Wednesday’s Writing & Words

Today on Wednesday’s Writing & Words, I’m excited to interview Marie Godley and introduce her debut novel, Janalya. Thank you so much for sharing a little bit about your life with us. 

Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? Are you married? Any kids? Where do you live?

I live in Christchurch in Dorset, UK. A lovely historical town with ruined castles, an 11th century Priory and an old workhouse that now houses a museum. I only live a mile and half from the beach and about a 15min drive into the New Forest. Sharing this lovely location with me are my husband, teenage son and (for the moment as she’s about to start university) my daughter.

What genre do you write? Why do you like that particular type of story?

I write fantasy stories because (if you listen to my family) I have a weird imagination. I’ve always loved reading, an influence from my youth would definitely be The Chronicles of Narnia (in fact my second children’s book has talking animals alongside elves, a unicorn, a sorceress and other creatures as well as the human protagonist) and although I don’t limit myself to fantasy, I do love the escape of those – and paranormal books. I think that feeling is why I write fantasy – because you can introduce things that don’t have to be real, reality can be rewritten, if only for the length of a book.

What are your fondest memories of writing or reading?

Not sure about fondest memories but some of my earliest memories of reading by myself are reading under the covers by torchlight (something my son used to do, and once he reads this he’s going to be cross that I kept telling him off for doing it) and going to our local mobile library looking for books. My favourite was The Brother’s Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren. I bought this book when my children were the right age for it and read them a chapter a night. Before long my husband was joining the story-telling sessions because he’s never read it.

What are some of your favorite authors and books?

I still love my childhood authors, the previously mentioned C.S Lewis and his Narnia books, as well as Enid Blyton. I find that sometimes you want to read something comforting, without having to concentrate too hard – children’s books that you’re familiar with are perfect for this. As for adult books I’m spoilt for choice, with all of my author friends producing such wonderful stories and I can’t mention them all for fear of taking up too much space but I enjoy paranormal, romance and romance set round police personnel, as well as the more well known authors like Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Rick Riordan and for the classics, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.

If you could describe what writing means to you, how would you do so?

Writing still has to take second place to my family, but when I’m writing, the story has to be told. The pictures and dialogue is vivid in my head, whether it translates to the page as well – I don’t know, I guess only readers can tell me that – but it has to be written, I can’t leave my characters without trying.

What is your favorite snack & drink while reading/writing?

Tea. Tea is a must to get me through the day whether I’m writing or not. There’s a great café where I go to write and I sit in the window with my mug of tea – or hot chocolate if I fancy a change and just write. I can get 4 pages of A4 paper filled with my scribble in an hour. My reward snack is M&M’s – chocolate ones. This started because my daughter and I both had stories published in anthologies – her initial is M too, so it seemed an obvious choice.

Which book do you think was best adapted into a movie? Why?

I think the most authentic adaptations are usually the classics because the stories are so well known that they can’t change details in them (except for Pride and Prejudice when they usually lose one of Bingley’s sisters entirely!)

Which book was the least successful adaptation into a movie? Why?

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief is a good movie but if you compare it to the book you’d be disappointed. So many things are changed even the style of the camp that is a big deal in the book is completely different, although it works for the movie. I have to watch the movie without thinking about the series of books and then I can enjoy it.

Write your favorite quote and explain why you picked it?

I like Roald Dahl’s quote – “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it” because it’s true but the one that sums up my writing is by John Lennon “I believe in everything until it is disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s just in your mind.”

Any other things you’d like to share?

I’d like to say thanks for having me today and for letting me ramble on. Also just to let everyone know that my first YA novel, Janalya is out on 22nd August 2015. It is available to pre-order.

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Janalya is an air elemental, searching for others of her kind.
Katsuo is Shatara, a shape-shifting panther.
History decrees that they are enemies, but fate seems to be handing them different roles. What is Janalya’s true destiny, and is it more complex than even she knew?

Book Links:

Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Marie%20Godley&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_n_0?fst=as%3Aoff&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Amarie+godley&keywords=marie+godley&ie=UTF8&qid=1439545019&rnid=2941120011

If your readers would like to find out more about me, follow my progress, or purchase the book then here are the links:

Website: http://www.mariegodley.moonfruit.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarieGodley

Blog: http://www.marie-mariegodleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/

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Wednesday’s Writing & Words

 From Fairytales to Fiction 

I was around the tender age of 15 when I started reading romance novels. My mother would read a book and if she liked it, she’d then give it to me. I’d always enjoyed reading but was outgrowing the middle grade books and the YA genre wasn’t big back then, at least I’d never heard of it. Not having much money, books weren’t a cost my mother would spend money on anyway, and she never had any time to take me to the library. So I read her cast a ways. Thus was my introduction into the wonderful world of romance.  

