Guest post: Interview with Gary M Sherwin

This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Gary M Sherwin who has given his time to answer my interview questions!

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Q01 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Firstly let say thank you for asking me to do this interview.

To answer your question, yes. Its been with me since childhood and in fact I penned my first short story whilst I was at school. It’s only been in later life that I have taken that plunge into the writing world and written my first book.

Q02 – What was the best piece of advice you received/read when you were starting out?

Don’t edit! When I started writing I had the annoying habit of trying to edit my work as I went along but as you can imagine this slows down the writing process considerably. Now I just write and edit later.

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A slight delay

I am having ‘fun and games’ with the Internet connection on my laptop.  So this week’s post may be delayed until later or tomorrow when I hope it can be fixed.

Thanks for your patience

Ari

Guest post: Interview with Daniel Rumanos

This week’s guest post is an interview with the writer Daniel Rumanos, author of the series Weird Adventures. Enjoy!

gargoyle (1)Interview with Daniel Rumanos

Q01 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Absolutely, or more properly, a storyteller. I always did that, and was the grade-school Baron Munchausen!

Unfortunately, growing up in Baltimore, which is often (though erroneously) termed a “blue-collar city”, I did not get much impetus towards a literary career.

So I first became an entertainer, and being a stage magician/illusionist and carnival performer is another opportunity for storytelling. Of course I did write my tales down in manuscript form, and when internet blogging came along I saw that as a forum for my fiction.

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How questions help your writing

Are you writing a novel?questionsface

Chances are then you will constantly be generating questions for yourself.

You aren’t?

Well you should!

Now I’ve talked about The Power of Questions before but I feel I need to talk about it again!

We all know writing a novel is hard.

You have to build a landscape, create characters, give voices, design conflict, structure a plot… there’s a lot to think about.

As well as all that, you have to be consistent, you have to remember subplots, tie up loose ends, keep characters on track.

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Guest post: How to keep writing when all hell breaks loose

This week’s guest poster is the lovely Elke Feuer who shares some great tips for how to keep writing when things become difficult. Enjoy!

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How to keep writing when all hell breaks loose

by Elke Feuer

Writing is difficult enough, but when life rears its ugly head with unexpected events and emergencies, sitting down to write can seem impossible. Whether it’s a nasty cold, a class project your child mentions the day before it’s due, or a notice from your boss about working later or on the weekend, you can still write.

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13 great writer blogs

Since I am still wicked ill, I can’t get my head to work enough to write a full article but I’m tired of missing posting on this blog.  So here are some of my favourite blogs.  Not all of them because I have loads I love.

Please check them out!

Pearl R Meaker – [Pearl’s Pearls] – https://pearlrmeaker.wordpress.com/

Lorraine Ambers – https://lorraineambers.com/blog-written-in-amber/

Don Messenzio – https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/

Rachel Poli – https://rachelpoli.com/

Chris the Story Reading Ape – https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/

Brenda – [Caffeinated Ramblings] – https://cyberneticblonde.com/

Robert – [Part-Time Novel] – https://parttimenovel.com/

Tanya Cliff – [The Quill that Shatters Glass] – https://tanyacliff.com/

Amir Ghazi – [World of Horror] – https://amirhoseinghazi.wordpress.com/

Julie Valerie – http://www.julievalerie.com/

Sally – [Smorgasbord] – https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/

Kim Chance – http://www.kimchance.com/blog

MS Harris – https://msharristhoughtsinink.wordpress.com/

 

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Once I kick this illness in the ass I will be back fully, but at the moment I feel like death warmed up and doing anything is taking a lot of my energy.

Thank you for your patience.

Happy writing

Ari

About Ari Meghlen

I’ve been a writer since I was given unsupervised access to pens and am unable to write anything shorter than a trilogy. I live in the greener part of the UK with my awesome boyfriend, 3 mad cats and 1 overly-confident budgie. I spend my time lost in imaginary worlds, making jewellery, taking nature photos or watching bad movies. Visit me on Facebook or on my Website or just leave me a comment on this blog. I love comments 🙂

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Guest post: Creating a Functional Family Within Fiction

This week’s guest poster is the wonderful P.C. Zick, who discusses revamping her contemporary romance series. Enjoy!

AuthorPhotoNewCreating a functional family within fiction

By P.C. Zick

“I’m from a dysfunctional family.”

We’ve all heard this statement so much, it’s a cliché—overused and meaningless.

However, as an author, I can turn the cliché into something meaningful. But first, I must make my fictional families as dysfunctional as possible to create the necessary conflict and tension. Once I’ve done that, I can turn them into my ideal version of functional. I don’t mean the vision of what we’d been told a “real” family looks like. Those ideas were created with the 1950s sitcoms, and probably messed us all up when we realized we didn’t have Donna Reed in an apron in the kitchen cooking dinner. Or Mrs. Cleaver greeting the Beaver and Wally with homemade chocolate chip cookies and milk when they came home from a perfect day of school. Fred McMurray wasn’t in the recliner in the den with a pipe waiting to dispense down-to-earth advice to his three sons on how to ask a girl out on a date.

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Guest post: Interview with Kristine Simelda

This week’s guest post is an interview with the lovely Kristine Simelda, author of A Face in the River. Enjoy!

Kristine Simelda by Images Dominica_5Interview with Kristine Simelda

Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?

I wore many caps—daughter, wife, mother, artist, florist, horse trainer, gallery manager, and restaurateur before I started to write. But when I took the giant leap and moved from the States to the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica twenty-three years ago, I was so fascinated by the change in environment and the diverse characters I met that I felt compelled to describe my cross-cultural experiences in writing.

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Guest post: But for the Grace

This week’s guest post is the lovely Annette Rochelle Aben who has written a short story. Enjoy!

AnnetteBut For The Grace

by Annette Rochelle Aben

Being swallowed by the dark, Caryn felt she’d never live to see the dawn…

Everything was in place. It was only a matter of time. Caryn knew she had made the right decision and there was no turning back.

She settled on the loveseat, glanced at the clock and noted that the hour was fast approaching. Calling to her two companions was unnecessary, her babies hopped up into her lap within moments of her sitting. How funny her male cats were in comparison to the females she had in the past. Her male cats were the most affectionate, always wanting to be on her lap, sleeping next to her in bed and enjoyed being petted. Caryn gently stroked each of the cats pouring as much love as she had into each caress.

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Guest Post – The Eternal Scribbler.

I was given the opportunity by Lorraine Amber’s to be a guest post on her Blog! This is my first time guest blogging 🙂 so I discussed the early pages of a manuscript. Enjoy and do check out Lorraine’s blog it is full of great articles.

Lorraine Ambers

As writers we have to a pretty hefty job of carrying all those characters, worlds, ideas around in our heads desperate to come out and be added to the blank page.

Today I want to talk about the first few pages of your book.

The first pages of a book are what sell it. You can have a fancy cover, great blurb and a dazzling plot – but if you fail in the first few pages, you could have lost your chance to shine.

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This is one of the reasons I usually write my first chapter last or at least after much more of the book is written. This allows me to move the scenes around and sometimes find a mid-scene that works better for the first chapter.

From publishers to readers, those few pages have to be gripping (not talking suspenseful, unless…you know…you’re writing a suspense novel!) but they…

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