As a form of guerilla marketing to generate editing work, in 2004 I started Flogging the Quill, a blog about the art and craft of storytelling. FtQ has become a popular litblog on the Internet: thousands of writers stop by every week for my coaching and critiques of writing.
While editing jobs have come to me as a result of the blog, the most satisfying part has been helping other writers conquer writing difficulties—you should see the delight in the thank-you notes I receive. I’ve also used the blog as a springboard to doing workshops at writers conferences that focus on the keys to crafting a killer first page. Info about 4 of my writer workshops is here.
And then there’s the novelist side of me
I’ve completed five novels so far, learning as I go. A couple of them were viable enough to land a literary agent, though I haven’t yet found a publisher.
In terms of focus, I guess “commercial fiction” is mine, although I haven’t settled into a single genre. So far my work doesn’t seem to want to conform to the expectations of genre fiction.
So I’ve taken the path of self-publication. Don’t sell much--yet--but it’s out there.
On the personal side, I’m happily married and have four delightful (and grown) children who are procreating a growing brood of lovely grandchildren. I now live in Ashland, Oregon, a place of beauty.
I grew up in Dallas, Texas, but have since lived, as my grandmother would have said, all over hell and half of Georgia. As of this writing, the places I’ve called home are Dallas, Texas; Bloomington and Chicago, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; Studio City and Van Nuys, California; Ashland, Oregon; Cincinnati, Ohio; Salt Lake City, Utah; Louisville, Kentucky; Seattle and Pullman, Washington.