Monday, January 19, 2015

Who's the inspiration?

One of my beta readers of the completed manuscript is pretty adamant that I should change it to young adult even though none of the characters is younger than 35.  I'm resistant because I feel some of the dialogue would change to something other than what the characters in my head say.  We devolved into arguing over how much of myself is in the main character.  I maintain that (in fiction) most main characters are an extension of the author, just to varying degrees.  "Write about what you know" is a cliche but still decent advice.  I told her she should be more concerned about where I draw inspiration for the quirks of the supporting characters -- as should everyone I've ever met. [winky face here]

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

As research for my current project I just finished reading Open City: True Story of the KC Crime Family (1900-1950) by William Ouseley. Much of the very early organized crime activity originated basically where I work now.  Coincidence, I'm sure.  The Mafia and the Machine: The Story of the Kansas City Mob by Frank R Hayde is up next.

Friday, January 02, 2015

In the days leading up to my 20th high school class reunion I wrote short stories of memories from growing up in small town Iowa.  I published a collection of those stories in my book Hooligan from the Hills: Growing Up Ornery in Iowa's Loess Hills.  Hardcopies of this book may be purchased from, Barnes & Noble, and E-book versions for the Nook, the iPad/iPhone, and ePub format are also available.