Monday, March 31, 2014

Erotic author, Cheryl Pillsbury, Reynes

AUTHOR: Cheryl Pillsbury
GENRE: mystical erotica
PUBLISHER: Aquillrelle

Please tell us your latest news.
I recently released ‘Reynes’ 12/19/13; the 4th book in my Mystical Erotica series.

When and why did you begin writing?
Around 2000-2004 with Forever Knight stories in an online club because I love vampires, and this series had everything it.

Did you learn anything from writing your book, and what was it?
Yes, I love writing Mystical Erotica shining light. I learned about Gods, Goddesses, the Spirits, their world, the cultures, way of life--so free and loving.

Also, to show more honor and respect for the Gods, Goddesses, and Spirits, also those who helped to inspire the stories: two actors, and very special spiritual friends.  I dedicate the books to them.

Finally, how wonderful and caring the Gods and Goddesses are and how glorious nature and love can be when it’s set free. There is so much to learn and feel but mostly touch.

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
Aquillrelle; I have written poetry for them in the past and present for their poetry books. They offered to take my books, and I am very pleased with them.

What is your marketing plan?
Facebook, Twitter, VIP and just have book signings to speak and share with people.

What do you plan for the future?
To keep writing until I can’t write, hopefully never happens.

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.?

What genre do you write in and why?
I have several, but my newest one is Mystical Erotica Gods Goddesses Spirits-adult scenes. It  is so right, and my friends love it so I kept going.

Tell us about the current book you’re promoting.
‘Reynes’ the 4th book in my series it’s about a God who is sent to retrieve Pandora’s Box before it’s opened.  When I write, sometimes it writes itself. This book contains homosexual sexual content.  I did not plan it, but the story fell around it, and it came together showing a true love story.

What gave you the idea for this particular book?
What would happen if someone stole if threatened to open it how would the Gods react.

Do you outline before you write?  If not, what’s your initial process?
I outline the characters, their appearance, backgrounds, and work on the story.  I have actors for the inspiration to set the scene and mood.

What comes first: the plot or characters?
Both. The plot sets the characters

Which of your characters do you love/hate/fear/pity the most and why?
Love, Mathius; hate, Lantz in Arthyn; fear, Kopec; pity;, Bala in ‘Reynes’.
Mathius is a shy pure gentle spirit; Lantz is ice cold, especially to rape his own brother and his mate; Kopec, knowing he would kill his own son; Bala is a good God misguided by revenge, sad

Which characters were the hardest to develop and why?
Arthyn- because he was first inspired by an actor I admirer who’s a lot like Arthyn—gentle, pure, free, heart and spirit.

How did you decide how your characters should look?
I will use the actor’s appearance, change it a little to show respect and honor for their talent.

What was the process of creating this book from the first idea to the final published book?
For the most part a vision or a dream. I begin the characters around the concept and build from there.

Did your book require a lot of research? If so, what kind?
Some. I  needed to know dates and background on some Gods to make the story real.

Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you?  Why or why not?
Most times no, but if I am reminiscing through it, giving faces, then, yes, a sex scene will get to me.  Violence does bother me because I am not a violent person but necessary for the good to beat evil.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
When Zeus must leave his sons behind, and he returns alone.

How long does it take to write a book, and what is your process?
Depending on the story somewhere between six months to a year.  I create footnotes to stay on track with the story.

What are your current books out right now, and what are the books coming up for release?
Arthyn, Mathius, Jhone, Reynes, Jestic Desire, the next one is Taylor.

What advice would you give a new writer starting out?
As my mentor once said, know your characters as people, their likes, dislikes, hobbies, hair, eyes, weight, height, etc.; then, build the story.

Friday, March 28, 2014

S. S. Hampton, Sr., The Lapis Lazuli Throne

AUTHOR:                      SS Hampton, Sr.
BOOK TITLE:               The Lapis Lazuli Throne
GENRE:                        War/Supernatural
PUBLISHER:                 Musa Publishing

When and why did you begin writing?
I have wanted to be a writer since I was 15 years old. There were stories I wanted to tell, so somewhere around that age I began scribbling stories by hand.