Besides being the only books laying around to read, I quickly fell in love with the genre. Romance novels seem to get a bad rap more than likely because of the sex scenes. I’m sure the covers don’t help elevate the genre either. I mean who can take a book seriously when the covers depict handsome, muscular guys with no shirts on, ripping the dress off of a beautiful ladies? Because of the covers the genre actually is nicknamed bodice rippers. Yet these stories were magical in my teenage eyes.

As a child I always loved the fairytales and dreamed of finding my prince charming, or a knight on a white horse. I wanted to be the princess or even Rapunzel trapped in the tower, waiting for her hero to rescue her. I know, I know, that isn’t politically correct and it’s not a feminist view. Women today want to be strong and save themselves, not wait for man to rescue them, but I was only 15!! As a teenager reading romance novels transferred my childhood fantasies into adult ones. I was now reading about real women finding their true loves, not just princesses finding their princes. It gave me hope that someday even I could find a handsome man to marry and we’d live happily ever after.

Okay, I am a hopeless romantic and these novels feed that love, but there really is more to this genre. Fast forward thirty years, I’ve found my guy, albeit not a prince. 😉 I had my beautiful wedding, and we just celebrated our silver anniversary. Our  two kids are now adults.  I’ve lived my fairytale. And now I not only read romance novels but I write them. Why? Because I still love reading about two people falling in love and overcoming all obstacles to be together. The problems that face the hero & heroine is what draws me to a story. If books had plots like  boy meets girl they fall love, get engaged, then get married, I’d stop reading. Yes, I know that is usually how it happens in real life but that is plain boring in a novel. Your characters have to have chaos to make it interesting.  Parents pulling them apart, old flames coming back into their lives, conniving friends, dead spouses coming back to life. Sound too fantastical? Yeah, tyouhat is the point. It’s fiction, the more trouble you make your characters face the more rewarding it is in the end when they finally get to be together.  

Character Development 

Character development is important in every genre but it is especially vital in romance novels. Romances unfold at a slower pace, allowing a lot of room to develop the characters. When making up your characters try to give them a few flaws, if they are too perfect the readers won’t buy it. Give them genuine emotions so the readers can feel and understand why the hero/heroine are doing something. Has the hero done something that the heroine needs to forgive? Make sure you don’t just have her forgive him right away. Draw it out. Make her emotions go back and forth between forgiving and being angry. If you want the reader to believe that she is willing to forgive a lie, betrayal or infidelity, making her actions & emotions realistic help the reader identify. In real life no one says okay I forgive you and that’s it. The road to forgiveness is long and hard.

The more emotional content you add the more invested the reader will be. Feelings fluctuate in real life but they need to be exaggerated in books and movies. A hero/heroine can’t just love. They need to love with their whole heart, their entire being and to the depths of their soul. Simply not liking the main character isn’t enough for the villain. They must hate that person so deeply that anger oozes out of every pore. The circumstances can be real or imagined but the feeling need to be genuine. If you can make the reader understand why the villain hates that person or why the hero/heroine love each other then you will keep the reader’s attention.

Creating Obstacles to Overcome

You also need to create several different obstacles to overcome. One of the worst things I’ve noticed is when a writer tries to use one obstacle to sustain a full length novel. The plot feels too drawn out and the obstacle starts to wane half way through the book. If something else doesn’t happen the reader will lose interest. Obstacles can also add twists to your story. I know that mysteries are known for plot twists but romance novels can be enhanced by good twists as well. The storylines I remember most are the ones where something happened that I didn’t expect for example, in Teresa Medeiors’s Until Dawn. You are half way through the novel when you find out that the heroine is the hero’s ex-girlfriend. While the hero was blind he had no idea that the girl taking care of him now, is the same girl who left him after the accident that blinded him. Once he regained his eyesight they had a lot of issues to work through. I still remember this plot twist years later. It was something different and very unexpected.

The more hot water your characters face the more interesting the novel will be. So what will your characters face today?

