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Melanie Crowder On Writing For Yourself

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 11 July 2017 · 71 views

Welcome to the SNOB - Second Novel Ominipresent Blues. Whether you’re under contract or trying to snag another deal, you’re a professional now, with the pressures of a published novelist compounded with the still-present nagging self-doubt of the noobie. How to deal?<br /><span style="text-align: center;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1481654499l/32126347.jpg"]https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1481654499l/32126347.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="317" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1481654499l/32126347.jpg"[/url] width="213" /></a></div><span style="text-align: center;">Today's guest for the SNOB is </span><a [url="href="]href="http://melaniecrowder.net/"[/url] style="text-align: center;" target="_blank">Melanie Crowder</a><span style="text-align: center;">, author of many books for young readers including </span><a [url="href="]href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13413437-parched"[/url] style="text-align: center;" target="_blank">PARCHED</a><span style="text-align: center;">, </span><a [url="href="]href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24885661-a-nearer-moon?ac=1&amp;from_search=true"[/url] style="text-align: center;" target="_blank">A NEARER MOON</a><span style="text-align: center;">, and her newest, </span><a [url="href="]href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32126347-an-uninterrupted-view-of-the-sky"[/url] style="text-align: center;" target="_blank">AN UNINTERRUPTED VIEW OF THE SKY</a><span style="text-align: center;">.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><b>Is it hard to leave behind the first YA and focus on the second?</b><br /><br /><i>The hardest thing was getting out of the form and voice of my first YA. In Audacity, my protagonist was such a force, and by the time I had finished revisions, the verse novel form was like second nature to me. But I had no interest in writing the same book, only with different characters in a different situation, so I really had to yank myself out of that first book so I could give An Uninterrupted View of the Sky the space to be its own story.</i><br /><b><br /></b><b>At what point do you start diverting your energies from promoting your debut and writing / polishing / editing your second?</b><br /><br /><i>Really early on. There are two philosophies here—one where you devote months and sometimes years to promoting one book, banking on the first’s success to propel the second into even greater success, and another where you launch the one (of course doing every last thing your publicist asks of you) and then let go, freeing up the creative space for something new.</i><br /><br /><i>I chose the second. I’m happiest when I’m working on that next book, so that’s where I put my energy.</i><br /><br /><b>Your first book landed an agent and an editor, and hopefully some fans. Who are you writing the second one for? Them, or yourself?</b><br /><br /><i>My stories are for my readers, but I write for me. It’s become a huge part of who I am. When I have a productive writing day, I feel good about myself and my place in the world. When I don’t I’m a little like a runner who takes a day off and then feels sluggish as a result. There is nothing else that fills me up like writing does. So yes, I write for me.</i><br /><br /><b>Is there a new balance of time management to address once you’re a professional author?</b><br /><br /><i>Absolutely. Correspondence with editors, publicists, and the school and library team. Social media. Bookkeeping and taxes. School visits. Award acceptance speeches to write and banquets to attend. Conferences keynotes to deliver and book festivals to gear up for.</i><br /><br /><i>All of this takes energy, and it takes time. (Of course, some of it is much more fun than other parts. Yes, taxes, I’m looking at you.)</i><br /><br /><i>I have found that scheduling myself to prioritize writing time is essential. I try to stay off email and social media until the late morning, after I’ve had time to work on my story. If I’m traveling, I try to plan for a day of reading when I get home to replenish my energy and inspiration.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>I don’t have the luxury of writing a book and setting it aside for months to simmer anymore like I did before I was published. My deadlines won’t allow for it. So that means I need to be disciplined with my time and I also need to take care of my creative energy. If I let myself become too depleted, my stories will suffer. And no amount of writing “business” is worth that.</i><br /><br /><b>What did you do differently the second time around, with the perspective of a published author?</b><br /><br /><i>I think the biggest difference was that my editor and I were familiar with one another this time around. Audacity’s success set a really high bar for An Uninterrupted View of the Sky, but it also gave us a great foundation to build upon.</i><br /><br />

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Lots Going On!

