Author throwdown…weird animals,and embarassing junk food choices.

 

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Hey, all. So thrilled to be discussing the nutty world of fiction writing with fellow Harvest House author Virginia Smith! Take a look at our rockstar YouTube video. Like or comment on the  video for a chance to win one of our books. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to enter the August prize pack giveaway. God bless!

 

Research field trips? Who needs ’em?

 

Why bother going on a fiction writing research field trip anyway? In today’s techno world, you can sniff out any detail on the Internet, everything from facts to pictures to interviews, so why  venture out? For me, it’s the smell of a place, the pace of life and the  seemingly unimportant details that jump out to me that make the trip worthwhile. For instance, on the last research adventure to California’s Gold Country, we arrived at the end of summer and the rolling hills were covered by dry, golden grass. It has a certain smell, in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening as the ground cools down. That smell is important and it will help add descriptive dimension and give my novel an authentic feel, I hope. Below is a quick clip from a recent research trip. We’re doing a little August prize pack contest for those who subscribe to my YouTube channel. (A gift tote and books/or an Amazon ecard for those outside the U.S.) 

Have you read a book recently that made you feel like you were there in the fictional setting? Do share! 

Top three annoying writer traits!

It’s sad, but true. Sometimes writers can be extremely irritating! Exploring this topic on the Suspense Sisters blog today and doing a little giveaway. Click the link below and take a look!

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Top Three Annoying Writer Qualities

 

On dogs, writing… and dessert!

 

Hey, all. Starting a new little feature here. Take a look and see what you think. Got a little August contest going for some nifty loot! :

Why not write on Sundays?

 

 

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Hello, all. I’ve been chit chatting about the writing biz a lot lately and one of the questions that always comes up is, “How do you balance two jobs, family, church, etc?” Everyone has the old balancing problem to solve, don’t they? We only have so much time in the day, right? I made the choice early on in my writing career not to write on Sundays, but perhaps not for the reasons you might think. I don’t write on Sundays because….

1. Writing is a blessing that can easily become an obsession. I have a passion to write that can become a monster, if I let it. Since my writing is also a business, that makes the tendency to obsess even greater. Three books a year, short stories, online presence, writing one book while creating a proposal for the next, the endless promotional efforts, all those things are requirements which can fill up the available hours if I let them. Sunday is the day I let those demands fall away, and come up for a much needed breath.

2. Writing does not belong in the center of my wheel.  I never really stop writing. Even when I am not sitting at a keyboard I can’t really shut my mind off. I’m inventing scenes, rolling through dialogue, wondering what would happen if so and so said this instead of that, constantly asking “what would happen if…?” It’s good and bad, believe me. I have an attention deficit, so I can appear to be completely engaged in a conversation when my mind is sometwhere else entirely. I will not go into how many problems that has caused! My decision not to write on Sundays is my effort to refocus on the important things, God, my family, church, pen pal letters, all the rich blessings God has showered down on me. God blessed me with the ability/opportunity to write, but He belongs in the center of the wheel.

Do you do something special on Sunday that refreshes your spirit? I would love to hear about it! 

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All that stands between Stephanie Pink and her dream is 100 pounds of trouble!

Fetching Sweetness, available now!

 

Dreaming up a new fiction series…gulp!

Dangerous Tidings is a Holt Medallion Winner

Yep, all good things must come to an end, you see, and I’ve just stuck a pin in the last of the Pacific Coast Investigations series. Four books filled with intrique, mystery and love and now…poof! All done! Time to hash out a proposal for a new series. Oh the agony and the ecstasy! Here are two big questions every fiction writer needs to wrestle with when creating a series idea.

1. How are you going to link the books? It is going to be tied together through the setting? (Think of rustic Buckaroo Town where murder and mayhem is the norm.) Or could it be a series tied together by theme? I had a blast writing a natural disaster series like that. Might I suggest that it could be linked by profession? (Navy Seal Protectors, that kind of thing.) Or perhaps we might employ the popular method of linking through family connections (The Macho brothers of Polkadot Ranch.) Hmmm. Now we’ve got some decisions to make.

2.  On to the second question. How overlapping are these books going to be? By that I mean to say how will I wrap up the mystery/suspense/romance in each individual book  and still sprinkle in enough unanswered questions to keep readers looking for the next book? Or perhaps the secondary characters in book one will be so compelling readers will immediately run to the bookstore to get their hands on the next installment? Sigh. One can only hope.

Those are just two of the big questions that an author needs to wrestle with. So what about you, dear reader? What compells you to pick up the next book in a series? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

When your life goes to the dogs…

 

 

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Thought you might enjoy my appearance on the Harvest House Blog. Yep, I’ve learned a lot from this rascally animals! Take a peek!

 

 

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