Monday, October 25, 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.

To Use "I" or "He" - Now That is the Question...

Before I start on my little blog topic today, I have to laugh about last week's post. I didn't think my comment about dating three guys with the same name would be a topic of conversation!! I had more comments for that post than I have for any other post since I started this. What I said was absolutely true. I dated a Charlie, Chuck and another Charlie (that his friends called Chief because he was Native American - it was the 80s people, not very PC I know!!). I married one of the Charlies...

Okay, now on to the topic at hand; Which type of voice to use when writing a story??

We'll start with First Person POV. Now I think that as a reader, this is one of the harder POVs to get into. I am one of those people who NEEDS to know what is going on. Only seeing the story in one person's point of view leaves me wanting more...what was that guy thinking when she told him that?? I NEED TO KNOW.

Really, I think that it is a character flaw, this need that I have. The irony of me not really liking First Person POV is that some of my recent favorite books were written that way. Not gonna lie here...I am a Twidork!! And to read four books told completely from a teenage, love sick girl I thought would NEVER be for me (well, 3 and a half books because Breaking Dawn had that bizarre Jacob POV in the middle). And then came The Hunger Games. Again First Person AND present tense (don't get me started on that!!).

I think that the reason that I fell into these books is because they were easy for me to identify with the main characters. Having been a teenage girl once in my life, I could understand them a little more. But what if Twilight had been Midnight Sun first?? Or what if The Hunger Game had been told from Peta's POV?? Would I have been able to immerse myself in the same way?? I just don't know.

I will just skip right over second person, because I'm not planning on a "Make Your Own Adventure" story or an instruction manual...though I would love to read a Black Dagger Brotherhood Make Your Own Adventure story!! I would totally pick going with Z down to the gym...turn to page 73!! Okay, sorry got distracted!! But just imagine the fun in that book!!

On to Third Person POV...now even if you choose to go with this one you'll have to make another choice. Is it Third Person Limited POV (meaning the POV changes from character to character but the reader only gets what is going on from one specific character) or do you want to go with Third Person Omniscient (one "narrator" telling the story so that you can know what everyone is thinking). Decisions...decisions...

Right now, I am in the editing stage of my next book and am dealing with this issue. When I wrote it, I choose Third Person Limited POV. I try to keep POV changes to a minimum because I know as a reader, watching the tennis match of competing POVs can get to be a little much. So, I have three main characters and the majority of the story is told with their POV. BUT...I also had 3 other POVs lightly sprinkled (I'm sure that my editor would disagree!! HAHA!) throughout the story. It was a major thing that my editor and I have been discussing.

Her suggestion was to maybe convert the whole thing over to omniscent, that way all those little pieces of information that the extra 3 characters' POV provided could still be included. AND I tried to work it that way...honestly! But here is the problem that I encountered...When I write, I hear the voices in my head telling me what they want to say, and by changing to omniscent I lost my characters' voices.

I was really struggling with this issue as I edited. While I agreed with my editor (and really I thought that I did a better job when I first wrote it...hahaha!) that it was too much, I didn't want to lose everyone. Then I started to read a new book by a very popular author and there were 7 POV changes in the first 5 chapters!! Now, I am nowhere near the writer that this author is, but seeing that gave me the confidence to make sure the things that I ABSOLUTELY want in the story are there. Don't worry...I don't have 7 different POV changes!!

After all this, I'm finding books that actually have switching First Person POVs (As mentioned earlier with Breaking Dawn) and some that actually have both First Person AND Third Person mixed in?? My head is spinning. As you can see, I have enough trouble trying to pick one!

Oh, and my new book that I'm working on...First Person!! HAHAHA!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Passion Fish Signing!

I'm making a special post today to let any of my followers who might live in the Florida, that my partner in crime, Alison Oburia, will be at the Florida Writers Association Conference in Lake Mary, FL, this weekend (Oct. 22-24).


Alison will have copies of Passion Fish with her for purchase, or if you already have your copy, she can just sign it for you.

Now, I realize that if Alison signs the book for you, then you only have half of the author's signature - it's like having them only sign their first name! So what I'm going to do is...if you get Alison to sign your copy of Passion Fish, email me at jessicamcquinn@yahoo.com with your name and address, and I will get a signed bookplate sticker in the mail to you to go with the other half of the author's signature.

So if you are in the Lake Mary area, stop by and say hi to Alison!

P.S. I will be announcing some signings for Passion Fish as well as my new book around the end of the year...so if you are in Utah, keep an eye out!

Monday, October 18, 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.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lost in the 80's

I had mentioned a while back that I was going to review some of my favorite books once a month. Last time I reviewed Jennifer DeLucy's Seers of Light, and this time we are going in a totally different direction with Nicki Elson's Three Daves.


