It’s Not The Victim’s Fault

Holly human brain, Innocent Victims, inspiration, Patrick Stewart, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Senseless act, society & culture 2 Comments

I recently heard of this and I want to share it with you. It is an incredible story on so many levels and I urge you to go to this blog and read then watch the clip. Farther down the page is another link to the original blog and clip. Separately they are powerful beyond expectation. Together they are so …

Two Week Memorial Charity-Give Away-Promo

Holly A Special Deal, Friends, human brain, inspiration, Memorial Day, News, Paper Crane Books, strength to overcome, Summer Reading, Win 1 Comment

Those of us from Paper Crane Books wanted to do something extra for this Memorial Day. We’ve put four e-books on special and we’re pledging 10% of our sales to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. This charity helps the severely wounded soldiers and their families. They’ve built rehab facilities and are currently are building nine centers across the country to …

How much writing must a writer write if a writer would write right?

Holly adapting, author, balance, ecomonics, human brain, inspiration, Patience and writing, persevere, the creative process Leave a Comment

I have often heard that we must bang out something every day if we are serious in becoming a writer. Just set aside some time and do it. There is something to be said for that. Often if we work at something frequently we get better at it. The problem that I have with the statement is two fold. It …

The View Out the Window

Holly author, balance, human brain, New world, Patience and writing, persevere, Pinterest, Readers, Reviewers 1 Comment

Sometimes we can get caught up in minutia.. narrowing our focus too much and miss something special. We all do it. Perhaps we see what someone has “liked” and “like” it too without really looking at it. That happened to a item I posted on Pinterest. The picture was a roll of the multi-flavored fruit lifesavers and under it was …

Blog Tours and Other Fantastical Creatures

Holly author, Blog tour, Dreams, Fantasy creatures, human brain, no monsters, process of getting published, Reviewers, the creative process, Uncategorized 2 Comments

On August 5 my blog tour for The Founders starts. Yea! This is fun, exciting and a great opportunity to meet bloggers and readers. The timing is wonderful as it introduces my prequel to readers just as the second book in the Sage Seed Chronicles prepares to launch. A very exciting month. I am so appreciative of the bloggers who …

Where Do the Characters Come From?

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People have asked where my characters have come from. The answer is… Any number of sources. The character “Ree”, who is introduced in my second book (due out July-August) is loosely based on my Grandmother Cherie. “Mari” in The Founders somewhat is like my mother and some of the things she says came straight out of my mother’s mouth. But …

Are We Original?

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Many years ago I submitted a design to Danbury Mint for a Christmas ornament. The man in charge of the submissions department was a patient and professional voice on the other end of the phone. Over the weeks we spoke several times as my design made its way beyond several levels of cuts. One of the things he said has …

Where Did the Story Come From?

hollybarbo author, grandmother, human brain, inspiration, little skunk, Patience and writing, pet, the creative process 1 Comment

People have asked what prompted me to write this series. Where did the inspiration come from? Well.. the human brain is a very complex thing and the recipe creating Erin and her world was totally unconscious. You see, I never intended to write or to be an author. I was working in my store.. actually nothing much was happening in …