Behind the Scenes-November 2017

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Autumn Leaves

The Wylie Art Gallery workroom filled to capacity on a hot October day in Texas for our “Ask the Authors” panel and discussion during OktoberFest. The bratwurst smelled delicious, as it cooked outdoors on the other side of the street.  Several of the artists who show their work in the gallery attended our discussion and Open House which followed.

The crowd asked great questions and participated well. Comments from the audience proclaimed they found value from the four of us. One lady said, “I’m leaving very encouraged. I can do it. It’s taken me 40 years to decide how much I really want to write a book.”

Ask the Authors

Fred speaks frankly!

Ruth Wharton, author of The Valentine Symphony (romance) began the panel discussion with a short version of “Getting Started.” Roger Geiger, author of Face the Bear (adventure) talked about “Time Management,” a huge issue for all authors. My book had 62 possible titles before Gift of the Suitcase (travel memoir) was suggested; therefore, I talked about whether to name the book before or along the way. Fred Holmes, author of Return to Sender (time travel) gave his insight on finding a publisher or self-publishing. He emphasized writers must have a good story to tell and an excellent knowledge of basic punctuation and grammar.

Thanks go to Cheryl Mabry, Director of the Wylie Art Gallery for co-sponsoring the “Ask the Authors” panel on October 14. Thanks to Mike Felix, Mayor of Sachse for taking time to facilitate the presentation. Thanks to Jackie Cestarte and Caron Hughes for helping with communication and social media. The Sachse-Wylie Authors Group will meet early in November to discuss our format for the participants who registered interest.

We’ve been invited to return 12/2/2017 for a repeat performance. That’s the day the  Wylie Baptist Church holds a fabulous annual Holiday Craft Show across the street from the Wylie Art Gallery on Ballard Street.

The Sachse-Wylie Authors Group will meet early in November to discuss our format for the participants who registered interest.

By the way, if you cannot think what to get your aunt or grandma, your friend or someone going through change, think about ordering my book, Gift of the Suitcase. It’s a quick read with an inspiring message.

Do you know?

If you haven’t investigated the Books tab on my website, please do. The drop-down box allows you to find books you may want to order and read.  The first drop-down box offers more insight about Gift of the Suitcase. The second drop-down mentions MORE than a Paycheck, an excellent gift for anyone going through career and job change. I talked to a police officer recently who will retire soon. He already has a construction company he started ten years ago and will increase his hours. That’s the way to do it!

The third drop-down box provides suggested reading: World War II and the Holocaust, others about writing,  I often add and delete books.

Upcoming Event(s)

The Sachse-Wylie Authors Group meets at Sachse First United Methodist Church in Sachse November 1  to discuss a re-organization.

Private book club-discussion of Gift of the Suitcase-November 27, 2017












MORE Books for You

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Durango-Silverton Railroad

Summertime and the Living is Eeeezeee. Summertime and the Livin is Freee.” Can you hear me singing that wonderful song? I hope not… singing is not one of my talents. My summer writing series begins today!

Books for Writers

Check my new page for MORE Books, listed on the drop-down list on the Book tab for the current list.  My favorite is Elizabeth Sims book, “You’ve Got a Book in You.”  Three authors offer divergent advice to encourage writers.  Mr. Hart is a journalist. Ms. Sims is an Editor for Writers Digest, a fantastic resource for writers. And did you know Stephen King tells about his writing career? By reading all three books I realize, more than ever, the challenges of creating style and voice.  All urged the reader to diligently learn from mistakes. It would be so much easier to throw the computer out the window because of competition and rejection.

Books for Travelers

Later, I want to provide a few favorite titles for your pleasure. Although writers must read to be good writers, any of my readers may appreciate suggested titles. I would double my reading time, if I could.

Since I’m a Francophile, I adore books about France. I may suggest a mystery or fiction book taking place in Paris or other French location to whet your appetite for future exploration or vicarious vacations from reality. I doubt I’ll recommend travel books as you know how to find them in your library or bookstore.

Books for Change

Career books help change lives. I want to suggest new, enticing books to encourage you to keep moving forward!

Books for Relaxation and Reflection

Summer is a time for rest and reflection.  Watch for MORE books to appear to keep you moving forward. Books are an investment in you.

MORE Books

Ruth table at Author Con

Books, books and MORE books. Fascinating books for readers and writers about World War II, foreign places, and gain knowledge for inspiration.


Books taking place in foreign places

A Good Place to Hide-Peter Grose –written in 2015, historical non-fiction-excellent details about the saving of the Jewish children and adults during WWII by the townspeople in Chambon-sur-Lignon, old photos included.

Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed– Philip Hallie-written in 1979-very detailed, interesting photos-historical non-fiction from a professor’s viewpoint of Chambon-sur-Lignon during WWII.

Doors to Madame Marie-Odette Meyers-written in 1997, novel based on true story, set in Germany

The Nightingale-Kristen Hannah-best seller-excellent novel about WWII

Sarah’s Key-Titiana de Rosnay-another bestseller and movie from 2011 about one family’s Holocaust horrors

All the Light We Cannot See-Anthony Doerr-best seller-excellent WWII story in France and Germany setting

Lilac GirlsMartha Hall Kelly-best seller-a novel based on the sulfa experiments in Ravensbruck, Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust. Takes place in Germany, Poland, France and the U.S. A story which needs telling but difficult for the overly compassionate to read.

The Last Time I Saw Paris-Lynn Sheene-novel-takes place during WWII

Paris: A Love Story-Kati Marton-memoir about her life as the wife & ex-wife of Peter Jennings

An extensive book list with much insight about Auschwitz and World War II:

MORE books about the Holocaust:

Hidden on the Mountain – DeSaix & Ruelle – Stories of Children Sheltered from the Nazis in Le Chambon (new to list)

Hitler’s Art Thief-Susan Ronald – How Hildebrand Gurlitt succeeded in looting  in the name of the Third Reich

Auschwitz #34207:The Joe Rubinstein Story-Nancy Sprowell Geise – How Joe survived several concentration camps, arrived in the US to become a famous shoe designer through faith and courage.

The Bones of Time-Liliane Richman – A memoir from a Jewish child who lived through the 1940’s. She lived with a Catholic family in Southern France. Later reunited with her family later.

If you have a favorite that takes place in France or other European countries, please let me know at

You may register for Roving Ruth, her free, monthly newsletter, at the top right-hand corner of my website. I share stories about uncommon people and places.

Gift of the Suitcase, Ruth’s travel memoir, is available through, Amazon, Barnes & Noble Kindle, Nook, Kobo and directly from the author. Her work number is 972-208-2333 and her email is Your input after you read it on an Amazon or Barnes and Noble review will be greatly appreciated by other readers. If you live in the Dallas area, feel free to call her as most of the time she will have books on hand. 



Elements of Style-Strunk and White

Write Right!-JanVenolia

English Grammar for DummiesGeraldine Woods

The AP Stylebook-updated periodically

STYLES: Which Fits YOU Best?

You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress Free Guide to the Book of Your Dreams-Elizabeth Sims

A Writer’s Coach:The Complete Guide to Writing Strategies That Work -Jack Hart (Journalist’s View)

The Writing Life-Annie Dillard

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft-Stephen King

Bird by Bird-Anne LaMott


Story Engineering– Larry Brooks

Larry Brooks-series for writers

Mystery writers-Larry Brooks is a “must read” for step-by-step approach. I heard him speak eloquently and acerbically at an authors’ conference.  Check out all his books at your favorite bookstore or online book sellers websites.

Writers Digest-Magazine Subscription-a MUST for all writers