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Archive for May, 2014

Thank you to Heidi Thomas, my sister in Women Writing the West, for including me in this tag-team blogging. If you are not familiar with the talented Miss Heidi, please check out her website and blog at www.heidimthomas.com.

 What am I working on?

 The Judas Steer is something new for me. It’s not historical. It’s a contemporary western set in Oklahoma. A line from the synopsis reads, “The resulting media storm renders the public image of organized crime in the United States as wearing a Stetson and handmade Lucchese boots.”

 How does my work differ from others of its genre?

 Story lines came to me as I was working on my family genealogy. Example: A letter telling a BIA agent that my great-great-grandmother, the real Sarah Cannon from Unbridled, “will be better off now that her husband is dead” help define their personalities. After that I love to throw things into the story that make people want to google that place or person to see if they really existed. Retribution contains a lot of that from the pest hospital to the hanging scene.

 Why do I write what I do?

 Simply put, I love American History. I’m that little girl that sat next to you in school and could make you laugh and laugh, but really didn’t concentrate on studies. American History and PE were always an easy “A”. I went to college when I matured and did really well. So much so, at the honor breakfast at my graduation my mother said to my advisor, “Tammy really is a late bloomer.” I was red and speechless. I was forty years old. My second book, Devoted to Antiquing, was written for her.

 How does my writing process work?

 I wouldn’t suggest anyone emulate it. Every trait you are told in writing seminars to not do are my norm. Focus-ha-ha. Not. While working on this novel, I finished and sold a short-story and have piles of information regarding the DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution, projects that I would like to complete in the next two years sitting on my desk. It’s a balancing act that sometimes causes stress, but also reaps many rewards. What would I be doing with my time if I wasn’t still pushing myself to “work to my potential?” Besides my husband, my stress relievers are a Diet Coke or Snickers. I think I’ll go get one. Adios. Thanks for reading.

 At this time I would love to introduce you to a wonderful writer and all around beautiful person, Carolyn Leonard. “Who’s Your Daddy?’ is sitting right behind me on my bookshelf.

 CAROLYN B. LEONARD, former rural newspaper editor, winner of numerous journalistic contests and author of the popular how-to book, “Who’s Your Daddy? – A Guide to Genealogy from Start to Finish,” says that finding your family’s place in history is a life-changing experience and helping others find their history and save the story is her goal.  For more than ten years she has been a commissioned writer for Persimmon Hill, magazine of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. As a past president of Writers of the Purple Sage, OKC Writers and the OK Writers Federation Inc., she is a popular speaker on her favorite subjects, genealogy and writing. Two of her recent manuscripts were winners in this summer’s Federation competition: a non-fiction article, “Carry A. Nation, the Hatchet Lady”; and western novel, “Red Moon on the Washita.”

 Carolyn’s Blog: Writing is easy … http://bit.ly/1cKl879

Website: www.carolynbleonard.com

Meet author KIMBERLY McKAY

As marine brat, Kimberly has traveled the world over, but grew up mostly in Hawaii and Virginia. Her father’s duty stations took them everywhere from Japan to half the continental U.S. Since 1990, Kimberly has called Oklahoma home. It is where her family and her heart are – even though she always wishes she were closer to the beach. She has been married for 14 wonderful years to her husband, Todd, and they have a wonderfully creative 11 year-old boy, who also dreams up wonderful stories.

Kimberly’s first book, Finding Kylie (published in 2008) has received numerous positive reviews and was recently converted into a screenplay.

Congratulations to author of Finding Kylie & Facing Redemption, Kimberly McKay who is planning to release 2 more books this year, Coming Home & Saving Grace.  She’ll be starting her fifth, Second Chances toward the end of the summer.  

Blog link:  www.wornoutwoman.blogspot.com

Thanks for reading what makes us writers.

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Hinton Family WWII

Hinton Family WWII

My husband and I went to the Armed Forces Day Parade in McAlester last Saturday. We had heard how small it had become over the years. The local fire departments would be out in force and little else. It may have been small and yes there were lots of fire engines, but the people that took the time to attend really enjoyed seeing our veterans, young and old, men and women, getting some love.

School bands, horse riders, Shriners in their funny little cars, motor cycle enthusiasts, and all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces strutted their stuff in style. Vintage planes conducted a fly over. Small children laughed with glee.

Small towns remember how to celebrate. I still remember when I was in 3rd grade and President Dwight D. Eisenhower rode by in a convertible. What a thrill. I have since had the honor to visit his birthplace and farm. What a hero. Small town boy rises to be the war-time general of the Allies and then our President.

This is one way to teach our children the meaning of patriotism. Showing respect for our flag has become a lost art. Seeing it being burned in some third world country has become the norm. Do I care foreigners choose to burn the stars and stripes. Not really. They have no idea what it is like to live in a country where they have rights: the right to worship their faith, the right to vote, the right to speak freely, and the right to protect and honor the rights of everyone, even those who disagree with our local and national leaders. That’s America, land of the free, home of the brave.

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