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Introducing the Bridgette ni Brian Store

Do you like to be able to purchase items that characters in your favorite book might have? I do, though I enjoy making items as well. Many of my books have an art connected to them, and my upcoming book, Azure Maris is no exception. In this book, Azure regularly writes in her journal so I have added journals to my store. I will be adding furoshiki and shawls to the store as well.

You can find the store here:

In addition, I will be showing at Appleumpkin in Wyoming NY the last weekend of September. You can find me up by the Town Hall on Route 19 on both days. There, you'll be able to find some of my other items including furoshiki, journals, and shawls.


Just wanted to show a little bit of beauty this day. This photo was taken in 2007 in the Connemara region of Ireland. Sometimes, the location is enough to start one's mind thinking of a story.

Have you been someplace when the location begged to be incorporated into a story?

Becoming a Writer

Yesterday, I received the editor's notes on my book, Azure Maris. Was I nervous? Sure. It's one thing to have someone like family read a novel and say that it's good, but it's entirely different to have an editor read a novel and say that it's good.

If I could have had a place like this to go walk for a bit while I contemplated my book, I would have been quite thankful. Alas, I do not. This photo was taken in County Galway, Ireland. Some days it feels as though writing is as lonely as this beach appears until we hand a manuscript off to someone to read it. It can be nerve wrecking, but in the long run, having someone else to read a novel can help clarify sections that I thought made sense, but in reality, did not.

To all the editors out there, thanks. You have an often thankless job of correcting and clarifying a writer's novels. I will admit that this isn't the first time that I've had a novel edited . . . beyond myself and family, of course. My very…

Where to Find a Story

So, where do the story ideas come from? How do you find the story starter or the story ender? It's all fine and good if the idea is there with a sign saying, "I'd make a great story," but it rarely happens. I have five places where I can usualy find ideas for a story.

News. Newspapers, evening news, morning news, internet and magazines are all places that I can find story ideas. Some are local; some are national or global. Some are simply stories such as a wounded warrior home from war; some can be turned into a mystery: finding a lost ship in the Great Lakes. The news is always a source for stories.Research. When I'm researching, I can usually find the beginnings of another novel . . . somewhat. Researching for an historical fiction novel about the Crusades time period led to an interesting story about pirates in the Baltic Sea which, in turn, led to a story about pirates in the Chesapeake Bay.Conversations. One never knows when a random conversation might trig…

Building Stories

It seems that writing a story, whether or not the beginning or ending is there, has a problem: writing the story. The journalist and screenwright, Gene Fowler said, "Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your  forehead."

That is an accurate description, and definitely one that many young writers feel. How do you go from point A to point B? From the beginning to the ending? A story starter is a good initial starting point and helps to make it past that initial wall of a blank page, but where do you go from there? One of the reasons why I try to solidify my ending quickly is that it gives me a target . . . and a starting place.
How does a story ender help other genres besides mystery? I'm currently working on the sequel to my first book, due out at Christmas, but I reached a point where I'm stuck, but I do have the last chapter written. Knowing what happens with my characters can help me plot backwards. What events…

Story Endings or Story Starters?

Have you seen the car commercials that appear to be the ending of an epic movie?  It started me thinking about which was easier - story starters or story enders? When I was in school, we would have either an opening paragraph or a photo such as this:

I don't know where the photo came from so I cannot put down who took it or where, but it is interesting. As a story starter, it could be interesting, but as a story ending would it still be as interesting?

For me, I usually have an image of my main character and antagonist in some sort of fight or at least a conflict. The snapshot gives me a good idea as to where the story is going; however, when I'm writing murder mysteries, I need to determine the ending of my book early in the process. Knowing who actually commits the murder helps me place clues as well as red herrings.

 Do you think it is easier to have the first paragraph written or is it easier to have the ending finished?


This is a new beginning for me - not only am I on the way to becoming a published author, but I look forward to expanding both the writing and fiber arts in a variety of ways. While it seems a little overwhelming the path to becoming published, it is well worth the adventure.

My book, Azure Maris, is planned to be released around Christmas time. As the time approaches, I will add more about the book as I go. Here is a synopsis of what the book is about:

What does it mean to be a mermaid out of water? Azure Maris, princess of Deep Waters is grounded in the Chesapeake Bay region. She must learn how to live life above the waves while she strives to return home. She cannot return home since the sea kingdom off the coast opposes Azure's kingdom. In addition, Azure finds that she is the object of affection to Mano Leo-mana, a sumu ba-ashma - fallen angel - who desires to destroy Deep Waters. Azure knows of the sumu ba-ashma, but has never met one or fend off the romantic attentions of …