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August 26, 2012
Soul Sisters is an urban fantasy novel about African-American twin sisters Ani and Dana who have a rather unique secret: one sister is human while the other is a vampire. While the sisters have lived peacefully with each other for many years one fateful night will change both their lives forever. When a drunken man tries to attack Dana (the human sister) Ani (the vampire sister) protects her sister with all of her ferocious power.
However, when the vampire’s leader Donovan finds out about the public display he calls for the sisters to be assassinated for disobedience. Ani and Dana now are in for the fight of their lives to protect each other as well as the lives of their dedicated friends who have joined them on their mission for survival. If Dana and Ani can make it through this time of uncertainty, Ani can take her new place as vampire queen. Soul Sisters is expected to be a trilogy; The book also features a multicultural cast of characters that brings a new edge of chic to the vampire world.
Published by Mystic Press
Release Date: August 18th, 2012
(You can also read an excerpt of the book on Amazon)
Amazon (Kindle) -$2.99
Smashwords(various digital copies)-$2.99
Barnes & Noble (Nook) $2.99
About the Author
Janiera enjoys feeding her book addiction when she not writing. She is also a book blogger at Beauty and Books where she mixes being a book nerd with keeping things chic. When not reading or writing she is freelance writing in the entertainment industry. Soul Sisters is her debut novel.
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August 25, 2012
Author: Anne M. Strick
Genre: Adult Romance
An insider’s first-ever behind-the-scenes scoop on how movies are REALLY made: gritty, grinding, tunnel-vision labor, back-stage intrigue, explosive dramas, parties, and relationships that last a night or a lifetime.
Larger-than-life characters who live life with fervor, while contending with their own inner demons and one another, all in the pressure cooker of a location shoot in the exotic world of Mexico. This romp of a story follows the making of a movie from pre-production through wrap. A hotly passionate love story and a murder elevate the stakes.
Anne M.Strick has spent over twenty years in the movie industry. She has worked for Universal, Warners, Paramount and EMI, as a Unit Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director, and with such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch, Sting and Dino De Laurentiis, among many others. She has published theater reviews, articles in Parents Magazine , Frontier and The Nation, and six books: two novels, two self-help books, one memoir (a best-seller in Italy); and a non-fiction, scholarly critique of our adversary trial system. (”remarkable”) . Born in Philadelphia, and educated at Bennington College and UCLA, she lives in Los Angeles.
WARNING. The second excerpt is NOT appropriate for anyone under the age of 18.
Last night she’d had the dream again. The dream she hated and loved. She smelled the sea brine and the sharp pines that rose beyond the dunes, saw the tide-pool anemones open and close about their viscous centers. She felt the heat move from her soles up through her calves to her thighs and pelvis and the small of her back from the sun baked sand; felt the melting begin. Her nipples tightened. She heard the waves slide and suck, in and out, insinuating, hypnotic. And as shockingly as always the green-eyed, gypsy-faced stranger burst – jogging, grinning with knowing primal energy – through the tall grass at the top of the rise. And as always, that energy struck her like a blow: sudden, deep, forever. Jason. Jason Archer.
Davena, waking slowly in the huge four poster, ran her hand through her curtain of sun-tipped chestnut hair in irritation. Merde. It was the Dom Perignon. Whenever she’d drunk too much, as she had the evening before, she had the damn dream. And awoke in heat – for a man from whom she’d been divorced six years. And despite having been thoroughly laid by Bram last night. Humiliating. She rolled over and buried her head beneath the pillow, hiding from the familiar soul-pain, denying it – – and then with a shake of her disheveled mane sat abruptly up. The clock next to her bed read six am – the alarm, set for five-thirty, had somehow failed. Or, webbed in her dream, she’d slept through it.
Excerpt #2 – NOT APPROPRIATE FOR MINORS
She may have made the first move then. He may have. They came together with a heat she had never known. Beneath the white satin robe whose belt he untied, she stood naked; glorious. The coral tips of her full breasts were heard. He caught his breath. For a moment his eyes luxuriated in her ripeness; and then he lowered her to the thick carpet. She was ravenous for his lips, his tongue, his hands everywhere: her mouth, her breasts, her navel, the mound that was already so wet and swollen. She wanted him inside. But still – his teeth on her nipples, his fingers probing her wetness, rolling her clitoris, – he made her wait. Made her wait until, writhing, almost out of her mind, all shame gone, all fear gone, she could only beg, “Please. Now, please.” He straddled and entered her and she gasped. Something irrevocable had happened. In her most private, secret places, in her center, she was open to this man as never to anyone before. She moaned, and in mutual frenzy they moved to driving, trusting, flooding climax.
