Author Archives: Sharon

About Sharon

**Writing, both personal and professional, has always been an important aspect of my life. **Personally, whether I write from experience or invent fictional characters, I learn so much about myself. Writing has always helped me understand and deal with important events and issues in my life. The blog, "Boxelders and Blackberries" serves this purpose. **My "gravatar" is a boxelder tree, which I hope provides a way to bring together my personal and professional writing. The boxelder tree branches into multiple trunks, each representing a different direction my life and career has taken.

“Solving” an Archaeological Mystery in Fiction

As I near the end of my current work-in-progress, The Clay Sustains, the third book of The Clay Series, I have arrived at the chapter wherein I will “solve” one of the greatest archaeological mysteries from the Hohokam era in … Continue reading

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*”He Moved”

It was one of those moments when time slows and details become more pronounced, a rather macabre tableaux vivant, burned indelibly in my mind. My father, outside, trying to break the door down; my mother inside with the shotgun; me … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Relationship with the Reader

Originally posted on Author Sharon K Miller's Blog:
Many years ago, a colleague, Rus VanWestervelt, shared with me a graphic that illustrated his idea of the relationship between a writer and his reader. He described this relationship as a…

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Two Indispensable Tools for Writers and Editors

Originally posted on Author Sharon K Miller's Blog:
As a writer, I know how hard it is to self-edit and proofread my own writing. It’s important to have my manuscript as close to perfect as I can make it…

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The Clay Endures Coming Soon

Finally, I have a firm release date for Book 2 in The Clay Series, The Clay Endures. Well, sorta. I anticipate offering pre-sales somettime around mid-July, with the full release coming at the end of July. I will be at … Continue reading

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A Reprise of “The Donald” and His Hair

I published this blog entry w-a-a-a-y back in 2011 when The Donald was the conductor on the Crazy Train, promoting his theory about Barack Obama’s birth. He was, then, no less a joke than he is today. It’s frightening, though, … Continue reading

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Announcing a New Blog

I have added a new blog to my repertoire of writing activities–as if I needed one more . . . But, really, I do need this new one. At least, that’s what I read and hear authors need to do. … Continue reading

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PressPublish at the Heard in Phoenix

Sunset in Phoenix Friday night was spectacular from the sky deck at the Clarendon Hotel. Not only was the view spectacular, but the complimentary goodies, including hand-shaken margaritas, were really good. Didn’t even need to get dinner. Friend and fellow writer/editor, … Continue reading

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On the Anniversary of Melissa’s Death

Recently I received congratulations from a high school friend who had learned of my forthcoming book, The Clay Remembers. She said she was looking forward to reading it, but that it was very hard for her to read stories that dealt with domestic violence. It’s no wonder. Her beautiful daughter, Melissa, was the worst kind of victim of domestic violence–the kind we hear about on the news. I remember learning that her daughter had been murdered–twenty years ago today, to be exact. It was a sobering moment for me to recognize how fragile our lives and the lives of our children are. Continue reading

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Tell, Don’t Show: A New Trend in Fiction?

I must be hopelessly behind the times. The last few books I’ve read do not adhere to conventions I thought were appropriate to writing fiction. I am still a member of the “show don’t tell” school of writing, but apparently there is a movement afoot to change that to “tell don’t show.” Continue reading

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