Valerie’s world is turned upside down when she meets smooth-talking Lex Kendal. #readinglife #romcom @IndieWriterSupp #dryhumour

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Nurture or nature? Does anyone have any answers? #paradox #paranormal #timeslipnovels #timetravel

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Only #99c for readers who loved the Time Traveler’s Wife – Wide Awake Asleep #bookboost #soulmate

‘Past events can be changed but one must be careful of how one does it because it’ll impact on the rest of one’s life.’—Dáire Quin, Modify your Destiny if you Must, 2003 Wide Awake Asleep No one saw Julie’s car … Continue reading

Louise Wise’s new time-travel romance out for Christmas!

Coming soon… Village girl Julie Compton couldn’t wait to leave Potterspury, neither could she wait to turn her back on her mum, boyfriend and best friend when they cruelly conspired against her and turned her cossetted life upside down and inside … Continue reading

Returning to Eden’s prehistoric #scifi saga that stole the hearts of #readers everywhere.

‘I’m scared’, Fly had said. He was never scared. He was her hero. Her rugged hero made up from all the romance books she’d read. Big, bold and beautiful—in an alien kind of way. Jenny’s from Earth. Fly’s from Itor. … Continue reading

The worst thing you can say to someone with #depression is ‘pull yourself together’.

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So You Want an Author Platform?

You can buy an eBook made up of articles from WWBB at the very small price of 98p or $1.55 on Amazon. The articles are all by me (not guests writing for this blog) and are from this blog, rewritten, revamped and all published in one little eBook. 


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A few of the things the book covers:

How NOT to build your author platform.
Identifying your brand: YOUR NAME!
What does RSS mean? 
How to back up your blog.
Typos in eBooks and on blogs.
How to Format your Book for Kindle (KDP) in Word.
Kindle Direct Publishing – KDP.
Reasons a reader will stop reading your book.
Should you use something other than said?
What does your rejection letter mean?
How NOT to submit a book proposal.
Stereotyping characters.
Simple factors when writing your query letter.
The synopsis.
Mistakes some new writers make.
The elevator pitch broken down into seconds.
Your blog content: tagging, links, your author profile, twitter and hashtags.

All that, plus more, condensed into 9,500 words.

World building or…

And on the Eighth Day >insert deity< made >insert
race/planet<
by 
PR Pope





Part of the fun of writing
stories in the Science Fiction genre is the opportunity to play at being a god
(of course, many of the comments I’ll make here are applicable to other genres,
especially other types of Speculative Fiction such as fantasy; but I’ll be
concentrating on what I know best).


My current project is a trilogy set, mostly, on a planet
called Antares, far away across our galaxy (far far away but not long
ago!)  It is, of course, imaginary – that
is, although the planet may actually be there orbiting a star that we call
Antares, nobody knows what that planet is like or if it is home to any form of
life (and at this point I must admit that, although my online biography
suggests otherwise, I do not actually come from Antares!).



There is a debate raging among science fiction authors,
albeit sotto voce [Ed: – how can it
be raging and sotto voce at the same time?], between what you might call the
‘risk-taking’ and the ‘cautious’ camps. 
The risk-takers launch into their story and play it by ear, visiting a
planet here, passing a star system there, meeting interesting alien races,
getting their hero(ine) into a situation where they need some exotic technology
to extricate themselves.  Along the way
they will introduce some suitable back-stories where necessary.  The emphasis is on the fiction, the science
is merely a useful tool at times.  By
contrast, the cautious authors – or perhaps more accurately, ‘organised’ –
ensure they have planned consistent worlds, races, technology etc.  I am in this camp (you’d already guessed,
hadn’t you?).  Some might be considered
to take this to extremes (okay, I’m holding up my hand to this too).  I want to be sure that I know the geography,
history, flora, fauna, technology, culture and religions of my invented
worlds.  Much of this needs to be established
long before the story itself is written, although inevitably it will get
expanded and refined as the actual story-telling gets underway.  Hence, as the story unfolds – usually in
unexpected directions once the characters take over and begin to assert
themselves – throw-away references can be included without fear of earlier or
subsequent contradiction.  Minor
incidents from one storyline can become crucial events in another – difficult
to manage if you haven’t laid down a consistent background in the first place.


