Saturday Stories – 2/6/16

I had a fairly lengthy list of goals for last week and I believe I did a phenomenal job of not getting them accomplished. Let’s go over them:

Writing:

  1. Completing the final few pages of the original Paulonious Punk notebook so that I have to start writing in the new book this weekend. Ok I actually completed this goal as of a few minutes ago. (word count – approximately 1,000 untyped words)
  2. Completing the organization of The Way We Were – hahahaha I’ve had that on my goals list for a few weeks now and I’ve gotten a little done on it but, on the whole, I’ve been focusing Paulonious and short stories. 
  3. Reading over The Wishbone Tree and working on that story – Ok, I did read it again and make a few notes so I’m going to count that as completed goal!

Reading:

  1. Donna Tart’s The Goldfinch – I decided to give up on reading this book for the moment. I am still incredibly interested in it, but I just haven’t gotten into it this time around.
  2. Sara J. Maas Crown of Midnight – I completed this book yesterday and OH MY GOODNESS! I rated this a 5 star on Goodreads because there aren’t half-star options. In reality, I’ve placed this somewhere around 4.5 stars, there were a few slower places but I’ll discuss that more in the actual book review.

Other Goals: 

1. Coloring – I finished one color sheet last! That’s not much, really, but it made me happy! 

2. Catching up on shows – I got addicted to the Great British Baking Show and somehow have not watched any of my other list! I’ll do better next week 😉

 

Now that you’ve slogged through my weekly wrap up, here is a reward! The following short piece is one I originally wrote in February of 2014 as one of my first Short Story Sunday pieces (I wrote one short story a week for the entire year) and find that I enjoy it more now than I did when I originally posted it. SO…here it is,

The Stream

It was just a stream, really. A sometimes babbling, sometimes rushing section of water that crashed over, around, and between the moss covered stones.

The bank was slippery, treacherous to climb most days that he went, the water much too cold to swim in unless during the height of summer, and the woods surrounding the clearing became terrifyingly spookier as twilight neared.

So why was he drawn here, day after day? He had not played here in his youth. He hadn’t even known of the nearby town’s existence until moving to Maine from New Mexico two years before, armed with a brand new teaching license and an offer to teach eighth grade math.

Quite frankly, the enveloping verdance and frequent rain showers unnerved the poor fellow. Yet day after day her left his classroom, drove to his ‘historical’ farmhouse one town over, grabbed his bag and bottled water, and, occasionally accompanied by the cat, made his way through the field and down the path to a large, almost hollowed out stone. Here he would sit during all but the worst weather, protected by overhanging vegetation as he graded papers, wrote lesson plans, or just sat.

Little thoughts and one liners were jotted down. Characters and plot ideas were placed on note cards, and all of it was unceremoniously shoved into an ever growing binder.  The time passed, though his twilight unease did not, and the young man began to hear the wind’s whispers and see the flitting wings in his surroundings.

Though he was offered better paying jobs elsewhere throughout the years, he would always stay in that same small school, with his ever changing stream.

Years later, with numerous best-sellers under his belt, the now older and much more famous man took the stand as a commencement speaker at that same small school.

“Life,” he said, “Does not always do what you think it should. Do not be afraid to face your fears, to do your best no matter what, and to go where you must. And always remember that sometimes all you have to do is sit down, shut up, and listen.”

He then walked down the silent aisle, drove to his ‘historical’ farmhouse in the next town over, grabbed his notebook and bottle of water, and made his way home.

Author Interview-Carol P. Roman

Hello Everyone! Welcome to another edition of Author Interview Fridays! Today we’ll be speaking with children’s book author Carol P. Roman. Welcome Carol. Let’s get right in to it and start with the questions:

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

My son’s dared me to write a book. I had always wanted to, but was afraid. They told me to write about what I knew, so I chose to use playtime with my oldest grandson as the subject, and Captain No Beard was born. I love to play imaginary games with my grandchildren, so putting our adventures to paper was an easy task.

