Big Butch debuts this week, free now on Kindle unlimited

May, 1974. Jimmy Washburn lives in a sleepy small town with a beautiful wife he adores and his almost two children. He works at the small auto body shop his grandfather founded, under the direction of his uncle. Surrounded by family and lifelong friends, Jimmy has a good life reviving cars, caring for his son,Continue reading “Big Butch debuts this week, free now on Kindle unlimited”

The Joy of Authoring & The Death of Big Butch

For a writer, the leap from “I write” to “I’m published” to “I have a new book” has an indescribable pleasure (and a bit of fear). And I used to think that feeling was amazing and it is. But now I’m a publisher. Right now, I am working with Larry Sceurman on his debut novella,Continue reading “The Joy of Authoring & The Death of Big Butch”

My Love of Poetry is not Gone, an exploration of poetry, part 1 of 3

Guest Post on Writing Poetry By Ruchi Acharya Publisher’s note: As part of the Parisian Phoenix mission, we publish unique voices and diverse perspectives in print and online. So, this week, we will explore poetry with Indian author Ruchi Acharya. Our favorite line in today’s installment is, “Poetry has the power to support people whenContinue reading “My Love of Poetry is not Gone, an exploration of poetry, part 1 of 3”

“Birthing” The Death of Big Butch

The core staff of Parisian Phoenix— Publisher Angel Ackerman, Art Director Gayle Hendricks and photographer Joan Zachary— met today with author and member of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild Larry Sceurman (and his wife, Barbara) for a design brainstorming session about Sceurman’s upcoming debut book, a novella, The Death of Big Butch. Last week AngelContinue reading ““Birthing” The Death of Big Butch”

Nostalgia and Baby Seats: Welcoming a New Author to the Parisian Phoenix Family

I’ve been working with storyteller Larry Sceurman of the Lehigh Valley Storyteller’s Guild for a couple of months now. He approached me after Joan Zachary gave a presentation on photography’s role in book layout and as inspiration for the creative process during a Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group meeting in June. (To see the highlightsContinue reading “Nostalgia and Baby Seats: Welcoming a New Author to the Parisian Phoenix Family”

Asphalt and nostalgia: A recipe for poetry and emotional healing

My father died almost six months ago. Mercury enters retrograde today. Almost one month ago, I ruptured a tendon in my finger. My teenager has an ear infection. But today, I found bliss in the construction outside my house. UGI has been tearing up the street for what feels like months and today they wereContinue reading “Asphalt and nostalgia: A recipe for poetry and emotional healing”

Advice from my English teacher and updating Goodreads, part one

I went to a small rural high school but I was extremely fortunate to have gifted teachers and a strong curriculum. Several teachers proved influential in my development as a writer— but because of my participation in the school newspaper (which was an English class at my high school: journalism I, II and III), IContinue reading “Advice from my English teacher and updating Goodreads, part one”