Fake it til you make it…or so they say

It’s a common phrase and fairly self-explanatory.

As described in wiki:

  “Fake it till you make it”  is an English aphorism which suggests that by imitating confidence, competence, and an optimistic mindset, a person can realize those qualities in their real life.[1][2] It echoes the underlying principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as a means to enable a change in one’s behavior. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fake_it_till_you_make_it

But what does it look like?

 

 

This From Dec 2015 – Nov 2018

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Novels
Cataclysm
Kept
The Used 
                                                                                                                                            Novellas
Sudden Death
The Cimmerians
Wife N’ Death                                                                                                                           Anthologies
Shrouded Voices
Things only the darkness knows
My other friends & more stories
100 Word Horrors
A world unimagined                                                                                                               Indie Writers Review Issue 13                                                                                              Kids Books
The lonely leaf
Puddle jumping                                                                                                                                 Poetry
Spewed thoughts                                                                                                                                Self-Help                                                                                                                                       Writing 101

 

 

The price of all that!

Costs $7900.00 Earned $975.00

Working hard to get those tables to flip. 

 

Plus the hours…

Mon – Fri 9-5 job. 7 days a week every waking moment writing.

I’m not looking to be famous, I only want to live my dream life:

Continue to be able to met author friends, to have the freedom for more book signings, for my books to be in the big box stores, and to spend my days doing everything I love – WRITING!

About author in Pic one, Lucy Lombos: http://www.lucylombos.com/

I’ll save up to be at Frightmare in 2019:  http://frightmareinthefalls.com/guests/

Coming this winter : (so far) 

 

What does your FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT look like? We feel less alone in the struggle when we share 🙂 Drop a comment and maybe meet someone new.

 

Find all my books FREE here for the Smashwords End of Year Sale! December 25, 2018 – January 1, 2019

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THE USED

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Jeremy Samuelson an ex Canadian Security Intelligence Service agent is one of them.
Four months after his mysterious disappearance, Jeremy reappears, but in his mind no time has passed.
The government fear another country had taken him to use against Canada. They worry he’s been implanted with a devious plan deep in his psyche, to active as needed. Through forced hypnosis he begins to remember things.
Strange otherworldly things, that neither himself or the government can believe, and other people. People who he remembers he cares about, and who he will need.
Jeremy sets off , against the governments wishes, to reunite his amnesic friends and bring back their memories, to prepare them for a fight to save the entire universe.

 

WIFE N’ DEATH

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THE DEAD LIVE ON

Angelica committed murder/suicide to end her troubles. What came next was worse than her tortured life. In purgatory, she is stalked by the one she killed with no way out.
Until one day, something beyond her control changes.
Crystal runs from her past to a new house, in a new town, in a nice neighborhood. She believes this will be the best new beginning for her little girl. Not long after moving, her daughter begins to act out of character and Crystal blames herself for the change.
Only Angelica knows the truth; that these women should not be in her house. Now she must find a way to stop what she started, to save the innocent and break her own bonds.

Or is it already too late?

 

THE CIMMERIANS 

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***Note special free short “The Followers” at the end of the book, approx eight pages. This story can be read before as a prologue, or after for fun.

When Emersyn fled the big city for a quieter life in the Midwest, she left all her troubles behind – or so she thought. She quickly discovers her quaint new home has a past of its own. Ten years prior a young woman killed herself inside the front door. Since that fateful day, the locals avoided the house. Not one to believe in the supernatural, Emersyn, along with a new friend, take it upon themselves to conduct a seance for answers.
They get much more than they bargained for when they awaken an ancient evil. The same evil that haunted the past resident.
Now they must scramble with little time to stop it. When Emersyn’s past comes back to haunt her, and innocent people get hurt, she has nowhere to turn. Until a police officer inserts himself into her life, together they will do what they can to put an end to the deadly shadows forever.
Can evil this powerful ever truly die?

 

KEPT

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THE HORROR OF ENTRAPMENT

Twelve massive ships leave the dying earth, heading into the great unknown, seeking new life among the stars.
One of the ships, GAIA, crashes on Kepler, which is already inhabited.
Now at the mercy of the alien race, the humans are held in an underground cavern. Would they still have gone knowing that they would be stripped of all humanity?
Under the constant eye of the aliens, a few men discover there may be a way out of the cavern.
But to where?
How will they escape and what will they encounter if they succeed?

