March 7, 2013

Contemporary: Lucky's Leprechaun #RLFblog

Elysa Hendricks, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Lucky's Leprechaun.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self-published
Cover artist: Joleene Naylor
Length: 7,000 words
Heat rating: PG
Tagline: Be careful what you wish for.
Blurb:
Lucky no longer believes in wishes, hope, or dreams. Cheated by his bookkeeper and his ex-girlfriend, he's resigned himself to losing everything.
Twenty-five years ago curiosity about a small human trapped Diamond, a leprechaun, inside a crystal paperweight. Now she has one day left to grant Lucky his final wish or perish.
Can a chance meeting between a little boy and a leprechaun result in love?
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Salvatore (Lucky) Luciano is 30 years old. He runs O'Roarke's an Irish pub in the small town of Council Falls, IL.
Diamond Tautha is of indeterminate age. She's a leprechaun.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
One Christmas Eve a long time ago, in a far away land - no wait, it was a long time ago, but not that far away, just the suburbs of Chicago - a woman sat alone. Well, not completely alone. Her five-year-old son was sleeping in the next room. But her husband and older son were on their way to Arizona to attend a funeral. As a family they'd decided to postpone their Christmas celebrations until hubby and son returned the following week. On top of that this poor woman's parents had recently relocated to Hawaii.
While sitting there alone on Christmas Eve the woman decided to write a novel. Her currently absent hubby had been teasing her for years about all the romances she read, telling her she should write one herself. "How hard can it be?" he asked. "Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl. You can do that, can't you?"
So little realizing the incredible journey she was embarking on she sat at her typewriter (yes, I started writing back in the Dark Ages) and wrote what she thought would be a short, contemporary romance ala Harlequin. When the heroine turned out to be a winged, telepathic alien who stows away on a passing space ship, the woman (me) realized that romance has many flavors other than vanilla.
What websites do you visit daily?
Aside from my email and hanging out on Facebook, other than for research I don't spend much time surfing (do they still call it that?) the Internet. Occasionally I'll visit an author's web page, mostly just to find out what they have coming out. I don't read a lot of blogs, there's just not enough time in the day to write, read all the great books piling up on my shelves, my Kindle and my Nook, and manage to have a real life.
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
My first book? You mean the one about the winged, telepathic alien that resides under my bed guarded by killer dust bunnies? Or the one I first published? For the former I'd have to make it less derivative of Star Trek: NG. I didn't realize until years after I'd written it how much I'd been influenced by STNG. As for my first published book, Rawhide Surrender, a western historical romance, I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to make all those changes. I received my rights back and revised, edited and re-issued it electronically under a new title - Her Wild Texas Heart.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love the creative process. Building worlds. Developing characters. I can spend hours detailing the flora and fauna of an alien planet, and outlining the social, political, and religious structures of the people who live there. Creating the hero, the heroine, the villain and the secondary characters who'll play out their lives on the stage that I've set is amazing fun. It's like playing God. Unfortunately, while I may be the god of the world I've created, turns out all my characters are atheists. They have a tendency not to listen to my directives, but that's part of what's exciting about writing. I discover what's going to happen next along with my characters.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
Anne McCaffrey would be my first choice. Her Dragon Riders of Pern novels are still some of my favorite reading. Unfortunately she's no longer with us, so I'll have to attempt to channel her spirit via my muse.
I've been fortunate over the years to have the help and advice (if not an actual mentorship) of many wonderful romance authors - Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lindsey Longford, Cathy Linz, Melody Thomas, Ann Macela, Karen McCullough, Donna MacMeans, and the list goes on. In gratitude for their kindness I try to help and encourage other writers.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Do be afraid to write crap. Get the story down then edit, revise and polish it until that sow's ear becomes, if not a silk purse, at least a serviceable leather wallet.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
Unfortunately the older I get the worse my work ethic becomes. Though I still have tons of stories I want to write (and more occur to me every day) I just don't have the energy I used to have. Where I used to be able to sit and write for hours, now I suffer from bouncing butt syndrome. I thought after my kids were grown and gone I'd have less distractions in my life. Didn't turn out that way.
I don't have a set writing schedule. When a story is hot in my head I'll write for hours. When the story isn't flowing I tend to fritter away the time playing on the computer, hanging out on Facebook or reading.
The only non-negotiable work ethic I have is no matter how long it takes, I finish the damned book.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
I think that bits and pieces of our families, our friends and ourselves all eventually end up in our writing. Each character I create is a composite of myself and other people I know. Creating a character is like those Mix'n'Match flip books we had as kids. I take my hubby's sense of humor, mix it with Hugh Jackman's eyes (and bod), add in a fireman's uniform and go from there.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I've held a number of jobs - store clerk, commercial casualty insurance underwriter, house cleaner, day care worker, video store owner/operator, and college text book buyer. Each of these jobs exposed me to people in different walks of life and added to my understanding and compassion for the human race.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
For someone who doesn't read romance I'd recommend they check out The Sword And The Pen. It has both a contemporary and a historical type setting. I call it my Xena: The Warrior Princess meets Stranger Than Fiction story. The story centers around a slightly neurotic writer and how his ability to bring his fictional creations to life turns his life upside down.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I love reading romance of any flavor, but I'll read just about any kind of fiction with the possible exception of the really esoteric literary stuff. If the story is compelling and the writing is good, I don't care if it's a historical saga, a contemporary thriller or a space epic. I also enjoy self-help books and books that help me research various subjects.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
Since I'll be headed to someplace warm (I'm not picky - Tahiti, Belize, Hawaii, Southern California or Florida will do) with sunshine, sand and surf, I'd pack my swimsuit, t-shirts, shorts, sandals, toiletries, and my Kindle. Oh, and I'd make sure Hubby came along.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
I have to say Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it's all about family and friends gathering to celebrate all the blessings in their lives. There's good food, good company, and no pressure to purchase impossible, perfect gifts.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
I can't remember the last time I was bored. There's always so much to do, to see, to read that there's rarely a time when my mind and body aren't engaged in something. The only time I feel bored is when I'm forced to sit and wait for something or someone and I don't have access to a book, there's no one to talk to, and nothing to look at. But even then I use that time to think about the book I'm working on, develop characters, figure plot points, or do some world building.
My mother always told me, "Only boring people get bored."
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Despite what I said about not getting bored, my motto for real life is: Boring is good. Excitement is vastly overrated. (I save the adventure and excitement, especially the physical kind, for the characters in my books.) So I'd have to pick beige.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and olive oil.
I'm always ready for visits with friends and family.
When I'm alone, I love to read.
You'd never be able to tell, but beneath my outwardly cheerful personality I'm just as happy inside.
If I had a halo it would be - definitely askew (those baby horns keep knocking it off kilter) and tarnished.
If I could carry a tune I'd sing duets with my talented hubby.
I can never climb a mountain, because first off I think it's a waste of time and secondly I'm afraid of heights.

