NO … NOT MINE. THOUGH I’D CERTAINLY LOVE to push them, I know doing so too often turns people off. Did you know that Sunday (9 August) was National Book Lovers Day? I missed it. Drats.
So, to make up for that loss, I thought it would be a good thing to share a few indie authors and their “babies” (in no particular order). I’ve read some of their books, though not all—and most are on my To Read list. Some of these authors are “co-conspirators” at Inknbeans Press—my new writing family—and some are completely independent in their endeavors. All of these authors are worth reading. (please let me know if there are problems with any of these links—I’ve checked them all, but one never knows …)
Leland Dirks and his cohort, Angelo: Leland is an amazingly prolific writer and fantastic photographer. He lives in the mountains of Colorado (I’m so envious) with his three dogs (one of which happens to be Angel), finding inspiration all around him as he writes his amazing pieces and captures some beautiful photographic gems. He is truly an independent writer, publishing on his own, using CreateSpace as his publishing medium and Amazon as his store. Jimmy Mender and His Miracle Dog, Angelo’s Journey, Seven Dogs in Heaven, The Cat Who Thought He Was A Border Collie, Strange Savior—there are more stories, plus two wonderful photo-heavy books: Valley of Light and 100 Days of Gratitude. Please find his books on his Amazon Author’s page.
Joyce Oroz: Joyce is a local writer with a flair for mystery. As her stories are centered around this area (Monterey, Santa Cruz, Aromas and places not all that far afield), she steeps her mysteries with local bits and pieces, which makes it all the more fun for us locals. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her Josephine Stuart Mystery series and am still reading, trying to keep up with the next adventure. Publishing through Cozy Cat Press, she is still considered an indie writer. Secure the Ranch, Read My Lipstick , Shaking In Her Flip Flops and Cuckoo Clock Caper are the books available so far. Please find information about her books at http://cozycatpress.com/joyce-oroz and some of her books (go about half way down the page) at http://cozycatpress.com/cozies/ You can also go to her Amazon Author’s page to see all of her books in one place.
Robin Owens: Robin grew up as a military brat and is married to a military “lifer” with children of her own, so she knows about the military life from nearly all aspects. She currently lives on the East Coast. She has a wonderful collection of books to help today’s military families’ children deal with all that moving and getting acquainted in their new towns, in addition to a number of other children’s books. All of her books are published through Inknbeans Press. Some of them are: The Dabby Project series, The Wand, Three Children and A Blessing and God’s Soldier (these last two are also in Spanish) You can find all of her books at her Amazon Author page and nestled into the Inknbeans website (link above).
Hugh Ashton: Hugh has a diverse collection of published books, from his excellent Sherlock Holmes books to historical fiction and thrillers. Another InknBeans Press writer, he’s an international bloke, splitting his time between Japan and the UK. I’m partial to his take on Holmes. Very well done and in keeping with Sir Conan Doyle’s writing (I love a good Holmes mystery!!). Some of his books are Sherlock Holmes: The Dispatch Box, The Untime, Leo’s Luck and Beneath Gray Skies. More information about Hugh and all of his books can be found at http://hughashtonbooks.info/ and his Amazon Author’s page.
Sharon Ledwith: Sharon has a flair for fantasy—and I loved her two books! Her publisher is now Mirror World Publishing. I’m anxiously awaiting the release of her third book. Sharon lives in Canada … and some day I will be knocking on her door for a visit—and perhaps we will do a book signing together. The Last Timekeepers Time Travel series: Legend of the Timekeepers and The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis. You will find more information about these two books and the author at http://www.sharonledwith.com and on her Amazon Author’s page.
Vickie Johnstone: Another great writer/author with a wonder flair for children’s books. A true indie author, she and I have traipsed through her downtown London—she’s a delightful person, as well as a terrific writer. I’ve read at least one of her books, with more on my To Read list. Great fun … even for an adult! Her Kiwi Series is about a cat. Not an ordinary cat, mind you. There is magic involved, of course! This lady is definitely multi-faceted: you’ll find poetry and other story lines—some children’s, some more for YA and older (I have not read any of these as yet, though I have seen snippets … I’ve only read one Kiwi book so far). You can find information about her, her books and poetry at http://kiwiincatcity.com/ and http://vickiejohnstone.blogspot.co.uk/ and of course at her Amazon Author’s page.
There are so many more writers out there that I want to share with you, but I think this is enough to get started. I’m hoping this will be a monthly or quarterly thing–we’ll see.
I think next round may include writers/authors like Greta Burroughs, Rosanne Dingli, Ey Wade, Dan Mader …
I would really love your feedback. Have you heard of any of these authors? Have you you read any of their books? Do tell, please!
A DEAR AND EXTREMELY TALENTED friend of mine, Nan Madruga has given me permission to use her poem for this blog:
accept, … repeat. ♥
Another friend made the suggestion of writing a letter to the people of Newton:
“When I most feel helpless, I have to do something so I don’t feel so helpless. My therapy after the Aurora shooting was to write a letter to the town. I felt like I had done something.
Six months later, I received a printed thank you note that was very grateful and kind. I did make a difference in some small way to some one.
The mailing address is Newtown, CT 06470. Please, just do it.”
All of these are choices. This simple poem and the plea to write letters were my friends ways of coping with yesterday’s tragedies in Connecticut and China. Their choice to use their voice constructively. Instead of condemning or lashing out against the troubled young men, Nan prayed and mourned the loss of innocent lives and of ever feeling safe again.
The choice to follow your feelings — are feelings ever the best thing to follow? The dictionary says it is an emotional state or reaction. Everyone’s gut reaction to these events was one of disgust, anger, sorrow. When in this state, it is difficult to think straight.
My minister once preached on reacting vs responding. For me, praying, Nan’s poem and the letter writing are wonderful examples of responding. These are all things we can do to help in these awful situations. The disgust, anger, sorrow simply feed on themselves, perpetuating the feelings.
Make a choice, use your voice to help change the situation from despair to a sliver of encouragement and hope.
I am taking a creative writing class to improve my writing skills — a neverending task — to keep from becoming stagnant. The course would cover poetry (which I never really enjoyed or wanted to do, even in high school), fiction (I can hardly wait!!) and non-fiction (oh, dear…memoirs, etc).
LOL…so, I must endure the poetry section of the creative writing class before they get to the fiction writing — so you get to share in my misery. My first full-fledged homework assignment was to write 3-5 original poems & one had to be formal (that’s to say, had to follow the dictates of the style I chose) — the rest could be free-writing. So, here they are. Enjoy (or endure):
(Haiku Poem — my chosen formal poem, must have 3 lines, 5 syllables, then 7 syllables, then 5 again.)
Waterfall (hmmm…usually no title in Haiku!)
Tumbling down over rocks
Into bab’ling brook.
Four years, sometimes fleeting–sometimes agonizingly slow
Lonely nights, days without
Learning to live alone.
Trying to find a new identity
Doing this and that
Dismal failures, jubilant successes.
Faith, family and friends: my security net
Keep me alive and thriving
Looking ahead, not behind.
The anniversary comes, less pain now
Everyone mourns The Towers
I chose to celebrate Life
Cinquain (another formal poem style, 5 lines, syllables: 2,4,6,8,2…more rules, but I don’t think I got that part right, so I won’t bore you with them ^,^)
Golden leaves cascade down.
Crimson, crinkled, t’is the season.
I did one more but it is monster-long, so I won’t bore you (and I really messed it up, even though it’s free form!)
Have fun reading.