TheOneAMPen: Author Robyn Leatherman



My New Writing and Posting Schedule
as of May 2017

Writing Day for Anticipation in the Valley

Writing Day for Anticipation in the Valley
Weekly posting on my blog @
(Weekly blog posts are also linked with my Good Reads account.)
Wattpad (TheOneAMPen) story posting beginning in March
What-I'm-Reading page on my website updated
Wattpad Writing Day
Wattpad Writing Day


Free Content

April 30, 2015
Today's society is, as Shrek phrased it, like an onion: we find so many layers in the whole concept of digital content that sometimes the lines become a bit blurred.

On one hand, authors and musicians alike, have valid reasons for giving our work away for free. We enjoy what we do, to begin with, and love sharing it with others! Sometimes a freebie is a great way to drum up some attention to a new release or celebrate a milestone marker in our career. I've even given away copies of an e-book to folks who have emailed to let me know they would love to read a certain one of my books but just can't afford it right now. I have no problem sliding someone a freebie code to use on Smashwords! Heck, I LOVE being in charge of my own work - it's the primary reason I chose to become an indie author in the first place!

If we let ourselves pause for a moment or two and allow the fact that in 2012, 2 million books were published globally - 350,000 being US releases, that can be an overwhelming statistic.

We have a lot of competition out there! But the funny thing is ... most authors I've spoken with don't view this as a competition. We write because we love it, can't see ourselves not writing, and we are tickled when anyone recognizes our hard work. The majority of us aren't in this to become millionaires, and let's face it - most of us aren't! 

So back to my original question: what are your own feelings on giving away digital media - and do you think the pubic in general expects too many freebies? I'm posing these questions to not only the writing community, but musicians, artists, and anyone else who deals with digital content - even app creators. 

Let's get some conversation rolling about this, because I'm curious to hear how everyone else is feeling about the subject!


My First Month on Wattpad

March 31, 2015

I'm one month in the door and the world of Wattpad hasn't been nearly as scary as I'd anticipated it being! Now I'm actually wondering why I didn't take the advice of my daughter and start posting my work on the site last year.

By jumping in there and posting my intention to post a new part to my stories each and every Wednesday for the duration of one full year, it's has been a great motivating force for me. Hand in hand with that is the fact that I've gotten back into my regular routine of ...

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Interview with Lindsay Kayser, My Personal Cover Artist

March 11, 2015
*Taps microphone*

Congratulations, my fellow authors! Now that you've finished writing that manuscript, completed those edits, and are excited to publish ... what's that, you say? You still haven't been able to land a great cover for all those beautifully-placed words to snuggle in between?

Not a problem!

Hang around for a few minutes and allow me to introduce you to a person who has been instrumental in my own writing career: my personal cover artist! (Yes, I'll share - but promise to return he...

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Interview with Kim Diehl, Wattpad Writer

March 4, 2015

Because it's important to me that I support for the person who encouraged me to join the Wattpad community in the first place, I'd like to introduce her to all my readers so you can get to know her and become familiar with her writing, as well.

*The spotlight swishes back and forth, trumpets usher in our guest as she is escorted down the red carpet in a sparkly horse-drawn carriage*

Robyn: It tickles me to have you stop by the interview booth today, Kim! Thanks for taking time to answer this lo...

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Introducing ... Me On Wattpad!

February 26, 2015

As some of you may already know, I like writing historical fiction.

Reflecting on people who have come and gone and the lives they led, what they must have thought or gone through, I can't believe these people should simply disappear without anyone remembering them. There has to be some portion about every person that deserves a story, even if it's a small or simple one.

That said, I would like to embrace my own heritage of Native American (I'm Cherokee) and bring out small snippets of storie...

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Do You Have Any Literary Pet Peeves?

February 18, 2015

Not to be picky or anything, but … if a business is large enough to advertise their goods (this stands equally for the corner drugstore or the national chain), the business is large enough to hire an extra set of eyes to scan that ad before it hits the paper or the sign in front of the store.

I have actually seen the following in catalogs, on signs, and in paper ads: “All T-Shirt's 50% off” and “BOGO on all cupcake's!” - or how about this - “Wine and selected beer's on clearance!...

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A Little German Influence

January 28, 2015

As my work progresses, I try keeping everyone in the loop with some of the highlights along my journey, and guess what this week's tidbit is?

While writing about Westcliffe's business district in the late 1870s to early 1880s, the German immigrants and the Colfax Colony came into play. The gears in my mind commenced to turning and it sounded reasonable enough for the restaurants, hotels and saloons to have been influenced by the various cooking styles which had been introduced into the small ...

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Anticipating Anticipation

January 21, 2015

As many of my readers may remember, I'm writing an historical fiction trilogy based on the happenings in and around the Westcliffe–Canon City, Colorado area between the mid 1870s to mid 1880s. Initially, I'd scheduled the first part of the story, Rebellion in the Valley, to be followed by Anticipation in the Valley within 6 months.

That didn't happen.

After a series of weird events that decided to go wrong for me last year, including the fizzling out of my laptop and losing a couple other m...

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What I Learned From An Electric Cookie

January 16, 2015

Last week I bought the coolest thing! It looks like a giant cookie and plugs into the USB hub on your computer; it's designed to keep your coffee mug nice 'n warm while you're busily tapping away at the next big thing. Neato, huh?!

Well, yeah. It could have been. If it worked.

That thing sat plugged in for 5 hours and my coffee continued to cool off hour after hour.

I'd already thrown the packaging away, so I couldn't return the thing – figured I'd just make a coaster out of it. The...

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This is Where it Happens

January 7, 2015

My home office.
Is it everything you thought it would be?

Well, here it is, folks. A 6 by 9 foot space of this planet that's all mine. An area where anything this kid requires to write stories or study the Cherokee language, at arm's length. My Bible study projects are right here, as well. A tv has been mounted above my desk ... there may even be a few snacks in one of my desk drawers, but I don't wanna say which one. Yep. This tiny space is all I need to whip out those word counts. 

So what abo...

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