Thursday, May 31, 2012
1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? I’ve always known. I think sometimes people are born with callings and dreams; they just need to figure out how to use the calling or the dream to fulfill themselves. 2. How did you pick the genre you write in? I write in different genres to keep from getting bored. As an author, I’ve never understood why this is a problem fo
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
BEHIND THE WALLS, excerpt Merry Jones October 1989
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Excerpt of GIVING UP THE GHOST by Marilyn Levinson: “Trust me, Darren was never a slouch in that department. But he used to be smart enough to separate business from pleasure.” Cam’s face tightened. “For once our police chief wasn’t as thorough as he should have been.” “What do you mean?” It felt surreal, talking to a ghost about his murder. Cam pointed toward the beach. “Darren knows better than anyone how many times I scrambled down that cliff when we were young. Hell, we both did. We had some great contests, which is how one Saturday night in our senior year I broke my leg and he sprained his wrist. Pissed off our coach for keeping our basketball team out of the finals. “And that ancient has-been who examined me afterward missed every sign that I was struck down, right here in this room.” “Darren said they found you down at the beach.”
Thursday, May 24, 2012
1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? At seven years old, my mother tells me that I announced I wanted to be a writer.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Kellyann Zuzulo www.kfzuzulo.com Excerpt Tuesday THE GENIE IGNITES from Boroughs Publishing Group http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/genie-ignites EXCERPT A sucking sound like a jar of sauce being twisted open snapped Bethany to attention. She spun around to face the front of the stall. Wiping at the steam fogging the door, she saw the gray silhouette of someone standing outside the shower. Derek must have come in. He stood still, arms slightly raised from the sides of his body. If this were one of Bethany’s yoga classes, she could say he executed a classic mountain pose.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
1. Do you plot or do you write by the seat of your pants? I generally start writing with no plot. It usually isn’t until the first few chapters are done that I write out a chapter outline and discover plots and subplots. However, the first idea usually doesn’t become my story. While writing the story, one of the characters is stronger than all the others, and I soon realize it is his/her story I am supposed to write. Thus the whole process starts all over again, and I create a new story.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
By Danielle Ackley-McPhail I have and always will be a dreamer. Unabashedly, unashamedly, delightfully a dreamer. Realism has its place, but I revel in the possibilities. Were I more analytical I would have been a scientist, but with my fanciful bend and my love of books there is no perplexity in how I ended up a writer. It’s more than telling a story, for me at least. It’s building worlds and creating people out of no more than words. No matter what I write there is a magic to the very exercise. There is no better question than “What if…” While from the very beginning I showed an interest in telling stories (or is that tales…) I did not become serious about writing them down until I discovered mythology, which consequently corresponded with high school English and regular writing assignments. I had an English teacher who focused on mythology one year. My report was on centaurs and I was fascinated by the legends…the history. The magic. It made me wonder, if myth is man’s attempt to explain the unexplainable surrounding him then what did he see that would explain a centaur? Thus began my interest in mythology. First rationalizing it, just to see if I could; then using my knowledge to extrapolate from it and even create my own myths and legends. It is such a complex process, but so exciting I have been blissfully “lost” ever since, my mind constantly running away with me asking what if. What if vampires were born? What if elves were real, and they lived in NY city? Okay….so that last was a leader. One of the things that has always enthralled me was Irish…well…anything. The music, the culture, the legends and myths…. When I became serious about writing it was because I found myself writing a novel based on the Irish myths. A simple idea (a girl going to a pawnshop) transformed over ten years into a girl saving the world (after having been to a pawnshop.) The journey was amazing. Some say that Irish myth is one of those overdone in genre literature, but being a voracious reader I found in many instances the Celtic-flavored fiction had very little to do with the rich legacy of the Irish. It was window dressing that gave the authors a romantic identity for their creation, which was mostly fanciful. I wanted more than that for my work. I wanted to explore. I wanted What if… See, everyone “knows” all about the Sidhe—the Celtic elves—but how much of that knowledge is substantiated by the actual myths and legends? In the Eternal Cycle trilogy (Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, and Today’s Promise) I made a concerted effort to take the popular beliefs (elves are allergic to iron, elves rarely have children, etc.) and tried to find their roots in the real world. Not always easy, particularly give that the Irish elves have a blacksmith god. (Hard to be a blacksmith if you can’t handle iron.) This is where my earlier experience with the centaurs came into hand. If I couldn’t substantiate the popular belief I extrapolated how the men of that time could have come to the conclusions that lead us to this perception For instance, did you know that the ancient Irish believed in reincarnation? In their version you come back as your descendents. So, what can be extrapolated from that? For me, it was the fact that someone had to die for someone to be born. That would make it kind of unlikely then for a near-immortal race to have bushels of kids, wouldn’t it? See what wonderful places What if… can take you? My series originally (when I finally realized it was a novel) was intended to be a single book. Thanks to the joy of research, and my discovery of the legend of the goddess Carman and her three sons—one of whom just happened to have the same name as my antagonist—I just had to keep playing with all the lovely pieces of the myth and culture that just kept dovetailing with my plot.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
“What are four walls, anyway? They are what they contain. The house protects the dreamer. Unthinkably good things can happen, even late in the game. It’s such a surprise.” – Frances Mayes Tonight I watched one of my favorite movies: Under The Tuscan Sun. As always, I found myself immersed in emotion soup … laughter, tears, goosebumps and aha moments. Diane Lane plays a newly divorced writer named Frances Mayes who goes to Italy on vacation, sent there by her pregnant lesbian friend and her friend’s partner. A series of cosmically coincidental meetings and celestial signs sprinkle throughout, and Frances buys a crumbling villa in Tuscany. She wistfully casts her desires for someone to cook for, a wedding to take place in the home, and a family to live there. Those wishes come to pass in profound and unexpected ways.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Swift Edge by Laura DiSilverio ISBN: 978-0-312-62444-6 2011 release from St. Martins/ Minotaur, 291 pages. Judicious blending of two quite different characters as private investigators carries this story of murder and identity theft on a roller coaster of humor and tension. Gigi Goldman, one half of the investigator team of Swift Investigations is inept at best. I mean how about trying a surveillance gig from a yellow Hummer? Charlie Swift is the more competent partner with background and experience and she carries the bulk of the serious investigation that is at the core of this slickly written, well-laid out story. A world class figure skater disappears on the eve of national trials. Charlie Swift is up for the challenge of finding the guy but she keeps stumbling over her partner Gigi and Gigi’s petulant teen-aged daughter. Then the client, another figure skater, disappears, a world-renowned coach is attacked and almost everywhere she goes, somebody is shooting at Charlie. If that isn’t enough trouble, almost every male she encounters seems to be after Charlie’s body in a less destructive way. But maybe that’s just Charlie Swift’s take on the situations. The action is constant, often funny and requires the occasional suspension of disbelief. The characters are well-drawn and consistent. This is a sometimes zany, very enjoyable addition to what appears to be a swiftly growing series of light to medium crime novels. -- Carl Brookins www.carlbrookins.com http://agora2.blogspot.com, Case of the Great Train Robbery, Reunion, Red Sky