Is this thing on?
Hi! Welcome to my first blog entry of 2018... I know, I'm seriously behind. But this is the Year of the Earth Dog, which means that it's my year, and I've been planning some things that are going to knock your socks off!
The first big thing is one I hope you've already noticed: my site's gotten a lovely new makeover in Aviario's signature colors (Go, Eagles!), and things are generally a lot more streamlined. The About Aviario page is front-and-center in my navigation, now, because I'm going to start rolling out some fun information and pictures about the characters and their favorite places to hang out. My goal is for your Aviario experience to be as immersive as possible, before you've even picked up a book: if the novels are the trip, consider my website the brochure.
The second piece of great news that I have for you? I'm opening up Between The Lines for indie author book reviews again! If you're interested in getting a review from me, please hop on over to fill out this form. It's only a few questions long, and extremely user-friendly.
I've also started sharing excerpts and art over on my Pinterest boards ... if you're a fan of Pinterest like I am, please head on over and follow me there! I also curate boards for Druidry, Bullet Journaling, and Arts & Crafts ... let's share ideas with each other!
Until next week,
Two challengers, to be precise! A questionnaire has been making the rounds among the Twitter author community, and my colleagues S. Hunter Nisbet and Jewel E. Leonard have charged me with filling it out! I'll make my own challenges on Twitter once this is complete. Here are my answers - I hope you enjoy them and learn something new!
When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to?
I've always loved scribbling down stories, but I think I seriously started considering it Writing in junior high. I didn't decide I wanted to be an Author until my junior year of high school ... up to that point, I wanted to be an animator (which is why you'll still see me doodling portraits of my characters).
You're going to only make me pick ONE? No question. That would be my oldest, my muse: Dr. Paul Robert Feistus. His first name is an homage to the late, great voice actor Paul Frees. His middle name is the first name of the actor whose face and voice he bears in my mind. As for Feistus, well. Those of you who read my blog regularly, and are familiar with the works of Marlowe - which is another homage name, and a much more important one - may be able to ... puzzle ... it out.
With the distinction of being my oldest character, he boasts the most character development ... even if he only has a brief appearance on the page so far, as a psychiatrist in "In The Cards". He even got his own Twitter account, over the past week. He's not particularly happy about my forcing him to join the modern age, but it keeps me happy and keeps his voice from getting rusty, as he won't show up on a regular basis. What can I say? I love writing him. If you'd like to get to know him, I've been managing to get him to put up a tweet or two between patients here.
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