A new project begins

In the months before publishing my first novel, The Kiminee Dream, in May 2020, I’m preparing a companion book of tales told by one of the characters in the novel. Her name is Aunt Truly, and the book of stories will likely be titled Aunt Truly’s Tales.

This image is associated with the Sitting Room in Penngrove. I imagine Aunt Truly would like to sit in this chair.

A woman so old nobody knows when she was born, Aunt Truly takes in Carly Mae Foley, a teen who has escaped and abductor and is far from home. Aunt Truly cares for Carly Mae through an especially long, snowbound winter. One of the things Aunt Truly does to pass the time is tell stories. One of them, “The Frog Who Wouldn’t Budge,” is told in the novel.

I’ll be posting stories under consideration for inclusion in Aunt Truly’s book on my blog. The first one is up now at https://www.lauramchaleholland.com/blog/aunt-trulys-1st-story-milk-for-grandmas-coffee/

I would love to know what you think.

Join Laura in Santa Rosa November 23 and 24

Laura McHale Holland will share a table with Jeane Slone at the 4th Annual Fall Craft and Vendor Fair taking place in the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial auditorium on Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24, 2019.

Here’s Laura in the center with friends Tina Riddle Deason on her left and Mona Mechling on her right at The Sitting Room last year.

Between the two of them, Laura and Jean, both independent authors living and working in Sonoma County, have a variety of books to share. Laura has published two memoirs and two collections of flash fiction, as well as an anthology on sisterhood. Jean has published a series of novels featuring heroines from World War II. The fair presents an excellent opportunity to meet the authors, hear the stories behind the stories and learn about upcoming releases, such as Laura’s first novel, The Kiminee Dream, set for release in 2020.

A variety of other vendors and artists will be there, too, including Amy Delao’s Handmade Wood Art, Beads That Work, Billie’s Garden Art, Chalk Couture, Farm Fresh to You, Carol’s Fused Glass, Holly’s Costumes & Crafts, Lulu’s Jewelry, Origami Owl, Scentsy, The Cocoa Exchange, Toneys Treasures, Usborne Books, and many more

The Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial is located at 1351 Maple Avenue in Santa Rosa. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.

An enthusiastic review for Just In Case

Just In Case: Twenty-one Bite-sized Stories received an enthusiastic review today on the Trials and Tribulations of Writing Fiction blog. Here’s the link: https://fictiontrials.wordpress.com/2019/10/02/review-just-in-case/

The blog is written by a Katheryn J. Avila, who describes herself succinctly as a “programmer by day, writer by night.” Wouldn’t that describe a lot of us? We’d just have to substitute whatever profession we’re pursuing during the day to pay the bills. Katheryn also happens to love flash fiction.

Ebook version of Just In Case is available for free to newsletter subscribers at https://www.lauramchaleholland.com
Just In Case: Twenty-one Bite-sized Stories is on sale now

Just In Case: Twenty-one Bite-sized Stories is on sale now

Laura’s new collection of flash fiction is now on sale.

Imagine a world where shadows of enchantment instantly render ordinary experiences eerie, terrifying or sublime, and where the unexpected becomes the norm.

It’s available in paperback format at the usual online retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The ebook is available only on Amazon, but it’ll go into wider distribution within a couple of weeks.

A note about Amazon’s sales page:

As of Aug. 18, 2019, the featured retailer for the paperback of Just in Case is Book Depository US, which is selling it for $10.12. The retail price is $5.99 — and Amazon is selling it for $5.99. The Amazon purchase option is listed in tiny type below the featured offer. Prime members can get free shipping when purchasing from Amazon, too.

Charlene Jones interviews Laura about writing Reversible Skirt

Charlene Jones interviews Laura about writing Reversible Skirt

Laura McHale Holland and Charlene Jones spoke recently about the art of writing, in particular, discoveries Laura made and techniques she discovered while writing her childhood memoir, Reversible Skirt.

