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Photography leads to novels

Updated on November 30, 2012

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Cover image copyright 2012 Royal Flamingo Works, LLC
Cover image copyright 2012 Royal Flamingo Works, LLC

Artist turns writer

My online writing experience began when I started a personal blog to support my photography business. [My legions of fans on Hubpages will likely remember an article I wrote titled, "My Hobby Turned into a Business." [Please see the "Related Links" capsule below.]

Then I discovered and began writing reviews at their site. I reviewed movies, books, music CD's, and occasionally submitted an essay about a particular topic. That led to more reviews at their sister site, Finally, my writing has ended up at where I submit articles as both the Charlotte and National History Examiner.

Then, a year or so ago, a long time friend and retired newspaper reporter and magazine editor started up a website for independent authors. He enjoyed reading many of my blogs and reviews and suggested I try my hand at writing a novel.

One thing led to another and after eighteen months, with his mentoring and guidance, we published my first novel, The Tourist Killer.

You may have noticed, the plurality in the title. I'm now working on my second novel, The Presidents Club. It continues the adventures of several characters introduced in the first book, namely John Hixon and Julian Thibaut.

Working with a rookie can be challenging!

To clear up that title, let me remind readers that it is I who was the rookie in the novel writing business, not my editor/publisher.

After The Tourist Killer finally made it to print and hit the listings at, my friend/editor/publisher wrote a blog to point out just how challenging the process was from his point of view.

I have promised to write a similar blog and will do so eventually. Currently, my efforts in marketing my book have taken priority over my blogging. I can say with no reservations, that writing a novel is much different than writing a blog.

His article can be found in the "LINKS" section listed below: "When an Artist Gives Birth to a Novel."

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      Chip 5 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Thanks TurtleDog, I really appreciate your comment!

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      TurtleDog 5 years ago

      Good luck with your novel! It sounds like you really put your heart into it. Great job on the interview too. Very professional, interesting and well done. It's something that could envision on PBS program or other arts program.