Authors of Main Street started fortuitously for me...a group of authors who never met, getting together to write about small town life authentically from real life perspectives. We all write. We all laugh. We all have a burning desire to touch others with our work, hoping to create characters and stories that energize, provoke and resonate with our readers in a lasting and meaningful way.
Sometimes meaningful only lasts a day, or an hour, or as long as it takes to read each story, smile or wipe a tear from the eye and say: I feel better for having read this.
Yep, we’re all different, with different strengths, foibles, and quirks. Yet we’re all the same in our love of small town family life.
The Differences: I like to toss people around and poke them with sharp pointy things. I also have a deep seeded love for food --- creating edible wonders --- gardening, and all things Scottish...what can I say? That’s part of the Highlander DNA that resides in these short bones! We like to bash...hazard of having Scottish-Viking genes. Others here at Authors have that Southern Woman charm that’ll knock you off your feet. Then there’s that California Woman know-how that I envy, East Coast savvy that’ll make your head spin and wish you had half their talent (and in one case an invisible chauffeur named, Myren) and a dash of Canadian to brighten our days and remind us what cold really is. We have more than one world-traveler, but we have one who’s been to so many places she makes the royal family look like slackers when it comes to globetrotting. I think I’m the only native Midwesterner, but we’ve got the Pacific Northwest covered, the East-coast, Texas covered more than once, and the South as a primal force, all sprinkled with a dash of everywhereness in our group!
Here are a few photos from this year’s Romantic Times Magazine Convention where my husband and I showed writers and readers how to handle various martial arts weapons. We had a phenomenal time and the participants loved it. Where else can you see, touch and be shown how to hold and strike ancient weapons (most martial artists are very protective of their weapons and should be if they actively train with them, like I do)?
The Similarities: We are all mothers, some of us have the privilege of being grandmothers as well. We all love reading and writing romance from cowboy to comedy and everything in between. No matter what our unique interests bring to the diversity here at Authors of Main Street, one thing unifies us and ultimately defines each of our stories: Family. Some of us view family as encompassing more than just the blessings of birth. We add our community to our stories. Community, the crazy, wonderful, loving extension of family.
Here are some photos from Milwaukee Scottish Fest and Spring Highland Games from June 7, 2014. I am the Wisconsin State Commission for my Clan, Clan Donald. Believe me when I say, family—especially those we choose-- isn’t just something we write about, it’s how we define ourselves...it’s the best part of who we choose to be.
We, the Authors of Main Street, would love to share our Authors of Main Street Community with you. Delve into small town Americana with our newest celebration of life, love and joy and romantic offering, WEDDINGS ON MAIN STREET, available at most online e-book sellers:
I guarantee you will find more than one story that will touch your heart, fill you with hope and make you smile, sometimes through the tears. Join us, enjoy us, review us! You’ll be happy you did.