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March 6, 2013

Paranormal: Frozen Heart of Fire @BookstoGoNow #RLFblog


Frozen Heart of Fire

Julie Kavanagh, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Frozen Heart of Fire.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Length: 48 pages
Blurb:
It's Valentine’s Night but Eva, the last of the Ice Witches, isn’t looking for love. On the trail of a demon, she falls into the clutches of the clan who killed her parents.
Joshua Ravenwood believes she is there to assassinate him for the crimes of his people and the presence of the mind-killing pain in his head is surely proof of her intention.
Neither of them expected to find passion in the touch of the other but neither can deny the sexual attraction building between them.
Will Joshua’s fire burn a pathway to Eva’s cold heart? Can natural enemies become friends and lovers?
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Eva is an ice witch and demon hunter. She’s 25 years old.
Joshua is around 28, heir to the Xandry throne and owns a successful nightclub.

Excerpt

Eva looked up, her indignant stare captured by the authority of his beautiful face. Whoever deemed that only women could be called beautiful had never met this man. His looks improved the darker his mood became and she was disturbed at how easily he affected her. The sound of his deep voice sent little shivers travelling along her backbone and his laugh caused ripples of she didn't know what, to twist and mix inside her stomach.
“I helped you,” she muttered low, as though she already knew they wouldn’t believe her. She couldn't tell them the truth for she was sure they would declare her a liar and do to her what their clan had done to her elders, and her parents. Did they believe she didn't know?
“Yes, you did, and I'm very grateful, but I need more than that.” Joshua leaned in close, his breath warm on the skin of her throat, causing more vibrations to tingle through her body. Was this another spell of his making?

