UW Writer’s Institute—April 2018

April in Wisconsin got confused, very confused and thought it was January. Operating as an efficient January, April opened up the heavens and blew snow on high winds all over the mid-west. Lots and lots of snow and icy roads.

I’d flown to Madison to attend the  Writer’s Institue Conference with my Writing Sisters. We didn’t let a little unusual weather slow us down. We ate, they drank, we all laughed a lot, and plotted mayhem and murder in our works in progress.

After our panel presentation on writing groups, we went out to dinner at the Old Fashion Restaurant across from the Capitol

Martha Miles and Lisa Kusko

Blair Hull and Cheryl Hanson

Julie Holmes & Barbara, Bibi Belford.
Bibi is the author of the award-winning book, Crossing the Line.
Her mid-grade books are great!!

Lisa Kusko, Roi Solberg, and Julie Holmes

Blair Hull wearing the cover of her book on her jacket. The woman knows how to promote.

Our writing mentor, Chris DeSmet, in the striped top was with us.
She has no choice, we keep hanging around and refuse to leave.

Blair Hull (author of St. Mary’s Private Dancer), Julie Holmes, Chris DeSmet (author of Fudge Shop Mysteries), and Cheryl Hanson (Ceone Finn, author of To Reap the Finest Wheat). All these books and mine, The Caretaker are available on Amazon.com

Cartoons of Chinese Food

Cartoons of Chinese Foods—every time I think of this typo in the first printing of THE CARETAKER, I have to laugh. Not that typos are funny in the book that you’ve just published and very proudly announced to the world—well, a small portion of the world, anyway.

Editing is never-easy and never-ending. The manuscript was edited by no less than six or seven people, each of us went over it numerous times. I ran each chapter through two software programs for editing and still, things got through.

The only thing one can do is say— Ah, so —and move on.

The good news about self-printing on Create Space is that you can edit and repost as opposed to waiting until your publisher’s print run is done and another run can be corrected and loaded.

The copy that is now for sale doesn’t have any cartoons of Chinese Food, sorry, you’ll have to get your own.


This, That . . .& More

The Caretaker by Roi Solberg

THE CARETAKER, my first novel was published last week!

Years ago I made a vow that I would not die with regrets. I knew if I didn’t at least attempt to write a novel that it would be the biggest disappointment of my life.

First, I found Judy Bridges’ Shut up & Write Workshop in Milwaukee WI. That’s where the real work began. Judy was instrumental in helping with my first nonfiction book, The Spirit of Archetypes: Cards of Spiritual Guidance.

After that, I began writing fiction, giving voice to the characters that were bouncing around in my head. It was the only way shut them up. I began attending Judy’s Round Table class and writing scenes that became chapters. Very basic and not very good.

A few years went by and I moved to Madison. There I met Laurel Yourke and learned how to improve those scenes under her tutelage.That’s when The Caretaker began to take shape.

First Draft or the first dozen of drafts later ~~
I had a story … of sorts. I submitted it to Christine DeSmet’s Master Novel  Writing workshop at Madison’s Write by the Lake.  But never got to the ending.

Next dozen drafts ~~
I realized that while The Caretaker was a mystery about a murder, I had no police or a detective. Oops. . .

Back to the drawing board and more drafts ~~
I spent a lot of time trying to work the story with only two POVs—Sam and Lauren’s. And it wasn’t working for me. Finally, I decided that if I were going to spend this much time and effort on the novel it would be told the way I wanted in multiple POVs.

That decision meant that I rewrote the book—about a dozen times and after that began the endless editing and sending out to agents.

This year I decided to self-publish. And so, I did.
I’m pleased with the result and trust you will be as well.

THE CARETAKER is available on Amazon.com
Print and Kindle.