Children’s imaginations are AMAZING. I love seeing what my daughter comes up with. She and my nephews have been the source of  more than one story 🙂 Besides, who can walk away from a dare?
2)      What genre(s) do you write in, and why?
I write in both fiction and non-fiction. Captain No Beard is an exciting adventure series involving a group of cousins who travel the seven seas in search of adventure. Each book has a gentle lesson and is based on events in my own life. If You Were Me and Lived in…is a non-fiction series that introduces culture to young children. I am a former social studies teacher and love to examine what makes the people of our world similar, so this series was a natural for me.
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As a former writing and science teacher,  I always love to read books like this and to see how people react to them! Isn’t it so much fun to follow your passion?
4)      Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.
Captain No Beard’s crew are based on my four grandchildren, so they are by far, my favorite characters, ever. The stuffed animals are based on different family members. It fun to see if they can guess who is who, and sometimes a relief when they can’t figure it out!  My all time favorite fiction character is Scarlet O’Hara from Gone With the Wind. I adore reading her story over and over again, watching circumstances change her.
I always find pieces of myself or my friends/family in characters I write, to some extent. I am often happy when they don’t find themselves! Can I admit something here, just between the two of us? I’ve never read Gone with The Wind. I know the circumstances and I’ve seen bits of the movie, but that is one classic I’ve never even tried to pick up. 
  5) There is a lot of controversy among fandoms 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 would love to see my books reach more people. I think they have a very important message. Captain No Beard teaches children they are never alone. The series touches on bullying, sharing, working well with other, stranger danger. If those messages are sent to a bigger audience, that would be great. The cultural series teaches tolerance through knowledge. I would hope Hollywood wouldn’t mess with those ideals.
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  6) How do you handle writer’s block?
Never had it. I always find subjects to write about. It’s fun, not pressured. My day job has pressure enough, so this is a labor of love.
That’s amazing. Even if I don’t have any pressure, I still sometimes find myself with writer’s block. I think it stems from the insanity of day to day life. 
7) What inspires you?
Success inspires me to do more. The reaction of my fans, the awards and reviews make me feel appreciated. This has given the second part of my life so much meaning.
8) How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?
It is one of my jobs and I usually add it in last. I guess I am not that comfortable with it yet. It is just one of the things I do- I am a wife, mother, grandmother, businessperson, teacher, and an author.
 Finally, tell us where to go to find you (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Online Bookstores, Physical Stores, Etc. List them all for us please!) 
Thank you Carol! 
Remember, if you or someone you know is an author, an illustrator, an artist, or a musician and would like to be interviewed for this blog please leave a comment down below or message me on Twitter @writerbaby13 or Facebook facebook.com/TyreeTomes

Author Interview – Latoya Brown

Welcome to the January 19th edition of Author Interview Friday! I’m so excited that we’ve been able to keep this segment of the blog and going so well. Thank you all for the support! This week we’re talking with the author of Wanted: Green Card  Latoya Brown. Latoya is a social media marketer with a lot to say on a topic that needs more attention. Let’s get to know her better!

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From her blog about page:

 

 

1) What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use 
more than one name when you write?
I am using my own name for this book.
So the name is Latoya Brown! Check it out
2) Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or 
were going to be an author.
I realized I was an author while in high school – advanced placement classes required a LOT of writing.
All of those huge essays and stories to write…they definitely want to make sure you know how to put sentences and paragraphs together!
3) What genre(s) do you write in, and why?
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How intriguing! So this book is about being duped into marriage for a green card? Not something you hear about often but something we should warn about more. 
4) What genres are your favorites to read? Why?
Believe it or not, but I love reading and perusing knitting books. The creativity and what I could do to a possible project intrigue me.
I love it. I often find myself crocheting and watching movies while a plot line simmers! I have some fabulous hats so my brain keeps warm and the creativity required helps the stories to flow too.
5) Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you 
wrote and 1 that someone else wrote. 
My favorite thus far has been me – I get to rewrite myself everyday.
Another favorite character by someone else is …
She just couldn’t decide between them…that’s always my issue as well!
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?
Yes, I would love for my book to become a movie. There are so many women afflicted by this issue, so why not get the message out to a bigger audience so that there are less victims.
7) How do you handle writer’s block?
I think I simply wait. Because of my blog, which accompanies the book, I simply wait for days to see if the words will reach me in a way to explain it all.
How interesting. This is a  topic we don’t usually hear much about and the idea of the waiting for the block to resolve is also one I don’t normally hear much. Way to go 🙂
8) What inspires you?
I am inspired by action and not giving myself a future promise. For example, people always say that they want to travel. I said the same and just set out to do it. If I wait then I won’t be able to enjoy traveling as much and why wait. Let’s go!
Movement can be very inspiring…but so can sleep! I often enjoy a good bout of inspiring naptimes. 
9) How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?
I’ve actually never said that in an introduction thus far because my book is so new. Before being an author (look, I said it!) I work primarily in assisting companies and brands in social media marketing.
That resume would probably lend itself well to introducing the idea of yourself as an author! Good luck
10) Finally, tell us where to go to find you (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Online Bookstores, Physical Stores, Etc. List them all for us please!)
The blog accompanies the book and is available for free right now – you should go check it out.
The book is available on Amazon – you should go buy it right now.

