Monthly Blog Archives: January 2017

The Enormous Challenge of Self-Publishing

One of the great positives about being a self-publishing author is freedom. Who doesn’t want to be their own boss? I answered to bosses more years than I care to remember. There were a few along the way who were somewhat tolerable. But autonomy is nice, albeit enormously challenging. When I wrote my first novel in 2012, I was motivated by a need to get something off my chest. It was therapy. Yes, Fifth Sunday: The Loving Hands Murder is a work of fiction, but it is based on a true story. In it, I shared many of the realities […]

No Line and No Waiting for the Lord’s Forgiveness, Goodness, and Love

No Line and No Waiting for the Lord's Forgiveness, Goodness, and Love

You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5 Have you ever been in the doghouse? In case you don’t know what that means, the doghouse is a place where husbands are sentenced by their wives when they fail to live up to the wife’s expectations. It’s not a literal doghouse but is, figuratively, a place that is very cold and miserable. While in the doghouse the husband receives little to no verbal communication from his wife except for an occasional slamming of an object, the failure of an expected meal to […]

Interview with Hope Hunter

Hope Hunter is the star character in my new novel, Hope of Cherry Blossom Lane. She was kind enough to speak with me recently and to share some insight into her heartwarming story. Richard: Thanks for sharing your valuable time with us today. Hope: My pleasure. Richard: I’m going to read a sentence from a scene in your story. I would be interested in your thoughts. Hope: Sure. Richard: History had repeated itself. Thirty-five years ago, Hope stood at that window, clutching the same stuffed animal. Hope: Ah, yes. My precious granddaughter, Emma. Up until that moment, I had only considered […]

Welcome to Harmony Springs

That feeling you get when you finish a novel. Hope of Cherry Blossom Lane is a wrap, and I hope it will be a blessing to you. For this novel, places and incidents from my childhood sparked my creativity. For example, The Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, VA. Blame my affection for chocolate covered cherries for the the switch from apple blossoms to cherry blossoms. In my mind’s eye, I saw cobblestone streets lined with blossoming trees, quaint specialty shops, Victorian and Colonial style buildings, and friendly people. A place of harmony. Welcome to 118 Cherry Blossom Lane in Harmony […]

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