From "76 Trombones" on the radio, to our hometown bands rousing rendition of "Blaze Away," to the bagpipes of the Grenadier Guards at Windsor Castle, to the Sousa tunes of my adopted countryIve always loved a good march. Its in my blood.
Today I march forward, not in lockstep with anyone, but to the beat of a different
drum. I look back only to see how far I have come, and to glean material for stories.
Though I camp out frequently for spiritual refreshment, or to help a fledgling writer,
the movement is ever forward, never in retreat.
Along the way, I leave touchstones to celebrate victories large or small, reminders of
why I set out on this crazy venture. Fan mail from students. My first royalty check.
A napkin from a launch party. The blue star Miss Downer gave me in kindergarten
for my retelling of I Saw a Ship A-Sailing.
Single-minded as a foot soldier along a straight, solid Roman road, on the
foundation laid by writers who marched before us, I keep marching.
Step by step, word by word, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, page
after page, chapter after chapter, to completion of another book.
And another. And another.
Im a writer. Its what I do.
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Winfield Arts and Humanities, KS
Sponsor of the annual KANSAS VOICES writing competition in poetry and prose for all ages. See web site for rules. Deadline is usually in March, with an awards banquet in May.
Author Central Page on Amazon
One way to order books and follow event updates
Independence Public Library Podcast
My recent interview and readings from two middle-grade mysteries.
Kansas Authors Club
It's good to be a part of something bigger! A writer need not be alone.
Ellen Plumb's City Bookstore in Emporia, Kansas
A independent bookstore in Emporia, Kansas. Like them on Facebook! They stock all my books and hold an open mic event every first Friday. Drop in and browse! There's a Mexican restaurant next door.
The P3 Press: a Division of Brown Books Publishing Group
The author-friendly team that made ARROWHEAD'S LOST HOARD possible.
Royal Fireworks Publishing Co.
One of the best-known providers of books for gifted students and home-school curriculum. Accepted SECRET OF THE SEVENTH GATE after 42 rejections and revisions!
My favorite site for social and professional networking.
Iranian Christians International
Colorado-based organization helping Farsi-speaking Christians to immigrate and resettle in host countries.
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
An fun group of people, worldwide with local chapters, who share a love of literature for young people. A valuable resource for those who create it, or aspire to.