It's the first Monday of the
month, which is when I post my blog here at InkSpot. It's also the Fourth of July. Independence Day. An important national holiday. A day of freedom.
So what am I going to do? Write, of course!
I'm delighted that I have the
freedom to write. I've retired from my
career as a lawyer, and though I miss it I now can create even more stories
that originate in my own mind. I was a
transactional attorney, which means I handled--what else?--transactions. I didn't go to court, but I negotiated
contracts. And I've always said that
contracts are just another form of fiction.
And now I'm all about
fiction. And dogs. In fact, most of my fiction contains dogs.
Plus, as long as I've been at
this, I'm still learning.
What am I learning? Well, for one thing, that I'm not the only
one who loves dogs. When I communicate
with readers or other writers, they often let me know about their own dogs. And it's certainly fun to write about those
smart and sweet creatures.
Then there's the fact that killing
people is a good way of easing tensions--as long as it's done fictionally. I often say I'm glad I've had books published,
since if anyone hacked into my computer and saw what I research they might
think I'm really a killer.
And I'm always learning more as I
delve into research for each series, and each book in the series. For my Barkery & Biscuits stories, I'm
learning about things that are healthy to feed dogs, and for my Superstition
Mysteries I'm learning more about superstitions. My most recent release from Midnight Ink was
TO CATCH A TREAT, the second Barkery mystery, and my third Superstition
Mystery, UNLUCKY CHARMS, will be published in October.
Will I learn even more? Of course!
Mysteries always require research.
And I also write romances and additionally research stuff involved in
In any event, I'm glad I have the
freedom to write what I consider to be fun.
And that others have the freedom to read what I write!
So, happy Fourth of July
everyone! Hope you enjoy the fireworks
wherever you are. And please make sure
your pets are safe.