Jennifer Whitney was the last American virgin. At least that’s what she felt like in 1986 as she began her sophomore year at Central Illinois University. She was proud of her decision to wait for the right guy, and yet she was getting restless. It seemed like everyone around her was doing it... and having fun doing it, too. She didn’t want to become the campus slut or anything, but surely there was a difference between a trashy skank and a nice girl with a little experience. Perhaps it was time to stop relying on fate to guide her and instead take matters into her own hands. And with that realization, Jen decided to find “the one” and lose her virginity, although not necessarily in that order...

Being a child of the 80s, I absolutely got lost in this story. Nicki Elson transported me back to my high school days, and I had to go find some of the pictures of me with the big hair and the Izod with the collar flipped up!

Jen's journey to find who she is and what she wants out of life is something that we have all been through, and it was so easy to relate to her as a character. Her exploration of her own thoughts and feelings in everything from religion to music to sex are so genuine, that I couldn't help but feel a connection with her. Each of the men that she gets involved with help her to find that place in the world where she belongs and as a reader you are never sure who you want her to be with (okay maybe not David most of the time...but I TOTALLY would have choose him at one point in my life!!).

Nicki Elson's novel is so engaging and had me so involved that I read it in two days and ignored my family during that time (there is a pattern to my reading habits!). I loved her descriptive accounts of everything from the dance clubs of the era to the frat parties taking place in college. And the interaction of her characters is engaging and what make the story so enthralling.

So who would be your perfect match?? Are you Dave girl?? What about David?? Ohhh...or big D??

Me?? I would have gone with Big D, but probably fooled around with David a little on the side!! HAHA!! I have a thing for bad boys, what can I say??

Oh, and on a side note...I actually dated three different guys with the same name when I was in high school (all at different times...don't get me wrong!) and ended up marrying one of them! So this story works for me on so many levels!

Nicki's novel is available through Omnific Publishing in everything from Kindle to print copy (I have both!!) So put on your neon Flashdance sweatshirt and leggings and sit back and enjoy the 80's once again!

As an homage to Nicki's book, here are a few recent pictures that I found of myself in the 80's. Don't judge!! It was the 80's!! We all looked like this!



Monday, October 11, 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.

Life Happened...

I missed another Monday. I was on vacation and without an internet connect for about a week! Thank God for the new Smart Phones, or I would have come back to 100s of emails!

This post is going to have nothing to do with my writing or books. While I was on vacation, I had two of those "Life Happened" moments that I talked about in my first post. So you get to hear a little bit about me today. Aren't you lucky!!

The first incident made me laugh out loud before I realized how old I am! I have recently found Facebook. Don't get me wrong, I was on Facebook before, and I do have a Jessica McQuinn page (which I really need to get going!!), I just had never been on very much. Then recently, I found a bunch of old high school friends, and now I am on there all the time.

While I was home visiting my mom, there was a big football game at my alma mater with a rival. Several of my friends were there, and watching the updates on Facebook kept me entertained all night long! It was like being in high school again.

And that's the problem and the impetus for the Life Happened moment. To me, all of these people are still 17/18 year old high school kids that I hung out with all those years ago. So, when I read about them being doctors and lawyers and parents, it seems so odd for me. When did we grow up?? How did life happen all of a sudden and we are all responsible (I use that word loosely) adults?

Things only got worse for me on the "When did life happen" front when I went to visit my cousin for a few days.

I grew up in a very small family. I have one younger brother and that is it. Even our extended family was not big as I have only four cousins - three boys and one girl. Being the only two girls in the family, my cousin who is 9 years older than me became more like sisters. I wanted to be her when I was little, and I still admire her immensely.

While I have two elementary school kids, my cousin has four in college and high school. The two oldest (girls) are a junior and freshman in college and the younger two (older girl and boy) are a senior and sophomore in high school. Now, everytime I see them I am amazed at how big they are. To me, like my high school friends, the girls are caught in a time warp in my head where they are all 3 years old.

This idea of them still being toddlers slapped me square in the face last week when I went to my Goddaughter's (the second oldest - freshman in college) sorority induction. How do they let a 3 year old into college, let alone into a sorority?? I was baffled!! When did she grow up?

I was the saddest I have ever been as I pulled away from my cousin's house that day. I had to face the fact that Life Happened, and everyone was grown up now! I looked at my kids in their booster seats, watching Space Chimps 2 and tried to remember that moment because I knew that one day I would have to stop seeing them as little kids and treat them as adults...I'm not ready for life to happen!