Seedlings by Aaron Paul Lazar

What They Say

“You do not have to explain every single drop of water contained in a rain barrel. You have to explain one drop—H2O. The reader will get it.”
—George Singleton


Aaron Paul Lazar

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 22 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming release, UNDER THE ICE. Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers.


SEMI-FINALIST Kindle Book Review Awards 2015
FINALIST Readers Favorites Awards 2013
SEMI-FINALIST Kindle Book Review Awards 2013, Mystery Category
HONORABLE MENTION Eric Hoffer 2013
GRAND PRIZE * FINALIST 2013 EPIC Book Awards  * FINALIST 2012 FOREWORD BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS * Finalist DaVinci Eye Cover Award 2013 * WINNER 2011 EPIC Book Awards, BEST Paranormal * FINALIST 2011 FOREWORD BOOK AWARDS * WINNER 2011 Eric Hoffer BEST Book, COMMERCIAL FICTION *Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Top 10 Reads for 2012 * 2X FINALIST Global eBook Awards 2011 * Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award – 2nd place 2011* Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s Top 10 Books of 2012 * Winner of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s 9th Annual Noble (Not Nobel!) Prize for Literature 2011 * Finalist Allbooks Editor’s Choice Awards 2011 * Preditors&Editors Top 10 Finalist  * Yolanda Renée's Top Ten Books 2008MYSHELF Top Ten Reads 2008  * Writer’s Digest Top 101 Website Award 2009-2012

Contact Aaron at aaron(dot)lazar(at)yahoo.com.

 

Books by multi-award winning, Kindle bestselling author, Aaron Lazar:

LEGARDE MYSTERIES

LeGarde Mysteries

DOUBLE FORTÉ (print, eBook, audio book)
UPSTAGED (print, eBook, audio book)  
MAZURKA (print, eBook, audio book)
FIRESONG (print, eBook, audio book)
TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON (print, eBook, audio book)
DON’T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU (print, eBook, audio book)
THE LIARS’ GALLERY (print, eBook, audio book)
SPIRIT ME AWAY (print, eBook, audio book)
UNDER THE ICE: COUNTERPOINT (coming soon 2015)
LADY BLUES: forget-me-not (print, eBook, audio book)
VOODOO SUMMER ( print, eBook, audio book)

GREEN MARBLE MYSTERIES

Green Marble Mysteries

The Disappearance of Billy Moore (formerly Healey's Cave) (print, eBook, audio book)
TERROR COMES KNOCKING (print, eBook, audio book)
FOR KEEPS (print, eBook, audio book)

TALL PINES MYSTERIES

Tall Pines Mysteries Series

FOR THE BIRDS (print, eBook, audio book)
ESSENTIALLY YOURS (print, eBook, audio book)
SANCTUARY (print, eBook, audio book)
BETRAYAL (print, eBook, audio book)

PAINES CREEK BEACH SERIES

Paines Creek Beach Series

THE SEACREST (print, eBook, and audio book)
THE SEACROFT (print, eBook, audio book)
THE SEADOG (print, eBook, audio book)

 

 

Seedlings
by Aaron Paul Lazar, author of the LeGarde Mystery Series.

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Illustration © 2006 GinELF

November 2019

"Defining a “Real” Writer" Copyright © 2019 Aaron Paul Lazar. All rights reserved.
Excerpt from Write Like the Wind volume 1 by Aaron Paul Lazar. Re-printed by permission of the author.

Write Like the Wind volume 2 by Aaron Paul Lazar

Defining a “Real” Writer

Dana, an aspiring author, recently went through a severe session of self-doubt. Lately, her life had been tough. Serious problems with her teen daughter spiked, requiring sudden hospitalization. On top of that, the whole traumatic event was exacerbated by Dana's unstable spouse.

So, when we got together for our writers' group meeting and she began to share her doubts about her ability to write, her "right" to write, her commitment to the craft...it got me thinking.

"I can't be a real writer, because I didn't make the time to write. I wasn't driven, like you are," she said. "Look at you! You have so many problems, yet you're on your umpteenth book in ten years. You make time for it. And I'm still struggling with my first."

It floored me. She thought if it wasn't happening now, that it would never happen.

I reminded her that life can sometimes get in the way and that supporting her family might just take precedence over working on a novel. Besides that, she works a forty-hour job outside the house, commutes a few hours a day, and still takes complete care of the home, meals, and dog. It has to be enough to level anyone's ambition. 

I told Dana she has a lovely "voice" and an easy readable style. Then I reminded her that I didn't start writing—seriously writing—until my father died when I was forty-four. At that point, my daughters were a bit more self-sufficient. They learned to do their own laundry, make their lunches, and get their homework done without too much help from dear old Dad.

Dana started thinking about her novel again. She resumed the process of planning and plotting by signing up for an online class. We hope to start chapter swapping any day now. I’m glad she was able to focus on this part of her life again.

Our discussion flushed out my own thoughts about the definition of a "real" writer.

Can I claim that title? Or does that honor only belong to bestsellers like Laurie R. King or John D. MacDonald? Does one have to be a household name to earn the title?

In hindsight, I realize I've secretly harbored that ridiculous notion for far too long.

And you know what? I hereby reject it.

I am a writer, darn it. A real one. There. I said it.

But what about fifteen years ago when I was in Dana's position? I hadn't written one complete novel—yet. Sure, ideas floated around in my head and I busily took mental photographs of everything around me with intense detail. But I didn't write it down.

Was I a "real" writer back then? Was I ineligible to hold the title because I hadn't unleashed the words yet? I knew I wanted to write. I'd dabbled in high school and college and adored it. I wrote at work—but it was all technical stuff. There was an incredible longing that simmered beneath the surface for something more creative. I planned to someday write a mystery series, but thought it would be when I retired. That urge to write—that desire to get it all out of my head—was always there. I wasn't a "real" writer at that point...was I? 

What was the mechanism that set my muse free? How does it happen for others? What drives them to finally open the floodgates and let the stories out?

There are many novelists who wait until later in life to get their writing careers going. And yet, there are others who jump out of the starting gate in their youth and keep plowing through ’til only death stops them.

In my case, the catalyst was the death of my father. I needed an outlet for my grief and I found it. Once the gates were opened, I couldn't shut them, even if I wanted to. The words burst like water breaking through a dam. The lift afforded by the creative outlet was cathartic. It felt so good that I was hooked for life.

For those of you, like Dana, who haven't yet begun to get those words out—don't despair and don't think it won't happen. This writing thing is something in your heart, something imprinted indelibly in your spirit that just won't go away. If the urge is there, you will write.

It happened to me. It will happen to Dana. And it can happen to you.

Aaron Paul Lazar
www.lazarbooks.com


Write Like the Wind cover artwork

WRITING ADVICE: 

WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volumes 1, 2, 3  (audio books)

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. An award-winning, bestselling Kindle author of three addictive mystery series, thrillers, love stories, and writing guides, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming releases, UNDER THE ICE (2015) and DEVIL’S CREEK (2015). Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers!

 

 

Bittersweet Hollow series by Aaron Paul Lazar

BITTERSWEET HOLLOW Romantic Suspense Series

DEVIL’S LAKE (print, eBook, and audio book)
DEVIL’S CREEK (print, eBook, and audio book)
DEVILS SPRING (print, eBook, and audio book)

"Loved this book! DEVIL'S LAKE is a riveting read, and It could have been ripped from today's headlines." Joan Hall Hovey, Canada's best selling, award-winning Mistress of Suspense.
- 2015 Finalist Readers Favorites Awards
- 2015 Semi-finalist Kindle Book Review Awards