My Happy Place, Where is yours?

Having written many different novels covering multiple genres I often get questions posed to me about why this or that?

The truth of the matter is simple.  What I was writing about at that time excited me to do so.  What inspired me to write about that subject is another topic.

Some subject matter in our society today is “forbotten” (forbidden) by some group of people who think that they have some right to be its curator and arbiter for all time. Guess what; you don’t own shit!

In the UK I could be in trouble for some of my subject matter as they don’t have freedom of speech.  If I say something about some group that is hateful I would be called the hate monger.  In your vernacular UK, that is stuffed up! I would vote those cockwombels out of office if it were me.  If you like what I write, you should have the right and ability to read it.  If you don’t approve of my writings, take your business elsewhere.  Vote with your purse.

Now truth told, the folks in the UK are some of my most loyal customers, so thank you so much for that!

As a writer I can write about Race, Gay issues, straight issues, political issues, I can even write about romance. LOL

Writing fiction with gay couples has been something that interested me in that I have many gay friends.  I care about them as one might care for a brother or sister.  Whether I agree with their lifestyle or not, does not give me any right to judge them.  Male-Female romance has been done to death.  How many ways can Boy meet a girl and come through some struggles with misunderstandings or biases that they must get through before they reach happily ever after?

“Come on; it has been done to death!”  I like strong female characters.  I think the world needs more strong women or female characters.  Don’t confuse that with ultra-feminism, it is not that.  Women are not all airheads as they are often portrayed, and I seek to break that stereotype.

Have you ever watched a Hallmark movie where the leading male figure just made you say EWWW!

It has happened, but not too often.  I wanted to ask the producer or director “what were you thinking?”

Some men are just creepy, and I guess some male directors don’t see it.  There have been movies in the past where the leading lady had to say all the sweet nothings to someone else as the leading man was a douche.   I love the back stories like that.  When Hollywood just misses the mark, it warms my heart strangely and wonderfully. Why? It lets me know that nobody is perfect and even with all of their resources they screwed up.  Much like finding typos in professionally edited books I feel a little less worried about a there instead of a “their.”

Why am I talking about movies?

Your characters must work not only for you but your audience. When creating your characters, you need to keep in mind who your audience is.  The tropes are just that, as the creator, it is up to you to put a different spin on them. The story must have some appeal to it.  Why would someone want to pick up your book?

We all judge a book by its cover.

The cover art must pique your audience’s curiosity.   I liken it to junk mail.  I get stacks of mail every day.  Someone wants to sell me a product or service.  The phone rolls to voice mail if I don’t know the caller, I don’t allow salespeople to get past the receptionist, so how do they sell to me?

How do you sell to your audience?

In my junk mail, each piece of mail gets about 3 seconds of my attention.  Three count them three seconds before it ends up in the circular file cabinet.

The subject matter must be photographic, and it cannot be cluttered.  I need to determine if I want to give it more than 3 seconds within three seconds time.

Your cover should be just as inviting.  What does your cover say?

In my novel Diamond Joe, I do this.

On the cover of Diamond Joe, I show a young lady running on the beach in a bikini. Under her is a superimposed racehorse.  Within three seconds you know it has something to do with a female jockey. You know that horses are involved.  The name of the book tells you something about the possible storyline as it is “Diamond Joe.” Who or what is Diamond Joe?  What does that have to do with this young lady?

In the very uncluttered text, I have “A heartwarming story of courage of love.”

Now within three seconds, you know enough about this book to either pick it up to look inside or keep looking as you have a thing against heartwarming stories.

Free advice from me to you.

Junk mail must be created similarly, and most often it is not.  Just to assist those that put out such mail, if you put a letter opener inside your letter, you are guaranteed to get more than 3 seconds.  If you put your logo and contact information on that letter opener, you are going to have your company information on that person’s desk or in their hand every morning when they go through the mountains of junk mail. One more trick, if it is just a letter make sure that when they pull the letter out of the envelope, your business card falls in their lap.

We could talk more about logos, but that is indeed outside the scope of this blog.  I am after all talking to authors or writers that want to write a book, not companies who want to sell stuff.

Once you open up that cover, what are you looking for?

The tease the hook, why buy this book?

Tell us something about this girl on the beach or the horse, what is it about her that will compel us to dig a little deeper.  Who is this Diamond Joe?

