A Diary of a Poet's Pen

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M.J. Umland

Like most writers, I began reading and writing at a very young age. At the age of four, I was more interested in what my older brother and father were reading, picking it up when they weren't looking! Old Mother West-wind stories were a favorite alongside numerous works of noted poets and authors(which I'm not sure I can mention.)By the age of eleven, I had written several poems and essays, molded under my father's guidance. Being an English major, it wasn't an easy task. As I got older, my interests shifted to the fiction genre, mostly suspense with a thread of romance, intrigue, and mystery. I chose a strong female lead in the Willow Lake Series. Sage, is haunted by a dark and painful childhood. After years of struggle, she moved to Manhattan, built a career, and began enjoying her new life, putting it all behind her. After a devastating loss, events unfolded, bringing to the surface her haunting past, family secrets, and ultimate betrayal. It's a fast-paced, suspenseful story within a story.  Unbelievable twists and turns take you on a journey you won't soon forget.
 My next book Journey Beyond The Moon is a pleasant mix of fantasy and historical fiction. Hanna, the lead character, is a strong, determined, temperamental, young woman, with an edgy wit, facing the hardships of growing up a dirt farmer's daughter in the mid-1800's. Devastating circumstances shadow her small, valley town, pushing her to make the ultimate sacrifice, taking her on a journey above and beyond belief. A