As an adult, I totally enjoyed The Man in the Cinder Clouds, and my sister’s young grandchildren were so entranced when I visited, I bought a copy to leave with them. You can read my full review here to find out some other fun things you’ll discover about Santa. But don’t wait for the holiday season to read it. This story is about fighting for the things you believe in. Besides, learning how to be unselfish shouldn’t wait until Christmas, especially not when it’s such a fun read that children and teens won’t know they’re being taught.
I didn’t try any platform building until I had finished the first draft of my first novel, a 120,000-word paranormal thriller. Google led me to Nathan Bransford’s blog, and after following him for a while I started my own blog. I picked up followers by commenting on Nathan’s blog, and the blogs of other commenters who I thought posted thoughtful or funny comments.
I started another blog, The Public Query Slushpile, but I don’t really count that as part of my platform. I posted an announcement when I released my book, but the followers of that blog are more interested in critiquing queries than in getting slammed with promos; I don’t want to abuse that platform.
I set up a Cinder Clouds page on Facebook, but I’m not very active there. My personal Facebook profile is mainly close friends (past and present) and family…I’m not the “friend everyone” kind of Facebook user. I’ve only recently started to accumulate Twitter followers, but I rarely Tweet. Honestly, I don’t really get Twitter. When I visit my homepage there’s rarely anything that interests me. The most fun I’ve had with Twitter was being bored at the airport and killing time making fun of the news programs on the various airport TVs.
Now I’m going to spill the beans (snicker/juvenile humor) about Rick’s next book, Rudy Toot-Toot, about a gas-powered boy who was born on a bean farm and, after a gassy accident, has to use his special power save the farm! There, I tooted Rick’s horn.