The Status of All Things – Review

The Status of All Things

By: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

Published by Washington Square Press

An imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Copyright, 2015

The uprising of social media has been much debated topic in recent years. Everyone from C.E.O’s all the way down to 8 year olds have their own pages and routinely update the world on what they’ve been up to…including exactly what they might be eating at any given time. But have you ever wondered if the updates you get via these outlets are true to life? In The Status of All Things friends and co-authors Fenton and Steinke explore the idea that sometimes statuses aren’t all you think they are. Using their unique take on friendships (the have been best friends for over a quarter of a century now!) and their quick humor, Liz and LIsa have created an alternate reality that will make you wish your social media worked the same way.

If you could literally rewrite your fate – would you?

From the back cover – Kate is a thirty-five-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiance, Max, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner – to be with Kate’s close friend and co-worker, no less – she goes straight to Facebook to share it with the world. But something has changed. Suddenly, Kate’s real life starts to mirror whatever she writes in her Facebook status. With all the power at her fingertips, and heartbroken and confused over why Max left her, Kate goes back in time to rewrite their history…

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Kate’s two best friends try to help guide and grieve with her, but she is stubborn and certain of her path. The story is full of relatable, real-life drama, best friends, what-ifs, whimsical twists, and a touch of crazy that hit me right in my funny bone. I enjoy the main character of Kate (and saw a bit too much of myself in her as well!) and her two best friends, Jules and Liam, are everything my friends are to me. I feel as though I know them all well.

While I don’t typically enjoy romances, this book provided just enough to be saucy and not pushy, while giving us humor, whit, sadness, and all sorts of other hard to explain emotions.

I give the cover a 5 of 5 dragons, the back synopsis a 4.5 of 5 dragons, and the overall story a 4.5 out of 5 dragons. This is a great read for anyone who has ever wondered about statuses and what-ifs in their own lives!

For more about The Status of All Things visit the Goodreads page: here

You can find Liz and Lisa on Facebook, Twitter, and their own website.

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Magic

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This week, after a few weeks of being mostly away from my blog, I want to focus on something that seems very appropriate for the end of October: Magic. Not just the magic and mystery of Halloween, and everything that comes with it, but the beautiful magic that swirls through and around us each day. The magic of words, stories…books. Won’t you join me?

One of the best smells in the world, in my opinion, is exactly this. That mystery and magic of a bound book. The breeze wafting their scents at you as you desperately search for your next fix.

I use those connections in my writing…do you?

Finally, when I am writing the magic of words flowing through me makes me feel deliciously lost and a little mad. When I saw this image, it reminded me of that feeling.

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Author Interview – Diamante Lavendar

Hello and welcome to another Fabulous Friday Author Interview! This week I am happy to introduce Diamante Lavendar, a mysterious yet lovely cat loving author.

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Let us begin:

Author Interview Questions

  • What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?

Diamante Lavendar.  Yes, it is a pseudonym.  It is the only pseudonym I use when I write.

  • Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

 I’ve known I was going to write since I literally started writing.  I began writing very simple rhyming poetry in elementary school when I learned to write.  I enjoyed trying to find words that rhymed.  Later, my writing evolved into more complex poetry and stories.

  • What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

I love to write fiction because I have a very big imagination!  I love to come up with new and interesting things to explore in my books.  I enjoy fantasy a lot as well for the same reasons.

  • What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

I love to read inspirational books by authors such as Joyce Meyers, Joel Osteen and Larry Huch.  The reason I enjoy reading those types of books are because they help me to “evolve” into a better person and they give me insight into how to do so.  I believe we are each put here on earth for a reason and we need to find that reason and live to fulfill it.

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  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

Some of my favorite characters that I made up are the purple cats in The Secrets Of Yashire.  I am a cat lover and I really enjoy the concept of the big purple cats in my book turning pink when they are hungry and living on their own island shrouded by a cat spirit which turns into fog and protects the inhabitants from the evil wizard of the book.

As far as a favorite character I’ve read about, I must say that I enjoy the collaboration of characters…not just one in particular in a book.  I really enjoyed The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and each character added to the enjoyment of the book.  The same with The Hobbit.  I don’t have one favorite character.

