Never Let Anyone Tell You–“You Can’t Write That!”

Lorie HamLorie Lewis Ham has been publishing her writing since the age of 13 & singing since the age of 5. She worked for her local newspaper off and on for years, and in 2010 became the editor-in-chief and publisher of Kings River Life Magazine She has also published 5 mystery novels–you can learn more about her mystery writing on her blog

Has anyone ever told you that you couldn’t write something? Either because no one would read it, or no one would believe it, or maybe they just don’t like it? Well, I recommend giving that comment serious thought before you listen to someone telling you that. What is their motive? Do they have a clue what they are talking about? Do you actually give a damn what they think?

If there is something that you want to write, I say write it. Now if your entire motive is to get rich and famous–well let’s get real, you wouldn’t be a writer anyway. Unless it is something that will hurt someone else, or is slanderous, I think we should write what we are driven to write. You may find there actually are people who want to read it–even if those readers aren’t found in a traditional medium, or there aren’t a lot of them. If someone reads what you write and enjoys it, or is inspired by it, or moved to change the world by it–does it really matter how many people read it? It has still had a purpose. Or sometimes we just write something because we need to write it, or even have to write it.

I can provide a couple of examples in my own life. My mystery book series features a gospel singing amateur sleuth. It is a world I know well from having been a gospel singer since the age of 12. I sent the first few chapters of my first book, Murder in Four Part Harmony to a contest. Their criticism was no one in gospel music is really like that! I laughed–I’d even tamed things down from the real world. Later when the first book came out, someone within the gospel music industry was very upset about the book and would have preferred I didn’t write it, because it was the truth. I ended up writing four books in that series and they sold very well at my concerts surprisingly enough. The latest and final one is still available on Amazon–The Final Note.

Pencil With Books CartoonSix years ago, I was on staff at a local newspaper. I spent two years there being told by my editor, “You can’t write that. No one will read it.” When I was let go over creative differences, I decided to do something almost on a whim–I created an online magazine made up of all the things my editor said no one would read! I really just thought it would be fun–little did I know what it would become.

Kings River Life Magazine is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month! And we’ve grown way beyond the regional magazine we started out as (we are based in the Fresno, CA area). We still cover all the things my editor said no one would read, and then some. One of those things were pet articles–now our pet section is one of our strongest sections with readers all over the world! While we are still about half regional–covering theatre, music, local history, food, and events–we are about half not. Not only do most of our pet articles have a wide interest, we also have a very strong mystery section, with a little fantasy thrown in. Every Saturday morning we post a new issue. We have mystery book reviews and giveaways, mystery TV reviews, mystery short stories, and a lot of fun mystery articles.

We have some special extra contests this month for our anniversary–so I hope you come check us out

And now back to your writing–what have you not been writing because someone didn’t want you to, or thought you shouldn’t? Why not give it some real thought before tossing it aside–you never know what may come of it!

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Cover Reveal: Holding Court by K.C. Held

Holding Court


Title: Holding Court
Author: K.C. Held
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: March 2016
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult



When sixteen year-old Jules Verity, who suffers from what her best
friend calls “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome” (spontaneous outbursts
of seemingly absurd prophecies that she can’t control) takes a job at
a castle turned dinner theater known as Tudor Times, all she wants is
the chance to make some money, wear a fancy gown, and ogle
gorgeous-but-taken Grayson Chandler from afar. Instead she’s forced
to wear the most mortifying costume ever, stumbles over a dead body
that promptly disappears, and becomes a suspect in a jewel forgery scam.

Determined to prove she’s not a total freak who hallucinated a dead girl,
Jules goes looking for answers in the secret passageways of Tudor Times.
At first she’s thrilled when Grayson volunteers to help her on her
quest to find a dead body, but his sudden interest in spending time with
Jules becomes suspicious when she discovers his girlfriend may be
guilty of a lot more than perfect hair and fabulous cleavage.

And if she can’t unveil the truth in time, wearing an embarrassing
costume and her psychic outbursts will be the least of her problems.


About the Author

K.C. HeldK.C. HELD was born and raised in California with stopovers in Honduras, Mexico, and France. Married to her high school sweetheart, and mom to two wee bookworms, she holds an MFA in costume design and is an accomplished seamstress with a background in opera, theatre, film, and television. K.C. is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Her debut young adult novel, HOLDING COURT, will be published by Entangled Teen in 2016.

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