More December news

Patricia Hamill honors me by featuring Finnegan’s Quest on her blog at  Take a look.

Is this Christmas?  Yep.



December Interview

Troy Jackson has my interview up on his blog at  Check it out.

I’m pushing  Train to Nowhere and Finnegan’s Quest because these are what I have out as e-books and paperbacks.

Meanwhile I’m immersed with working on two other fantasy novels.  But I need to poke my head out with some Christmas thoughts:

In years past, the furniture in most homes included a piano.  And most kids would play Chopsticks or Heart and Soul on whatever piano they came across.  My fondest memory was when we would gather around it to sing Christmas carols.  Traditional carols were welcome in schools in those days, and when the season neared, the whole school would congregate and heartily sing.  I loved to harmonize, ever since I discovered in the third or fourth grade that I could with Silent Night.  High notes were always difficult for some of us kids.  One coped by singing in monotone.  I sang alto, thereby legitimately avoiding high notes while adding depth to the music and having fun.

The Next Big Thing

What is it?  A game that helps writers promote their next book.  We are each tagged with 10 questions to answer on our site.  Sometime around January 13, I was tagged by L.M. Steel, from the UK.  She wrote the gripping novel, Judged by Your Peers, a story of Secrecy, Deceit and Friendship.  “Everyone has their secrets.”  To learn more, go to:

Here are my answers:

Finnegan's_Quest_Cover_for_Kindle1. What is the working title of your next book?

Finnegan’s Quest.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

Several years ago, a friend and I had a zine, which contained articles, stories, poetry, and art.  I wrote a commentary called Fox n Crow wherein these two critters talked about people’s foibles.  It was popular enough that when we closed the zine, people suggested I collect these commentaries into a book and publish it.  Instead, I named these two characters and created a plot based on these commentaries.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

It’s a metaphorical fantasy.

4. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A guru-seeking fox faces danger when he befriends a crow reputed to have an evil foot.

5. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Finnegan’s Quest is soon to appear in paperback, self published.  Look for it first at

6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About three months.  I needed to tie these commentaries into a plot, which meant deleting some and writing others.  Quite a challenge, but the results were exciting.

7. If your book was made into a film, which actors would you cast as your characters?

I’d like characters taken from real animals and computer enhanced, so they don’t look cartoonish.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Animal books for grownups or young adults, which are metaphorical fantasies:

Animal Farm, by George Orwell, politics.

Jonathon Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach, a spiritual quest.

Bambi, by Felix Salten, not Walt Disney, spiritual philosophy.

Watership Down, by Richard Adams, survival.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The request by others to collect my Fox n Crow commentaries into a book.  I wanted to do better than that.

10. What else about your book might piqué the reader’s interest?

This is the type of book that invites repeated reading, by young and old who love nature and animals or by those who are concerned about and laugh at our commercial and social foibles.  An early reader mentioned that this book could become a cult classic.  Well, who knows?

The following are five authors of various genres whom I have tagged.  Visit their websites, and when they are ready, they will tell you about their Next Big Thing:

*Laura Libricz has a passion for lifting weights and reading German literature.

Her book: The Master and the Maid.  Historical fiction, Renaissance Period.

Katarina is forced into the service of the rich patrician Sebald Tucher in order to pay off her debts. Once arriving in his country manor, the care of a mysterious newborn baby is thrust on her and she becomes involved in a violent religious clash between two families.

*Donna Cook.  Her book was nominated for the 2012 Whitney Award. 

Her book: Gift of the Phoenix.  Fantasy  

A nation’s fate rests in the hands of three strangers, thrust together by their common destiny to protect the Phoenix, and their world, from destruction.

*Elizabeth Rose is majoring in English and religious studies in Denver, Colorado.  As Amber Koneval, her real name, she is a published poet.

Her book: ‘Till the Last Petal Falls  Woman’s Fiction

A dark twist on a beloved fairy tale.

