Wrting The Longest Wooden Railroad story was like trying on a new hat!
Life is made for a costume—in my opinion. So, part of the dress-up has to be a great hat. However, although it feels good to me (as I tuck it on by clicking the keyboard) it has to look delightful to anyone else who chooses to gaze at my work. I believe the visual arts are poorly represented in the new electronic media that most authors publish in today. In my first self-published novel, I purposely ran counter to that trend by including a host of visuals: great cover, poetry (thankfully not my own, although I did take a shot at it) sketches and photos. I'll let the reader decide if having a real book in their hands again— allowing them to thumb around, fold corners, spill coffee on and contemplate adding color of their own to the sketches, was worth the $14.95.
Part of the proceeds are directed to the Good Shepherd Orphanage in Guanajuato, Mexico which I have supported for many years. The work of the Catholic Sisters there, runs counter to other social welfare services for children in other countries. Not only does the facility provide food, shelter and spiritual guidance to children; It is also serves as a school and haven for battered women.