INTERNATIONAL BLOGGING 2015/12/30
GUEST AUTHOR ~ Gloria Zachgo
I suppose it’s natural for me to write stories with Kansas settings. I grew up on a farm in Lincoln County KansasI where I attended one of the last one-room schoolhouses in the country. Although I was the only child in my grade for most of the eight years there, I had a wonderful teacher who took the time to make sure I had the best learning environment that was available to me. She taught me to be flexible, to be independent, and to explore my creativity, which later blossomed (albeit much later life)into my love for art and my current passion for writing
I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for forty-nine years. Although we started our first years of life together living in other states, we found our way back to Kansas when our children were still young. We’ve lived here ever since.
I’ve been blessed with the opportunity of enough time to pursue two of my dreams – painting and writing. I’m rather eclectic in both, using different mediums in my art and different genre’s in my writing.
My art began to weigh down my walls, so in 2006 I joined a writing group. I started with memoirs but quickly found out I liked writing fictional short stories. I was having so much fun with it, that when our library sponsored a workshop with author Nancy Pickard, I attended. On my way home an idea started to develop to turn one of my short stories into a real manuscript. It was the birth of my debut novel, The Rocking Horse.
My second novel, Never Waste Tears, is also about the struggles of ordinary people, though in a different time. Five different individuals each tell their own story of the struggles on the Kansas Plains in the 1860s.
It too was based on a short story where my characters had many of the traits of my own grandparents and the land they lived on.
Currently, I’m working on yet another set of characters with another storyline. It is my passion, my challenge, my frustration, and my joy.
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INTERNATIONAL BLOGGING Host:
Charles Clanton Rogers December 30, 2015
“Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,”
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