Is it really that important, you might be asking
yourself.  Isn’t this guy just being a
bit obsessive-compulsive, or anally-retentive? 
Perhaps he’s just trying to pander to the popular image of extreme nerds/geeks
– portrayed in exquisitely caricatured detail by Jim Parsons as Sheldon in The
Big Bang Theory?  Why does he keep
putting words in my mouth, and making me ask questions?


There are two pertinent responses to those
questions.  The first, of course, is to
ask why you’re questioning a blog that’s already been written – it’s not
interactive, you know [Ed: – Uum, it IS actually, there may be comments and
you’re expected to reply].  The second is
to point you at a couple of landmark works of speculative fiction and suggest
you consider how significant consistent world-building was to their impact:
Tolkein’s Middle Earth had much background material that was never intended to
be published, but which ensured that the stories were internally consistent
(even to the extent of inventing languages and alphabets); while one of the
great pleasures of reading Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books is that minor characters
in one book can be the main characters in another (and vice versa), with
distant events from one story being related by a harper as part of the
atmosphere of another entirely separate story, all adding to the sense of a
real environment with concurrent events coloured by diverse viewpoints and
perceptions.


You might not have considered how much assumed or implied
background there is to any story.  When
your characters have a shared culture with your readers, then words, concepts,
places, pets and even brands all contribute to the reader’s experience (and
hopefully understanding and enjoyment) of the story.

Jack and Jill / went up the hill / to fetch a pail of water. / Jack
fell down / and broke his crown / and Jill came tumbling after.
” 


In most of the English-speaking world, readers know (or
think they do) that Jack is a boy and Jill is a girl.  They have a mental image, probably, of a hill
as distinct, say, from a mountain or a tumulus. 
They know what a pail is (although they might normally call it a
bucket).  Of course, they may wonder why
the young (?) couple/siblings are going up a hill looking for water rather than
down to a river in the valley – perhaps there’s a spring on the hillside?  Everyone can empathise with Jack when he
falls and injures himself (younger readers, though, may wonder why he’s wearing
a crown – is he a prince?).


One of my friends is an archaeologist who comes from
Libya.  After meals when people are
sitting around telling stories, he often regales everyone with traditional
stories from his childhood.  A different
culture, yet many of the themes are, of course, universal, although names and
other details may be unfamiliar. 

Nawaf and Nawel / went
to the tell, / to fill their girba / with maya / …
” 


Okay, so I cheated slightly there, by not translating maya into water, just transliterating it.  But without the proximity to the Jack and
Jill version a few lines earlier you may not have understood what was
happening.
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Now suppose you have a story set on an imaginary
world.  There can be no shared culture
with your readers, everything they know about your world will come from
you.  What’s more (as every writer knows)
you have to show, not tell.  So your
readers are experiencing an unfamiliar world through your characters.  You may ask, how is that different from a
story set in an exotic location?  (There
you go with the questions again…) [Ed: Stop it!]  On the face of it, it’s much the same.  Except that some of the things we can take
for granted anywhere on Earth might not be true on our planet: gravity may be
much reduced, with all sorts of resulting anatomical effects, not to mention
walking gait; daylight might be a very different mix of wavelengths, resulting
in colour perception being altered or even non-existent or other senses being
far more acute; the atmosphere might be thinner, or composed of different
gases, with radical effects on the likely flora and fauna; and so on…  Then there’s the culture – just because
Western Europe was shaped by wars, conquest and powerful religions, that doesn’t
mean that your planet followed the same path. 
The order in which certain key technologies are developed can be crucial
to the overall shape of the economy, industry and society in general.  Steampunk is a genre predicated on the
radical alterations in society and history because of a slight variation in the
development of technology.  Terry
Pratchett’s Discworld is the iconic world where technologies develop in
different ways – in his case with hilarious results – as well as being another
perfect example, like Pern, of a world where events in different books overlap
in a way that adds depth and realism.



