Sara Paretsky: Honoring a History Maker

Every writer’s difficult journey is a movement from silence to speech. We must be intensely private and interior in order to find a voice and a vision – and we must bring our work to an outside world where the market, or public outrage, or even government censorship can destroy our voice. (Writing In An Age Of Silence)

There are so many women writers who have inspired me and from whom I’ve taken something and applied to my own collage of writing. They range from Jacqueline Susann to Nobel Prize Laureates. But no writer, whether male or female, has had such an impact on my choice to write crime fiction than Sara Paretsky.

Click below to read more on why I chose to honor Sara Paretsky in Ann Field’s series on Honoring Women in History.

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Tour Through Blogland: Follow-Up

A few weeks ago I passed the “Tour through Blogland” to Ann Fields. Her response is elegant and insightful.

The woman she passes the tour to, Serena Wills, is a poet to be discovered.

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Click on the link below to read more about what Ann has to say about Serena and her own writing process. 

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Tour Through Blogland

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Meet Ellie Marrandette.

She is one of the busiest and nicest persons I’ve meet online.

As a certified nutritional counselor, she blogs and gives seminars on “…how to use practical Biblical applications to overcome temptations and become your healthiest mental, physical and spiritual self.”

If you are a chocolate lover, as I am, you will be happy to learn of the amazing benefits of chocolate, including strengthening teeth enamel. Click here for more on this post.

She recently published her delightful debut novel Sometimes Marriage is a Real Crime and is writing a sequel to it.

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If that is not enough, she has just released a new book titled Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese. What a fantastic title!

Ellie has asked me to participate in this Tour Through Blogland. Thank you Ellie for thinking of me and for all the wonderful things you said about me on your tour.

 

 Describing my creative process

 What are you working on at the moment?
Missi's Dating Adventures

These days I am editing my second crime novel and working on  a revised edition of Missi’s Dating Adventures.

In this second edition I am inserting lessons Missi has learned from each unsuitable date.

 

How does my work differ from others in my genre

My contemporary women’s fiction is about middle aged women who find themselves single again. In my novel Getting To Mr. Right I explore the effects of father abandonment on a woman’s relationships with men.

As for my crime novels I stay away from gore or explicit violence. I have often wondered how the wives, children and other relatives cope when they find out that their husband/father/brother/son is a serial killer. In it I tackle this theme where Annie, a nineteen year old woman falls for Niko not knowing how disturbed he is. I like to write about what drives people to commit a crime and I especially like to dwell into the effects crime has on its victims. I’m not too certain if that makes me different.

Why do I write/create what I do?

I write so that I might inspire, encourage, and entertain.  I write because I like doing so.

How does my writing/creative process work?

It’s a mystery and magical as well. The greatest skill I have is trust. I never force anything. I try to be as organic as possible. If I’m stuck, I’ll give my brain the problem to solve. I need to be patient for the solution to come. I think creativity works like this.

I’ve learned that solutions can come anywhere and anytime. Maybe during a yoga class (that happens) while listening to a podcast or overhearing someone in line at the grocery store. It’s a matter of being awake and making the connections.

As Ellie featured me on Tour Through Blogland, it gives me great pleasure to introduce to you Ann Fields, a wonderful storyteller, author and co-founder of the Writers Block a non-profit organization that supports African American writers.

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Ann Fields

Ann’s books have received national coverage in various media outlets and nominations for industry awards, including the Romance Writer’s of America’s Best Multi-Cultural Romance Award.

Before retirement from corporate, Ann Fields was a staff writer for an international ministry; a public relations and marketing professional for a sports management firm; a technical writer in the transportation field; an analyst in the telecommunications industry; and a manager in the regulatory arena. She values her nearly 20 years of varied corporate experience as it provides much fodder for stories and characters.

Now, as a full-time writer, Fields focuses on writing novels, short stories, and screenplays.

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Keep your eyes on Ann Fields. Not only is her writing vivid and engaging but she’s also a writer with a mission:

Through my writings, I choose to be part of the mass movement aimed at advancing this world in a positive way and aimed at helping humanity truly embrace “all that is good, noble, pure, and right.” If, through my writings, I touch people emotionally, or move people to think about long-held beliefs, or force people to engage in positive legacy work, then I consider myself a successful writer.

