Using the tip of his index finger, eleven-year-old Junior Ransom traces the edge of the hammer and the smooth handle of the pistol as it rests snuggly in its worn, leather holster hanging on the bedpost of his sleeping father’s bed. Kerzzan, Junior’s mixed-breed, long-haired dog, sits at attention beside him, watching his every move. … Continue reading Ransom’s Law: Chapter One
[SPOILER ALERT] I’ve always thought of the Tucker series in these terms: Tucker’s Way is a challenging story; An Unexpected Frost is a sad story; April’s Rain is a forgiving story; March On is a dark story; and Who Will Hear Me When I Cry is a sweet story. Tucker’s Way was about whether or … Continue reading The Story Behind the Story: An Unexpected Frost
[SPOILER ALERT] The worst thing you could say about how August, March, and April were raised is that it was both abusive and neglectful at times. Tucker was not equipped to be a parent; she was never given parenting tools for her toolbox by her parents. But the best thing you could say about the … Continue reading The Story Behind the Story of August, March, and April
[WARNING: There are story “spoilers” in this article.] A common reaction I get from readers of Tucker’s Way is how unbelievable a character her daughter, Maisy, is. “Nobody acts like that” is their comment. So, let’s jump in and look more closely Maisy to see if we can “analyze” her and make sense of her … Continue reading The Story Behind the Story of Tucker’s daughter, Maisy
She’s one of the most forceful and unforgettable characters you will ever meet—she’s the main character in my best-selling Tucker series, Tucker. But how did Tucker come into existence, and where did the storyline for Tucker’s Way come from? A number of years ago I completed an online writing course with Long Ridge Writers Group … Continue reading The Story Behind the Story: Tucker’s Way
IT WAS THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE THING I’D EVER SEEN. I was twelve years old, the year was 1964. Every morning in school we stood, faced the American flag, put our hand over our heart and recited The Pledge of Allegiance. But one morning, halfway through the pledge, my buddy nudged me and motioned with his … Continue reading He Refused to Stand for The Pledge of Allegiance
Chapter One Struggling to catch her breath and with her face glistening with sweat, Mary finally made it to the top of the hill that formed one side of the hollow that she and William’s cabin lay nestled in. The top of the hill was no peak, rather it looked as if the top had … Continue reading The Woodcutter’s Wife – chapter 1
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