While working on a novel, I collect photos that help me better visualize characters and setting. When the book is completed, I then assemble some of the pics into a story board for a trailer. Following is the trailer for Hope of Cherry Blossom Lane.
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 […]
Do you believe in miracles? Alexandra Zakharov is thrilled to have her five-year-old son, Danny, back in her life. But then the unthinkable happens when her old nemesis Helel Ben Shazar kidnaps the boy and the only way to get him back is to surrender her soul to the Devil. As the deadline rapidly approaches for her decision, Alexandra is summoned back to Divinity Falls where she is reunited with the man who abandoned her before the child was born. Alexandra reluctantly teams with Johnny Hinson, the man she had vowed to hate forever, to battle evil and find their […]
Dear friends, This was my second trip to Divinity Falls and once again, it didn’t disappoint. Alexandra is back and so are her friends: Casper Knight (her love interest from Book 1 –Alexandra’s Song), Norma Price (her best friend), and Tony Calhoun (the Sheriff’s Deputy). Alexandra’s love life is definitely kicked up a notch in Book 2, The Miracle at Gabriel’s Rock. I’ll leave you to guess which one of her previous suitors wins her heart. You will be surprised. I know I was. I’m happy to report that between the two books, Alexandra’s dad, Yuri Zakharov, married his longtime personal secretary, […]
Who’d a thunk it? This old man added something new (previously believed to be impossible) to his writing routine. Never gave it much thought. Check that. Never gave it any thought. But it just might be the most important thing I have done to help myself. So what is it? What is that vitally important thing that many writers have overlooked? Especially, those of, shall we say, more advanced age. EXERCISE! I write every day. Never miss. Even on holidays. Hour after hour, sitting in a chair, staring into a laptop monitor. Headaches. Neck pain. Carpal tunnel eyestrain (if there […]