Introducing Author Candy Ann Little

Charles Ray's Ramblings

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The Unwilling Bride is a historical romance.

Set amid political unrest in 1789, Caitlin Gallagher finds herself in an arranged marriage. She hates the idea of marriage and loathes the man that is now her husband. With all the turmoil in her life, she starts to doubt her faith. Can Caitlin find faith in God and love in the arms of her enemy?

Dillon Cade’s quiet life is turned upside-down when he agrees to marry a young maiden to protect her. As he uses his newspaper to fight President Adams’ sedition acts and help Thomas Jefferson get elected, he must now also deal with an unwilling bride. Can Dillon tolerate her behavior long enough to win her trust?

Unforgiving Ghosts is a contemporary romance

Trying to deal with grief, Megan Black leaves her small farm in Illinois and moves to the quaint city of Santa Barbara, California. As she struggles…

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Wednesday’s Writing & Words

Having recently relocated to the beautiful state of Kentucky I have come across some words and phrases that I’ve never heard before. Today’s word of the week is one that I find fun and interesting.

My daughter first told me this word and I thought she was making it up. I mean who has ever heard of catawampus? Doesn’t that sound like a totally made up word? Even as my daughter argued that it was a real word I thought she was just being creative.

Then one day as my husband was watching tractor pulling on TV the announcer said “things are just going all catawampus today.” My head snapped up at the same time my daughter said, “see I told you it was a real word.”

So I’ve picked it as my word of the week. Hope you enjoy it.

Word of the Week

catawampus

 [kat-uhwom-puh s] Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
adjective
1.

askew; awry.
2.

positioned diagonally; cater-cornered.
adverb
3.

diagonally; obliquely:

We took a shortcut and walked catawampus across the field.
Origin of catawampus
1830-1840

1830-40 for earlier sense “utterly”; cata- diagonally (see cater-cornered ) + -wampus, perhaps akin to wampish

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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.

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Word Origin and History for catawampus
adj.

also catawampous, cattywampus, catiwampus, etc. (see “Dictionary ofAmerican Slang” for more), American colloquial. First element perhaps from obsolete cater “to set or move diagonally” (see catty-cornered ); second element perhaps related to Scottish wampish “to wriggle, twist, or swerveabout.” Or perhaps simply the sort of jocular pseudo-classical formationpopular in the slang of those times, with the first element suggesting Greekkata-.

Earliest use seems to be in adverbial form, catawampusly (1834),expressing no certain meaning but adding intensity to the action: “utterly,completely; with avidity, fiercely, eagerly.” It appears as a noun from 1843,as a name for an imaginary hobgoblin or fright, perhaps from influence ofcatamount. The adjective is attested from the 1840s as an intensive, butthis is only in British lampoons of American speech and might not beauthentic. It was used in the U.S. by 1864 in a sense of “askew, awry,wrong” and by 1873 (noted as a peculiarity of North Carolina speech) as “ina diagonal position, on a bias, crooked.”

Wednesday’s Writing & Words with Charles Ray

Today on Wednesday’s Writing & Words, I’m excited to introduce Charles Ray, author of Frontier Justice. 

 

 Frontier Justice:  Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal

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When the Civil War ended, runaway slave Bass Reeves returned to Arkansas, married his sweetheart, and started raising a family. Unable to read or write English, but proficient in six Indian languages and an expert with firearms, he was often hired by deputy U.S. Marshals to scout when they sought fugitives in Indian Territory. When President U.S. Grant appointed Isaac Parker federal judge for Arkansas and the Indian Territory, Parker decided to hire African-Americans as deputies because inhabitants of the Indian Territory didn’t trust whites. Reeves was one of several blacks among the 200 deputies Parker deputized, and became the most famous. In a 32-year career, this amazing man captured over 3,000 fugitives and only had to kill 14.

Frontier Justice is a fictionalized account of Reeves’ first two years as a deputy marshal.

 

Interview:

  1. Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? Are you married? Any kids? Where do you live?

A:  I grew up in a small town in East Texas. When  I graduated from high school, I joined the army just to get away from it—oh, and to see the world as well. I’m married and have four adult kids and three grandchildren. After spending 20 years in the army, and a further 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service as an American diplomat there’s no way I could ever fit back into the rural Texas world, so I live in suburban Montgomery County, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC.

