Would A Real Man Say That?

by Kathryn Jane Good question. I am a woman, and therefore, as enlightened as I like to think I am, I still have a female point of view…which can sometimes be annoyingly skewed. As a writer, I am often writing in a male point of view and like to think I do a damned good…

Easter – so much more than a word

Easter. Six letters. Two syllables. A simple sounding word with a nice visual balance. A word tasked with conveying entire stories, and where a picture is often worth a thousand words, some words are worth a thousand pictures. In our complex world filled with assorted and often dissimilar beliefs, Easter conjures up an amazing collection…

Spreading Love WILL Change the World

by Kathryn Jane I’m a creative. I write, paint, make things with my hands. This means I spend a great deal of time in my own head. When I’m writing, my characters occupy that empty space quite nicely, but when I’m painting and creating other things like reality tend to seep in, and whatever is…

Writing Process- as Individual as a You Are

by Veronica Forand Quantity over quality. That is the debate. To write a million words or several brilliant words. In this market, even the top authors who had been getting by with one book a year are feeling the cry of their readers for more. Some writers have mastered the art of writing fast. Their…

The Magic of Story

by Kathryn Jane Authors are frequently asked where their story ideas come from, and I usually shrug and say, I have no idea. They just happen somehow. Then I heard Nora Roberts say, it’s magic. Brilliant. And it’s true! I have no idea where the words com from,  how they form and become a story,…

#UpbeatAuthors

by Kathryn Jane I belong to a Facebook group called #upbeatauthors. It was the brainchild of an author who was feeling (like many of us) overwhelmed by the negativity on social media. Her idea was to have a safe place where we could go to share positive outlooks, and uplifting words. A whole bunch of us jumped…

Betrayed!

by Kathryn Jane Betrayed: Powerful Stories of Kick-Ass Crime Survivors Some months ago I was asked if I would like to contribute a short story to an anthology. But not just any anthology. This one was being produced to benefit survivors of violence, and ALL the proceeds would be going to help those in need….

  by Kathryn Jane I had a blog almost ready for posting, but it wasn’t a good fit for today, so instead, in the light of the tragedy in Las Vegas yesterday, I will simply share what I believe to be true. Kindness and Love are the answer to all the troubles in the world….

Kindness is the ultimate headline, don’t you think?

By Kathryn Jane  Here most of us sit in front of our monitors and televisions, watching disasters unfold, and what I’m seeing time after time, in spite of the horrible click-bait type of headlines, is Kindness!  I’m seeing:  People of all races, ethnic backgrounds, and stages of financial security helping each other.  Posts of gratitude…

Painted Rocks, Joy, and Childhood Revisited

I grew up spending my summers at the beach, and one of our favorite pastimes was collecting rocks and shells, and painting them. Well, imagine my surprise when I recently discovered adults all around the world have taken to painting rocks, and tucking them in fun spots for other folk to find. Rocks with messages, or…