Stroking My Writer’s Ego

Last night I got probably one of the best compliments a writer can get.  A friend (who shall remain anonymous) told me how much something I had written has affected her.  More specifically, her husband.  And even more specifically, it had effected them both in a positive way.  I wrote a piece, part expository, part personal, about an affliction that is apparently common enough to have it’s own moniker, however not something widely known about or discussed.   And by writing about it, a wonderful thing happened; my friend’s husband was able to put a name to his demon and realize he is not alone.  It opened the door for frank discussion between his wife and him.

You can’t get a better compliment as a writer, fiction or nonfiction, than to have a positive impact on someone’s life.  

Thanks to all of my readers and the people who support me.  I hope I can return the favor.

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The War Master’s Daughter: Interview with the Author

In depth interview with the author of The War Master’s Daughter (and my friend), Elly Zupko:

AlienRedQueen: First, let’s address the writing and publishing process in general. When you initially began writing your novel for NaNoWriMo, was historical fiction your intended genre?

Elly Zupko: The premise for The War Master’s Daughter (TWMD) is something I’ve been kicking around since I was about 15 years old. When I was a teenager, I didn’t think in terms of genre, or marketing, or any of the labels you ultimately have to put on your work as a “grown-up writer.” Continue reading