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Linda Fulkerson: Writer, Web Design Master, and Woman on a Mission

June 23, 2017

Tags: Mysteries, Adult Inspirational, self publishing, web designing, publisher, writing life, fun, public speaker, Arkansas, Women's Fiction, photographer, sports writer, Genesis finalist, Young Adult

Linda Fulkerson--Writer, Web Designer and More
I met Linda about ten years ago at one of the early ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) meeting held in Searcy, Arkansas. As the featured speaker, she addressed a group of writers about ways to get the word out regarding their writing. Did I mention Linda is a techie whiz? She is to technology what Einstein was to relativity. The woman is a wonder.

Linda helped start the Arkansas chapter of ACFW and is in the process of plotting our yearly retreat which, since she is a mystery writer, should be amazing! She has a great deal of knowledge about the technology needed in getting noticed in an age where technology and talent have joined to make a rather interesting intersection.

Linda's upcoming appearance will be at The Spider's Webb, a new Indie bookstore situated on Main Street in Walnut Ridge, home of The Beatles Park, The Grill District on Abbey Road, The Dark Side Cafe, Mel Fender's Famous Food Truck, and a host of friendly folks who love writers, gentle living, and daily graces.

Proprietor Penny Sloan will host Linda and four other authors (to be showcased on this website in the coming days) on Thursday, July 13th from 10:00 a.m. until noon. From there, Linda and her colleagues will present an educators' panel workshop at the Northeast Arkansas Cooperative.

And now, allow me to present Linda Fulkerson, author and web design extraordinaire.

DEBBIE: Welcome to my blog, Linda. I see from the gorgeous fliers and pamphlets in my hand that you have been a busy girl.

LINDA: Hi, Debbie. I have been on the run lately. I'm working on several websites I designed and promoting my newest book, Ordinary Girl . . . Extraordinary Purpose--Life Lessons from the Book of Esther.

DEBBIE: This is somewhat of a departure for you. Tell me what it's about.

LINDA: I am so excited about this book. Let me give you the nutshell version that is on my card. "Between once upon a time until they lived happily ever after, we can learn dozens of lessons from Esther's life. Esther was a young woman with great courage, who was willing to do anything necessary to save her people."

DEBBIE: Your writing is steeped in inspiration. This book sounds wonderful and timely.

LINDA: It's my hope that it will help others find their extraordinary purpose.

DEBBIE: I can't wait to get my copy! Will it be available at the book signing?

LINDA: It will. I'll also have copies of my other works and information about my design business.

DEBBIE: Could you give us a peek into those today?

LINDA: I'll be glad to. I love sharing what I have to offer. I design book covers, but I specialize in building marketing-focused websites for authors and speakers. In addition, some of my best-selling design products include The Marketing Machine (Website Package), The Book Cover/Interior Layout Package, Video Book Trailers, and Print-ready Promo Packs.

DEBBIE: Good grief! You are a busy lady. How do you carve out time to write?

LINDA: I have a very supportive husband. My hours are crazy, but Don is always flexible and awesome.

DEBBIE: What was your first book?

LINDA: The Prodigal Daughter: Hope for Runaway Christians and Those Who Await Their Return.

DEBBIE: I hear you've written several e-books. Tell us about those. And what is this I hear about coloring books??

LINDA: The coloring books have been very successful. They are called The Coloring Book for Writers, Volumes I and II. They are available at Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com. I'm in the process of designing an additional volume. I also write marketing-related eBooks for writers. Those have sold well. I have been quite pleased.

DEBBIE: Is it true you finaled in the ACFW Genesis Contest? That's no small feat.

LINDA: I did. It was in the young adult category. That's right down your alley. I won second place.

DEBBIE: *sigh* One of these days I'll work up my nerve to enter the YA contest. Not yet. That is some stiff competition. In the meantime, I want to hear about your hobby farm and your photography.

LINDA: We own a hobby farm in central Arkansas which keeps us busy, but in a completely different way than my writing and design business operates. It offers perspective and I love anything about the outdoors. We love to travel and that gives me the opportunity to collect lots of ideas for future projects. My photography has garnered an award that I hold dear and learning that craft has definitely helped with cover design and other areas of publishing.

DEBBIE: Do you make public appearances other than book signings?

LINDA: I do! I love to offer workshops. There are four in-particular that are the most sought after.

DEBBIE: Well, don't keep us waiting! What are they? :)

LINDA: How to Write a Good Book, Build an Author Platform, Book Launch Blueprint, and Self-Publishing fir Indie Authors.

DEBBIE: I attended your last FB book launch. That was amazing. You had so many unexpected surprises for your viewers. It was truly breathtaking. Will you share some of those with us when you attend your book signing in Walnut Ridge?

LINDA: I'll be happy to answer any and all questions. I love to help.