What inspired you to write your first book?
From the time I was 15 until my late 30s, I did not get anywhere in the publishing world. Then I wrote The 24th of December, a Christmas story that takes place during the Vietnam War. It was published in a small local Colorado Springs literary magazine in 1992. I am not sure anymore what the actual inspiration was, but I wrote it during the Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday season.

Did you learn anything from writing your book, and what was it?
In retrospect my research for The 24th of December gave me a better glimpse of the world of Special Operations Group (SOG) during the Vietnam War. I have always been in awe of those soldiers inserted by helicopter into the border regions of Laos and Cambodia to spy on the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong; those men were hunted the moment they stepped on the ground. More than a few were killed or simply disappeared.

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
I have three publishers—Melange Books, Musa Publishing, and MuseItUp Publishing. Truthfully, I do not recall other than I was searching online for publishers who indicated an interest in genres that I liked to write in. There are plenty of resources online, but the problem is to separate the winners from those who just want to churn out an endless stream of books and stories regardless of quality. I am glad to say that I am published with winners.

What is your marketing plan?
Writing guest posts for various blogs followed by an excerpt and cover, with a URL link, from my various writings. I have “author pages” on various sites such as Amazon and Goodreads. In the future I plan on adding a blog and website to feature my writing and eventually, my photography.

What do you plan for the future?
Continue writing. I still have a lot of stories I want to tell. Other than that, this spring semester complete my degree in Photography.

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.?
Melange Books

Musa Publishing

MuseItUp Publishing Author Page UK Author Page

Goodreads Author Page

What genre do you write in and why?
Among the genres I write in is war/supernatural. To me the two subjects just seem to go together. There is a theory that where one dies violently there are sometimes ghostly appearances. For example, at the Gettysburg Battlefield there have been sightings of individual soldiers as well as sightings of entire regiments. At the Little Big Horn Battlefield a Park Ranger once saw several ghostly mounted warriors. War is a horrific event, and the supernatural seems to be a natural companion.

Tell us about the current book you’re promoting.
The Lapis Lazuli Throne takes place during the Iraq War. The setting is one of many supply convoys rolling north out of Kuwait into Iraq on Main Supply Route Tampa, the only north-south route available, protected by escorting gun trucks. A lot of convoys were hit by IEDs and assorted small arms fire, as well as mortars and RPGs. The convoy of Specialist Ken Adams is hit by an IED and he is wounded. His Gun Truck Commander dismounts and takes the fight to the insurgents; the Gun Truck Commander discovers an ancient talisman and commits a disrespectful act. In the following weeks the gun truck crew meet a mysterious fate one by one. Adams flees Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he was hospitalized. Though hiding in Las Vegas, he is soon discovered by a mysterious pursuer.

What gave you the idea for this particular book?
I enlisted in the Army National Guard in October 2004, was mobilized for active duty at Fort Irwin, California with my Cavalry squadron (mobilized in August 2004), and volunteered to deploy to Iraq. I served at Convoy Support Center Navistar, one mile south of the Iraq border. As I worked in company headquarters administration I did not have to go on convoy security missions, but I went on three missions. On my first mission into Iraq I wore Night Vision Goggles; it truly felt eerie looking at a fuzzy green desert world that faded into a mysterious blackness. At the CSC, in the quiet of the hot night, under the stars, it was a wonderful realization that I was in a land with a recorded history thousands of years old. I was in a land where Sumerians and Babylonians once trod—people like me with their hopes and dreams, and their fears of the known and unknown. From there it was a short jump to The Lapis Lazuli Throne.

Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not?
Not in the least. As for sexual scenes, well, frankly, they are fun to write. Violence however—such a scene has to be an integral part of the story and not thrown in just for the hell of it. The details of such a violent scene have to be “within reason,” so to speak. Again, the details have to be integral and not just the equivalent of gawkers passing a body covered by a sheet. The violence I have written so far take place during a war, the result of combat, rather than, say, the result of domestic violence.