Happy NaNoWeen!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

You know, I look forward to this day every single year. Not just because of the large bags of candy I can purchase without the cashiers giving me strange looks, and not just for the costumes and movies, which I adore, but because the last few days of October turn cool and crisp and stormy…and help build my anticipation for November.

My daughter loves super heroes (like mother like daughter!) and so we have a very super themed costume year. She got a Ninja Turtles costume, then chose to wear her Batgirl outfit instead (totally understandable!) and I…well I cobbled together a few things and became: A SUPER WRITER!!! (theme song to written later).

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As you can see, I have my notebook and pen at the ready in order to catch any stories that might come my way. My boom, bang, conversation bubble leggings are just begging for more super characters, and my masks: every good super hero must protect at least part of their identity, right? (*Side Note* My mother said ‘Oh! You’re a MYSTERY writer!)

You may be asking yourself why in the world I would choose this particular get up for the day…well, there are a couple of reasons. #1 I am a writer, so why not be a SUPER writer (muahaha, you knew that was coming). #2 My 3 year old daughter watches the Super Readers show and said to me one day, “Mama, you’re not just a super reader, YOU ARE A SUPER WRITER!” I liked that. and finally #3 NaNoWriMo begins tomorrow. I am writing a story like I’ve never written before. Not just the content, parts of which will be surprisingly similar to previous stories, I’m afraid, but also the target age group and the way I am putting the novel together. So, I might need to be reminded of my inner superhero by the end of the month, er, weekend.

This will be my 8th year (I believe) to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Most of you probably already know about NaNoWriMo, the month in which people from all over the globe log in their word counts and frantically attempt to reach at least 50,000 words in a single story, or group of works if you’re a rebel. 😉

I have won a few of the past seven years, I have fallen just shy of winning for a couple, and there may have been one or two of them that included a woefully shameful shortcoming (one year I didn’t even hit the ten thousand mark). The stress of everyday life can have a huge effect on your ability or desire to push yourself to write at all, let alone get to the *at least* 1,677 words a day you need to hit 50,000 by the end of the month. So why am telling you this?

I am telling you about this because whether or not I won a year, I still wrote. I still discovered at least a few of the beautiful words that lurked deep in the dark recesses of my heart and mind. I still made connections, I still worked hard, and I still reminded myself of my dreams. Yes, even if I failed it wasn’t really a failure because I can look back and see where I was, how far I’ve come, and even the steps I’ve taken to secure the hopes I had way back when. I hope that you are all able to find a way to do that for whatever your hopes and dreams are! No matter the stress or upheaval such an intense month might cause, the rewards, in my opinion, outweigh any issues that I’ve come across so far. I have made year long writing buddies, learned amazing things about my craft (and myself), and found even better ways to annoy my friends and family! (YAY NANO!!)

If you would like to learn more about NaNoWriMo, visit http://www.nanowrimo.org

If you are (or will be) participating this year and would like to add me as a writing buddy, go for it! I’m known as writerbaby13

If you would like to be kept apprised of my writing progress and/or the story I’m going to be pushing through this year, keep it tuned in to this blog or check out http://www.facebook.com/TyreeTomes (don’t forget to ‘like’ the page…and keep checking both sites!)

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!

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!

Author Interview: Wendi L. Wilson

Hello and welcome to another installment of Author Interview Fridays! Today I have the great joy of welcoming Wendi Wilson, author of Shadowed Strength. 

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Let’s get to it, shall we?

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

Wendi L. Wilson, but on Amazon it’s just Wendi Wilson. That’s my actual name, but I may use a pseudonym in the future if I decide to switch genres.

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

I originally wrote my debut novel, Shadowed Strength, when I was sixteen. It evolved over the next two decades, but I didn’t get serious about writing to publish until the last year or so.

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

I write young adult paranormal romance. I love the supernatural in all its forms- vampires, witches, shifters, ghosts, etc.

The popularity of the paranormal doesn’t seem to diminish much either.

  1. What genres are your favorites to read? Why? 

Of course, my favorite is YA paranormal romance, but I also like new adult romance, historical romance, and some erotica (if it’s not too hardcore).

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

My favorite character in my book is Melanie. Her personality and insecurities are based on my own at that age and the strength she finds to overcome obstacles is empowering for teens.

My favorite character from another author: that’s a tough one. I’ve read a lot of books. A. Lot. But off the top of my head, I’d have to say one of my recent favorites is Claire from Tara Sivec’s “Seduction and Snacks.” I don’t know if anything has ever made me laugh that hard. She’s a pistol, and not afraid to say what she thinks.