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 10 July 2017 · 59 views

There is a lot going on in my life online right now, which of course means it's the perfect time for me to disappear to a hideaway in the woods with no internet connection.<br /><br />First off, don't miss the newest podcast episode featuring Middle Grade author and playwright Tara Dairman. Tara talks about how to use social media when your target audience may not necessarily be online, and how writing plays influences her fiction, as well as the value of contests when you're in the query trenches.<br /><br /><iframe data-link="[url="https://www.podbean.com/media/player/b6kuc-6cb76b?from=yiiadmin"]https://www.podbean.com/media/player/b6kuc-6cb76b?from=yiiadmin[/url]" data-name="pb-iframe-player" frameborder="0" height="100" scrolling="no" [url="src="]src="https://www.podbean.com/media/player/b6kuc-6cb76b?from=yiiadmin"[/url] width="100%"></iframe><br /><br />What else is going on with me?<br /><br />GIVEN TO THE SEA has been released on <a [url="href="]href="https://www.amazon.com/Given-to-the-Sea/dp/B071GRYBXR/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1499454167&amp;sr=8-5"[/url] target="_blank">audio book</a>! With performances by&nbsp;Monika Felice Smith, Robbie Daymond, Alex McKenna, and Sunil Malhotra, it's a winner. If you're looking for something to do over the next eleven hours or so, give it a listen.<br /><br />If you want to read a physical book instead and think that getting books before their publication date is cool, check out this <a [url="href="]href="https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/241849-this-darkness-mine"[/url] target="_blank">giveaway of THIS DARKNESS MINE</a> on Goodreads.<br /><br />And lastly, if you <a [url="href="]href="https://www.instagram.com/bigblackcat97/"[/url] target="_blank">follow me on Instagram</a> you'll notice that I've been doing an Instagram challenge for #Pitchwars on there. Writing advice, pictures of cats, more about me... who knows what all is going to end up on there. <br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Tp320dfastY/WV_cL6K2eLI/AAAAAAAAD9k/5Hp9sDs9NR46BZhO8G_bEuMg5ZQJ4BHywCK4BGAYYCw/s1600/PW%2BIG.png"[/url] imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="317" [url="src="]src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Tp320dfastY/WV_cL6K2eLI/AAAAAAAAD9k/5Hp9sDs9NR46BZhO8G_bEuMg5ZQJ4BHywCK4BGAYYCw/s320/PW%2BIG.png"[/url] width="320" /></a></div><br />

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BookTalk & ARC Giveaway: A LINE IN THE DARK by Malinda Lo

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 07 July 2017 · 85 views

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1489072318l/28096526.jpg"]https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1489072318l/28096526.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="314" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1489072318l/28096526.jpg"[/url] width="211" /></a></div>Jess and Angie are best friends, and even though Jess has long harbored romantic feelings for Angie, she manages to keep it a secret. But her feelings are bubbling out, finding expression in her artwork, especially the series of comics she works on that Angie is a fan of.<br /><br />When Angie meets Margot, a girl from a neighboring private school, sparks fly - but some are from Jess. Angie and Margot instantly hit it off, but Jess struggles with anger, and more than a little jealousy. When a friend from Jess' art program tells her an alarming story about Margot and her cohorts, Jess worries that warning Angie will only make her look spiteful.<br /><br />With tension in their friendship seeping into her artwork, Angie has a hard time avoiding her feelings. Margot is unbearable, Angie is changing, and everything seems to be going wrong. When Angie invites Jess along to one of Margot's parties, personalities explode, tempers escalate, and a line is crossed that leaves someone dead.<br /><br />Want to help me with mailing costs? I do giveaways at least once week, sometimes more. It can add up. If you feel so inclined as to donate a little to defray my mailing costs, it would be much appreciated! Donating has no impact on your chances of winning.<br /><form [url="action="]action="https://www.paypal.com/fk/cgi-bin/webscr"[/url] method="post" name="_xclick"><input name="business" type="hidden" value="bigblackcat97@gmail.com" /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><input name="item_name" type="hidden" value="Mindy's Mailing Costs" />*********************************************************************************</div><input name="amount" type="hidden" value="00.00" /><br /><input alt="Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!" border="0" name="submit" [url="src="]src="http://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/btn/x-click-butcc-donate.gif"[/url] type="image" /><br /></form><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b259" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b259/"[/url] id="rcwidget_8wfnorfo" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script><br[/url] />

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June Podcast Roundup & A Quick Copyright Lesson

