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This is a story I wrote in the late 1980s for a Children’s Literature Class.
You can read the first part here.
A loud crack of thunder brought Matt back to the present with a start. He felt his heartbeats quicken as shadows danced around the room and the light swayed from the ceiling. A bolt of lightning flashed across the black sky and the wind blew the tree limbs across the bare windows. He felt his heartbeats quicken and the hair on the back of his neck quivered.
As a bolt of lightning flashed across the black sky and the wind blew tree limbs into the bare window pane, Matt took in large gasps of air and slowly let them out trying to stop his pounding heart. He looked around the room and found a safe place in the corner where he snuggled down underneath a heavy quilt and continued to read:
You think it’s all imagination, don’t you? It’s not you know. You have psychic powers to help me solve this so long ago mystery. The drowning of Judge Smith and the slaying of Doc Baker.
“A fresh new take on the subtleties of writing great fiction. Mike Klaassen’s guide should be on every fiction writer’s shelf.” -Evan Marshall, author of The Marshall Plan® for Novel Writing
“I like Mike Klaassen’s Fiction Writing Modes a lot. It’s a damn good book.” -James N. Frey, Author of How to Write a Damn Good Novel
“One of the most definitive, well-researched approaches to writing fiction that I’ve ever read. Mike Klaassen has the essential desk reference for fiction writers. Stop what you’re writing; read this book, and get ready to apply his eleven modes before you get back to your manuscript. This book will reinvent your writing.” -James V. Smith, Jr., author of the best-selling You Can Write a Novel.
“Mike Klaassen has taken a creative and original approach in his book about using eleven modes to write stories that communicate effectively with readers. I’ve never seen this approach to storytelling covered anywhere else, and I can see just how practical and helpful it can be to new writers and advanced writers alike.” -Gloria Kempton, author of Dialogue: Techniques and exercises for crafting effective dialogue (Write Great Fiction Series)
“If you’re looking for the tools that will help you create credible, excellent fiction, look no further. Mike’s guide to writing fiction is your light at the end of the tunnel. Stop saying ‘I wish I could write a book’ and just do it! With Mike’s help, you are sure to get there.” -Michael Levin, New York Times best-selling author and CEO of BusinessGhost
“Mike Klaassen has created a valuable addition to the working writer’s library with his innovative book, Fiction-Writing Modes. In it, Klaassen goes beyond most craft books in that he’s not only identified eleven writing modes–several of which will be new to readers–but also defines them thoroughly and illustrates how writers can use them to create effective fiction. Highly recommended.” -Les Edgerton, Author of Finding Your Voice, Hooked and a number of novels and nonfiction works
Author Mike Klaassen publishes “For Fiction Writers,” a free monthly e-zine.
November 5 Speaking Writers’ Club Enid, OK
BOOKS BY MIKE
Cracks and The Brute are available in paperback through bookstores everywhere, and they are in stock at Watermark Books in Wichita. Kindle Editions are available through Amazon. Barnes & Noble offers a Nook edition.
Five juvenile delinquents on a rampage in the Ozarks of Arkansas. Caves, earthquakes, drugs, wild hogs, knives, murder, and more trouble than anyone should find.
A sixteen-year-old goes on a Boy Scout campout in the Flint Hills of Kansas. A tornado strikes their campsite — and then the action begins.
Mike Klaassen is the author of two young-adult novels: The Brute and Cracks. He has also written numerous articles about the craft of writing fiction. In addition to young-adult novels, his current projects include a novel set during the War of 1812 and three nonfiction books about the craft of writing fiction.
You can learn more about Mike and his novels at www.mikeklaassen.com
On April 6, 2015, I was interviewed by C-Span for their “Cities Tour Topeka.” This was aired on Sunday, May 3, 2015.
You can watch the interview here:
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Do you have someone that is hard to buy for?
Is that person a religious person?
If so, then this is the gift for them this Christmas Season…
Tales of Saint Nicholas written by Keith C. Kraushaar and artist by Rita Kraushaar is available in paperback or in Kindle.
A compilation of true stories of the deeds and miracles Saint Nicholas preformed, this is an uplifting collection not only for Christmas, but for all seasons and all ages.
“Tales of Saint Nicholas” is dedicated to the United States Military with a portion of the proceeds going to help the military, their families, and other not-for-profit organizations.
The pages in this book is filled with artwork. Some may call it illustrations, but not me! I call this art!
A Flower For My Mother by Clementine Paddleford
This version of the book is different from the original:
* It is in paperback form
* Will be in ebook form soon
* There are photographs in this book whereas in the original there were illustrations
The proceeds from this book goes toward the Clementine Paddleford Gallery in a building that is being renovated to be used as a museum.
This book is a short read. Each chapter is a different TRUE story about Clementine Paddleford’s childhood, growing up in Stockdale, Kansas, in the early 1900s.
My personal favorite story is the one about the May Queen.
There are a few recipes in this book –anyone who knows about Clementine Paddleford, knows that she was a food writer.
If you purchase this book, scan a copy of your receipt and send it to:
And your name will go on a plaque inside the Paddleford Gallery as one who donated towards the gallery.
By Eunice Boeve
How do you make a banana split? The answer? Step on it. That is one of the jokes ten-year-old Bobby Benson and his dad, fighting in Germany in this last year of WWII, send in their letters.
Wishing You Home begins with the news that Bobby’s best friend’s dad has been killed in the war. Bobby’s fear for his own dad’s safety increases.
Available at: Rowe Publishing
- 156 pages
- Includes illustrated chapter title pages
- 5″ x 8.5″
Almost to Freedom by Todd Mildfelt
On the night of December 20, 1858, John Brown led two groups of men on a raid into Missouri liberating eleven slaves. While Brown stayed in southeast Kansas, the fugitives were taken to several Underground Railroad stops before being hidden in an abandoned cabin near Greeley, Kansas. Mildfelt’s new book, Almost To Freedom, relates the tale of what it may have been like for one local family when the fugitives were discovered; should they help them or not? The freedom seekers remained hidden for approximately twenty-eight days before Brown returned and took them along the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.
Todd is a lifelong resident of Kansas and developed a deep interest in history at an early age. He has been a special education teacher for 30 years, teaching history and science and currently works for USD 609 Greenbush. While doing research for his first book, The Secret Danites Kansas’ First Jayhawkers, Todd realized many of the stories would be well-suited for young people and elected to write historical novels for young readers as well. This led to his second book, Wagon Train To Freedom about an Underground Railroad trip that left Lawrence during the summer of 1860. In 2013, he published the second book in the series titled, Almost To Freedom, based on the Underground Railroad trip led by John Brown at the end of 1858. Todd has presented parts of his research at the National Underground Railroad Conference in 2011 and 2013.
Illustrator Kelly Hartman grew up in Wellington, Kansas and is excited to introduce young readers to images from the pages of Kansas’ rich history.
Visit Todd’s website at toddmildfelt.com
The book is available for purchase from Todd from $10 plus shipping and handling.
If you would like to order a copy of the book contact Todd at
The book will be available on Amazon in the near future.