I was honored to be asked by Terry Gibson to participate in My Writing Process Blog Tour. #MondayBlogs. Terry is a truly great person. I have had the pleasure of reading her poetry and blogs for many years. She is empathetic, kind, supportive, and a wonderful writer. Here is a link to her blog. It is definitely worth the time and the read. http://mystoryourstory.org/?p=3168
What am I working on?
Presently, I am working on the second book in a series of children’s books adapted from Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal. The first is called, Dinky’s Quest: The Journey Begins, and is written for ages three to eight. It focus’ on learning how to give and get respect, understand that his place in life is as special as everyone else’s.
As Dinky has grown, he has had to learn that it doesn’t matter where he came from or the fact that he grew up without a mother it doesn't make him any less special.
My husband and I adopted Dinky when he was four months old. Because he is a nurse mare foal, he was taken away from his mother at birth. He is now five years old and still learning how to be a horse in the world of humans. Both Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal and Dinky’s Quest: The Journey Begins are written from his point of view. Dinky's Quest is color illustrated for young children and those who are young at heart. It is available in both kindle and hardcover.
I'm also finishing another of my mother's paranormal stories. She wrote all her life, with dream to become a published author. Unfortunately, with nine children, working a full time job, and finally health issues she never finished any of her stories. I promised her I would do so and get them published.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write in many different genre’s. But there is a central theme in all my writing, whether it is poetry, a story, or a novel. That theme is that no matter who you are or where you grew up you can find hope at the end of the tunnel. Everyone has something special to offer and no matter how different you may be from other people, you will find a place that is yours.
Why do I write what I do?
I grew up in a family that was more dysfunctional than most, in a small town in Northern Minnesota. We were poor and my father the town drunk, many people in town wouldn't socialize with us or allow their children to do so.
Just before my twelfth birthday my parents divorced. At that time I became the oldest child at home and in charge of my three younger siblings.
We moved a lot and I never created those childhood bonds one forms during their early years. Instead, I learned to empathize with those who were different and seek out a way for each person to help one another grow into better person.
I lost myself in books, they took me into different worlds and helped me to understand and imagine others lives.
How does your writing process work?
There are times, an idea, a thought, or a line, comes to me. If I am driving, I'll pull over to the side of the road to write so I don't want to forget the line running through my head.
There might be something that uplifts me or gives me a sense of impending doom and a story or a poem will begin to take shape in my mind. If something requires research, I will seek out anything and everything I can find on the subject that will bring a more realistic aspect to the scene I can see in my mind.
My main goal in writing is to use words to paint a picture that will take the reader into the thoughts, heart, and mind of someone else. And take them into a world.
I have asked Julia Robb, Dellani Oakes, and Kevin Swarbrick, to join the #MondayBlogs. They will be posting next week, here is a bit of information about them I think you will find them both fascinating writers and people.
Julia Robb grew up in West Texas, on the Southern Great Plains where the land goes on as far as the eye can see and the wind never stops blowing. She was a Preacher’s kid, as her father was a Methodist minister. The congregations in Abilene, Hamlin, Midland, places nobody ever heard of, called her father Brother Robb and sang Amazing Grace with a haunting pathos Julia has never been able to forget.
Life went on, marriage/no marriage, your usual mayhem, and she became a reporter, fighting for each story like Pickett’s Charge, at the Battle of Gettysburg. Attitude must have counted as she earned six Associated Press Awards, one for Best Breaking News Story and one for Best Feature Series, among others.
In 2004, the APME Headliners Foundation chose Julia as Star Reporter Of The Year.
You can still read her "Texas Observer" stories on-line, one on West Texas' shrinking population, The Last Picture Show, For Real, and one on death masks housed in the Midland, Texas museum, Who Were Those Masked Men?
Julia now lives in Marshall, Texas, in the state’s pine and lake country, and writes novels.
So far, she’s written Scalp Mountain, Saint of the Burning Heart and Del Norte, all set in the West Texas country she’s never been able to forget.
Scalp and Del Norte are historical novels set on the frontier, and Saint is set in 1960’s Texas.
