Happy 4th of July!

Today is an American holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. The Declaration is is a powerful and enduring document, a cornerstone of our nation's foundation and future...there are sections of it that are known more widely than any other historical document:

Words make a difference.  Writing can change the world.  

The Fourth of July, then, is a celebration not of our independence...that came later.  It is a celebration of writing and ideas and expression of beliefs...it's my favorite holiday for this reason!

I'm celebrating today for another reason as well...my third book was published this morning.

I had always wanted to be a writer; always had ideas and plans and stories banging around in my head.  I didn't do anything about it until last summer, when I started planning, and then writing, my first novel, "Here Be Monsters".  I wrote and rewrote and edited the book, and it was published on New Year's Day of this year.  I followed it up with another, shorter, book, "Mickey Slips" in April.  My latest book, "Bound for Home", was published as of this morning.  I am in the planning stages of my next novel, "Caretakers", which should be published early in 2014.

My words and writing aren't going to change the world, but they have changed my world and my life.  I love the freedom to express and share my thoughts with the world.  I love the feeling of working with Gail, my wife, my love, my minion, on these books.  I love the indescribable joy that comes when someone enjoys my stories, and wants to talk with me about them.  

I love being a writer, and the 4th of July is my holiday!

Thanks and have a great one!


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