Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy music? If so, don’t read any further. Music has been part of human existence before recorded history. By the time humans began recording their history, they mentioned music in their writings. They mentioned instruments: drums, cymbals, pipes, horns, lyres and harps—most of the basic sounds of orchestration. They also mentioned some musicians and referred to songs and melodies that they had heard. One of the attractions of researching for an historical novel is learning…..
I did a lot of research for Nightmare Enemy, Dream Friend, and one area I had to familiarize myself with was how Germans celebrated holidays and which holidays were celebrated. Since the book centers around a Christian nation succumbing to an un-Christian ideology, I had to know all the major Lutheran and Christian holidays and how they were practiced at the beginning of the 20th century. I remembered that the Christmas tree tradition arose in Germany and has been transferred…..
One question that all writers are often asked is how early did you begin writing. My answer is three years old when I wrote my first effective poem. Even before I wrote, I had begun drawing. I did the usual coloring in coloring books, but I also tried to draw my own shapes of animals and humans and buildings and colored them. Here’s how the first poem happened. My older sister June had begun attending school at five years old……
Writer’s block in which one is stuck on one chapter and can’t seem to move on or stuck in writing dialog has never been one of my problems because my imagination is powerful. I’ve rarely been stuck more than a few hours and maybe a day or two at the most. My problem is that I sometimes have too much going on in my mind. I am in such a problem now. In the past couple months, I have written…..
The idea for Nightmare Enemy, Dream Friend came out of the blue. I was at home writing on something else when the phone rang. “Hello.” “Are you a writer?” “Yes, I am.” I had had a local google ad as “writer, editor, tutor, teacher”; it was on the same page as ads for tuxedo rentals and sales, and I had gotten more calls looking for tuxedos than for writers. “I have a story that I think would be a great…..
Welcome. My name is Jerry Blanton, author of Nightmare Enemy, Dream Friend. I’m so happy to have you as a visitor to my blog about my new book. This project is very special to me, and I hope to share some of that excitement with you here. I’ll be using this blog to interact with you about Nightmare Enemy, Dream Friend, expanding on some of the topics in it and blogging on some of the ideas related to my…..