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Confession of a Traditional Author turned Small Press

As a traditional writer for 20 years, I worked under contract with deadlines, often pushing myself, neglecting friends and family and missing out on a great deal of life. Yes, I earned a healthy amount of money, but as time passed, and life became weighted with pressure, I realized it was no longer for me, […]

Living in the West

Moving from a place I lived forever wasn’t easy but I knew I would love it here in the West and I do. In Michigan, my view was houses with lawns of green grass and flowers and trees everywhere. The skies were blue most often with clouds. The seasons saw leaves fall or snow pile […]

The Pain and Joy of Moving

In the beginning of September 2016, this huge moving van pulled in front of our new house with our life in boxes. We moved 2000 miles across the country leaving family, friends, banks, stores, doctors, and life behind us in Michigan. And why would we do this? Because we fell in love with Sedona, AZ. […]

Writing Fiction Using Real Location by Gail Gaymer Martin

My latest novel is set in Pacific Grove in the Monterrey area, and this scene captures the setting for some of the events in the book, Poppy Fields With You. Over time, I’ve learned if I want to write real I need to visit the location of my novel. While creating a fictitious location can […]

Treats for those Holiday Parties and Events

December is a month of special events including Christmas and New Year with family gatherings and parties. This year was different for my husband and me since we had moved in August to Sedona, Arizona from Michigan.  But  that didn’t stop the parties. We were more active here than in Michigan, and partly because I […]

We All Started Somewhere… from Gail Gaymer Martin

When did you know you had writing talent…or any talent for that matter? Sometimes, I think, our talents are qualities that we think are normal and we take them for granted. When I was in the third grade my teacher wrote on my report card, “Gail has writing talent.” She based this on poetry I […]

The Cottonwood Book Fair Giveaways and Bargains.

Since moving to Sedona, I’ve been living a different life than my lifetime residence in Michigan. That was home forever but Sedona opened my heart to the amazing experience of Red Rocks, a small town and a different lifestyle Sedona is also known for its artist community and that includes writers. Though I missed the […]

My Life on the Rocks – Gail Gaymer Martin

I was born and raised in Michigan and thought I’d be there forever…and nearly was, but life has a way of changing things. While Michigan is beautiful with hills and mountains, islands, forests and water of all kinds from the Great Lakes to inland lakes, and winding rivers and creeks. I’ve always love Michigan but […]

The Mahogany Rocking Chair -Using Real Life

For a number of years, I freelanced for magazines before I began writing fiction. I sold almost everything I wrote and was thrilled how well my work was received. One of the things I wrote that was published and sold again as a reprint was an article called The Mahogany Rocking Chair. This was a […]

Bring the Old Back To Life

I can still remember the excitement of seeing my first novel in print. Most authors take their photo with the box of books or holding it or even kissing the cover. We’re all different, but one way we are the same, that first book is like a baby’s first steps. We crawl, we stand, we […]