My Father’s Gift

He was my father, but I hardly knew him. Don’t get me wrong. He was around when I was growing up. He got up early every weekday morning to take two buses to his job in the steel mill. He came home late every night smelling of the sulfur residue that defined his grimy foundry […]

Quote of the Day, Father’s Day 6.21.15

“A father’s tears and fears are unseen, his love is unexpressed, but his care and protection remains as a pillar of strength throughout our lives.”   ― author, Ama H.Vanniarachchy

An Underappreciated Source of Happiness

I am an only child. I share that because I believe my solo growing up experience created one of my greatest life fears—that of being alone. As a latch-key kid of working parents I was alone quite often. Truthfully, it was disorienting. Fortunately I lived in a neighborhood loaded with kids and later became highly involved […]

Quote of the Day 6.9.15

“What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be”.—Ellen Burstyn, Academy Award Winning Actress

Road Signs For Life

Last season’s cold, cruel winter left pothole disasters on pretty much all the roads in my community. As a result, municipal repair crews seem to be tearing up, patching and repaving every blacktopped driving surface on which I drive, from back roads to major highways. Part and parcel of such work are the cautionary signs posted alongside the […]

To Be or Not To Be….A Successful Author Pt 2

Last week I wrote a blog titled, “To Be or Not To Be….A Successful Author”.  It focused on a critique I’d received about Crown Hill from someone directly connected to the “Big League” world of publishing. To summarize, this person told me that no publisher was ever going to be interested in Crown Hill as it has not sold tens of […]

Quote of the Day 4.24.15

“Readers are often fans of authors, but I, myself, am a fan of readers. They are the ones who breathe life into the pages that we give birth to, after all.” —Janae Mitchell, best selling YA author

To Be or Not To Be… A Successful Author

Recently, someone close to me suggested that I was being unrealistic about my Crown Hill journey. Specifically he stated the fact that I haven’t yet sold 10,000 books would discourage a literary agency or a publisher from signing me or publishing/promoting Crown Hill. He added that while he wasn’t trying to be mean, from his perspective Crown Hill sales […]

Quote of the Day 4.17.15

“The road to publication can be rough, take snacks and a friend.”― Elizabeth Hein, author

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

If you are looking for a special gift for your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin, godmother or remarkable woman who has made a difference in your life, how about a personalized, signed copy of Crown Hill? To view in a new window click on the link: Mother’s Day Flyer

Quote of the Day 4.8.15

“Publishing is a business. Writing may be art, but publishing, when all is said and done, comes down to dollars”.— Nicholas Sparks