A group of Oklahoma authors were invited to write a series of short stories with a recurring theme based on the curse of a Scrimshaw doll:
In the late seventeenth century, a zealously protective father feared his daughter’s betrothed would betray her. A gypsy attempted to hex the girl with this spell: All those who betray you will suffer. Only true love can break the curse. The child was holding a doll her father had fashioned out of some mysterious bone. As luck would have it, the curse was buried within the doll and carried on through the centuries. Our first installment picks up with the young woman’s daughter, who inherited the doll.
These stories, in various genres, were published with The Wild Rose Press as individual releases but have now been combined in two boxed sets, each containing five stories.
My historical western, Trail of Hope, has been included in the first boxed set, Cursed, which is now available through Amazon or The Wild Rose Press. Here’s the lineup for each boxed set:
Pirate’s Proposal – Diana Layne
The English Lily – Kae Elle Wheeler
Trail of Hope – Heidi Vanlandingham
Fading Rose – Tamrie Foxtail
The Last Daughter – Jessica Ferguson
Coming August 16, 2014:
Volume 2: Burdened includes
The Color of Betrayal – Kathy L Wheeler
Thicker Than Water – Alicia Dean
Skinbound – Anna Kittrell
Tessa’s Treasures – Callie Hutton
The Bone Bride – Tamrie Foxtail
LUCK OF THE IRISH
While I’ve been creating this site, the one thought that keeps popping into my mind is how do people come up with their post ideas? Do they surf the internet for the popular subjects currently discussed? Or, do these writers pull a thought our of their head?
For me, I hope the answer is somewhere in between. I’ve never been one to follow the crowd or do what’s popular at that moment. On the other hand, I know what’s in my head and it scares me–imagine what it would do to regular people? Too many thoughts ping-pong around in my brain on extra-high speed. A popular question I get is “How do you keep track of them all?” My answer is, “I don’t.”
The best way to describe the evolution of my thoughts is once they get tired of boomeranging into each other, new thoughts take their place and the old thoughts are forced to play slip and slide on the outside looking in. Makes for some awesome headaches. Eventually, the old thoughts mature (most of the time) and resurface in a malleable format.
Maybe looking into the monstrous variety of topics and plethora of blogs would be a better idea…
What do you think? Where do you find your ideas?
Writing is my life. My drive. I sit down and the stories pour out of my mind. Sometimes so fast my hand can’t keep up. If life—kids and laundry—didn’t bombard me, I could write a book a month. Well, maybe a month and a half.
There are times though, when trying to get published is overwhelming. I realized early in my writing journey that editors and agents are human with inhuman jobs. They have good and bad days and aren’t perfect. Unfortunately, because of the publishing industry’s demands, the author is expected to be faultless.
As authors, we dream of incredible stories and bring them to life for the reader. Mystery, inspirational, or the darker, grittier paranormal/urban fantasy all drive the reader’s imaginations and ultimately push them to higher goals. The human being strives for something more, something better. New job, better lifestyle, and even love keep the readers’ hope alive. Books are the catalyst for many things. And, for the authors they create an outlet for creativity, a way to connect with readers, and a legacy.
Writing keeps me going. Keeps me sane. I conform daily to those who’ve traveled this road before me. I absorb their advice, their techniques, and their aspirations. I never wonder if I will be published, only when.