The second time was slower. Now they had all the time in the world. He ran his tongue from beneath her ear to the hollow in her throat, played with it between her breasts and beneath them. With his tongue he circled her nipples and teased down to her navel, probing in till she shuddered, tonguing down further over her flat stomach to the rich chestnut hair. With his tongue he circled and teased and probed her still-swollen lips below, sucked them, thrust his tongue into the opening still running with their juices – and brought that tongue into her mouth so that she, too, could taste the two of them mingled.
The moment – finally – was here. “Alright gang,” Bill said. The quaver of excitement was in his voice, his body strained. “We’re gonna roll. Now give me everything!” For a second he paused and then he called out to the set, “Okay! Let’s roll!”
“Quiet on the set,” bellow Miguel. “Quiet! We’re rolling!” And then in Spanish, because well over two thirds of his crew was Mexican, “Rodando! Estamos rodando!”
The soft buzz dwindled abruptly to silence.
The hush was absolute. On the entire seat, not a breath was audible. Not a floorboard creaked.
The scene was played. Impeccably. For ninety seconds, the only sounds were those of Lisa’s voice and Skye’s; a low murmur in the vast space of the Stage.
And then Bill called “Cut! Cut and print!” and a collective, wordless sigh was emitted.
August 22, 2012
The lack of knowledge led Miss. Patricio to write the novel with Joseph’s wife as the heroine. Read on to learn some more of what finally helped her to find who she truly was as a writer.
Straight from the Author’s mouth: How the bible helped her find her niche.
Can you tell us about your journey as a writer? Why Asenath?
I have been fascinated with the story of Joseph (the dreamer) for the longest time. Some years ago, I realized not much was known of his wife, the priest’s daughter who was given to him in marriage as his reward for interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams. I grew really curious about her. I looked her up, but found hardly anything on her. Thus, I decided to imagine what her life might have been like.
How long did it take you to complete this novel? Can you talk about your writing process?
It took me about 3 years to complete ‘Asenath’ – and then 8 months to seek publication. My writing process is pretty spontaneous. I don’t have any particular procedure. But I write and revise better at night than in the daytime. I guess that makes me a night person. Additionally, I need absolute silence to write. I once tried writing in an airport, but failed.
Any editing tips?
I’ll quote what I heard another writer say – rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. Also have another pair of eyes go over your manuscript. My friend and fellow writer did a thorough critique of one of the drafts. His help was priceless.
Who are some of your favorite authors and how have they inspired your writing?
Arthur Golden, who wrote ‘Memoirs of a Geisha.’ I really like his character and plot development. In fact, his novel was one of my chief influences for ‘Asenath.’ I also like Wilbur Smith’s Egyptian series. His novels were actually my foray into reading historical fiction, and I was inspired by how he breathed life into people who lived so far from our time, making them like human beings I could relate to.
Why writing at all? What motivates you?
I have actually always been inclined to writing, but never wrote “seriously” until after college. Until then, you see, I didn’t know my writing niche. I didn’t know my passion – what it was that I wanted to write about. I wished I could write, but I lacked motivation. After college, I was trying to figure out what it was that I wanted to do in life when the idea to imagine the life of Joseph’s wife appeared to me. And like I said, I have always been fascinated with the Joseph account, so this was motivating in more ways than one.
Do you have any other books or new releases that you would wish to talk about?
Not yet. Maybe in a few years’ time – hopefully – I will have another book to talk about.
If you could share one tip you learned with self-published and traditionally published authors who share the same dream of being a successful author what would it be?
Hmmmmmm.. “write what you know.” As cliche as this may sound, it’s true. You must be really enthusiastic about what you’re writing, otherwise the outcome may be pretty mechanical. As for those seeking traditional publication, I suggest you investigate publishers/agents before you submit to them. I nearly fell for some “gimmicks” myself. The last thing you would want is for your dream to be ripped to shreds.
