Greetings, all! It’s been a while since you heard from me. Several life events occurred earlier this year – good events, I should mention to avoid creating any unnecessary sense of mystery. I intended to get back to you all earlier this summer but at the same time I revamped my website. That project was NOT without its challenges and ended up bringing me deeper into the world of servers and website hosting know-hows than I ever thought I needed (or wanted) to go! In any case…[Read more…] about Check Out My New Website
This is the first of a two-part blog series on what it takes to research a novel. This first post is about the factors that make me decide what to write about, which will inevitably require research.
My novel Green Bay Outsiders is finished and my editor has returned her edits, which I am going through now. As I prepare to launch the book into the world, one item remaining on my to-do list is to write the acknowledgments page. It’s not the most thrilling part of the book to get through, if you’re a reader, and I would wager to guess that most readers DON’T necessarily go through it. The acknowledgments section, though, isn’t really for readers–it’s a catalog of all the resources and individuals who helped bring a book to life by virtue of serving as research sources–so it’s really a thank you page, of sorts, for everyone who helped an author out with the book. If though, as a reader, you’re curious to know how an author researches a novel and just what sources they turn to, then this blog post series is for you.[Read more…] about What It Takes to Research a Novel (Part I)
Happy new year, readers! Last year around this time, I published a 2018 New Years resolutions video, which I won’t bother to link to here since I fell marvelously short of my goals. I did end up learning a lot more than I realized I needed to learn. But learning and getting things done aren’t always the same thing.
Results count so, with that in mind (as well as following a bruising year of not getting done what I anticipated) I’m happy to share a new set of goals for the coming 2019, starting with some good news.[Read more…] about Happy New Year (2019) – My Writing Resolutions
The worst dream I ever had in my life was when I was a boy, probably six or seven years old. I remember it vividly. I dreamed it was the middle of the night and I was standing on the unlit landing at the top of the 2nd-floor staircase in the row house where I lived with my sister and my parents, looking down into the foyer. The light was on down below and my mother was preparing to go out the front door. “Where are you going?” I asked, a note of panic in my voice. “I have to leave,” she said. “But I’ll be back in the spring.”
In my dream, I knew it was the beginning of winter and so it would be three or four months before I saw her again. The prospect of not seeing one of my parents for that long a time seized me with an unspeakable dread. Decades later, in real life, I still remember the power of that dream, and it disturbs me like few things ever. I woke up sobbing in my bed and my parents, who must have heard me having a bad dream from their bedroom, were sitting beside me, my father rubbing my back. [Read more…] about What It Means When People Leave and Other People Arrive
Mike Sahno is president and founder of Sahno Publishing, and the author of four completed novels, Brother’s Hand, Jana, Miles of Files and the recently released Whizzers. He is also the author of a collection of short stories entitled Rides from Strangers.
Shortly before the release of Whizzers, Jay Lemming interviewed Mike Sahno about his writing. Click below to access the interview.
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P.D. Workman was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. She writes riveting young adult and mystery/suspense books dealing with mental illness, addiction, abuse, and other social issues. She has won several literary awards from Library Services for Youth in Custody for her young adult fiction. She currently has over 30 published titles and can be found at pdworkman.com. She has been married for 25 years and has one son.
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