Inspiration can strike with an open palm or a pair of brass knuckles

Inspiration strikes you at the strangest times. Many times, it’ll be when you’re ill-prepared to follow the story down the garden path. I’ve had many occasions where the roadmap for my story suddenly became crystal clear, but by the time I could get to my computer to start typing, the illuminate links in my story…

All’s fair in creampuffs and murder

Who has fond memories of going to the county fair? Who remembers riding the rides on the midway, gorging themselves on every fried food imaginable from flashy food wagons? Who remembers oohing and aahing over the assortment of animal entries—big pigs, friendly cows and those cute little bunnies in the cages. I’m really sorry, but…

The day Lee Pulaski sold out

This weekend marked an interesting milestone for me. No, it’s not the completion of my 30th book. No, it’s not the completion of my longest book. Saturday was the first time I sold out. It wasn’t my job or my friends or anything like that. I didn’t sell my soul or anything of the kind….

‘The End’ inevitably strikes at midnight

Last night, I finished the first draft of my latest novel. The rain was falling outside, and my dog was quietly snoozing in the bedroom as I reached “The End.” When I checked the time on my computer, it was 11:34 p.m. I don’t actually type “The End” when I finish one of my books,…

No better way to spend an afternoon than with authors

Have you ever spent an afternoon with the authors? I realize this might conjure up images of Mark Twain, Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King getting together to play a game of poker, but such a concept exists. Since 2015, the Shawano City-County Library has hosted its Afternoon With the Authors, giving the…

Writing book not the end of an author’s journey

You’ve written your book. You’ve put it through rigorous editing and gone through all the hoops needed to get it published. Now what? Putting “The End” on a novel does not mean the process is finished. You’ve written an amazing story, but unless you shout that news from the top of the bell tower in…

One story is good, but several makes for a party

I had one idea in my head when I started my novel writing career 10 years ago—a beautiful story of two men falling in love in a rural atmosphere. That was all I was interested in writing at the time, and for many people who want to write a book, one is enough. My brain…

Torquere woes indicate professional publishing not the safest option

Sometimes self-publishers, also known as indie publishers, get a bad name. Because we don’t have the backing of a company with scores of employees dedicated to molding the books into literary perfection—if there is such a thing—we’re sometimes seen as lazy amateurs looking to sell books without putting in all the work. This isn’t going…