In a humble fishing village on the shores of the Nile lives Asenath, a fisherman’s daughter who has everything she could want. Until her perfect world is shattered.
When a warring jungle tribe ransacks the village and kidnaps her, separating her from her parents, she is forced to live as a slave. And she begins a journey that will culminate in the meeting of a handsome and kind steward named Joseph.
Like her, Joseph was taken away from his home, and it is in him that Asenath comes to find solace…and love. But just as they are beginning to form a bond, Joseph is betrayed by his master’s wife and thrown into prison.
Is Asenath doomed to a lifetime of losing everything and everyone she loves?
August 21, 2012
Christian Authors are not the only ones who can benefit from the Bible.
Often times we do not want to read the Bible because it can be hard to digest. Preferring to spend time with the latest Jennifer Estep release, we run from the easier versions such as the amplified or the Joyce Meyer’s The Everyday Life Bible.
Though the Bible can go on forever, I recommend it as a creative writing tool. Why?
The Bible holds so many stories that cannot only be retold, but can inspire modern twists.
Although I understand peoples’ need to remind everyone Jesus died on the cross for mankind and Moses parted The Red Sea, the Bible possesses so much more.
Let us not forget how much endless wisdom can be found in its pages. Much of the same can be said for most religious texts. Thanks to my love of diversity and a crush I developed in college, I have the Qur’an sitting on my shelf as well.
So you are not religious and you shudder at the idea of reading the Bible or any religious text.
Just think of The Lord of The Rings.
“Tolkien was devoutly Christian, and wrestled a bit with figuring out how to talk about The Christian Bible. He observed that the New Testament in particular is structured just like a myth, and wanted to be able to explore that without giving anyone the impression that he was belittling what he saw as a genuine divine revelation. Finally he decided that the Bible is a true myth, and stories like The Lord of the Rings are “sub-creations.” (Starwars Origins)
Even Shakespeare had a little love affair with the Bible.
“Thomas Carter in Shakespeare and Holy Scripture argues that “no writer has assimilated the thoughts and reproduced the words of Holy Scripture more copiously than Shakespeare.” According to another critic, Shakespeare “is saturated with the Bible story” (3).” (Notes on Shakespeare and The Bible)
Do you really need to be an all-pronounced lover and believer of God to write like Shakespeare and Tolkien? I’ll pray about it. Although a few creative writing classes and a degree in literature will take you a long way.
I find myself laughing with a Highlighter in hand as I go through the many stories of the Bible. Now keep in mind I do have a very dark sense of humor. Anyone who’s read Superheroes Wear Faded Denim will know this. So you may not be laughing away like I am when you read, but I do find if you really look at the text as a whole you find it to be a useful remedy to writer’s block.
Just ask yourself, if Shakespeare and Tolkien can use the Bible to create stories that withstand time, why not you?
August 17, 2012
Plotting a book is just like plotting for a movie. Do you want to have a story that keeps your audience at the edge of their seats? Find a favorite film and then break it down according to Syd Field’s paradigm for script writers.
Shakespeare knew what he was doing when he devised the three act structure. Following the greatest, Field divides his story into three parts: Act I (the beginning), Act II (the middle), and Act III (the end).
These three acts are then broken into plot points. They’re not just the points you would find in a math class, they ask questions of you. Leave you searching your head to find out who are your characters, what do they really want, and how far are they willing to go get it. Do not be afraid to build characters who fight tooth and nail to achieve their goals. It only makes the story interesting.
Let us break down Field’s paradigm using one of my favorite Disney Movies, The Princess and The Frog.
Act I: The set up
Plan on landing a big agent? Well just like in a film, you want to answer three big questions in the first thirty pages. Readers need to know the who, the what, and the where. Start in the middle of the action, and do not keep secrets.
We learn Tiana is a hardworking waitress from a lower class family in New Orleans. She has dreams of owning her own restaurant, but guess what? Sweetie does not have a dime.
On the other hand, we have Prince Naveen who has been cut off from his family for being a lazy rascal. Desperately wanting to maintain his lavish lifestyle he has two choices: marry a wealthy wife or find a job.
Somewhere around page 20 – 30, you’re going to have plot point I, the inciting incident in your story propelling everyone into the second act. The key in the ignition, it is the event that really starts your characters on their journey.
