What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out?
There are some great MFA programs out there, and yes, I believe they are worth every dime if you know writing is part of your future. But if a university program is not for you, there are also some very good writing groups available for joining, and writing books where you could pick up some good tips about writing. Also today, social media is fantastic for learning about writing, finding on-line writing groups, and on-line magazines always looking for short stories and parts of longer works.
What is your greatest character strength?
I would say compassion.
What is your weakest character trait?
Compassion – you’re going to get some from me like it or not.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
Well, it’s definitely not my clean house, my extravagantly prepared meals, or anything that has to do with organization or preplanning. I am most proud of my family, my friends, and my writing.
What’s your favorite meal?
I wouldn’t necessarily call it my favorite, but I have eaten crow more than once.
What movie do you love to watch?
I read much more than I watch television or go to the movies, and I can’t remember at the moment the last movie I watched, but I am sure it was probably horror or maybe drama.
If you could do any job in the world, what would you do?
I love what I do now, but for a day maybe I would choose being a bus rider. Yes, back when I was attending grad school, the bus was great for stories. Bartending wasn’t bad, but drunk people have a habit or repeating the same story over and over.
The Tarot predicts the journey as Ray Long comes to the town of Pettington hoping to leave his rage behind and begin a new life. And when he meets Skye Roosevelt, he begins to believe he can recreate himself and find his future in Pettington. But Pettington is no ordinary town with a metaphysical store that tells its future, a whore house that keeps it financially secure, and secrets long buried just beneath its surface. And soon Ray Long begins to spiral down into the pit of violence he has always known.
He begins to hear the Devil whisper in his ear, and he soon discovers his old self is more soothing to him than the new life he’s created. And when he tries to murder two of Pettington’s own, Skye Roosevelt must search deep within herself for her own self identity in order to protect her son as Ray Long battles the past in order to separate the passion from the pain.
Broken Wing is a story about an abuser who was a victim of abuse as a child. This is a story about his family relations, the need for love, the devastation of rejection, and the merry-go-round that keeps turning. And this story is about self-identity, a self-identity the character believes defines him, dark and rigid, until he is pushed to the extreme, only then can he step out and stand naked with this identity at his feet as he lays claim to the past that molded him and the passion that fills his heart.
Genre - Literary
Rating – PG-13
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