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About jvcarrwriterauthor

Everybody has realistic dreams, ones that start with a seed in the heart, are watered, then grow. Well...I finally published my dream, my young adult novel entitled Username: Bladen. The idea to write it literally struck me in the darkness of the night. I began this project not too long ago, though now it feels like forever. This book, in its original manuscript form, meandered down a typical publishing path in many ways, until it recently settled (Yay!) on the shelves of cyberspace. Soon, I hope it will find a happy home on the shelves of many book lovers, in a real home not just a virtual one. After all who doesn't like to see their dreams come true? Today, with the technological advances that we enjoy, dreams of publishing are well within a writer's grasp. Every mom, much to their chagrin, experiences sleepless nights. With six kids, I honestly can't remember the last time I slept through the night. Typically, when I wake up and can't fall back to sleep, I think too much about things, meditate, or pray. One night as I was praying, the plot for Username: Bladen literally flooded my thoughts. I got so excited about it that I decided to sit down and write and write and write. I spent a lot of time learning about publishing. I joined forums and writers' groups. When I finished my manuscript, I entered it into The Sandy Writing contest, which was a terrific learning experience. I didn't win, but one judge loved my story and gave me almost a perfect score. That gave me a lot of encouragement. I also queried it a little, and am amazed by how much I learned and loved the process. I know nobody likes rejection letters, but I appreciated the personal letters I received from agents that gave me insight into why they rejected my manuscript. Then finally, after I learned that publishers don't have a lot of shelf room for young adult novels with a male protagonist, I decided to stop querying and publish through Westbow. I found an extremely talented editor, and rather quickly finished the process of publishing my book. I couldn't be happier with the final result. If anyone has a story to tell, are willing to be diligent, and have a dream to be a published author, you can do it! Believe in yourself and make your dream come true!

The Power of Words

Are you ever afraid of what people may think of your writing? Does that critique shy you away from sharing it? Even though I prefer writing fiction, I love the fact that through writing one can voice their opinion. The … Continue reading

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Friends?: Gifted Ones: Scarcely Human

How do you feel about the friends in your life? Sometimes friends come and go, sometimes they hurt you, but sometimes they remain in your life to stay, a true blessing. “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned the … Continue reading

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A Father’s Love: Gifted Ones: Scarcely Human

A father’s tears and fears are unseen, his love is unexpressed, but his care and protection remains as a pillar of strength throughout our lives.  ~Ama H.Vanniarachchy There’s nothing like a father’s love for his children, that paternal hand that … Continue reading

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Everyday Miracles

  “This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.” ~Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985), English novelist I wrote this in honor of my father and all the departed, those whom we’ve loved and lost. May we feel their love and … Continue reading

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Truth: Gifted Ones: Scarcely Human

“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.” ~Mahatma Ghandi Is it hard for you to tell the truth sometimes? Telling the truth is not always easy. In my fourth segment of Gifted Ones: Scarcely … Continue reading

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Love and Laughter: Holiday Story Hop

If you have some relaxing time planned to read this Christmas vacation, then I hope you hop on over to our Holiday Story Hop. Twelve writers will be linking and blogging their holiday stories on December 20th. ‘Tis the season … Continue reading

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SECRETS: Gifted Ones: Scarcely Human

“I thought about how there are two types of secrets: the kind you want to keep in, and the kind you don’t dare to let out.” ~Ally Carter, Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover What secrets do you have locked away, and do you dare … Continue reading

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Friendship Matters: Gifted Ones: Scarcely Human

Here’s my Friday reads second segment. It’s all for the kids, our tomorrow.             “Hard times will always reveal the friends who are true for life.” Friendships are not only important, but they are vital … Continue reading

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Gifted Ones: Scarcely Human

Hey there! Just wondering?? Are you trying to finish your manuscript? Having a hard time staying motivated? Honing in on your craft? Wondering how to let the beasts (your characters) unleash? Well, you’re not alone. What you’re about to read … Continue reading

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Gripped With Insanity

Looking for some fun, spooky Halloween terrors? Oops (shakes head), I mean stories to read? I was invited by Valerie Pinkerton Hemlin and Lynette Creswell (thanks ladies!) to join along in the Halloween Story Hop. Hope you have a frightfulicious … Continue reading

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