When Prince Naveen discovers a dirty voodoo witch doctor, he is turned into a frog. Knowing the only thing that can turn him back is a princess’ kiss, he goes in search of one. His blind need leads him to recklessly mistaking poor Tiana for a princess. Entangled in the spell, she becomes a frog herself.
Act II: The conflict
It is pertinent to understand truly who and what your characters want in Act II. Then you can create conflict that keeps your characters from truly getting what they want. Conflict is a series of events forcing the characters to change their behavior to achieve their goal.
Tiana wants a restaurant.
Prince Naveen wants a wealthy princess.
As Act II unfolds we learn more about why the characters want what they want, we see them have to struggle for what they want, and how their struggles bring them closer to the Midpoint. Think of the midpoint as the climax, the point of no return, the event that spins your story into a new direction. It can be a surprise your characters or audience were never expecting.
Now this is a judgment call, but I believe the midpoint is when Prince Naveen and Tiana fall in love.
We also have Plot Point II, or what Field likes to call the crises. This event causes our protagonists to act. It is the gritty moment, the decision maker, when all things become a matter of life and death. Whatever happens here must propel our protagonists into their final glory.
The voodoo man is able to capture Prince Naveen and lay a trap of deception, breaking Tiana’s heart and turning her against Prince Naveen.
Act III: The resolution
Whatever has happened in plot point II has led your characters to the final showdown. We watch as the characters make decisions that bring the story to a close. Then we see the balance being restored. Whether happy or sad, come what may I say. Just do not let it be a cliff hanger. If it has to be, make sure the only question you leave unanswered in your story is what happens next.
Racing against time to break the voodoo man’s spell, Tiana must fight for love and self-respect. All soon goes well. It is a Disney movie after all.
Examining Field’s paradigm helps me to think in terms of action when writing my novel. A great tool, it keeps me focused. I hope it inspires you to read his books on screenwriting, learning more information on how to structure great novels.
August 16, 2012
August 14, 2012
Another author makes it big off self-publishing. Amanda Hocking proves passion is the key ingredient to turning dreams into dollar signs. If you love writing, working a 9 to 5 won’t even stop you.
Anyone who has danced around the Indie blogosphere might have stumbled upon the novel Wake by Amanda Hocking. Well guess what, Miss. Hocking’s writing career did not begin with a seven figure contract from St. Martin’s Press. She started her writing career coming home after working late until 10 p.m., drinking a red bull, and then working eight hours straight on her writing.
Seeing she could get the same quality novels as a publisher, she self-published them online. Nine books led to a big return on investment.
Miss. Hocking inspired me. Now it is your turn. Let Miss. Hocking inspire you.
August 7, 2012
Having done an article on white space, I wanted to put some white space techniques to the test. Playing around with a couple images in Photoshop, I focused on the blend modes in the layers panel.
This allowed me to come up with a couple cute covers for a new story Daggers are a Girl’s Best Friend. Come back Wednesday to hear more about fonts.
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Photoshop’s Blend Modes Explained
How to Use Color Overlay Within the Layer Styles Dialogue in Photoshop
Clean cover on a budget series intro: A hard knock life for a new adult fantasy romance writer
July 28, 2012
When Tangi’s father dies, he leaves her nothing but three empty bottles. A kind uncle takes the poverty-stricken girl and her stepsisters in, and for a time life gets better on his farm. But Tangi remains a lonely outsider; her stepsisters tease her for her crippled leg, and the housekeepers use her like a servant.
Just before her thirteenth birthday, Tangi learns the truth about her father’s strange legacy: the three bottles aren’t empty any more. They’re filled with all the tears she’s cried since her father died, and her tears are enchanted. She must use them to travel to Rosevine, the world of her dead mother. Tangi not only belongs there but is necessary to keep Rosevine alive.
Tangi’s tears will save Rosevine, and Rosevine will save Tangi from a cruelty-filled life, except for one thing: Tangi’s lost the bottles.
Two days after Uncle Thomas left, something blunt poked Tangi in the chest. She opened her eyes to see Lisa, standing beside her bed, an oil lamp in her hand. In the dim light, her double chin jutted out even more.
“Get up,” she hissed. “There’s a lot of work to be done.”
Tangi rubbed away the sleep from her eyes. She shook her head in confusion. “What do you mean?”