 

 

CATACLYSM 

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CREATURE FEATURE

A small Rocky Mountain community is plunged into fear when their sweet old librarian is found mutilated. She was alone in a locked apartment, with only her cat as a witness.
Her death is only the beginning.

It’s up to Chief Salinger to solve the crimes. With the help of a hot new reporter and some tough local kids, they discover something more terrifying than a murderer.

When the medical examiner cannot comprehend the state of the body, he ships it off to Vancouver for help. That triggers the Army to step in and take over.

Will Chief Salinger be able to save his town from a force beyond our comprehension?

Or will the Army destroy it to keep a secret from the world?

Are you afraid of who is locked in your house with you at night?

You should be.

 

SUDDEN DEATH

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CAMPY HORROR

Death.
There’s An App For That.

When James’ roommate vanishes, he begins to investigate.
After finding his friend’s phone, frozen, locked in a mysterious game loop, James elicits the help of fellow students to uncover the mystery.
They soon discover that this is no regular game.
What they find is more than a game. Much more
Whatever you do, don’t click ‘download now’, or you’ll be next.

 

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Author Spotlight Stefan Lear

 

1) Tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

My books generally are dark in nature. Almost all of them are tinged with horror elements. I’m a twisted little f*** and don’t see things the way “normal” people do. You have breakfast with eggs and sausage and see eggs and sausage. I have breakfast with eggs and sausage and wonder what parts of the victim’s body are stuffed inside that sausage skin. Twisted, yeah I know.

His newest release – and in audio today! 

 

2) How long have you been writing?

That’s sort of a loaded question. The first time I remember writing and being proud of what I had written was somewhere in the third grade (I’m in my fifties now). Our mother used to sit us down on Wednesdays at the coffee table in the living room and have us write. We could pick our own topic, and Momma would require us to write a one page paper on our chosen subject. She would grade us for spelling and grammar. i think my most memorable paper at that age was “When I become a rock star.”

 

3) Are you traditionally published, or self published?

Traditionally published? Are you kidding me? No way; I’m a proud indy. Let me briefly explain why I’m not seeking to have a traditional publisher.

In both traditional and indy [publishing] the first thing that happens is I write and get a story ready for submission. But in traditional publishing, I submit my work to a person that subjectively decides whether or not my writing will be financially viable for the market. More often than not, this one decision is influenced by their personal tastes. They say whether or not the work I just poured my soul into will bee accepted by the public. And oftentimes they are wrong. Let’s use JK Rowling as an example. She had over twenty rejection letters from publishers before a small press decided they would take a chance on her writing. We all know what happened after that.

The next issue is money. IF you get accepted by a traditional publisher, you’re lucky to get paid 10—13% of the royalties that the book you just wrote generates. But if i’m an indy author, I can see royalties of as high as 70%. So now I have to decide: 13% vs 70%. Hmmm…yea, no contest there.

 

4) If self-published when/why did you take that route.

See my previous answer. Let me also add I like to manage my projects from start to finish: I hire editors, I hire formatters for the interior, I hire covers artists, and love to figure out marketing plans for each launch. I love the nitty gritty details of bringing a book to market, and I’m okay with spending 12+ hours each day to do that.

5) Does writing energize or exhaust you?

I write. I’m an author. I chose this career. It’s obvious isn’t it?

6) How many hours a day do you write?

It varies. I try to stay in my chair and pumping out words at least seven hours a day, but under a tight deadline have stayed up for fifty-two hours straight to pump out  edited words.

7) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Of course! I think every author loves reviews. I’m extremely happy when five-star reviews show up, but the others that are three stars and down are a learning experience. It shows me what are perceived as weaknesses in my writing. The pivot, the determinant of whether I can grow as an author, is whether I take those negative reviews personal and let that resentment grow. If I can honestly assess my writing, I can use my negative reviews as a chance to hone my craft.

8) What was your hardest scene to write?

It hasn’t been written yet – or more precisely, it hasn’t been released yet.