What are your current books out right now, and what are the books coming up for release?
Strictly speaking, I have written only one novel and that is due to be published this April. Stand-alone stories and novellas (I will not include stories published before 2011 or those included in anthologies, except for an anthology of my stories) that have been published through my publishing houses consist of:

The Sentinels – Musa Publishing (2011)
Intimate Journeys – Melange Books (2012)
Dancing in Moonlight (at 36,000 Feet) – Musa Publishing (2012)
An Incident on MSR Tampa – Musa Publishing (2012)
The Lapis Lazuli Throne – Musa Publishing (2012)
The Ferryman – Melange Books (2012)
Better Than a Rabbit’s Foot – MuseItUp Publishing (2012)
Second Saturday – Musa Publishing (2012)
The Gates of Moses – Melange Books (2012)
Sharing Rachel – MuseItUp Publishing (Forthcoming) (2014)

Describe your writing space.
My writing space is a square table about three feet on each side, and it sits next to my bed. I use one side of the bed to spread out research material, including 3-ring binders, books, and magazines, that I refer to when writing or doing research. The table also contains a pile of yellow stickies of various sizes, pens and pencils, and a broken printer/copier/scanner/fax. I used to buy a certain brand of printer, but when this one broke two weeks ago—the third printer from this company to do so in the past six years—I swore I will never buy another printer from that company again.

What has been your favorite part of being an author? What has been your least favorite?
My favorite part is the research and the writing when so many different parts come together to become a (hopefully) viable and believable story that someone will enjoy. The least favorite part of being an author is editing. I know it’s an indispensable part of writing, but still, it takes time to edit, to mull over grammar, punctuation, leafing through the Thesaurus, and rereading to ensure the edited version is better than the initial draft. It goes without saying that an 8,000 word short story is easier to edit than a 63,000 word novel.

“The Lapis Lazuli Throne.” Ed. Stephen Morgan. Musa Publishing, April 2012.
ISBN: 978-1-61937-263-4

BLURB: During the Iraq War supply convoys rumbled out of Kuwait every day, bound for Baghdad. These convoys traveled on MSR Tampa, one of the most dangerous roads in the world, battling insurgent ambushes and IEDs. It is on one such convoy that an IED took out a gun truck and wounded Specialist Ken Adams. His gun truck commander took the fight to nearby insurgents, but in the aftermath he committed a disrespectful act. In the following weeks the entire gun truck crew was stalked by something unknown, and they disappeared one by one, until only Ken Adams was left, cornered in Las Vegas…


The desert was alive. Damp foul smelling sand exploded in a white flash. Smoky red and yellow tentacles snaked out of the sand. He tried to scream, but the tentacles choked him. Other screams tore through the boiling smoke that stung his eyes and fouled his mouth. He was suffocating. He swung his arms wildly through the heavy hot air as the ground gave way beneath him. He was being pulled into the living desert...
            Specialist Ken Adams, the Gunner of his gun truck, picked at his meal of cheeseburgers, French fries, and salad. The mess hall, no wider than a pair of double wide trailers and twice as long, was almost empty. Other than an evening kitchen crew, the only occupants of the mess hall were gun truck soldiers preparing to go out on another convoy security escort mission.
            They were escorting another supply convoy of forty-five white trucks, the civilian manned eighteen-wheel tractor trailers that had arrived that afternoon at Convoy Support Center Navistar. The small, cluttered, dusty camp a mile south of the Iraqi border, a jumping off point for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, was now manned by mobilized Army National Guard soldiers. After sunset, four HMMWV gun trucks would escort the supply convoy to Cedar, the first CSC on Main Supply Route Tampa. There, they would then turn the convoy over to other escorts, who would take the convoy further north. The gun truck crews would have time for a quick breakfast before they picked up an empty convoy returning to Kuwait.
            It was just another typical mission for Ken and his buddies. He grabbed a pair of bananas on the way out the door.
            They met their convoy of white trucks at the Convoy Movement Center, the dusty marshaling lot on the other side of a narrow dusty track across from Navistar. The soldiers checked the drivers’ paperwork and made a quick mechanical inspection of the trucks. It was a tedious but necessary process. Ken alleviated the boredom by raiding the packed bag of bubble gum Lenny had packed for the mission. Lenny loved bubble gum, and whenever care packages were put on the mail table for everyone to help themselves, he was one of the first to paw through them, searching for bubble gum…

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Charles Suddeth, Neanderthal Protocol

AUTHOR: Charles Suddeth

BOOK TITLE: Neanderthal Protocol

GENRE: thriller

PUBLISHER: Musa Publishing


Please tell us about yourself:
Charles Suddeth was born in Indiana, grew up Michigan, and has spent his adult life in Kentucky. He lives in Louisville with his two cats. He is a graduate of Michigan State University. He belongs to the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), International Thriller Writers, and Green River Writers. His first book, Halloween Kentucky Style, was published in 2010. His second book, Neanderthal Protocol, was published in November 2012.

