I always knew somehow I’d write Winsley Walker and Other Flying Objects. It took a lot of determination and my Critique Group to do it but it has been a real labor of love.
I knew I wanted to write a laugh-out-loud kind of book. I’d even give a guarantee. If Winsley Walker and Other Flying Objects doesn’t make you laugh-out-loud or smile a lot (in case you’re not the laughing kind), just let me know and I’ll give you your money back.
I wanted to draw young readers to a humorous place where they might forget about divorcing parents, empty pantries and maybe even lingering negative words that often robbed them of their self-confidence and carefree childhood days. I knew I’d try to replace all of that with thoughts of triumph and hope by what my characters did and said.
I wanted to write like me. My setting would be a small southern community and my style of writing would be southern, folksy.
I thought about Will Tweety (remember him) and the bond he had with his grandfather. It was like the one my brother and I had with our grandfather. It was a special thing and special things bring hope and happiness. I knew I wanted to write about that.
I also knew that life can turn from humdrum to hilarious, often in the same day. I wanted to show that to readers.
I knew I wanted to bury a secret about me somewhere in the pages of my book and I did.
I knew I’d find a way to share my story if I had to publish it myself. Which I did. I now answer to “The Little Red Hen” which only makes me smile and… laugh-out-loud.
I knew I’d want to thank everyone who buys my book, so if you do, I’m sincerely thanking you right now and sending a big smile your way. Thank you, friend!
NOTE: Winsley Walker and Other Flying Objects is now in print and Kindle: http://amzn.to/1tPofzj