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!

image1Interview with Gary M Sherwin

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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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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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: 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: Author Toni Cox

This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Toni Cox, author of the Elemental Trilogy, who shares with us her experiences and difficulties she has overcome and how writing played a part in that. Enjoy! 🙂

Toni_Cox_profile_pic[1].jpgMy love for reading began when I was 11 years old and I was given a book for Christmas. It was “The Black Stallion” by Walter Farley. I started horse riding when I was very young, so the book spoke to me on so many different levels. From then on, I saved every bit of pocket money I could and bought one book of the series every month.

I have been an avid reader since then, reading a variety of genres, but the fantasy genre holds a very special place in my heart. Fantasy books are an escape from reality and when you feel that you need to step away from life for a little while, a good fantasy book can do that for you.

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Guest post: Interview with Viv Drewa

This week’s guest poster is author Viv Drewa, the Owl Lady.  Check out her answers to these interview questions 🙂

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with Viv Drewa

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

When I was 9-years-old I read a book that made me want to be a writer. It was “The Whistling Sword” by James Robert Green. I was so impressed by how he used true people in fiction. I bought the book from a library that closed just to have it.

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Guest post: Playing to Win: Writing, Odds, and the Academy Awards

This week’s guest poster is the lovely Laura Smith who discusses writing, odds and Academy Awards! 🙂 Apologies to Laura, this should have been up last Tuesday. Oh well, better late then never.

Laura smith.jpgPlaying to Win: Writing, Odds, and the Academy Awards by Laura Smith

As a movie lover, the Academy Awards are my Super Bowl. As a writer, the awards given out for best screenplays are always especially exciting. My ultimate dream is to have all of my books made into movies from scripts that I have written so that I can be given the chance to stand on that stage one day.

This isn’t so much because I want a gold statue and to have my picture taken with celebrities. Instead, it’s because I want to know that my stories matter and that my work is accepted in both literary and cinematic circles, two imaginary places where I spend most of my waking hours.

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Guest Post: “Love, twue love”

Today we welcome back to this blog the wonderful Pearl R Meaker, author of the Emory Crawford Mysteries. Enjoy!

“Love, twue love.”

by Pearl R Meaker

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This blog is being posted on February 14, 2017 – my 41st wedding anniversary. Still happily married after all these years.

Today is the “love holiday” and, like the movie “The Princess Bride” from which I borrowed my title, most stories have love in them somewhere along the way.

It might be love done well, or love gone wrong. Maybe love long lost and mourned, or love that is being newly sought. It can even be all of the above and more.

It may even be the self-love of the narcissist or someone who is in love with money or some other inanimate object.

Love is usually in there somewhere if only because love is in most of us. We can relate to love.

But what do you, as a writer, intend to do with love? The answer to that depends on the sort of book you’re writing, your characters and you.

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Guest Post: A Reading Experience

Sorry for the delay people. Lost my internet connection! This week’s guest poster is the lovely Jayne Denker, author of several romcoms and already onto her seventh… (paint me jealous!) However she has found time to contribute to this blog! Enjoy 🙂

jayne.jpgI’m supposed to be writing.

I’m not.

My next romcom, my seventh, is all mapped out in my head. Why am I not writing it? Well, life sort of got in the way recently, as it tends to do. And then the holidays came along, which always make the “real-life lag” ten times worse.

Okay, you know what? I’m procrastinating. I admit it. Even though writers learn how to write despite grappling with random obstacles thrown in their path, and whining about not having time is not allowed, sometimes we need time to decompress, so here I am, telling my next novel idea to shush, that I’ll get to it in a little while. I only feel a little guilty about it.
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Guest post: Why do I write?

This week’s guest writer is the awesome Melka Stansah, author of The Raven Trilogy: The First Journey. She shares with us her reason why she writes 🙂 Enjoy

Melka.jpgWhy Do I Write?

by Melka Stansah

So my first novel was out, the media and sales platforms were set up and reviews started coming through. At first, it was so exciting like a breath of fresh air; I had a new life as a writer. My daily routines changed tremendously – from a social media illiterate to a highly dependent user. I joined the online and offline writer’s club and posted on my social media as frequent as possible. I did everything I could to keep up-to-date with my frenzy writer’s life.

Few months of rigorous promotions passed by; the statistics were flooding, everything from reviews, ratings, interviews, number followers, sales numbers, etc. The expectations were building and it became harder and harder to catch up with everything, especially for me, a part-time writer with a full-time daily job. Then slowly it turned into a relentless pressure. What was exciting in the first place was no longer to be. My days went by with a set of repetitive tasks I must do – the same questions each and every day.

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