GUEST POST: PATRICK DEAREN AND “THE BIG DRIFT”

Patrick Dearen, today’s guest writer, takes us behind-the-scenes of his award-winning story, The Big Drift, which takes place during the open-range days of 1884.

The Academy of Western Artists (AWA) named The Big Drift its Elmer Kelton Fiction Book of the Year Award. Patrick will receive the honor

March 28 in ceremonies in Irving, Texas, near Dallas.

Elmer Kelton with Patrick Dearen

Over […]

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GUEST POST: PHIL TRUMAN’S SAGA OF BASS REEVES

Phil Truman, Author

Novelist Phil Truman started writing a novel based on the life of lawman Bass Reeves but changed his approach and produced a series called West of the Dead Line.

Reeves, born a slave in 1838, took his owner’s last name and escaped to Indian Territory where he served with the Union Indians Home Guard Regiments during the Civil War.

After the war, Reeves returned to Arkansas and […]

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Guest Blog: Stretching & Other Writing Exercises

Writing Exercises

WRITING EXERCISE can be as important as physical exercise.

It’s a way for writers to keep their mental muscles toned and taut. And, usually without a lot of perspiration

Una Tiers, author of Judge vs Nuts, is today’s guest blogger, leads the class.

Writing Exercises

by Una Tiers

Exercises really?

Does this short story make me look fat?

Is handwriting with a black […]

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Guest Blog: Author Lisa Buehler

Freedom Quilt

Author Luisa Buehler, today’s guest blogger, created the Grace Marsden Mystery Series.

Since signing her first publishing contract in 2002, Luisa has expanded the mystery series to include seven books.

She calls Lisle, Illinois, home, where she lives with her husband, son, and family cat. When she’s not writing, Luisa takes her creative energy to her garden.

Three years ago, she won the Lovey Award Winner for Best Traditional Amateur Sleuth. Research plays an important […]

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