Published again!

the cat did whatAs a new writer I am still working on my first novel, but am happy to announce that I have yet another Chicken Soup for the Soul story now in print!  This is the third story that I have had published by them in the past year, so I must be doing something right.  My story The nine lives of Smokey came out today in their latest book “The Cat Did What?”  It is the true story of my beloved cat named Smokey, who survived against all odds a high level of smoke damage when he was trapped in a burning house. (And yes, his name really was Smokey years before the fire). He proved the age old saying that cats really do have nine lives! This amazing book, royalties of which support the American Humane Association, is now available in book stores everywhere.  Besides my awesome story (page 57) you wont want to miss the 100 other heartwarming stories about cats who have touched our lives and the forward written by Miranda Lambert. I am so honored to be a part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family and hope to continue to have stories published in their inspiring books!

Quote from my story– Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish–John Quincy Adams

Great day! Feeling like an author!

its christmas

Today was a great day in my very limited experience of becoming an author. To start the day off right, in the mail came my very first check as an author from my first story From Abandoned to Attorney published in “Chicken Soup For the Soul, From Lemons to Lemonade!” I can now say I am officially a paid author. Then a few hours later, I received my advance copies of my second published story, Not Alone, in “Chicken Soup for the Soul, It’s Christmas” It is a wonderful book about the joy and wonder of Christmas and goes on sale everywhere October 8th (by the way , that’s the day before I celebrate my 60th birthday!) Anyway, I am encouraged and humbled by being selected to appear in these wonderful Chicken Soup publications. It gives me the inspiration to keep writing and working on my novel. Maybe someday I will be able to say that I’ve published a novel too!

On a different note, enough about me.  I can’t post a blog this week without mentioning how my thoughts and prayers go out to all of those people affected by the horrible floods here in my beloved State of Colorado.  I didn’t think it would ever stop raining, but this morning we are blessed again with our usual clear blue skies. Although I was not personally hit by the flood, there is just so much devastation and loss here in my home of Larimer County. Many homes and businesses lost. My heart goes out to everyone.