Interview

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love the freedom it offers. I can become anyone I want to be within my characters. Writing also gives me the opportunity to vent some of my frustrations on my characters especially the nastier ones. When my father died, I used that experience within one of my Demon Witch books. I killed off two very important characters and made my heroine go through the emotions as I did. It was a very cathartic experience.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don’t give up. Never ever give up. I wish I’d been around to offer this advice because for many years I did give up and I regret it deeply but I’m back now writing with passion.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I have to write every single day or the voices in my head start to take over. I know it sounds daft but writing helps to dilute the ideas. I don’t always get to choose when I write although late night tends to work better for me.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
I have a wonderful friend who was having a bad time with her brother and she asked if I could include him in a book. He became a newly made vampire who came to a very sticky end. She loved it!
I was asked a few weeks ago by a family member if I used family as characters. Of course, I said no.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I have been a Customer Services Advisor, an administrator for a book club. I’ve run my own playgroup, summer playscheme and afterschool club. I spent five years working in a school nursery and three miserable weeks in a hair salon.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I would recommend trying the Demon Witch series starring Luca, a half -demon blooded Coven Witch. The books contain romance, passion and danger- not necessarily in that order. I’m totally biased but I love every character in this series – I have fifteen books written with number four about to be epublished.
The Dark of Demon
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I tend to read just about anything from historical novels to paranormal romances. I’m not very fond of chick lit although I’ve been assured I’m missing out. I love Stephen King and J R Ward. I really wish I’d thought of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. What awesome heroes!
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
I have a few but the most recent was watching my eldest daughter receive her degree from her university. I was the typical mother with tears streaming down my face. She had chosen a difficult path in life it she was determined to get her degree and, although it took longer than we’d all hoped, I was so proud to witness her achieve her dream.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Every summer four of us travel around England. We love history and ancient places and there’s so much to see here. The weather isn’t always reliable but we make the most of it. We love to stay in castles and old coaching inns especially if we’re on a ghost hunting trip.
What good book have you read recently?
I’ve just re-read J R Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series in anticipation of the release of Lover At Last.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
That’s easy. I was with my husband at my best friend’s house. There was just the four of us, listening to Big Ben chime and watching the fireworks over the Thames on the TV. We always spend New Year’s Eve together, it’s a standing tradition.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
I like to create. I knit, sew, crochet, embroider and take cool photos. I don’t cook… please don’t ask me to cook – you’ll regret it.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Definitely a shade of purple.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with other people so they can eat it. Pizza…yukkkk
I'm always ready for another story.
When I'm alone, I’m content.
You'd never be able to tell, but I talk to dead people.
If I had a halo it would be too tight for comfort.
If I could be invisible I'd go check out the Queen. I’d love to see how she spends her day.
I can never go into small places because I’m claustrophobic.

Previous Books

Jessica’s Diary
Night
Sun Side
Christmas with Mr. Jeffers
Dark of Demon
Coffee Time Collection
Blue Fire
Demon Blood
Loving Lies
The Seventh Son
Christmas Kisses
Frozen Heart of Fire

