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Sep 28

Habitual Mistakes? Mary Deal Tells Us All About Them!

Habitual Mistakes
by
Mary Deal

Any error in writing, no matter how simple, can be jarring to the reader and we need to strive to keep the misspellings from showing up in our work.

Pointing out one of my habitual mistakes may save another person’s writing as well. Often, I find myself making one particular mistake and simply had to find out what was causing it.

I know how to spell. I know how to key and I’m fast at it. However, one same mistake kept showing up in my work. I try to catch them all but see that I miss a few now and then. It’s embarrassing to turn in a manuscript with that kind of error. It’s embarrassing to publish online and have the whole world see it. It’s particularly embarrassing for me since I write about all aspects of writing correctly. What a hoot!

As I became aware of this nemesis of mine, it narrowed down to one particular word habitually showing up in place of another. I studied the way I used the keyboard and then realized the accidental spellings began happening after I bought a new keyboard. Now I was getting somewhere.

I watched my hands as I typed and found what I was doing wrong, I double checked myself and typed sentences over and over with that one word included. Surprise! What I learned was that I probably made this mistake all along because the faster I type one of my fingers doesn’t reach high enough on the keyboard. Instead of typing or my finger falls short and types of.

While the mind does not see these words – of and or – while reading, they are still there and in plain view for anyone keen to editing, whether in actual editing as work or simply editing a story as they read. In my case, my mind did not see the interchange of these words as I edited my own manuscripts, not even when I read them out loud.

As a result, I am left to do a search for both of these words through all the work I produce for public viewing, and that includes my book-length manuscripts as well; at least until I can re-train my keying ability.

Please visit Mary Deal’s website for more wonderful articles like this one: Write Any Genre. Read More

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Sep 23

Michael Bosc Slides in from Spain to Guest with Mike Angley

MA: Michael Bosc is living in Spain on a finca growing olives and almonds. He was born in London during the second world war when V1s and Land Mines were falling on the houses. He served nine years in the RAF and is married with two grown up children.

Learning to sail in his mid forties, he sailed across the channel on many occasions visiting the Normandy coast from Cherbourg to Fecamp where English Kings are buried. Michael has always had an interest in history and found it relaxing writing an adventure story set in the latter stages of the American War of Independence: A Soldiers Wind.

His second book, A Loving Son, echoes back to his earlier life just after the war and the East end criminals, with the gangs growing, the East End criminals were finding their feet, this was Stanley’s training ground…

Interesting life story, Michael, and welcome to my blog. How did you get into the world of writing?

MB: I am retired and had been thinking of writing for some time. However, until I moved to Spain I never had the time, with sailing and other activities. But when my father-in-law died and we went back to England, I picked up the Sunday Telegraph and in there was an article by a lady reviewer. She was saying how all the books she had reviewed although good, did not contain enough sex, it was a bit like waves crashing on the beach. It was not necessary to be explicit but we all like to read about sex, so being a normal health male I thought, why not?

MA: (Chuckling) I understand it was your personal interests that drew you to the specific ideas you had for a novel. Tell us about that.

MB: My interest is in Naval History, British or otherwise, so when I read that I thought, I could write something along those lines, after all I sailed for over 20 years. I mentioned this to my wife who said go for it, and A Soldiers Wind was born.

A year later my mother-in-law was seriously ill and whilst in England (again) I decided to write about Stanley Saunders, an East end boy growing up in London after WW2, whose mother was a prostitute who set up an escort agency. It tells of Stanley’s maturing and how whilst protecting his mother from the villains, he hones his skills as a killer, an assassin; thus A Loving Son was born.

MA: Did your personal life’s story influence your writing – any real-life East enders as characters?

MB: No, apart from the fact of my birth-date 21st October (Trafalgar Day) plus my love of history and reading naval books, no. Not even the gangs of East London were close contacts however at that time in history it was a well documented fact that bodies were dumped in the marshes or were propping up bridges.

MA: Tell us about your novels.

MB: A Loving Son was supposed to be the first novel out, but Authorhouse were reluctant to publish at first as Stanley and Gillian were under 18yrs. Unfortunately, the difference between the USA and England was around 2 years, but after re-writing a few bits Stanley was published. I think I am more in tune with A Loving Son because of its setting in the period of time I grew up in. There was an awful lot of bent police, gang killings, and general dodgy goings on.

For a woman to set up a business in that atmosphere at that time was very bold. If the police were not wanting a cut to turn a blind eye to what was going on then the gangs wanted protection money so she could continue. Diane, although a prostitute, was a loving mother very fond of her only son and very protective towards him. She had her head on right and saved money to buy a house so they had somewhere to live. There is a lot more to her than you first see.

I took the memories of how hard it was in London immediately after the war, with rationing, food shortages etc., and then put Stanley in the role of protector of his mother. Strange as it may seem, once I had done that and given him a name, Stanley appeared and started to tell his story; once begun it just went from logical reactions to logical actions. What I did learn was that to Stanley there was no grey area, only black and white.