  1. 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 can’t tell you how many of my favorite book series’ I’ve found, only because I saw the movie. In fact, I wouldn’t even be a reader of YA PNR if my best friend hadn’t made me watch Twilight, which made me get the books. If a movie, however far off the plot it goes, leads people to me and my books, then I’m all in.

That is a great take on the question! I can’t tell you how many I’ve heard say that they would like the money…and then call other authors sell outs for letting their books be changed so much, or say that they refuse to buy a book or watch a movie because they had heard about the differences etc.

  1. How do you handle writer’s block? 

I stop writing and pout for a while. Then I go back to it with fresh eyes in a few days. Usually, if I flesh out the scene I’m working on a little bit, my brain will take me to the next and the flow will resume.

See everyone, pouting helps.

  1. What inspires you? 

People reading my work and encouraging me. I need a sign that reads “Will Work for Compliments.” haha Seriously, though, I need a push every now and then, because I tend to leave things unfinished. I also get inspired by the theories readers leave in their reviews. They make some interesting points and I am using it to shape my next novel.

What a wonderful inclusion of your readers! That is such a great idea!

  1. How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that faceif you say “I’m an author”? 

What’s this face you speak of? haha I am fairly new to the game, an luckily I have gotten nothing but smiles and excitement. I’ll let you know when I get one.

I must just have some very uptight, un-literary people in my area…so glad you get excitement and smiles!

  1. Finally, please tell us where we can find you

You can find me on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wendilwilson

Twitter: @wendilwilson

Blog: https://wendilwilson.wordpress.com

My book is on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Shadowed-Strength-Book-One-ebook/dp/B010E3WWCG/ref=la_B010G0OYJQ_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435329951&sr=1-1

Thank you for taking the time to give us a few insights Wendi! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work soon.

Let’s all leave a little comment of encouragement so Wendi will get that next novel finished up!

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Author vs. Writer

Today I want to talk to you about something that has been bothering me, eating at me really, for a few weeks now. Actually, that isn’t accurate. This issue has been bothering me for over a year and every time I think I’m finally over it, every time I think I’ve acclimated myself to it, I realize that I was wrong and it still bothers me. “What could this issue be?” I’m sure you’re all asking yourselves what I’m up in arms about. Well I’ll tell you: the use of the words author and writer to mean very different things. Such as ‘well I’m a writer, but not an author.” Or “how would you advise someone who is aspiring to become an author.” etc. 

Almost every day I see an interview or comment in which someone is referred to as ‘aspiring’ to be an author, or in which someone defines that moment wherein they became an author as the time they finally published something, etc.

Not to be rude or anything, but I completely disagree! To be an author does not mean that you have published and to be a writer does not mean that you have not. What it means is that you have accepted in yourself the fact that you are who you are, and the way you do that is through telling stories in whatever form of wordsmithery you’ve chosen.

I find it so frustrating to be talking with someone who says “oh you’re a writer/author, what would you say to an ASPIRING author?”

I say there is no such thing unless you haven’t started yet. When you write, you’re a writer. When you’re a writer, you’re an author. The first time you completed the first poem or short story that had anything of your own ideas in it, sometime back in about 1st grade or so, you became an author. In fact, according to the writing process taught to our students, you became a ‘published’ author by turning in a completed work to be read and reviewed by your intended audience (the teacher). So get that concern out of your head. You’ve been there a while.

Dictionary.com defines an author as a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; the composer of literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist. As well as, the literary production or productions of a writer: the maker of anything; creator; originator:

The same site defines a writer as a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist. AND a person who commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing :

Not to be too sarcastic here but: OH LOOK, an author writes and a writer writes. No where here does it say “An author is a person who is published and you can only use this title when you have an agent, a traditional publisher, a set of editors, and a personal illustrator.” No, it says an author is a person who ‘writes.’ A writer is a person engaged in writing.

They are one and the same everyone! SO please, stop giving advice to ‘aspiring authors’ or “writers looking to become authors.” If you write, you are already both.

I understand that calling someone a ‘beginning writer or author’ is a little less elegant and Jr. author probably isn’t the thing either, but for the love of words, let’s find something that works to show that they are starting out without implying that they don’t actually write!

For the record, I have been an author for my entire life and a writer since i learned the alphabet…not that anyone can read my handwriting any better now than when I was 3. I had poetry officially published a few times throughout jr. High and High school, but didn’t ‘officially’ publish in 2012. That means I’m aspiring to learn more, not that I’m an aspiring author. See the difference?