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 03 July 2017 · 90 views

I know a few things about copyright, some of it coming from my research training, and a big chunk learned over 15 years working as a librarian. It's a highly complicated - and often contentious - subject. However, I'm always amazed at how little authors know about it. I thought I'd use the podcast to help illuminate a little... and if you'd like to know more, I'm happy to continue with the topic next month.<br /><br /><iframe data-link="[url="https://www.podbean.com/media/player/nsbyb-6c7ae4?from=yiiadmin"]https://www.podbean.com/media/player/nsbyb-6c7ae4?from=yiiadmin[/url]" data-name="pb-iframe-player" frameborder="0" height="100" scrolling="no" [url="src="]src="https://www.podbean.com/media/player/nsbyb-6c7ae4?from=yiiadmin"[/url] width="100%"></iframe><br />

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The Saturday Slash

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 01 July 2017 · 93 views

Meet my Hatchet of Death (or, some other colorful description&nbsp;<a href="[url="http://rclewisbooks.com/"]http://rclewisbooks.com/[/url]" target="_blank">RC Lewis</a>&nbsp;and I come up with at any given moment). This is how I edit myself, it is how I edit others. If you think you want to play with me and my hatchet,&nbsp;<a [url="href="]href="http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/p/query-critiques.html">shoot[/url] us an email</a>.<br /><br /><a [url="href="]href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oZ52KunZpiM/T_zy5Q521TI/AAAAAAAAArU/EQOi-3pr48Q/s400/NewestSatSlash.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oZ52KunZpiM/T_zy5Q521TI/AAAAAAAAArU/EQOi-3pr48Q/s320/NewestSatSlash.jpg"[/url] width="247" /></a>We all know the first line of a query is your "hook." I call the last line the "sinker." You want it to&nbsp;punch them in the face, in a nice, friendly kind of way that makes them unable to forget you after having read the 300 other queries in their inbox.<br /><br />If you're looking for query advice, but are slightly intimidated by my claws, blade, or just my rolling googly-eyes, check out the query critique boards over at&nbsp;<a [url="href="]href="http://www.agentqueryconnect.com/"[/url] target="_blank">AgentQueryConnect</a>. This is where I got my start, with advice from people smarter than me. Don't be afraid to ask for help with the most critical first step of your writing journey - the query. My comments appear in&nbsp;<span style="color: #6aa84f;">green</span>. <br /><br />Fifteen-year-old Prince Kyan has been preparing to be Creftenbaugh's next king for as long as he can remember. But so has his <span style="background-color: #38761d;">quick</span>-tempered identical twin brother, Sayled. With the coronation ceremony <span style="background-color: #38761d;">quickly</span> approaching and confusion over who was the first-born prince, King Rowden announces a series of five trials <span style="color: #6aa84f;">that?&nbsp;</span>will determine the next ruler. Each prince will compete using nine criminals from the prisons, leading them as a general would his troops.<br /><br />Kyan knows he’s studied harder than his twin and is determined to prove he’s the better prince to keep Creftenbaugh peaceful and prosperous. Unfortunately, his memorized facts and figures are useless for training his prisoners. He struggles to keep the peace and make them work together, even after he offers their freedom if they win. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Very good. I think you might want to add here what Sayled's training has been. Is her more military minded? Do these trails favor him over Kyan? We also need to know more about what these trials are like, even if they are vastly different from one another. Are these troops facing each other in battle? Solving puzzle like traps? Fighting dragons? Use this opportunity to get more genre-feel into the query. This is fantasy, sure. But is it high fantasy? Are there creatures? Is there magic?</span><br /><br />One of Kyan’s prisoners, thirteen-year-old Enna, is desperate to return to her orphaned younger sister and sees an opportunity to help the prince. She shares information about the other prisoners with Kyan, which he then uses to gain their loyalties. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Maybe a touch more detail here. Typically sharing information sounds like sabotage, not something that leads to gaining loyalties. It might even help to give more of an overall view of what the relationship here is like. Does Enna help Kyan learn how to relate to his troops, bringing them together as one? Something like that might be more helpful than going into detail about information?</span><br /><br />After Kyan win<span style="color: #6aa84f;">(s)</span> the first two trials, he can practically feel the crown on his head. But when a notorious gambler blackmails Enna with her sister’s life to ensure long-shot Sayled <span style="color: #6aa84f;">is Sayled the long-shot b/c Kyan won the first two? Or was he always?</span>&nbsp;is the next king, her focus turns from winning the trials to sabotaging them.<br /><br />Told in alternating points-of-view between the boy trying to win the crown and the girl who would do anything to stop him, PRINCES AND PAWNS is a 70,000-word upper-middle-grade fantasy. Thank you for your time and consideration.<br /><br /><span style="color: #6aa84f;">Honestly, this looks pretty good. There's a lot of green type up there, but it's mostly for guidance. I think you need to blend the two paras that deal with Enna together, which will give the query a more focused look, and also illustrates the change in her character and goals over the course of a small amount of type, which is ideal for a query. There are a couple of echoes in the first para that I highlighted, and I think we need a feel for what the trials are like, which will in turn illustrate your world. Other than that I think you're in good shape.</span>

