The Writing Process
First, every author will tell you that Amazon reviews of books is critical to the success of a good book. My five books have a total of thirty-seven reviews with thirty five stars and seven four stars. That would seem to indicate that the books have a chance at being successful, right? (Assuming that not all the reviews were written by my family-they weren’t!) Obviously it would be helpful to… Continue reading
As a change of pace, I thought I would let people know what I am working on, literarily speaking, as those who have read my books do ask me on occasion.
In addition to a number of short pieces of fiction and personal essays I have submitted to a number of different outlets and contests, I continue to work on a new novel, which at this point is slated to be the last of the Detective Parker … Continue reading
After the program, a woman approached me and informed me that she “didn’t like any of the women in the book.” She went on to explain that she thought they were weak and should have shown more backbone when dealing with the men who exploited them. That conversation stimulated my thinking about the female characters in the book, especially the protagonist, Linda Phillips.
Since the character is based on research… Continue reading
As I wait to see if my “hot tip” bears any fruit with the New Hampshire State Police in the investigation of the Stacey Burns murder, I thought I’d offer a change of pace for this blog.
This post is the opening paragraph in a memoir (first draft) about growing up with a “Greatest Generation” father. The tongue-in-cheek title is “In Case Anyone Cares,” a title my wife dislikes intensely.
The memoir is about sixty pages along. I wonder if, after reading this opening paragraph, anyone would want to continue reading.
The Greatest Generation?
“The… Continue reading
Embarrassing or what!
Just went in to update my bio on www.dukesouthard.com and found that the “About” page was about two years (or more) out of date! Time does fly, doesn’t it?
When I present programs, I usually open with why I feel qualified to speak with a group, using my writing credentials as evidence. Well, many of those credentials did not appear in my bio on the website!
Hope you will check out the updated version on www.dukesouthard.com!
It’s been over two weeks since I last posted on this blog and this is just a “catch up” post.
I hope all followers had a happy Thanksgiving. We had an enjoyable trip to the East Coast, visiting with family and friends along the way. It is hard to keep up with writing and posting when traveling but I’m ready to set out a few pre-New Years goals.
First, I will try to post on the blog at least once every three days, or more often if the occasion warrants it.
Second, I will continue work on… Continue reading
In an allegorical piece titled “The Failed Experiment,” I call attention to the Biblical Divine Council, a group of six who are helping the Sovereign make decisions about the fate of the human race. Here is what the advocate for the continent of North America has to say about his experience with humanity, especially those in the noble experiment begun in 1776.
“The struggle has been both satisfying and spirit-crushing. The hope that one of our countries could somehow send the momentum for a better world spinning in a positive direction was a euphoric experience at the beginning, but soon… Continue reading
Some have asked about the title of my new book. What does “Cracks in the Wall” mean?
In Live Free or Die, Josie says, “Sometimes we can still see over or through the cracks in the wall we’ve built to shield us from the past.” Have any of you known someone who was trying to start over, trying to rebuild a life? In order to do that, a person needs to think about building a symbolic wall if they truly intend to start over. The past can be a serious impediment to moving ahead with a new direction… Continue reading
Depending on how much editing is required (I’m hoping not much!) it could be out sometime in June. It is another in the Parker Havenot series, with the detective solving a murder in his fictitious town of Hampton Village, Connecticut. Watch out for a few surprising twists in this story!
More on the progress of the book as publication gets closer. . . .
The photo shows best selling author, Lynn Cullen, and me during a break in our manuscxript… Continue reading
My fiction entry, Cracks in the Wall, was a finalist in the Tucson Ffestival of Books Literary Awards-2016. That designationresulted in an invitation for me to participate in the Masters Writers Workshop, a two day, intensive seminar writing immediately following the book festival.
What a wonderful experience! Outstanding leaders and best selling authors such as Lynn Cullen, Luis Urrea, Joshua Mohr, David Guessner, and Bryn Chancellor provided windows into the craft of writing that were practical, down-to-earth, and inspiring. It was one of the most notable writing instruction experiences of my life. My… Continue reading