Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Welcome to my blog

So, they say a writer needs a platform, a social media base on which to stand on and connect with readers.  Here is part of mine.  I'm new at this thing.  I've been a newspaper reporter and editor, and published a few short stories, but only recently joined the ranks of the self-published and placed an eleven-years-in-the-making novel in the literary marketplace.  The story of bringing Blue Hydrangeas to life is a long one, fraught with many tensions and disappointments, including repetitive strain injuries, a stack of rejection letters from literary agents and editors who never read the book, and  a driving belief  that this story must be told. I suppose I am not unique among writers, this is all part of the process, except for the painful carpal tunnel and thoracic outlet syndromes, the tendinitis and bursitis (but this is for another blog.)  Unlike some, I decided to venture out on my own and control my own destiny by self-publishing.  So far it's been great. I'm learning a lot and I love having free reign over my project.  I'm also on my own schedule, which is mighty necessary given my pain issues. Anyway, here we are, and if you've found yourself on this page you must have had a look at my Amazon page or Blue Hydrangeas and are at least a little curious about me and what I've done.  I promise to make this page informative and enlightening.  It will encompass what interests me as an author and relate in some way to my work.  So you may see some information on Alzheimer's disease, or maybe childhood leukemia, the subject of my next novel.   I will share this space with other writers to help them build an audience and to share their work with  readers who might like to find it.  My injuries make it difficult for me to do much on the computer so my blog entries will be sporadic, but hopefully worthwhile.  Please post a comment if you feel so inclined.  I love feedback.  Happy reading!