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.


Happy Summer, Friends!

It’s been a few months since I was able to touch base with all of you. The spring has been filled with travel, trials, and tractor pulls. (Okay, I didn’t actually go to any of those last ones, but now you’re paying attention.)

Now that things have settled down a bit, I’m happy to report that I’m back in production mode. My Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is completed. My manuscript for my first fiction book has been accepted for publication. I’m done teaching for the summer. And while other people head for the beach, I reorganize my life.

I’ve asked a few of my friends to drop by in the next few months, so you’ll be hearing from authors and artists from time to time. I hope you’ll click on over to their websites and support them with a comment or a “like” or investing in their art with a few dollars.

I’ll keep you posted on my book’s progress, and invite you all to celebrate with me!


“Casting On” Appears in Gravel Literary Magazine

Fall cleaning often means time to re-organize.  The shelves, cabinets, drawers, shed, basement…nothing is safe when the mood to clean out strikes!  For me, organizing is essential to a fresh beginning, and that inspired my latest piece, “Casting On“.   This personal essay appears in the November 2013 issue of Gravel Literary Magazine, and fuses the idea of beginnings with the determination and frustrations that accompany learning any new endeavor – even if it’s just a couple of sticks and some string.

Knitting Kit-Jimin

(Photo credit: nist6ss)

Take a moment to visit this extraordinary magazine and enjoy the offerings of some very creative minds.