So, having done to death the argument that world-building
is essential, how does one go about it? 
I can only tell you what I do, and I will use Antares as an example
(mostly because it is freshest in my memory!) 
The story required the people to have quite an advanced technology –
after all, three children have to be accidentally teleported there from Surrey.  So a timeline was needed back through their
history to provide a believable developmental route from a small tribe to a
powerful race, (many misspent hours playing Sid Meier’s Civilisation finally paid
off!)  Having a reasonable timeline for
the technology would require the culture to develop alongside it, and hence
things like religion, language(s) etc. 
To plot out these timelines of course, raises questions of periodicity –
how long is a year (an orbit of the sun, or in this case an orbit of a binary star,
giving them two suns and an eccentric orbit), how long is a day?  Because of the binary star it seems likely
that twos, fours, eights and sixteens would have been significant to the early
tribes, when the basis of counting and time keeping was being established.  So a year is divided into 16 months of 16
days; a day is divided into 16 hours, and so on.  An easy-to-use conversion table followed next,
to enable Earth time and Antares time to be related (if you’re interested, an
Earth second is 5.3 Antarean seconds, an Earth week is 3 Antarean days, an
Earth year is 10 Antarean months and 1 Antarean year is 584 Earth days).  Is it important to the story?  Well, as I mentioned earlier, three children
from Earth have been teleported to the planet so they will notice these
inconsistencies, and so will the readers. 


Once time has been conquered, as it were, space is
next.  So, although the scientists on
Antares would use measurements based on physical properties of matter and the
laws of the universe, just like they do on Earth, the majority of people would
use traditional measurements based on, often forgotten, ancient practices.  So, a basic unit of measure is a cubit, originally the distance from the
chin to the tip of an outstretched hand (okay, not very original name, but a
very common measure across cultures).  A
cubit is 4 spans, (hand’s span) and
so on.  The longest measure of distance
is a parade, originally the distance
between the royal palace and the city gate designed for ancient royal parades, consisting
of 1024 cubits (hints of an Egyptian influence in my world building, there).  After distance comes money, with 1 crown equal to 2 half crowns, 4 quarters, or
64 marks.  The military (yes, they are advanced
technologically, but still need the military – they almost did away with them
but then got attacked) is organised into platoons
(64 soldiers), companies (4
platoons), battalions (8 companies)
and brigades (8 battalions).  The ‘enemy’ army is similar but has cohorts instead of companies.


This is all quite simple stuff, but necessary to be sure
that everything remains consistent.  However,
it’s still too soon to plot out the timelines. 
The culture develops as a result of location, climate and living conditions,
so the next requirement is for things like flora and fauna, identifying pets or
other wildlife, and the plants that they forage.  Of course to do this the basic geography
needs to have been identified, so an outline map of the region (if not the
whole planet) is essential – where are the hills, mountains, plains, deserts or
ice-fields, lush pastures and urban areas? 
Once we have the terrain mapped we can populate it with life. 


So, for example, a Flaarn
is a large lumbering creature that lives mostly in the Southern Uplands of
Antares.  It eats grasses and leaves and
creates a lot of dung.  The dung is used
to make paper.  The tyrant Ramose kills
Flaarn for sport, although it’s not much sport as they are even slower and
fatter than him.  Flaarn blood is also
used to make a cheap ink, but it fades quite quickly and has a disgusting smell.  The Tangen
plant has leaves used to make the best ink, with a beautiful deep colour that
doesn’t fade.


At last, having established the ecological
infrastructure, as it were, the people’s timeline can be put into context.  Starting with pre-historic tribes that
gradually evolve better tools and language, until they develop some form of
writing and hence a record of history. 
They name their land Antares.  At
a crucial date, subsequently known as N1, a future Queen, called Nuit, is born
with a genetic mutation that makes her a natural healer.  This is the start of the royal line that
gives the series its title “Queens of Antares”. 
A potted history of Nuit and her family sets the ground for much myth
and legend as well as cultural terminology. 
Key dates in the next 10,000 (Antarean) years establish crucial cultural
and technological milestones, providing the skeleton over which to lay the
history of all and any aspects of society, culture, science and religion.