Ann, I wish you all the luck and success with your writing and your bucket list. And I am truly honored to have you as part of my blogging community.

For more on Ann please visit:

Thank you Ann for for accepting the nomination to Tour Through Blogland. 

Here are the simple rules:

1. Pass the tour to another blogger (up to 4 others).

2.Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post. (Ann has chosen March 23)

3. Answer those 4 questions about your creative process (allowing other bloggers  and visitors to know what inspires you).

 Feel free to choose your Tour Through Blogland Photo

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PEACE, JUSTICE & BEAUTY

Some time back I refused two awards.

One by D.G. KAYE  and the other by DREW DELANEYMy excuse was a question of time and the unforgiving task of having to nominate bloggers. Who would I choose? Would I offend someone?

I still don’t have any more time than I did then and I still find the task impossible of nominating only seven beautiful bloggers from the hundreds I follow.

The Beautiful Blogger Award is an honor bestowed by fellow bloggers to show how much they love reading your blog and appreciate the beauty in your words.

All the blogs I follow deserve this award. They are all beautiful.

In accepting this honor I am required to nominate 7 people for this award.

Number 1:

 ALL THE BLOGGERS I FOLLOW

I nominate all of you for this Beautiful Blog Award. Through your blogs I learn the craft of writing, I read amazing book reviews and wonderful short stories , you take me to incredibly beautiful places, you make me discover new music, shine my days with your photography, make me more aware of politics, make me laugh with your jokes, I follow your dating experiences and learn from them, you invite me into your world and soul, expose me to novels I wouldn’t otherwise know about (including your own) and movies to watch on a rainy Saturday afternoon.  You take me to adventures, be awed by amazing architecture and art and poetry. I travel with you on your journey around the world.  You give me ideas for supper and inspire me by your prayers and inspirational quotes and yes…there are cats.

So, feel free to copy and paste this award on your blog. But if you do so, please follow these rules:

1.  Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo.

2.  Thank the person who nominated you and create a link back.

3.  Nominate 7 (yes only seven) other bloggers and say a little something about them.

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I want to thank  Marlyn at Kintal for nominating me for the Peace & Justice Award. No one deserves it more than she does.

Also warm thanks to  Karen at mytrainofthoughtson for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger Award. She is certainly one of them.

Now, for the remaining six and not in any order.

If you don’t already know these bloggers have a look at their amazing sites.

PATTY NGUYEN 

I have a thing for grape pictures.

 I have a thing for grape pictures.

 

KERI (Keri’s Journal)

 

My heart has many cracks now, though I brought it to you whole.

 

JAZZYBEATCHICK

 

I want to awaken listeners around the world to the powers of jazz and literary arts that will heal and transform individuals and communities.   

ANN FIELDS

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Through my writings, I choose to be part of the mass movement aimed at advancing this world in a positive way and aimed at helping humanity truly embrace “all that is good, noble, pure, and right.” 

OJIMA

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Ojima was one of the first blogs I followed. I love the freshness of her writing and the innocence of her graphic characters. It’s a fun blog with great African music to discover.

 

SCANDINAVIAN CRIME FICTION 

This blog is part of a project to document and celebrate the amazing amount of high-quality crime fiction

coming from the Scandinavian countries and being translated into English.

 

 The Peace & Justice Award

According to idealisticrebel, founder of this award:

“I am creating this award to honor WordPress bloggers who support Peace and Justice throughout the world and who are against Racism, Bigotry, Anger and Hatred. It is for the Heroes and the Sheroes who believe in One World and All People of all Races, Sexes, Religions, Creeds and Cultures Living in Harmony.”

here are the given rules for the award:

  1. Recipients should frequently write about Peace, Justice, Love — the goodness in the world, or putting goodness in the world.

  2. Recipients may also frequently call attention to the bigotry or racism that happens in the world.

  3. Link back to whomever nominated you and, since this is about goodness, politely thank them.

  4. Spread the love to whomever and however many you believe deserve it!

So if the hat fits go for it and post this award on your blog.

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