Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mentors Matter

Dear Reader,

I wanted to share about two people who are and have been important to my writing career. I would not be who I am without these people.

The first one is actually not one person but a group of people, my family, with my husband in the front. If my husband, kids and sisters were not so supportive I don’t know if I would be a published writer. My husband was the one who pushed me to publish and keep writing. He encourages me in so many ways and is a great sound board for my books. My kids are the inspiration and muses of my books. They are great sound boards too, especially my oldest daughter. We could talk about my books and ideas for hours. Lastly, my sisters have read my books and gave me advice. They have shared my book and told everyone and anyone who would listen. My family is a very important part of my life.

The second is my author mentor JC Phelps. It is funny we met four years ago. We have one of those relationships that from the first moment you felt like you knew them your whole life. She has told me what I needed to do to get started after I published my book, how to promote myself. She has been a great help and friend when I have issues with editors, book covers, and all the other issues that come up being an author.

I have a great circle of friends and family who help me or just listen and without these people I would not be where I am today. I had to share the important people in my life. When you are an author or artist it is key to have a support system. I wanted my support system to know that I appreciate them.  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DIY: Mailing Center

Dear Reader,

I have been busy cleaning and making my studio more effective for my business. I created this quite easily with supplies I had on had except for the peg board ( which was $5).

1) I found a dyi similar to this on Pinterest.

2) I measured and cut the pegboard.

3) then I used small eye hooks and picture hanging wire to hang the brown paper. (I use this when I am shipping off an order from my Etsy store. )

4) I used the same eye hooks and picture wire on the back to hang it on the wall.

5) I added the baskets to hold the stamps I use.

Note: I want to paint the pegboard white and other things that I use to ship items on the board. I am happy with it for now. Now on to more organizing. Have a great day.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The birth of book characters

Dear Reader,

I have been asked on more than one occasion where my characters come from. Why they are born of course, how silly to ask.


They are born from people in my life, or people that I meet that leave an expression on me, whether it is a good or bad one.

Papakoosigun, Waazakone, and Wakangli are based off me in some aspects. I can see parts of myself when I look at them and I can see events that happened to me, happen to them. All I can hope is that they are strong enough to handle it. Some of the situations such as being kidnapped was a fear of my past and almost happened to me twice. But I only make up part of them, just like children they have some aspects of me and some aspects of others.

The main male characters are inspired my husband who I admire greatly. One of the characters in Hidden Powers get some of her aspects from my oldest daughter. The other characters have aspects from family and my other kids. It is great to see them come alive on the page. One of the characters is based on my mother and carries her name. She asked me if I killed off the character, I laughed and said no.

I have a character bible that I am transferring all my character info into. It contains all the info on a character. I can look back at it and it helps me not to make mistakes. Sometimes I get into writing and their voices are so strong I do not have to look at the character book. Those are the days that make me happy, the story just flows.

FAVORITE QUOTE WHEN IT COMES TO CHARACTERS:  “No tears in the writer, No tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, No surprise for the reader.” Robert Frost