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Every issue, IN presents INside Authors, a look at authors from around the world who have significantly caught our attention and deserve a little space and recognition. The following two authors are this month's choices, based on the heat arising from their corners. Our hope is to provide a glimpse, a snapshot, an overview of some of the finest writers of our time making waves both tidal and ripple.
Background INfo: In 1966, I did the worst thing a young woman could possibly do. I got pregnant. I wasnít married and the father of my baby abandoned me when I told him. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and immediately surrendered her for adoption to cover up my shame and guilt.
INfluences: Writing became a passion when my baby girl, came back to find me. A dream I barely allowed myself to acknowledge began to emerge. My baby returned to find me . . . a request I left with her when I surrendered her to an unknown couple to raise her as their own. The story screamed to be written. Steve and Joan Neubauer (WordWright.biz), along with my insanely dedicated family, encouraged me to write Shar's Story, A Mother And Daughter Reunited. I knew or sensed that I had to write what happened in that incredible life experience. I think the message in that is to write what you absolutely know to be the truth, because you lived it.
On the other hand, if you think you've had a ho-hum life and don't have anything to write about, find someone in your family or among your friends who has a story you can tell. In that case, tell their story and stretch the truth! Create some passion that may not be totally accurate, and identify your story as based on a true experience. Remember: Passion is the key!
Internet Presence: My website provides a lot of information about my memoir and I encourage you to take a look at http://www.sharsstory.com. I agree with what every writer I know says about the Internet, itís the greatest communication and marketing tool around!
The Future: As a result of the success of Shar's Story, my son-in-law asked me to help him write his memoir. Heís a retired NFL football player with a poignant story to tell, and weíre about two-thirds of the way to getting his book published with the help of some football related folk in the NFL and sports-related writers. I feel passionately about his story, as does he.
Shar's Story, A Mother And Daughter Reunited. WordWright, September 2005
Background INfo: I wrote my first cowboy poetry after attending the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine, Texas in February of 1993. I was raised in the coastal area near Houston, Texas. Each time I moved I ended up further west. I have always had a deep abiding love and respect for the real west (not what you see on TV or the silver screen). I spent 32 years in the education profession, eleven as a Speech Therapist, and 21 as a principal. After retiring in the spring of 2004, my wife, Clara, and my daughter, Joy, encouraged me to publish my collection of poems.
INfluences: Western heritage and the cowboy way of life have always been there for me. I got my first pair of boots before I could walk. I worked on ranches during the summers and part time while teaching and usually kept a few horses around. I have read, heard, and been influenced by such great cowboy poets as Red Stegall, J.B. Allen, Baxter Black, and Waddie Mitchell just to name a few.
Internet Presence: I don't have a website.
The Future: I have completed a children's book with a western theme, which my wife illustrated, that I have not published to date. I am continuing to write cowboy poetry and hopefully will have a second book of poems out in the near future.
Cowboy Heart, Soul, and Humor, WordWright, 2006
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