Guest Post/Virtual Tour with Giveaway ~ Broken Promises by Anne Willow

What is a writer?

The question “what is a writer” seems simple to answer, but is it?  The most common definition of what makes an individual a professional is to be paid for what they do.  Actors are commonly called, amateur until they are paid for their acting.  Is that true for writers?  Do you become a writer once you are published or is it when you have words within that MUST be expressed?  Are you a writer the first time you answer the question “what do you do?” with “I am a writer”?

In truth, it’s these moments that make up the identity of a writer.  A writer has words inside that want/need to be expressed – it doesn’t matter if it’s as a poem, song lyrics or any length of story.  It is the need to express the words or emotions that creates the writer.  Now how does a writer become an author or poet?  The creation of a platform is the first step in the shift from writer to author.  Many writers start with blogs or personal websites.  These create points of access for potential readers and future fans.  That is the center point of any writer’s platform – the ability to engage with potential readers.  The use of social media can keep writers in touch with their followers before during and in between publications – maintaining their interest in upcoming work.

Another aspect of a writer’s identity comes from what they write.  The genre or format our words take is an expression of ourselves and therefore an expression of our writer’s identity. The platform a writer creates can express this as well – it is more an extension of the writer’s genre.  For example, I belong to several mystery groups – both for readers and writers. We can communicate with other writers of the same genre, read each other’s work for critiques and meet writers who have published.  This community opened my exposure by offering more “professional” critiques than I could receive from family reading my work.  The massive exposure the internet provides has created many access points for writers to find potential readers, but also for writers to become authors.  No longer do writers have to follow the legacy of past authors – being published by one of the major houses.  Now writers can self-publish via several e-reader routes or through one of several indie presses.

So, what makes a person a writer?  They do.  It is not for us to sit patiently by while we wait for someone else to label us writer.  We must label ourselves, just as we must create the platform by which we expose ourselves to the world and (hopefully) bring others into our creations. The first step is to answer the “what do you do” question with… “I am a writer”.

I am a writer…  

Series: Past Imperfect Mystery
Publisher: Between the Lines Publishing (August 12, 2017)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0997939540
ISBN-13: 978-0997939545
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Julia was in a search of a way out…a way back to herself. The passing of her favorite aunt sends her to the small artist town of Grand Marais, nestled along the northern coast of Lake Superior. There she starts to weave the tattered threads of a new life, rediscovering her love of sketching, while running the antique shop, Past Imperfect. Everything is finally going right. Until a mysterious package arrives, tucked inside is an ornate silver letter opener bearing the initials E.C. along with an even more mysterious note. Julia's natural curiosity piqued, but before she can discover who sent the letter opener, it's found embedded in Tom Peterson's chest. The tapestry of her new life begins to unravel as she is named a prime suspect. Now, left with few clues and a past not willing to let her go, Julia works to solve the mystery and the murder. Infidelity through time and a curse that only she can break – once she figures out how.

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Anne has always loved the North Shore, especially Lake Superior near Grand Marais. She lives there with her husband and two children. When bringing the Past Imperfect series together, Anne couldn’t think of a better place to have Julia’s shop. If you find yourself traveling through, stop by Artist Point, you may just find her sitting on the rocks.


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Excerpt ~

Jack stooped down. Gently easing her had away fro her mouth, "it's alright. I'll check the report and have the patrol drive by the shop to look in on things tonight." Jack's soft tone eased Julia's fear. Julia looked at him, she could happily lose herself in his smile. His fingers lingered on her's for a moment before abruptly pulling away and standing upright. "I'll check into things and let you know. For the time being, don't leave town." Jack's tone was all business.

Julia nodded, still feeling the unexpected softness of his touch. Looking up, she found Jack still watching her. Silence fell between them, broken by the shrill ring from his phone.

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  1. Carol Smith says:

    Enjoyed your post. Thanks for the chance.


  2. Sally Schmidt says:

    What an interesting post, never quite thought of it that way.  I so admire the devotion and diligence and dedication of writers.

  3. peggy clayton says:

    Loved reading the post and thank you for the chace!

  4. Dianne Casey says:

    Love that Lake Superior is featured in the book. A beautiful and peaceful place for artists. Looking forward to reading the book. 

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