Interview for Obedience

Thank you, Jessie’ for allowing me  to talk about Obedience. You made it a great experience.frontandback



Kathy Berla’s second novel is a charming story of self-discovery, romance and adventure, all in twelve hours. The setting is beautiful, the characters smart, sweet and funny with depth they probably wouldn’t share with anyone else (or even each other, in different circumstances). I loved the bubble ballet and legend of the zombie surfer and the shy flirting, such as when Dorothy lifts her skirt to show Arash one of her scars. The sensitivity to their families and the world at large, exemplified by Dorothy’s interviews with veterans, makes us impressed with the couple, as well as invested in their growing relationship. The story-telling, without clear chapter divisions, flows, as do Dorothy and Arash’s adventures. Heart and insight are the hallmarks of this author’s writing. I’m eager for more. ***** Five stars


I had the privilege of being one of the first readers of my friend Katie Kaleski’s book,  A FABRICATION OF THE TRUTH, a Romeo and Juliet story with a sick Romeo and lying Juliet. The nurse facilitator is her grandmother who knows exactly why they’re to be kept apart. Try telling that to two determined teenagers. Romantic, sweet and bittersweet, even a little mysterious- this book will appeal to many. *****Five Stars



I received notice from that the contest is extended for another week so I’m still shilling for 100 readers for a literary biblical fiction. bancurse

He has been accused of everything from simple tattling to mutilation to incest, his story used to justify millennia of bigotry, conquest and slavery. OBEDIENCE  goes beyond the Sunday School rendition of Noah and the Ark to one of the oldest examples of family dysfunction, with a demanding father and a son destined to disappoint…

Wall Is Me

In the last two weeks, my fifty-pound gilt mirror has fallen off the wall where my son helped me hang  it over a year ago, and a shelf that has been in my kitchen one score and seven years just came down as well.

There are probably important issues to address, such as foundation problems, the New Madrid Fault Line or the Civil War soldier said to haunt the area, but as I sweep broken china, my mind goes to complacency.

It’s funny how long one might keep something on a wall, while life goes through its changes. My tea pots shelf has been dusted, of course, and even taken down to paint the wall, then put right back up, because that was duoff the wall.gifring the “collection” phase of decorating.

As one who has begun to identify myself as a writer, I’ve collected ideas and phrases and nailed some of them in stories or manuscripts, but I can’t allow myself to be satisfied or limited, as I was with my shelf and mirror.

Complacency is one of creativity’s great foes.

Hmm, maybe that’s the reason I’ve been stuck in the opening of my current writing project, I ponder as I push the shards of dated décor into the dustpan and throw them into the trash bag.

Don’t overthink it, Vera. A change of scenery, on the wall and in my surroundings might do the trick. I grab my notepad and pen from my office bed and go out to the front porch to write until it’s too dark to see the words.

The result is this, my first blog post. Now to tackle my walls…and my WIP.