Please tell us your latest news:
4RV Publishing will release Spearfinger, a picture book, and Experiment 38, a young adult thriller.

Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I am a full-time writer with no organizational skills. I live alone and write whenever I feel like it, but I write daily.

When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote a short story for a sixth grade English assignment, and I have never quit writing.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I have always written just for fun. Some tales just can’t be crammed into a short story.

What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?
I like to spend my days hiking and writing in nearby Tom Sawyer State Park. (Thinking about writing sneaks into everything) I also have a girlfriend who doesn’t appreciate being ignored.

What are your thoughts about promotion?
It is still a learning process for me. What works for some won’t work for everyone, but online sites are becoming very important, even for print.

What was the biggest compliment?
A teacher read the rough draft of my picture book, Spearfinger, to her third graders. They sent me letters telling me how much they enjoyed it

Did those change how or what you did in your next novel?
I don’t do anything specific, but I believe this affects me sub-consciously.

Do you ever have writer’s block? 
No. I have too many ideas and so little time.

Did you learn anything from writing your book, and what was it?
I always learn a ton from writing books, background and new ways to make my stories fun. Too much to fit in in this interview. The editors teach me the most.

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
4RV Publishing is my latest publisher. I connected to them via a query. They requested a revision of Experiment 38. They asked for the right to examine my other manuscripts. Next, they read my picture book, Spearfinger, and also accepted it.

What is your marketing plan?
I am developing author pages for Facebook Pinterest, Goodreads, Twitter, and others. I am Facebook friending several bookstores, so when my next print book comes out, they will know my name.

What are your current projects?
I am writing a YA fantasy, Osiris Must Die, about a high school senior who dreams he is the Egyptian god, Osiris. Then people try to kill him. I am leaning toward magical realism to avoid any cartoonish aspects of fantasy.

What do you plan for the future?
Four years ago, I wrote an adult mystery set in 1955, Whistle Pig. I am going to revise that then go back to writing new middle-grade fiction.

How can we find you?
Twitter: @CharlesSuddeth

Any other news you’d like to share?
Nothing specific, but I’m always writing with readers in mind.

What genre do you write in and why?
Since I write plot-driven fiction, my genres vary—thriller, mystery, fantasy, and historical. I write anything from picture books to adult books, it depends on the story.

Tell us about the current book you’re promoting.
Neanderthal Protocol (adult thriller, Musa Publishing, eBook)
After cold-fusion physicist Greg Anderson’s DNA test marks him as a Neanderthal, he is forced to live like an animal. Rachel helps him search for the organization trying to destroy him.
PDF, ePUB (Nook, iPad, Android), PRC (Kindle), Mobi

What gave you the idea for this particular book?
I wrote a short story that was a little depressing. Someone asked me what if? This book grew from that idea, minus the depressing parts.

Do you outline before you write? If not, what’s your initial process?
I outline now. For Neanderthal Protocol, I wrote it out on paper. I usually need an opening and ending before I outline. During the outlining process, I fill in the middle.

What comes first: the plot or characters?
I hate to separate them. To me, it’s like a question such as Would you rather lose your eyes or ears? Or your legs or your arms.

Which of your characters do you love/hate/fear/pity the most and why?
I love the main character’s girlfriend, Rachel, because she has beauty and guts, and wants to do the right thing, but her temper often rules her.
The main character’s ex-wife I hate and pity. She’s cold and cruel, so she can get head. Deep within her, she knows better but she can’t control herself.