MA: Tell us more about Stanley’s character.
MB: He is honest in his way, does not think about when he kills, looks at it as a job pure and simple. But he does care about his mother and the girls. He is fond of them and looks after them like his family. However after a kill he needs sex…

MA: Oh my! Are you planning more stories in the future?

MB: I have the sequels to both books ready to go to print, and I am working on the next ones. Plus I am putting together a wine book with a difference. I write blogs on the local ‘Cellers’ here and the superb wines they produce, but I also add their history to the story. I am not a wine snob, I say what we like and don’t like but then most people can do that. I try to say something about the people, the village or the countryside. There is so much more than opening a bottle, tasting and writing. These blogs can also be found on Southwest Wines site, where they have been kind enough to give me my own page.

MA: Thanks, Michael. I appreciate you stopping by and visiting with me. I know my readers will want to learn more about you, too. Please visit Michael’s blog for more information: http://asoldierswind.wordpress.com/ Read More

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Sep 16

‘Boardwalk in Disrepair: The Splintering of Miss Patriotic’ Author, Ami Feller, is Mike Angley’s Guest

MA: Ami Feller has written articles published in New Jersey newspapers including: The Courier Post, Gloucester County Times and Cocktails and Fiction Magazine.  She published a thesis for Rowan University on the impact of communication within the media regarding West … Read More

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Sep 09

Melinda Clayton Guests with Mike Angley

MA: My special guest today is author Melinda Clayton. Melinda is a licensed psychotherapist and freelance writer living in central Florida. Her vast experience working in the field of mental health gives her a unique perspective on human behaviors, and she likes to explore this dynamic in her writing.

Melinda has published over twenty articles and short stories in various print and online magazines, and is currently in the dissertation phase of an Ed.D. in Special Education Administration. Return to Crutcher Mountain is Melinda’s second novel.

Tell us about that passion you’ve had for writing for many years now.

MC: I’m an odd combination of psychotherapist and writer. I’ve always wanted to write, so several years ago I began writing on multiple online writing sites. From those, I began selling a variety of articles to print and online magazines on mostly mental health related topics. From that, I decided to branch out to short stories, and then a novel seemed the next logical step.

MA: I can see the progression! Did it evolve to novels or did you know for some time that you wanted to write them?

MC: I’m a very goal-oriented person, and writing a novel had always been a goal of mine. I’m at the perfect point in life to pursue it, in that I took time off from working with clients to raise my children and pursue a doctorate. With extra time on my hands, writing was a natural activity for me to pursue.

MA: I imagine that in your professional line of work, you’ve run into some quirky people and you’ve seen some odd things that would make for great characters and plots. Did any of that influence your writing?

MC: Oh, absolutely. I love to explore the thought processes behind the decisions we make, and I do that with my characters. I like for my characters to face tough decisions – decisions in which there is no clear answer – and I like to explore the reasons behind the paths they ultimately choose.

MA: I know you wanted to talk about your second novel, so please tell us about it.

MC: My second novel is a mystery, and it’s also a sequel to my first. My first novel, Appalachian Justice, describes the circumstances through which Jessie McIntosh was saved from a childhood of abuse. The sequel, Return to Crutcher Mountain, picks up with Jessie as an adult who, although successful by all outward appearances, struggles with the psychological scars of her abuse.

When she’s called back to her childhood home following a string of mysterious occurrences, she must confront the truths of her past in order to free from painful memories and look forward to the future.

MA: Wow, so you probably have dealt with people like Jessie in your professional life. I imagine that helped you shape her character.

MC: Having worked in the field of mental health for so many years, I’m very familiar with many of the issues adult survivors of abuse often face. Jessie describes herself as “a woman composed completely of opposites.” Like many survivors, she’s tough yet vulnerable, brave yet afraid, independent yet lonely.

Jessie’s a strong woman, but she’s often her own worst enemy. Her insecurities cause her to sabotage the things in life she most wants. She does have a keen awareness into that part of her personality, but really has to struggle to overcome it.

Both books are really a tribute to the many women and children with whom I’ve worked over the years. Their strength, perseverance and tenacity leave me in awe.

MA: Tell us about the antagonists Jessie faces.

MC: Since Return to Crutcher Mountain is a sequel, the memories of the bad guys are still evident throughout. But the antagonist is, I hope, totally unexpected.

MA: So what’s in the future?

MC: A few people have shared with me that they’re not yet ready to leave Crutcher Mountain, the setting for both novels. I have a couple of ideas in mind, but haven’t quite decided.

MA: Will Jessie or any other characters reappear in future stories?

MC: I’ve had a few people ask about that, but I’m not sure. I sort of think we’ve got Jessie squared away now and it’s time to move on. If I do write another novel using the same setting, I might focus on someone else, someone who has been on the periphery but not really yet explored.

