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Can anyone survive as a writer in the topsy-turvy world of publishing as it currently exists? I intended to try.

Background Information

Rick Bylina lives with his wife, Carrie, and 19-year-old cockatiel, Sydney, near Apex, North Carolina. Ongoing corporate downsizing convinced him to tap into his passion. He scribed any crazy idea that crossed his mind. After gaining discipline, he wrote his debut mystery novel, ONE PROMISE TOO MANY, the first in a series, featuring Detective Roger Stark. Up next, A MATTER OF FAITH. Writing happens spontaneously between housework, gardening, cooking, and wrestling alligators.

- - - Now the real story behind the story. - - -

The corporate downsizing spiral was a major motivator. Being unemployed gave me some time to spend with Hemingway, Russo, Hammett, and dozens of other novelists who influenced my writing. But I lacked a lot of skills to take my short stories to novels.

So, I did the right thing. I joined the Internet Writing Workshop to critique and be critiqued by hundreds of other writers. I became a member of several face-to-face critique groups to develop the thick skin needed and to learn where commas go. I went to the Writers Retreat Workshop twice to learn that I was was still years away from having a book that my friends would like to having something for which someone would buy.

Now, writing is my life. It's just that simple.

Birth Place
Somerville, NJ USA

Isn't living this long honor enough?

* 2006 - Gary Provost Scholarship winner to the Writers Retreat Workshop (WRW)
* 1979, 1980 - Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges (but then again, who wasn't a who when you bought the book).

Additional Information

"One Promise Too Many" is published and available on Smashwords, and soon to be available elsewhere. "A Matter of Faith" should be out in September.

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Rick Bylina
Friends encouraged me to create a web presence, so I have. Join me for Monday Morning Wake-up Calls (MMWUC), novel excerpts, book reviews, and whatever tumbles out of my head and onto the blog. Literary greatness inspires me, but mysteries rule my novels. Validation of my writing journey through publication is what I seek.

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