Wednesday’s Writing & Words

Today I have the incredible honor of interviewing author, KL Dierking. Every once in a while you come across a person so strong and courageous that you can’t help but be inspired. Today we are having a glimpse into such a life. KL Dierking went from an abused child into a loving, wife, mom and adult. Having suffered sexual and physical abuse, she now works with PTSD victims and helps give them the strength they need to become survivors.

Although she typically writes adult inspirational fiction, she is introducing her first middle grade chapter book,  Angst of a Middle School Newbie   (Vol 1 of the Philippian 4:13 series).

 

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PHILIPPIAN MACEDON has never had a single friend his whole life. Not one. Why would he? He doesn’t fit in anywhere. He’s short, nerdy and terrified of the dark.

To make matters worse, he must now brave the cold cruel world of middle school all alone. His dad is deployed to Iraq and his mom expecting a new baby. Philippian has never felt more alone and invisible.

With a birthday on April thirteen, Philippian is reminded that he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him. Follow his journey through the Philippian 4:13 series as he faces many obstacles and discovers the value of being unique. Be there as he learns to lean on the one friend that has been there all along.

 

You can purchase it at:

https://www.createspace.com/5556598

 

 

Interview

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

I am KL Dierking (Katrina). I reside in central NC with my husband and 4 children ages 19,18,16 and 3. Writing is my passion along with encouraging women who have suffered and survived sexual abuse, dealing with the other side of sexual abuse (PTSD, depression, suicidal thoughts/tendencies)  as well as educating women on the signs and how to keep their children safe from abuse.

I was sexually abused by the man who adopted my at the age of 4. He sexually and physically abused me for the next 12 years. I spent many years afterwards abusing myself and feeling as if I was unworthy of love. I was self-destructive and angry. Only by the grace and mercy of God was I able to turn my life around and change my future.

 

I have spent my entire adult life in the medical field holding several degrees and certifications including Firefighter I/II and EMT-Paramedic. I recently chose to leave the medical field to come home to work and raise my 3 year old the way I believe God intended for our family.

I also have an online homeschool and educational resource company called Mr. Row’s Adventures. Mr. Row is a stuffed monkey who travels around the world staying with host homeschooling families. The families take Mr. Row on educational field trips in their area and in turn, I create educational supplies and materials for the families to use in their homeschooling classroom.

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

My genre of choice is Inspirational Fiction. I have written two novels and am currently working on a post-rapture novel series but recently decided to write my first young readers chapter book, also a series.

What are your fondest memories of writing or reading?

Writing has always been therapy for me. It was my safe place and the one place no one could harm me.

What are some of your favorite authors and books?

Karen Kingsbury’s book One Tuesday Morning and Beyond Tuesday

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

Writing has saved my life. Through my writing, I have been able to tell my story of sexual and physical abuse through the fictional characters I create. I’ve been able to go places in my mind that I may never truly experience.

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

I always drink coffee while I write. Well, I drink coffee nearly all hours of the day. I don’t really snack while writing.

Write your favorite quote and explain why you picked it?

“I won’t spend my life as nothing.” A Knight’s Tale. As a child, my mother told me every single day that I was stupid and unlovable. I believed her for far too long. This quote reminds me that her words do not dictate my future and my future is what I make it.

 

 

Links:

You can view my blog (http://www.IAmKLDierking.com) and subscribe to find out about my upcoming novel Beneath: Vol 1 of the Army of Hope Series (a post-rapture novel series) as well as my very first non-fiction book The Other Side of Sexual Abuse

Be sure to like my FB page @  https://www.facebook.com/pages/KL-Dierking/806859592715609

You may also email me with any thoughts or questions @ authorKLDierking@gmail.com

 

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About KL Dierking

KL Dierking is the author of several inspirational fiction novels as well as several young readers chapter books.

She is also the Founder/Owner of Mr Row’s Adventures: An interactive Global Homeschooling Adventure.

KL Dierking has been writing her entire life. Writing has been a form of therapy as she has worked to overcome years of childhood sexual/physical/emotional/mental abuse. She now speaks to other abuse survivors around the world, encouraging them to tell their story.

Her upcoming novel, “Where Angel Waits” depicts the very real life of an abused victim and the journey to overcoming PTSD, extreme depression disorder and suicidal ideations.

KL Dierking is the mom to 4 great kids and the wife to a wonderful husband. They reside in central NC.

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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?

Wednesday, Writings & Words is featuring Thriller novelist, Kim Cresswell

Sorry I’m so late posting this week. My husband and I took a trip to Tennesse for our 25th anniversary. We didn’t get back until last night anad I was tired so I slept in.

This week I’m promoting Kim Cresswell, the author of the thriller, Retribution.

