Gratitude Attitude, June 29, 2016

I remember meeting a lady one Sunday in a church’s parking lot.  I was leaving for home after spending a most exceptional weekend attending a women’s retreat.  The grounds were stunning (even after the bad snow storm the day before) and the church took my breath away.

The lady and her husband (I presumed) got out of a luxury car.  She was wearing an expensive fur coat and her hair looked as if she visited a hair salon every week.

I said, “Good Morning” to them.

She replied, “What’s so good about it?”

I didn’t say anything to her.  I always wondered what sorrows she was experiencing at that moment in time.  I still feel sorry for her to this day.

I experienced some extremely low points in my life that I thought I could never return.  What’s so good about today? I’m grateful for what I have.

The Aldo Leopold Center

June 18, 2016

The Aldo Leopold Center

I’m soooo very @grateful to visit the Aldo Leopold Center.  The facility is LEED certified and used the very pines that Aldo and his family planted in the 1930’s to build the main building.

I have a lot of good ideas in for my own little balcony garden.

My next career fifteen years from now, I see myself volunteering for a facility like this one and writing full time.

Leopold

www.aldoleopold.org

Author Highlight: Rachael Tamayo, Chase Me

Hi All, Rachael Tamayo, a down to earth woman, has graciously allowed me to blog about her:

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What genres do you enjoy writing? 

Romance, I’m currently working on a romantic suspense. I can see myself writing Young adult in the future as well.

Tell us about your latest book: 

Chase Me. Its book 1 in a 3 book series called Friend-Zone.  I enjoyed writing it very much and intertwining all the characters in all three books. Creating a whole world that spans across a series, I loved it and was almost sad when I got book three drafted. You get attached to your stories and sad when they are over.

What inspired the story? Where did you get that first bit of “ah ha” inspiration.” 

Funny enough, the first book I wrote, as I wrote, it dawned on me that Adrienne and Clint should have their own book, telling the story of how they fell in love. I never sat down intending to write a series, but it just flowed out of me.

This series has spawned 2 more book ideas for characters mentioned in these books.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? 

Adrienne Lawrence, she’s a 21 year old about to graduate college, working like a dog managing her Father’s restaurant, and dealing with an unpleasant relationship with her family. Her friends fill the void for her, so she’s not quite as shattered as she might be if she were dealing with things on her own.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Clint Montomery. He is Adrienne’s best friend and love interest, and he was a blast to write. He’s a teacher, sexy, funny, down to earth, and just cocky enough to make someone look twice.

What does your writing process look like?

I draft, from start to finish. I present chapters to my critique group as I go, getting feedback for revisions. Once it’s drafted, I go back to page one and revise from the beginning.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

No, I can write anywhere, anytime.  If I get a good scene in my head I have to get it down on paper to get it out, to clear my head for my next idea.

What are you working on at the minute?

The working title is The Edge of Emily Bronte. Emily is being stalked by a millionaire that thinks they are madly in love. Things go from bad to worse, but thank God she has cute cop Isaiah Penrose to keep her company and help her when she’s starting to wonder just who the crazy one is here.

Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

I struggle with sex scenes. I have a religious upbringing and while I realize sex has a place in romance, I can’t make myself write anything graphic. I prefer to keep things sensual, leave something to the imagination while still steamy enough to keep you reading.

When did you decide to become a writer? 

I was born a writer I think. I’ve done it since grade school. It never was a decision, just what I am.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I stink at outlines. I prefer to let the idea carry me away.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Wondering if you are any good. You just don’t know until you bite the bullet and let strangers look at your work.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?   

Don’t stop, ever. Write, always. It’s just what you are, and nothing can change that. Keep trying, revising, and don’t give up.

How can readers discover more about you and you work? 

My website www.RachaelTamayowrites.com  You can find links to my social media here too.

My twitter

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