  1. What genre do you write? Why do you like that particular type of story?

A:  I write fiction and nonfiction, and because I like reading several genres, I also write more than one. My main fiction, though, is Western/History; a series about the Buffalo Soldiers of the Ninth Cavalry, in the Old West after the Civil War; and a mystery series about a retired army officer who lives in the DC  area and works as a private detective. He hates bureaucrats, politicians, and except for his friend who  works for a firm that has him on retainer, he’s not too fond of lawyers.  I’ve also done a trilogy about the Cold War, a fictionalized account of the life of Bass Reeves, the first African-American deputy US marshal west of the Mississippi, some urban fantasy, and a couple of sword and sorcery stories.  My nonfiction has included a few books on leadership and management and a couple of photo books of my travels. I once taught photography in a junior college, and have worked as a newspaper and magazine photographer/artist.  As to why I like my two main fiction genres—I’ve always been something of a history geek, and I try in my books, even though the events are fictional, to set the historical record straight. In my mystery series, I show how honor and integrity are important, and that in DC, the average people live pretty exciting lives, too.

  1. What are your fondest memories of writing or reading?

A:  When I was a kid, my stepfather’s sister had two sets of encyclopedias—Americana and Britannica—and I was the only person she would let read them. By the time I graduated from high school, I had read every book in both series.

  1. What are some of your favorite authors and books?

A: Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series, Sue Grafton’s Alphabet mysteries, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Louis L’Amour. Some of my favorite books:  The Illustrated Man; I, Robot; A is for Alibi; The Big Chill; John Carter of Mars; The Fire Next Time; Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. See where I’m going with this? I’m all over the place. I love to read—and with a few exceptions, I’ll read anything (almost).

  1. If you could describe what writing means to you, how would you do so?

A: Writing helps me to make sense of the constant jumble of thoughts whirling around in my mind.

  1. What is your favorite snack & drink while reading/writing?

A: I seldom eat when I’m writing. When I’m reading, I like a peanut butter sandwich (only super crunchy). As to drink, when I feel like being healthy, I drink water. I start each morning with one or two cups of coffee. When I get tired of drinking healthy, I mix a big vodka and tonic or plain vodka on ice.

  1. Which book do you think was best adapted into a movie? Why?

A:  I am Legend, starring Will Smith. Even though the screenplay veered off many of the most  chilling scenes in the book, it stayed true to the intent.

  1. Which book was the least successful adaptation into a movie? Why?

A:  I, Robot, also with Will Smith. It was funny and exciting, but too far from the book which has always been one of my favorites.

  1. Write your favorite quote and explain why you picked it?

A:  “You can only be insulted if you allow it.”  Don’t know who originally said it, but it applies so well to writers. You have to have a lot of self-confidence and a thick skin to write for public consumption. No matter how well you write, there will always be someone who doesn’t like it—for whatever reason. That can only bother you if you allow it to.

  1. Any other things you’d like to share?

A: Being a writer means one really important thing—you write. You should write every day, even if it’s just a grocery list or a list of chores. Never, never, never let someone else convince you that you can’t write, because the truth is, you can.

 

Thanks so much for jouning us today!!

 

 

Author Bio:

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Charles Ray has been writing fiction since his teens. A native of Texas, he left home and joined the U.S. Army when he was 17. After 20 years in uniform, he joined the U.S. Foreign Service, serving as an American diplomat in Africa and Asia until his retirement in 2012. He now lives in Maryland where he is a fulltime writer/photographer. Ray has worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist and has written more than 50 works of fiction and nonfiction, including a popular series about the famed Buffalo Soldiers of the Ninth U.S. Cavalry in the period after the Civil War. He has been a book reviewer for various print publications since the 1970s and does regular book reviews on his writer’s blog, http://charlieray45.wordpress.com (Charles Ray’s Ramblings).

He currently works as a part time lecturer for Johns Hopkins University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and runs a workshop in professional writing for Rangel Scholars at Howard University.

 

 FB page ishttps://www.facebook.com/CharlieRay

Twitter is https://twitter.com/charlieray45

 

Today on Wednesday’s, Writing & Words we are interviewing author S.I. Hayes

Today on Wednesday’s Writing & Words, I’m excited to introduce S.I. Hayes, author of  Epic Fantasy Trilogy, The In Dreams Series & Centuries of Blood. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today and letting us delve into your creative mind!!

