Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Book Trailer Images & Music


   Last week I talked about stepping out of my comfort zone in order to take my writing to the next level.  I enjoy the challenge of  improving my writing, it fuels me.

   I run out of fuel when it comes to promoting my writing. I admit that this is my least favorite part of the process. Sigh.  With that said, I suck it up and keep working.

Book trailers are a popular way to promote a book.  I'm venturing to create my own and found some websites that have public domain images and music that I'd like to share. I've been able to find free images and music on these sites. 

Fellow writers, do you any advice or tips on creating book trailers?

Wikimedia Commons

US Government Photos and Images

Wikipedia: Sound


Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Featured Author -Krysten Lindsay Hager

Last summer I featured children's authors on Fridays. This summer I'm starting  Friday Featured Authors for young adult writers. I pleased to introduce my first Friday Featured Author, Krysten Lindsay Hager.

What inspired you to become a writer?

 I've loved coming up with storylines since I was a little kid. I used to watch soap operas with my mom and instead of waiting for the cliffhangers to resolve on their own, I'd take my Barbie dolls and act the scenes out how I wanted them to play out. I was always scribbling story ideas down and my fifth grade teacher told my parents she thought I'd be an author one day. It took me by surprise, but it got me thinking.

What book(s) have you written that you would like to tell us about?

My new book is called, TRUE COLORS, about Landry Albright, an eighth grader who enters a modeling competition with her two best friends, but runs into jealousy when she advances to the next level without them. Enter the gorgeous Devon, who also made the first cut of the modeling contest and becomes the perfect best friend, but can their friendship survive the competition? Throw in a new boy, jealousy issues, and hair stylist insults. How’s a girl to deal?


Do you have any favorite childhood books?
 Hangin’ Out with Cici by Francine Pascal. One of my favorite YA novels of all time. Victoria time travels and sees what her mother was like as a kid. The humor in this one is great.

The Great Mom Swap by Betsey Haynes. (Middle grade novel) One of the characters, Scottie, wants to be an author and I was obsessed with this book as a kid.

Good-bye, Glamour Girl by Erika Tamar. I read this for the first time the summer after 5th grade. It’s a coming of age story about a girl whose family escaped Europe during WWII and she is trying to fit in while in America and becomes a fan of Rita Hayworth.

Do you have advice for aspiring writers?

The best advice I ever got was read over a hundred books in your genre before you attempt to write your own. I'd also suggest taking both writing and literature classes and getting into critique groups. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Out of the Comfort Zone

 By nature I'm shy and quiet. It's hard for me to reach out and share my writing with other people. To be true to my blog premise, that's exactly what I had to do. In order to improve my writing I had open myself up to critiques. Last summer I found my first critique partner. She was wonderful and pushed me to rise up to a level of writing that I didn't know I could achieve.
  Another first for me was to seek out a professional to  analyze my writing. I needed to ensure that my novella started strong. Heather Webb reviewed the first fifty pages of my novella and gave valuable insight to its strengths and weaknesses. It was worth every penny.
   When I finished, I sent my novella to be professionally edited by Eileen Brady. She did in amazing job.
  Finally, I was ready to submit my story. I sought out a publisher from whom I've read quality young adult books from. I was offered a book contract from Stephanie at Astraea Press within two weeks of my submission! My novella, Beyond Vica, will be available on July 8.
   The step out of my comfort zone and all the hard work paid off.  Thank you to my critique partner, Heather, Eileen, and Stephanie. I appreciate all of you!.



Sunday, June 8, 2014


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I felt the shudder of my niece's body beside me in the court room. Her body shook as she sobbed uncontrollably.  The  man in an orange jumpsuit with shackles on his wrists and arms cooly and calmly explained to the judge how he shot her mother four times. Little did I know that in less than 2 years my niece would join her mother in heaven along with her father and brother.
   I glanced at my husband on the other side of me. His head down taking in the details of his sister's murder. I closed my eyes and prayed as tears fell down my face. In a few minutes, my husband would take the stand and confront the man that took his sister's life. I prayed for God to give him peace and strength.
   My husband showed great poise while facing the man whom his sister trusted, yet he shot her four times for waking him up. My husband relayed the effect of her death on his niece and her children....what their life is like without their grandmother. How is own mother has a difficult time understanding where her daughter is due to the dementia taking over her brain.
  Tears pour from all three of us when my husband rejoins us in the courtroom. My husband, niece, and I embrace each other and sob. A scene that later was played on the local news.
   We will never know why such tragedy had to happen, but I know that God gives you what you need to make it through. I've learned to lean on him and trust him in all circumstances.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

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