An Educational Site for New and Aspiring Authors
Message From the Author
I created this website to help new and aspiring writers avoid making all the mistakes I made when I first started writing novels. If I had known back then what I know now...well, you can fill in the blanks.
I learned along the way, and I am still learning. Whenever I discover something new, I add it to this website, so if you want to learn with me, be sure to sign up for website updates (see menu bar on right).
Even though what works for one author may not work for another, I think some things apply to most of us across the board, and that's where I have tried to focus my thoughts.
So browse the menu bar on the right for tips on how to get started, rules on writing fiction, how to promote and market your books, and more.
I wish you the best of luck in your writing projects. If you get stuck and think I may be able to help, or if you have a question about the writing process, self-publishing, or promoting your work, please feel free to contact me.
P.S. I don't offer any freelance paid services for authors--I just share what I have learned in my own experience.
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
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What Inspired Me
After more than thirty years of working in corporate America, I retired to write books--literary fiction specifically--something I had been thinking and dreaming about for many years. During that thinking and dreaming time period, I had time to observe and listen to people, and whenever I encountered something that I thought would make a good storyline, scene, or interesting dialogue, I judiciously wrote it down on any scrap of paper that was handy and put it in a shoe box.
Years later when I was ready to write, I retrieved hundreds of scraps of paper from that shoe box, categorized them, and put them into piles. When I was done, three distinct stories had emerged.
My first novel, The Coach House, was released in 2012. Says book reviewer, Mary Crocco, "The Coach House is a superbly written book, in my opinion. It will leave the reader thinking about relationships, adversity, independence and growth, and prejudices. It’s always nice to finish a good book with something to think about."
Here’s my elevator speech:
The Coach House is the story of Marie, a young woman who flees Chicago for Kansas in 1948 after discovering her husband dealing with dangerous underworld men only to find itʾs the identity of her real father and his ethnicity that unexpectedly changes her life more than her husband ever could.
My second novel, Daughters, is a sequel to the first one. In this book, Marie faces her ethnicity head-on and starts a new life, her greatest inspiration coming from an unlikely source.
Red Clover is about family dynamics, secrets, and values..
Lee Oliver Winekoop is born into extreme wealth, and what he does to overcome his feeling of inadequacy during his journey into manhood is surprising; the roadblocks he confronts are unnerving; and the implausible cast of characters he befriends along the way is both heartwarming and amusing.
Regarding Anna proves that things that happen to you in the past can mold you into someone you're not.
When her parents die in a tragic house fire, seventeen-year-old Grace Lindroth is left to her own devices to fend for herself. She discovers a box in their attic—a place that had been off limits to her for as long as she could remember—that contains enough suspicious items to cause her to believe the people she had called Mom and Dad her whole life may not have been her real parents. The lies and secrets Grace exposes in her quest for the truth are both shocking and life-changing. And not only for herself.
Living with Markus is expected to be released March 2016.
When thirty-one-year-old Marc Nussbaum builds a successful landscaping business with clientele from the affluent suburbs of Chicago, he has visions of enjoying the finer things in life—easy-going, no dependents, and minimum commitment—and thinks he’s found the right woman to enjoy it with him. But when he repeatedly shoves his own life aside to run to the aid of his dysfunctional family members and falls victim to their helplessness, he eventually loses sight of his dreams and his girlfriend.
I'm thrilled to say all my books are getting mostly five-star reviews on Amazon and are also B.R.A.G. Medallion honorees. Book Readers Appreciation Group recognizes self-published authors by honoring those who receive unanimous "thumbs up" reviews by three or more of their reviewers. Less than 15% of the books submitted to them receive this honor.
Do You Buy Books From Amazon.com?
Before I started writing books, I hadn't given much thought to writing a book review on Amazon, even if that's where I purchased the book. Who cared what I thought? Now that I’m an author, I’m here to tell you those reader reviews are very important for future sales and rankings within Amazon.
So if you like an author's book, please take a few minutes to write a review. It doesn’t have to be very long--just a few well-thought-out sentences can make a world of difference for a book’s success.
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