Our guest today on Back Porch Cyber Chatter is Bronwyn Elsmore and boy! It is a good thing my porch is virtual because Bronwyn lives a continent away in Auckland, the stunning New Zealand ‘City of Sails’. Though she tends to wander the world, at home Bronwyn shares her writing life with one man, one special cat and a box full of fosters. Bronwyn is not a huge coffee drinker and for the first time ever, I’m out of iced tea. So. With no further ado, let’s hear from this very talented writer.
Do you need money to hire Beta Readers? Copy Editors? Cover Artists?
What about a bit of pocket change to promote your book?
Well, most of us do. We indie authors are up against it. One lament I hear every single time I visit a forum or a Facebook group is: “I can’t afford _______.” Just fill in the blank. Some of us lie to ourselves because we don’t want to afford those services. And gosh, it sounds just fine to plead poverty. Gives the image of the struggling author living in a cold-water garret suffering for his craft. Some consider publishing a book an adventure. “Hey, if I make a little money on the side, great. If not, I’m in the groove. I’m a published author.” Chatting that up on a first date, or with the carpool mommies, or at cocktail parties has more cachet than saying, “I work at Walmart.”
Whatcha Havin’ for Supper?
Boo-ya! The sun is shining here in my corner of Texas. The weather is just right, no humidity, just cool enough to keep mosquitoes huggin’ the undersides of leaves and not makin’ pest of themselves. Tiny titmouse chicks hatched yesterday in the nest mama titmouse built atop the anchor bolt in the satellite dish. They’re not feathered up yet and their necks are wobbly. Neighbors on two sides of me have their outdoor grills fired up and the good cooking smells are wafting in the air. I can tell by the aroma of spices comin’ across my back yard that one is grilling fajitas, the other is barbecuing chicken.
Hola! Mis Amigas!
…and that is about as much español as I can manage safely. However I am happy to share with you Caras Ocultas, is published on all Amazon venues, including Spain, Brazil, y Mexico. Leer GRATIS con Kindle Ilimitado.
The print edition will be released soon
To celebrate I am cooking my favorite Tortilla Soup. Here’s my recipe.
- 1 cup cooked chopped chicken
- 12 fresh tomatilla, steamed or boiled soft and mashed.
- 1 onion, cooked soft, mashed with tomatilla.
- 1 cup fresh-off-the cob corn or 1 can corn, drained.
Southern is as Southern Does…
No Southern family worth its salt is going to sit to supper on New Year’s Day without black-eyed peas and cornbread on the table. For others, kissing the Blarney Stone or pressing four-leaf clovers in books may be a good luck custom. But in my family and others across the South’s Gulf Coast, our good luck and success all year is entwined with black-eyed peas and cornbread sticks or pan cornbread, or sometimes fried cornbread fritters. The hock off of the ham we had for Christmas dinner is boiled with the peas. Even babies get a few mashed up peas. We don’t take chances with our good luck.