Year: 2013 (page 1 of 2)

Two days and counting

So NaNoWriMo starts in two days. If you’re not familiar with it, thats when thousands of certifiably insane individuals embark on a 30 day quest to write a novel in a month. I’ve done it for twelve years, and only failed once. One year, I wrote two novels. The first of those two projects became First. The second will never see the light of day. It was so bad I had to kill of the main character just to be done with it.

This year I’m writing a book in the First universe that tells the story of the Immigration War because I love Socrates as a character and just can’t let him go. That and he won’t shut up in my head. He keeps demanding me to tell this story, so I am. I guess that makes me as certifiable as the rest of the Wrimos. If you’re participating in NaNo this year, send me a message and I’ll friend you.

Blog Tour of Author’s of Children’s Books

Recently I was invited by my friend, Kimberly G. Giarratano, a fellow young adult author, to participate in a blog tour. Every author who participates is asked the following questions:

What are you working on right now?

Right now I’m working on editing the sequel to First, my novel published last May by Red Adept Publishing.

How does First differ from other works in its genre?

What makes First different? Well, it’s got a love triangle. Wait, a lot of other books have that. It’s a dystopian… Crap. There’s a ton of those out right now, too. Let’s see… Oh, I got it. It’s told from two different perspectives. No, don’t give me that look. One is, of course, the teenage heroine, the other is what one might consider the antagonist, an elderly man who’s purpose, at least at the beginning of the book, is to take the teenage girl’s life. He’s not really a bad guy, I promise :). There’s also a ton of action and intrigue, and… well… you’ll just have to read it and see.

Why do you write what you do?

I write what I write for probably the same reason a lot of authors write what they do. I love to read it. I wanted to write a book I would love to read. Since I enjoy reading young adult books, I decided to write in that genre.

How does your writing process work?

For a first book or a stand alone, I prefer to write by the seat of my pants. That is, the lazy man’s writing style– no outline. Since I’m working on a series, I’ve had to outline the books to make sure it’s relatively consistent and I don’t change character’s names half way through the series or kill someone off only to have them selling ice cream in the next chapter at a strip mall. Not that there are any strip malls in this series, but you get the picture.

Any departing words of wisdom for other authors?

Yes. Write. It’s the suckiest advice ever, but it’s also the truth. So if you want to be a published author, you need to sit your butt in a chair and write. The rest comes later.

Thanks Kimberly. Please check out her blog, book reviews, and information on upcoming projects. Also check out some of my other fellow writers who are participating in this blog tour.

Laura M. Kolar
Melissa MacVicar
Rosemary Fifield

Once upon a time…

There lived an author who never posted to her blog. Yeah, that’s me :). Over the past three months we moved half way across the country, had a baby, and moved back–in that order. But I’m back now and I hope to be able to post semi-regular updates but between a newborn and working on editing book 2 of the Live Once trilogy, I can’t guarantee daily posts. November is NaNoWriMo, too, so I’ll be posting about that as I’m super excited for this years NaNo project.

Fun fact: Did you know First was a NaNo baby? So was another Red Adept book published today, Braineater Jones.

Just a quick note

Hi, I just wanted to let you all know that I haven’t forgotten about you or this website! We’re currently experiencing the great internet depression of 2013 and can’t access the web from our house. Luckily, the lack of Facebook means that I’ve been working hard on editing another YA novel I’ve been working on, as well as writing the second book in the Live Once trilogy. I’ll update this as often as I can so feel free to leave a comment or send me an email and I’ll get back to you, I promise! 🙂

Guest post on Comfort Books

Today, Paige at Comfort Books was nice enough to let me do a guest blog post on her site. Check it out and don’t forget to enter the contest underneath it!

My first book signing!

Today was my first book signing. I prepared myself for sitting at a table, being bored out of my mind, and looking like the last girl left waiting for a dance at the prom. At best, I figured I was at a bookstore, so I could read my way through the three hours. At worst, well, there is no worst if you’re in a bookstore and you love to read.

Right as I finished setting up, someone walked up to my table. After buying a book, we chatted for a while, and she went on her way. Before she left, the next couple showed up, and it really kicked off from there. Some of the wonderful people I knew, and I felt so grateful that they came out of support me. Others read an article in the newspaper about my book launch a couple days ago, and I was really thankful for that, as well.

My favorite was when a young girl came in with her mother, looked around and asked where the author was and I got to say I was the author. It was a pretty cool moment, even though she looked surprised, lol. I guess I don’t blame her. Most authors probably don’t attend their own book signings in a green tye dye shirt, brown pants, and moccasins. Hey, it was comfortable.

The coolest part of it was getting to talk to people. The book store I was at had these awesome comfy chairs so we sat there and chatted for awhile about books, life, and everything else. I ended the evening with a wonderful chat with a couple of my writing club friends. They have a book on poetry with photography coming out soon and I can’t wait to read it!

Over all, I was in awe that so many people showed up and supported me. It was a truly humbling experience and I can’t wait to do it again!

Another awesome review!

Random Musings of a Curious Mind just posted an awesome review for First! Check it out and don’t forget to enter the contest underneath it!

A new review and a guest blog post

Today, Lissette E. Manning reviewed First on her blog- Check it out! I was also invited to write a guest post for My Book and my Coffee. You can find that here.

Guest Blog post on Becky’s Barmy Book Blog

Today, I wrote a guest blog post for Becky’s Barmy Book Blog that discusses falling in love… with your characters. Check it out!

Reviews are in from BigAl’s Books and Pals and The Solitary Bookworm

I’m feeling very grateful for all the reviews and opportunities for author interviews and guest blog posts. Please check out my two newest reviews at BigAl’s Books and Pals and The Solitary Bookworm!

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