I have read this book a dozen times since it was published.  Yes, I am on the hunt for typos and grammatical errors, but the entire truth told, I love the characters and the story.  Each paragraph excites me, and that is what I began this blog about, why do I write what I write.  I love what I write!

Since I love most of the classics, I would guess that what I love about them and what I write, might be in line with what Austin, Hemmingway or Dickens might have penned.

If after this much time, and that many reads, and I still want to curl up with it, with a cat or my “mews” (muse) and a warm blanket with some hot tea close by, that should tell you something.  The winter is a particular time for me and warm blankets. Tea and cats along with a good book are pure gold! Now if you add some excellent Merlot, Dark Chocolat and a crackling fireplace, I might have to pick up Cyber Subs or Perpetual Palpitation and switch to something a little more naughty.

May you find your happy place and take the time to enjoy it as I try so hard to do.  Life is precious don’t waste it! Find your Happy Place!

Much Love -TW

 

The following is an excerpt from Diamond Joe.

Here is a sample from my book.

 

Donna is a professor at the college.  After losing her husband, she had shut down emotionally. Fate played a hand as she happened to own a racehorse and was not getting it trained.  When one of her student’s friends, happened to be a trainer comes to assist her, things change.

 

I won’t spoil the book for your but below are a few paragraphs out of the chapter “Society.”

Donna and Sam fell in love and she married her.  She did it in a very public way which caused all sorts of issues for some stuffed shirts.  Below is from the book…

 

Some of the staff got together over dinner one night, and Blake was in attendance as well. Donna was enjoying the camaraderie while visiting with her peers.  Blake was tying one on.

Coming up to Donna the booze had its effects on him.  “Can I ask you something?”

“Sure Blake, what is on your mind?”

“You caused me a lot of grief a few months ago.”  He lamented.  Donna saw that he was feeling his drinks. “I am sorry about that Blake, what is your question?”

“No, it is ok, Sally straightened me up.  She even told me to pull my head out of my ass!”

Donna laughed at that as she thought Blake often suffered from Rectal-Cranial Inversion or RCI.

“So you were not upset by my wedding to Sam?”

“I was at first; I had people wanting to pull their support from the school and all kinds of foul calls, it was awful.  Sally pointed out that I was acting like a caveman and I needed to get with the times.”

“Blake, I had no idea that I would love another woman, but I do, what is your question.”

“Why the paper, why the public wedding.  Why not just do your thing in quiet and live your life.  You live so far out there that nobody would ever have known!”

The rest of the staff was listening ready to bite his head off.  Donna looked at them giving them the backoff look which they all knew well.

“Blake, I am going to tell you this, which I hope you will remember because I will not repeat this to you again.  I originally wanted to do just that. I told Dane and Marcie that nobody must know about this.”

“So what happened?  Why?”

“The teary-eyed love of my life looked at me and asked, we can tell people eventually can’t we?”

“Blake, that broke my fucking heart!  When I realized that I had just marginalized the love of my life to some god damned secret, it killed me! I will not apologize for loving another human being, not to you, the board of directors or the fucking president of the college! Anyone who thinks our marriage is any less than theirs is full of shit and fuck them! I have no tolerance for bigots.  When you realize that we are all human, barring a few minor differences in plumbing, we are basically the same; it makes a whole new argument out of it.  The inconvenience I caused you and some at the school is trivial in comparison to how badly I hurt that person who is so special to me! I hurt her by wanting to protect the fucking school over her.  Family comes first Blake!”

“I am sorry Donna, I had no idea.”

“I had to bribe the damned preacher to meet us at the hotel and marry us!  He would not do it at his church, and I had to agree to keep his name private.  Do you know how that feels?”

“Why not just go to the courthouse and do what the others….”

“Do you see what you just did?  “

“I see the problem; you feel cheated.”

“Blake I had the white dress, the flowers the parties and all that stuff with Steve.  Samantha got none of that!  She got screwed by the system, by bigots and ignorant assholes. The whole time that preacher was doing his thing I hated him in my heart!  He took money to do that which is against his fucking idea of morality.  Did you know that morality has a price?”

The people at the table were shocked.  They had no idea what it took to get married like most people. “I wish there were something I could do to make any of that right,” Blake said.

 

Yes, people, the book is that good and even better.  Most of my novels are that good if I do say so myself.  But…Since Saga of the Starduster is my number one seller maybe people like science fiction better than stories that are germane for today.

