Last week I wrote about a day in my life as a writer. Today I’m starting a 3 part post about the members of my Tennessee writing group. I’ve been with them for almost 2 years. Having a place to get good feedback is a blessing.
Meet Rick Starkey! Rick's a founding member of the Tennessee group. He graduated from the Institute of Children’s Literature. He’s sold a few pieces to Highlights Magazine and had his 1st book published.
I love working with Rick! He’s the catcher. He sees the small things that that don’t quite work. They’re close, but slightly off. Catching and changing them helps my story flow.
Rick has one book in print, Blues Bones. It’s this week’s feature on My Reads. Click on over!
On October 27th you can meet Rick and get an autographed book. He’ll be in Sevierville, Tennessee at the Book Market in Tanger Outlets.
Rick does 2 presentations.
Taming Technology: Using technology to help you write.
Rick is our resident techie. He believes technology isn’t scary, and I’m not scared, if I can ask Rick.
Working With a Small Publisher: Is a small publisher a good fit for me?
If you have a book that’s ready for a publisher, Rick can give you the pros and cons of a small house. His web site has a free handout. Click in the presentation section to find those tips.
His web address: https://rickstarkey.wordpress.com/
His trailer for BLUES BONES:
Rick is a busy guy! Not only does he write, but he carves too. With a chainsaw. Really! Look him up on Facebook under ‘The Stump Brothers Chainsaw Carving.’
Use this link to watch Rick carve:
Rick is magic too! He has the shop in Gatlinburg to prove it, Make it Magic. He sells mesmerizing tricks, and maybe a bear or two. It is the Smokies!
Rick also performs magic with his wife, Betty. It’s a family business. That’s Betty with the bunny. Rick’s best magic tip— if you ever make a rabbit disappear in front of kids, make it reappear. Otherwise the kids won’t stop worrying about the poor bunny. Rick is a magic man, I think he should conjure up a tale about a magic bunny. Really!
PS- Betty is more than Rick’s wife and a magician’s assistant. Her stage name is Twinkles, and she knows how to clown around. Really! I wonder, if you visit the shop, would you meet Betty or Twinkles? Hmmm…
8/27/2018 09:07:01 am
Great post and I had a chance to learn something else about Rick!
8/27/2018 09:23:55 am
Wait till you read the next installment! Rick is a magic man. (Channeling Heart song from back in the day...He's a magic man.)
8/27/2018 09:37:00 am
8/27/2018 10:58:09 am
Rick is awesome!
8/27/2018 12:46:22 pm
8/30/2018 04:26:03 am
Thanks, Rinda! Critique groups are magical. They help us see that sometimes what we have written is just an illusion of what we really meant to write. (Did that come our right?)
8/31/2018 06:06:04 pm
I'll say! I have grown so much in the last 2 years, thanks to all of you.
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When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!