Which characters were the hardest to develop and why?
The main character, Greg, was hard because he had to be brave and resourceful yet weak enough to allow the bad guys a chance to ruin him.
Also, Greg’s ex-wife was hard. My first impulse was to make her into a total villain, but I realized she possesses a stubbornness that borders on admirable.

How did you decide how your characters should look?
I didn’t decide, I let my subconscious decide. The main character, Greg, doesn’t look like me. Afterwards, I realized that Rachel, his girlfriend, resembled my late wife (I wrote the rough draft while she was alive).

What was the process of creating this book from the first idea to the final published book?
As I mentioned, a short story dealt in Neanderthals living in the present. A what-if led to this story.

Did your book require a lot of research?
Yes, but I have always been interested in the fate of Neanderthals.

If so, what kind?
In the 1990’s l learned that a Neanderthal hyoid bone/cartilage had been discovered, which meant they could speak. If they could speak, they were human and closer to us than we had realized. DNA research has since confirmed this. I placed the story in Louisville, so location research was not necessary.

Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you?
Violent scenes and sexual sometimes bother me.

Why or why not?
Seeing people die and suffer is painful, even if they are a product of my mind. Sex is tricky because you need to balance it between offending people and not making it realistic.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Working with the editors and fighting for the parts I want left in were the hardest.

How long does it take to write a book, and what is your process?
I don’t rush, so the rough draft may take close to a year. But I tend to edit as I go.

What are your current books out right now, and what are the books coming up for release?
In addition to Neanderthal Protocol, I have:
Halloween Kentucky Style (middle readers, Diversion Press, paperback)
Mike and Timmy try to scare Alice and Rosie. The trick’s on them when a younger neighbor and a homeless man team up to give them a real Halloween scare!

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I spend time in Tom Sawyer State Park, only a quarter mile from my house. I have a girlfriend and two grown sons.

What book are you currently reading?
I usually read more than one book at a time, but right now I’m just reading Anne Perry’s A Sunless Sea.
What do you like or not like about it?
I like her style and her plotting. (Historical murder mystery), but she publishes 4 books a year, and I feel that this novel was hastily edited.

What books have most influenced your life?
Tough question. Steinbeck’s books taught me how to craft stories. Lad, by Douglas Terhune taught me to respect animals. And Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass taught me the power of words.

What seven words would you use to describe yourself?
Another tough question: quirky, forgiving, happy, mystic, loving, calm, dreamer

Describe your writing space.
I write in the kitchen (I live alone). I sometimes edit at Starbucks. No cottages in the deep, dark woods for me.

What has been your favorite part of being an author?
Sharing stories with people.
What has been your least favorite?
Querying agents and editors. (I hope none are reading this)

What is the strangest thing a reader asked you?
A picture book listener (third grade) asked me if I ever thought about becoming a writer after having had my picture book manuscript read to him.

Blurb for Neanderthal Protocol

Neanderthal Protocol (adult thriller, Musa Publishing, eBook)
Greg Anderson is a physicist working on Project Cold Sun, which will generate electricity via hydrogen fusion. After a DNA test exposes him as a Neanderthal, he lives on the streets like a wild animal. Near death, he meets Rachel Waters.
            After Greg’s former boss is murdered, the police blame Greg. Rachel helps Greg search for the killers. Can Rachel and Greg find the people who are trying to destroy Project Cold Sun before the police charge Greg with murder and execute him?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Kathleen Gibbs, Journey of the Cheyenne Warrior

AUTHOR:  Kathleen Gibbs
BOOK TITLE:  Journey of the Cheyenne Warrior
GENRE:  Historical Fiction
PUBLISHER:  4RV Publishing LLC

Please tell us about yourself.
I’m from Oklahoma.  I was a teacher for thirty years and taught German, English, humanities, and history.  I now do substitute teaching part time and enjoy it very much.  I have three grown children.  My eight grandchildren keep me busy going to lots of ballgames and school programs.  I love to travel and keep my passport up to date so I can continue going to interesting places like Alaska, Australia, Peru.  I am interested in archaeology, belong to the OK Anthropological Society, and have been on many digs around the state of Oklahoma (I was state president of OK Anthropological Society for four years.) I love history and Native American culture, and I dance at Powwows.  I do beadwork and make Cherokee double weave baskets.  I am interested in the Civil War and belong to two Civil War Organizations.  I love animals and walk dogs twice each week at the local animal shelter (and I have three dogs).  And I write…

What inspired you to write your first book?
When I was doing work for my Master’s Degree in SW Studies, I had to read a lot of books to get the information for tests, study sheets, and discussions.  I thought back then about how nice it would be to have one book in which to get most of this information -- a book that was interesting and informative at the same time.  So, I decided to write “history” books that were a story but had factual historical information in them too.

