Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Reviews and other stories of Nine Lives

Today was very funny. While writing my third book, I decided to take a break and check out my book online. It's what us new authors do, hoping to make the New York Times or something incredible. Ah, but the book is still only making way, out of the dust pile of a million other books. Someday . . .

What did make me laugh, was a review of the book today. The first thing mentioned was that the book smelled like oatmeal. Oatmeal! She was kind enough to add that it was oatmeal with a dash of cinnamon but oatmeal? So I took a copy, that I just happened to have beside me and held it to my nose. Sure enough, the book had a slight scent of oatmeal if I imagined it. I don't eat oatmeal normally but if I did, it would be with a dash of cinnamon, raisins, walnuts and brown sugar.

I thought her review was very good, although the three stars out of five were not the greatest. At least she was honest and mentioned enjoying the book, comparing me to the great Stephen King. I have noticed quite a few comments about my style being similar to Stephen King. I suppose it's because he is my favorite writer and it's been reflected in my own writing style. I don't think I actually sat down and tried to write like him. It just kind of flowed out of me. Anyways, I was happy to be able to surprise her by giving her my own little twists.

Check out Angie Lisle's review and this wonderful after thought. Prunes?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Places in my stories

I find it interesting to note that nobody has asked me about the places in my stories. The first book took place in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Now, I live not far from there but the actual town in my book was very different from the actual. I wanted a small town. A place mixed with new and old. Somewhere that still had a small town feeling to it yet was being overtaken by the large corporate jungle that is taking over America. The story was not actually based in Crystal Lake, though I would like people to believe it was. It was actually a place made up in my head. I mixed a few places I know together, making up the town of Crystal Lake as it appears in my book. This is fiction people.

So why do I bring this up? Well, I noted a review from someone mentioning they used to live near Crystal Lake and it was nothing like the place they knew. Hopefully, it wasn't. You see, that's the great thing about writing a book. I can make it whatever I want it to be.


I loved writing my own little Crystal Lake. It had so many places put together in one little town. The house above was one example. It was similar to the type of home I wanted in Crystal Lake. I imagined a large home on a lake, like the one in this picture of a home on Lake Michigan, near Chicago. It was an old, refurbished home.


I can't wait until people familiar with the town of Mount Prospect, read my next book. The Bartello is based in the small town I grew up in. I guess it isn't so small anymore but that's how I remember it. I don't believe the town has any caves but, needless to say, it does in my book.


I hope you all enjoy reading my book and remember, its fiction. (next up, more sightings of cats after reading my book . . . and yes, I am serious).


One last note. I do plan on making return trips to the small town of Crystal Lake. After writing, Nine Lives, I came up with some great ideas for some related stories. Just remember, its the one I made.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Back home!

Back from the mountains. Back from retreat. I should make a little sad face here because it was really relaxing! The good news is, I am back to my writing. Another great novel is in the process, though I am going about things very differently this time. Although the novel is finished . . . ha ha ha . . . it still has a long way to go.


In the meantime, I am in the process of another fantastic book appropriately called, Wyoming. I love the image of the snow-capped Teton mountains with the sun setting in the background. It's a perfect image for my third book.


Wyoming is a fantastic place to visit. I always find myself laughing when people ask me, 'what do you do out in Wyoming?'


Wyoming is filled with some of the most magnificent mountains in the world. The landscape changes from desolate lands of sage brush and cactus to raging rivers of the Snake. Yes, real cowboys can been seen herding the cattle but there is also some of the best restaurants in the world here. Yea, I'm serious. The Snake River Grill is an awesome place and Rendezvous Bistro is one of my favorite places.


So, Wyoming is in the works. I am not going to tell much since the second book hasn't come out yet. Well, maybe just a hint. I always thought the mountains of Wyoming looked heavenly. Looking at the picture here, I hope you would agree.