Month: October 2016

Eerie is researching an Insane Asylum

via Daily Prompt: Eerie Beginning in 1889, the Southwestern Insane Asylum thrived in San Antonio. The facility occupied 640 acres and could hold 500 patients. Excerpt from The Last Bordello: “Ticktock, ticktock, they’ll put you under key and lock,” she’d said. Lucinda had made…

Remembering Who You Are

I had a birthday. A big one. I wasn’t ready and felt a bit down. Then, my sister called. Our dad often told us “always remember who you are.” So, when Pat read me what she wrote, I knew it was the best, most sentimental…

Birthday Blues Music?

Before I turn that big corner, I’ll have to look both ways. Twenty years ago, on the evening before my fortieth birthday, I wrote a little cathartic something for myself. Something about “anything goes,” how I might dye my hair purple, get boobs, a tattoo, spit when…

What Author Doesn’t…

… love a great review! Customer Review  You’ll really enjoy this thrilling work of historical fiction, October 17, 2016 By Gregg from Helotes, Texas This review is from: The Last Bordello: A Novel (Paperback) In 1901, Meta Duecker boards a train in her hometown of Fredericksburg,…

Your First Sentence in EVERY Chapter

We all know that the first sentence or two in a novel needs to, not only grab a reader’s attention, but flip them out of bed, melt them into their recliners, or make them forget the lasagne in the oven. Like you, I’ve written so many first…

The Red Bordello Door-To Enter Or Not?

  If you choose to go inside… Madam Fannie Porter will answer your knock, her  head tilted back and a hand on her protruded hip. If you are a customer, she’ll first point out her list of rules and if you don’t follow them,…

‘Righting’ Disturbing Childhood Incidents in our Novels.

Simple, really. Life experiences affect the way you write. And, as authors, you have the power to change, modify and/or right the pains you may have endured when younger. Sometimes, when writing, you don’t even expect a terrifying childhood event to pop into your consciousness. Especially if that incident has nothing to do…