Finally, culture and history impact the attitudes and
speech of the people.  So, for example,
the people don’t talk of death or dying but going to join the Aten – originally
(about 500 years Pre-Nuit) there were two ruling gods (binary star, remember)
who eventually (by N1) had been combined into two aspects of the one true god
Aten (Egyptian influence again).  After a
few thousand years (about N5000) science had developed to the point where
creation myths were no longer believed and a creator god seemed
unnecessary.  Many people abandoned
religion.  But within a few hundred years
(N5500) it became clear that people needed something to believe in and concepts
to help them govern their life; there was a resurgence in religion but with
less emphasis on god and more on morals. 
By N10000 peace had become the most important concept, there had been no
war with the enemy for some hundreds of years as technology managed to keep
them at bay and under surveillance, so the armies were disbanded, leaving the
people largely unprotected and incapable of defending themselves five hundred
years later when an upstart rebel raised an army and attacked from within.  That rebel was Ramose and he established
himself as tyrant and wiped out the whole of the royal bloodline (or so he thought).

And that provides the setting
for the story, which starts in the year N10602! 
I have only given the merest outline of the world creation here.  My notes go on for pages, with the hierarchy
of the religions, the scientific community, the royal family, the technological
devices that are still operating and those that were destroyed by the
scientists before the tyrant could gain control of them. 

Maybe I am obsessed with the
detail, maybe I am pedantic and stifling spontaneity.  But readers are pedantic too, they will spot
an inconsistency with greater relish than a mere typo.  I know, ’cos that’s what I do 😉

Thank you for listening (well,
reading), it’s been quite therapeutic.

Queens of Antares 
Bloodline returned  

What would you do if you found out your dotty old Gran wasn’t from Surrey after all, but from a planet six hundred light years away across the galaxy? Not only that but she’s really an exiled Princess from a Royal family that has been virtually wiped out by a tyrannical usurper. Would you believe it?




That’s the situation in which Caroline, Alex and Emily find themselves when they accidentally get transported across the galaxy.





Would you join the fight for freedom against the tyrant, if that was the only way to get back home to Earth? Now you understand the dilemma facing Caroline, Alex and Emily.

What would you do?

PR Pope has spent many years perfecting the art of avoiding
being noticed.  Usually to be found just
outside the centre of attention, he has been present at most of the recent
decades’ significant scientific breakthroughs.  

Now that he has decided to commit some of the tales from his home planet
to paper and ink (or pixels as the case may be) he is being forced to be less
reclusive.  However, convinced that
no-one ever reads author biographies anyway he feels it unlikely that anybody
would be able to use this information to track him down.  But for the benefit of any such intrepid (or
sad) reader he describes himself as four Roman cubits tall, one point six
gigaseconds old with a mass of approximately sixty four thousand yottadaltons.

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Blogs, websites, Facebook pages and anything else that you can’t do without as an author

That’s what’s in store for August, folks! I’ve invited authors and bloggers to introduce their favourite website (or blog or FB page or Twitter hashtag…)

Maybe you, yes you reading this, have a blog or website or… and wants to spread the word?

Do ya? Do ya really?

Of course you do. Don’t be shy.

See the ‘contact me’ button up the top on the left? Click it and tell me all about your blog or website or…

I really, really wanna know.

So does everyone else.

You’re never too old to write. Meet Reginald Gray with his latest book:

The gunman turned to the injured bus driver, pointed the gun, and pulled the trigger for the third time. 


A murder during
a robbery on a double-deck bus on the outskirts of an English rural town leaves
the local police baffled as to motive. Further related deaths makes the
apprehension of the killer a top priority for Detective Inspector Harty but the
lack of clues makes this a difficult case to solve.


Excerpt:
Any doubt that the
robbers would actually use their guns dissolved at that moment and the young
man promptly sat down again. The shot had brought screams from most of the
women, and looks of horror and disbelief from all the passengers on the lower
deck. Handbags and wallets were quickly opened to reveal their contents to the
second gunman who grabbed anything worthwhile and stuffed it into his pockets.
The bus driver tried to take advantage of the distraction and made a move for
the buttons to close the doors and so make it difficult for the bandits to
leave the bus. A second shot from the gunman beside him hit him in the hand
before he could reach the buttons causing him excruciating pain.

The gunman demanded
that the driver hand over his takings plus everything in his pockets. The
second man continued to relieve the passengers of everything they had.

