Welcome to Adam Gaffen’s World

Adam Gaffen has a great site showcasing his work along with a great blog that includes interviews of many authors that may pique your interest.

Don’t know where to begin in the universe of this Science Fiction Author? You can read two books free to get you started.

Free on Amazon

America has shattered into ten squabbling nations and the solar system is on the edge of colonization. Technologic wonders abound. Yet, it’s not unlike our own. People meet, fall in love, face assassination at their wedding – well, perhaps not.

Meet Aiyana and Kendra, Cass and Ken to their friends, a genius physicist and a retired movie star with a mysterious past. They live quietly, get along with their neighbors, don’t have problems at work. So why did they have to run for their lives from their wedding?

Travel with them across the continent as they search for answers, make new friends, face daunting challenges, and discover unexpected enemies. It’s a ride you don’t want to miss!

A 2020 Drunken Druid Book Awards FINALIST
A 2020 Dragon Awards Nominee

The Cassidy Chronicles, by Adam Gaffen – great books, a great site. Check it out!

Adam Interviews…Lisa Barker!

Today I talk to Lisa Barker!

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I listen to music. Any music with lyrics. When the emotion I am personally stuck with most at the time connects with the emotion or mood of a song, then a scene or a character and that character’s mood will emerge. I’ll be struck by an entire story. I will latch onto this character and song(s) and not let go until I have mined the soul of the character and thus the story. At least that is what I did when I wrote INHERITANCE.

But that doesn’t always work for me that way now. I find that I am more aware of what makes me tic than I was 25 years ago and I don’t write as blindly. I understand myself a lot more and, therefore, my characters which will hopefully cut back on the time I spend editing my work in progress. (INHERITANCE took 14 years of on and off editing.) Music still inspires me, but my mood is more even these days, until a bit of melancholy strikes and then I have the material for a good 100 word challenge for my blog.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I am an all or nothing writer. I would love to have a writing schedule, but that is far easier said than done for me. When I write, I am glued to my computer until I am exhausted. It’s an obsession. I am absolutely compelled to write. But, again, that isn’t working for me like it did when I wrote INHERITANCE. Less melancholy equals less compulsive writing. I’m not sure what that means or what to do about it. Maybe I have matured enough as a person that my writing demands a bit more maturity or forethought instead of writing blindly like I have in the past. Yet, I write 100 word challenge stories or snapshots blindly. I don’t know why. I hang out online with a great writing group and they encourage good writing habits. I’m hoping it rubs off on me.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

What does your family think of your writing?

Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

Find out the answers to these questions and more on Adam’s blog

Check out the rest of his amazing site, The Cassidy Chronicles, here!

I Am

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by Lisa Barker

Ten months of clear skies
and steady, warm sun.

Lightning strikes suddenly, unexpectedly.
Thunder recalls previous storms.

A summer storm? A clearing of air?
Or the revelation of a storm that has
never passed?

Duck and cover.
Listen within.
Remember the plan, the proof of who I Am.

The storm may come; I will stand tall.
Lightning may break my boughs; I will grow new limbs.

An oak tall and strong.
Ever green.
Reaching into the sky, stretching beyond.

Sunshine nurtures.
Rain sustains.
Lightning illuminates.
Thunder echoes my soul’s song.

I am, I will.

I Am.

Too good to not share

Hey God. Hey John.

Me: Hey God.

God: Hello, my love.

Me: I’m falling apart. Can you put me back together?

God: I would rather not.

Me: Why?

God: Because you aren’t a puzzle.

Me: What about all of the pieces of my life that are falling down onto the ground?

God: Let them stay there for a while. They fell off for a reason. Take some time and decide if you need any of those pieces back.

Me: You don’t understand! I’m breaking down!

God: No – you don’t understand. You are breaking through. What you are feeling are just growing pains. You are shedding the things and the people in your life that are holding you back. You aren’t falling apart. You are falling into place. Relax. Take some deep breaths and allow those things you don’t need anymore to fall off of you. Quit holding onto the pieces that don’t fit you anymore. Let them fall off. Let them go.

Me: Once I start doing that, what will be left of me?

God: Only the very best pieces of you.

Me: I’m scared of changing.

God: I keep telling you – YOU AREN’T CHANGING!! YOU ARE BECOMING!

Me: Becoming who?

God: Becoming who I created you to be! A person of light and love and charity and hope and courage and joy and mercy and grace and compassion. I made you for more than the shallow pieces you have decided adorn yourself with that you cling to with such greed and fear. Let those things fall off of you. I love you! Don’t change! Become! Become! Become! Become who I made you yo be. I’m going to keep telling you this until you remember it.

Me: There goes another piece.

God: Yep. Let it be.

Me: So…I’m not broken?

God: No – but you are breaking like the dawn. It’s a new day. Become!! Become!!

~ john roedel

The “One”

This is the heart of a fairytale relationship. To be known by the “One” and to have this connection from the start, from the first moment, without communication with that person and full acknowledgement of ourself to ourself long before a healthy relationship can start.

It feels like betrayal to not be loved deeply by our “soul mate” when we set up a wall like this. It feels like the abandonment we are all too familiar with from our childhood. In reality we were only recreating that parent-child relationship with our partner.

The focus, then, is to discover and accept the truth of our childhood and address it, doing the work of healing and moving forward breaking those chains of pain.