I have been seriously neglecting my blog posts, I apologize. I have been so busy with normal everyday life stuff as well as trying to finish re-writes and editing on the second book in the Death Walker series “Deadly Desires”. My plan is for a December release, not sure of the exact date, but I will strive for the earlier the better. This one is longer than the first and Danielle is dealing with a lot of different things in her life. I plan on putting out the book trailer soon so you can get a sneak peek. I hope you will check it out when it becomes available. Now back to writing…
I find it odd that I had never thought of it before. For some reason I stopped writing and it ended up being in the middle of a scene. I didn’t get back to it for a day or so and I was lost. One of my characters threw out “I have a question” and just after, I had to leave off writing. Of course when I came back to it and re-read it I was thinking…okay, what was the question he wanted to ask? For the life of me I couldn’t remember. I went back to the beginning of the chapter and read it again. No clue! So I thought and thought, running the scene through my mind trying to think what he could possibly want to ask, under the situation. Then I decided to ask him. Given the dialogue going on and the topic of discussion I thought of my character, his frame of mind and what he really wanted to know. I uttered his name in my mind and asked him what the question was that he wanted to ask. It took a few moments of sifting through the conversation again and finally the question came to me. I was able to go on with the scene and keep writing. Since then I have tried to delve into the minds of my characters more closely so I could know exactly what they are thinking and feeling. When I move onto the 3rd and 4th books of the series I have high hopes that my characters will visit me more often, letting me know what they want to say.
Okay, I think I am going to have a giveaway. Not just your normal everyday type of giveaway either, but a special type of giveaway. One that will have a condition though, but not one that is impossible. Here it goes: There are 89 people on Goodreads that have put my first book Deadly Dreams on their “to-read” list. What I am proposing is giving away an ebook copy to the 100th person, the condition being that they give a review after reading it. However, I must be fair to the other 99 people so I will be giving away 3 more copies randomly. How random you ask? Send me an email either on FB or Goodreads telling me:
1. What is your favorite book series?
2. Why is it your favorite?
3. What does reading mean to you?
4. How does reading make you feel?
Okay, I am not a shrink so forgive me for the touchy, feely questions, but I am truly interested. I know how I feel when I read and how I feel if I am not able to get my daily reading and relaxation time in. What I want to know is how you feel. The 100th person will get a copy soon after and for the other 99 people, start sending your emails now. Deadline for emails will be September 15th. My assistant and I will go through them and pick out the lucky 3 and you should have your copy within a week or two. Remember, that you must review after reading. Thanks so much to my fans and those that are interested in reading my books. I am looking forward to reading what you think. Thanks and have a great holiday weekend!
I know it’s been awhile since I have posted on here, but my head has been full of trying to finish the second book in the series. I have been editing, re-writing and adding on; trying to stretch out some scenes and adding others. To tell you the truth I think this one is really, really good. I know, I know…you say “Of course you are going to thinks it’s good. You are the writer.” I am sure not all writers think their writing is spectacular and I am definitely one of them. I go with the flow of writing, fix some mistakes and then send it out into the world like a child going to college. I just have to wait and see if my child sprouts wings and gets a boyfriend or ends up an old maid. Okay, enough of this…back to writing.
I have read posts by authors talking about the music they listen to while writing. Music gets you in the mood to write, or it reflects the characters thoughts or feelings or it just relaxes and helps to open the mind to the flow of writing. I love music and I have made song playlists for my first two books. When I listen to the songs I feel the storyline and know that I have made the right choices. However, when I am writing I have found that I need quiet. It sucks really, because like I said I love music. Truthfully even sitting here, writing this post, I have to take out the earbuds and think about what I am writing. It’s not that I can’t multi-task, I can, but when the music is good and it’s blaring right into my ears, I want to sing along instead of concentrating on each word I have to type. So I listen to the playlists when I am not writing, hoping that when I get around to it the words will flow like music in my head.
You know, one of the hardest things about writing, besides the writing is finding cover art. Not just any cover art will do. You want it to portray your storyline, or at least I do…and here is where I am really picky. A picture has to catch my eye and when I look at it I want to be able to feel the emotions of my characters. It has to live up to the title and story and it has to make me feel good as an author in that I picked well. Alot of my favorite authors talk about a muse and the way their characters talk to them as they tell the story. I haven’t had nowhere near the experience that these wonderful authors have had, but I have to think that maybe they are onto something. When the words in my head are moving faster than my fingers, or like I said, when I see a particular picture, are my characters speaking and letting me know what they want? Or is my imagination that good? Who knows, but I would like the think that the characters are as real to me as they will be to the reader.
Another week has started and it’s already Tuesday. All the hype and excitement for publishing my first book has decreased from a scream to a dull roar. Don’t get me wrong, I am still excited that it’s out there and I am waiting rather impatiently for the first sell. I am also waiting for approval to sell on all the other well known sites. In the meantime I have a second book to work on and not enough time to do it. Have a great week!