Why Write?

Having just finished the arduous task of getting a book published, I am in the place of wondering why I write. 

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Winston Churchill once said “Writing is an Adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.” 

Anyone who has ever taken on the task of putting thought on paper can agree with that understanding. However, I would add, once you fling it to the public, then you become a drooling idiot who tries to get people to read the thing you once loved so much. 

I guess writing a book is like raising a child; you always love them, they make you very happy and cause you great pain. But in the end, you wouldn’t live life without them. If you want to visit my “children” Click here. While your there tell them I love them even if I grumble a lot.

NEW BEGINNINGS

Every new year there is an abundance of thought about new beginnings. We go over the events of the last year and set goals for the new life before us. Someone once kept a log of his new years resolutions:

2009: I will not spend my money frivolously.
2010: I will pay off my bank loan promptly.

2011: I will pay off my bank loans promptly.
2012: I will begin making a strong effort to be out of debt by 2013.
2013: I will be totally out of debt by 2014.

2014: I will try to pay off the debt interest by 2015.
2015: I will try to be out of the country by 2016.

 

I guess we all like to think of new beginnings as a place of escaping from old problems. It is a fact that every new beginning means something has to end. Problem is, we often feel the past is so painful that the future is just too hard to visualize. 

Maybe we need to be like the caterpillar. When he believes he has reached the end of life, the butterfly has just found a new beginning. Let’s resolve not to look back on what might have been and simply look forward to what will be. 

Have a Happy and joy filled New Year. If you have time– check out my new book series

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Words without meaning

question man 2          Listening to conversations, I am fascinated with the development of our language. I hear a new word being used which is “texted”. In reality, text is a noun. Trying to make it a verb is an interesting experiment, but the reality is “I did text him” is correct whereas, “I texted him” isn’t. Nevertheless, “texted” seems to be growing in popularity even if it isn’t correct.

Another one that is different is the word “conversate”. There is no word “conversate” in the dictionary, but as much as I hear it being used, it will probably be there in a few years.The word “prioritize” didn’t exist until the political campaign of 1979, and now it is part of life. So I guess I need to prioritize my texted information so I can conversate properly. No wonder the British say we don’t speak English, we speak American.

I put some new words in my new book, “Hook, Line & Sinker”  which is the sequel novel to “Catch and Release” a top winner in Romance/Mystery International Competition at the 2012 London Book Festival; 2012 Los Angeles Book Fair ; 2012 Beach Book show; 2012 New England Book Show; and Winner Best Audiobook 2013 Paris Book Festival. Take a look at my website  www.JTwerell.com.    OR  Click here for Amazon PageI

Heavenly thoughts for writers

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A lot of communities are now known as “Gated Communities” which simply means nobody gets in unless they’re invited. As I entered one of these communities, I suddenly realized according to general religious consensus, Heaven is a “Gated Community”. The Pearly Gates keep out unwanted visitors and protect the residents from bad people. I guess St. Peter is supposed to be the “cop at the gate”. Hmmm, for what’s supposed to be a friendly place to live, it doesn’t sound so good from that perspective.

Anyhow, the reason I got into thinking about heaven was a joke a writer friend told me. Goes like this:

A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.

She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.

“Oh my,” said the writer. “Let me see heaven now.”

A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.

“Wait a minute,” said the writer. “This is just as bad as hell!”

“Oh no, it’s not,” replied an unseen voice. “Here, your work gets published.”

Sad but true.

J.T.Twerell is a practicing psychologist in Manhattan, New York and author of several award winning books including:

Signal 30 – Readers View Reviewers Choice Book of the year 2011
Catch and Release – Top winners at London Book Festival, Los Angeles Book Show and Beach Book Fair 2013
Off the Hook – Winner at Feathered Quill Book Award and Southeast Book Show 2014
Catch and Release – Winner Best AudioBook at 2014 Paris Book Festival
Dragon’s Orb – Honorable mention – 2014 Paris Book Festival
Dragon’s Orb – Winner Best Mystery – 2014 Beach Book Festival

Visit his website at www.JTTwerell.com or go to Amazon.com click here

To write or not to write

Having just finished the arduous task of getting a book published, I am in the place of wondering why I write.
Winston Churchill once said “Writing is an Adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”
Anyone who has ever taken on the task of putting thought on paper can agree with that understanding. However, I would add, once you fling it to the public, then you become a drooling idiot who tries to get people to read the thing you once loved so much.
I guess writing a book is like raising a child; you always love them, they make you very happy and cause you great pain. But in the end, you wouldn’t live life without them.
If you want to visit my “child” Click here. While your there tell it I love it even if I grumble a lot.

Catch and Release Wins in Paris

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My book Catch and Release won best audiobook in the 2014 Paris Book Festival. More information is found on www.JTTwerell.com.

Catch and Release

A top winner in the Romance/mystery category at the London Book Fair, Los Angeles Book Show and Beach Book Festival. Winner of Best Audiobook at the 2014 Paris Book Festival.

A botched drug raid took her father’s life when she was seven. On her thirteenth birthday she witnessed her mother’s murder. Alone in the world, Jennifer Blade set out to even the score. At thirty-three, enmeshed in a game that knows no rules, she is about to fulfill her quest when everything unravels. Fleeing for her life, she heads to the mountains of upstate New York, where she unexpectedly finds new reason to live.

Steve Sanders, a thirty-eight-year-old psychologist with a predictable life, is on a fishing trip in the mountains. Little does he know that all vacations are not created equal.

Within 24 hours, they catch a few trout, have a passionate affair, shoot and kill a man, are involved in two gun battles, receive wounds, and end up in Miami, Florida. All this, and as Steve says, they still have 6 days of vacation left. Their relationship touches long-buried feelings in Jennifer, and shatters the mundane existence suffocating Steve.

Catch and Release, a riveting romance/suspense novel, is the story of two lives from vastly different backgrounds, drawn together by fate and a common love of the great outdoors. The crossing of Jennifer and Steve’s paths releases an explosion of love, passion, adventure, and ultimately a reason for a shared journey

Now available in Book, eBook and Audiobook

Written by J.T.Twerell and Narrated by Craig Jensen – The following is a sneak preview of:

Catch and Release    

 

 

 

New Audiobook OFF THE HOOK

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Award winning OFF THE HOOK is now on audiobook. Laura faces her fears and finds love for her journey and for herself. Give a listen.

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