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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!

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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Self Health/Help Book At Its Best!

What can I say? I’m blogging about A Glimpse Of Heaven by Dr. Glen Hepker, because I’m impressed with the simplicity and beauty in this eloquently written book that holds a blueprint to improving your life and mine. First, I have … Continue reading

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Love Never Fails

I love this poem by Emily Dickinson and thought I would share it. I took this photo in the springtime sky. Galileo said that mathematics is the language with which God wrote the Universe. The world is also stamped undeniably … Continue reading

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Why Read For Fun Book Reviews?

First: Read for fun? Are you crazy? Wait, hold up. I hope you don’t feel like books are pointless, because reading is fabulous in so many ways. Parents, if you have a reluctant reader here’s a link that shows how reading … Continue reading

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Aaah, North Beach in More Ways Than One

  What settings do you use for your writing, real or imagined? Well, I’ve been enjoying recent trips to Burlington, Vermont in the past several months, the setting for Username: Bladen. I haven’t been there in years, so I have … Continue reading

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