After a few moments the
two robbers from the upper deck ran down the stairs and out of the exit door.
They rapidly made their way to a car parked a short distance in front of the
bus. One of them opened the nearside passenger and rear doors then jumped in to
the rear seat slamming the door behind him and opening slightly the offside
door. The other man opened the driver’s door, leaned in and turned a key
already in the ignition and started the engine. He then joined the man in the
rear seat leaving the driver’s door open. The robber on the lower deck of the
bus, who had been taking the passengers valuables, threw the last of the
handbags on to the floor of the bus, ran to the car, climbed into the driving
seat and started to rev the engine, ready to go.

The gunman who had
already shot twice turned to the injured bus driver, pointed the gun at the
startled man’s head and pulled the trigger for the third time. The driver
slumped forward on to the steering wheel where he stayed motionless. The gunman
turned, ran down the steps and to the front passenger seat of the waiting car.
As the passenger door slammed shut the driver put the engine into gear and the
car quickly disappeared from sight down the side streets.
Born 1930 in
East Outer London, and happily married for over 60 years. Reginald is now in
his 80s, but not ready to be written off yet! He has a background in management
accounting, company budgets and computer management/programming, and took early
retirement in 1992.
He has always
enjoyed reading, and in his retirement he enjoys writing  and welcomes this opportunity to share his stories
far and wide in the hope they give the same enjoyment to everyone who reads
them.

Death on Route 37 is also available for Kindle at: Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk


How to use Social Media to Promote your Books

How I Use
Social Media to Promote My Books

by 

Diane Griffin

I have a very high powered career as CEO of a Security Company and
as an author.  I have written three books
to help parents protect their teens that text, use Facebook , and social media,
Safe
Text: Protecting Your Teens from the Dangers of Texting
, Protecting Your Teens on Facebook, and
Social
Media Secrets Every Parent of College Bound 
Teens Must know.
 I not
only open their eyes to what dangers lurk on the Internet and texting, but also
tell the parents what to do about the problems and also how to protect
themselves.   Not everything is negative
about   the Internet and there are ways
for parents to help their teens use social media for their advantage, just as
authors can use social media to their advantage.

In the process of getting the word out about my book with the help of Assisting
Authors Online,  I have done the
following:



1.      I have a new
website and blog, http://www.protectyourteens.com,
for the express purpose of advising parents on dealing with enormous challenges
that teens face in their interaction with Social Media.  I also guide them to find ways that Social
Media can help their teens in networking and getting into colleges of their
choice.  Every author should have a blog
to connect with potential readers.  It
can also publicize events to promote their books such as contests, book
signings. virtual tour schedules, and non-virtual book schedules, provide
resources, etc.  Every time I publish a
new post it goes to Facebook. Twitter, and many other social media sites, blog
directories and feeds. 

2.      I have a new
Facebook Timeline  Authors Page.  http://www. facebook.com/protectyourteens.  Every author should have the reach and target
accuracy that Facebook  affords.  Facebook has a main page with a timeline
cover.  My cover publicizes my
books.  Underneath the cover is the app
strip.  I have used this to my full
advantage by asking people to like my page through the photos tab.  I have also added three tabs that link to
more pages (Facebook  calls extra  pages apps).

·   Welcome page :  People who have liked my page can sign up
for  extra information and tips.  They can enter my contest on this page
because it includes the contest form.

·      Website and
Blog: 
My entire
website is accessible on this page so fans do not have to leave Facebook to
read my blog or access anything on the website.

·    Books Page:  My actual Amazon Author Central Page was  brought into Facebook.  Here, the fans can find out more information
about me and there are direct links to my Amazon book pages to read reviews,
look inside the book, and purchase the books. The key here is that they never
have to leave Facebook.  Marketing research
shows that people would rather stay in one place especially to purchase
products.
I
am planning to add a video page and possibly a Pinterest Page which will have
links to important resources.
3.      LinkedIn:   I am planning on having a LinkedIn group for
bring together Parents and teens that can share stories,  teach each other techniques, and ask for
advice, etc.  Having your own group on LinkedIn
can build an author’s reputation as an expert in their field.

4.    
Project:    I have a
comprehensive project that teachers and people who home school can use with the
teens as my books are directed towards parents. 
This project goes with the Safe Text book and is based on best practices
in education, learning targets, and national standards for education as well as
my book.  This project is free and can be
found on my website.  The project was
developed by Janis Friesler (CEO of Assisting Authors Online), an award winning
educator who specializes in project based learning.
So there you
have it.  This is the way I have used
social media to get the word out about my books and my brand.   Please comment below on how you use social
media.  Don’t forget to enter the
contest.  I have really enjoyed writing
this guest blog. Thank you, Louise for allowing me to share.

