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LK Hunsaker

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LK Hunsaker is the author of a string of novels centered around the arts and societal issues. Raised in Central Illinois in the midst of an artistic family and surrounded by cornfields, she married a career soldier and spent the next 20 years moving around the U.S. and abroad. During that time, she raised two children, worked a few odd jobs, finished her psychology degree, and embarked on a writing career. She and her husband are now settled in Western Pennsylvania surrounded by trees and lakes, but they still get restless feet and the urge to travel.

LK has been called one of the "great storytellers" with "brilliant writing" by reviewers and peers, and has won several peer awards and commendations. Several of her short stories and poems ha
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LK Hunsaker Read avidly. A writer who doesn't read is not a writer worth being read. Read in your own genre and outside your genre. Don't hide in your own world;…moreRead avidly. A writer who doesn't read is not a writer worth being read. Read in your own genre and outside your genre. Don't hide in your own world; get out there and involve yourself in other worlds, in what others think, want, need. Without being stalkerish (yes, writers can make up their own words), get to the heart of why they live as they do. Find their stories. Your own story will only get you so far to keep readers' attention. You have to be able to relate to your readers, also.

Beyond that, write. A lot. Take a class or read writing craft articles. Never assume "it's just a story and anyone can write a story" since stories are powerful and every bit as important as any other craft/trade you must study to learn. Spend plenty of time on the learning before you even start to consider publishing. After you have something 'finished' you think is ready to be out there, submit it to sites where readers and other writers will give you their impersonal and honest opinions. Never rely on people you know who won't want to offend you.

Have or develop a thick skin. All art is subjective. Some will love what you write while others will hate it. Think about bad reviews as to what might be true about them, use them to consider what you might want to improve, but realize they are subjective. Never confront a reader about a bad review. Let it go and move on. Those glowing reviews: print a couple of them out and stick them up in your writing space because there will plenty of times you will need to remind yourself that you don't stink. Floundering between "I'm brilliant" and "I stink" is the bane of a writer's world. Most likely, you're somewhere in between the two and that's a good place to be.

Please, please don't just throw your work out there when you're done with it because you want to be done with it. If you're asking people for their hard-earned money, be sure it's well worth what you're asking! Edit! Get help with proofing! Your professional name matters. Be professional.

Maybe most important: don't write for money or glamour. Write because you need to write, because it's part of you, because you have things to say. If the money and glamour come along, that's great. If not, you will still have fulfilled a part of yourself, a need, and so you still succeed. As the saying goes, if you CAN quit writing, then you should.(less)
LK Hunsaker Hi Dale Ann, my prints are available at all major book sellers and my Ebooks are available at most major book sellers or directly through…moreHi Dale Ann, my prints are available at all major book sellers and my Ebooks are available at most major book sellers or directly through Smashwords.com. (Amazon does not accept files from Smashwords and I have not gone through the separate formatting they need to publish them directly with my LK books. Two of my Ella M. Kaye books are there.)

Locally, they can be found at Leana's Books and can also be ordered online through their site: www.leanasbooks.com

I do direct sales of my prints by request for retail price with free shipping within the U.S.

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Moondrops & Thistles

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Finishing Touches

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Off the Moon

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Rehearsal: A Different Drummer

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Rehearsal: The Highest Aim

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Time to fess up: Who else was a Hardy Boys fanatic back in the 70s? Okay, we're showing our age, but that's fine, since we apparently grew up knowing the value of a good book and losing ourselves in a good story. I just picked these books up the other day from someone local who posted them on a sales page to add to my small collection that does include a handful of first editions (like the
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Off The Moon (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Daws is a stalwart soldier entrenched in his work. Deanna is a fiery spirit on a mission. Love. Honor. Trust. Sacrifice.
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Description: Maura holds the pieces together on the home front while Cameron and Abraham head off to war.
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An interesting read with lots of nice mother/daughter/family issues. Much of it was "this is what happened" rather than pulling you into the story very deeply, but a good read.
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“If you feel unwanted or unappreciated where you are or by those you're with, it only means you're in the wrong place or with the wrong people. Hang in there. Someone else will see you for the true gift you are.”
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“If you can't build yourself up without pushing someone else down, it's time to step back and reevaluate just what you're trying to accomplish.”
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“I'm not looking to be a Big Mac and fries author a la King. I'm aiming at filet mignon and steamed zucchini.”
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Making Connections: 1113. FINISHING TOUCHES by LK Hunsaker 1 15 Apr 16, 2013 10:14AM  
“may I be I is the only prayer--not may I be great or good or beautiful or wise or strong.”
E.E. Cummings

“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”
Thomas Sowell

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
E.E. Cummings

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self."

[The New Statesman, February 25, 1933]”
Cyril Connolly

“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you feel that it all happened to you and after which it all belongs to you.”
Ernest Hemingway

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