A short sneek peek into my busy life…
Last June, Linda along with Andrea Baron, started their quest to form a chapter of Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) in southeast Florida. As Linda said, “If I’m going to spend my winters in Florida, I’ve got to find women of like-mind and what better way than with WNBA.” Andrea searched for writers, creative writing instructors and professors, librarians, book store owners etc. and last fall Linda met with several of the women, individually, who responded to their letters and emails. There definitely was a great interest in having a chapter in the tri-county area (Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties) so Linda and Andrea planned a meeting (with wine of course) for December when they would both be back in the warmth of sunny Florida. A dozen women showed up at Murder on the Beach Bookstore in Delray Beach and learned about the joys and benefits of being a member of WNBA. “We knew the women were interested,” Linda said, “But at the end of the meeting no one stepped forward to take the reins and we could not have a chapter without a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. We were disappointed but really believed that someone, eventually, would. When my phone rang the next day and I saw Michelle’s name on the screen, I wanted to dance.”
Michelle Putnik (M. J. Putnik), author of Dobin, a YA Fantasy novel, told Linda, “I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about WNBA.” She knew it was right, just the organization they needed in south Florida. So, she called her friend, author and playwright Carol White. After a brief discussion, Carol said, “Well, if you’re going to be president, I’ll be your VP,” and the Board of Directors was on their way. Three more friends joined the team: Sheila Blanchette, Treasurer, Sue Cox, Secretary, Mary Yuhas, Publicity, and a new chapter was born. This coming April, WNBA-SoFla will have their first event where they already expect twenty-five women to join, probably more. For more info re WNBA visit: http://www.wnba-books.org. If interested in joining the WNBA, So. Fla. Chapter: email@example.com
I AM SO HAPPY! Tomorrow I am going to be in the Delray Beach Public Libraries 16th Annual Author’s Showcase! Whew… what a process. I was reviewed, scanned, examined, vaccinated, and had to jump through fiery hoops…just kidding. Actually, it was quite painless. Just nerve-wracking. My work did have to be approved by a Board and pass all their benchmarks. Thankfully, “Dobin” did pass inspection, and now I’m going to be on a panel gushing about my passion… writing.
I hope you can join me. I would love to meet you. Plus, I’ll have “Dobin” the novel, available for purchase and autographed.
Okay, gotta go stress over what I am going to wear to this extravaganza (expecting up to 200 people). Should I dress reserved, eccentric, or go medieval on everyone? Please, let me know what you think.
Be sure to have a wonderful, wacky, fun-filled adventure this weekend. We’ll chat when I return.
M. J. Putnik and Dobin
You’re back! I’m glad you’re here. This time, I thought I would share my answer about how I came up with the idea for DOBIN. Well, he popped into my head over 15 years ago! Actually, he popped into my head as a screenplay 15 years ago. DOBIN was going to be a movie before he became a book. I kind of did things backwards. So, if an agent is reading this post now… just know that my kind-hearted dragon is in screenplay form, too.
DOBIN was actually a dream I had. I know that sounds cliche… but, it’s the truth! I dream in color, do you? Well, in this dream, I could see, hear, and smell everything. I was amazed by DOBIN’s elaborate scales and baby blue eyes. I could hear King Rudolph’s kingdom bustling, and the smell of mince meat pies baking. I could hear the fair maidens giggling as they tossed their rose scented garlands around Prince Julian and his knight’s necks as they rode their steeds past them. I could feel the anger in Princess Madeline’s clenched fists when her father made her wear shoes and told her she couldn’t be a knight. I could smell the bristly Kazer’s foul breath as he prepared to pop sassy spider-web bound Elora into his mouth. I could feel the intense heat, from The Dragon King’s fiery blast, as it sizzled against Sir Edmond’s shield.
So, sometimes, the idea for a book can come to us in a dream. Sometimes, it comes to us as we listen to a song, smell a flower, or sip a cup of coffee. Inspiration is all around you, and it can strike when you least expect it. And that’s why I always carry a note pad and a pen with me wherever I go. So, there you have it… I DREAMED DOBIN.
Well, the last time we gathered, I promised you another picture of a special critter in my arsenal of characters. Now, he’s not in DOBIN, but a whole tale can be spun about the 3 black polka dots down his back. Meet “Twitch” . He’s a bundle of binkying bunny energy!
Okay, gotta hop! I just got inspired by a twitching nose and cotton tail!
M. J. Putnik
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This is my first post, and I thought I would start out by introducing you to one special pooch who inspired me to write the character, Chloe, in my newly released fantasy adventure “Dobin.” Just like Princess Madeline’s royal pedigree, my special sweetheart, Alligator (Ally for short), has dark almond colored eyes, fluffy golden fur, and a sassy attitude to boot. I have to be very careful with this slick pup. She likes stealing my Twizzlers (strawberry flavored) when I’m not looking.
Do you know what movie made the Cairn Terrier famous? Here’s a clue: “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” Yep, you guessed it, the “Wizard of Oz.” Dorothy’s dog, Toto, was a black Cairn Terrier. Alligator is a Wheaton Cairn T
error… uh, I mean Terrier 😉
Wow, sharing with you has been great! If you want to tell me about your special critter, go to Contact, at the top of the page, and write me! The next time we chat, I promise to introduce you to another character inspiration 😉
-M. J. Putnik
Author of Dobin
(and Alligator, too)