A series of books to keep your teens SAFE on the net



This is the first book in a series to help parents protect their teens from the dangers of technology and the Internet. Not only does the book describe the dangers and legal implications of texting, but also gives tools and information how to dialogue with teens about the dangers of texting. This is a very practical book. Also, there is a project to go with the book on Diane’s website that is based on best practices in education to help teens understand the dangers and how to deal with them. This project will include lesson plans for teachers and parents who home school their teens based on national educational standards and learning targets. There is a video book review on the Amazon purchase page for Safe Text. Click on the link below to learn more about the book and view the review.


This is the second book in a series of books to help parents protect their teens from the dangers of the Internet, texting, and social media sites. This book is about Facebook. Not only does it spell out the dangers of Facebook for teens but also the positives. It describes the problems and actually tells parents what to do about them. The book gives links to a good amount of useful resources. 
Have a teen planning to go to college? This is the book for you. It is a book to help parents and teens use Social Media to help the student get into college. It describes the traps that might have an adverse effect on admittance into a college. The most popular social media sites are described as well as some newer sites that a becoming more popular. This is a must have book if you want to help your teen capture an advantage in being accepted to the college of their choice. There is a video book review on the Amazon purchase page for Social Media Secrets. Click on the link below to learn more about the book and view the review.

Diane Griffin is the founder and President of Security First & Associates. Ms. Griffin works with a variety of clients throughout the Security industry. Ms. Griffin has also worked in a wide array of fields to include training, facilitation, communications, human resources and industrial security management and Ms. Griffin is the current Chapter Chair for National Classification Management Society (NCMS), Chapter 26.

Diane’s expertise in the security field and her experience as an author of books on Security Clearances helped her make a natural transition to security issues for teens and their parents.

According to Ms. Griffin, Social Media is the way to communicate with teenagers today. Parents have a lot to learn when it comes to the behaviors of their children online. To help parents and teachers understand today’s teenager, Diane Griffin has written several books on the topic of Social Media and your teens. She also has a helpful blog that gives good advice about the subject and valuable resources for parents
and teens on the subject of internet and phone safety on her site http://www.protectyourteens.com. Take advantage of a security expert to help you manage this important process in your child’s life.

Website
Facebook
Link to Tour

Contest!

Diane is giving away a Kindle Fire and two Amazon Gift certificates. Any host or member of the Assisting Authors Online Book Review Team will get 15 entries to the contest if they review one of the books and put the review up on Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari and the hosts site. Readers will get 10 entries for a review posted as previously stated. There are also other ways to get entries. The reviews must be up by May 11 to help us get ready for the Launch on May 15.

Here is the code for the contest:


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The line-up for May on Wise Words

It’s almost May! Summer is around the corner for old Blighty. We’ve a hosepipe ban already, so you’d think it would be Vitamin D all round, wouldn’t you? Ha! This is England, probably the only country where you’d get rain, drizzle and more rain and a hosepipe ban simultaneously!

Love it!

This month the theme is OPEN. The touring authors can write whatever they like!


First up is an interview with John Hudspith, the author of Kimi’s Secret, and a review of his very excellent children’s fantasy on The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Reviews 

Then, on May 6th Diane Griffin author of Protect your Teens, followed by Acicia Beumer and Aaron Slaton on May 9th. Pandora Poikilos will be spotlighting her novel on May 11th, which sounds very exciting. 

Hillary Peak, on the 16th May, tells us how she’s enjoying the Facebook experience, and then on 18th Virgil Moore and his book Demon Vampire is dropping by with his guest post. Ray Gorham comes next, followed by Kristy Taylor with their guest posts (and no, I don’t know what they are about!)

Last, but not least, is Christine Agro with her non-fiction 50 Ways to Live Life Consciously. I wonder what she’ll be guest posting about?

I, for one, am looking forward to May!


