The Girl in the Painting

In my new novella “The Month of April” I dedicate this story to The city of New Orleans, but also to “the girl in the painting.” This is the painting. It is a beautiful watercolor painted by the late great artist Steve Hanks called “The Streets of New Orleans.” I fell in love with this …

Short Stories or Novel or Screenplay or….

After having just published several short stories and poems in “Fool-Hearted” and released my novella “The Month of April” on April 1st, I really have no clue on what to work on next. I have several ideas, of course. But one seems to keep fighting against the other. I do have a novel I could …

Day 2 of #indieApril

So it’s day two, I just finished a loving story “Scout’s Honor” written by author Dori Ann Dupré. You can find the copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N6PF4GK This is a beautiful and I believe a story people can relate too. I won’t give any spoilers, but while reading, the author is unafraid to allow …

#IndieApril: Support Independent Authors

Last night to kick off #indieapril, I asked independent authors to send me links to their books because I would like to not only support these amazing self-published authors, but I want to read their works. This morning I woke up with over 70 books posted by writers, and I’m so excited to start reading. …

Busy Day

I’ve been busy the last few days. I am updating my 1st book Forever Striking a Crucified Pose. I rushed to self-publish, and I’ve never been satisfied with the way it turned out. Now that I am familiar with formatting after a lot of trials and errors, I am finally happy with the end result. …

My thoughts on Self-Publishing

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. My first job wasn’t in fast food, but at a newspaper when I was 14 years old. I had an editor, and he was grouchy. I didn’t get paid much, but I loved it. It wasn’t until my late 20’s I began writing fiction. …

Behind the Story: “Fool-Hearted” from my book “Forever Striking a Crucified Pose”

“Fool-Hearted” a short story from my book “Forever Striking a Crucified Pose” was inspired by the opening melody of Coltrane’s “My Shining Hour.” If you’ve never heard it, it really is beautiful. The narrator of the story is the main character. He is a jazz guitarist. I imagined him as being somewhat successful locally or …

Candy versus Beets Part 2

Over the weekend I’ve been thinking about my idea to set up a page to invite writers to have their work edited, and critiqued, that will not only I hope help them create more marketable “Beets” but in a way that won’t break them, and even more create a relationship built on trust and a …