Mary Smith Announces New Release

Author Mary Smith is pleased to announce the release of her new non-fiction book, Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni.

Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women provides a remarkable insight into the lives of the women in Afghanistan with whom the author lived and worked. Despite the many hardships in their lives they are not all hopeless downtrodden victims but women of courage, determined to make the best of life for themselves and their children.

Readers are taken on a journey from the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif to the remote mountainous region of Hazara Jat, allowing them to get to know – and care about – the women as they deal with djinn, health classes, life and love.

Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni was released on 11/24/2012 by Indigo Dreams Publishing and is available through and Amazon UK.

Tribute to 2012

Since I’m pretty sure no one will read this column since it’s the day after Christmas, I wanted to make sure to write something that took little effort. At least that’s what Bob Hammond suggested. And who am I to argue with someone of his stature? In fact, since Bob is such a pro, he suggested I forgo the writing of the column entirely and just run with a special video. At first I thought that was a lazy out, but then I remembered I am lazy, so I was good with it. But, then I looked at how much effort it would take to actually make a video that complex, and I decided to take the REAL lazy way out and just write a list. Therefore, without further ado, here you have my 2012 year in review. And that rhymed. Continue reading “Tribute to 2012”

Do Your Readers Make It Past Chapter One?

Chapter One.

Probably the most rewritten chapter of any book I put together. Why do I stress so much about it? Well, it’s a make or break chapter. In those first few pages, I can either win my readers over or lose them forever. So how do we make sure our readers make it past chapter one?

Here are some of the things I’ve learned so far: Continue reading “Do Your Readers Make It Past Chapter One?”