Lisa threw aside the blanket and goosebumps rose on Tangi’s legs as the cold morning air assailed her. “Your uncle is not here to spoil you. Get dressed and go fetch water. Be back in time to help with breakfast.” Lisa strode out of the hut.
Tangi stared after the trail of light from the lamp until it disappeared out of sight. Her head reeled with confusion. Was Lisa implying that she didn’t do anything around the house? Even though Uncle Thomas had two housekeepers that did the housework, she still did her share. She washed her own clothes, washed the dishes, swept their hut and carried out other chores that didn’t place too much strain on her leg. But never mind; one day couldn’t possibly do that much harm.
Her eyes adjusted to the darkness. Lisa hadn’t woken Nona and Maria. They continued sleeping, unaware of what had just happened. Not that they’d care.
Let them sleep, she thought, and heaved herself out of bed. Since Papa died, it hit her that people didn’t live forever. She had relied so much on her father’s love and care for her, like leaning on a strong, immovable tree trunk. Now she was afraid to depend on anyone, even Uncle Thomas. Being rejected at her new school also fueled her decision to learn to be strong for herself. She would prove to everyone she could do everything that they could. She wouldn’t let her disability be an excuse, wouldn’t give anyone reason to pity her. She’d get the water from the tap and learn to handle the pain in her leg.
Short Excerpt II
Tangi stopped midstride and turned. As she walked back to the ditch, a little laugh escaped her lips. She reminded herself of Sarah, the crazy woman of the village, talking to herself, hearing things no one else heard.
But what did she have to lose? She would take another look, and if she still saw nothing, she’d leave without turning back.
She bent lower at the waist and peered into the ditch.
All of a sudden, the ditch filled with crystal clear water.
She jumped away, her heart pounding wildly, and then moved closer again.
Then the rain stopped. Sunrays slanted through the dark clouds and the air was suddenly heavy with the scent of roses.
When the water reached the rim, the ditch transformed into a pond. The crystal water shimmered. The mud had disappeared and the green of the leaves seemed more vivid. No sign at all that it had rained just a few seconds ago.
The reflection of a handsome man’s face stared up at her—short, curly hair, big brown eyes, and the whitest teeth she had ever seen. He seemed to be somewhere in his twenties.
“Hi, Tangi, I’m Daryle, the prince of Rosevine. I didn’t mean to scare you. I came to show you a way out of this world.”
Some Goodreads Reviews
Kimberly rated it
Tangi’s Teardrops is a unique retelling of the classic Cinderella story with some interesting twists. It’s author Liz Davis’s first YA novel and her first novel period. For the purpose of not wanting to spoil this darling little book for other readers I’m going to refrain from posting any spoilers and just talk about my overall thoughts on the book.
First off, I really liked Tangi. Though she started off as a young girl I found her character easy to connect to. As a child with a limp Tangi is made fun of constantly by her classmates and has no friends but the teasing does not stop off school grounds. Instead she has to face more ridicule at home from her older half sisters. I personally hate any form of bullying so my heart broke with her because she was such a good, kind soul I could hardly bare to see her suffering at the hands of those who should care for her.
I really enjoyed the story because it was a quick, easy read that made me feel different emotions. Liz Davis is a very talented author. She gave Tangi heart, something that is getting a little harder to find in YA novels. I highly recommend this light hearted read to everyone! The writing is lovely and you can tell the author has a passion for her work.
Sheilagh Lee rated it
Tangi is a wonderful fairy tale based on a true story of strength of character and courage. When I read the book I had no idea of the true story behind it but I can see the writers own experiences gave her the ability to tell us in a way that we understood the suffering of this child.
Tangi’s life has been miserable while her father was alive she could put up with the teasing and the cruel taunts about her one leg being shorter than the other and even put up with having no friends but now him gone she has nothing. Her two older half-sisters have escalated their cruelness and are now getting servants to harm her and make her act as Cinderella. She must do all the chores all the work only to watch them eat as they don’t even feed her and if that’s not bad enough they beat her. Tangi doesn’t know who to turn to, she can’t tell her Uncle Thomas when he returns for fear of someone else being harmed. Tangi then dreams of the world of her mother. In this world she can escape the pain and the tears that are filling up in the three bottles her father left her. .She is told she is needed there and is the only one who can save Rosevine but to get there she needs her bottles of tears but she can’t find them they aren’t where she left them. This book made me see vividly the character of Tangi and weep for the child so cruelly treated and like any good fairy tale gave me goosebumps and made me smile. I won’t tell you anymore of this enchanting story other than to say read this book it’s charming. If you enjoy a good fairy tale or the show such as “Once Upon A Time” you will love Tangi’s Teardrops.
