My Grandparents Inspired “Cherry Cheesecake” Valentine Story

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In Love For 70 Years

You know how sometimes you see or hear about something and you think, “Wow, that would make a great story?” My grandparents, who have been married for over 70 years now, would make that kind of story.

From what I understand, their life has not been without hardship. My grandfather was a watchmaker by trade, hitching rides on Boston-bound trains from teeny tiny Brewer, Maine just to attend school. That is a five hour drive by car today!

Money was virtually non-existent. When my grandfather returned to Maine he worked 2 jobs. They went on to have  3 young children by the time they were in their early twenties- poking holes in my Nana’s theory that my Grampa was difficult at times:)

If you were to ask them what their “secret” to a 70 year marriage would be, they would each have a different answer- and they’d probably bicker over which one of them were correct… I think that “passion” may well be one of their “secrets”???

This past week I entered a short story contest with a “Love” theme in honor of Valentine’s Day. I used their undying love as my inspiration. I’m not sure if I will win the contest or not, but writing the story made me happy:) If you’d like to check out my short story contest submission (1250 words) simply click here

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131273 – it’s free, just download to your Kindle or read on your computer as a PDF file.

There are some other free short stories that are previous contest submissions as well- and they are all free.

Here’s hoping that everyone has a very happy Valentine’s Day!

What kind of emotions, events, or stories inspire you?

The Inspiration For “Molly Watkins”

I’d been writing a lot of “serious” stuff when the inspiration for The Molly Watkins Chronicles hit me from out of the blue. Instantly I knew that I had to write about her.

On August 17, 2011…we lost our beautiful yellow lab, Molly Mae Watkins. She was a ripe eleven years old and full of personality. My children- as well as myself- were devastated. At the time, I pushed my grief to the back of my mind and carried on- through the days, weeks, holidays, etc.

Then one day…I thought about her. I realized that I could make myself feel better if I put pen to paper (okay, words on computer) and expressed my feelings by telling stories about Molly- if she had been a human.

Molly had spunk! She didn’t care if the other three dogs wanted her treat or if they wanted to be in her “spot”. Her disposition was always good; a free spirit. Of course, she was adamant about getting that treat in the first place:) She’d bark to remind you to toss her a bone or to get her a fresh bowl of water. . She didn’t care for car rides. Simple, basic things made her happy, like having her ears scratched or chasing a ball.

We miss Molly a lot. But at least I can revisit some of her “dog days” by creating a character that reminds me of the joy she brought to our lives in those eleven short years:)

Molly Watkins is a series of steampunk novellas and the main character, Molly Watkins, will have some fun adventures- just like my Molly did.

I miss you, Molly Watkins!

Molly Watkins Gets A “Face”

The cover art for Molly’s Soap Parlor (Book #1 of the Molly Watkins Chronicles) has arrived. (Thank you Derek Murphy!) It’s such an awesome feeling to see the character, of whom I’ve been creating and giving depth to for a while now, take on a “real” look. After all, Molly Watkins is a “real” person to me. I know her habits, such as her fetish with beech tree gum. I also know about her weaknesses, her likes and dislikes, and of who she has a major crush on.  But underneath all that other “stuff”, Molly has spunk and I’d really like to “hang out” with her some day.

If you’d like to read about Molly and her first adventure, Molly’s Soap Parlor, A Steampunk Novella, expect her to be available some time in  March, 2012.

Molly Watkins Chronicles Book #1

March, 2012 Debut

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