Archive | October 2013


It snowed last night! Ah, winter! My favorite time to be an author. There’s nothing like being all cozy and warm at your computer, working on your manuscript, cup of coffee or cocoa at your side, and being able to look out the window at the falling snow. Makes life seem just a little bit more magical.

1426485_218571671650083_1937690524_nYah for snow!!!

Angels and ghosts

In the western genre, what is your opinion of adding angels and ghosts? Has this been done before? Has it been overdone?

Does including angels and ghosts make the western less realistic and make it more like a fantasy book?

Fallen Angels – A short story by Dani Vedsted

Beautiful short story by the very talented, Dani Vedsted!

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 “Peter please don’t go!” Mia sobbed into the sleeve of her white lacy dress.

Peter closed the door with a sigh and came to stand beside his fiancée, cupping his hands around her face. “Mia, my love, do not cry. I have been summoned to war, yes, but I will only be gone for a few months. I promise I will see you soon.” And with that he disappeared through the door.

Mia wiped her cheek with the palm of her hand and stretched her wings. She had better check on her sister, Lydia.


No!” Mia heard her oldest sister screaming, “You can’t go! No!”

I love you.” was her husband’s rushed reply before he breezed out the door and past Mia.

Great.” Mia groaned as she entered Lydia’s living room. “Lydia? It’s me, Mia. Where are you?”

Go away.” Her sister replied from…

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Hey everyone. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve been busy with my ranching life, and that’s the reason I’ve been absent so much. The cows are now down off the mountain, and we loaded up the trucks with calves yesterday and they’re now on their way to market. Now comes the task of building fence and trying to keep the cows home. I don’t know how much I’ll be around, but I have every intention of catching up with my Reader on of these days.

Also, my computer decided that it had lived its life to the fullest and has gone to join all the other good computers of days passed. Yep. My laptop crashed on me, taking all my files with it. Thank goodness I made copies of all my work this spring, so all was not lost. This morning I was told that I was no fun to be around the day of the ‘accident’. Apparently I was in a bit of a bad mood. But, I have a new computer now, and am doing my best to figure it out so I can hopefully get back to work soon.

So, for those of you I was beta reading for, my apologies, but all my notes, and the documents/files themselves are gone. I am very, very sorry.

This has taught me to back up my files more regularly, and not to forget to update the anti-virus software.

Oh well. Live and learn.

Worth the wait

So many of the best things in life you must wait for. You can’t have them instantly or it would end up being less special.

For example, it you’re a coffee drinker, you can make a pot of coffee in about ten minutes. Not much of a wait. And maybe that makes drinking coffee more of a habit than a treat. I suppose that we all might feel differently if it took two months to brew a single cup of coffee.

Of course, there are lots of other things you don’t have to wait long for, and they are still special. But the big things in life takes time. Christmas, a job promotion, getting your new house ready to move in to, and possibly the most special thing (at least to us authors) is writing a book. A good book doesn’t happen overnight. Months, and sometimes even years, are put into a single book (as well as an uncountable number of cups of coffee). But when the book is finished and you’re holding the end result in your hands, it makes every single waiting minute worth it.

The only bad thing is, no sooner do you finish waiting for one thing, when there comes something else in your life to wait for. One book edited and formatted, and a dozen others begging you for attention. Sigh. Such is the life of an author.

Happy waiting, everyone! 🙂

Interview with Briana Vedsted

My interview by the lovely Kristen Hope Mazzola.!

Kristen Hope Mazzola

Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the wonderful Briana Vedsted and now I get to return the favor.  Please enjoy this talented author’s awesome interview!!
Do you write under any other names? No, I don’t use any pen names.
What are you currently working on? I’m planning to start working on my fantasy series again. I first started writing it in 2009, so I have a lot of editing and rewriting to do. I hope to have the first book done by January, but I make no promises!
How many (if any) books do you have published and what are their titles? I have three books that I’ve self-published, and one that should be out in November, published through Tate Publishing (Title: Me and Billy the Kid) The three self-published titles are: The Night I Walked…

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The Druid Asks the Questions of Briana Vedsted

My interview with Katie Sullivan’s wonderful character, D!

The D/A Dialogues

A: D. D, put down the hat.

D: What are you talking about? Briana’s coming!

A: Yes, but she does write other things besides westerns featuring Billy the Kid. Besides, the hat just looks–

D: Don’t you say it, A. Billy liked it, and that makes it just fine.

A: Whatever. Just make sure you don’t smack Briana in the face with the fringe on your shirt.

D: (eye roll). As if it were long enough to do that, sheesh. With that, ladies and gents, it is my great pleasure to welcome to the D/A Dialogues, Ms. Briana Vedsted.

D: You are a prolific writer, Ms. Vedsted – tell us a little bit about your upcoming novel, Me and Billy the Kid.

B: Me and Billy theKid is fictitious tale about the infamous western outlaw Billy the Kid and some other characters from the time, including Jesse…

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Love being a writer

It is amazing all the things a writer can do. The way their minds work.

Some people do not understand or appreciate the fact that us writers put a piece of ourselves into our work. That we love what we do with our heart and soul, and that it takes so much time, and patience, and devotion to do what we do.

I’ve been doing some things that challenge my writer’s mind. I’m trying to write outside my comfort zone. A friend suggested the idea, and I gave it a shot. And I actually had fun trying out different genres!

It simply amazes me how much words can affect you. One little sentence can make you happy, make you laugh, make you sad, or even make you feel pain. I don’t know if my writing has ever touched people in any of those ways, but I hope they do. And that got me thinking. What would the world be like without books and storytellers? Movies and music are great, but nothing beats a good book. I am just glad that I have been able to make a contribution, no matter how small, to the literary world. And I thank all the people who have encouraged me from the very beginning, cheered me on, pointed out flaws, and most of all the people who’s kind words picked me up when the world crashed down on me.

Book Signing

Briana Vedsted’s very first book signing will take place on the afternoon of November 16, 2013 at the Library in Cortez, Colorado.

For more details, visit the official site of Me and Billy the Kid:

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