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Happy Holidays!

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The Next Big Thing!

The Next Big Thing is a chain of book and author recommendations – so far including authors such as Sarah Pinborough, Paul Magrs, Adam Nevill and Angela Slatter.

What happens is an author answers ten questions about their new/next/most recent release before tagging another five authors who have to do the same thing one week later. And we all Facebook and/or tweet about it.

Last week, the one and only GN Braun tagged me. Here we go…

1) What is the working title of your next book?

Fading Echoes

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea came from two places, really. First, there were quite a few people who wanted a sequel to my first novel, Echo Falls. They felt there was more to be told in that setting. Second, my husband asked me a question that helped me craft the storyline: “What would happen if two werewolves who were born that way had a child?” That started me on the path to writing Fading Echoes.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Paranormal romance, definitely. However, I take a little bit of a different track from the first book in that I explore more with technology and biology.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I’ve actually based Charlotte’s looks on an actress named Brittany Robertson. As for the leading man, Adam… I haven’t quite sussed that out yet, but Bradley Cooper would have to be close.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Charlotte Peterson is a pure-bred werewolf who must battle against the Compass company before it figures out not only what makes a werewolf but how to control werewolves.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self-published. I did consider going small press with it, but I would like print and ebook, which not a lot of places offer (or offer under sales conditions).

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Probably about a year. Perhaps more. I had to figure out a lot about the storyline and the characters. As this was my first ‘requested’ novel, I found myself straining a bit more to get things done.

8 ) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Definitely the first book, Echo Falls. I hesitate to but would also compare it to Sins of the Flesh and Stronger than Sin, both by Caridad Pineiro. She doesn’t write about werewolves, but the touch of paranormal and science both set within contemporary places is like what I like to do.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The people I refer to in question number two.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

In Fading Echoes, I explore the genetic side of being a werewolf and what that means for the werewolf community. While I don’t give away the complete story of what makes a werewolf, I do explore the world of finding out what makes werewolves tick…

It’s hard to find authors who haven’t done this! Here are my tags (so far!):

*Maria Savva
*J.W. Nicklaus
*Cheryl Malandrinos
*Terri Forehand

**Please remember to donate to my Pozible project! I need your help to produce a great book.**

Refilling the Well

I can’t remember where I first heard about ‘refilling the well’, but I do remember that it resonated right away.

Refilling the well refers to taking time away from writing to people watch, do other hobbies, read books, and anything else that inspires you. Fill up a few pages of the notebook you carry with you. Talk to people. Travel. Be inspired and take it all in.

As much as it may sound easy and not all that important, I have learned my lesson in how important it can really be…

I finished the last half of Fading Echoes (about 60,000 words) in about three weeks. I went from completing that to completing a number of papers for school and then on to the rewrites/edits for Fading Echoes. It didn’t occur to me to stop for a while to relax.

My well was near empty, though, and I couldn’t stay sitting in front of the computer for long no matter how hard I tried.

That is, until I remembered to refill the well.

I gave myself permission to relax. I took hot baths, I started reading a book, and I even got into a few computer games. I went out, I took care of other chores, and I even worked outside. A lot.

While a week of rest didn’t fully refill the well, it started things rolling. I started feeling a lot better, and I even got a few ideas for improving the novel.

So the next time you berate yourself for not sitting down and getting your writing done, ask yourself: is my well empty?

Help Me Publish Fading Echoes

Those of you who comment and/or don’t read this blog through a feed reader will notice the new widget to the right. So here’s the scoop…

I’m not good at asking for help. For me. For other people, no problem. But I seem to hold some sort of double-standard against myself when it comes to asking for help – especially when it involves money.

But there is one thing I love more than my pride, and it’s my writing. I love writing fiction and I have been doing it since I was a child. I published my first novel in 2011, a paranormal romance called Echo Falls. Thanks to the novel class I took this past semester, I was able to finish my second novel called Fading Echoes.

Then reality hit. I finished the manuscript and have most of the edits (from me, anyway) taken care of. But then I realised that no matter how quickly I finished the edits, I wouldn’t be able to publish. Between a professional editor and a print cover, I just don’t have the money. This sent me into a spin because I wanted nothing more than to keep the momentum going and to have this book out in January. But I couldn’t make it happen.

Then a friend suggested I check out Pozible.com where people get together to do ‘crowdfunding’ with creative ventures. If enough people donate a little bit, that can turn into a lot. I’ve been on Kiva.org for years, circulating my small amount of dollars to help people around the world to set up their businesses. But for me to use crowdfunding? For me? Even being able to give rewards for different donations didn’t make me feel better. In my eyes, it was still asking people for money, and that didn’t sit right with me.

I’ll be honest: I wouldn’t have done it without The Bloke’s persuading me to do it. He said a lot, but the one thing that stuck is:

“People can’t help you if you don’t let them in.”

So, hello. This is me. Letting people in. Hoping to achieve my goal of publishing Fading Echoes. *picture me waving*

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