Delphina rated it
I am not even sure where to begin. This retelling of Cinderella was so unique and simply beautiful. I was immediately drawn into Tangi’s world and while it was a sad premise (as are all Cinderella tales), there always seemed a glimmer of hope that made the sadness not so sad. I am just so happy that this book found me. Yes, I believe books find us. Feel free to chuckle .
Here are some things I enjoyed about this book:
*The book took place in a culture completely unlike my own, yet I felt like I was there and not just observing.
*This story is one I consider a true YA. I would feel comfortable recommending it to any teen. There were hardships and she faced cruelty, but there was no violence I would want to shelter a younger teen from and absolutely no sex/sexual tension.
*I loved the author’s voice. I can not pinpoint exactly what it was about her writing that drew me in, but it was beautiful.
*I read a ton (too much if you use my Goodreads Book ticker as a guideline). Among those books, were many Cinderella based tales. This is the first one where I was not sure what was going to happen next. I knew would most likely have a “happily ever after” type ending, but I had no idea how it would get there.
*I enjoyed the characters, even the “bad guys”. It was great to see how even through all of the difficulties of her life, Tangi always had someone there who truly loved her and cared about her well being. Even though she felt “less” because of her disabled leg, they never did. The “bad guys”, that was a different story .
*I love the idea that good can come from your tears. It is something I wish more people truly believed, especially when hard times are upon them.
This is Liz’s first novel and I am so glad I read it. I read this after reading a string of really bad, poorly edited books. The timing was perfect! I can only imagine where Liz’s writing will go from here. I am looking forward to her adult novel, which is coming out next week. I hope it holds all of the magic Tangi’s Teardrops did.
Brianne rated it
Tangi’s Teardrops is a story about a poor young girl named Tangi, who’s father recently passed away, leaving her nothing but three small glass bottles. She and her mean step sisters go to live with her Uncle. While her Uncle is away for work, Tangi gets treated horribly not only by her sisters but the housekeeper. One night Tanji has a dream that changes her life forever…
Tangi’s Teardrops was such a beautifully written story. You are not just reading the story, you are shown it. I pictured every detail in my mind. Absolutely great writing. The only problem I have with Tangi’s Teardrops is that its too short. I would have love to see more adventures in Rosevine. Hopefully this means that there will be a second book.
Tangi’s Teardrops is a clean book and I highly recommend it to anyone young or old.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Liz Grace Davis grew up in Angola, Namibia, South Africa and Germany. She now lives with her husband in Vienna, Austria.
Growing up, Liz spent most her days in libraries, diving into the world of books. In her spare time she reads a lot, travels, creates jewelry and designs digital scrapbooks. That’s of course when she’s not weaving stories. She’s in her element whenever she is doing anything that requires creativity.
Liz is the author of a young adult fantasy novel, Tangi’s Teardrops, and a romantic women’s fiction novel, Chocolate Aftertaste.
Now your reward: The Interview
1. Can you tell us about Tangi’s Tears? Why did you choose to write this story?
Tangi’s Teardrops was inspired by my childhood. Tangi is actually my third first name (I know, I have way too many names on my passport). You can read about the story behind Tangi’s Teardrops here: http://bit.ly/wWAjj4
I wrote Tangi’s Teardrops as a way to make peace with my past and to create a happy ending for the little girl I used to be.
With Tangi’s Teardrops I’d like to remind readers that sometimes crying doesn’t have to be such a bad thing. It can be so freeing. For Tangi, they were, in a magical kind of way.
2. Give us a powerful line from your novel.
Let me give you two sentences.
She wouldn’t let her disability be an excuse, wouldn’t give anyone reason to pity her. She’d get the water from the tap and learn to handle the pain in her leg.
