Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The Demon In Him

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Though I am only 12 chapters into this wonderful journey I've embarked upon, I wanted to tell everyone about it. The Demon In Him is the book I am currently writing. I originally planned to make it a Young Adult novel, but since I've decided that genre isn't for me, I figured I'd give New Adult a try, and if it doesn't end up in the New Adult genre, that's fine too. Without further adieu, here is the synopsis.

As Harley Black moves past the death of her mother, she catches the eye of the attractive and charming Tyler Harrington. She thinks she could fall head over heels in love with him, but by the time she realizes who he really is, it’s too late. Trapped in a terrible relationship, she seeks comfort in her friendship with Stan and she soon finds herself wanting more. If she leaves Tyler, he promised he will go public with damaging evidence that will surely doom her father to a life behind bars.

As Harley goes against her better judgement and gives into her feelings for Stan, Tyler discovers he has a life threatening condition. During the fight for his life, Harley learns that there is a softer side to Tyler. She starts to wonder if his illness was the cause of his demons. Torn between her past and her present, between Stan and Tyler, Harley is faced with the decision of a lifetime.

Does she leave Tyler while he fights for his life and run away with Stan, or will she stay with a man who swears he’s changed? What will happen if Tyler discovers her betrayal? 

This book started out as a scene in my head. A girl, Harley, crying in a bathroom stall at her high school. She leaves the school and runs into Stan. They hang out by the train tracks and this is where the reader discovers that they have a connection.

That scene will never make it into the book. For starters, I've taken it out of the YA genre, but I have written a scene in the book that is based off of that. There is no bathroom stall, but there are tears, and a connection between Harley and Stan that is strongly conveyed and deeply felt.

I hope to have a sample ready for you guys soon. *You can find the sample here*


Friday, 26 July 2013

The Art of Social Media: A Few Quick Tips

Social media is the modern writers best friend. It's a fantastic marketing platform and allows us access to all corners of the globe. Sometimes navigating the tricky world of social media can be a daunting task, especially for people who are new to the scene. So here are a few quick tips to get you started.

1) Answer your comments. Seriously. If someone takes the time to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, your website or your blog, have the decency to comment back. At least at first. If you happen to make it big, this will get increasingly harder, but still make an effort to connect with your fans.

2) Put your best foot forward. If you're going to go to the trouble to create an author page on Facebook, or create a twitter account, have a decent picture ready. It doesn't have to be a professional head shot, but under no circumstance should you use a self portrait that you took in your bathroom. I assume that you know at least one person that would be happy to hang out and goof off with a camera. Do that. I'd rather not see a bathroom selfie as the profile picture of an aspiring author.

3) You are under no obligation to follow back. As Amber Skye Forbes pointed out on her blog, social media is about interaction, it's about making connections. Only follow people you want to interact with. Having a ton of people in your feeds will only cause clutter and you'll miss interactions with people you actually want to connect with.

4) Time management. If you're spending all your time on social media, that leaves little room for writing. Set a time limit if you must. (Note to self--work on this)

5) Don't link puke. Link puking is the fine art of tweeting and posting nothing but links to your books or your blogs. Don't do that. People will unfollow you. People want to hear what you think about life. They want to hear that your vacation was awesome. They don't want to read 30 links to your book or your blog.

6) Have fun. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Holidays!

Summer has officially arrived here in British Columbia's central interiour and I plan on taking advantage. My husband has a couple of weeks off this summer and we're taking the kids out camping. We'll spend tomorrow afternoon getting our gear ready then first thing Monday morning, we're gone! :)

So, since I'll be out in the wilderness, I won't be blogging or writing. I will be enjoying the sunshine and the laughter of my children. :)

I wish you all some summer fun of your own. I'll be back later this week to tell you how much fun we had.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Title Irritation

I stink at titles. It's really hard for me to think of a title that is captivating and magical, one that encompasses the essence of the book in a few short words. This is why most of my working titles are the name of the protagonist. It's also an easy way to keep my stories straight in my endless maze of computer files.

I've been working on a WIP (work in progress) called Harley since April. I got about 18k in and took a break from it while I figured out what direction I wanted to take it. I picked it up a few days ago and I've been working to tweak some things in the beginning and to create an outline. I took a break from all that today to have a big of fun making a teaser poster for it to show some writer friends of mine. I'll unveil it here, much later, but while creating this teaser picture the title of the book suddenly hit me.

