Kauai, where I live, is the northern-most island in the Hawaiian archipelago and the most remote land mass on earth! The serenity of this place accommodates the writer. That’s if you don’t listen to the beaches calling your name. Besides my books, I also write short stories. One was nominated for the coveted Pushcart Prize. My thriller, River Bones, has received two major awards. I’ve found Kauai to be a wondrous place where concentration on work reigns supreme.
Some of my articles about writing have appeared in my column Write It Right for our local newspaper. Now I’ve put many of my articles together in a reference for writers: Write It Right – Tips for Authors – The Big Book.
During my first tour of The Islands in 1974, I knew I would one day live on Kauai. It took 21 years. After a car accident in 1991 that changed my life, I decided that since I wanted to live on Kauai, I would move there. I could from anywhere in the world. I moved. Then I learned the difficulties of island life. While most believe I live an idyllic life, few resources and connections are found here. All my promotion and contacts must be managed through the Internet unless I travel. Small Kauai has only two book stores and used books at that.
Hawaii consists of five main islands. Each island has its own flavor and main attraction. Beginning at the southern-most end is The Big Island. It’s real name is Hawai`i, but nicknamed The Big Island. It offers Halemaumau Crater with lava flows. Northward is Maui offering Lahaina, where whaling ships once came to port. The smaller island of Molokai is mostly residential. Oahu, which translates to The Gathering Place, is the main island and offers Honolulu and Waikiki Beach as its main attractions. Kauai is nearly 100 miles north of Oahu and known as The Garden Island because we have lots of rain and everything grows. If needed, out of necessity, Kauai could support her residents with food and crops grown locally. We also have more beaches than all the other islands combined.
Kauai is a world away from everything. Air flights are expensive and arduous getting to and from the mainland for book signings. Yet, most who live here, including me, say they would never live any place else, except maybe on one of the other islands.
Mary Deal is offering one choice of 4 E-books from Amazon.com to the first three people who respond correctly to the following question. This offer will remain in effect until July 31st, 2014.
In Down to the Needle, what was the final clue that brought the most vile perpetrator to justice?
Winners can choose between these 4 e-Books at http://tinyurl.com/kka6egz
The Ka – a paranormal Egyptian suspense
Off Center in the Attic – collection of over-the-top short stories
Legacy of the Tropics – an adventure/suspense
Go to Mary’s website, http://www.writeanygenre.com, and use the secure email on her Contact Me page. Don’t forget to include your email address so she can contact winners.
Mary has made the most of the beauty of the Islands. Additionally, she maintains two galleries for her oil paintings and photography. Her three sites:
http://www.writeanygenre.com (a mega-resource for writers)
(Photos Provided by Author)