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Portland, Boomer Writer Magnet

Boomer NW Introduces Courtney Pierce.

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Boomer-Lit Novelist Courtney Pierce

Like iron shavings on a magnet, baby boomer writers cling to Portland.

Why?

It’s not because flavorwire.com lists 20 great American cities for writers.

Not when Portland, Oregon comes in 17th with Jersey City, NJ and Iowa City, Iowa on either side.

If you were a Milwaukie novelist where would you meet a blogger for an interview?

Not Jersey City or Iowa City. Maybe Oregon City, but not this time.

STITCHES BookCoverImage 021513[1]Instead, make it Portland’s Bread and Ink Cafe on the corner of SE 36th and Hawthorne.

That’s where I met Courtney Pierce, Boomer-Lit novelist.

Her first project, with two books out and a third on the way, is dwarfed by her next. She’s scheduling a trilogy X 4, a twelve book set.

How does a writer gain the momentum to even start the first page? June McCullough finds answers in an interview.

Courtney Pierce laces her work with magical realism, which fits perfectly with baby boomers and the magical mysteries in their lives.

Finding Ms Piece was a bit of magic. I belong to an alumni group from Better Smarter Richer where I met Barbara Duerwaarder.

Barb met Courtney at an event and like a good networker told her about me.

One thing led to another until we found ourselves talking over coffee at Bread and Ink. Then breakfast and more coffee.

Three hours later it seemed like we just got started.BookCover BRUSHES 061613[1]

What is one clue that a writer has the will to push their projects to completion? Dedication.

For Courtney that means being accepted as a Hawthorne Fellow at the Attic Institute.

From the Attic:

“Acceptance into the program is a major confirmation of your ambition and focus as a working writer. In considering you for acceptance into the Hawthorne Fellows program, we consider the needs of writers for time and attention beyond the short traditional workshop. Hawthorne Fellows are committed to sharing their knowledge and writing and are focused on helping each other make the best decisions before readying pieces for publication.”

With books at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, where can you find her in a local bookstore?

Jacobsen’s Books and More in Hillsboro carries both Stiches and Brushes.

STITCHES
Going to an estate sale can change your life. It can also be a matter of life and death for two childless Baby Boomers. When Jean and Spence Collins buy an old chest from the estate sale of an elderly widow, they have no idea their view of life will be turned upside down. Hidden inside the chest is a stunning piece of fabric. The bird images on it are ancient and alive—and they hold the key to immortality. Living forever can be a choice. And that knowledge is about to transform their lives from ordinary to extraordinary—with a little immortal help.
BRUSHES
When living forever can be a choice, creating a legacy of generosity in this life becomes a passion. This time it’s the power of art making big waves for Jean and Spence Collins—waves of magic. When they bring home a small painting called The Dancing Boy from their inherited B&B in Richmond, Virginia, they have no idea the firestorm it will unleash. Jean says the painting speaks to her. It has secrets to tell, and so do the immortal members of the Gaines family who owned it. But can The Dancing Boy be the key to help the FBI bring down a Ponzi scheme? It can when it’s filled with magic.
Where can you find Courtney? Start with Bread and Ink and go from there after a tasty treat.


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