Monthly Archives: March 2012

Q&A with Shelagh Watkins

This opportunity happened so quickly there wasn’t time to give anyone an advance heads up.  She has a variety of interesting authors highlighted on her site so after you take a peek at what I had to say, I suggested browsing a bit to see what else she has to offer.

The original idea for the Painted Black suspense plot came from a news article I read years ago in the Chicago Tribune. It was about a new method of preservation being used by taxidermists who freeze dried people’s pets to produce lifelike replicas that would last indefinitely. One person they interviewed stated that freeze drying could be used on people as well, and compared the process to cooking pizzas in an oven. He sounded so bizarre and unconcerned about it. In my research, I actually found an article in a mortuary magazine about a firm that did preserve a man in this manner.

via Literature & Fiction.

It Takes A Team

Debra R. Borys

I’m not into sports.  But I’m a big fan of teams.  Teams work together and depend on each member.  You don’t pick just anyone to be on your team.  You pick dependable, hard working people who will push toward success.

You pick homeless people.  Yes, that’s right, homeless people.  That’s what Urban Ministries did in Charlotte, and look what they accomplished.

How do you give the homeless new goals and dreams? Urban Ministries in Charlotte did just that by creating a street soccer team with homeless men playing men of all backgrounds, both racial and financial, all around the county.

“Because they look and act just like everyone else on that field they’re treated like everyone else,” said Fink.

The team went on to win a USA street soccer championship, which made the newspaper and caught the attention of Bert Hesse, Executive Director of Central Avenue Pictures.

via Homeless soccer…

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Get Your Limited Edition

If you want to have a keepsake that may be worth money when I someday become a rich and famous author, you might want to buy a hard copy of Painted Black today.  Due to a paging error at the beginning of Chapter 7, my publisher had to submit a new galley to the print distributor.  So once that gets processed, these soon to be priceless, limited editions will no longer be available.

Yes, folks, like a double stamped penny, these flawed but unique editions may someday pay for your grandchild’s college education–should public education at lesser known universities become free someday.  Soon the bottom margin on page 29 and the slippery “lead” instead of “led” on page 1 will be corrected to standard, legible, expected parameters.