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Book Talk & Giveaway: THE YELLOW ENVELOPE by Kim Dinan

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 30 June 2017 · 107 views

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1476732171l/32671360.jpg"]https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1476732171l/32671360.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="316" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1476732171l/32671360.jpg"[/url] width="212" /></a></div>Kim Dinan had a nice house, a car, a great job, and all the trappings of the American Dream by her mid-twenties... but she also had a nagging sense that she was missing out on something bigger. The feeling grew, and unhappiness seeped in. Finally, Kim realized she not only wanted to - she needed to - travel. Her husband agreed, and the two of them sold everything they owned to travel the world for three years.<br /><br />Kim's memoir talks about her experience in other countries, the need that sent her out of her comfort zone and into unfamiliar territory, and how writing along the way helped her sort out her feelings about modern life, society, and on a more personal level - her marriage.<br /><br />I had the chance to talk with Kim on the Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire podcast. Listen in to learn more about Kim and her world travels, and how they culminated in a memoir.<br /><br /><iframe [url="data-link="]data-link="https://www.podbean.com/media/player/sv87x-6bc98d?from=yiiadmin"[/url] data-name="pb-iframe-player" frameborder="0" height="100" scrolling="no" [url="src="]src="https://www.podbean.com/media/player/sv87x-6bc98d?from=yiiadmin"[/url] width="100%"></iframe><br /><br />Want to help me with mailing costs? I do giveaways at least once week, sometimes more. It can add up. If you feel so inclined as to donate a little to defray my mailing costs, it would be much appreciated! Donating has no impact on your chances of winning.<br /><form [url="action="]action="https://www.paypal.com/fk/cgi-bin/webscr"[/url] method="post" name="_xclick"><input name="business" type="hidden" value="bigblackcat97@gmail.com" /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><input name="item_name" type="hidden" value="Mindy's Mailing Costs" />*********************************************************************************</div><input name="amount" type="hidden" value="00.00" /><br /><input alt="Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!" border="0" name="submit" [url="src="]src="http://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/btn/x-click-butcc-donate.gif"[/url] type="image" /><br /></form><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b258" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b258/"[/url] id="rcwidget_fmoejpbl" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script><br[/url] /><br />

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Tabitha Lord, Winner of Writer's Digest 2016 Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction, on Finding Inspiration

