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I’ve produced over 1,000,000 words of fiction. I am in the middle of getting my books out there and after a few months of figuring out this whole self-pubbing thing, I have a few short stories out and two novels, “The Path Home” and “Life, Love and the Pursuit of Chocolate.”

Aside from one high school creative writing class, I’ve never had any lessons on writing. While I understand basic concepts of grammar, (I wouldn’t have gotten out of grad school without it!) my editors will still tell you that I am still prone to writing mistakes such as run-on sentences, misunderstanding semicolons, overusing the same descriptor on the same page, and other English 101 concepts.

Each of my books went through about five beta readers and then two editors (I found out too late that the first editor wasn’t good). I’ve written so long in a coffee shop that the workers have been hired and retired during one of my writing marathons.

My point is I’ve tried really hard. That of course, doesn’t mean anything because as any writer will tell you, we all do our best. It’s kind of like the husband that complains to his wife that he did the dishes and laundry for the last week and he wants to know where his extra desserts are. She replies that baby, when you’ve done it for ten years, then we can talk.

Readers don’t give out A for efforts. They give out money for damn good writing.

As I am about to release two books in the next few weeks, part of me feels like taking a step back and saying, “holy cow, what if I’m not a good writer?” I mean, just because someone writes one book or a thousand novels, it doesn’t mean they are good at it.

I know some of my uncertainty is coming from the reactions to “The Girl in the Coffee Shop” which went free a few months ago. An accumulative 26 or so 1 star reviews is enough to knock the wind out of most writers, and I suppose I am not immune. I was getting a few nice reviews on Goodreads of my other story “Bed Green” so when those 1 stars came for “TGITCS” it made me rethink everything. Some of the complaints were that the story was to short (I struggled with this but as the old saying goes, when the story is over, it’s over, and for me, it was done) as well as poorly written (fair enough if a reader doesn’t like my style) and immature (I’ll be the first one to admit I like goofy humor, but I think some of the reviewers misunderstood and thought the first person narrator was sharing my personal views).

But the experience has forced questions into my mind. What if I am nothing more than a talentless actor in a play? Maybe I am the singer of the viral hit “Chocolate Rain” when I yearn to be Barry White. I am an X Factor castoff when I want nothing more to be that American Idol.

I first scraped pencil across paper when I was about 8 years old, in an attempt to write a good story. It probably sucked, but my mom, of course, would have loved it and said I did a good job had I shown it to her. What if things have never changed?

I know these feelings are partially because of those reviews but then again, I am in the middle of a one hour Adele “Someone Like You” songathon. Maybe I’m just a little sentimental at the moment because of the music. 😉

I write because I want to offer comfort and humor that a wonderful story can bring. I want thousands of people across the world to be able to sit back and get away from their lives for a few hours.

This isn’t a pity party and I am not asking for reassurance or advice. Don’t waste your time talking about how we all get 1 star reviews and so let’s pick the chin up. That’s not what this post is for. I’m just sharing some of my private feelings, and for those that know me, they understand that doesn’t happen very often. Maybe in the end, it is just a way to share with some of you that may be feeling the same way from time to time, that you are not alone.

But I’m going to keep writing, I am going to try and learn from my editors comments and even my critics.

I’ve embedded the song below should anyone want to take a trip down the sad lane with me.

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My book, “The Path Home” is live. It is the second book I wrote, but for some reason, it was always one of my favorite. Oh, I know authors aren’t supposed to have favorite books, but just like parents don’t have favorite kids, all parents know the tiny secret that they do. But we’ll keep that secret safe for now.

“The Path Home” has always had a special place in my heart and I am not sure why. There was nothing spectacular going on with my life when I wrote it and epiphanies were all dried up when I hit the save button. I don’t even remember going out to eat to celebrate that I had finished writing it.

But I love it all the same.

Now it’s out there. Just as a parent has to let their kid out of the safety of the house and push them in to kindergarten, so now, “The Path Home” is out there for strangers to pick on, laugh at, but hopefully most will love it. I have no control over that. I just did the best I could and now I hope that it will succeed in the world.

This isn’t a post where I beg you to buy my book, although of course, I hope you do. It is more just sharing  how much I care about it and how I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you to all my supporters.

“The Path Home” Description:

A chance encounter at a bookstore…the start of a sweet love story.

When Mr. Dominguez runs into Antoinette at their beachside community bookstore, the connection between them is instantaneous and unmistakable. They seem to be made for each other. There is just one problem.

He is a priest, and she doesn’t know.

Father Dominguez must decide if his true path is with Antoinette, or with the God he has always been devoted to. And he must do it soon, before he breaks not only his vows, but also Antoinette’s heart.

Buy it on Amazon. Buy it at Barnes and Noble.

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Today Samantha Warren’s book Vampire Assassin (Jane #1) is featured.

Samantha is going to share a funny story from her life:
 A man and a giraffe walk into a bar. They order a couple rounds of vodka (ok, more than a couple) and get totally wasted. The giraffe falls on the floor and the man gets up to leave. As he’s walking to the door, the bartender yells, “Hey! You can’t leave that lyin’ there!” The man looks at the giraffe, (more…)

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Today David Gaughran’s book of short stories, “If You Go Into The Woods” is featured.

But first, David is going to share a funny story from his life:
I once woke up face-to-face with a severed bull’s head. I didn’t take it personally though. (more…)

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Today Tim Kizer’s book, “Intoxication” is featured.

But first, Tim is going to share a funny story from his life:
A couple of years ago, I visited a friend in San Diego. She hosted a small party at her place that day and, after we had some food, she said that she had bought a dozen scratch off lottery tickets earlier and that she wanted us to help her find out if she had won anything. I had a chance to scratch two of those tickets and was excited to find out that one of them won $10,000. For the next few minutes, (more…)

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My guest today is Lisa Scott. She has written a contemporary romance called “Spouse Hunting.” Before we learn about her book, she is going to share a funny story from her life!

A true and funny story from Author Lisa Scott’s life:
I took my young kids to the water park and decided I’d lay in the sun in my bathing suit while they frolicked.  I took off my coverup, exposing some cleavage.  My 7 year-old-son frowned, (more…)

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A true and funny story from Author RW Bennett’s life:
The Tattered Cover in Denver is one of the best and most famous independent bookstores in all of America. In the early 80’s, it was located in the Cherry Creek area, near where I worked as a young CPA. I used to browse there frequently over my lunch hour or after work. The store filled all six stories of a building, and book displays were merchandized on the landings between floors. One day, wearing a new but inexpensive CPA suit, I was intently reading a book featured on one of the landings. I turned the page, and a woman next to me jumped, startled, (more…)

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