Category Archives: Velda Brotherton

Years with Dusty

    Dusty and I joined many other writers at a book signing in Branson many years ago The day of his funeral and I waited in the front row. His closed casket held the cow hide he often had on … Continue reading

Posted in a writer's life, Dusty Richards, Uncategorized, Velda Brotherton | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments


When was the last time you cried or laughed aloud while reading a book? Do you remember why the story affected you so? Let’s discuss what it takes as a writer to create fiction that will make our readers laugh … Continue reading

Posted in characterization, creating characters, creative writing, emotional conflict, perception, Velda Brotherton, writing, writing with angst | 2 Comments


Besides being a writer, I’m a woman, a wife, mother, grandmother and a great grandmother. And I’m a human being, an American, a daughter of pioneers. Over the past 28 years that I’ve written and been published, I’ve seen the … Continue reading

Posted in Clara Barton, frontier women, Mable Dodge, New Mexico high desert, pioneer women, role of women in history, Sagebrush Inn, Velda Brotherton, western women | 1 Comment


Promotion is on the minds of many writers in todays market place. Over and over we’re told that we have to do our own promotion. When this is mentioned in our large critique group we hear a lot of groans. … Continue reading

Posted in building platforms, online promoting, promoting, promoting Ebooks, Uncategorized, Velda Brotherton | 3 Comments

CLEARING UP MALWAREGood morning fellow writers. I know it’s confusing to know where I’ll appear next. It seems the problems I have been experiencing with this blog are clearing up. After posting a link to a popular writing site, it … Continue reading

Posted in Author Central, ebooks, fighting malware, Kindle, Shelfari, site linking, Velda Brotherton | 2 Comments


Sometimes while I’m working diligently at my computer—every day but Sunday—I begin to wonder about my decision to begin a writing career. It was probably an accident brought on by boredom, a rainy Sunday afternoon and a dreadful football game … Continue reading

Posted in how to become a writer, struggles of writing, Uncategorized, Velda Brotherton, writers groups, writing career, writing fiction, writing nonfiction | 3 Comments


Sometimes we need to know some of the strangest things, or we require something and have no idea where to find it. It constantly amazes me how many questions Google can answer. I once thought that I could only look … Continue reading

Posted in ask Google, finding trivia, movie trivia, publish articles and stories online, reading Kindle on PC, stock photos, tv trivia, using search engines, Velda Brotherton | 5 Comments


I love to write description. It makes me more comfortable with my story. But, how much is enough? As writers we’re often told to include sense of place in our work. So we promptly get busy and write reams of … Continue reading

Posted in action, author intrusion, characterization, description, omniscience, POV, sense of place, Velda Brotherton | 4 Comments


Not to insult anyone, but I’ll bet I’m going to. Over the many years I’ve written and helped oversee a writer’s critique group, I’ve notice something very odd. English majors, teachers, etc.,  have a hard time writing fiction. Now, before … Continue reading

Posted in creative writing, critiquing fiction, English teachers and fiction, genre writing, rules of grammar in fiction, sense of place, using the five senses in fiction, Velda Brotherton | 5 Comments


Recently someone posted on one of my list serves and asked how they could get reviews for their book. In an interesting turn, replies came through for both magazine and newspaper reviews and online reviews. I was able to steer … Continue reading

Posted in expertise helps promotion, guest blogging, hosting bloggers, interviews on blogs, Morgen Bailey, reviews for E books, Savvy Authors, using social media to promote, Velda Brotherton | 2 Comments