That is a great point Ms. Lavender! The grouping of characters kind of becomes one large, multi-faceted character. Like ‘the 7’ in the Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan or the Tea Party Guests in Alice in Wonderland (Ok…my favorite character is definitely the Mad Hatter…but the point is still supremely valid whether or not I play by the rules!)

  • There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

I think it would be great fun to have my books made into movies.  I would love seeing my characters come to life on the big screen!

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

I just get up and walk away from my project and return when I feel renewed.

Good idea! Why peck away at something that will only make you mad at the moment?

  • What inspires you?

Nature and spirituality greatly inspire me.  So do people that I know well.

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  • How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?

I write anonymously so the only people who know I’m a writer are those very close to me.  Nobody else I come into contact with has a clue!

Very Sneaky!

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you

I have a website at: www.diamantelavendar.com

I can also be found at the following locations:

Google:  https://plus.google.com/107370618346077894159/posts

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/diamantelavendar.writer.artist/info?tab=page_info

Myspace:  https://myspace.com/diamantelavendar.yahoo.co

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/diamantelavenda

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/diamantelavenda/

Thank you Diamante! We appreciate you taking the time out of your busy, secret, schedule to answer these questions for us!

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Remember, if you would like to be featured as an author, illustrator, photographer, cover designer, agent, publisher, or muse of any of the above, please leave a comment or a message and let me know! I can’t wait to hear from you! Correction, WE can’t wait to hear ABOUT you! 😉

Have a great weekend!

OWLS: Our Most Charming Bird

Are you a fan of scientific or literary research? Do you enjoy learning how names came to be given or the histories of myth? Do you like owls? 

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, you might enjoy reading Matt Sewell’s Owls, Our Most Charming Bird. 

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Owls: Our Most Charming Bird

Written and Illustrated by Matt Sewell

Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint

of the Crown Publishing Group, a division 

of Penguin Random House LLC, New York.

Copyright 2014 by Matt Sewell

It should be no secret that I love owls. I wear owls in some way on an almost daily basis. My rooms have owls on everything from sheets to bookends to artwork. My favorite movie is the Labyrinth and I sometimes watch the opening credits just because I can. So when it was time to request my next Blogging for Books review edition, you can imagine my joy when this adorable little tome popped up on the list of available titles. When I finally received my physical copy, I was excited to find that the pictures did NOT do it justice.

The artwork is gorgeous and quirky with scientific and literary information on each owl species written in the same style as the accompanying illustrations.

According to his “About the Author” page on the Penguin Random House website:

MATT SEWELL is an avid ornithologist, regular contributor to the Caught by the River website, and the author of several other illustrated bird books. His work has been exhibited in London, Manchester, New York, Tokyo, and Paris.

Knowing this, it makes perfect sense that he would be able to create such a curious, creative, and colorful ode to the beautiful birds.

The front cover is reminiscent of a retro text book, the pages remind me of a field journal, and the writing is a fun medley of research, myth, legend, and pithy one liners that can keep just about anyone entertained and educated.

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“I think it would be fair to say that the Elf Owl loves cacti, especially the saguaro – the iconic type that stands sentinel and looks like a silhouette of a swollen, surrendering cowboy (without a hat) against the red desert sky (Sewell, 100).

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“…If I had created this book just a year earlier, this fine bird would not have even been discovered yet.” – (Sewe113)

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A monarch of the tundra, the snowy owl is a whopper, close to an eagle-owl in height and hunting prowess…” (Sewell, pg 75)

I give the cover, back synopsis, illustrations, and each one page essay a 4.5 out of 5 possible dragons. If you like owls and/or art, you should probably have this book in your library!

Two Sides to the Story…

The past few weeks have been a terrible time to live in my head…things felt shattered, separated, and even a bit numb. However, the good news is that it sparked another small bout of creativity. Today I thought I would share that creativity with YOU, lucky friends, in the form of two writing prompts. One is from the feminine perspective, while the other is decidedly male.