 

 

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      Blurb

THE WAR HAS JUST BEGUN…

Once the top leader of the Sur del Calle cartel, Colombia’s largest drug trafficking organization, Pablo Sanchez has declared revenge against Blake Barnett, the FBI agent who’d killed his twin brother over a decade ago.
After one failed attempt forced him to flee the United States, Pablo has a bold new plan and he’s even more determined to kill Blake and  his fiancée, Whitney Steel.
From Las Vegas to the militant infected jungles of Bogota, Blake has no choice but to risk his life and infiltrate the cartel’s inner world and eliminate the ruthless drug lord.

Purchase Link
Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Retribution-Whitney-Steel-Novel-Book-ebook/dp/B00SYWNXPK/

 

Bio

Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada. Trained as a legal assistant, Kim has been a story-teller all her life but took many detours including; working in legal and adult education before returning to her first love, writing.

Her debut romantic thriller, REFLECTION, has won numerous awards: RomCon’s 2014 Readers’ Crown Finalists (Romantic Suspense), InD’tale Magazine’s Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller), UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013), Silicon Valley’s Romance Writers of America (RWA) “Gotcha!” Romantic Suspense Winner (2004), and an Honourable Mention in Calgary’s Romance Writers of America (RWA) The Writer’s Voice Contest (2006).

Kim’s short novel thriller, LETHAL JOURNEY, was a finalist in From the Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Golden Gate Contest (2003) and more recently won RomCon’s 2014 Readers’ Crown (thriller/suspense).

Her action-packed thrillers have been highly praised by reviewers and readers. As one reviewer said, “Buckle up, Hang on tight!”

Kim recently entered the true crime writing arena. Real Life Evil – A True Crime Quickie (two short stories) was published in January 2014. You can read her latest true crime stories in Serial Killer Quarterly, a new quarterly e-magazine published by Grinning Man Press. You can read her latest true crime stories in Serial Killer Quarterly, a new e-magazine published by Grinning Man Press. She is also a member of The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC), a non-profit, volunteer based organization of professional investigators who assist in solving cold cases.

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Web Site: www.kimcresswell.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KimCresswellBooks

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kimcresswell


Wednesday Writings & Words

It’s been a long time since I’ve used my blog. As life got hetic I ran out of time. However, I need to start writing in it again, but I am not a very good blogger. I can never seem to write witty, informative posts. But I guess I won’t get any better at it if I don’t try. So I’m using Wednesdays for my Writing & Words articles.

On Wednesdays I will talk about writing, post interviews with other authors, share new releases or book reviews, maybe just chat about books. I’m so happy to get back to my first love – Writing!!

On Fridays I have decided to donate space to my other great love – Food. On Foodish Fridays I will share some of my favorite recipes along with some from my family and friends. I love trying new foods, and since I never get to travel, I enjoy making foods from other countries. I hope you will join me for a trip around the world.

Now, I hope you enjoy this interview from May Woodworth.

Author of the non fiction novel, Sticky Girls. 10985549_859556524096494_7765444233781252818_n

1. What genre do you write in and why?

I write in many genres, but to date, I have been published in Romance, Young Adult, and Non-Fiction. Current books in the works are Non-Fiction and Romance. I need to get to several children’s books I have in progress, but the timing just hasn’t been right. My goal is to release two books yearly, so eventually that will happen.

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

I do not necessarily have fond memories of writing. As a teenager, I wrote painful poetry, or short stories about heartache. Reading memories, on the other hand, are abundant. I was (still am) a huge library rat. I used to carry so many books home as a child I had a friend direct me over curbs and crossing streets. A cool recent happening was the librarian who issued me my first library card as a child, issued me a new one when I returned to my hometown as an adult.

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

I read a lot more fiction before I began writing five years ago. My fiction ‘to read’ list is huge! Along with millions of other people, I am a huge Stephen King fan. I seem to find more time for ‘how to’, self –help, and spiritual books. I think that has to do with the big growth/ change process I have been going through.

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

For me, writing is not an act, it is a state of mind. It brings me peace and tranquility. The only other experiences which provide that for me is power walking, sex, and meditation. All of them natural so I’m happy about that.

5. What is your favorite snack & drink while writing?

Peanut butter & apples & coffee!

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

That’s a weird question for me because I think that ANY book adapted into a movie is good. I mean really, the author wins either way. Either people say the movie was just as good as the book, or the book was better. I think the book always comes out on top, while the movie is critiqued. Best publicity ever.

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

“Hey you, don’t help them to bury the light, don’t give in without a fight.” Pink Floyd Those lyrics are a slice of the song “Hey You.” For me, that song represents the very dark places people can go, in their mind, and the fight to stay alive, and in the light. That quote reminds me that there is always something to fight for.

8. Any other things you’d like to share? This would be a good place to mention other works and share your buy links.

As an author, I ask that my readers please leave a review, drop me an email, like my author page, etc… As a human being I ask my fellow humans to spread love. This world can be crazy, spreading a little love online and offline is not just nice, it’s needed to shed more light, and lessen those deep dark scary corners of this planet. Peace, May

It was a pleasure learning more about you and your work. Thanks once again for joining us!!

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