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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Since concluding my last novel, Alexandra’s Song, I have taken a month off from writing. Well, sort of. Actually, I have devoted time to revising my previous works with new covers and a few touchup edits where needed. This old dog still likes to learn some new tricks. I was determined to master GIMP (because it’s FREE) and step up my marketing efforts. Mission accomplished. What is GIMP, you say? Like Photoshop without the hefty price tag. Additionally, I have set up a little side biz at Fiverr for those interested in professional custom book trailers. Gives me a chance to use […]