I know you might disagree, but before you stop reading, I’m not saying all writing advice is bad.

What I am saying, is that there is a huge dearth of conflicting advice. If you try to follow it all, you’ll end up more confused than you were before you started.

I know. I tried to read everything out there about the best way to write your story when I started writing. What I ended up doing, was becoming confused and discouraged, and then writing exactly as the words flowed from inside me.

Yes, I had my work professionally edited for grammar and typos.

In the end, I told the story my way. I wrote the story I wanted to tell, the way I wanted to tell it.

I’m fortunate that many have read and liked my books, but, you know, I would have been okay if it hadn’t gone that way. Less happy, but okay. Not every book is for everyone.

Unless, the story you write flows from your heart, I don’t see how it can touch others. It will always touch some and not others, but you will have been true to your inspiration. It helps to have a thick skin.

This is what works for me. This is how I write.

Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Amazon.com/dp/B0759MYN81. Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. The third and final book in the series, Emily Garrison is now available. Please see above for link. I am 62 with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in St Louis.

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