Meet my new friend, Elaine Waldron. Elaine is an author, based in Seattle, USA. She specialises in young adult fiction. Along with our mutual friend, Phillip Duke, we exchange notes and generally help each other along. You have to have attempted to write a book before you realise just how difficult it can be. Comparisons with pregnancy and giving birth may not be so very wide of the mark. Not being a woman, I can't be absolutely sure of that, but I can certainly see parallels from my masculine standpoint. We authors sometimes need all the help we can get.
On special occasions, the Muse decides that she likes us after all and our finest work simply pours, unassisted, from our keyboards. The Muse, however, is a toffee-nosed little madam who spends most of her time ignoring us disdainfully. That is when we need our friends, and they are invaluable.
I have included links on my Home Page to Elaine's and Phillip's websites.
'The Ancient Realm' is nearing completion. I am deeply involved in line-editing (and Phillip is helping). July dawns tomorrow and the book should be on sale before the month is out.
In between times, I have produced a (very) short story. It is entitled 'The Painted Door' and it is included in an anthology of short stories that my other literary friend, Suzy Stewart Dubot has collected from the authors featured on her website (link on Home Page). The collection is entitled, 'The Painted Door' and is due out on Kindle very soon. Proceeds will go to the Sea Shepherd charity. That will bring my total of published works up to seven (all right, six and a bit), at least for a few weeks.
I enjoyed writing a short story for a change. It was the first I had created since I was a schoolboy. I think I might try some more.
Writer of Fantasy, thrillers, comedy - and anything else that takes my fancy.