What was the toughest criticism given to you?  What was the biggest compliment?
Criticism: When I sent some of my chapters to the editor, she told me I needed to go back and write more details, to give her the feeling that she was there with my character.  I then had to rewrite my chapters and really think hard and do more research into what I wanted my character to feel, see, think.  I ended up with the original five page chapters each to now a couple of really good chapters that were twenty pages long.  But, boy, were those chapters good.  She made me get into that place where you can draw out your feelings.  Compliment: When I got my reviews back after the book came out --  that was the reward for all that hard work.  When a reader says what an amazing story you have written and how it is his favorite book, when is the next one coming out?  That is a wonderful feeling.  You have done your job well.

Did those change how or what you did in your next novel?
Yes.  I took more time to really write those little details that make the story more interesting and more personal. 

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
4RV Publishing LLC. I met Vivian Zabel at the Oklahoma Writer’s Conference and interviewed with her.

What are your current projects?
I have written my next book, The Last Real Cowboy, and hope that I get a contract on it.  I also worked hard to put lots of detail and information into my cowboys and story line.

How can we find you?
My web page:  I have some excerpts from the cowboy book on my page along with excerpts from the next book of the Indian trilogy, Sunshine’s Journey.

What genre do you write in and why?
I write historical fiction because I love history.  When I write a story using historical information, I get a history lesson in with a story about people.

Tell us about the current book you’re promoting.
My second book is called The Last Real Cowboy.  It is a story about the early day cattle drive, cattle towns in Kansas, the Johnson County Range War in Wyoming, and then the Cherokee Outlet Land Run in 1893.  My main character is from New York and comes to Texas for a job assignment.  He meets up with cowhands Rattlesnake and Whiskey Bill and because of his life changing experiences, decides to stay on as a cowboy.  The reader learns about The Old West by reading about Jonathan and his adventures during his life.

What comes first: the plot or characters? 
I look at the time period I want to write about, see how I can make my characters fit into the history events and live through an interesting time, then I come up with the characters.

How did you decide how your characters should look?
I have a beginning idea of each character in my mind, then I look at pictures in books and magazines, paintings, or sometimes I see a person who looks like my character.

Did your book require a lot of research?  If so, what kind?
Yes.  I have to read many different historical books about each event I want to write about, then fuse all the information together to get the real story.  It’s a lot of hard work, lots of reading, but well worth the time and trouble because I know that the reader can get a true feel of what my character is going through at that particular time and place.

What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun?
My favorite genre to read for “fun” are murder mysteries and spy/intrigue adventure.  I want a book with a good plot and a surprising ending.  And not too many main characters.

Describe your writing space.
I use my dining room table because I can spread all my research notes and books all around the table in piles and immediately see what papers I need to read over.  It’s really frustrating when I have to clear the table for dinner guests.


Brave Eagle grows to manhood amid the constant changes and turmoil on the Plains.  Now, in a world full of choices, Brave Eagle must make many decisions, some for his very survival.  This was a time of exploration, discovery, and settlement in the West, intervention and treaties with the U. S. Government, leadership issues between the peace chief Black Kettle and the war leader Roman Nose, the Dog Soldiers, the Sand Creek Massacre, the Massacre at Washita.  Was Brave Eagle to be a man of war or a man of peace?  Was he to be a fierce frightening warrior or a wise peacemaker?  Could he learn to adapt to the white man’s world, or would he be able to hold on to the rich traditions of the grandfathers?

In the middle 1800’s, the white man’s world collides with the world of the Native Americans.  How would this affect the people of the Plains?  Where would this life journey take Brave Eagle?