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 27 June 2017 · 111 views

Inspiration is a funny thing. It can come to us like a lightning bolt, through the lyrics of a song, or in the fog of a dream. Ask any writer where their stories come from and you’ll get a myriad of answers, and in that vein I created the WHAT (What the Hell Are you Thinking?) interview. Always including in the WHAT is one random question to really dig down into the interviewees mind, and probably supply some illumination into my own as well.<br /><br />Today's guest for the WHAT is Tabitha Lord, whose debut novel, HORIZON, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published fiction in 2016, and was named finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the Indie Excellence Awards. The sequel, INFINITY, was released in June 2017. Tabitha also has short fiction published and soon-to-be published through World Weaver Press, Kristell Ink, and Sci-Fi Saturday Night.<br /><b><br /></b><b>Ideas for our books can come from just about anywhere, and sometimes even we can’t pinpoint exactly how or why. Did you have a specific origin point for your book?</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1445047110l/27222034.jpg"]https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1445047110l/27222034.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="275" data-original-width="183" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1445047110l/27222034.jpg"[/url] /></a></div><i>I’ve always been a big sci-fi fan, so when I started writing fiction I knew it would be sci-fi, at least to start. When I’m in a creative, imaginative place, my mind generally goes straight to sci-fi! For me, this genre is also a place to consider serious, meaningful issues in a different context, slightly removed from the real world.&nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>With the Horizon series, I had two distinct parts of a story floating in my head. The first was the crash sequence at the start of book 1. It was more basic at the time of its inception – just a young man who crash-lands on a planet, and a young woman, in some kind of trouble, who saves his life.&nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>The second part was more complex. I was playing with the idea of what would happen if one segment of an already small, isolated population evolved differently, either naturally or by design, from the other. What if some had gifts that enabled them to imagine a different kind of future for themselves and their world? What if they were empathic and could sense each other’s emotions and thoughts? What if some of them could heal with their mind? How would the unchanged people feel about their neighbors? Then I thought, what if the young woman who saves the pilot is one of those gifted people? It created such an interesting premise I knew I had to find a way to make the whole thing into a story.</i><br /><br /><b>Once the original concept existed, how did you build a plot around it?</b><br /><br /><i>I was so excited when the two ideas I mentioned earlier coalesced that I just dove into writing. Pretty quickly, though, the concept grew beyond a standalone novel, and I knew that if I didn’t get my thoughts organized, I could really lose my way. I took a brief time-out from drafting and roughly outlined all three books. I knew, at the very least, where each book had to begin and end. The outline became the framework for each book, around which I filled in the details and let the creativity flow.&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><b>Have you ever had the plot firmly in place, only to find it changing as the story moved from your mind to the paper?</b><br /><br /><i>That’s a great question, and the answer is yes and no! I’ve read several great blogs about the difference between “story” and “plot”, and although I know a good bit about writing craft, it wasn’t until I came upon the simplest definition of the two that something shifted in my process. Story is the “what” and plot is the “how." Many plotlines can tell the same story.</i><br /><br /><i>I’ve definitely made major changes to my manuscripts - from the outline to the first draft and from the first draft to the final edition. This used to feel very disconcerting to me, especially during developmental edits, when entire scenes would get tossed or reimagined. But when I embraced the idea that the plot could change in service to the story, I settled down a bit. I want the best telling of my story, and I’m willing to rework the plot until I get there. So, I’ve had ideas firmly in mind that changed as I wrote or edited, but my overall story concept remained intact and served as the driving force for the book.</i><br /><br /><b>Do story ideas come to you often, or is fresh material hard to come by?</b><br /><br /><i>It’s funny because the stumbling block that prevented me from writing fiction for years was this notion that I didn’t have any good ideas, or that even if I had the seed of an idea, I wouldn’t be able to turn it into a whole story. Once I started writing, both notions completely disappeared. It was like the dam burst! But what I really think happens is that being creative inspires more creativity. The activity of writing inspires more writing.&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><b>How do you choose which story to write next, if you’ve got more than one percolating?</b><br /><br /><i>Right now I’m writing a series, so although I do have other ideas percolating, I’ve committed to finishing this project. In between writing the full-length novels, I’ll often write short stories. They create the same satisfying feeling of completing a story arc, but in a fraction of the time, and they give me a chance to explore other ideas. But when I know I’ve hit on an idea that wants to be a novel, I’ll take the time to outline it, and then I’ll save it and tell it to wait its turn! &nbsp;</i><br /><br /><b>2016 was not an easy year. Do you draw any inspiration from the world around you, or do you use writing as pure escapism?</b><br /><br /><i>I recently read a quote attributed to Albert Camus that said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” I have to say, that feels like an awful lot of pressure! My goal with writing is, first and foremost, to tell a good story. But I believe that most writers have a theme they tackle, or some issue they wrestle with, through their writing. With the Horizon series, I’m definitely exploring the idea of what it means to be a hero. What quality of character compels a person to risk their life for an ideal, or for a stranger? Who takes a stand? Who fights? Who turns a bling eye? I think these are questions for all ages, as relevant now as they ever were in human history. I’m inspired by today’s world to keep asking those questions.&nbsp;</i><br /><br />

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New Podcast With Jessica Strawser, Editor of Writer's Digest

