Ordinary Handsome: Ornaments

Excerpt from Ordinary Handsome. Available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P46ZPA0


How do you define a life in a handful of sentences?

Yours began when you saw the empty lot that was your childhood home. There were still chars of wood, not much bigger than lumps of gravel, and the earth had a darker hue than the rest of the street, like it was rubbed with charcoal. There were a couple of park benches placed awkwardly in front, but no one deigned to sit there. They were ornaments, something to fill the gap.
The ground had been raked and re-sodded but not much grew. A few potted plants and a wrought iron planter adorned the center, but the flowers were dead and the planter was rusted. It was just a hole.

Thank you

… to all who commented on, reblogged, or took the time to read my interview in the 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour hosted by Kate Evans & Kate M. Colby. The comments have been wonderful and very encouraging, and I’m very appreciative to have taken part in the Tour. And it’s not over yet! There are other writers scheduled for February, each deserving and needing encouragement and, of course, recognition (and a few book sales wouldn’t hurt. 🙂 ). The two Kates have been very generous with this project, allowing diverse writers tell us about themselves and their passion for the written word. And it takes a certain amount of vulnerability to let people know what makes them tick and what drives them to create. Writing is a solitary endeavor. We struggle to express that little voice inside… those strange characters, that non-existent place we’ve created from imagination. For a writer — or any artist — those things exist only in ourselves; hence the need to bring it outside and share it with others. A voice, a dream, needs an outlet. We have our loved ones, our friends and family who encourage us to keep going, but when a kind word or a small encouraging message from a stranger finds its way to us, it has an amazing impact.  So keep writing, painting, singing, photographing, and keep enjoying the gifts of those who do likewise.

Thank you again,


The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Fia Essen

Kate M. Colby

Fia Essen

FiaFia Essen – that’s me. I grew up on the move, and then I kept going. I still haven’t really settled down anywhere. I’m not ready to say I’ve settled. You could say I got lost in transition. But I’ve found some great people and places on my journey to… well, destination unknown. And my journey through life is what gives me ideas for the stories I write.

What is the first piece you remember writing (from childhood or young adulthood)?

I wrote a short story when I was nine years old. I had just started a new school in Dubai and I was still learning English. Predictably, the story was about the adventures of a girl from Sweden who had just moved to “The Desert of Arabia”.

What is your favorite aspect of being a writer? Your least favorite?

The best thing about being a writer is…

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The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Kylie Betzner

Kate M. Colby

Kylie Betzner

KylieThat awkward moment when we’re asked to describe ourselves to strangers . . . For starters, I’m an incurable nerd. I love all things fantasy and even do a little cosplay on the side. I’m a natural-born comedian, self-identified coffee junkie, and now leader of The League of Comedy Fantasists, a group designed to bring comedy to the masses. Did I forget to mention I’m an author? My first novel, The Quest for the Holy Something or Other is available in both paperback and e-book formats on Amazon! But seriously, the titles I am most proud of are sister, auntie, and friend.

Growing up in a small town surrounded by cornfields, I had nothing better to do than fantasize about unicorns and elves. As an adult, I still refuse to grow up, and spend most of my time creating stories of comedic fantasy. When I’m not writing, which is hardly ever, I enjoy reading, drinking coffee, and spending time with my family…

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The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Jonas Lee

Kate M. Colby

JonasJonas Lee

Hello, my name is Jonas Lee, I’ve been writing since I was in elementary school, but published my writing just since summer of 2014. I am a dreaded Indie, circling the waters in hopes of getting caught by a traditional publisher one day. I have one title currently available, A Time to Reap, with its sequel, A Time to Live, releasing this month.  Something quirky about myself, hmm, well I have a tendency to count to three between mile markers on car trips (no clue why). Beyond that, I have a love for M&M’s (peanut) and tattoo art. I have a hefty amount of tattoos myself and hoping to get more as time rolls on. I’d really like to incorporate my writing into a few designs.

What is the first piece you remember writing (from childhood or young adulthood)?

My first childhood piece was something extra awesome (at…

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The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Kate M. Colby

Kate M. Colby

Up second in The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour is the tour’s co-hostess, yours truly!

Kate M. Colby

HeadshotI am a writer of multi-genre fiction (because I could never limit myself to one genre) and creative nonfiction, as well as a writing craft blogger. My most reputable writing street cred comes from my recent college days. I graduated summa cum laude from Baker University in May 2014 with my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Sociology. While at Baker, I was a member of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, and my creative nonfiction essay, “It Began with a Car,” placed third nationally at the 2014 Sigma Tau Delta Convention. I am also a three time recipient of the Moorman Prize in Prose from Watershed, Baker’s literary magazine, where my creative nonfiction and poetry have been published.

After agonizing about whether or not to…

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Introducing The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour

Every day this month I’ll be reblogging author interviews from The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour. This is a terrific idea created and hosted by Kate Evans (writingourselveswell.co.uk) and Kate M. Colby (katemcolby.wordpress.com). I’ll be one of the featured authors interviewed, but there are 22 other writers looking for the opportunity to talk about their backgrounds, their work, and what inspires them. For an self-published author, this kind of encouragement and exposure is priceless, and the two Kates should be heartily congratulated for all their hard word and talent in bringing this tour to fruition.

It’s a great opportunity to discover new and struggling writers, and I hope all these talented people find much success and encouragement through this wonderful tour! Visit their websites, check out the work, and enjoy!

And once again, a big Thank You to Kate and Kate for making this all possible!

The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Kate Evans

Support your local authors!

Kate M. Colby

Hello, everyone! We’re kicking off our blog tour with the mastermind behind the idea, the lovely Kate Evans! Enjoy her interview, and be sure to check out her blog (link below!).

Kate E PhotoKate Evans

I am a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, currently living in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. My book, Pathways Through Writing Blocks in the Academic Environment, was published by Sense Publishers in 2013. I have an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex University and teach on the Degree in Creative Writing at the University of Hull, Scarborough campus. I have created two art installations using words and images for the local festival Coastival, one inspired by the work of Edith Sitwell.  The Art of the Imperfect, the first in my crime series set in Scarborough, was indie published in December 2014. My crime fiction is inspired by Ruth Rendell, Minette Walters and Ann Cleeves, though one reviewer…

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