Good morning to our Readers at
Lynda: I am so delighted to welcome a fellow writer and author
~Patricia Hubschman ~
strolling down the long sidewalk from the driveway, and passing by the Zen Meditation Garden, on her way to our lovely century-old home in The Village of Wurtemburg. She has come to rural Western PennsylvANIA today for this visit.
We are so excited!
I watch as she steps up onto the wraparound porch. I feel glad that the snow melted so that we did not have to clean sidewalks this morning. I open the kitchen door and welcome Trish into our kitchen. It’s always exciting to meet a new friend. Miss Opal is waiting here to greet her, also.
Miss Opal_ Trish, it’s nice to welcome you to our home this morning even though it is rather grey and rainy. You can hear the rushing waters of the creek today because it is very high and fast from the melted snow and rain that we always have during the winter months in Pennsylvania. I don’t really like to get wet so I stay inside and just watch everything from my window in our writing office. Our home is warm and welcoming every day so we don’t mind the winter season at all. We are excited to visit with you today because February is the MONTH of LOVE. And, we LOVE BOOKS and AUTHORS.
Lynda_ Yes, Trish, we think that February is the best time to have you visit us because you also have a new book that is now available. Right? We wanted to speak with you about the new book publication and we like to hear about your life as a writer, and other things that make you happy. I’ve enjoyed meeting you through the Behind Our Eyes Writer’s Group recently.
Trish_ Laughing. Oh, this must be your 2 dogs, Miss Dixie Tulip and Miss Mitchellini?
Miss Dixie Tulip and Miss Mitchellini prance about in circles as Trish steps into the writing office that is just one step down from the kitchen. They love to have company!
Trish_ Your dogs make me think of my own dog. Her name was Hope and she passed away recently, on January 30. She was quite old, but I loved her so much and I really miss her.
Lynda_ Yes, we love our 2 dogs and our 2 cats. Miss Opal has a sister who lives here, too. Her name is Miss Bessie, but she doesn’t usually come to greet guests. I am so sorry to learn about Hope and I know how much she meant to you and your husband. I often think about how much company they are and I could never imagine life without my furry friends, Bob and I consider them our best friends.
Miss Opal_ Trish. how about you? Who would you say is your best friend?
Trish_ My husband, Kevin, is my best friend. We met through an interesting way, a newspaper Personal ad. I submitted my essay about how we met. I called this story, “Meeting My Man,” and I sent my personal love story to Magnets and Ladders Literary Magazine. I am hoping it might get into the Spring/Summer edition.
Well, Mom read a bunch of ads to me. I sent a ‘form’ letter to the candidates. Kevin responded with a letter. We went back and forth with letters for some time. Finally, we decided to meet in person. Four years later we were married and that was twenty-seven years ago.
Lynda_ that is like a very personal True Romance story, Trish. Bob and I got married almost 58 years ago. We will celebrate that day on April 14, this year. That is a lot of Valentine days together.
Miss Opal_ Trish, this makes me wonder, what could you never live without? I think about what would happen if something I like a lot would go away. What could I ever do? Trish, I’m a cautious cat and I worry about things sometimes. I’m always afraid of losing something that I like a lot. Like, my cat toys and feather on a stick. . Well, that’s because the dogs might hide them and then I’d never find my special toys again. You know, dogs like to bury their treasures outside in the garden and I don’t even like to go outside. It’s just too scary out there and we havRed Tailed Hawks – they fly over the woods all the time.
Trish_ I understand. Beside Kevin, I can’t live without my cochlear implant, the external device. If I have it off my ear or the batteries die, it feels like the whole world goes blank. It’s scary. My speech discrimination is far from 100% but at least with my CI on. I have an idea what ‘s going on around me, even if there’s nothing particularly going on, such as at night after bedtime.
Lynda_ What have you done recently that really made you feel good about yourself? You know, I mean, something that you are so proud of – an accomplishment that makes you smile when you think about it. I love to hear about special events in my friend’s lives. I think we all need to celebrate our achievements.
Trish_ I think of 2 things right away.
