I sit here at my desk in my apartment typing away on my computer, as I have done every day for the past five years. I didn’t start pursuing my interest in writing until a year after I retired for the eight-to-five office working world. I spent several years writing and taking workshops through Romance Writers of America and Savvy Authors to improve my writing. I am now self-published on Amazon. And I still take writing workshops to continually learn and to improve my skill.
Since learning how to publish on Amazon through Kindle Direct Publishing, the thought of turning the control of my “babies” over to other people when I can retain the control no longer interests me. Who knew I’d become such a control freak?
There was a learning curve involved, both with publishing on Amazon and with doing my own website. There have been times when I thought that if I’d known how exhausting learning how to do these things was I never would have embarked on this journey.
But now I’m glad I pursued learning how to self publish and how to create my own website. I have stories in me that demand to be told. And I continue to learn.
I’m 70 years old. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Catalog. The title is “Young Woman Typing,” and the date it was created/published was 1906. The creator was Underwood & Underwood. Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
March 16, 2022
Tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day. I wish you Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, much luck, rainbows and a wonderful day.
January 30, 2022
Coming this fall: Sweet Victory, a collection of three novellas and three novelettes about overcoming obstacles. All six are historical fiction. Come back and visit for updates.
December 31, 2021
November 28, 2021
Welcome to Winter in Hawaii
November 22, 2021
Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!
November 2, 2021
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving
October 29, 2021
My Christmas short story Aunt Zelda and the Real Santa is available on Amazon with a new book cover that I designed. Only $2.99.
Today, there is a new page on my website. It’s a Gallery of images I have created in GNU Imange Manipuplation Program. Today’s six items are all book covers. It’s the next to the last item in the menu right before Contact.
May 14, 2021
New item in A Glimpse of Hawaii: the Gracious Alexander Young Hotel in Honolulu, the way it was and what’s on that site now.
May 12, 2021
See the historic James Campbell Building in Honolulu in 1919 and in 2021 in A Glimpse of Hawaii.
May 10, 2021
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Elizabeth N. Harris. Read the interview here.
Are you an author who writes historical fiction? Are you looking for research resources? Visit the Resources for Writers page and read Resources for Historical Research. Also visit my blog for an overview of Researching with the Library of Congress.
Stories of Hope is a collection of six stories of tenacity, survival and hope set in the late 1800s and early 1900s in America.
Left Holding the Bag
A chance encounter changes Lucy Mae Logan’s life for what appears to be the worst.
Orphan Sally Parker’s hard scrabble life on the streets of New York City is about to change in a most unexpected way.
A bully gets a wake-up call in a surprising twist
The Middle of Nowhere
An item in a newspaper and a broken leg change the lives of a spinster school teacher, a widowed rancher with a young daughter and a widowed doctor who thought her life was over.
Out of the horror of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire, seamstress Aurora Lanza must reclaim her life.
Surviving the Storm
A blinding snow storm forces a man to face his past and his future when he responds to a cry for help.