Guest Author: Velda Brotherton

I’d like to introduce you to some outstanding friends and writers that I know you will enjoy meeting. This week, meet Velda Brotherton.


Her latest title is BEYOND THE MOON A veteran broken by years of torture. A woman destroyed by the death of her husband. Two souls bond and learn to love and trust again.

What are you working on now?: Two books. One is the third in A Twist of Poe mystery series titled The Pit and the Penance and the other is the third in my western historical romance series, The Victorians titled Tyra’s Gambler.

Who is the author/artist that inspires you the most, and why?
James Lee Burke because he takes the reader by the hand and leads her through his stories. She feels the heat off the Louisiana swamps, experiences his pain and joy. In other words, he knows deep POV. Every writer should read his books if for no other reason than to know how to write Point of View perfectly.

What are you reading right now?  The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen

Reveal one thing about yourself that few people know: I hate cooked turnips. Joking, I’ve revealed so much in my blogs there’s probably not much left that’s a secret, but I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone how awful cooked turnips taste to me.

Describe your ideal work space…and then tell us about your actual one: Ideally, a cabana on the beach beside a beautiful white beach where I could take a break and frolic in the sun and water, then come back to work again. There would be nothing in my office but a desk, computer, printer and scanner.

My actual workspace is second on my list. I live in the country, am surrounded by the Ozark mountains, a creek in a valley below, lots of trees, birds, a few wild animals. However, the office is a mess all the time. Books piled everywhere, Bank boxes with research materials like old newspaper articles, magazines, etc., and sometimes I have to be careful not to trip over something I’ve left around me. Messy. If I clean it up I can’t work.

What advice do you have for other writers/artists?
Do what you love, and if you don’t love it, go find something else. It’s not money or fame, but the love of the craft that will sustain you through thick and thin. After 30 years I’m sort of an expert on that.

Where can readers find you online? for all my books.


Q is for Quote

The April Blogging from A to Z Challenge continues!


Q (Photo credit: chrisinplymouth)

Q is for Quote

People have important things to say.  I love listening to others’ words for the gem of an idea, the jewel that perfectly expresses an emotion.  That’s why I wrote Quotes for Creative Minds, a collection of my favorite quotes from celebrities great and small.  Here’s a few of my faves:

It is a known condition that when you begin to pay attention to something you’ve never really looked at before, you will begin to see it everywhere.  You eventually begin to feel as if the thing is out to find you, instead of the other way around.   –Keri Smith

When anyone becomes an authority, that is the end of him as far as development is concerned. (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1948)

Education, of course, is always based on what was. Education shows you what has been and leaves you to make the deduction as to what may be. Education as we pursue it cannot prophesy, and does not. (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1955)

“I don’t have space in my head to put up with harmless old gits trying to make me feel bad,” said Amina, folding her arms.  “I’ve learned to tell the difference between the people who can really hurt you and those who just want to look down their noses.” – Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’ Last Stand

“Only sometimes when we pick and choose among the rules we discover later that we have set aside something precious in the process.” – Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’ Last Stand

“Life does often get in the way of one’s reading.” – Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’ Last Stand

Leave a comment for me, if you please.  Writing is a lonely business.

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Little Libraries…Big Idea

I have been so taken with the idea for Little Free Libraries ever since I saw one put up by a Springfield man for his writer/teacher wife.  If you haven’t heard of this amazing – but remarkably easy idea – for promoting literacy in your community, you should definitely check it out.

Let’s face it.  If you love to read, you’ve always dreamed of owning your own bookstore or running a library.  Well, people are doing just that all across the U.S., Africa, India, Europe, and even in Afghanistan!  It all started with Wisconsin resident Todd Bol, who made a miniature replica of a one-room schoolhouse, set it on a post in his front yard, and filled it with books.  Intended as a tribute to his mother – a teacher and bibliophile – it quickly became a gathering place for the neighborhood.  A friend in Madison had the same reaction when he placed one in his community.  And from there, the phenomenon has spread.


Little Free Libraries come in all shapes and sizes… re-purposed phone booths, glorified birdhouses, and street corner wagons!

Three years, 36 countries, and thousands of Little Free Libraries later, a non-profit organization is in place to help anyone who wants to be a part of helping readers old and young.  Whether they are your neighbors, passersby, or tourists, Little Free Libraries are a tiny oasis of literary joy in our hectic, technology-filled lives.  Many work in partnership with area businesses, universities, and funded libraries, while others operate outside of ordinary businesses and homes. 

Anyone can become a “steward” – just setting up a weather-proof box and a small selection of books is all it takes!  For a small registration fee, you can be added to the official Little Free Libraries database and world map (a resource for geocachers who love to spook out new “treasure” spots!) and get a numbered title plaque for their book box.

A true Tardis…it can take you anywhere and anytime!

I am so excited about this concept, and plan to put up a Little Free Library at my road, as well as at a rental property in another neighborhood.  And if you know me well and are reading this, expect me to be pestering you to put one up in your front yard too!

I’ll keep you posted on our progress, and hope to see signs from all of you that you are getting started on your own Little Free Library!