My WIP, formerly known as Harley, will henceforth be called, The Demon in Him.

Stay tuned, my next blog post may or may not contain the blurb for The Demon in Him.

Isn't that a swell title?

Do you also struggle with titles? How do you come up with yours?

Saturday, 13 July 2013

My Muse is a Chain Smoking Bus Driver

Writers have muses, well, at least this writer does. I've recently began to wonder what my muse would look like? What would she (I'm convinced I have a girl muse) act like? Why does she just hand me all these fantastic ideas?

Well, you see, my muse is a chain smoking bus driver. Her name is Gerdie and she's got short, super curly grey hair. She's only five foot three but she's got abs that could crush a coke can. She smokes a pack a day, though she knows it's disgusting and she should quit. She drives the city bus five days a week and watches all her recorded programs on the weekend while she works out. She only eats organic food. (Yes, she knows that it is counter productive to be a health nut that smokes, but she really does intend to quit)

She misses the days of the rotary phone and the TV guide. The days of lemonade stands, ice cream trucks and of course, the milk man.The days where kids rode bikes and built tree forts, where they yelled down the street at each other instead of texting. She misses common courtesy, general politeness and the lack of common sense in the world has driven her half mad.

She reads a lot of books. She likes any genre as long as it has a good solid human story in it. She loves to root for the underdog and believes with her whole heart that love really does conquer all. She's also a sucker for a good romance. She likes books with strong female characters and books with a dark or twisted sense of humor.

Gerdie gives me her wonderful ideas because her day job keeps her too busy to write, and rather than see a good idea go to waste, she tells me about it so that I may write it. But, there is a catch. You see, I have to keep in good standing with Gerdie. I can't ignore my muse or she'll stop talking to me. I have to write as often as I can to keep my creative juices flowing. Seeing me writing make Gerdie very happy and the happier Gerdie gets the more likely she is to share ideas with me.

So, I have to go now, Gerdie's giving me the stink eye again. Looks like I have some work to do.
So, if you're a writer with a muse, tell me about him/her.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

What's Next?

You may have read my post detailing why I'm not writing in the YA genre anymore. If you haven't, you can find it here. So you may be wondering what I'm going to be writing now. Well, I have a fantastic idea that I'm working on and I hope to have a short synopsis for you to sink your teeth into soon.

I'm really excited about this new project. For the first time I feel like I really, truly, understand my characters and their motivations. I feel like this is the first story I've ever planned to write that has substance. My other ideas are great, sure, but I always feel that they are lacking depth. I'm a pretty insecure writer and I tend to only discuss my ideas with certain people. So, for me to broadcast this through the internet, it's pretty huge for me.

I can't wait to show all of you what's cooking in this old head of mine. All I will give you for now is the working title.

The Breeders

(no, it's not erotica LOL)

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Why I'm Not Writing YA Anymore

I woke up this morning with the knowledge that things are going to change. I've been writing stories for only a couple of years now, and only since last August have I become more invested in my interest to write a novel. And I did write one. Last November during NaNoWriMo I wrote Unbroken. I've completely shelved that now and I'm planning a complete rewrite.
Since then, I've written thousands of words for a couple other novels, and I think my latest project, Harley, is going to get canned and also rewritten. 

You see, I'm still finding my way as a writer and rather then plug along in a genre where I feel completely out of place, I'm not going to try and force myself to fit in anymore. I really wanted to write in they Young Adult genre, but now, I'm positive that's not where I'm meant to write. I feel somewhat like a square peg trying to stuff itself in a triangle's hole. I just don't fit. 

I have some killer ideas for books, and come hell or high water, I will write them. Writing is the only thing I like to do. It's the only thing I'm remotely good at, so there is no way I'm ever giving up. I'm just going to be true to my talent and let it do what it wants to do, rather than trying to force it to do things that it doesn't want to do. 

You see, my stories don't really ever start out in the YA genre naturally. I want to write YA, so after I get my idea, I change it so it will fit in that genre and I think that is where my problem is. I'm not being true to myself. So to hell with YA! I still love reading it, but I just don't think I have it in me to write it. And you know what, I'm okay with that. I see this not as a failure, but as a turning point. Maybe one day I'll write a YA book, but if it never happens, I'm okay with that too. 

So, I guess I'd better go. I have work to do.