You can read part of it for free on Amazon but…I really would like you to read it and support independent authors such as myself.  I am loathed to waste my time trying to use the right magic words attracting an agent, so I need you guys to assist me.

With 25 novels out there, I just need one of them to go viral.

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Much Love -TW

 

Below is the backstory to Diamond Joe

Dealing with modern day issues in a conversational way you will no doubt love these characters as much as I do.

Breaking News!

I published Diamond Joe on Amazon tonight 6/5/2017  It will take Amazon a little while to proof it but there you go!  Get it and enjoy it!  This is one of my best yet!

A cold wind from the north was one more reminder that things are not going well for the investors on Wall Street.  Diamond Joe, taking his craft seriously enough survives the crash of the 1920’s, but many of his investors did not.  Some of them indeed ended their lives by jumping from a window or drinking in their car, parked on a railroad crossing.

Diamond Joe, a portly man, was still jovial enough and managed to calm most of his Investors with his quick wit and knowledge of the markets.

Joe’s wife Vera was not doing well with the winters in New York. When her health became a major concern, Joe changed their lives.

The carnage from the collapse reached far and wide leaving many bargains for those who managed to hold onto cash.  Diamond Joe was nobody’s fool and had indeed amassed a small fortune while working for his clients.

Purchasing a plantation that still had tobacco in the fields in South Carolina, he moved his wife to warmer climates.  Over a thousand acres and a large house with some of the land butting up to the Atlantic Ocean.  Diamond Joe was ready for a new adventure.

His kind demeanor and strange luck at cards often found him at events where his pockets were full of others cash on his way home.

Gambling was illegal in most of the states at this time.  Bingo under the guise of charity was still a big thing which is the only way one would find him inside a church.

Horse racing was a legitimate sport up till the late 30’s.  Diamond Joe quickly became an expert at such things, buying Arabians and hiring the best to train and ride them. His luck knew no bounds.

Years pass.  The plantation stays in the family.  Diamond Joe dies in his sleep leaving behind his wife and daughter, Donna.  “Dr. D. Joyce” inherits the estate after the death of Vera, her mother.  Leaving it unattended for a few years, Donna loses her husband to cancer.  With the memories of him too intense in their home in the city, she sells it moving herself out of the city, and back to the plantation that she loved as a child.

35 miles from the nearest town, and miles to her nearest neighbor, Donna was pleased with her choice and enjoyed her solitude.

Steve, her husband’s racehorse named after Diamond Joe went untrained. Donna realized this as the wasting of an investment and decides that something must be done with the horse.

This novel was such an incredible story to tell.  With a love of horses and people, the story wrote itself!  As Donna finds love in a place she dared not even think to look; the tale will warm your heart.

I wanted an agent to pick this story up and run with it.  Query letters just suck, and anyone that has ever written one knows it. If you are an agent, and interested, contact me.

Dealing with modern day issues in a conversational way you will no doubt love these characters as much as I do.

Each story that I write, the characters seem warmer and more lifelike.  I very much like and take a narrative approach to writing as I think that the characters should tell the story! I want you to hear their voice.  When you read my books, you will feel that you are in each of their heads, know what they are thinking, and no doubt you will feel their passion.

I try hard to faithfully tell each of their stories as I hear or see them.  There are times I swear that I am merely taking dictation as the story unfolds.  Often I have no clue where the story will go, or how it will end.

Possibly I spend too much time alone with my thoughts, but the results are often so beautiful that I don’t really care.

The feedback from those of you who have read my work is marvelous, and it keeps me going.

If I cannot find an agent to pick this story up, I will publish it on Amazon.  Over 70% of my sales come from Amazon, and frankly, they are one of the simplest places to e-publish.

I have many things on Smashwords, but truthfully, they are one of the most difficult places to e-publish.  Your mileage may vary.

I am not only the creator of the verbal art.  You know, those pictures that are created within your head but also, the creator of the cover art.

Look at the cover and tell me if you like it.  What does it say to you?  Should I do something different with it?

When this story is released, and you get to read it for yourself, your emotions will be tweaked.  You will laugh, hunger for their success and cry for them as they pull things together to finish as only TW does, on a high note!   Sad things can happen in the story but I won’t have sad endings!

Much Love -TW

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