I am blessed and forever grateful to both my mom and dad for exposing me to the many joys and comforts that unfold when I enter the escape of a well-written story. I was barely a teen when I read my first Hemmingway novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and couldn’t wait to read more of what that masterful writer had to share.
I’ve had the great fortune to have lived in many majestic places in America. Colorado, without question, is the one place that will forever own a piece of my heart. Much of my inspiration comes from not only my exposure to literary greatness but learning how to deconstruct a well-crafted novel.
A story line begins to percolate and take form when I’ve anchored and established voice. The art of showing versus telling is also key. I released my debut novel, Echo Ranch, in 2014. After experiencing many stumbling blocks along with navigating several learning curves, it was clear the industry has an ample supply of harsh lessons for a novice writer. I went back to the drawing board with my new-found lessons and took charge of my publication journey.
I relaunched Echo Ranch under my own label in 2017. I knew self-publication would be my ‘go to’ process for all future works. The freedom of choice is quite liberating. A solid editor is a must as well. Perhaps a lofty pedigree of credentials can enhance a writer’s product. However, in my opinion, the essence of exceptional writing is being a voracious reader. This practice has been my greatest asset in my personal writing tool bag. I travel often and engage in conversation with strangers more often. In every moment, there is a story waiting to be written and the writer is the conduit to make it happen.
When I’m not working on my own projects, I spend many hours reviewing the works of both first-time authors as well as established for Feathered Quill Book Reviews.