Today I host the Rave Reviews Book Club “SPOTLIGHT” Blog Tour featuring G. A. Withmore’s “A Place To Call Home. Take it away G. A.
The Birth of a Book
The prospect of writing a book is daunting. It seems like a monumental and almost impossible undertaking. But we know it can be done. New books are published every day. As readers, we take it for granted that there will always be books available for us to read. As writers, we marvel at the fact that there will always be books available for us to read, that so many brave souls have endeavored to travel down the sometimes rocky road of writing a book.
It’s hard and it isn’t. As with many things, taking the first step is the hardest part. Once you put pen to paper and write a few words, you’ll find that you’ve written a few sentences, and then a few paragraphs, and then a few pages, until, suddenly, a book begins to emerge. Don’t get me wrong, the process is lengthy and can be painful at times, enough to make you think that you’ll never want to write another one. But it’s kind of like having a baby (sorry guys, but it’s the best analogy), you forget what you went through to get to the end result.
A few pieces of advice to help you on your way. No matter where you are, always have a way to document ideas that pop into your head. Sometimes the best ideas come when you least expect them. Whether it’s a small note pad you carry with you, or a recording device, be sure to have something within reach. I know you’re going to do what I do and think I’ll remember that idea. It’s so great, how could I forget it? But you will forget it. Trust me.
So if you want to write a book, grab a pen and a piece of paper, and just do it!
A Place to Call Home: Toby’s Tale
My favorite scenes in my book A Place to Call Home: Toby’s Tale are Toby’s dream sequences. They were fun to write because I didn’t need to stick to plausible situations or events within them. Anything could go. This particular dream scene takes place two-thirds of the way into the book. At this point in the story, Toby is convinced he will never find a place to call home.
Was this another dream? Who would visit him in this dream?
As if in answer to his question, a large pack of wolves and dogs slowly materialized out of the enshrouding gray and one-by-one encircled him.
The snow stopped falling. All was still and quiet.
A long, wailing howl pierced the silence.
Followed by another.
After a few moments, a chorus of howls erupted from the group that now surrounded Toby. A primordial urge rose within him. He stood up and shook off the light layer of snow that had accumulated on his fur. The urge grew stronger, more compelling, until he realized his own voice had joined the others. The multitude of voices became one as they howled on and on, until the cry reached its crescendo and abruptly ended, leaving an echoing silence around them once again.
A large, white figure approached Toby.
“Welcome to our pack, Toby.” The figure turned, and with a nod of his head, indicated the others. He turned back to Toby. “How did you come to be here?”
Toby tried to find his voice, but the howl still reverberated in his throat. When he finally spoke, his reply was weak and raspy. “I don’t know. I don’t even know where here is.” He hesitated, and then asked, “How do you know my name?”
“My name is Strider, Toby. I am your grandfather.”
Strider! The memory of lying with Tara next to his mother as she told them the story of Sadie and Strider came flooding back to him and he felt a warmth of emotion flow through his body.
Strider paused in thought for a moment, and then replied, “This land is a different place for different creatures, yet it is the same place for all creatures. For us,” Strider swept his large head around him, “this is the place we call home.”
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