Let me explain that. My middle sister (I had three) was violently murdered on June 2, 2017. I know how she got to that point, all the big events that led up to her being where she was, in the condition she was in, when she was murdered, and I was helpless to do anything about it. I’m working on a novel that dives in-depth about the subject. It’s a work of fiction, but there are thinly veiled events that happened in real life that heavily influenced the narrative. It’s an exploration of what I feel around the events, and each time I work on the novel I end up crying and have to stop and set it aside. After a year, the pain of losing my sister still overwhelms me at times.

 

9) What is your favorite childhood book?

That one’s easy. Lord of The Rings by JRR Tokein. It was the only fantasy book, the only book period, in which the author took the time to craft and create two syntactically correct languages for the story. You could say that about Star Trek and the Klingon language, but the creation of Klingon didn’t happen until the release of the series.

 

10) What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

lMAO, just sitting down at the desk and starting each day. There are a thousand things I want to do every day. It takes a few minutes to remind me once I’ve started writing that this is what I really love, what makes my soul soar. It really is a labor of love. There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing…it just takes me a few minutes each day to be reminded of that.

 

11) Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

Favorite author? That would be Clive Barker. Emulate him? I couldn’t even begin to think that I could write like him. The visual tapestry his words conjure are as close to magical for me as any magic show I’ve ever seen. He writes the most psychologically dense horror stories I’ve ever read. He weaves nightmares and philosophy into new worlds that teem with life and menace and hope.

12) What book changed your life?

Books of Blood by Clive Barker

13) Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

First, they’re damn good and getting better. Second, I don’t follow one genre. You never know what I’ll write. But there is always darkness in them. Not everything ends nicely and neatly. Life is full of tragedies and personal disappointments. But there is always hope. I like to cover all aspects of that, of life.

 

What are you waiting for – get stalking! 

My personal site, which is forever in a state of flux… https://stefanlear.com

Facebook profile… https://www.facebook.com/stefanlearauthor

Facebook group… stefanlearslaughterhouse

Twitter… https://twitter.com/stefanlear

Amazon page… https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B01903R4WE

BookBub page… https://www.bookbub.com/authors/stefan-lear

Author Interview with Rhonda Hopkins

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How long have you been writing?

I’ve pretty much written ever since third grade. We were given a fiction assignment and I wrote about how the raccoons got their masks. Ever since I’ve made up stories just for myself. I really never thought about publishing though until a friend encouraged me after reading one of my stories. She even went to the trouble of getting a list of writing courses for me at a local college. Thank you, Kay Rifkin! The professor was a fantastic mentor for me and she encouraged me to attend one of the local writer workshops where I learned even more. Thank you, Carmen Goldthwaite! So, I’ve been writing with an eye to publication for a few years now.  Most of it was just learning as I go until recently.

Are you traditionally published, or self-published?

I’m an indie author.

If self-published when/why did you take that route.

I researched all my options and decided that I wanted to try the indie path. I’m so glad I did. I think I have learned more about the publishing industry than I would have had I had someone handling everything for me. I wouldn’t rule out a traditional deal in the future though if the terms are good.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Writing definitely energizes me. I love getting all my ideas written down and out of my head. I have all these stories vying for attention, so it’s very rewarding getting them out there.

How many hours a day do you write?

Anywhere from one to six. It just depends on what else I have to do and if the words are flowing. I haven’t ever suffered from writing block, but there are some days when words just don’t flow as well. I don’t force like forcing them because I usually have to go back and rewrite those sections. But, I absolutely adore those days, when the muse is pouring out words so quickly I can barely keep up.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do read the reviews. I’m honored and elated by the good ones. I read the not so great ones to see if they offer any criticism that I need to take into account for the future. Otherwise, I don’t let them get me down. I don’t like everything I read, so I can’t expect everyone to like everything I write.

What was your hardest scene to write?

Actually, the hardest thing for me to write was my grandmother’s dedication for Survival. She passed away in 2002 from cancer and I still miss her every day.

What is your favorite childhood book?

My favorite is actually a series. I started reading Nancy Drew when I was about seven and I think I went through all our library had. I just devoured them. I’ve been a devoted reader ever since, reading all kinds of different genres. I read very fast and usually get through three to four books a week. I don’t think I could even fall asleep now without reading.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

Deciding what to work on is the most difficult part of writing. As I said above, I have so many stories/ideas and I want to write them all now. I have to actually give myself deadlines on different projects, so I’ll concentrate on one until it’s complete. Otherwise, I’d be skipping back and forth and never accomplishing anything. But, the most difficult part of publishing is the marketing/promotion. I’m a true introvert and don’t like bringing attention to myself. But, my work won’t ever be seen if I don’t.

Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

My favorite author is Dean Koontz. His words flow like magic. I would love to be able to write like him, but I can only write like me.

Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

I write several different genres and for different ages. I have a zombie apocalypse series, Survival, in

The Gift 3D Cover Transparent copyprogress. Survival: Prequel is available now and Dead of Winter will be out this fall. I’ve won a couple of awards for my paranormal novella, The Consuming. I even have a heart-warming family holiday short story published. Toward the end of the year, I should (hopefully) release the first in a middle-grade paranormal series. And, I’ll be working on a young adult urban fantasy the beginning of next year as well. I also have plans for a paranormal romance series and a romantic suspense series.

 

 

 

 

I also write non-fiction. Navigating Family Court:

NFC Paperback ImageIn the Best Interest of Your Child will help those involved in family court prepare for what to expect and for what will be expected of them. It’s scary and confusing when your children are involved in custody litigation, so I wanted to share my twenty years experience of working within the family courts to help ease things for the parents and therefore the children.

 

 

 

 

Personal Links:

Website: http://rhondahopkins.com

Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/Rhonda-Hopkins/e/B009KWDCCW

Goodreads: https://goodreads.com/RhondaHopkins

Facebook: https://familycourt.com/RhondaHopkins.Author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rhonda_Hopkins

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+RhondaHopkins

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/RhondaRHopkins

 

Navigating Family Court Links:

Website: https://navigatingfamilycourt.com

Facebook: https://facebook.com/NavigatingFamilyCourt

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NavigatingCourt

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

 

Thank you so much for the great interview questions, Theresa. I really appreciate the opportunity to discuss my work with you and your readers.

 

 

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

I’m pleased to share my interview with Gordon Bickerstaff! Like, Follow, Share, READ and review!

Tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

My books are in the crime/thriller genre but not police /detective. They take inspiration from a TV series in the 70s called ‘Doomwatch’ centered around a government department which investigates high-level crimes. So in my books, the department is called The Lambeth Group. The series is now 6 books, and all the stories are stand-alone but there are recurring characters and in each new episode. The series features ex-Special Forces Zoe Tampsin and scientist Gavin Shawlens as the principal protagonists.

How long have you been writing?

I started pulling ideas together and writing scenes about twelve years ago. When I retired in 2011, I started writing full-time.

Are you traditionally published, or self-published?

Self-published. I have been trad published, but they were academic textbooks.

If self-published when/why did you take that route.

I prefer self-pub because it is easy to enhance the stories weeks, months or years later.  Self-pub is less pressure. Even with academic books, I had publishers asking for a synopsis of the next book and the next and their deadlines are rigid because of schedules.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both researching and writing are energising. Editing and marketing are exhausting.

How many hours a day do you write?

Depends on the scene. Creating a new scene can consume 10 hours a day. Modifying, tweaking or enhancing can take a few hours in a day.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I try to. Good reviewers can provide useful feedback, which has led me to tweak a story. I don’t bother with bad reviews. If someone didn’t like a book, then that is a personal choice. You can’t please all of the readers. I’m a reader, and I’ve read books that weren’t for me. It is also about numbers if I have 20 reviews and only or two are negative then that can be ignored. If 15 reviews were negative, then there is something wrong with the book.

What was your hardest scene to write?

I haven’t found any scene hard to write.  I prefer to research a topic, so I have material to inform me and help me create a new perspective.  Having said that, some of the research I’ve done has been harrowing.

 

What is your favorite childhood book?

The Biggles adventures by W.E. Johns were my favourites.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

One the story is done, going over and over and over it to find plot holes, errors and scene glitches that need to be fixed.

Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

I like Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson, and Lee Child. I think I am aware of their style and as I enjoy reading them, I aim to reach their standard.

What book changed your life?

Jules Verne ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ made me want to become a scientist, which I did.

Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

Feedback is always welcome.  Try one before you decide. On my Website, there are Free PDF samples of first 8 chapters of each book. No sign-up required.

Please add all your links below.

