I never know what my wife is doing in her art studio. Occasionally I hear some clunks and rattles, but basically she paints in silent seclusion. Frequently, she emerges to share her progress on a painting. Studies it for a while and then scampers back upstairs to her studio. Today, she brought me an early Valentine’s gift with special meaning. The painting is from a scene at Orkney Springs, Virginia. In past articles, I have shared my love for this historic spot. In the 19th century, it was a resort for the wealthy in search of the healing powers of the […]
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 […]
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 […]