P.D Workman eh!

From the talented P.D.Workman, we have the newest release in the “Auntie Clem Bakery” Series

(Hey now, we can’t do horror all the times! Sometime we gotta come down from horror overdose)

And check out number 1 and 2

P.D is a talented and writer from Canada (That right there, you know she extra nice, eh?)

She took the time to grant us a mini-interview and I found her answers touching and very interesting.

What has influenced your writing the most?

I know the usual answer is a particular author, book, or teacher. But for me, I think the thing that has influenced my writing the most is my feelings of compassion and empathy. The stories that I read in the news that I often end up clipping for use in future stories tend to be about injustices done, people in dire circumstances, articles that are biased against the victim, etc. A lot of the time they feature abuse, mental illness, or homelessness. I can remember many times as a young writer, watching a movie or listening to a song and being so overwhelmed by emotion that the only way for me to handle it was by writing it out. Writing has always been the best way for me to deal with grief, depression, or other stresses. As much as I would like to give all of the homeless teens a hug and take care of them, or to somehow reach out to comfort everyone suffering from abuse, mental illness, addiction, or other disorders, the best way for me to touch the most people and influence social change is to write.

So I will continue to study and write about those issues, even when I am writing in a more lighthearted genre like my recent cozy mysteries. You’ll still find characters with checkered backgrounds, physical and emotional challenges, and dealing with discrimination and injustices.

What was the most challenging mental health issue you explored/featured in your writing, in which book?

There have been some real doozies. Probably with the trauma bonding, PTSD, and depersonalization disorder suffered by Chloe in book #4 of the Between the Cracks series. It was truly gut-wrenching to write about what she went through, both externally (the abuse) and internally (depersonalization et al.) I really internalize what I am writing, so living inside the head of a character like Chloe can be really hard.

Chloe is part of a series, but it can be read as a stand-alone book.

A quick line of advice of any beginning writers or artists?

It is an amazing time to be writing. There are so many opportunities for us to learn, share, and spread our words. Don’t let the naysayers get you down, whether they are experienced writers, family members, or friends. You are learning and growing in your craft, and as long as you continue to do that, great things are going to come.

P.D. Workman (Pam)

Read more about about her and the varied works she has written on her website.

Book Reviews: Summer of Magic Anthology


Review posted with permission of Stephanie Hoogstad – original link “Book Reviews: Summer of Magic Anthology” featured on the site http://www.thewritersscrapbin.com

Today I’m returning to familiar territory for my review: fantasy. However, I’m traveling down an avenue with which I haven’t had much experience, i.e. urban fantasy. I’m no stranger to fantasy which incorporates technology and other modern elements, namely Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but Summer of Magic is arguably for more mature audiences.

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How to get it done – Shut up and work

Delicious looking cheese spread

Some humble suggestions…

It worked for me anyway, so I’ll share.  Getting your book, your game map, your art project complete is to:


  • Depending on your personality, this could be one and the same. I’m going to go with that, as that is how I do it.
  • Sketches, or jot down notes. As I work, I have notepad open on the side. Humble Notepad, simple, format stripping notepad. I put in ideas, links, notes, follow-ups. Of course, if I need fanciness I’ll jump to excel like sheets or other doc formats. Sketches PSD or plain old paper.
  • See possibilities. Put on hold the negative part of your brain that says “This is idiotic!”, “NEVER”, “NOOOOO.” They are just ideas you can always reject them at a later date. Keep your mind open.
  • Shut up. Just work. Don’t splatter your new idea or project on social media. Don’t put everything down because you JUST GOT to tell your friends.


  • Shut up, don’t tell anyone about. Possible exception your pets, houseplant or very supportive partner/friend/whatever. Why? They won’t post about or wonder if you’ll get it done this time around.
  • Your energy should be focused on creating. Not yakking about it. Period.
  • Come at a stand still, but not done? Return to step one.  Plan, dream. Don’t get discouraged. Allow for your original idea to morph if needed. A lot of ideas you begun with won’t make it to the end of the journey.
  • As you work your drawings, paintings, or models. The characters in your novel, the scenes in you short story will evolve. Keep an open mind. They might be going in a better direction than the one you had planned.
  • What will make to the end of the journey with you, will be what mattered? What really spoke to you.
  • Plan/Dream/Shut up/Execute, as needed until you are done.

Are you done?

  • Now, you can tell everyone about it.

Minor exceptions to the, shut up and work, rule.

It’s the 21st century, I know. Being social, informing your readers and/or fans of your progress is part of your marketing strategy. I get it.

But if you are a new writer, artist or developer. And you haven’t managed to finish a single project, then you don’t have your discipline down yet, don’t waste your energy on sharing about your work until you are about 80% or 90% done.

What I noticed over the years is that what you really truly care about has to be nurtured. Talk too much about it, and it sucks the energy from it. It gives you the impression that you are working on it. But it’s just an impression.

The image? Nothing to do with the article, but when you are done writing your book or completing whatever needs doing, have a treat. Image courtesy of Steve on Pixabay