Twitter                 @ADPase

Facebook             https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012357701552

Website               https://gordonbickerstaff.blogspot.co.uk/

Amazon                https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gordon-Bickerstaff/e/B008KK5Q9W/

The most recent book (June 2018) is ‘Tears of Fire’

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Lambeth Group investigator, Gavin Shawlens, is on their trail. But all is not as it seems and he is pushed way out of his depth when the killers turn on his family. Gavin’s Lambeth Group partner, Zoe Tampsin, is cut off from him and fighting her own battle to stay alive.

They need to connect, but Zoe will face an impossible choice. Stop the killers before they pull off the most audacious murder that will shock the world and change it forever. Or, rescue Gavin’s family from the jaws of evil.

Thank you Theresa

How does a scientist write books for kids? Find out here.

Introducing Paul Ian Cross

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Hi Paul, tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

Hi Theresa, thanks for having me! I’m Paul Ian Cross and I’m a children’s author and scientist from London, UK. I work in clinical research (developing new medicines). I very much enjoy my science career but I also have a real passion for writing stories!

How long have you been writing?

I loved creative writing and art at school; but I was also good at the sciences. I ended up doing a biology degree and went into a science career. I always loved writing but I didn’t think I would be good enough. I now understand that most writers feel that way! I have been writing fiction on and off for around five years, but I’ve been doing it part-time for two years now.


Are you traditionally published, or self published?

My first books have been self-published but I’m hoping to move into traditional publishing as well.

If self-published when/why did you take that route.

Breaking into children’s traditional publishing is so difficult that I decided to build a profile first. The best way to do that was to publish my own stories, gain feedback from readers and develop my writing. I hope to submit a manuscript to traditional publishers later this year, but I’ll also continue to self-publish some of my work as well. I feel that a ‘hybrid’ approach will become a much more popular method in future, as you get the best of both worlds.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

I’d say it’s a combination of both. I think plotting and developing a story really energises me, but the writing process through to editing and polishing the manuscript can become exhausting. Yet, I still love it and I can’t imagine doing anything else anymore.

How many hours a day do you write?

I aim to do at least one or two hours a day. I realised that I make a lot more progress by building writing into my day rather than trying to doing everything in large bursts.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do read reviews as I feel that the readers’ perspective is so important to help you develop as an author. There are always some reviews that don’t add any value but more often than not, reviewers will help show you areas where you need to develop your writing. This can only be a good thing in my opinion.

What was your hardest scene to write?

I found it very hard to finish my first novel, The Lights of Time. As a time travel story I wanted the time travel elements to fit together and this was very challenging to do!

What is your favorite childhood book?

One book that comes to mind is my first picture book, Zeeb and the Martians, by John Webster and Ian McCullough. This was the book that started off my love of science fiction, so I probably wouldn’t be writing today if it wasn’t for this book!

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

I find there are always excuses not to write and you must actively make it part of your day. The creative process needs time and a lot of effort.

Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

I have so many favourite authors. I love Kelly Barnhill and Abi Elphinstone. I would love to follow them in their footsteps and have an award-winning novel!

What book changed your life?

A eureka moment came for me at the age of twelve, when I saw a photograph in the newspaper of a Tyrannosaurus rex chasing Jeff Goldblum. A movie with real dinosaurs! Well, they looked real enough to me. My interest sparked instantly. As an avid dinosaur fan, I looked forward to it with great delight. After some careful research, I discovered the upcoming movie was actually based on a book. I couldn’t wait for the summer release, so my Mum bought me a copy of the book instead: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Using a combination of scientific theory and well-crafted storytelling, the book fascinated me. I read it from cover to cover in a matter of days. Me, a reluctant reader, who couldn’t usually get passed the first chapter.

Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

I’m really excited to launch my first upper middle grade novel, The Lights of Time in July. I’m currently looking for beta readers so if anyone is interested, please do get in touch on paul@pauliancross.com!

Thank you for having me! 😊

The Lights of Time

http://www.pauliancross.com/books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Author Melanie P. Smith

Please give Melanie a warm welcome, check out our interview, give a like or a share, and become a stalker.

 

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  • How long have you been writing?

I’ve actually been writing all my life.  It has taken many forms over the years.  In college, I put aside my fictional writing to focus on term-papers and other assignments.  In my job, I used my writing skills for web development, awards citations and annual reports.  In 2015, I returned to my passion and published my first novel.  And the rest, I guess you could say… is history.

