Hell or High Water

It has been a while since I reviewed a western. I thought I might change format a bit from traditional old west films that I think you may not have seen, to review a contemporary western that has just come out on DVD. And though it is not a historically set traditional film, it has all … Continue reading Hell or High Water

Wrongful Conviction

As you may know, I am a founding member of SLuGs (Sarasota Literary Guild). So I am pleased to announce that SLuGs member, Janet Heijens, will have her début novel, "Wrongful Conviction - A Jean Jankowski Mystery" released September 5, 2015. It is being published by Five Star Mysteries, a division of Gale Publishing. I cannot recommend this book … Continue reading Wrongful Conviction

A Very Rough Ride

The air was thick, damp -- the temperature sweltering on the 1st of July. The cavalrymen, forced to leave their mounts behind for lack of transport, suffered from exhaustion, struggled through thick chaparral working down the trails to the foot of the heights. The wilds of Arizona, the Dakotas and Montana might be hot, but this jungle climate was … Continue reading A Very Rough Ride

Literary License

Roger has good insight on Literary License.


The interview with Roger Hooverman introduced the topic of literary license. Roger was kind enough to respond to a follow up question.

Do you have a difficult time staying true to the family stories? Aren’t you tempted to exercise your literary license to further develop the person or plot?


When you write historical fiction, as opposed to narrative history, you have to go beyond the known facts and create detailed scenes and dialog that probably did not happen in the real world. Keep in mind, the people in my stories are not real people: they are fictional characters. But I need to make them as much like the real people as I can. Otherwise it won’t seem realistic when they do what the real people did.

As a writer I learned early on that you can create characters and plan how a scene should go; but then when you…

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Roger Hooverman – Part 2

This is the second part to the interview with my friend and fellow SluGS member, Roger. Good information and interesting read.

Charlie, Mackenzie & Associates

roger2 This is the second part of Debbie’s interview with Florida writer, Roger Hooverman.

You have published on Amazon. How was that process? Would you recommend that avenue for emerging writers?

I chose to self-publish through Amazon because I didn’t think my books had the market potential to interest a commercial agent or publisher.  Many other authors aiming at a mass market do self-publish though, and are apparently quite successful.
    Amazon works in partnership with CreateSpace, which is the actual on-demand publishing company. The process was very easy.  It did not cost me anything at all – they will sell you professional help in editing, layout and cover design if you want it, but I decided I could do that myself.  They give very clear instructions in how to format the book, and their online interface is easy to use. I was able to proof the book online, and order…

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