“I have a secret that will not die with me. One that I will carry to my grave.” Can you guess Sam’s secret? Shhh…Don’t tell!
The story of SAM will make you laugh till you cry and cry when you least expect it. This beautiful heart wrenching story will touch your soul, leaving you longing to know Sam in person.
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I write in many genres but SAM was hard to categorize. I finally just went with Historical Fiction Mystery. This story was a challenge to write. In fact at one point I was almot half way through and had to restart it from the beginning. I can’t tell you why without giving away the secrets that Sam spent a lifetime hiding. But when you read it, you wlil understand as a reader and or a writer yourself what a challenge it was to find the right words to keep it flowing without giving away too much at the wrong moment. I loved what one of the reviewers wrote. She said when everyone has had a chance to read it we should meet back there and talk about SAM, but like the other reviewers she too did not give away the secrets. They are the charm of the book. 🙂
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
You are the only you there is and your thoughts, feeling, interests, life experiences, dreams, desires, etc…are totally unique. Write from your heart, what interests you. Just write from start to finish. THEN go back and edit. Don’t worry about spelling, grammer or even what anyone else would think of what your writing. Just be yourself and find your voice in this world. If you write for yourself, there will be others whom you wlil touch deeply with tha deeper part of yourself that will be expressed in your writing. Don’t worry about pleasing the world. You will never be perfect, nor will everyone in the world like what you write. But those who do, they will be your readers, buyers and how you touch them is the part of you that will become immortal and live in this world long after you leave it.
Darlene Purcell lives in rural Oklahoma, is roomates with her amazing at any age mother, Peggy. Both adore their too numerous to take a head-count furry purrys, an overactive black giant pup who refuses to go home to his real family down the street, while striving to fulfill a bucket list that just keeps growing
My paternal grandfather was born in 1879, a confirmed bachelor, a blacksmith in the old west. When he was in his sixties he was paralyzed from the waist down by polio and still even from a wheelchair rippled with muscles and worked sitting on a saw horse as a blacksmith. He lived well in to his late nineties and on the rare occassions he babysat me and my brothers, I was the wide eyed child who sat at his feet enthralled by his tales of the old west. I have many stories in my head to this day,some fifties year later that I intend to put to paper, many inspired by things he told me about people, family stories and of course like all Texans he knew how to knit a yarn in the imagination that still lives on in mine. SAM is a fictionalized account of something he told me that I never forgot and felt was a story worth sharing. SAM had an incredible secret, in fact more than one that was so shocking in the end that it changed many lives forever. I loved writing this story but it was a challenge.