You can find Julia Robb @ https://www.facebook.com/Julia.RobbFanPage
Dellani Oakes makes her home in Florida, but she grew up in Western Nebraska. Before that, she had lived in four other states. Since then, she has added two more, giving her a unique perspective on life. Always a people watcher, Dellani put that talent to use when she became an author.
Bitten by the writing bug early in life, Dellani first pursued poetry as her medium of self-expression. Soon, she moved on the song parodies and then short stories and humorous essays. Once she got to high school, it became apparent that she needed to learn to spell when she got a paper back from her English teacher, “For content: A+. For mechanics: F.” That comment changed her life, forcing her to focus as much on how she said things as well as what she said.
Dellani took up writing full time when her youngest son started kindergarten in 2002. Since then, she has published five books. Her two romantic suspense novels are with Tirgearr Publishing, though she has an historical romance and two sci-fi novels with Second Wind Publishing. She has also contributed to several anthologies, MJ Magazine and shares her unpublished works on her blog.
Because she loves to talk to other authors, Dellani hosts two talk shows a month on Blog Talk Radio. Listen in every second Monday of the month at 4:00 PM Eastern for Dellani's Tea Time, and every fourth Wednesday, at 4:00 PM Eastern for What's Write for Me. You can find Dellani @ www.dellanioakes.wordpress.com. She writes the most wonderful blog posts.
My name is Kevin Swarbrick. I'm in my late thirty’s and now live in Manchester, UK.
All my life I have lived through many ups and downs. To this day they continue, but that’s another story!! When I first started writing at the age of thirty-five I had no idea that this talent was there until it was pointed out to me. ‘It is all in my books!’
I've always been an artsy person, studying art and design at college, then my life led me on more paths and more failures, I took the knock downs that life had to offer, but no matter what and no matter how hard my times have been, I have always got up from the falls. In reflection, it has made me the person I am today and I travel on a path I would have never dreamed about back then. They say everything happens for a reason, I can say I have found that reason at long last!
Now I just want to share with my readers the fun times and the bad times that have happened in my life, this ranged through many things, Romance! Affairs! Erotic times! Destruction! Fun times! Heartache! Bullying! And of course, that magic word ‘Love’ that has tended to get in my way many times! When I look back at some situations, I do think did that really happen? Unfortunately and fortunately it all did. I truly believe in ‘what hurts us does make us stronger.’ I always try to bring a positive out of a negative, and you should never let anyone stand in the way of your dreams or try and put you down for following them. It is my dream, my vision, my path, my journey and most of all my life! Your life is in your hands and yours alone. Sometimes, we make all the wrong choices. We all make mistakes; we wouldn't be human if we didn't. We are who we are today and not who we were, never look back to what could have been. Look forward to how it can be, follow your heart and your heart will guide you to your dreams.
You can find Kevin's books, Louie Has Landed: The Early Days, Louie Has Landed: The Second Encounter, and Passion, wherever books are sold.Or visit him on his website: http://kevinswarbrickauthor.weebly.com/
Maria Savva is a prolific and brilliant writer. She is also one of the nicest women you can ever meet.
I absolutely adore Maria's work as her books always have a new and different twist in them. No two are alike yet they all will draw a reader into them, show the best and the worst in humanity and thoroughly charm you.
She writes stories and books that will make you wonder about life, the twists and turns of fate, and human weakness. I find myself looking deeper into the human condition and how our lives are entwined with fate and our own mistakes and beauty.
Far Away In Time, blurb:
Our lives are a series of stories, and we are the characters with the starring roles. The memories, regrets, secrets, and struggles that fill these pages are at once unique and relatable. These stories belong to us all.
Eight unforgettable tales reaching out to a place Far Away In Time...
Available on Amazon:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Far-Away-Time-Maria-Savva-ebook/dp/B00J0G11S0/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Far-Away-Time-Maria-Savva-ebook/dp/B00J0G11S0/
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My website: http://www.mariasavva.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Maria-Savva/171466979781
What Maria is working on now.
While I was editing Far Away In Time, I received a message of Facebook from a friend of mine, Martin David Porter, who is a photographer. Some of you might recall that I used one of his photographs for the cover of Delusion and Dreams.