I wrote a fun blog about this very topic.

https://melaniepsmith.com/how-it-all-began/

  • Are you traditionally published, or self-published?

I am an Indie (or self-published) author.

  • If self-published when/why did you take that route.

I decided to go the Indie route because I like the idea of having complete control over my work.  I decide the plot, the cuts, the covers and the marketing strategies.  I’m fairly picky about what I want; so, it seemed like the best fit for me.

  • Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Writing energizes me.  When I’m forced to take a break for too long, I miss it and cant’ wait to get back.  It’s everything else that is exhausting (web updates, marketing, networking, etc.)

  • How many hours a day do you write?

I don’t have a set writing schedule.  Some days I write for hours at a time, other days I can only dedicate an hour or two.

  • Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I rarely read book reviews these days.  When I published my first novel, I read them religiously but I found I was second guessing myself too much.  I actually prefer personal contact with my fans over written reviews.  My favorite fan is ten and she loves my Warrior Series.  I had the honor of meeting HayLee for ice cream one day and I think our time together was as special to me as it was to her.  I will occasionally skim through reader comments if I’m actively promoting a certain novel; but, I don’t dwell on them anymore.

  • What is your favorite childhood book?

As a small child, I loved the Boxcar Children.  Eventually, I progressed to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries.  In my teen years, I devoured anything by Agatha Christy.

  • Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

I have many favorite authors, there are so many truly incredible stories tellers to choose from.  But, if I had to pick just one, Nora Roberts would be at the top.  She is truly talented and I admire the way she can develop any character, in any story so the reader feels like they are hearing from an old friend; someone they’ve known for years.   Her vivid descriptions draw you into the story and make you feel like you are actually there, experiencing the events first hand.

I consciously work to develop my stories to achieve this same feeling of familiarity.  I also work hard to describe my scenes using all the senses to make the reader feel like they are smelling the flowers, tasting that hot dog, hearing the crowd roar or swiping that bead of sweat from their brow on a hot day.

 

  • Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

I currently have multiple projects in the works.  In addition to my third criminal suspense novel, I am working on a new Immortal Trilogy.  The release date for book one – Divergence – is still unknown but I’m having a lot of fun writing about a group of Demi-Gods and their rivals; the Titans.  In the meantime, check out my other books.  My Warrior Series is a complete paranormal romance collection that consists of seven books and two novellas.  My brochure has detailed information, book links and eBook trailers.  Be sure to check it out.

http://geni.us/Warrior

I’m also participating in a multi-author anthology this fall.  The entire collection consists of psychological horror stories written by amazing authors.  It is sure to be dark, disturbing and will certainly go bump in the night.

Additional Brochures
http://geni.us/SuspenseBrochure
http://geni.us/FictionBrochure

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http://geni.us/melaniepsmith

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http://geni.us/MPSGoodreads

Barnes & Noble
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iTunes
http://geni.us/iMelaniePSmith

 

Thank you Theresa Jacobs.

 

 

 

Bust out of the writing mold

Aren’t you tired of reading, or even seeing, the same old formula? The Hero always wins, the guy gets the girl. Two people met, they fall in love, they have a big fight, they make up and ride off into the sunset.

 

If you read the structures, and plot outlines, and writing for mainstream, they all tell you the same thing. Stick to the formula. Or you’ll hear if you want to make it as a writer, you must do these things, don’t deviate.

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Well, I say screw that!

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Why not have someone else ride in and save the day?

 

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Kill the Hero

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Hero saves the girl – or vise versa-  but they loathe each other. Or feel more like relatives. Or just bff’s for life.

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Two people meet and fall in love meet other people and break up. Shake up the audience.

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Sure, we all want to root for the good guy, but in life, they don’t always come out on top. Why should in they in fiction?

 

So far Game of Thrones has been the best example of all of the above.

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I am loving this formula and trying to keep my books away from the norm. Sure, one of them has two teens in love, and they stay together through thick and thin. But I wrote that one twenty years ago and didn’t know any better.

Now I aim to write, creepy, interesting, or unique stories. Some that haven’t been told before and other’s that may have but with a twist.

How do you bust out of the norm? Share your ideas’ or drop your titles.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Theresa-Jacobs/e/B01BAS13T2

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