youngest son started college, she awoke one fine Saturday morning and realized, “Hey, I can do whatever I want today, as long as it doesn’t cost too much.”
“And, that was when I knew that i wanted to write a whole novel more than anything else in the world,” Day said. “So, I bought an electronic typewriter from Seas on the never-never plan, and I wrote one. That experienced hooked me and I’ve never stopped writing since.”
Eight Weeks in Washington, 1861: Abraham Lincoln and the Hazards of Transitionis intriguing look by Richard J Tofel at the challenges faced by Lincoln at the beginning of his presidency — including what to do about the handful of US forts located in southern states that had not yet been taken over by the seceded states. The most important one, perhaps, was Fort Sumter, located in Charleston, South Carolina.
Options included abandoning the fort to the budding Confederacy or traveling into enemy territory to resupply the men under the command of Major Robert Anderson. To complicate matters, members of Lincoln’s new cabinet did not agree which solution was best and communications with the navy were rudimentary, at best.
In February 2019, I released my first chapbook, a collection of poems that focus on the importance of speaking someone’s name and the value of naming. Because so many of the poems contain references to historical people, most of them largely forgotten, the book also contains short pieces of prose that illuminate an aspect of that person’s life. If interested in a copy, please contact me at email@example.com. The cost is $8 plus tax and shipping. Thank you!
I’ll be leading a series of spiritual writing workshops, free and open to the community. The workshops will be held at Heritage Presbyterian Church (intersection of Route 58 and 2 in Amherst, Ohio) on the second Monday of each month from September 2014-May 2015 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Each month, please bring paper and a pen, along with one to two cans or boxes of non-perishable foods for distribution through Heritage’s food ministry program. Dates of the seminar are:
If you have any questions, you can leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 440-670-6624. I hope to turn the materials I’m creating for this class into an ebook.