Writing Resources
Writing Resources

Note: Some of these resources are free, and some aren’t. Those that are paid resources are affiliate products or services, meaning if you buy them, I get a commission at no extra cost to you. I've had experience with these resources so feel happy to recommend them to you.  

Writing 

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Emma Owen, Baby Jane Productions

The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction. Brian Kiteley, noted author and director of the University of Denver's creative writing program, has crafted and refined over 200 intriguing writing exercises designed to help you think, write, and revise like never before.  A wonderful resource for every writer.

In Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott tells the story of how the title came to be: "Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that ... was due the next day. ... he was at the kitchen table close to tears ... immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my  brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy.  Just take it bird by bird.'" That's how we approach our writing - and the life of an author as well. Tick them off the tasks one by one, bird by bird. I love it. An oldie now, but definitely worth including in your writer's resource shelf. 

Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss is an entertaining, no holds barred guide to good punctuation.  The message of the book?  Don't be afraid of being a Grammar Nazi.  Punctuation is important and can even save lives.  The terrifying-to-grandmothers-everywhere sentence: "Let's eat Grandma.", becomes: "Let's eat, Grandma!", and we all tuck into some ultra delicious food and Grandma is left alive.

Fiction

The image for Mari is actor and producer Emma Owen
Cover Illustrator is Justin Borgeuta.
 

Bella Hessell, 2011, illustrator

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Last Days in Atlantis. (Young Adult Novel)

Mari is thrust into a position of responsibility as the warrior leader of the Atlantean Hill People before she's ready. She strives to make choices that are best for her and her people against a backdrop of deception and intrigue. She becomes entangled in the power struggles between her people and the rulers of the City of the Golden Gates. 

Events test her trust in the traditions of her people and her confidence in those who are dear to her: the Elders, her mother, and the young man she is expected to share her life with.  Mari believes she has failed the task and struggles to overcome her feelings of grief, guilt, and betrayal as her very survival is threatened. 
 

I have written two children's stories about Beatrice, a young angel-in-training with one large wing. The first to be published, Beatrice Learns Compassion, was illustrated by my granddaughter, Bella, when she was 10-years-old. Bella is currently illustrating the secon book, Beatrice Spreads Joy. 

The Beatrice book is available on Kindle. It's suited to young children. Print copies are available to purchase through the contact page