If you choose to use one or both, please let me know! If you post them somewhere, leave a link so we can go see how you’ve woven them into your own stories!

Feminine Voice Prompt – I have found that sometimes, when I’m feeling scared, shattered, or hurt, that I do not want to be the strong queen. Rather, I would like to be the damsel in distress who is quickly saved by a dashing prince or brave knight. The problem is that my knight in shining armor is often off fighting his own battles.

Male Voice Prompt – Sometimes this knight in shining armor gig just doesn’t seem worth it. I’m off, minding my own business and slaying whatever I’m after when BOOM! I get in trouble for not being their to save the queen when she suddenly turned into a damsel in distress. How in the world was I supposed to know? Now look, my shield had a bite take out of it and my beard is singed.

Author Interview: Melissa Barker-Simpson

Thank you all for joining us here for another fabulous edition of Author Interview Friday! Today it is my great pleasure to welcome to Melissa Barker-Simpson, author of many genres, into our midst. Let’s get this party started!

  • What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?

I write under my own name, and a pseudonym. Though all my novels have an element of romance, I write strictly contemporary romance using the pen-name Nat Hobson (which was my great-grandfather’s name).

  • Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

Probably the moment I received a copy of my first published book in 2008. It was odd seeing my name on the front. It still feels surreal!

  • What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

My current novel is a fantasy, the one before that science fiction. I also have a crime thriller series, which is what I’m working on at the moment. I’ve always been drawn to science fiction. The first novel I wrote as a teenager was sci-fi, though it will probably never see the light of day!

  • What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

That’s a tough one. I read so many different genres now. It used to be science fiction, but I’m delving more into dark fantasy, and I’ve always been a fan of horror; James Herbert, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Clive Barker, being among my favourites. I enjoy travelling to new worlds and sharing the journey with intriguing characters.

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

(1) I’ll start with a favourite of mine – Barry Fielding. He was only ever supposed to be a minor character, but his inherent charm convinced me to give him a much bigger role! He’s intelligent, and funny, and more complex than I realised. He constantly takes me by surprise. Barry is getting his own book later this year (to be published next year), so you can expect to hear more about him soon.

(2) Jack Reacher springs to mind (by Lee Child), so I’ll go with him. I’m terrible when it comes to choosing favourites, so instead of talking myself out of the answer, I’ll move on! Reacher is a military man; he’s tough, but fair, and highly skilled. I don’t think he goes looking for trouble, but it finds him anyway.

 

  • There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

It would be both terrifying and thrilling to see my characters on the big screen. I enjoy it when books are adapted, interpreted for a different medium, and are able to separate themselves (as much as they can) from the original material. I also enjoy when books, or the essence of them – the characters – are adapted for television. I can see the team I created, Morgan and Fairchild, causing havoc with their own series. But it would be great fun.

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

I don’t really suffer from writers block per se. There are times when I’m stuck with a particular scene, or dissatisfied with my work in progress. At those times I take a step back (some would call it avoidance!). I usually work on something else, until the characters draw me back in and the words start to flow again. I always try to write something.

  • What inspires you?

Other writers; bloggers; my friends and family, and people I meet while interpreting. I find inspiration in everyday situations, and find my mind wandering constantly. I feel fortunate to have so many different characters in my head. They inspire me to tell their story, and connect with others.

  • How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?

If I’m honest, I still say sign language interpreter when I’m asked ‘what I do’. If I mention the writing, I use the word writer, as opposed to author. The question I dread is ‘what do you write’ or, if talking about a specific book, ‘what’s it about?’

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you please!)

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https://booklaunch.io/mbarkersimpson/changingworlds

https://booklaunch.io/mbarkersimpson/sinsofthefather

https://booklaunch.io/mbarkersimpson/handsofevil

https://booklaunch.io/mbarkersimpson/thefifthwatcher

Blog: http://www.mbarkersimpson.wordpress.com

Website: http://www.mbarkersimpson.co.uk

Email: info@mbarkersimpson.co.uk

Twitter handle: @mbarkersimpson

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/melissabarkersimpson

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/mbarkersimpson

Thank you Melissa! What great responses this week!