Martin asked whether I’d be interested in collaborating in a short story collection. He offered to send me 10 photos and I could write a short story inspired by each. As I was busy working on Far Away In Time, I thought it might be too much to take on, but I was keen to work on that project because it sounded like fun. I thought maybe if I asked another author to join in, that would mean less stories to write and I’d probably be able to fit it in to my schedule.
I asked one of my favorite writers, Darcia Helle. She mainly writes novels, but has written a collection of short stories, Quiet Fury: An Anthology of Suspense. She also wrote some great short stories for the BestsellerBound anthologies, so I knew she was more than capable of helping out with the project.
I was thrilled when Darcia agreed to join in.
Martin sent us 10 photographs, and to make it fair, I numbered the photos and asked Darcia to choose 5 numbers. I then sent her the photos.
Darcia wrote her stories very quickly! She was so inspired that she asked for another photo. So Martin sent us one more photo each. By that stage I’d only written 3!
All of Darcia’s stories are amazing.
I was a bit slower at finishing the stories, as I was still editing Far Away In Time. But as I write this I have now finished 5 stories and am editing the sixth one.
We are almost ready to reveal the cover.
I've had a lot of fun working on this project and am looking forward to revealing the photos and stories to you in the near future. It’s a real mix of stories. Not only are half written in UK English and half in US English, but the genres range from fairy stories to dark thrillers.
More news about that soon.
Maria Savva, continues to amaze me with her insight into the human spirit. Her books are always full of depth that will delight the reader. Her characters well rounded and full of human frailties. Ms. Savva, will take you on a trip into areas that are seldom experienced by many, but all to familiar for some.
Her paranormal stories keep you thinking and guessing.
Author Bio: Maria Savva
Maria is a writer of short stories and novels. She has always been a storyteller, and an avid reader, and is now having a lot of fun in her adventure with the creative art of writing. She has published 5 novels, including a psychological thriller, a family saga, and a fantasy/paranormal/time travel book. She also has 5 collections of short stories, the latest “3” has been described as an “Innovative showcase” of her short stories. If you like stories that will take you deep inside the characters’ hearts and minds, and you like twists in the tale, you will probably want to try these stories.
As well as writing, Maria is a lawyer (not currently practicing law). During her career, she worked in family law, criminal law, immigration, residential property law, and wills & probate, among other things. Many of her stories are inspired from her own experiences and the experiences of those she knows or has known. Chances are, if you get to know this author it won’t be long before you are changed forever into a fictional character and appear in one of her books. If she likes you, you may become a romantic hero/heroine; if she doesn't... well, she writes a good thriller I hear.
Maria currently divides her time between working as an administrator in a university, and writing/reading/editing/blogging. She maintains the BestsellerBound Recommends blog helping to promote fellow indie authors. She’s also a music blogger for UK Arts Directory where she helps promote independent musicians.
A trio of short stories.
Memories from the past can haunt the present.
1. Never To Be Told - Tom and Amber are on a romantic date... but the past is always present.
2. The Bride - In this paranormal short, Olivia makes a chilling discovery.
3. What The Girl Heard - Victoria revisits a place that holds a dark reminder of an incident from her childhood. She had vowed she would never return.
My review of "3":
Maria Savva has a rare talent for writing a story that not only captures the imagination, but leaves one thinking about people, life, and the many possibilities that might be.
Ms. Savva’s newest book “3” is a daring trip into the paranormal or is it a trip back into one’s childhood memories. Do we continually revisit scenes we knew or lived? Does our life have a rewind button we are unaware of? These questions plague me after reading some of Ms. Savva’s work.
Maria Savva’s books always manage to keep this reader wanting more.
Connect with Maria Savva
Official website: http:www.mariasavva.com
Goodreads Blog: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1418272.Maria_Savva/blog
BestsellerBound Recommends: http://quietfurybooks.com/bestsellerboundrecommends/
UK Arts Directory Blog: http://ukartsdirectory.com/category/blog/maria-savva/
“3” is Currently available in Kindle format (Can be read on a Mac, PC, iPad, Smartphone etc., with the free downloadable apps from Amazon). Look out for the paperback coming soon.
