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Reading and Writing

Fall isn’t in the air yet, but schools are starting up soon. Teachers are going back to work in a few days and children are getting registered for the new school year 2009 – 2010. The stores have isle after isle filled with school supplies, backpacks, and other necessities. For those young people leaving for college, there are options for dorm decor in every shade of the rainbow and more stuff than you can probably fit into half of a dorm room.

When I was growing up, we always participated in the Summer Reading program at the public library. I did it with my children when they were growing up also. Many people get so busy with family, vacations, and sports during the summer that they put books aside until the school year begins again. I invite readers and writers to pick up a good book and read. It may not be below 100 degrees where you live yet, but cooler days are coming. There are a lot of wonderful books out there – newly delivered to your local book store or oldies but goodies. In a challenging economy, try visiting your local library. You can get books, audio books, and movies with your card at no cost. Enjoy! I hope that when you pick up a book you’ll include in your pile one of mine. Keep an eye out for news about my novel that will be released Fall 2009.

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Reading and Writing

As a reader, I’m always looking for a new author and love to find a series where I can really follow characters. When I finish a series, it’s like leaving a friend behind and I miss them.

As a writer, I’m challenged to create characters that will do the same for my readers. I try to analyze characters from my favorite books and become aware of plotting as I read, but the best books just pull me in and I forget to analyze as I go. If anyone else has that challenge, then I think a good solution is for us to be a reader first and then go back through the book and figure out what it is that captivates us, keeps us turning pages, and fall in love with a character. I challenge other writers to do that with their next book and come back and let me know what you think.