Monday, September 27, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Vacation!

Soooo...I am actually on a vacation of sorts this week! (We are making the grandparent circut for the next two weeks) And in honor of my vacation, I am doing a special vacation blog today!

The best thing about this vacation is that unlike most years, I don't have a suitcase full of books with me. Normally, I have at least 3 or 4 books stuffed in a pocket of my suitcase somewhere. They always end up squished and bent by the end, because they are vying for space with the kids bathing suits and the stuffed animals that just couldn't be left behind all by themselves. It isn't that I have given up reading!! No, that would actually cause me to wither away and die! This year, I have a Kindle.

Now, my mother-in-law got a Kindle about 3 years ago when they first came out and would sing it's praises to me all the time because she knows that I like to read. My husband kept asking me if I wanted a Kindle for birthdays or Christmas. I was adamant that I didn't want one.

I am a book person. I have shelves and shelves of books. I read some books over and over again (I have re-read the Harry Potter books an emabarrassing number of times). I like the feel of a book in my hand, and the smell when you first crack it open. I like to hold it in my hand. Or I thought that I did.

At the beginning of the summer, I left a job that I had been doing for a while and the people who worked for me got together and bought me a Kindle. Now, I believe that I have established that I am a techtard, so holding what should be a book seemed a little intimidating.

I plugged it in to charge it, while reading over the half page of instructions (really? half a page?? I need more guidance than that!) and then started pushing buttons. I was fascinated.

The first book that I bought was Dead in the Family. Normally, I buy the new book from the series that I read on the day that they are released, but I hadn't had a chance to get to the bookstore yet. I was instantly in love!! Me, who swore up and down that I loved my books and couldn't imagine not actually holding one, was in love with this thin piece of metal.

Here are my reasons for loving my Kindle:

1. For whatever reason, publishers have started releasing books in hardback. Now, that would be fine, if I had been buying the hardbacks all along. I have both hardback and paperback in my Harry Potter and Twilight series. But, my Sookie books and BDB are all paperbacks, and buying that hardback really messes up the aesthetic of my bookshelf! And I'm too impatient to wait for the paperback to be released in who knows how many months! With my Kindle, I get it on the release day and can read it, then buy the paperback for my "collection" when it comes out.

2. Because there is no way that I could wait until the paperback came out (see above) to read, I would spend the $20+ on the hardback so I could read it. The Kindle version, while not as inexpensive as a paperback, is still cheaper than the hardback.

3.If I am at the park with my kids and finish reading a book, I can IMMEDIATELY download another one. The kids get to keep playing because I'm not bored out of my mind with nothing to do, and I get to read in relative peace - win/win!

And by the same reasoning, now, instead of having to leave things out when I pack so I can bring extra books, I have room in my suitcase for my bathing suit...not that that's a good thing in my book!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Raising a Novel

Yesterday was a tough day for me. I got my edits back on my next book.

This is new to me because Passion Fish was written as a collaboration, so the editing process was a little different and we had to hand the reins over to our editor, otherwise it would have taken years for Alison and I to come to an agreement over what color top Eve was wearing. We agreed on all the big things, but as you write a character, you picture them in your head. Okay, maybe that is just me, but when I'm writing, my characters are living breathing people who live in my head and whisper things to me to put on the paper. (Good thing I found writing as an outlet, because that just sounds NUTS!) So I just had a different picture in my head than Alison and we decided on those things we would let our editor decide. It worked out great, and she did a fabulous job.

But, by doing the editing this way, I never had that moment where I opened up my manuscript to find all of those bubbles off to the side questioning my ideas. So I was a bit shocked yesterday when I did open my new manuscript. There were A LOT of bubbles!! I wanted to cry for a minute. (I know that my editor reads this - I'm going somewhere here, darling!! Please keep reading!! I promise I redeem myself!!)

My wonderful husband saw the look on my face and asked what was wrong. I told him why I was on the verge of tears and his response was, "Well, that's her job, right?" Okay, now I'm pretty sure I just did a post last week about how supportive my husband is, but at that moment I wanted to delete it! He was absolutely right, of course, but I wanted him to be as hurt as I was.

I explained it to him this way; it's like when the teacher tells you that your child isn't doing well in school and gives you a list of things that you need to do to make them better. Your first reaction is a defensive one...someome just criticized my child! How dare they! Even if they were right, it is just the knee-jerk reaction that we have as a parent.

Here is the thing, though. That teacher just wants your kid to succeed! And, after a few minutes of being hurt and a little pissed off, you settle down and think about what they said and then get to work to make sure that your kid gets the education that they deserve and need.

Our books are like kids to us. We put a lot of work and love into them, and then to have someone tell you that you've done it wrong is a hard pill to swallow. It took me about a half hour of feeling sorry for myself while the comments that my editor had made were pinging around in my head for me to realize that some of the things that she said were absolutely right and I started to plot out the changes that I had to make.

So, to my editor, who like I said, I'm pretty sure is reading this. THANK YOU!! Because you have the guts to tell me your honest opinions, my book will be better for it! And in the end, I would rather have one person tell me these things that a couple thousand when the book comes out.

You're doing a great job at shaping the young novels of the future!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Meet an Author Monday


YAY!! It's time for the wonderful blog hop started by author Lisa Sanchez

Don't forget to check out my post for the day too!!

Here's how it works:


READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many "new to you" authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment! We'd love to chat with you!


AUTHORS:

•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don't create a post for the hop, your readers won't have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and grab the code.

Writing Foundation

Okay...I missed yet another post, but this time I have a better excuse than I was reading (I did finish Mockingjay though...haha). Last Monday I was busy taking care of not one but two pukey children. Good excuse, right?

As my husband and I took turns with the kids all day (thank God for Federal holidays!) I thought about how lucky I am that I have him to support me not only as a partner in parenting, but also as a support for my writing. I know that he will be there to encourage me and take over a big portion of parenting when I need that down time to lock myself in my office and write.

It got me thining about others in my life who are my foundation for writing...they provide my support.

After my husband, the next person on my support list is my mom. She has always encouraged me to be creative. My mom is the one person who no matter what I wrote growning up would love it. That's what moms do, right? And I love her dearly for it, but having your mom tell you that she loves your story doesn't really mean a whole lot.

So, who else can I turn to? My non-writer friends? They are all super supportive and always ask questions about my writing. In fact, this past weekend a group of us were at dinner for one of my friend's birthdays, and they were all talking about when they make Passion Fish into a movie (I do love that they think big!) how they want to be in on the premiere. I just laugh and promise that when it happens (I can dream!) they will definitely be there with me. Again, makes me feel good, and I truly value all of them, but not really what I need to get me going.

The most helpful people I have in my life are those writer friends who will tell me the truth about what they read. That I think is what every author needs as a good foundation to their writing. For me, having someone tell me that something doesn't work or make sense is far more valuable than them telling me how much they love it.

While I truly appreciate those people in my life who are there for me on those days when I'm feeling off and need a good ego stroke, I think that my writing is built on the foundation and support of those that will tell me when I suck too. I think sometimes we forget about those people and just focus on the praise...and I know if I did that, my writing would suffer.

So to my friends who tell me I suck from time to time...THANK YOU! Know that you are truly appreciated, even if I forget to tell you enough. Keep up the good work!