About the Morgan Crossroads series of novels
The characters that I write about usually come to me from some invisible place. Some call that place inspiration or the muse. Whatever name that place has, characters tend to show up when they’re needed. Sometimes they’ll have the hair of someone I saw or knew as a child, or they’ll dress like someone else from television or my imagination.
I’ve read comments from readers who practically demand that the books they read include cursing, sex, and more. For them, it takes such things to fully develop the “grit” that makes up a large part of some people’s personality.
I agree that some characters don’t come across as fully developed if the writer tries to make them too good or pure. I enjoying writing stories that are lighter in general. But, I firmly believe that stories can be written complete with hilarious fun, heartache, disappointment, and the full range of emotion that life entails without having to prop up those parts of life with strong language or graphic sexual situations. That is what I try to do with the Morgan Crossroads series.
About Tom’s writing
The Morgan Crossroads series is an expansion of two short stories that I published earlier – Gertrude’s White Knuckle Ride and Dinner On The Ground: a not exactly true short story from the Eva Jo Clomper and Friends series. After a short time of being available on Amazon, I removed them and allowed them to grow into something different and better. During that growing process, some of the primary characters changed and the stories took on lives of their own.
I started out using Scrivener for Windows for the entire writing process. I now use a MacBook Pro and an iPad Air 2 128GB that allow me to write almost anywhere. I use Scrivener 3 for Mac OS X on the MacBook Pro and Scrivener on the iPad for the rough draft of most of my books. When I finish the rough draft I use Scrivener to produce a MS Word file. From that point on I use MS Word on both the Mac and iPad to rewrite and edit that file. It is also the file that I send to my beta readers.
Another tool that I use on every manuscript is Pro Writing Aid. It helps me find little nit-picky issues in my manuscripts that I might never have spotted on my own. I use Vellum on the Mac to for my final pass and to format the book for publication.
About Living With Fibromyalgia Patients: 79 Ways You Can Make Their Lives Better
My wife of 44 years was diagnosed with fibromyalgia approximately fifteen years ago. I watched her change from one who lived a vibrant, physically energetic life – climbing trees and riding jet skis – to a much slower pain-filled existence. Prior to fibromyalgia’s onset she would explore parks and outdoor areas with her camera and come back with the beginnings of a work of art. Since then, I’ve found myself changing some of the things I do so that she can be more comfortable.
Over the years, a list has evolved – a list of things that we do to make life for her more comfortable. Some of them are physical, and some are more emotion based. That list became the basis for my non-fiction book, Living With Fibromyalgia Patients: 79 Ways You Can Make Their Lives Better. That book is available in paperback and eBook format at Amazon.
I don’t know. I’ve thought about writing a follow-up, but for now there are no concrete plans for one. I am busy writing my fiction books. But who knows? I may wake up one morning with a driving compulsion to write part two. We’ll just have to wait and see.