I’m writing at an old corner desk in a spare bedroom that’s been my study for the last 16 years. I wager that I’ve typed more than a million words since the day I first turned on my computer. My major efforts have gone to writing stories for The Mogi Franklin Mystery Series, currently nine novels (about 35K words each) that relate the adventures of Mogi and Jennifer Franklin in their efforts to solve mysteries, resolve crises around them, help friends, and thwart bad guys who are threatening to do bad things. I’ve also written a handful of short stories, three adult-length novels (about 110K words each) dealing with ISIS terrorists, Texas ranchers, Comanche Indians, Buffalo Bill Cody, and rebuilding a haunted Victorian house that has a heartbeat if you listen close enough.
I like the variety of my subjects and the resulting stories, but with the Mogi books there are common threads: love for the landscapes of the Southwest, the benefit of nature and of wildness on a person, the responsibilities that we share to endorse and grow functional lives, and the obligations we have to resist evil and promote good. You’ll find me talking about these common threads, plus other topics, as I post on this blogsite. Blogging to me is like having a great conversation with a good friend without the cost of lunch.
I have ideas and thoughts about writing, as well as experiences to share in creating, writing, and publishing books. I began with the typical hundred-plus number of rejection letters from established publishers, switched to self-publishing where I put out ten books, covers and all, suffered the lack of sales directly linked to my distaste for marketing, and am now rewriting everything under the guidance of a professional editor at a bona fide publishing house. And I’m learning to appreciate marketing. I know how to be patient, if nothing else, but I also know how to work hard while being patient.
I invite you back to this site as I move forward with populating it with my current and coming books, pictures from my locations, and the blogs that I hope to write on a weekly basis. Wait for my new input every Tuesday morning.
Don Willerton has been a reader all his life and yearns to write words like the authors he has read. He's working hard at it and invites others to share their experiences.