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Three men, a single heart. What’s a girl to do? Especially when one of them has fangs…
16th Century England. A land at war. It’s people fighting, dying for a king who chases skirts and takes heads on a whim. It is a time of reformation, of love, lust, betrayal and secrets. Catharine Morrigan Cecil is but sixteen years old as the tale unfolds, but her soul screams to be free of Glastonbury. Named for a child lost, she is chained to a life she doesn’t want. Promised to a man whose ways foretell an unhappy life while still in love with another who will not fight for her.
Left rejected, in a reach for freedom she runs. Finding a mysterious town with an even more mysterious stranger. Alexandarious (Darious) is young, strong, and Immortal. A Blood Devourer. Knowing his nature, Catharine Morrigan dares to give him her heart. She has pierced him through and through, but his people are warring and her safety is in peril. He wants and needs the beautiful woman “Morrigan” is becoming. But his heart knows better. She deserves a full life, one he cannot give her.
The marriage bed awaits her as the Ottoman War zone calls him. The pair must separate to save the people to whom they are bound. While Darious fights for his Lord and Lady, Morrigan must fight for her survival at the hands of the man she calls husband.
Can they beat the odds, find each other once more and prove that love truly is Eternal?

Interview

  1. Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? Are you married? Any kids? Where do you live?

My name is Shannon Hayes, I write as S.I.Hayes. I’m not married, no kids, and I’m a recent transplant to Richwood Ohio. I grew up in Milford, Connecticut and until the move out west I was an Ansonia, Connecticut resident. I’ve been writing forever and publishing as an Indy since 2012.

  1. What genre do you write? Why do you like that particular type of story?

I prefer to toe the line on several genres quietly calling myself a Jack–of-all-trade-paperbacks. *Smiles* I tend to stay in the Paranormal and Epic Fantasy niches. But they run amok and bounce into Erotic Elements and I have a penchant for Dramatic Flair. I don’t know if it’s for a like of a particular genre or sub-genre that I write. I don’t usually know what area a work lies in until it’s done. I plan my work but only the beginning and the end. The middles sort of take me on a little adventures making me ask questions like, “Hmm, do they really want to do that? Perhaps I should roll for initiative? And Screaming I need action Points!! <- Those are D&D references for those who are not gamers.

  1. What are your fondest memories of writing or reading?

Fond reading memories? What an odd question. I suppose I have them, what they are however may take time to unveil. Although I have a bit of an Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles addiction. I can remember taking out the first four from the library when I was 13 and binge reading them over the course of 36 hours running on coffee and no sleep, so I could move on to the 5th book as it was just hitting shelves. Fun times indeed.

My best writing memory? Writing Awakenings: The Wrath Saga with Will Van Stone Jr, we started it in middle school and it took us forever to finish it!! I actually lost the manuscript a few times! And we kept having to start over from scratch! See we worked longhand writing the whole thing out then typing it up. We used to actually just sit there and run our moths about the scenes, and write down the good stuff. Dialogue, scenic descriptions, etc. That was good. If you have the opportunity to work with a likeminded partner I do recommend it.

  1. What are some of your favorite authors and books?

Hmm, let’s see… I mentioned The Vampire Chronicles, from Anne Rice. The Frankenstein Series from Dean Koontz.  Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Diaries of the Family Dracul from Jeanne Kalogridis.  There’s a bit of a pattern here… Gone with the Wind from Margaret Mitchell, The Inheritance Series from Christopher Paolini. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy from Douglas Adams… The list goes on and on. I also love Mark Twain and Charlotte Bronte. Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare.

  1. If you could describe what writing means to you, how would you do so?

If you want to be a writer you have in my opinion two options.

1: Go to school, where you will learn structure, and tactics designed and aligned by dead famous people, and probably lose you taste for writing altogether.

​          2: Pick up a pen and a notebook and just write! Write until your hand cramps up and the doctor tells you that you have Carpal Tunnel. But say nay to the surgery because it will be of no use unless you plan to stop writing. If you are compelled to tell a story simply tell it for the sake of the tale.

The second option is my way. I write because I am compelled to do it. I have always had stories swirling around in my head, if I don’t get them out of me I can’t sleep. When my Bi-Polar rears its head in the Manic phase I’m a writing demon. It’s all I do. All I want to do. In the depressive phase I can barely talk let alone write. This sucks to all hell. But I eventually pull out of it. IT’s these times that the writing saves me. It’s brought me out of some very dark places and I’m thankful for the talent no matter how it comes.