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/3-ebook/dp/B00EUM59XM/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/3-ebook/dp/B00EUM59XM/
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This is for any and all who are Indie Writers using Free and 99c promotions and so often 'under attack' by those who claim we are fools to do so, that we are somehow destroying others in the bargain, etc....etc... Here is my long answer to that:
The 99c book is nothing new - 75 cents for first "Pocket" books and more recently, it began with Amzon.com SHORTS 33c program BEFORE there was any such device as the Kindle reader and no such thing as uploading your own work. With the Shorts program such greats as Ed Gorman published via electronically submitting work to EDITORS who worked for Amazon.com -- honestly. At the time an unknown fellow name of JA (Joe) Konrath went whole-hog in this program, writing short after short involving his main characters from his Whiskey Sour novels, Jacquelyn (Jackie) Daniels. Joe set the pace then as he did later via eReader novels once Amazon DROPPED the shorts program as obsolete, let all the editors go, and made it a simple process to upload your work on your own.
Joe dragged me into the Shorts program - years before Kindle - but as I had little to no interest at the time in doing short stories, I convinced the editor - John Hart, was his name - to allow a Serialized version of my Flesh Wars novel. He went for it and each chapter was a separate short. I earned out next to nothing yet I was one of the authors routinely at the top of the list.
It gave me exposure alongside Gorman, any number of others like Lawrence Block, and many more. The shorts sold for something stupid like 33 cents a pop. Joe relentlessly put out short after short and grew himself a following, while he was criss-crossing the country in a broken-down Land Rover, dropping in on every bookstore he could find, and chronicling his entire cross-country gambit on his blog.
I had neither the time, money, nor inclination to leave my family alone for months to play hotgun to Joe's "crazy" cross-country gambit, but I sure was learning a helluva lot from watching him and I was dragged into the Kindle option kickkkkkin' and screammin it would not work for me, dragged in by Joe Konrath who has as big a heart as they come. I am not he only one he has inspired to go Kindle. His Newbie's Guide to Publishing blog has inspired
hundreds if not thousands to write, write, write first, to hone the craft, and to place up as many titles both short and long on one's dashboard.
Just today, I got a note in response to my telling folks at KindleKorner of my Free
titles up now. She wrote back that she not only took the freebies but while there, she picked up 3 of my Instinct Titles -- all three are 2.99. She did so as she is a huge fan of the
M.E. serial killer chase down novels of Patricia Cornwell and my Instinct books are in the same vein....
My saintly dear old mom is 85 now and she understands that to give is to recieve. The limited time offers of FREE and 99c titles (I have 21 99c titles at the moment, any of which I can boost up at any time) --these 'giveaways' have netted after THREE years of putting up Kindle titles sales that have gone from paltry hundreds in dollars to now my last paycheck (which will go entirely to the IRS by the way) six thousand for my last six weeks sales.
Does it help to have a brand name? Sure it does, but I am by no means a Tess Gerritsen or a
Stephen King or even an Ed Gorman in terms of name recognition and stature; however, I have worked diligently as has Joe Konrath to MAKE the name known. I even posted on Ben Afleck playing the part of Robert Walker in the film The Company Men on facebook just to get that fact out there and of course to raise awareness for this fine movie. No one knows what comes of making a connect with readers on Twitter, Facebook, KindleKorner, etc., etc. or HERE. Someone else sees Anonymous and you begin debating the relative merits of Edward DeVere as Shakespeare and how much truth and leaps of faith are in the film and viola,
debate over, but your books have a new visitor to your Kindle Shelf.
I urge ye one and all to locate my now Enormous Thread at KDP Community Forums found on your kindle dashboard under Voice of the Author/Publisher - under which is "What Moves Kindle Bks. off theShelf" - start with the first few pages. Ignore the fact that there are close on to 300,000 views there and something crazy like 300 pages over now Two Threads. Just open
on the first pages and read up/study up!
With millions and millions of iPad and Kindle readers, there is room for any and all writers.
Thank you Rob, I know I for one will be using some of these tactics.