Books Coming Soon

Lycan Lover
Coven War

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March 5, 2013

Romantic Fantasy: The Red Queen @themikewrites #RLFblog

Michael J. McDonald, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, The Red Queen.
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Cover artist: Jenna White
Length: 31 pages
Heat rating: Medium
Tagline: "Long live the Queen!"
Blurb: The Red Queen is a political thriller set in a world of medieval fantasy, against a backdrop of political and sexual corruption. The king of Liberi passes away, leaving his crown to his ambitious son, while his wayward daughter struggles to deal with her apathy and indulgence. Her old friend, the Cardinal, reminds the Princess of her sense of duty to her people, who are caught in the cross-fire of her brother's machinations.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Princess Amelia, in her early 20s, is the younger sister of the heir to the throne and, with no responsibilities and a liberal attitude to love, the embarrassing open-secret of the royal family.
Private Leroy, 19, is the fresh-faced batman for the esteemed, pompous General Stagg, and in his own shy way intrigues the Princess far more than his blustering superior.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
I have been writing for almost my entire life. I recall on my very first day of school, before I could even write letters by hand, our teacher gave us simple words printed on card to slot together to make sentences. I soon ran out and asked for more to complete my epic tale. Creative writing became my favorite activity and by the time I was in high school I was writing lengthy fan fictions and otherwise steeping myself in the process of storytelling. When I entered the University of Glasgow, I started taking things a bit more seriously, and managed to win a couple of awards for essay writing while also getting a few credits for short stories under my belt.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
It is still the same really write. To keep the momentum going and keep building a profile, I need to have material out there and I always need to find ways to reach new readers.
What websites do you visit daily?
I keep an eye on various blogs through Google Reader, particularly K.M. Weiland's Wordplay and the Smashwords blog. I also check out political sites like Crooksandliars.com and The Young Turks, because I'm cynical and like to be reminded why. I pop up on Wattpad now and then, too, but not every day.
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
At the last moment, I actually changed something quite radically. It is a generation-spanning fantasy where a teenage girl inherits a tremendous power from her mother, who survived a cataclysmic explosion that destroyed her homeland. Essentially it is a tale of a nuclear-powered superhero, in a steam-punk setting where everyone is trapped underground due to the fallout from a magical war. I wrote it in perfect chronological order, starting with the meeting of the main characters' parents and ending with the main characters' conflict with her nemesis seventeen years later. Reading through in yet another final edit, I realized that there was a problem: the main character is not introduced until about a third of the way through the book. Her mother's story is compelling in itself, but she disappears from the main narrative as her daughter comes to prominence, so I worried that a break in character might be jarring for the reader. Splitting the novel into two had been my very first intention during outlining but it never sat well with me to put off the real story I wanted to tell for a whole other book. So I jumbled up the order, threading the two characters' stories together, and found I had a much stronger piece. The two perspectives provide a counterpoint to one another, and moving back and forth in time allowed for a subtler hand to be used in foreshadowing since I did not have to worry about readers remembering little details a hundred pages later.
If I could change anything else now that Underworld is available, I might still have split it up after all. I am proud of how the novel turned out, but I have trouble leaving characters alone, and now that it's done I still find myself imagining new ways to bolster the story and add even more depth to the opening act. It could have stood alone as a novel, but I am glad I got out the real story I intended to tell.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The power. Not that I am an egomaniac or anything, honest, but it is a taste of being a god. The fate of your characters and their world is in your hand, literally. Yet even when in complete control, some strange things can make it onto the page, and characters can come up with unbidden ideas that add an unexpected twist to a carefully crafted story. Writing down what is in one's head is still full of surprises, and that is what I love best of all. Like the reader, I'm dying to find out what happens next.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
In terms of writing, my favorite author of all time is Terry Pratchett, and I adore the way his stories can be both darkly satirical and side-splitting at the same time. To be under his wing and learn how to walk that tightrope between zany humor and deep social commentary would be an honor. I am fortunate enough to have met him at a book signing for the Discworld novel Going Postal.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
I would remind myself to always keep going. I have had some setbacks, not least of which is losing the capacity to hold a pen for any length of time, and have become my most crushing critic. I achieved more in my youth than a good number of aspiring writers, but I wish I had not wasted so much time lamenting what could not be helped and had channeled more energy into more output. My best advice to my younger self would have been to keep writing.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I would love to take the Douglas Adams approach and enjoy the sound of deadlines as they whoosh by, but that does not pay the bills. Still, being a creative process there are times when writing simply cannot be forced. I'm not too strict with myself; I know some people who write with their Internet cable unplugged just to stop them getting distracted by checking just one more tweet, but that sort of thing seems overkill. I just take what chances I get whenever there's time and space, I turn on my word processor, put on my headphones and see how far I get before something else gets in the way.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Writing actually helps me cope with stress. When I am dealing with my own characters and their world and their problem, my own tends to fade into the background.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Never directly, though once or twice I have had friends who are certain they have spotted someone based on them. As any introvert writer I am an observer of people, and usually observe them a bit more closely than they realize, but it is all in aid of learning about how people work and what drives them so I can translate that into realistic characters who seem to move themselves through the plot.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
My day job is in Information Technology, so I generally work with computers all the time anyway, so sitting in front of a keyboard for far too long is not a stretch for me. My education was initially in archaeology, which unfortunately I could not pursue due to injury, but the skills remain valuable as a writer who must piece together the puzzle of a story and bring skeletal characters from my head to life on the page.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I would recommend Good Enough (available on Smashwords and Amazon), a short fantasy set in the same universe as Underworld. It's a tragic romance between a countess accused of treason and her confessor, a young monk who is torn between temptation, compassion and duty. It gets a little erotic but by no means lewd, and there is enough political intrigue and medieval fantasy trappings to make it a gentle introduction to romantic fantasy. If you were interested in giving romance a shot and want to raise your heart-rate while reading a substantive fantasy-world plot, I believe Good Enough would be a great start.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read all sorts of things biographies, horror, contemporary fiction, fantasy/science fiction and far too many books on writing. As I mentioned earlier, I am a huge fan of the Discworld series, and enjoy other work in a similar vein. Surprisingly, for a fantasy writer I am not so fond of traditional high fantasy. I loved The Hobbit, but I found Lord of the Rings a chore, and avoid things like the Wheel of Time series and Dungeons and Dragons novels. Too many silly names and mountains of needless description seem to get in the way. It is a bit difficult to become intimate with characters when there's fifty of them, all with three apostrophes in their name. It might be why I cannot help but smile at Pratchett's lampooning of this tradition with giving his main characters bizarre names like 'Moist'.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
Like Dibbler of Ankh-Morpork, I fear that in their effort to stay in the market they are in danger of cutting their own throat. While independent publishing and e-books have risen to prominence, I have seen the traditional gatekeepers merely redouble their efforts to remain an almost impenetrable fortress in the face of aspiring authors. When I can upload my story to Smashwords the day I finish it - or have a company like Books To Go Now turn it around in a month for electronic publication - and my work is in front of millions in an instant and at a very reasonable price, why would I wait six to twelve months for an agent or editor to even read the manuscript?
Traditional publishing seems to believe it is in their interest to put every hurdle they can imagine in front of an author. Many agents and publishers do not want simultaneous submissions, but they take so long to wade through the hopeful, if you play by the rules it could take a decade just to get a dozen agents to glance at your work. Then they treat customers no better, insisting on DRM and unreasonably high prices for electronic media that costs essentially nothing to distribute. Books themselves remain significantly expensive, running up to $30 for a new fiction novel, which is seriously off-putting to anyone not entirely confident they'll enjoy it. It is a system that seems designed to maintain the status quo and avoid anybody taking risks, even readers, and I worry that with infinite space on Kindles yet finite time in customers' schedules, eventually traditional publishers will find their wares just are not in demand. We already lost Borders because browsing a book store and picking something out is becoming an increasing gamble at higher and higher price points and with less innovation making it to the shelves.


Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
Have laptop, will travel. I guess I'd stuff some underwear and socks and things in my bag too, and some pain pills. Beyond that, what more do I need? I would probably hop on the first plane to JFK and find myself a nice hotel room somewhere in New York City, and spend my days wandering and absorbing the atmosphere of such a lively and historic place before spending my nights writing while sitting up in bed and trying not to be distracted by HBO.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas. I'm not a Christian myself but that doesn't stop it from being a very special time of year and a great reason to get together with family and share stories and food and drink with people I should not really have to find excuses to visit.
What good book have you read recently?
Good Enough
I just finished She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb. Not a recent book by any means, but a tremendous story of quiet triumph over enormous personal tragedy and trauma. It's an unusual one for me since I tend to feel more affinity with the hopeless than those who struggle on for decades as Delores Price does, but Lamb avoids easy answers and any sense of happily ever after. Delores might get better, to an extent, but that doesn't undo who she was and what was done to her.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
I was at a relative's house, watching fireworks exploding over the river Clyde. I think I stayed up until every time zone had hit the year 2000, and I annoyed people by pointing out that the 21st century technically did not begin until 2001.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
Play video games. I don't own a console and I am long burnt out on all the shooters that seemed so cool and exciting in my youth, though, so I tend to play a lot of indie titles and RPGs. I love any game that tells a story, especially if it has a quirky style to it. I adore the scope of something like Skyrim, where I have an entire country to wander and forge my own myths within, but that doesn't stop me enjoying something so much simpler, like Cave Story.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass of Gossip Girl) strikes me as the right choice. Aside from me being not nearly as tall and handsome, his time on Gossip Girl showed how well he can portray a haunted, pained character. And, being from the UK, I imagine he would have little issue with my faint trace of a Scottish accent.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Black. Call me Emo, morose, macabre, whatever, but black is starkly simple while unnervingly mysteriously, so that has always been my color. Even if my art teacher swore it's not a color, but a shade.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it now.
I wish you had asked where I get my ideas; that seems to be the stock question writers face. I often come across people who are enthused about writing but lack the energy or commitment to follow through, and they seem so surprised that I am able to uncover not just one but many stories. To them, it's as if I can summon my muse at the drop of a hat, and that can seem intimidating to a wannabe who has trouble fleshing out a single skeleton of a story. As boring as the question may seem to writers who have heard it over and over, I think it is valuable to encourage would-be storytellers that coming up with ideas is both harder than it seems and easier than you might think. Every author has their own way to drink from the well of imagination, but for myself, I tend to use music. If I close my eyes and let myself be carried away by a track or an album, my mind can dump me on some very strange shores and I often find the basics of an idea bob along into my imagination, like a message in a bottle.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with friends.
I'm always ready for a drink.
When I'm alone, I procrastinate. It's only when people are around that I seem to find the will to write.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm a grumpy misanthrope.
If I had a halo it would be sitting in a pawn shop window, traded for a spiffy cane.
If I could, I would. At least once.
I can never hear myself think because my parakeets won't shut up.

Previous Books

Underworld
Good Enough
The Red Queen
Fall to Climb
And others...
Michael J McDonald

Books Coming Soon

Portman Island Counter Terrorism
Tramp The Dirt
The Hellfire Club

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