Writing about writing

That title sounds silly, but everyone does it in one way or another. There are experts that tell “how to” do every part of writing.  It all seems so intimidating to us novices that only want to tell stories.  We need to get them out of our heads or we will explode.

That sounds easy, just sit down at the computer, or at your desk with a pen and paper.  Come on, you have all those great novels just swimming around in your head, and all you have to do is pick up the pen or start typing.  You don’t even have to be particularly fast or accurate, after all there is spell check, Grammarly, and many other aids available to give you a little push.

Your friends and relatives may encourage you with words of praise for your bravery to put yourself out there, while laughing to themselves at some of the mistakes in grammar or spelling you make.  But think about this: how many times have you scratched your head when reading a best seller book at the blatant mistakes.  No one is perfect.  You won’t be either.

So enjoy writing your stories, don’t worry if no one ever reads them, because you have to tell those stories that are running around in your head. If you don’t they will eventually crash into each other and you will have a mess.

When I wrote my first book “Murder on Lake Haverly” I wanted to poke a little fun at the Real Estate profession, and reveal its under belly to the world.  I felt confident, after all, I was in the trenches for nearly 30 years.  To be honest much of what I wrote about Real Estate is true even though it is fiction.  I patterned much of the business from real experiences with real people.  I never have revealed any names and never will, but many of the people exist  and probably are still doing their thing.  If they recognize themselves, not my fault they were so strange.  My book had a little some business realism (but not boring, hopefully) and a little sexy love, a little murder, and description of fun places in Arizona, you might want to mosey on over to Amazon.com and type in Brenda Colbath and read the FREE chapters of my book. You could order it at the very small price of $.99 in ebook, if you are one of those people that have to have a book in your hands and turn pages it is available in paperback at $11.99.  I will be forever grateful if you leave me a review, they mean more to authors than you will ever know.

Thanks, have a good day.

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Murder on Lake Haverly

May West Mysteries Book 1  Murder on Lake Haverly

What is going on in the sleepy little town of Punkin Center?  Homes are ransacked, and bodies are discovered by Maye’s new Realtor with Crossbow bolts in their chests.  Frank is up to his ears in murder, but he’s never too busy for romance.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/brendasbooknook  to see all my books.  They are all $.99 for Kindle, but if you like to hold a book in your hands they are on there too! Please leave me a review. Thanks.

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Merry Christmas Happy New Year To all !

December 2016

It has been a banner year for us, this year marks several milestones.  Shirl will be 82 the day after Christmas, and on Dec. 30th we will be married 55 years.  I keep checking the calendar to make sure that that is right.  One might say “we are still crazy after all these years.”

I finally did something that I have wanted to have the time to do for many years.  I finally wrote my first book “Murder on Lake Haverly” and self-published it on Kindle.  It is now available in paperback too! And soon will be available digitally narrated.  Since I was a Realtor for several hundred years, it is a story about a Real Estate woman Maye West that sells the deal of a lifetime and becomes embroiled in murder, robbery, jailbreak, sexy boyfriend, reuniting of Father and Son, and more.

That was so much fun that I wrote and self-published another book, “The End Of the Road,” which is also available in paperback. This one is about a woman that wakes up in a bathroom on 1-5 somewhere in Oregon, with no memory of who she is or where she belongs.

Since I got the bug, I decided to self-publish the 3 Children’s books on Kindle that I wrote as Christmas gifts for some friends in Seattle.  They are called “Ruby and Nolan’s Great Adventures in Space Book 1,2, and 3.  They are on Kindle and also available in paperback. Soon to be narrated.

Thank-you in advance if you decide to read them.

Well, this year was another exciting year on the road (Workamping).  This will come as a shock to some of you, but, we have decided to “get off the road” and settle down.  We have chosen to settle temporarily in Arizona.  When the temperature hits 120° we may re-think our decision and head for the hills.

It has been fun, being nomads, but now we are longing for a garden, room to stretch out a bit.

For the time being we will be staying in an RV Park, but later on, we may decide to either rent or buy a home, in the Phoenix area or somewhere else.  We still are available by phone and email. Hope your year was as fun as ours.

 

Life is strange, just when you think you have closed the door on one chapter of your life, a new door opens.  The trick is to have enough guts to step through the door and embrace what is waiting to challenge your courage.

I have discovered that I hate being the new kid on the block.  It might be understandable if you knew my history.  I grew up on a farm and learned hard work was followed by simple fun.  There wasn’t much social life living 8 miles from any town.

After graduation, life continued with working and learning about life, sometimes the hard way, sometimes learning was delightful.

After meeting and marrying the love of my life, I settled down to being a Mother, which was the best job I ever had.  When the Children were in Junior High I realized that my job skills were a little rusty, actually they were rusted solid.

My husband suggested Real Estate, and after looking at the qualifications I decided I had just enough to sneak in the door.  That started a 30 year career as a Residential and Commercial Realtor.

So now you are up to date on my entire life in a nut-shell, which sometime described many of the characters and episodes of that business.  I loved the business and amazingly I was a very good Realtor.  I again learned everything the hard way, but I learned it well.

When I retired and we started traveling I had some time on my hands and started writing about my experiences.  I couldn’t name names so I decided to make it a fictional account, changing the names and events to sometimes protect the innocent and sometimes to protect the guilty.

As I started writing I realized I could make it more interesting by adding murders, jail breaks, love stories with a little sex, and draw from my traits for the main strong female character.  By the way, the sexy boyfriend was just for fun, I have been married to the love of my life for 55 years.  I also never have gone skinny dipping with a client.

The name of the first story I wrote is “Murder on Lake Haverly”, A Maye West Mystery book 1.  I self published it on Amazon and it sells for $.99.

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