Writing is about experiences, not just publishing.

by 

Janet McNulty


Many people want to write that novel, but they have no idea how to start
or how to complete it.  Another problem
many have with writing is the writing craft itself.  Writers always have to improve their writing
to avoid falling in a rut. To accomplish my first completed novels I did a few
things.
First
I took a couple of writing courses.  One
was a creative writing course that focused on poetry.  My goal in taking it was to get ideas for
stories that I wanted to publish.  It
also enabled me to learn about a different kind of writing.  Most of the time I write prose.  But taking a poetry course introduced me to
the world of rhyme and meter.  Having to
tell a story in a few stanzas that follow a pattern is very challenging.  It forced me to think of a new way to
communicate.
The
second writing course I took was one the involved learning how to write
fiction.  In it I learned to move beyond
telling a story and put the reader in the tale with detailed description.  Writing is about more than just putting what
is in your head onto paper.  Your reader
has to feel as though they are in the story itself.  That is what this class taught me. 

Before
writing any novel I do a little bit of research.  Depending on what I want to write determines
how much research I do.  For Sugar And Spice And Not So Nice, I ended
up researching hauntings.  I knew I
wanted something that was a bit different from a typical ghost story, but I
wanted to be accurate as well.  Before I
wrote the first sentence, I read about hauntings in general.  I even logged onto various blogs to read
about people’s personal experiences.  I
must have read through hundreds of blogs. 
I even visited my local bookstore where I purchased about six books
about ghosts, ghost stories, and haunted places.  After weeks of research, I finally felt
comfortable enough to begin writing.     
You
may be wondering why I bothered doing any research at all since I was writing
fiction.  Research is necessary no matter
which genre you choose.  Obviously,
nonfiction requires research.  But I have
found that sometimes when I write fiction, I need to look up a few facts so that
my novel will seem believable. 
Last
year I published a fantasy novel. 
Fantasy is a genre that allows an author an incredible amount of
freedom.  But, I still had to do some
research for it because I chose to include certain aspects of European myth and
lore to build the world of my book.  If
you wanted to write a space odyssey, you would want to be informed on modern
space technology so that your characters’ exploits seem believable.  The local library is an author’s best friend.
Another
way of doing research involves nothing more than observing the people around
you.  To accomplish this, you only have
to go to your local mall, or just sit in the park.  I routinely observe the habits of people
around me even when I am doing my daily errands.  This helps me to develop my characters.  Every person has a unique habit.  I find it a good idea to give my characters certain
habits that distinguish them. 
Observe
someone while standing in line at the grocery store next time and ask yourself,
“How can I put that in a novel?”  This is
a part of research that is essential to writing a book.  A good writer is also a good observer.
One
of the hardest things about writing anything is juggling life.  Writing for me is a career and a hobby.  I went through college, worked two or three
different jobs, all while writing my first novel.  Usually I only had about an hour a day to
work on my book.  Sometimes I only
managed to spend two hours in one week on it. 
All I can say is, life happens. 
We have families; we have jobs, all of which require our attention.
The
best way to work around this is to just schedule time each week where you can
work on your book.  I have a day planner
that I keep on my desk next to my computer. 
In it I pencil in an hour or two a day that I will sit down and write.  By actually setting up a schedule, it allows
me to work on my writing while still having time for the other things in my
life.  I am an editor and a consultant
with Pampered Chef, both take up a great amount of my time.  But, I make sure to spend a couple of hours each
day of actual writing time.  I just have
to write it in my planner like I do everything else. 
Writing
is a joy and a hobby I love to do.
  It
helps me unwind and allows me to do something I’ve always wanted to do.
  It has allowed me to accomplish my dream of
publishing a book.
  Now I need to move
onto to item number two on my bucket list.
 

Genre – Paranormal Mystery/Thriller
Format – Ebook

Purchase Links: Amazon and Barnes and Noble  

Sugar and Spice and not so Nice

Mellow Summers just wanted to go to college and get her film degree. She moved into a furnished apartment with her friend Jackie only to find that it already had a tenant: the ghost of a girl who was murdered a year earlier. Now it is up to Mellow to not only discover who the murderer is, but to prove it as well.

With the help of the ghost Rachel, Mellow sets out to solve the year old mystery. She soon finds out that she may have taken on more than she can handle. Pursued by someone who wants the identity of the killer to remain a secret, Mellow will have to use all her resources to outwit him and help the spirit of Rachel move on.