Postmark from the Past

Today, I’m interviewing Vickie Phelps, a woman who has published over 200 articles in both regional and national magazines.  She has also published five giftPhelps - Vickie'sPhoto books with Barbour Publishing and is the co-author with Jo Huddleston of How to Write for the Christian Marketplace and Simply Christmas.  Her latest work is the novel Postmark from the Past.

Jim: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Vickie:  I’m a native Texan who has never had a desire to live anywhere else. I love books and spent eighteen years working in bookselling. I live with my husband and one very spoiled schnauzer.

Jim:  How long have you been writing?

Vickie:  I started writing for publication in the 80s. I sold my first short magazine piece in 1989.

Jim:  What do you enjoy most about writing?

Vickie:  The chance to express my thoughts through words that will touch others where they live. Writing is hard work, but when someone tells you that your story or article met a need in their life, it’s all worth it.

Jim:  Do you have a set schedule for writing?

Vickie:  I do my best to show up at my desk every morning at least five days a week. I don’t have a certain word count to meet each day, but I do write and revise or work on marketing for at least three to four hours.

Jim:  Tell us about your novel, Postmark from the Past.

velps-Postmark3D[1]Vickie:  It’s the story of Emily Patterson, a thirty-nine-year old single woman who doesn’t believe in miracles. It’s the Christmas season and she’s lonely. But then a strange envelope shows up in her mailbox. She thinks it’s just her first Christmas card of the season, but it’s much more than that. A man named Mark expresses his love for her. The only problem is that she doesn’t know who Mark is. And the envelope has no return address. From that point on, life as Emily knows it, is changed forever.

Jim:  Wow.  I like the sound of that.  Where can readers (and I)  find your novel?

Vickie:  Postmark from the Past is available at,  or can be ordered from your favorite bookstore.

Jim:  Okay, I’m on it. Are you working on a new book?

Vickie:  I’m in the process of revising another novel about a man on a mission to find his uncle who disappeared without a word forty years earlier.

Jim:  I like the sound of that one, too.  But, right now, give us a site where we can learn even more about you.

VickieVisit to learn more about me as an author, writer, and booklover. You can also connect with me on social media at, on Twitter at www.twitter@VickieSPhelps, and

Jim:  I sneaked over to and found that Vickie was the featured author today.  You guys take a look and see if she is still the featured one.  And leave her a comment if you have a moment.  Thanks.



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The Emerald Isle

At long last, the blog has been disinfected and virus free.  Welcome back.

We took off again this summer, this time to northern Europe. We started with Ireland.   It became clear why it is called the Emerald Island. Beautiful green fieldsireland green fields were everywhere. And probably the most beautiful flowers we’ve seen anywhere.   Of course, as one of the locals said, “If it rains every day, you can have green fields and beautiful flowers.” We did see a lot of rain – gentle rain – but a fine rain during some part of almost every day.


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Of course we visited Callan, Ireland. Found some Callan graves in an old, old cemetery, (fortunately none was mine). We stayed in a lovely bed and breakfast and enjoyed walking the streets of Callan.



We were in Ireland, so we had to visit the Blarney Castle, which almost demands that one kiss the Blarney Stone. The stone was set into a tower of the castle a few years back – in 1446. The legend is that if you kiss the Blarney Stone, you will receive the gift of eloquence, or nowadays, the gift of gab.

The word blarney is often used to indicate a person is a flatterer, and not necessarily sincere. But Irishman John O’Conner Power said, “Blarney is something more than mere flattery. It is flattery sweetened by humor and flavored by wit.” That’s the essence of the Irish.

Kissing the Blarney Stone is not an easy thing to do. As my backBlarney stone-s was not in great shape that day (and some said I did not need to get any more gift of gab), I did not kiss the Blarney Stone. It is not a simple task. You must lie on your back, hanging out over the edge of the castle about four stories above the ground. (There are some bars to insure that you won’t fall to the ground.)

Still, we couldn’t visit the castle without one of us kissing the Blarney Stone. So, Earlene did. I’m sure I’ll never hear the end of that.

yeatsWe visited the graves of St. Patrick and W.B. Yeats. St. Patrick is credited with driving the snakes out of Ireland, and there seems to be no snakes there to this day. Yeats is not the most famous Irish author, but in the top few and a writer should not go to Ireland and fail to visit Yeats. We also had lunch with the son of famous Irish playwright/author John B. Keane. And naturally, one of my generation would visit the area where The Quiet Man was filmed.

ireland small townOther ireland - sheepmemories include lots of sheep, many fascinating small towns, beautiful countryside, hundreds of churches and cathedrals older than the U.S., and so much more. It was a great visit.


Ireland was only the start of our adventure, but I won’t bore you with more – today.

Anybody want to add their fond memories of the Emerald Island? Just leave a comment. And if you’d like to hear less, or more, about our northern Europe adventure, leave a comment “More” or “Less.”