Remember, if you or someone you know is an author, illustrator, photographer, agent, publisher, or coffee fetcher who would like their own featured interview here, please let me know!

Have a marvelous day!

Ink and Bone – Review

I read Rachel Caine’s ‘new’ book Ink and Bone at the beginning of September. Being a huge fan of her writing style and creativity made me both excited to dive in to something new from her interesting mind…and anxious in case the book didn’t live up to my expectations.

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When they released the book synopsis, I was even more intrigued. Because…well I’ll share the Amazon synopsis here and you can see for yourself what had me all jazzed:

Via Amazon.com:

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
 
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
 
When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.

SEE^^^ I know I might be a bit odd, but even after having read the book, I’m still excited every time I read a synopsis of it. Obviously, I liked it. In fact, like is not a strong enough word to convey the feelings I have for this book. It’s been a month and I honestly still have that ache that you get when you’ve fallen so completely in love with a story and it’s characters and then have to come back out of their world. I’ve said it before about this book (and been warned about speaking so highly of a book when I’ve just completed it) but after a month I still feel so strongly about this book that I’m going to go ahead and repeat: The last time I felt this strong of a connection to characters and events in a book was the last time I reread Harry Potter. Yeah, it’s that good. In fact, I believe that this is quite possibly the best thing Rachel Caine has put out to date.

Not only is the story unique, slightly twisted, almost steam punk, and incredibly well written…but the characters come to life. There are a few scenes that could probably have been cut or tweaked without losing anything in the story, but that’s almost everything that’s ever been written. Yes, there are a few things that made me literally scream at my book, throwing it across the couch or bed and wrapping my arms around my chest to keep from going ballistic. But those things did not in any way detract from the overall story.

Typically at this point I would do an in depth study of the ideas in story line, the character development, the grammatical errors, places I feel the story could/should have been changed, etc etc. However, I’m not going to do any of that right now. I am simply going to tell you that this book is one you should check out. The cover is beautiful, the writing is beautiful, the plot is unique and superbly woven together…and those surprise twists will hit you hard in the best way.

I give it 5 dragons out of 5 dragons for synopsis, cover art, and story. This is a book I’ll be reading over and over again and I honestly cannot wait to read the next one!

Have you read Ink and Bone? What did YOU think? I would love to know!

LAUNCHING!!!

I am so proud and excited to announce that the picture book I’ve been gushing about for the past few months is finally available on Kindle! Launching this morning, Little Monster by Binky Bo Tyree is a fun, simple, and gorgeously illustrated picture book that people of all ages can enjoy. DSC09935

The story, originally told in classic oral tradition by my then-2-yr-old to her baby dolls, is short, sweet, and to the point while the illustrations, gorgeously drawn out by the author’s multi-talented Gaga, tell the full story in a fun and bright manner.

Little Monster offers a sweet look at a day in the life of a Little Monster, allowing readers to see the inter-play between great illustrations and a silly, fun story line while still leaving plenty of room for the imagination. Currently only available in e-book format, the folks at Tyree Tomes are working diligently to fix a glitch and get the physical copy up and ready for order A.S.A.P. In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy the e-reader version. Don’t worry, Binky Bo is already hard at work writing up a new adventure for her Little Monster, though those baby dolls of hers are a tough audience to please!

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Binky Bo is hard at work on a sequel already


A Closer Look – FREE Book

Are you interested in learning more about the Bible? Do you enjoy hair splitting ideas and passages? Are you, in any way, striving to be more scholarly? More Spiritual? Better read? Then today is your lucky day, my friend!

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Dr. Tyree’s newest spiritual offering, a study on the Biblical book of James, is currently racing off the virtual shelves at the low low cost of…FREE. From now until Friday, October 9th (2015) you can download your own free e-copy of this new, in depth look at the Letter of James, the brother of Jesus, to the Jewish Christians he cared for.

This book is described as a discussion of James’ words and his call to both the ancient and modern Christian.

