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Are You Called To Write?

Have you ever had a thought like this? Man, I’d really love to write a book someday, but I have no idea where to start.

I used to have similar thoughts, but I worked my butt off over the past 11 years, and I’ve been published in Flash Fiction Magazine, Noir Nation No. 3, as well as having self-published A Collection of Reflections (poetry) and Frost: An Otherworld Tale (my debut novel).

If you love a good story, that love is all you need to become a writer. I’ve invested a lifetime of passion and thousands of dollars in learning about writing craft and the publishing industry, and I’d love to share what I’ve learned with those of you who have an inner storyteller begging to get out.

If you’d like to learn more, you can reserve your seat at my upcoming writing workshop dates HERE. The workshops will be held at The Creative Kitchen in my aweome hometown of Bay Minette, Alabama.

Here’s a fun exercise for those of you considering attending the workshop (or anyone who wants to join in, for that matter):

Describe your worst fear in a single paragraph, but there’s a catch; you cannot name your fear in the paragraph. Post your answers in the comments and we’ll try to guess your fear!


Siren's Secret by Debbie Herbert

It may sound strange to say so, but I felt very at home in this book. I loved the setting, and especially loved the mentions of Mobile because it’s a place I know pretty well. Mrs. Herbert shows small, Southern, coastal communities in their full color and glory. The mention of real incidents that have affected the Gulf Coast, like Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill lent even more credibility to the story. Not only is the setting pure perfection, but I have also had a lifelong obsession with mermaids and romance. That made Siren’s Secret pretty much the perfect book for me. I love that there is a romance novel with a mermaid as the heroine. I loved every minute of discovering the relationship between Shelly and Tillman as it developed, and I love the sizzling attraction between them. I love how it always seems to be more than mere physical attraction, though, no matter how Shelly and Tillman try to convince themselves otherwise. I like the supporting cast of characters. I love how the characters’ names all fit so well, especially for Lily and Jet. I love how good Shelly is with Tillman’s autistic little brother, Eddie. I also love how truly well constructed the villain is. I won’t say more for fear of accidental spoilers. Suffice it to say that Siren’s Secret is a perfect marriage of fantasy and reality.


Siren’s Secret by Debbie Herbert

It may sound strange to say so, but I felt very at home in this book. I loved the setting, and especially loved the mentions of Mobile because it’s a place I know pretty well. Mrs. Herbert shows small, Southern, coastal communities in their full color and glory. The mention of real incidents that have affected the Gulf Coast, like Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill lent even more credibility to the story. Not only is the setting pure perfection, but I have also had a lifelong obsession with mermaids and romance. That made Siren’s Secret pretty much the perfect book for me. I love that there is a romance novel with a mermaid as the heroine. I loved every minute of discovering the relationship between Shelly and Tillman as it developed, and I love the sizzling attraction between them. I love how it always seems to be more than mere physical attraction, though, no matter how Shelly and Tillman try to convince themselves otherwise. I like the supporting cast of characters. I love how the characters’ names all fit so well, especially for Lily and Jet. I love how good Shelly is with Tillman’s autistic little brother, Eddie. I also love how truly well constructed the villain is. I won’t say more for fear of accidental spoilers. Suffice it to say that Siren’s Secret is a perfect marriage of fantasy and reality.


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