I have a love/hate relationship with writing. I love it when everything flows smoothly. I hate it when I sit for hours rewriting the same paragraph over and over!

In the early 2000s, I began working as a freelance journalist for a small local newspaper.  I enjoyed the challenge of hunting down the information, interviewing interesting people, and then transforming the facts and quotes into stories that grabbed and held the readers’ interest. Every day was different, and every article unique.

My husband, Robert, suggested I follow his lead and try my hand at writing books. So I did and embarked on a series of children’s books about a curious, adventure-loving canine named Patchwork Dog and his best friend, Calico Cat. From there, I branched out into a series of fantasy books aimed at middle graders about the village of the Wee People.

I enjoyed being a journalist and an author. Unfortunately, my work as a writer was interrupted when Bob’s health deteriorated to the point I had to become his full-time caregiver.

That was the most challenging job I’ve ever had. The emotional, physical, and psychological drain from caregiving prevented me from doing anything else. It consumed all of my energy, allowing little time to devote to other stuff – like writing.

It was demanding yet rewarding. I wouldn’t trade the time I had with my husband for anything else in the world.

When Bob passed away, I took a long, hard look at my future. The big question looming in front of my eyes was What Now? Writing had been an integral part of our lives for many years and basically was all I could think of doing.

As I contemplated whether to go back to my freelancing or writing books, Dannye Williamsen approached me to team up with her and do both. We had a lot in common. Dannye’s husband had also recently passed, and we both shared the same interests and wanted to do something meaningful during the third act of our lives.

In the past year and a half, Dannye and I have successfully put together a ghostwriting business and an environmental conservation website and blog.

I’ve also taken advantage of Dannye’s expertise as an editor and cover designer to update and polish my books. Last summer, the four books in the Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat series received a facelift.

Since then, the two books in the Wee People series, Gerald and the Wee People and House on Bo-Kay Lane have been revamped, and the revised editions are being released over the Christmas holiday.

Kindle Countdown for the Wee People Series

Gerald and the Wee People

I’m running a Kindle Countdown Deal on the first book in the Wee People series, Gerald and the Wee People, from December 17th through December 24th. For the first 80 hours, the book will be 99 cents. For the next 80 hours, it will be $1.99 and then will go up to $2.99 for the remainder of the promotion.

Kindle Countdown for Christmas with Patchy and Calico

Christmas with Patchy and Calico

I’m also running the same promo on Christmas with Patchy and Calico during the same time period, so please take a look and see what you think.

In the early part of 2022, Dannye and I will be launching a joint author site called Sweet & Sassy Scribblers to highlight all our books, both fiction and nonfiction. Watch for it!

Thank you, Kim, for letting me visit with you today. I also want to thank everyone for reading my post. I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2022.