I have no idea whether the Malcolm who posted that ad ever sold any books. The ad ran frequently, so it either worked really well, the writer thought readers needed to see the ad a hundred times before they responded, or perhaps it was all a joke.
I was a high school student then, so I didn’t have an extra income to spend just to satisfy my curiosity.
Like most writers, I have a lot of curiosity. Some people say I have too much for my own good. They might be right. Plus, I tend to say whatever comes to mind even though it tends to confuse people as they look around wondering, “was that a joke, or what?”
- I’m endlessly curious about the natural world. If I had it all to do over again, maybe I’d become a wildlife biologist or a park ranger in Glacier National Park where I’ve set some of my fiction. When you read my fantasies (The Sun Singer and Sarabande), you’ll find that the environment is always a strong part of the mix. So, to in Emily’s Stories (also available in Italian and Spanish Editions–and Portuguese, I think).
Then, too, there are the kinds of stories I grew up with. In 1950s Florida, I saw the Jim Crow South, the influence of the KKK and learned early on there were things one never talked about. My upbringing and my love of the Florida of piney woods and swamps had a strong influence on Conjure Woman’s Cat. The sequel to Conjure Woman’s Cat, Eulalie and Washerwoman, was released in 2016.
- I’m also curious about magic. Yes, I liked the Harry Potter books. They’re contemporary fantasy because they overlay a magical world with the world as we know it. My fantasies also fall into the “contemporary” sub-genre, but I try to make the magic into something that just might work in “real life.”
- I’m curious things that go bump in the night. So, I also write paranormal short stories such as “The Lady of the Blue Hour,” “Cora’s Crossing” and “Moonlight and Ghosts.” Like my fantasies, these aren’t “Hollywooded Up” with phony paranormal stuff. I’d rather have you believe that the story just may have happened somewhere.
- And, I’m curious about what makes people in authority tick and why they often tick me off. So, I like to poke at them with my satire about an old-style newspaper reporter who writes the kinds of news stories I wish I saw in the newspaper. My comedy satires are Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire and Jock Stewart Fights Back.
- I’m also curious about books and writers. That’s why you’ll find some of the posts on this blog pointing to articles or reviews I liked and thought you might like was well.
Okay, that’s more than enough about me. What about you? Are you curious about the natural world, magic, believable ghost stories and the clowns in charge of the town or county where you live. If so, I write novels about such things. Want one?
If not, that’s fine, too. I’m happy enough for your visit to my “about” page or stop by my Amazon Author’s Page.
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