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 26 June 2017 · 88 views

Summer is officially here, and I am outside as much as possible. I just turned in a manuscript on June 1, submitted a proposal for something new last week, and now I'm turning my efforts towards mulching... and also maybe dipping my toes into some non-fiction.<br /><br />I have a ton - and I mean that, they're weighable - of appearances scheduled in the fall and will be updating my site soon with all of those venues. I tend to keep my summer light, but that doesn't mean the podcast and blog go dark.<br /><br />Today's episode features Jessica Strawser, editor of Writer’s Digest, and author of ALMOST MISSED YOU, which was named to the March 2017 Barnes &amp; Noble Best New Fiction List. Jessica joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about how her career in journalism led to a position at Writers Digest, and how that informs her fiction writing, as well as her novel, ALMOST MISSED YOU, which deals with miscommunication in relationships, the all-encompassing love of motherhood, and the question of if we truly know our significant other.<br /><br /><iframe data-link="[url="https://www.podbean.com/media/player/v7v4r-6c483f?from=yiiadmin"]https://www.podbean.com/media/player/v7v4r-6c483f?from=yiiadmin[/url]" data-name="pb-iframe-player" frameborder="0" height="100" scrolling="no" [url="src="]src="https://www.podbean.com/media/player/v7v4r-6c483f?from=yiiadmin"[/url] width="100%"></iframe>

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Book Talk: THE GALLERY OF UNFINISHED GIRLS by Lauren Karcz

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 23 June 2017 · 123 views

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.<br /><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1496060486l/28147258.jpg"]https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1496060486l/28147258.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="314" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1496060486l/28147258.jpg"[/url] width="211" /></a></div><div>Mercedes Moreno is supposed to do something great with her art... if only she could remember how to create it. Last year she won awards, this year nothing is happening. With her abuela in a coma in Puerto Rico and her mom gone to be by her side, Mercedes finds herself at home with her younger sister, who has suddenly developed a musical talent that borders on genius, all because of a gifted piano that appeared in their front lawn one morning.</div><div><br /></div><div>With her sister blossoming and her own gifts dying on the vine, Mercedes finds inspiration when Lilia, her mysterious new neighbor, invites her to the Red Mangrove Estate. In Lilia's studio, Mercedes and other artists find creativity without having to search for it. Each room could house a painter, a sculptor, a band, or even a bartender, but the catch is that nothing you create inside of the Estate can leave. Any canvases that slip outside the door suddenly become blank.</div><div><br /></div><div>As she worries over her grandmother's health, her mom's absence, the new turn of her sister's life, and the secret love she harbors for her best friend, Mercedes must find a way to bring her art to life outside the walls of the estate.</div><div>Want to help me with all the mailing costs? I do giveaways at least once week, sometimes more. It can add up. If you feel so inclined as to donate a little to defray my mailing costs, it would be much appreciated! Donating has no impact on your chances of winning.<br /><form [url="action="]action="https://www.paypal.com/fk/cgi-bin/webscr"[/url] method="post" name="_xclick"><input name="business" type="hidden" value="bigblackcat97@gmail.com" /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><input name="item_name" type="hidden" value="Mindy's Mailing Costs" />*********************************************************************************</div><input name="amount" type="hidden" value="00.00" /><br /><input alt="Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!" border="0" name="submit" [url="src="]src="http://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/btn/x-click-butcc-donate.gif"[/url] type="image" /><br /></form><br /><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b257" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b257/"[/url] id="rcwidget_gautvfpb" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></div>[/url]

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What I'm Up To This Week

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 19 June 2017 · 125 views

Today on the podcast, Tiffany McDaniel, author THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING joins me to talk about eleven years of rejection, making sure that human emotion and characters trump the setting, being a female author who prefers to write dark themes, and the cons of using technology in your manuscript.<br /><br /><iframe data-link="[url="https://www.podbean.com/media/player/b6pxn-6c079b?from=yiiadmin"]https://www.podbean.com/media/player/b6pxn-6c079b?from=yiiadmin[/url]" data-name="pb-iframe-player" frameborder="0" height="100" scrolling="no" [url="src="]src="https://www.podbean.com/media/player/b6pxn-6c079b?from=yiiadmin"[/url] width="100%"></iframe><br /><br />On Tuesday, June 20th I will be at the <a [url="href="]href="http://mentorpl.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=22243&amp;rts=&amp;disptype=&amp;ret=eventcalendar.asp&amp;pointer=&amp;returnToSearch=&amp;num=0&amp;ad=&amp;dt=mo&amp;mo=6/1/2017&amp;df=calendar&amp;EventType=ALL&amp;Lib=ALL&amp;AgeGroup=ALL&amp;LangType=0&amp;WindowMode=&amp;noheader=&amp;lad=&amp;pub=1&amp;nopub=&amp;page=&amp;pgdisp="[/url] target="_blank">Mentor Public Library</a>, where I will be talking about the true story of mental health care in the 1890s and the history of the Athens Lunatic Asylum, the setting for A MADNESS SO DISCREET.<br /><br /><br />

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