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Creative Kinships

 

      There are many kinds of artists: Among them, are musicians, painters, and authors. From the time I was a small boy I was attracted to music; in fact, I became quite skilled as a guitarist. Later, I attended Atlanta Art Institute for a period of two years. Several years later, I enrolled at the University of Tennessee. After my graduation, I taught advertising design at U.T. for a couple of years. I later worked for several years as a creative director in a design studio. The job didn’t completely fulfill my creative needs, but at least the challenge held a relatively close kinship to painting, which was my true passion.

      It was during my retirement years that I discovered writing. As an author, I began to write short stories and novels. During the following ten years, I was the author of five books. It was during this time that I gradually became aware of the fact that, in an abstract sense, painting and writing share a close kinship. In painting, ideas and emotions are expressed with brush strokes and pigments, while in writing, these same emotions are perpetuated with words and literary expressions. In either endeavor, the satisfaction is derived from the artist’s imagination. Both occupations fulfill a deeply-felt need in me. I enjoy the same sense of accomplishment when I’m involved with any of these creative endeavors.

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The sequel: the author’s opportunity to retain readers

The sequel: the author’s opportunity to retain readers

      During the past ten years I have written five novels. Instead of confining my writing to a specific genre as many authors have done, I have written about a broad variety of subjects; for instance, my first two novels, Blossoms of Winter and Maiden Harvest are family books. Tom, Dick, and Harriet isa whimsical story about the complications of growing old; Random Reflections is a memoir of my early youth and some short stories and poetry. My latest book, Southern Sanctuary, is an intriguing mystery. When I finished writing the first four novels, the story was complete. There was no need for a sequel; as a result, the conclusive stories offer the reader closure. However, my latest novel, Southern Sanctuary, provided me with an opportunity to expand on the original story. The book is an exciting mystery with many unexpected twists and turns and with an abrupt, unexpected climax.   

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Hi. As you know, I have read and helped edit the books with you and my brother. Well...yes. That makes me your daughter. And I co... Read More
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