This book will be available at,,  Barnes & Noble, Full Circle, and other book and mortar stores, E-books.


I am a proud Oklahoma native … except for the short times living in Texas and Louisiana in my childhood and then two short times living in Missouri and Wisconsin in my early adult life. I am the mother of one son and two daughters and grandmother of eight. I now live with my two crazy dogs, Marley and Staten. Because I was a stay-at-home mom, it took me fourteen years to get my BS of Education Degree in Language Arts from Oklahoma University, but only three years to get my Master’s Degree in Southwestern Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma. I have had a thirty year teaching career with most of my focus on teaching German and some years of an English or history class added in between. My passions besides my family are: archaeology, history, Native American culture, and travel.

My passion for archaeology came to fruition when I went on my first Dig with the Oklahoma Anthropological Society at Kubic Site near Ponca City in 1998. When I held in my hand a 6,000 year old Calf Creek arrow point, I felt the thrill of discovery of an artifact from prehistory – I was hooked. This feeling came after the events of the first night of camping when a tornado blew through the area, forcing our whole group to spend the night in the safety of the cement block restroom. That was how I met my fellow crewmembers. The next day most of us spent at the local laundry mat bonding and trying to dry out or wash our mud and rain soaked bedding.
I went on many interesting Digs around Oklahoma over the years and learned that archaeology is 90% digging, digging, and only about 10% glory of finding something well worth all the digging. I became very involved in the OAS in my free time and summers and was chosen as State President of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society. I served a four year term. It was a time consuming job, but I met some wonderful people from around the state. I even helped set up the American Indian exhibit at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman. I made mud for the early native dwellings – my thumb print is still there today, hidden in a wall.

I was not always interested in history, but when my relative sent me family house and business papers from the Revolutionary War and later eighteen letters that my great-great grandfather wrote home to his wife, Laura, I realized that my ancestors participated in American history – and I discovered a love for history. From there, I became involved with Native American culture with my Master’s Degree program. Southwestern Studies is the history of cowboys and Indians. I joined the American Indian Cultural Society and started dancing at Powwows and making Native American crafts – Cherokee double weave baskets, beaded moccasins, fans, fringed dancing shawls – and I came to appreciate the early-made items in museums. It is all tedious work. My interest in Native American history and culture grew from this. Not only was I German Club Sponsor but also Native American Club Sponsor for about twelve years at our high school, even though I was teaching only German classes during this time. I was “German Frau” by day and “Native American” after school.  And my students and I from both clubs had many fun experiences together.

I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to go to some fascinating places in the US and around the world. It’s the “wunderlust” gene I got from my mother who also loved to travel. I have been all over the Hawaiian Islands six times. I have climbed Machu Picchu in Peru, stayed in the beautiful hotel at Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies, and because of teaching German, I have been all over Europe about sixteen times – either taking students on tours or visiting family and friends. One summer I studied German in Klagenfurt, Austria.

When I had only two granddaughters, I made the promise that when each graduated high school, I would take her on a trip anywhere in the world. Well, I took Jessica to Europe for two weeks and then Rachel to Australia and New Zealand last summer for two weeks. (The most thrilling day was when we snorkeled off the Great Barrier Reef.)  My next grandchild wants to go to Africa, and I have three more who want to go to China. The other two are still undecided, but I have a few years to save for them. I think I will be travelling for several more years. I am planning a trip to Alaska this summer – ferry hoping in the SE part, then flying from Juneau to Anchorage to check out the Denali Park and Kenai Peninsula regions.

When I retired the first time a few years ago, I went to work for the Oklahoma Historical Society for two years in the Photo Archives Department. Oh, the wonderful photos I inventoried and worked with and more fascinating people I encountered. Now I have retired a second time and enjoy substitute teaching. I have more time to write and travel and spend time at my grandchildren’s sports events. I also walk dogs twice a week at the local animal shelter.

I have even tried acting.  I was in some crowd scenes for a movie, made a trailer for a movie idea, and belong to an agency which sends me job offers for commercials from time to time., 

Not too many dull moments – that’s how I would describe my life. Family and friends and passions keep one going, and I am lucky to have all three.