Author Info-What I'm Writing... Right Now!
In 1957, Russell Carpenter, 21 years old, assisted in the shooting deaths of three people at Jo-Del Restaurant in Washington, D.C. His sick-kick was Henry Overton, a man who was well-known to police and had already spent time in prison for violent crimes.
The pair of fugitives avoided capture for over a week by car-jacking and kidnapping several individuals across the United States. Russell Carpenter was captured in Miami, Florida and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, including Lewisburg Penitentiary and Alcatraz. His accomplice died in a high-speed chase with police, and therefore was never tried for his crimes.
Russell Carpenter never adjusted well to prison life. His mind was always on freedom and the lovely Doris, his first kidnap victim. At every turn, Russell attempts to escape the prison walls. But forces beyond him are at work and his chance never comes.
So what happened after his release? The truth will shock you! Stay tuned for book release dates 2017 where all the juicy details of the events and prison life will keep you on your toes!
April Makes New Friends
Written and Illustrated by Helen H. Wu
April’s family move to a new city and April's anxious about the new school and worried about making new friends. She wants someone to be her best friend forever. This is the story of how April makes new friends. It will catch your eye with its sweet picture of the little girl, April, and her puppy, Avery.
Turning up the Heat on Your Novel Writing
Writing a novel can be scary… exhilarating… the difficulties endless…
So, here are a few tips that might help turn the heat on your words and take your novel from dull to fabulous.
Do NOT open your novel with a dream. And watch out for the recurring premonition and past psychological mask of a dream like a traumatic experience from the past. This is so overdone and a little cliche. If you really want to use a dream in our novel, do it only once to give the reader a window to what a character is experiencing, emotionally, at that moment.
Try working a secret into the story with the end goal of heightening the conflict. Make it a secret that only your main character and the reader known. This opens the door for the reader to bond with your character.
When the going gets dull, bring in a guy with a gun. You can justify it later. This technique automatically adds tension and conflict to any scene. Think of all the questions that need answering, such as... Who is the man with the gun? Does he know any of the characters? What does he want to accomplish? If a gun isn’t your thing, try an unexpected guest, someone from the past, an upsetting phone call, and accident, a police office, a nun, a con artist, a news worth tidbit, a death, or a sudden shocker.
Conflict is a writer’s best friend. TROUBLE, TROUBLE, TROUBLE. The worse the trouble, it brings more heat and intensity to your words.
And while you’re on a roll, don’t stop to edit. It breaks down the creative process. Just put a symbol beside the text that you need to edit or do more research about and carry on writing. Come back to this later to fill in the blanks or elaborate.
Cheers and happy writing!
Keeping a Novel Journal
A while back I heard about “novel
journaling.” Intrigued, I discovered that it was a journal developed
for each novel you write. It keeps you motivated by introducing an easy
tracking system for creativity and productivity. It is best to complete at
the end of your day because it also gives you the opportunity to reflect and
I like to begin by entering the date with a few lines about
what is happening in my life. (I use
this loosely, as you can get as personal or guarded as you like.) Perhaps I am
elated about my daughter’s ballet recital or I’m a little bummed about a friend
not being able to make it to dinner. These emotions will show through in your
daily writing. Use them
I’d follow this entry with any ideas that have popped in your head from dreams, while showering, waiting in the grocery line…
Now for a little recap
- Plot developments
- Trouble spots
Finish with letting your imagination run wild. Ask yourself, “What if…?” story possibilities. Such as, What if Jessica could not reach the knife? What if Michael kissed the girl? What if Shawna and her sister have a fight?
Ask the basic
questions first and then
I hope this is a tool you can use to stay focused and grounded
to the completion of your manuscript.
I am the writer/voice behind Manhattan Mikey
A good-natured, warm and loving cat that lives in
Contributor of nursery rhymes to a lovely illustrated book of bedtime stories.
One, two, peek-a-boo
RED, BLUE, I see you.
Tiny faces behind the leaves
Skip, jump, trick and tease.
Secret spaces, secret places,
explore among the many mazes.
The stalks and stems-they do bend,
with love and care, we tend.
One, two, peek-a-boo
RED, BLUE, I see you.