I am excited to bring you news about my book, CoyoteBat! Illustrated by Leslie Mathis.
With my short stories and poetry collections almost ready to go, I always thought I would publish a children’s book, you know… someday on down the line, but. .designs made me change the course of my writing path, not to mention…
Sometimes, it’s good to have dessert first…
The CoyoteBat character had been in my head for a few years, and piece by little piece the story came together, without much pushing really, almost as if it were channeled, and finally like a term pregnancy, the birth had to begin. Time for you to shine, CoyoteBat!
Creating CoyoteBat! was an enchanting adventure in a different style of writing for me, and it was first intended for the 10-14 set, but CoyoteBat! has been reviewed as a tale not necessarily just for kids, which is a surprising plus.
And I sure wanted it to be out in time for Christmas, but as it went, delays were a good thing, and put in place for a reason….
I wish to tell anxious writers to always opt for meticulous time-consuming re-writes and editing, because in the end, there’s more craftsmanship, especially if you are an Indie or self-publisher. Writers must learn to self-edit , edit, and edit and re-write some more. Always, look for just one more thing. And naturally, another set of eyes is supremely optimal.
About My Writing History and Influences-
I grew up in Fort Worth Texas, and began writing around twelve. Or was it twelve-thirty? ( Sorry, I have to have my little joke). Throughout many years, I’ve written and published short stories, poetry, lyrics and a really bad screenplay! Several chapters of a novel have been composed , but I stopped or was interrupted by a certain odd coyote, with his old fox and woodsprite friends.
You might want to know whose work I savor. My most recent influences are Paul Coelho, and Czeslaw Milosz and anything spiritually new-agey, but historically speaking, I started out loving Thomas Hardy and Walt Whitman, graduating to Scott Fitzgerald and Dorothy Parker and Hemingway. Sounds like required reading for lit class, doesn’t it? There were plenty of others I adored from that era as well.
I‘m a constant fan of the modern styles of Wally Lamb, Barbara Kingsolver, John Irving and others . But there are such a myriad of authors I admire, I’d have to fill in this entire page. Sometimes the writers I greatly enjoy the most, are the ones I accidentally discover at the library or from rummage sales. Writers no one has ever heard of, or maybe they have, but they were new to me. I love to discover Small Press writers, such as Tom Sheehan!
As editor of The Greensilk Journal, I sometimes have the most wonderful stories and poetry delivered right to my inbox folder for submissions! I am honored to read so many great original pieces! These writers continue to inspire me for which I am grateful.
The great poets that regularly submit, have inspired me to push myself to put together a poetry collection, with a working title of : Minding The Mastership Moments, which will include, View From A Perfect Day. For many years I have devoted my writing to mostly short stories, but I have recently returned to my first passion of creating poetry. It makes me profoundly happy.
And of course, there is a great possibility, that Kierra will sprinkle some dream dust all about, and honor me with inspiration for a sequel or said sister edition for another CoyoteBat! book. That would be a sweet blessing, a little sparkle, especially if some publisher or enterprising agent has an offer I can’t refuse!
More at another time-KD