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Notes From A Random Gardener

This is the summer of growing my own produce. And I, in humility, have embraced my role as a random gardener. That is not to say that I didn't begin with a plan. After all, I scribble lists for everything from plot lines to characters, groceries to poems. But this year, I believed I had drawn up the perfect plan for the garden beds. With the help of my daughter and her incredibly strong husband, we emptied the compost bin of years of accummulated new [...]

By |2024-06-30T18:27:17+00:00June 30th, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

July: LEE BARBER

Among the authors I met last year at Gallery2: Ten in Sydney, Ohio, is this month's featured writer - Lee Barber. Dedicated to happy endings and anti-oppression living, Barber describes herself as a "late-bloomer" in the writing world. Please enjoy getting to know this Ohio author with a gift for words and a great deal of perseverance!     Janet Irvin: Welcome, Lee, to my author's nook. How did you start writing and why? Lee Barber: The turning point in my writing life began when [...]

By |2024-07-01T12:04:24+00:00June 30th, 2024|Author of the Month|0 Comments

June: JUAN M. GARCÉS

During my first stint in graduate school working toward my Master's in Spanish, my best friend Linda Duncan and I met a delightful Colombian studying for his advanced degree in chemistry. Juan had many stories he shared with us, but one in particular captured our attention. It had to do with a used bookstore and an old copy of Don Quijote. He and Linda would eventually marry, raise a family, and pursue other interests. We drifted into different worlds but kept up a holiday correspondence [...]

By |2024-05-31T12:03:44+00:00May 30th, 2024|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Why All These Books About Libraries?

Scrolling through the book offerings on various publishing sites, searching for something new to pique my interest, I've noted the abundance of novels with the word 'library' in the title. Curiosity tickled, I Googled sites that listed 388 current or recent novels with the words library or book as part of their name. (https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/164830.Books_with_Library_in_the_Title) Wow! And most of those titles sell very well with the public. I'm not surprised. The local library played an instrumental role in my personal and professional development. But I wondered [...]

By |2024-04-30T17:19:01+00:00April 30th, 2024|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

May: JOHN THORNDIKE

One of the good surprises about attending book fairs and conferences is making the acquaintance of authors previously unknown to me. I met the May Author of the Month, John Thorndike, at The Dairy Barn author event in Athens, Ohio, in December of 2023. Thorndike, who lives in Athens, grew up in Connecticut, graduated from Harvard, and earned an MA in English from Columbia before spending two years in El Salvador in the Peace Corps. His first novel Anna Delaney’s Child, is about a woman [...]

By |2024-04-30T19:48:24+00:00April 30th, 2024|Author of the Month|0 Comments

April: TERRY PELLMAN

Those pesky April showers may or may not be falling in your area of the world, but around here I welcome just enough to coax my new plantings to open and grow. I'm also pleased to feature another Ohio author whose work has a strong Christian flavor. Terry Pellman is the self-published author of five novels and a collection of short stories. He was selected as a Finalist and also a Third Place Winner of the past Dayton Daily News Short Story Contests. His novel [...]

By |2024-03-31T23:14:30+00:00March 31st, 2024|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Does Busy Equal Better?

For reasons I'd like to think are beyond my control, I find myself very, very busy this year. Many opportunities to share my writing life with the public have dropped into my creative lap. I consider these messages from the universe, so I tend to respond in the affirmative when they appear. But is busy the way to go? For me, at this stage of my life and writing career, the answer is YES! These days a writer faces an uphill climb in publishing. The [...]

By |2024-03-03T12:22:23+00:00February 29th, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

March: M.J. WERTHMAN WHITE

  There is so much to celebrate in March - St. Patrick's Day, the coming of spring (even when it doesn't feel like it!), the Ides of March, if you're into the ominous, and this year, Easter. So many new beginnings, and for this month's featured author, a new venture, a transition from her poetry to a lovely, poignant novel - INVITATION TO THE PARTY. MJ Werthman White reveals such insight into the human condition in her poems and now, in prose, she shares that [...]

By |2024-03-03T12:21:38+00:00February 29th, 2024|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Building A Soundtrack for 2024

(Imagine music playing in the background...) The Echo on the counter flashes blue when I speak a request to Alexa. Her soothing voice responds and in less than a minute, Classic vinyl on Sirius spools into the heated kitchen. I hum along as I knead the dough for Grandma Jenny's specialty pastries or poke cabbage leaves into thumbprint rolls filled with ground beef and pork, a New Year's tradition. Later, I sort through the collection of holiday CDs, play them all in batches, find the [...]

By |2023-12-31T18:03:56+00:00December 31st, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

January: KATRINA KITTLE

A new year brings each of us the chance to begin new projects or revitalize ongoing ones. For me, 2024 marks the sixth year of featuring authors on my website. I've been blessed to introduce readers to sixty local and national writers from debut novelists to New York Times and USA Today Best-selling authors. This January, it is my distinct pleasure to highlight one of Ohio's most accomplished creative minds, a writer whose career spans more than a decade and who has gifted readers with [...]

By |2023-12-31T17:48:20+00:00December 31st, 2023|Author of the Month, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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