As Dr. Tyree says: Jacob Bar Joseph, known to the modern reader as James, the Lord’s brother, was an amazing leader and catalyst in the earliest days of the christian church at Jerusalem. Standing beside men like Peter and James and John Zebedee, he became one of the most influential figures in the growing movement. His letter to Jewish Christians -scattered by persecution and separated by countless miles – shows a man of dedication and strength. His words ring true across the ages and cultural divides and call the modern believer to faithfulness and action.

What are you waiting for? Go download your free copy today…I know he’s looking forward to your comments, questions, and debates!

Author Interview – Laura Smith

Hello and welcome to another edition of Author Interview Fridays! (some day I’ll have to come up with a better title!) Today I am pleased to share with you the fabulous answers of Author Laura Smith, a Middle Grade author currently working on her third novel. Thank you for being here Laura! Let’s get started:
1)    What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?
I write under my legal name, Laura Smith. I do have a pseudonym in mind, but I’m saving it for when I want to write something edgier, which will probably never happen.
2)    Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.
When I was little, I wanted to be an archaeologist like Indiana Jones, only I wanted to dig up dinosaur bones. In Kindergarten, I wrote my first book. It was an encyclopedia of dinosaurs with full color illustrations of every dinosaur I knew (all five of them). I didn’t know how to read yet, but I knew all of my letters so I asked my parents how to spell nearly every word. When I was finished, I bound the book with yarn and paraded it around as my first book. That’s when I decided I’d rather be a writer.
3)    What genre(s) do you write in, and why?
My three self-published books are all middle grade novels. I’d have to say that the best years of my life were  between the ages of 9 and 11, and I like to revisit those ages as much as possible. I went to college for Creative Writing, and we were discouraged from writing in our favorite genres. We had to write like we were creating the next great American novel or short story. I think that limited a lot of us. It definitely limited me in terms of the content that I produced. I found it difficult to come up with ideas for stories for adults. Especially at that age, I didn’t feel like I had a grip on adulthood, or even young adulthood. I had nothing to say about work or relationships or society, but I had a large interest in stories about kids and childhood. So, it wasn’t until after college that I decided to return to writing for children. It made writing so much more fun and interesting and even easier now that I’m writing in my preferred genre.
Definitely, I write YA because I feel like I have a better grasp on MG and YA than on adulthood…and I’ve got a number starting with ‘3’ now! 
4)    What genres are your favorites to read? Why?
I still read (and re-read) a lot of middle grade and young adult novels. I’ve been revisiting Roald Dahl and E.B. White. As a kid, I read a lot of book series, like “The Babysitters Club,” “The Box Car Children,” and “Goosebumps.” Aside from Goosebumps, I liked stories that were about real life in the present day, not so much fantasy or medieval times or outer space. Those are the type of books that I write now. I realize that those are not the books that become best sellers, but I know there are kids out there that feel the same way that I do about reading about real characters in real situations. So, I write for them.
In terms of adult literature, I went through a Stephen King phase, but now I read a lot of books that I hear about on Podcasts or in book reviews. I particularly like to read adult novels where the main character is a kid trying to decipher the adult world from their point of view, books about motherhood or raising families, and I love classics such as “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “The Catcher in the Rye,” etc.
5)    Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.
My favorite character that I ever wrote is Mike Hascal from my second book, “Saving Hascal’s Horrors”. Mike is a leader, and he cares about his family and friends and preserving the past. He has the ability to see events that occurred in the past, even events that happened before he was born. He goes to great lengths to save his dad’s horror shop that his sister now runs, even though he never really knew his dad. He’s brave but scared, and he’s passionate about what he loves, particularly horror movies. He’s the kind of friend I would have liked to have had growing up.

