My uncle nearly died in a bomb explosion during WWII. What's odd about that is that he was in Iowa at the time.
I am proud to be featured on the June 24, 2021 episode of "WV unCommoN PlaCE." If you aren't yet familiar with this podcast, it showcases artists and public figures and captures the highs and lows of their lives and how they handled the journey. It's about empowering others and giving merit to what we... Continue Reading →
Tune in on Facebook June 16, 2021 at 5pm EST (4 pm CST) for my Virtual Reading of "In the Sleep of Death." https://www.facebook.com/groups/TirzasBookstore Follow the Facebook group "Tirza's Bookstore" to participate in this and other upcoming readings. #inthesleepofdeath #liveauthorreading #authorlive #livereading #KimberlyVanGinkel #facebookgroup #tirzasbookstore #FB #16june #dontmissout #tirzaschaeferhosts #themagicbookcorner #historicalfantasy #historicalromance
If tomorrow was your final day on Earth, what would you write today? I'm excited to announce that my sister Brenda is going to be featured on this podcast June 22, 2021. Find it on Audible, Apple Podcasts, and more. https://www.lastletters.net/ Hosted by 7 time military photographer of the year Jeremy Lock, Last Letters are... Continue Reading →
Kindergarten wouldn't have been so scary if I'd gotten the answer right to this one simple question ...
I assumed I could get away with writing my villain's speech based on what I THOUGHT German people sounded like in the movies. I was wrong.
They called her the Hellfire Witch of St. Louis. They said she had the Evil Eye and accused her of murder. Only she knew what was really happening…
I lost my mother very suddenly this summer to a cancer we didn't know she had. I've been reeling from that all year. I thought I'd run the gamut of emotions already. I went through shock, grief, anger, and deep depression. I've spent countless hours discussing it with my sisters, debating whether it was better... Continue Reading →
Have you ever finished a novel and immediately wanted to re-read it so you can see each character in a new light?
I think every unpublished author is seeking the magic formula to a winning query letter. I discovered mine by accident ...
Coldplay makes me sick. I'm not being mean. I'm not saying that I dislike the band or that I'm unhappy with their music. I am saying that every song they have ever released flat-out makes me nauseated. Here's a scenario: I'll be driving along on a beautiful summer's day, feeling fine. Then without warning I... Continue Reading →
Christmas cookies always makes me think of my grandmother. I know that probably conjures an image of a sweet little old lady baking a single batch of chocolate chips. But what I remember most is not the warm oven in a cozy kitchen, but the staggering output she managed. Grandma baked cookies not by the dozen... Continue Reading →
In all of my years of attending church, there are two sermons that always stayed with me, and both were given by my father. Dad wasn't your usual minister. Though he was well-versed in the Bible, he rarely quoted scripture and never used it to win an argument. He never tried to convert anybody. In... Continue Reading →
I'm guessing my nephew is the only child who ever intentionally gave himself a speech impediment to win an argument.
BBC America recently made a t.v. series out of "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency." Though most people my age have heard of Douglas Adams's more popular "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," it surprises me how few people know Dirk Gently. Maybe I shouldn't call it a series, since there were only 2 books and... Continue Reading →
When I was little, I thought my grandpa had installed an advanced navigational system in his car. This was crazy, as it was the 70's. Not only did we not have computers, we didn't even have LED screens. Heck, even the radio was a twist-dial that only got AM! Nevertheless, when GPS was developed a... Continue Reading →
This recommendation is for my writer friends, particularly anyone considering collaborating on a novel. "Heads You Lose" by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward is one of those 'experiment' books that are increasingly common in the mystery genre. Each author alternates chapters so you get both male & female writing styles. For this book, they opted... Continue Reading →
A new entry in my “Books I Can’t Stop Talking About” Series: The Art of Crash Landing, by Melissa DeCarlo. The hero, Mattie Wallace, is mean, selfish, foul-mouthed, utterly lacking in morals ... and impossible not to love. Broke and homeless, recently single and unexpectedly pregnant, she winds up in her mother's hometown. It's a... Continue Reading →
Trivia question: Name the town on American soil that the Japanese occupied for almost a year during World War II. Yeah, I'd never heard of this one, either. The answer is Attu, Alaska, the western-most point of America, so far off the mainland that it's hard to believe it's really part of America. They have to seriously bend the... Continue Reading →
I've never shared this with anyone, but when I was very young I had some strange, intense, and oddly complicated dreams. I still remember most of them, but one from when I was 4 stands out as by far the most trippy. It started with me "waking up" in a different universe. Everyone around me... Continue Reading →
For some reason, I always thought the Von Trapps were part of the Donner Party. I'd never watched The Sound of Music, so I had no idea those children were the Von Trapps. I also, inexplicably, thought the musical was about a happy-go-lucky German family during WWII. Rest assured, my family is never going to... Continue Reading →
A new entry in my "Books I Can't Stop Talking About" Series: Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored by Philippe Georget (translated by Steven Rendall) It's rare to find a book translated to English that plays so lightly with the language. Seriously, I'm so crazy about the writing style here that I want to chase... Continue Reading →
My favorite guy in all of NASA history is someone you've likely never heard of - John Aaron, the engineer they called the "Steely-Eyed Missile Man." I've been crazy about the space program since I was a kid, but oddly it has never been the astronauts that captured my fancy. I love the guys like... Continue Reading →
I've always loved foggy afternoons - the way everything in the distance seems to not matter anymore, the feeling of seclusion in open spaces. Everything looks like one of those Gothic British novels that everybody knows but no one has read. Once, in my college days, I was hanging out with friends on such an... Continue Reading →
I've always thought of myself as a writer. Unfortunately, that means people expect you to write. It isn't that I don't enjoy the process of writing, but it's hard to stay motivated enough to keep at the same novel for months and years at a time. Every published novelist I know gives the same advice:... Continue Reading →
Schrodinger was a sick puppy. If you really look at his experiment, it's very disturbing. In fact, if you stop to look at it in detail, you'll find a number of things that the common public gets wrong about it. 1. That cat's gonna die. There's no getting around it, the cat is going to... Continue Reading →