MA: Thanks for guesting with me today and for sharing so much about your stories. I would like my readers to visit Melinda’s website for more information about her novels: http://AuthorMelindaClayton.xanga.com. Read More

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Sep 02

‘The Essene Conspiracy’ Author, S. Eric Wachtel, is Mike Angley’s Guest Today

MA: Please help me welcome today’s guest-blogger, S. Eric Wachtel. Eric was born and raised in New York City and studied at the University of Missouri. While in college he crafted his first historical based short story. Recruited by the CIA, he opted out in favor of a business career. Starting on Wall Street, he later worked as a vice president for a large international conglomerate before organizing and serving as president of a medical technology company. Eric lives with his wife, Lynn, and Russian Blue cat in Vermont and Washington, D.C. A member of International Thriller Writers, he is at work on the next Harry McClure thriller.

Welcome, Eric! Please tell us about your debut novel.

EW: In THE ESSENE CONSPIRACY, a blend of fact and fiction, I’ve created dynamic fictional characters from composites of personalities with whom I’ve crossed paths during my business career.

A high ranking Israeli minister has been murdered in Jerusalem. Muslim terrorists are suspected, but no group has claimed responsibility. Finding a barely legible name scribbled on a blood-stained card in the shirt pocket of the slain minister, the Director of Israeli Intelligence calls upon international security consultant Harry McClure to investigate a possible American connection to the brutal crime.

McClure uncovers a Wall Street money-laundering scheme linked to a Messianic brotherhood’s plan to overthrow the Israeli government and retake Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

The clock is ticking as Israeli Intelligence, aided by McClure, race to organize a preemptive eleventh-hour strategy aimed at thwarting the brotherhood’s imminent attack. A timely blend of historical fact and fiction, the Essene Conspiracy builds to an unpredictable ending.

MA: Why novels, and why not a how-to book about the business world?

EW: It’s a natural extension of my early interest in writing and history.

MA: How did you develop the character of your protagonist?

EW: He’s a composite of many personalities I’ve know in real life. He’s a strong character, entrepreneurial, determined, charming.

MA: So who is the antagonist in the story?

EW: Mayer Rubin, the bad kid who grew up to be a key member of a clandestine brotherhood. My book is adult fiction. It’s aimed at readers who want to be entertained as well as intellectually stimulated.

MA: Thanks, Eric. I appreciate you stopping by to visit with me today. I encourage my readers to visit Eric’s website for more information: http://www.sericwachtel.com. Read More

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Aug 19

Mike Angley’s Interview on Paul Bruno’s History Czar Radio Program

[layout_logo-the-history-czar] I was honored to have been interviewed by radio host Paul Bruno for his program, the History Czar. Please listen to the audio file and enjoy!

Mike Angley’s August 19, 2011 Interview on the History Czar Program Read More

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Aug 11

Noted Mystery & Crime Author Michael A. Black Calls ‘Child Finder: Revelation’ a ‘great read’!

“Set in one of the world’s hot spots, Child Finder: Revelation by Mike Angley combines the author’s first hand knowledge of the military with a dash of the psychic supernatural thrown in. It’s a great read.”

—Michael A. Black ~ Author of Hostile Takeovers, and I Am Not a Psychic (with Richard Belzer) Read More

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Aug 04

Mystery Writer Bob Doerr Praises Mike Angley’s ‘Child Finder: Revelation’

“This book grabs you from start to finish!  In Child Finder: Revelation, Mike Angley has given us another hard-to-put-down thriller! A great read!” —Bob Doerr, author of Cold Winter’s Kill

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Jul 30

Award-Winning Author Jack Miller Raves About ‘Child Finder: Revelation’

Child Finder: Revelation is one of the best books you can read and wholesome enough to share with your own children.

Intrigue starts in Chapter One with an explosive (pun intended) beginning. Enter Pat O’Donnell a military Special Agent with an exceptional gift from God. A gift greatly appreciated by O’Donnell and one which helps him through his own life and the lives of the children he is asked to save.

—Jack Miller, Award-Winning Author of: Cold War Warrior, Operation Switch, The Medal, Cold War Defector, and The Master Cheat Read More

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Jul 29

Marilyn Meredith, Prolific Mystery Writer, Pens Glowing Review of Mike Angley’s Latest Novel, ‘Child Finder: Revelation’

LATEST REVIEW OF CHILD FINDER: REVELATION!

A fan of Mike’s writing, I read the first two books in the series, though it is not necessary to have done so to enjoy this final one in the trilogy.

There are some resemblances to the DaVinci Code in Revelation–and some very big differences.

The resemblance is that the story does center around a secret that has to do with the Catholic Church.

The difference is the hero, Patrick O’Donnell, an Air Force Special Agent, is a devout Catholic and a true believer. His faith is an important part of his life. He also has a gift that makes him the one who is chosen to go on a special and most dangerous mission to rescue kidnapped twin girls who were taken to North Korea.

Another difference is the danger Patrick finds himself in is believable as are all the action filled events described in the story.

I’m not going to give away anything, but the ending is mind-boggling and will definitely make you think.

This is a thriller that is written by someone who knows what he’s writing about and it shows. A definite page turner unlike anything you’ve read before.

—Marilyn Meredith, author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series as well as the Rocky Bluff P.D. series. Read More

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