DEBBIE: For those who might have questions before July 13th, how can our readers reach you?

LINDA: Feel free to contact me at www.lindafulkerson.com. They can also subscribe at iTunes to listen to my podcasts about writing, publishing and promoting their books. The address is: http://bit.ly/IdeasToBooks.

DEBBIE: You are such a blessing, Linda. Thank you for taking part in this interview, and for offering such great information. You were terrific! I can't wait to see you on July 13th, girl.

LINDA: You are so welcome. I'm looking forward to it. *smile*

Coming Soon to Northeast Arkansas...Martha Rodriguez--Awesome Writer of Middle and YA Adventure/Suspense and Picture Books

May 26, 2017

Tags: Authors, Award-winning, Martha Rodriguez, mystery, young adult, inspirational, middle grade adventure, publishing, Arkansas

I met Martha a year ago at a media specialists' meeting. As the featured speaker, she addressed a group of about thirty area librarians. I'm not certain what I was expecting, but it was not the vivacious dynamo who took center stage and made an hour pass in five minutes!

At that point, I knew I wanted to get to know this talented writer and her secrets. I nabbed my opportunity later that afternoon. I approached her and began picking her brain, which led to e-mail exchanges, which led to this interview.

Martha's latest appearance will be at The Spider's Webb, a new and groovin' Indie bookstore situated on Main Street in Walnut Ridge, home of The Beatles Park, The Grill District on Abbey Road, The Dark Side Cafe, Mel Fender's Famous Food Truck, and a host of friendly folks who love writers, gentle living, and daily graces.

Proprietor Penny Sloan will host Martha and four other authors (to be showcased on this website in the coming days) on Thursday, July 13th from 10:00 a.m. until noon. From there, Martha and her colleagues will present an educators' panel workshop at the Northeast Arkansas Cooperative.

And now, allow me to present Martha Rodriguez, author extraordinaire.

DEBBIE: Welcome to my blog, Martha. I have questions, girl. Are you ready??

MARTHA: Hi, Debbie! I am ready! I'm looking forward to visiting with you and to the upcoming appearances in Walnut Ridge. I can't wait to visit The Spider's Webb. Word is it's amazing!

DEBBIE: It is. Penny has managed to entwine the coziness of a traditional bookstore with the practicality of a multi-stocked haven of wonderful gifts and goodies. It kind of lowers the blood pressure when you walk through the door.

MARTHA: I can't wait! Now, here are a few tidbits about me that you know, but others may not. I go by MJ. I have a wonderful husband Ruben who has a great dog named Roxy. Most days the three of us can be found adventuring around rural Arkansas going to flea markets and enjoying free time together.

DEBBIE: I LOVE doing that. Some of my best "treasures " have come from flea markets and yard sales.

MARTHA: Absolutely. You never know what you'll find or what ideas will pop into your head. I used to teach and while I miss my students, I've come to learn there are "treasures" all over the place. The twenty-one years in the public school system was great, but I really enjoy having the freedom to write. My first book, Modified, was published after I retired.

DEBBIE: Do any of your family members find their way into your books?

MARTHA: Oh, yes! I come from a large family. I'm the youngest of five girls and in the middle of seven boys! Our childhood antics often fodder for many humorous scenes. I think it's important for our young readers to learn about the past. Having said that, it's also imperative that difficult issues be addressed. I try to weave both into my storytelling.

DEBBIE: What is your favorite part of writing?

MARTHA: The freedom of writing when I want. When I was teaching, I was limited. Now, I can write whenever I choose.

DEBBIE: I'm dying to know if you're working on another book and could you tell us how many you have out there?

MARTHA: I have four complete books and one that I am working on now. It's a children's picture book. My illustrator is phenomenal and highly sought after, because her work is astounding. I don't have her permission to share her name though. That can be another blog post. *smile*

DEBBIE: A little bird told me you have a number of projects underway.

MARTHA: *Chuckle* I have so many stories in my head! I just hope I live long enough to get them all written. Ideas pop up constantly and they seem to come along at varied times--when I'm gardening (which I love to do) and when I'm out feeding the wildlife that visit our backyard, and of course during those treks with Ruben and Roxy! I've written in several genres, and some ideas are a better fit for, say, poetry than for a full-length novel. I enjoy writing poetry as well as plays, but my immediate project is the children's picture book I mentioned earlier.

DEBBIE: Would you mind to share your website and Facebook information with us? I'm sure our blog visitors would like to read more about you.

MARTHA: I'd love to! You can find me on my website at: www.mjwriter.com and on fb at www.facebook.com/MJauthor5

DEBBIE: Martha, you are such a blessing to your readers. Thank you for joining me on my blog "Debbie Archer: At the End of the Day... Books, Blessings, Laughter, and Life." I can't wait to see you on July 13th.

