Senior Circle Book Club in Granbury, TX welcomes Seven Wings to Glory author Kathleen M. Rodgers

July 14, 2017

Last September I was invited to Senior Circle Book Club in Granbury, TX to discuss my second novel, Johnnie Come Lately. When I mentioned that my third novel was releasing a few months later, they invited me to come back with the new book.

Today I had the pleasure of speaking to this warm and attentive audience. After I read a few passages from the opening pages of Seven Wings to Glory, several members asked questions about my writing process and how long it took me to write my third novel. One lady was curious about the title. I got a kick sharing how the title came to me in a dream.

I enjoyed telling the group how my first novel, The Final Salute, was a sixteen year effort and ended up being featured in USA Today and The Associated Press.

We also talked about two of my favorite subjects: dogs and the military. A few of the women in the group came up to me later to tell me about their loved ones who’ve served in the Armed Forces. One lady who’s not pictured in the photo remembers her early childhood when her family lived on land which is now part of Fort Hood, the massive Army post located in central TX.

After my talk, I signed books and we enjoyed some delicious refreshments. Many thanks to Cory Johnson, Director of Senior Circle, for making the arrangements to have me back for the second visit. 

 

                                                               Happy reading,

                                                                   Kathleen

“Passing 50” Radio Host Robin Boyd chats with Kathleen M. Rodgers about writing

April 13, 2017

“Why worry about each passing decade? Let’s celebrate our voices of experience!” ~ Robin Boyd, host of Passing 50

Join Robin and me for a lively discussion about the writing process and my latest novel, Seven Wings to Glory, on her new radio talk show, Passing 50. It’s always an honor when the person conducting the interview has read your work. To listen to the interview, click on the show’s homepage and our interview appears to the right under the title Seven Wings to Glory

Have a great day.

Kathleen

 

 

Writing from Your Soul, new book from author Linda Apple

Posted February 12, 2016

Guest author: Linda Apple

Writing For Your Soul by Linda Apple

Writing From Your Soul is a small book with big ideas, encouragement, instruction, and tips. It is an inspirational tool for everyone who wants to make a worthwhile difference in the lives of their readers.

The book covers the following topics:

  • The POV of inspirational writing
  • Using the Creative Nonfiction style of writing
  • Finding a story
  • Encouragement for growth as writers

Passage on what inspirational writing is and what it isn’t:

There is a fine line that defines inspirational writing and divides it from all other forms. In my years of teaching, I find there is a lot of confusion about this type of writing. Some writers immediately equate it with religious writing. It can be, but it doesn’t have to be. Some think if the story is uplifting, it is inspirational. It might be, depending on the focus. Is the focus of the story on the writer or the reader? All inspirational pieces should be written with the reader in mind.

Most writers are familiar with the acronym POV—Point of View. In order to illustrate the difference between Inspirational writing and all other kinds, I’ve come up with another POV: Purpose, Objective, and Vision. These three elements are what make the defining fine line I wrote about in the introduction.

BIO:Linda Apple, author

Linda Apple is a Mississippi gal whose roots run deep in the South. Her stories flow from generations of southern women who share their tales while cooking, enjoying meals together, and rocking on the front porch in the velvety, magnolia perfumed evening breezes. From these memories, her debut novel, Women of Washington Avenue, the first book in her Moonlight Mississippi series, was born.Women of Washington Ave by Linda Apple

She also writes Inspirational Nonfiction. Linda has a strong conviction that we need to write our personal experience stories, our observations and epiphanies for future generations, which is why she wrote, Writing Life: Your Stories Matter and Writing From Your Soul.

In addition to writing, she is also a public speaker. Through workshops and motivational presentations, her desire is to encourage, affirm, nurture talent, and equip people in order to help them achieve their goals and follow their dreams.

She lives with her husband, Neal, in Northwest Arkansas. They are the parents of five married children and have ten of the most beautiful grandchildren ever born.  And she’d like everyone to know she is, “*ahem* a very young grandmother . . . really!”

To read more about Linda Apple, click here.

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Writing is Messy: Guest blogging for Southern Writers Magazine’s Suite T

Posted June 29, 2015

Many thanks to the editors of Southern Writers Magazine for the invitation to write about my messy process on the magazine’s blog, Suite T. Click here to read the complete essay.

Writing is Messy from Kathleenmrodgers' powerpoint presentation at Houston Writers Guiild conference

Trust the Creative Process…Even If It’s Messy

In my last post, “Building a Scene: One Writer’s Process,” I touched briefly on how I start each writing project with nothing more than a few scribbled notes on scraps of paper. I thought it might be fun to follow up with a few photographs that capture the messy process and the final product.

