John Steinbeck

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So I almost misquoted one of my favorite authors in writing this blog post. I know I haven’t written one in a long time, and for that, all I can say is that sometimes life gets in the way. Now, if you haven’t figured out who the author I almost misquoted is by the title, I can’t really help there, but I can say that John Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors for several reasons, and not one of them is because he was required reading in high school. There were other authors I couldn’t stand who were from the same era, and my English teachers (some of them) would be completely shocked if they knew how much I hated reading the works of authors like Hemingway (gasp!). Back to Steinbeck: his fiction was short, his prose simplistic, but his words packed a punch. His descriptions created pictures in the readers’ minds that were both vivid and real. I remember the first story of his that we were required to read, The Pearl. I loved it. The book opens with the main characters getting up to do their typical work on a typical day. From the setting, the actions the characters take, etc., we know all we need to know about them. He sets up foreshadowing in the first chapter as well, then punches us with a parent’s worst fear: their child being deathly ill and not having the resources (money, medicine, etc.) to help. The story takes the reader through a roller coaster of emotion, all the way to the end. Whether he was making a social commentary with his stories, or just writing his stories to entertain, there is always a takeaway. Speaking of takeaways, there was supposed to be a lesson in this story too, but it turns out (as many stories do), to be something completely different than what I originally intended. So, if you want a lesson from this article, there are a few: first, make sure you do your research, even if you believe that you are correct; second, your writing doesn’t have to be long in order to be effective; and third, if you haven’t read anything by Steinbeck, I’d highly recommend reading his works to understand what I’m talking...

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Welcome to Deer Hawk’s new site! I’m very excited about it and many things I’m seeing in the future for Deer Hawk Publications. I like to think of Deer Hawk as a small company with big dreams. Deer Hawk is not a vanity press. We are a legitimate publishing company, with several books currently in circulation, and several more coming up. We started back in 2005 with one author and one book and have grown from there. Deer Hawk Publications’ focus is on quality of story. As long as the story has a good plot, intriguing characters and a solid foundation, we’ll take a look. This year, Deer Hawk plans on exploding out in many directions and I believe that we can do so through creative marketing, wise use of resources, and plans we have put into place over the past year with new alliances, more authors, and newer strategies. I invite you to join us for a wild and exciting journey. Aurelia Sands,...

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