Home Cooking On the Move

April 20, 2017

Tags: Menu, cooking, country food, small towns, yum, meals, desserts, customers, food, Northeast Arkansas, Catering, Home Cooking

My little town is part Mayberry, part Cabot Cove, and all heart. The people are friendly, the streets are clean, and we love good food! We host an amazing event called Beatles At the Ridge each September (more on that in a later blog). Our residents take pride in the success of our city.

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Dabbling Won't Get the Job Done!

March 28, 2016

Confession: I've known for a long time that I was a dabbler. Dabbling is safe. Especially for people who like to write. It means writing, revising, sending your things off then waiting for a reply. During the wait, I'd dabble some more, jot down a massive number of ideas, get excited, and tackle another project. But every time a rejection popped up in my inbox, it knocked the breath right out of me. *Sigh*

Perfect timing for disappointment and despair to jet in. All my enthusiasm sucked right out my head and I gave in to self pity.

What a useless emotion.

It took me a WHILE to figure out that pity and publishing DO NOT make good buddies.

I decided to get myself in writing shape. I tossed out time-consuming activities and replaced them with things that will beef up my writing time. Now, while most of the world heads to the tv to watch their favorite character, I hug my husband and hurry to the office where I get to create my own character. While the world watches people deal with the events on the news, I get to create my own solution to the problems in my story. There's a sense of balance and gratification in that. *grin*

I discovered a precious thing. I have a cheering squad! As I settle in and begin typing, one by one, all my critters wander back to the office with me. Where Molly, my little cocker/​golden retriever writing buddy used to lay, is Ruby - a small mixture who resembles a possum. Maybelline and Bear are by the door and at least one of the cats usually sprawls on top of my honkin' big desk. These animals are my muses, my sounding boards, and my faithful cheering squad. Everybody needs a cheering squad that drools and sheds.

Point is ... if you want to write for publication, then write, don't dabble. Time is too precious. I've experienced all the commas, colons, periods, and hyphens life has to offer me. I'm ready for an honest-to-goodness exclamation point in my life! Aren't you?Confession: I've known for a long time that I was a dabbler. Dabbling is safe. Especially for people who like to write. It means writing, revising, sending your things off then waiting for a reply. During the wait, I'd dabble some more, jot down a massive number of ideas, get excited, and tackle another project. But every time a rejection popped up in my inbox, it knocked the breath right out of me. *Sigh*

Perfect timing for disappointment and despair to jet in. All my enthusiasm sucked right out my head and I gave in to self pity.

What a useless emotion.

It took me a WHILE to figure out that pity and publishing DO NOT make good buddies.

I decided to get myself in writing shape. I tossed out time-consuming activities and replaced them with things that will beef up my writing time. Now, while most of the world heads to the tv to watch their favorite character, I hug my husband and hurry to the office where I get to create my own character. While the world watches people deal with the events on the news, I get to create my own solution to the problems in my story. There's a sense of balance and gratification in that. *grin*

I discovered a precious thing. I have a cheering squad! As I settle in and begin typing, one by one, all my critters wander back to the office with me. Where Molly, my little cocker/​golden retriever writing buddy used to lay, is Ruby - a small mixture who resembles a possum. Maybelline and Bear are by the door and at least one of the cats usually sprawls on top of my honkin' big desk. These animals are my muses, my sounding boards, and my faithful cheering squad. Everybody needs a cheering squad that drools and sheds.

Point is ... if you want to write for publication, then write, don't dabble. Time is too precious. I've experienced all the commas, colons, periods, and hyphens life has to offer me. I'm ready for an honest-to-goodness exclamation point in my life! Aren't you?

Howdo!

March 23, 2016

Tags: Kids, Critters, Books, Books, Books, Recipes, Bowls, Southern Life, Small Town Life, Life, Titles for Kids, Titles for Grown Ups, Food, Foodies, Comfort Food, Love, Letters, Recipes, Observations of Life

I met a woman once who greeted everyone with Howdo! She combined the Southern Howdy with the more formal How Do You Do? And voila. Just like that, she had the perfect greeting.

I loved that! So, welcome to my blog and Howdo!

Here's the thing. A gazillion people have a blog. Why should you read this one? I can't offer tips on how to get rich, beautiful, or skinny. I can't even advise you on matters of the heart. I don't think. I'll ponder that one.

But here's what I CAN plop on your plate:

~ Observations on day stumpers - those hurtful happenings that hit us all
~ The absolute truth about middle grade kids and the books they read
~ My eclectic picks of titles for grown ups
~ Love - I thought it over. Love will definitely come up in the conversations. ; )
~ Critters
~ Letters, you know, those old timey things that are sent through the post office.
~ ... and last but not least ... some darn good recipes to put in your pretty bowls

And that's it.

If it's enough, visit me a couple times a week. If not, no hard feelings.
Be happy. Be well.
Hope to see you soon.