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My favorite character that someone else has written would have to be Atticus Finch from “To Kill A Mockingbird”. It is very hard to pull off a character as kind and flawless as he is without making him one dimensional or unrealistic. Atticus is able to convey his actions and beliefs without being preachy or getting heated. He is the calm in a storm of chaotic characters all scrambling to be heard and have their way. He’s got that Superman-like nobility, is always the better man, and never lets his emotions get the better of him. Above all, he loves his children and protects them from the world without shielding them from it.
6)    There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?
Absolutely. I am a big movie fan, and while every writer runs the risk of having their story trashed by bad film making, it’s a risk that I would be willing to take to have my characters brought to life on screen. I write in a very cinematic way so my stories are set up to mirror a full length movie. I also don’t think that a bad movie can have any effect on a good book. They are two separate forms of entertainment.
7)    How do you handle writer’s block?
I haven’t had writer’s block in a long time, probably because I found a genre that fits me like a glove, and I have no deadlines or pressure to write (besides the pressure that I put on myself). When I was in college, I would spend my summers fighting writer’s block, trying to come up with new material to submit to class for the next year. Because I didn’t like the type of writing that I was doing, I found it difficult to come up with ideas. That’s usually when I come into writer’s block, at the brainstorming, idea-forming stage. I also got writer’s block whenever I was trying to write the best stuff possible to submit to literary magazines. My focus was on getting published, and even earning money for my writing, and that caused me to produce work that was rushed, uninspired, and just not very good.
After a few years of this, I decided to just let go the idea of writing for money and just decided to write for the thrill of having someone else read my work. So, I’ve produced a lot of work that I have had people read for little or no charge, and that has gained me more experience and exposure than I was getting when I was writing for paychecks that never came.
I find that when I don’t feel like working on a book, I move to a different type of writing, either blogging, writing in my journal, writing poetry, or editing. There are so many different forms of writing out there that no writer should have a problem figuring out how to use their writing time.
Good points. If you are struggling with something it is probably because you don’t like it, are pushing yourself waaayyy to hard, or don’t know enough about the topic! Work on something else and come back later. Great idea.
8)    What inspires you?
I’m inspired by my childhood, movies, fears, and dreams.
I was looking for an idea for a short story to write for a Creative Writing class when I took a break to visit an estate sale across the street from my parents’ house. There, I found all of this horse-themed merchandise for sale: pictures, sculptures, writing equipment, etc. I had no idea that she had been into horses. So, I wrote a short story about a girl who learns that her neighbor across the street grew up on that street back when it was all farmland and how her own house was where their horse stables were at one time. I mixed this with my fear of house fires and my junior high experiences and came up with my first novel, “The Stable House.”
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I like horror movies so I wrote “Saving Hascal’s Horrors” with the hope of exposing kids to the horror genre in a way that wasn’t too scary. I had a dream about a family of grave diggers one night and remembered a story I had started to write one time about a young woman who took over her dad’s shop instead of going to college and began to regret it. So, I changed the shop to a horror-themed shop, made the main character the little brother instead of the sister, and that became my second novel.
I was looking for an idea for a new book after finishing “Saving Hascal’s Horrors,” and I was driving my friend home one night. We passed by the playground where we used to hang out with all of our other neighborhood friends, and my friend suggested that I write a book based on all of the games that we used to pay at the park. So, that became my third book, “The Castle Park Kids”.
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Inspiration is truly everywhere as long you are willing to see it, and tweak it! Good job!
9)    How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?
Most people are impressed by the fact that when they go home after a long day at work, they veg out in front of the TV while I go home, get out my laptop or notebook, and start typing away until I have a full length book. They want to know how I publish them, where I get my covers, and how I come up with the ideas. I’m happy to share all of this information with them, but when it comes time for them to read or buy the book, I get a wide range of excuses from, “I don’t have any kids that age,” to “I don’ t have time to read books, but good luck!” It feels like a pat on the back followed by a slap in the face, but I just keep doing what I do, and for those who do read my work, both strangers and acquaintances, I am eternally grateful.
10)                       Finally, tell us where to go to find you 
You can find My books Here:
The Castle Park Kids – Coming Soon!
 
Amazon Author Page: HERE
Twitter: @lsmith335
HubPages: laura335.hubpages.com/
Remember, if you are an author, illustrator, photographer, agent, publisher, or company copy boy for one of the a fore mentioned(s) who would like your own chance at an interview on Here There Be Dragons (that’s the blog right here, yay!) then comment or message and let me know!
I wish you all a FANTASTIC weekend! Thanks again Laura!