First, I’m teaching myself how to navigate blogs. I’m sending stories to Patty Fletcher, at Campbell’s Corner. She’s posting them for me. I’m learning to access blogs and how to read them. I can even comment and reply to other readers’ comments, I didn’t even know what a blog was until recently.
Miss Opal_ Well, now you know that even cats write blogs –with some help, of course! And, Patty’s dog, Campbell, is quite famous for his book and his blog at Campbell’s World.
Trish_ Yes, This is true, Miss Opal. I want to share my writings and my writing life with other people in this way.
Lynda_ What is your most notable achievement or accomplishment to date?
Trish_ I’d have to say that my second achievement I am proud of is that I graduated college.
Lynda_ I’d love to hear more about your academic journey. Higher education is a passion of mine. I am a retired professor, so I love learning about the academic achievements of friends.
Trish_ It took me 6 years to earn a four-year degree but I did it and with honors. My first 2 years were at a community college, then I went up to SUNY Albany. That was a difficult school. After that, I transferred to LIU Southampton College as an English-Writing major. I was on the Dean’s List and in the Honors Society. I am proud to say, I had the highest GPA in my junior class. In 1988, I graduated Cum Laude.
Lynda_ Can you talk a little bit about how a dual handicap affects everyday life and what you do?
Trish_ I’m deafblind and I have a walking/balance problem. I’ve had a cochlear implant since 2004. I think I’m a more compassionate person because of this and it shows in my writing. I love “LOVE” and Romantic novels.. I always was a dreamer because I was a shy kid.
Lynda_ Oh yes, I wanted to be sure to ask you about your latest book, Trish. Would you please give me an outline of your latest book so we can share it here on Saturday is for Sharing?
Trish: Yes, I would love to! My new book is a Romantic Suspense Novel ,
Stiff Competition (Miss America)
It is a Tracy Gayle Mystery novel.
Lynda_ How is it available?
Trish_ e-book ($2.99) and print ($9.50) on Amazon and other bookselling sites.
My book has 227 pages in print. Your readers can find more information on my book, as well as the free text sample, https://www.dldbooks.com/hubschman/
Here’s the outline or synopsis of my book. It gives you the feeling for the story, I think.
About the Book:
America’s favorite rock band, Tidalwave, is playing the Miss America pageant. Band leader Danny Tide is emceeeing the event. All is going according to schedule. The judges have picked the 10 semi–finalists.
Suddenly, everything comes to a halt. Miss New Jersey is missing. Nobody knows what happened to her or where she is.
Danny calls his longtime PI friend, Tracy Gayle, and asks her to come down to Atlantic City to help figure things out. In need of her best friend for personal support and eager to get to another case, Tracy agrees.
There’s an all–out search of the hotels on the boardwalk. They find Miss New Jersey, but it’s not good. Her kidnapping leads to another assault and murder. The big star and the lady PI work together on this one, so that the Miss America pageant can continue as usual.
About the Author
Trish Hubschman has published three books with America Star Books: a short story collection of time travel and romance stories called Through Time and the first two books in the Tracy Gayle/Danny Tide series: The Fire and Unlucky Break. Trish attended college at Long Island University’s Southampton campus, earning a BA degree in English with an emphasis in writing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and two dogs.
Trish mentioned that her work is featured on Patty Fletcher’s blog. You van visit this blog by clicking on the link below. There is a LOT of great writings there! Check it out.
This Special Feature interview is courtesy of Pennsylvania author, Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright February 16, 2019.. All rights reserved.
Saturday is for Sharing is a Special Feature Article, coordinated by Lynda and Miss Opal, her feline writing partner. Lynda and Miss Opal live in rural western Pennsylvania in The Village of Wurtemburg.
Lynda is the author of 4 books:
Her first book is: Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, Kota Press, 2002.
Her second book is: Walking by Inner vision: Stories & Poems, DLD Books, 2017.
Lynda’s 3rd book:
Star Signs: New & Selected Poems – 60 poems.
Her FIRST CHAPBOOK – first snow – 16 Poems with a Wintry Theme.
Both new books are now available for publication.
Thank you for visiting with us today. Miss Opal and Lynda McKinney Lambert
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