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Your Choice: Savor or Devour


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This weekend, one of my writer friends showed up at my house with chocolate cake. Now, I am not going to turn that away, I mean her away. She brought a large piece so I ate a couple of yummy bites and then put it away for another time. I found myself savoring the cake over a couple of days and it got me thinking that eating a treat can be compared to reading a great book. Now stay with me, and I’ll explain what this is all about.

I have found that when a book is really good many readers do one of two things.

Savor – when a reader reads slowly to savor the story because they don’t want it to end

Devour – when a reader can’t put a book down because it is that good

I have a tendency to devour books. I read the last Harry Potter book in one day! With some of my favorite writers, I will read the book FAST, FAST, FAST and then go back and reread the story. If we take the cake analogy further, I would say I eat the frosting and then go back and eat the rest of the cake 🙂

As an author, I hope that readers enjoy my stories right down the the last sweet bite!

So what type of reader are you when you get that really GOOD book?

 

 

 

Speak Up!

child-1267510_640While my editor is reading my first draft of To Have and To Howl, I thought it was a good time to try something new. So I bought dictation software. I finally bit the bullet and decided to try it after hearing other authors rave about dictation. They said it helped with productivity, and it was healthier because they didn’t have to sit and type at the computer.

I’ve been using the software for a couple of days now, and one of the things I found out rather quickly is that you need to be patient. And that is something that I’m not very good at. Another thing that I’ve learned is that I’m teaching myself how to rethink as I write. What I mean by that is that when I type, in some respects, I’m using muscle memory. With dictation, I have to think through my mouth…so to speak – LOL

I have to remind myself that when I first learned to type it was a slow process and now I do it without thinking. So I hope the same thing can be said about the dictation software once I get used to it. So far, it’s been an interesting ride. As a matter fact, I am writing my blog tonight with the software. My cat Dylan is sitting next to me meowing and the software keeps asking me to repeat what I’m saying 🙂

If I don’t watch him closely, he’ll be using my computer and dictating emails to his cat friends! I’ll let you guys know how it goes as I get more used to hearing myself tell my stories out loud.

The picture I’ve included is a representation of me working on my dictation software. Except I don’t have red hair, and the headset I’m using isn’t pink, and I’m not a doll, but you get the idea!

Humor Me This

smiley-1876329_640When I write, I find that I can’t tell a story that doesn’t contain humor. It’s central to my being and therefore central to the characters and scenes I create. I think it’s because even in the hardest and toughest of times, humor plays a part. A smile or a simple laugh can get us through a tough day.

For my characters, humor is a tool. For some, it’s their friend and they embrace it and share it. For others, they use it as a weapon to keep people from getting too close.

And there is something poignant about humor in romance/suspense. It serves as a wonderful foil when things aren’t going well. To have the ability to release tension through laughter moves the story forward.

So sometimes a laugh, isn’t just a laugh. It serves a greater purpose. When you read do you like to laugh even when you want to cry? That to me is an amazing story. Smiling with tears in my eyes. As a writer, my goal is to bring you to both. Hopefully, I’ll continue to do so 🙂

Tonight We Dance!

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The following words make me so, so happy…

I finished the first draft of my novel! I finished the first draft of my novel!

Yep, I had to say it twice because it makes me so excited. I actually did a little happy dance when I typed the last words. My hero and heroine’s story has FINALLY come to life with some tears and laughter (both theirs and mine) thrown in.

Typing “The End” to my third book in my paranormal wedding planners series, TO HAVE AND TO HOWL, was yet another milestone in my continuing writer’s path.

So tonight, I celebrate. Well, actually I’m writing this blog, but you get the idea. Tomorrow I begin the first of many, many reads and edits. But until then, it’s time to dance!

 

Trying Something New

If you have been following my blog for a while you know that my father and I participate in our small town’s annual chalk walk event. Over the past 10 or so years, we have stuck to classic cartoon characters from Snoopy, to Sylvester & Tweety, to Winnie the Pooh, to name just a few.

This year, my father wanted to do something different. So we tackled 3-D.

While it was definitely not our normal genre, it was an interesting change from what we have done in the past. And it got me thinking.

What if I wrote something that wasn’t paranormal? I’ve been tinkering with maybe trying my hand at a romantic suspense, or perhaps a sci-fi romance…

You never know where inspiration and a new world will come from. But I’m open to the possibility…

So here is this year’s pic! What do you think?

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The Power of Word of Mouth

smile-191626_640A cute little marketing story to share with you…

Today I got a voicemail from my Dentist’s Office. Normally I get reminder calls before my cleanings, but I knew that I didn’t have one coming up anytime soon, so I was a little confused. Then I listened to the message…

The dental assistant called me. One of the patients she spoke to that day told her that she likes to read paranormal. The assistant thought of me immediately and told her that I write paranormal, but she couldn’t remember my pen name. So a quick call was made to ask me what my pen name was so that she could share it with her patient!

How wonderful it that! Word of mouth is a powerful tool (and yes, I know there’s pun potential there…dentist…mouth. Can’t help myself sometimes!)

Having people talk about your writing with others is a gift that I can never thank you all enough for.

So thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you…well, you get the idea 🙂

 

Writer’s Guide to Sagging Middles

belly-2354_640For a writer, middles can be quite troublesome. In a book, the beginning draws the reader in and the ending gives the reader a satisfying (hopefully) conclusion. The hardest thing to write? The daggone middle of the book. You have to propel that story along and keep the reader tagging along for the ride.

You’ll hear writers talk about sagging middles and while they might be talking about their midsection, more then likely they mean the middle of their work. It is so important to draw the reader into the story and KEEP THEM INVESTED. So the middle is very important. If it sags, the reader might abandon the story and never read the amazing ending.

For me, getting to the middle of the book is sometimes stressful. Ultimately, it is one of the turning points  (in both the story and my writing) and begins the set up for the rest of the unveiling. Because the center of the book is so important, as a writer it is often hard to get to it and get through it. Which is why I’m so happy to have gotten to the middle of my current novel and am starting to pick up speed in anticipation of the second half of the story!

Think of this way…when you start to exercise, it is so much easier to finish the workout once you’ve reached the half way mark. That’s how it feels once you’ve gotten past that middle scene. Not only does the reader want that happy-ever-after to happen, but so does the writer!

Sit-ups and crunches aside, I made it through the middle and am heading toward that finish line.