3. Can you talk about your writing process?
I really don’t have a set writing process. I try to write as much as I can, in between working, studying and designing. During the day I like to do things which don’t require me to be creative and at night I weave stories. Many times the creative part of my brain just doesn’t seem to function during the day. I have tried waking up early before work, in order to get some writing done. For a while it worked, but then I decided that the last few hours of sleep in the mornings were just too delicious to give up. I get a lot done at night but unfortunately, as a result, I end up going to bed very late.
I normally write up to three drafts and then I move on to the dreaded editing stage. I have a wonderful editor but I don’t dump all the work on him and relax. We work as a team, editing back and forth.
4. Any editing tips?
Read the manuscript out loud. I find I catch mistakes better that way.
5. What do you love most about the writing industry? What do you dislike?
I love that the industry overflows with creativity and is filled with people living their dreams.
What I don’t like is that sometimes people look down on self-published authors. I think that’s wrong. I’ve read some amazing books this year from self-published authors.
6. Do you have any other books or new releases that you would wish to talk about?
In April I published my second novel, Chocolate Aftertaste, a romantic women’s fiction.
Chocolate Aftertaste is the story of a woman, Nora, who has a very controlling father. He makes all the important decisions in her life, even when it comes to her love life. All her life she has done her very best to live up to his expectations, sacrificing her own happiness. Until she almost makes a major mistake and realizes it’s time to take back the control. She flees to another town looking for a new beginning and maybe love. She soon learns that starting over and falling in love brings along its own challenges. But what matters most is that she has made her own choices and is ready to enjoy the benefits of those choices and deal with the consequences.
My third novel, Honeysuckle & Jasmine (women’s fiction), will be published in late autumn.
The story is about two African Au-Pairs (from different backgrounds) who meet in Germany and embark on a journey that leads them to the true meaning of friendship. Together they laugh, they live, they grow. And then everything changes. Suddenly their carefree days are over and the struggles that come with living in a foreign country begin. The only thing that can hold them together, when everything falls apart, is their friendship.
You can get a sneak peek at the cover I designed for the novel here: http://bit.ly/Nku67x
7. If you could share one tip you learned with self-published and traditionally published authors who share the same dream of being a successful author what would it be?
Don’t just write because you want to be published, write because there’s something burning inside of you that wants to be released and shared with the world.
Also, make friends with Facebook, Twitter, and get a blog. Once published, your life as an author has just started. Marketing is a whole new ball game.
8. If you could describe your writing in three words what would you say?
Emotional, thought-provoking, original
9. Tell us about the protagonist of your novel?
Tangi is a twelve year old disabled girl who is surrounded by people who hurt her for no given reason. All she ever wants is for others to look at her and not see her imperfections. But they do and they use them to weaken her both physically and emotionally.
In a nutshell, Tangi’s Teardrops is about a little girl who dreams of becoming something bigger than herself, who craves acceptance and love. This is a story of suffering and pain, hope, love and dreams coming true.
10. If you had to live alone on an island with the antagonist of your novel for the rest of your life, how would you cope?
If I were stuck with the antagonist from Tangi’s Teardrops, Selma, I’d be nice to her until she’s nice back. I always find that kindness is less hard work than spite.
Bonus (Answer if you desire)
11. Why should readers go out and get your novel today?
Tangi’s Teardrops is an African fairytale with a twist. If you want to read a different kind of fantasy, it could be for you.
Thank you so very much for hosting me today. I enjoyed answering your questions. I hope your visitors will enjoy Tangi’s Teardrops as much I enjoyed writing it.
July 27, 2012
Maybe you are the E.L. James, the Selena Blake, or the Zane even of love scenes. Having an ample amount of research opportunities and life experiences, you never once struggle to finish your romance novel. Knowing even a simple kiss scene could lead to writer’s block, I would hate to be the writer who wrote, “and they leaned forward . . .” before moving to the next scene.
Some people may get desperate, but before calling up your parents for advice, I must give you 10 reasons why you should never have your mother write your love scenes.
She’ll feel she can disclose her sexual endeavors to prove why a certain scene should go this way.
You’ll never want to read your novel again.
Can you afford to pay her royalties?
She might want to make it a career.
Some things a woman must learn to do on her own.
She’ll want to be mentioned in the acknowledgement.
CNN might get the story wrong (Author had sex with mother to write sex scene).
Your boyfriend might think her sex scenes are better than yours.
It might make dinner conversation.
Those are just a few reasons I could think of. What else am I missing from the list?