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My newest books are about two very special rescue horses. I’m so excited to have them and their trainers along with me this summer for several book events where you can meet them. Check out the EVENTS tab at the top of the page for dates and times.

These two will gallop straight into your heart!

TAZ & The Big Flappy Thing

Book #5 Rescue Animal Series

In collaboration with owner/trainer Stephanie Nelson.

FLASH The Story of Me

Book #6 Rescue Animal Series

In collaboration with owner/trainer Christie Shippy-Head, and featuring photographs by Lacy Johnston.

Follow the Rescue Animals on Instagram @tazandbly and @flashtherescuehorse

 

MAGGIE’S BETRAYAL

Short novella based in part on the life of my husband’s great-grandmother. The story is now available in eBook format on Amazon and B&N NOOK Book. Only 0.99 cents!

A gripping story of family betrayal, deep despair, and finding the strength to follow your heart.

Go here to read Chapter One.

Writer. Blogger. Speaker.

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Find me at www.wordsmithsix.wordpress.com along with my writing critique group as we navigate the world of creative writing and publishing.

Check out the Home Page of this website for blog posts at PRAIRIE PURVIEW  about the genuine people, places, history, and the western lifestyle of the Texas Panhandle.

 Organizations  

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The Alliance of Independent Authors

Western Writers of America, Inc.

Women Writing the West

Texas High  Plains Writers

 

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Short Stories & Articles

My story, A Cowboy’s Christmas Blessing, was selected for inclusion in a collection of short stories by West Texas authors, West Texas Christmas, published by ACU Press. Freelance articles have appeared in numerous publications, most recently “A Cowboy’s Life” in Appleseeds Magazine, as well as Chicken Soup for the Mothers of Preschoolers Soul, Amarillo UpTown Magazine, Writing for DOLLARS! eZine, ByLine Magazine, Amarillo Globe-News, The West Texan, Stories for Children eZine, kidmagwriters.com, and numerous job related venues.

The view from my back patio.

BIO

Hello! Thanks for finding me. I’m a 6th generation Texan, spending most of my life in the little town of Dimmitt. My mother’s family settled in Texas in 1855, and is recognized as one of the founding families of the Williams Ranch settlement and Brown County, Texas. Our home was full of books. My dad loved history and I’m certain he ordered every Time Life Series ever printed. My mother was a devoted Harlequin fan. I’m a fan of Wild West history, the Texas frontier, friendly people, great stories, and all things old and dusty. I have been writing for as long as I can remember.

Here is a really bad poem I wrote in 2nd grade:
my shadow is so lazy
I think that he is very crazy
He lies all day and night
He never eats a singal bight
He loves to lie down all day
He never gets in my way

Meet our sweeties from the Amarillo SPCA. Please support your local animal shelter.

Story research at Fort Concho. Learning about black powder rifles.

Story research at Fort Concho. Learning about black powder rifles, which is more fun than writing sometimes.

 

 Twitter Instagram and Pinterest have fast become my fun obsessions.
 I’ve posted inspiration boards for a few of my Works In Progress (WIP) on Pinterest. You can take a peek here.
Working ranch horses and and endless sky are my inspiration. This is a Registered Quarter Horse, Dulley.

Working ranch horses and an endless Texas sky are my inspiration. This is one of our registered AQHA ranch horses, Dually.

Tips for Writers

  • Take a few pages of your WIP with you wherever you go; it’s amazing what you can get done while you’re waiting.
  • Write the story that burns a hole in your gut and if the traditional publishing route is a dead end for you, learn everything you can about becoming an Indie Author.
  • Write the story that you enjoy working on because before it’s ready to submit, you’ll read it over a zillion times. When it finds a home, you’ll have to work on edits and read it a zillion times more. It’s okay to write a lousy first draft.
  • Being a writer is like living multiple lives: you’ll disappear into your fiction world that you’ve created, the writerly world of story craft, and your non-writing every day life. You’re not going crazy; just go with it.
  • Turn off your self-editer and self-doubt, and just WRITE! The first draft will never be good, which is why the editing process is so important and time-consuming.
  • Beware of brain drain. I love Social Media, but sometimes I feel like it drains my creative energy. Write your work in progress words first, and then tweet and blog.
  • Find a trusted critique partner or group who can provide you with an honest, useful opinion. Return the favor in kind.
  • Invest time and money into your career as a writer: go to a writing conference even if its just once every year, every other year, whatever you can afford. Keep learning.
  • The more you write, the more your creativity and writer’s brain will take over. Don’t be afraid to take notes on the ideas that pop into your head. Start an IDEA journal now. Listen to your subconscious.
  • Read, read, read, and then write some more!

Spring, just off of Ranch Road “D” Texas Panhandle