Remember when you were told as a child, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all? Sage advice. But, in a world of anonymous posts, too often forgotten. When did we lose the ability to hold our tongues? Keep a negative thought to ourselves? Instead, we seem to have adopted a pile… Read More
And I always knew it would be a romance novel. When I was a
teenager I assumed my book would have a historical setting,
those were the kinds of stories I liked best, I even grew my
hair long so I could be like the heroines in my favorite
stories. But now I see myself and my books in the present
dealing with the joys and sorrows of our modern world.
Harper Falls is a place my imagination dreamed up, but it is
based in reality. I grew up in Washington State and went to
school in a small town on the Columbia River. Harper Falls
is that town but an idealized version. I hope you enjoy
reading about the town and the characters.
And as much as I enjoyed telling their stories, these books
are not the end of my dream but the beginning.
by Mary J. Williams As July wanes into August—the dog days of summer—I stopped this morning and asked myself a question. Have I forgotten the little things in life? You know what I mean. Life is so busy. We rush from here to there and often all we think about is what’s next. We worry… Read More
by Mary J. Williams I thought a lot about my blog this month, and quite frankly, my mind went blank. I’m tired. Tired of rude, often nasty, shouting politicians. Tired of social media drama. Tired of the latest celebrity and their non-problem, problems. I don’t want to write another few paragraphs about forgiveness or self-awareness…. Read More
by Mary J. Williams As human beings, one of the greatest gifts we were given is the power to choose the course of our actions. In simple terms, when you leave the house, do you turn right, or left? Your choice. Your free will. The same ability to decide which way to turn applies in… Read More
by Mary J. Williams Kind of a broad subject, I know. But don’t worry, I plan to narrow the field. All the possibilities. Have you ever noticed as we grow older our world begins to narrow? As children, we dream. Big dreams. Often impossible, but we don’t know the difference—or care. One of the first… Read More
We live in a world where, with the flick of our thumb our phone, iPads, etc., can connect up to people half a world away. You can actually see the person’s face. Thousands of miles away! For some, the idea isn’t so farfetched. For many of us, the concept is still kind of mind-blowing. But,… Read More
Warning. Today is more of a blurb than a blog. Short, to the point. Just something I wanted to share. I want to be happy. Doesn’t everyone? Heck, according to the Declaration of Independence—United States of America edition—one of our inalienable rights is the right to happiness. Or rather, the pursuit of happiness. You have… Read More
Happy New Year. A new beginning. As the calendar turns from December to January millions of us all over the world feel compelled to make ourselves promises we will never keep. Oh, I know. Some of you have constitutions of steel. You make up your mind to do something, you go the distance. I say,… Read More
by Mary J. Williams If you read romance novels, you expect love to conquer all. No matter the hurdles, the obstacles, the vast caverns in the way of the hero and heroine, they will find a way to get their happily ever after. Yet, more often than not inside the books we romance aficionados devour,… Read More
When I first decided to make my October blog about finding your voice, I planned to come at the subject from a writer’s perspective. Find Your Voice. In other words, what is your style? Punctuation. Syntax. Character development. Something that makes you stand out. A unique voice in a sea of millions. However, as the… Read More
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Where Everyone Knows Your Name: Writing small-town stories.
I have nothing against big cities. My youngest lives in Seattle, two blocks from the Space Needle. I fall more in love with the city each time I visit, but when it comes to where to set my stories, small-town wins every time. Although I admit, sitting near the water’s edge at Lake Union and… Read More