Behind the Scenes of ‘The Fire-Pit’

Until I began writing The Fire-Pit I never thought about what went into writing a novel. At the library or bookstore, if an authors’ name or a cover caught my eye, I read the blurb on the back. If it sounded interesting I took the book home. It was fairly easy to find an entertaining story.

The last eighteen months have been an adventure. Grab a camp chair and join me by the fire.

Research

A great story idea came to me in the shower. Guess I ought to write a book.

Yep, that’s how it started. With an idea. Part of my idea involved a food truck. I spent many hours learning everything I could about food trucks.

I spent days creating my characters. I found images on google. I interviewed each character, asking 40 in-depth and probing questions. I learned a lot about them.

Despite being scared I was ready to write. So I did the research all over again. I repeated this process for six months.

Camp NaNoWriMo

There was a blog, written by indie author Donna B. McNicol, that I regularly read. She announced in July that she was super busy writing all of August’s blog posts ahead of time because of Camp NaNoWriMo. I remember eagerly following the link to discover what this camp was all about. Camp NaNoWriMo is where writers come together and for a month write like crazy. You can do anything, a novel, a screenplay, blog posts, non-fiction, newsletters, or research for an upcoming project. I decided it might just be the kick in the pants I needed to escape this research quagmire I’d fallen into.

I wrote every day for two and a half weeks. On day 17 my characters went on strike citing unsafe working conditions. They claimed boredom had almost resulted in several of them dying. They refused to come back to work until I’d watched a few action adventure movies. I argued with them. They won. Continue reading “Behind the Scenes of ‘The Fire-Pit’”

Who Are You Honoring This Memorial Day?

Each year when Memorial Day comes around I try to watch all the military movies (the ones based on history) that I have. I want to remind myself of the important reasons that the men and women of the armed forces have fought. And of the sacrifices they have made for our country, for you, and for me.

It saddens me when I see retail sales overwhelm the real significance of this day. A day to remember the lives lost, the lives forever changed by injury, the families who sacrifice time with their loved ones, and the families who wait eagerly for their safe return. Continue reading “Who Are You Honoring This Memorial Day?”