I have found writing about me very difficult. I would much rather write about one of the characters in my books.  I am going to try my best to let you know a little about me and my world, as it is right now. I live in Sapulpa, Oklahoma but I was born in California.  I am a retired RN, love adventure and traveling.  I spend most of my time now writing on my latest book. 

I love to read and my favorite author is Diane Gabaldon. I think I fell in love with Jamie in the Outlander Series.  I prefer fiction to nonfiction with interests in other genres, historical romance, science fiction, and mystery.  Those three areas cover a lot of ground.

Being raised in a dysfunctional home, I used reading as an escape mechanism, and it worked most of the time.  I could crawl on the bed, and go into a different time and place.  I could even be a different person if I wanted.  I truly came to love books.  I have books that are worn and tattered and not worth five cents, but I can’t part with them.  Enough of that.

I am fairly new at writing.  I started my book “The Tower” now called “Crimes and Retribution,” in March and it was published in November.  I can say it was a learning experience from the start.  I continue to learn all the time, from other people, who have published, or those trying to publish.  I guess the bottom line is, I am always learning and hopefully improving my craft.

I want my blog to be someplace that I can go to and write what I feel. Hopefully, have some meaningful discussion on writing and everything it entails.  This is a new world for me, and I am jumping into it with both feet. Ye Ha

Shirley McLain

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    • Arthur – You need to explain that the picture you published IS NOT the actual cottage from the movie “The Quiet Man” – but a replica museum, tourist attraction in the village of Cong. The real cottage is a shambles and is situated in a rural area in Maam Cross. There, on private property (owned by a man from the U.S.) the footbridge…stream running beneath, and a pile of rocks – all that’s left of the cottage.
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      • Thank you so much for letting me know about the cottage. The picture was supplied by WordPress and labeled as such. I had no idea it wasn’t the real one. I love Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne so I will make it a point to visit your magazine. Have a blessed day. Shirley

  • Doug says:

    I can’t part with books either.

    And see your dysfunctional home and raise ya.

    And good luck with “The Tower.”


    • Hi Doug, thanks for dropping by. I appreciate your thoughtfulness about my book. Just in case your interested it’s on Amazon.com :). I am thinking because of your statement about my dysfunctional home, you must have had one also. Mine was from alcohol, you know that stuff that has ruined millions of lives. Enough of that. Thanks again for dropping by and I hope to hear from you again. Shirley

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  • Courtney says:

    Nice meeting you online to Shirley! Hopefully we can write together sometime. 🙂 I’d love to hear about your publication process and success too!

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    i prefer fiction too! its always perfect lol nice to meet you and great blog you have here..you write about very interesting things!

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    Hi Shirley. I feel so happy to meet you. I think we have a lot in common! Looking forward to reading your tweets and blogs.

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  • dearfriends says:

    You go girl! Started writing in March and published in November? Wow! I’m still learning how to self-edit–from one retired RN to another–yeah for you! Best, BJ

    • It has been quite a journey and I have certainly learned a lot since then. I’m on my 3rd printing and I’ve made changes with every print. I was told one time your never satisfied with your own writing but you have to get to a point where you just stop. I haven’t got there yet, I guess. Thanks for the visit and come back again anytime. Shirley

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    • Thank you for visting my blog and your welcome back anytime. I appreciate and am honored by the Versatile Blogger Award. I did visit your site and it was great. Shirley

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    I’m glad you took the time to do your About Me because it was a really interesting read. Ditto on the dysfunctional childhood and love of books 🙂 it sounds as though you’re doing really well with your writing as well! I am looking forward to reading more of your work. And I prefer fiction too 🙂

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  • Thank you very much for the link to my blog. That was very sweet of you. Have a blessed day. Shirley

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