You can find the interview on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/cloudgirl-1/laura-mchale-holland-reversible-skirt?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0sbNylQwrnYBq2zBeYn9eyJZB2GgAG1URJURjfkPPtN-eew0UpzPl8Cm0

Leigh Anne Lindsey interviews Laura on KGUA radio

Leigh Anne Lindsey interviews Laura on KGUA radio

You can listen now to Leigh Anne Lindsey, of KGUA radio in Gualala, Calif., interview author and publisher Laura McHale Holland. One refreshing thing about their discussion is that it’s not rushed. Listen to the whole hour or just catch part of it. Learn about one creative person’s evolution, what drives her and intrigues her, and what advice she has for people longing to follow a creative path but who are holding back from taking the leap.

Join Laura’s Readers Group by signing up for her newsletter right here. You’ll receive a free ebook of very short fiction; be the first to find out when her novel, The Kiminee Dream, is launching; and get special offers and content available only to Readers Group members. Being a member requires no action on your part beyond subscribing.

See you April 14 at Redwod Writers in Santa Rosa

I’ll be attending the monthly meeting of Redwood Writers Sunday, April 14, 2019. The topic will be working with illustrators, something I don’t plan to do anytime soon, but I expect I’ll learn something new anyway. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about opportunities for writers in the North Bay and upcoming events of interest. Hope to see you at the Flamingo, 2777 Fourth Street in Santa Rosa, from 2:30 to 4:30. It’s a good idea to come a bit early to socialize and network. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.

This is Laura McHale Holland’s book in progress. The ebook version will be free for people who join Laura’s readers group.

Showtime: Six short plays coming March 22

Laura McHale Holland will be on hand opening night for Off The Page Readers Theater’s staged reading of six original short plays by local playwrights. In addition to Laura’s play Bankrupt, the other featured plays are Millennial Support by Samantha Alban, Metanoia by by Paul McCormick, Something Like Therapy by Harry Reid, From Mom to Eternity by Jean Wong, and Salsa Dancing by Natasha Nim.

Here are the dates:

March 22 and 23
Copperfield’s in Santa Rosa
7:30 p.m.
(tickets sales open at 7 p.m.)

March 24
Abacus in Sebastopol
3 p.m.
(tickets sales open at 2:30 p.m.)

March 31
Church of the Oaks in Cotati
3 p.m.
(tickets sales open at 2:30 p.m.)

Off The Page Readers Theater to produce Laura’s play Bankrupt

Laura McHale Holland’s one-act play Bankrupt was one of six winners in the Redwood Writers 2018 playwriting contest. All winning plays will be produced by Off the Page Readers Theater in March 2019.

Laura is thrilled her one-act play Bankrupt will be produced by Off the Page Readers Theater.

Other winning plays include Millennial Support by Samantha Alban, Metanoia by by Paul McCormick, Something Like Therapy by Harry Reid, From Mom to Eternity by Jean Wong, and Salsa Dancing by Natasha Nim. Here are the performance dates and locations:

March 22 and 23
Copperfield’s in Santa Rosa
7:30 p.m.
(tickets sales open at 7 p.m.)

March 24
Abacus in Sebastopol
3 p.m.
(tickets sales open at 2:30 p.m.)

March 31
Church of the Oaks in Cotati
3 p.m.
(tickets sales open at 2:30 p.m.)

In an interview with Sonoma West, Hilary Moore described readers theater as “acting from the shoulders up.” She went on to say that from the audience’s perspective, “It’s just five of us standing up there with our music stands and our scripts. There are no props. We’re in black – with a touch of color. But we read with expression and interpretation. It really makes the work come to life… Sometimes we even surprise the people who wrote the pieces.”

Members of Off the Page Readers Theater.

Join Laura at the 2019 anthology workshop

I’m on the workshop team for the 2019 Redwood Writers Anthology. At this event you’ll be able to:

  • Discuss the “Endeavor” theme and pick up some grammar guidance from anthology editor Tommie Whitener
  • Draw forth your creativity with Daniel Coshnear
  • Discuss character development with Linda Reid
  • Build plot with Barbara Cottrell
  • Get tips from Laura McHale Holland on creating story conflict
  • Review the submission process for the anthology
Endeavor: Stories of Struggle and Perseverance
Sat. , Jan. 19, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon
Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa
Online fee: Members $25.00; Nonmembers $30.00
Reserve quickly!
Click this link for online registration.
Submission deadline is March 15.
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