“Driven to Distraction”  

kathleenmrodgers working on Driven to Dristraction for Family Circle Magazine 1998
With notes fanned out in front of me on my living room floor, I attempt to puzzle together what will become an article about attention deficit disorder for Family Circle Magazine. I’d already signed the contract so the pressure was on. (Photo by Tom Rodgers, circa 1998.)
Notes for ADD story for Family Circle Magazine 1998 kathleenmrodgers
What a mess! I took a deep breath and plowed in.

 

 

After several revisions to the manuscript, Driven to Distraction appeared in the October 1998 edition of Family Circle Magazine, where it was read by millions of readers around the country.
After several revisions to the manuscript, Driven to Distraction appeared in the October 1998 edition of Family Circle Magazine, where it was read by millions of readers around the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnnie Come Lately

messy notes that grew into new novel Johnnie Come Lately
This pile eventually grew into my latest novel, Johnnie Come Lately. The day I took this photo, I reminded myself that my first novel, The Final Salute, was cobbled together using sticky notes and index cards. For me, the only way to bring order to chaos is to wade through it.
About eight months before I finished writing Johnnie Come Lately, I dumped my work onto my kitchen table and went to work organizing the chapters. I'm old school in that I need to see the physical pages of the manuscript as I work.
About eight months before I finished writing Johnnie Come Lately, I dumped my work onto my kitchen table and attempted to organize the chapters. I’m old school in that I need to see the physical pages of the manuscript as I work.
Camel Press Poster announcing Johnnie Come Lately
Johnnie Come Lately releases from Camel Press Feb. 1, 2015 and has already garnered several endorsements. I will sign copies at B & N Southlake, TX, February 7, 2015 from 2-4 pm. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A visual artist interprets “trust the process”

Thomas Rodgers' design
About a year before I finished writing my second novel, my oldest son Thomas presented me with this illustration of a design he was working on at the time. He said, “Mom, this piece is to remind you that all art is a process.” His framed gift hangs over my workspace.
Design by Thomas C. Rodgers, designer at Pan Ector, Industries, Denton, TX.
Design by Thomas C. Rodgers for Pan Ector, Industries, Denton, TX.

Building a Scene: One Writer’s Process

One day soon, these scribbles on leftover notebook paper from my grown sons’ school days will grow into a polished scene in my third novel, Seven Wings to Glory

The Seven Wings to Glory bracelet was designed by my dear friend, Starlene DeBord, owner of Scarlett Sage Designs. Even when I'm not wearing the bracelet, I carry it with me everywhere I go during the process of writing this next novel. It serves as a talisman for me and keeps me motivated and focused on the work at hand.
The Seven Wings to Glory talisman bracelet was designed by my dear friend, Starlene DeBord, owner of Scarlett Sage Designs. It helps keep me motivated and focused on the work at hand.

Writing is a messy process, but after nearly forty years of writing for publication, I’ve learned to trust what works for me. Every article I sold to Family Circle Magazine, Air Force/Army/&Navy Times, and many other publications started out like this: first thoughts scribbled on whatever paper is at hand.

Sometimes I use legal pads or journals given to me by family members or friends. I joke that my first novel, The Final Salute, was cobbled together using sticky notes and index cards.

For Johnnie Come Lately, releasing from Camel Press February 1, 2015, my first thoughts were captured in a spiral notebook for a novel writing class I took at Southern Methodist University. Once I get a few words down, then I move to my trusty laptop. My job is to turn chaos into what I hope is an entertaining story.

If you’re a writer, what is your process? I’d love to hear. I’m always intrigued how other authors get their stories down. Whether you’re new to the business or you started out like me, tapping away on a manual typewriter, please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Update: Dec. 1, 2016

seven_wings_300Seven Wings to Glory releases from Camel Press April 1, 2017

Johnnie Kitchen is finally living her dream, attending college and writing a column for the local paper. She adores her husband Dale and chocolate Labrador Brother Dog, and they reside in a comfortable home in the small town of Portion in North Texas. Their three children are thriving and nearly grown.

But Johnnie is rattled when her youngest boy Cade goes to fight in Afghanistan. The less frequent his emails, the more she frets for his safety. On the home front, Johnnie learns that Portion is not the forward-thinking town she believed. A boy Cade’s age, inflamed by a liberal bumper sticker and the sight of Johnnie’s black friend Whit, attacks them with the N-word and a beer bottle. After Johnnie writes about the incident in her column, a man named Roosevelt reaches out with shameful stories from Portion’s untold history. More tears and triumphs will follow, as Johnnie’s eyes are opened to man’s capacity for hate and the power of love and forgiveness.

The sequel to Johnnie Come Lately.