“Thank you for everything, Grandmother, Auntie and Mother! You’ve made me what I am today.” I wrote a special post for Helping Hands Press this week. I would like to be sure you know about it and have an opportunity to read it. I hope it stimulates consideration in your life about the things you may have been subtly taught as you were developing into the person you are today.
Marketing and networking are not difficult for me, but they were a bit of a surprise to find in ample assignment among the tasks surrounding writing novels and stories!
Helping Hands Press has been a stimulating and informative publisher to work with. As the publishing house has grown itself, the marketing efforts have been inspiring and DRIVING! HHP participates vigorously in promotion of the books that they publish and has built a plan for marketing where author and publisher are both active.
I’ve written ‘my assigned’ piece for the Helping Hand Press blog a few times (and at times mumbled a bit about having to stop my ‘real writing’). Recent plans for publishing “Mother, Can You Hear Me?”, a collection of stories and essays written while I was my mother’s caregiver, sparked the most recent post, “Flying Away”. I confess I’m proud of it! A colleague read it and declared it, “Absolutely beautiful! Moving and sweet.”
While participating in the design of the cover for “Mother, Can You Hear Me”, we all saw the symbolism in the refreshing photo. The reflection: Will I be a reflection of my mom? The colored umbrella: Dark rain but bright spot of color and tenderness…I’m blessed to have had these times with my mother that may have been difficult in the moment.
I would love it if you would turn to the post at HHP’s blog for the details. I write about three generations of my family — Grandmother, Mother and Aunt, and myself overflowing with the music at our roots along with the music at our dreams. Their determined pursuit of dreams and goals took them from one lifestyle into an entirely different world. Through that successful pursuit, they learned the values of where they came from and who they were at their foundations. These values were part of what they all taught me and deeply influence my writing. Even though I also enjoy the ‘finer’ things that these strong women craved as they parked the tunes they considered ‘backwoods’ and looked upon more classical sound, my deepest heart can still soar with the lovely notes of “I’ll Fly Away”. All because my strong foundation womenfolk didn’t erase and completely deny their roots, instead shared them with me.
These beloved women taught me to learn….to love history and the stories of the people who were living at any moment in time. The stories of those people come out in the novels and series that I write for your pleasure. All grand fiction, to be sure,….at least that is what we tell ourselves when we delve into the spirit of a day gone-by and cannot prove the existence of the characters who were there first. Small image of book collage and link to buy page.
Thank you again, each and everyone for reading and encouraging! Because of you, my ‘writing cup is overflowing’ and there are many books coming forth!