*Louise West teaches in rural Lincolnshire and walks along the beach with her faithful terriers.

Her book: The Hungry-Man  Creepy Supernatural

The next time your dog tries to warn you about something you can’t sense, pay attention

*Lisa Y. Potocar is a prize winner with glowing reviews from Publishers Weekly.

Her book: Sweet Glory  historical novel

16-year-old Jana Brady trims her auburn tresses and rides off as Union Cavalryman Johnnie to fight as a soldier, nurse, and spy in the American Civil War.

An Interview with Duh Fuz

INTERVIEWERS FROM MUFFLE MAG: Duh Fuz is a bear from Gloria Piper’s novel, Finnegan’s Quest.  He is also known as the terror of Squiggly Wood.  Let us give a warm welcome to Duh Fuz.

Q. (Standing on edge of bear’s nest.)  Duh Fuz, wake up and tell us about yourself.

A. (Jerks awake.)  Hmmph?  What?  Who are you?  What are you doing here?  Go away.

Q. (Nervous laugh)  How can we tell you who we are if you want us to leave?  We’re interviewers from Muffle, here only for a short time, and you’re a fascinating character.  We want to make you famous.

A. (Looking red-eyed, sour-mugged).  Infamous, you mean.  I have a bad reputation, okay?  And well earned because critters, like you, bother me with their demands when all I want to do is eat and sleep.  Go away.

Q. You don’t spend all your time eating and sleeping.  Isn’t it true, you have a special relationship with Squeeze the weasel?

A.  Her?  That slithering fluff?  Yeah, we go back.  We were orphans, and we made a pact to protect each other until we could protect ourselves.  Now that we’re grown, I can do just fine, but Squeeze hangs on like an infected toenail.  True, she massages my neck.  True, she brings me tribute from the other critters, in the form of food.  For that, I look after her from time to time, as it pleases me.  But need her?  Hah!  I’m getting fed up with her little tricks, her manipulating ways.  Now beat it.  (–Growls–)

Q. What’s that?  That noise?

A. Stomach.  I’m always hungry.  I know she gorges on the tribute she’s supposed to bring me.  Calls it her commission.

Q.  She’s just a little weasel, and you’re huge. (–Psst, guys.  Bring the bread, the mayo, the dill pickles.  Yeah, two double-decker half pound burger patties.–) You’re overtowering.  A giant. (–Don’t forget the cheese.–)  Surely, Duh Fuz, even if she gorges, she can’t make a dent in what they bring you.  Don’t you feel guilty, terrorizing Squiggly Wood, forcing tribute from the critters?

A. You’re starting to irritate me.  Leave or I’ll bite your head off.

Q. (–The cheese, guys.  The cheese!–) Easy there.  Just trying to be friendly.  (Quickly slathers mayo on bread, spattering self and others.  Grabs at lettuce and drops part of it.)  In fact we have a parting gift for you—yes, we’ll be leaving soon.

A.  Food?  I can smell it.  Out of charity, I will count to ten.  One, two….

Q. (Puts finishing touches on burger as Duh Fuz counts.)  There you go, friend.

A.  Bring it here.

Q.  Uh…  (Looks at depth of bear’s nest.  Compares size of sandwich to size of bear’s paws and teeth.)

A. (Holds out paw the size of a platter.)  Put it here.

Q.  Uh… (Backs, tosses sandwich, runs.)

A.  Ruff!  (The sound of Duh Fuz catching the sandwich in his jaws.)

Q. (Dripping with sweat, panting but safely away from bear who has returned to his nap.)  Thank you, Duh Fuz, for that wonderful interview.  (–Which one of you guys chose that bear?  Why didn’t you choose the fox, the crow, or even the weasel?–)

March 4 to 10 is Read an E-Book Week.

During that time, my e-books at Smashwords will be free or nearly free.  For fantasy, try Finnegan’s Quest .  If you like science fiction, read Train to Nowhere.  Or if you like horror, check out Long Pig.

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