  1. What is your favorite snack & drink while reading/writing?

Coffee and Chocolate, like everyone else. *Grins*

  1. Which book do you think was best adapted into a movie? Why?

Clive Barker’s Cabal. It was made into a film called Night Breed in 1990. I always loved the film. The way it took the creatures of the night and gave them a voice, a story and made them horrifying while sympathetic. Showing the outcasts and what that meant for them when faced with the human threat. I got around to reading the book this past year. As I always found the books to be better… Well now I can say that in this case, the Directors cut of Night Breed is far superior to the film. The Novella was missing something. I mean the story was for the most part the same, it was well adapted from the work. But the film was the better showcase by far.

  1. Which book was the least successful adaptation into a movie? Why?

Queen of the Damned. An Anne Rice novel turned book in 2002, while it was a decent film alone, it was NOT a vampire chronical. I’m sorry but they gutted the original work and slapped in bits and pieces of The Vampire Lestat, making for a lukewarm and tedious film. Just terrible…

  1. Write your favorite quote and explain why you picked it?

“Humans like stories. Humans need stories. Stories are good. Stories work.

Story clarifies and captures the essence of the human spirit.

Story, in all its forms—of life, of love, of knowledge— has traced the upward surge of mankind.

And story, you mark my words, will be with the last human to draw breath.”

(Jasper Fforde)​

I don’t remember when I came across this quote, I’ve had it on my pages for as long as I can remember. There’s just something so raw about what he says here. So utterly truthful. So on point for us writers…

  1. Any other things you’d like to share?

A few more thoughts to my process…

Never rush it; I learned this lesson the hard way.

With Traditional publishing there are deadlines, and pressures to produce on a schedule, but I turned that route down because I would not cut my work more. My pride and my compulsion has driven me to write, and not wish to write for anyone but me. I tell the stories as I want to read them. Full of scenic flourishing, exposition, and dialogues. I try to paint fantastic worlds within worlds that may already exist. I try to create worlds that we as readers can hold on to.  I write for me, and choose to share it with all of you because I think that it’s the sharing that brings the work to life. To know that it is in the hands of a reader enriching them in some way is the most thrilling thing in the world for me. I do hope you take a chance and come walk the worlds I have created.

Candy, thanks for letting me run off at the mouth!!

LOL!! At least it’s entertaining mouth running. 😉

Bio:

Shannon (S. I.) Hayes has been telling tales for so long as she has been able to talk, and began writing them down shortly thereafter. She is the singular author of the In Dreams… Series, and a Paranormal Historical Romance called Centuries of Blood: Becoming. Shannon is the Co-Author to Awakenings: The Wrath Saga, a Paranormal Drama likened to Big Brother meets The Real World of the Preternatural, as well as several blogs and host to her own website. S.I.Hayes.com.  In her own words… I have a mind that is easily distracted and prone to wandering. Tangents are my forte, and if you think my characters are going to fit a cookie cutter shape of any kind, think again. They live, they love, they eat, sleep and f***. I believe that people are inherently sexual creatures and my characters be they human or something altogether else are no exception.

I don’t adhere to a single genera, I toe the line on several and wouldn’t presume to be a master of any. So I suppose you could call me jack-of-all-trade-paperbacks.

I am a truth seeker, in my life, in my work. I’d apologize for it, but I kinda can’t help m’self. It’s my best and worst personality trait, well mostly, being Bi-Polar I guess you could say that is the worse. But I believe that the disorder has made me, well… Me.

I have taken this life and twisted, carved, shaped and molded it in to the worlds of my characters. Albeit with a chainsaw, and it has made all the difference.

Links:

A Writer’s Mind, More or Less

The 131 Preview Review

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Call to Arms – Book Marketing Results

Thought I’d share this as it has some wonderful info for marketing. Enjoy!!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Following my Call to Arms, a number of you responded by sharing with me your book marketing experience. I now have about a hundred responses by some fifty authors. Although some of the responses were expected, there were quite a few surprises in there for me.

Methodology

For anyone wishing to take a look at the raw data, you can download this Excel spreadsheet. I grouped the results according to whether the book was offered full-price, discounted or free. I also have a fourth category titled Other, that includes any entries where this was not specified.

To compare the various ad media, I came up with a number that represents the ratio between number of sales and cost of advertising. In other word, if you spent $1 and had one sale, then this number would be one. If you spent $1 and had two sales, the number would be two, etc.

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