Monday, May 5, 2014


 ***The updates are in! Meet two more great indie authors!!***

It's been over a year since I've participated in any kind of blog hop, so when a new author friend asked me to join, it was an easy yes! So, before we get the ball rolling too far, I'd like to extend my personal thanks to author Lorraine Adair for inviting me to the fun! Stop by and say hi to her on your way through!

The next part of this event, you get to hear from little old me regarding my writing process. So here goes:

1) What am I working on?
        Right now, I'm working on the final book in the Dream Weaver Series called Private Eye. I've been thinking while I'm writing that the title may not stick. Guess I'll have to see as it progresses. I just got a tweet from a fan tonight asking about the tentative June release. In order to put out my best work I'm capable of, that deadline may be moved back to July.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
       There's been some discussion as to whether Dream Weaver is a
'paranormal romance.' One camp told me, if the story doesn't end 'happily ever after' it's not romance. Others say 'bah, humbug.' There's an element of romance. But I guess the truly different thing about my work is that I tend to be a little dark, a little morbid. I didn't shy away from hard subjects like rape and PTSD. I tried to be very diplomatic about it and handle the subjects with kid gloves...or is it kit gloves?

Kinda scary huh? He really was!
3) Why do I write what I do?
       I've always been drawn toward stories of vampires and such, including research I did in high school about Vlad Dracula. So that I landed writing paranormal isn't much of a surprise. A lot of writing teachers say to 'write what you read.' And I guess I always felt more, I don't know, comfortable reading YA over Adult. So I write YA paranormal because that's what I read and am most comfortable with.

4) How does my writing process work?
        I swore to myself when I started my third book that I was going to outline and organize and...Yeah, right. My books don't present themselves to me in linear fashion, so drawing up an outline was like pulling teeth, without Novocain or laughing gas. What's the fun in that? Typically, once I'm settled in for the night, someone will want to be heard and tell what they want to do in an upcoming scene. And it's not necessarily in chronological order. Usually, the end is the one the first things I write and I've discovered recently that's not a bad thing. It's very freeing to know the end of a story and then figure out how you got there. 
       After I write all the scenes that have been whispered in my ears, then I lace them all together and I have a rough draft. Then, I do several edits; checking grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, story line, plot holes, suggestions from beta readers...Typically, I spend more time in edits than on the original draft. So, there you have erratic, sporadic writing process. Thanks for listening!

My first author is a very new friend. I met her through a social media support group we belong to together. We messaged back and forth for about an hour on Saturday and discovered we have a lot in common...and I got her jokes. Heehee. So, here's a little shout out for:

Yelle (pronounced yell-ee) Hughes (pronounced, I'm kidding)
Yelle Hughes, mum of three and now a proud grandparent, is an avid reader as well as author. She enjoys canoeing, studying the Greek myths, watching action and western movies, and is an unpaid movie critic. Her work is written from the heart and from the people who have passed through her life, just as the seasons pass each year.
You can check out Yelle and her words on her website: 

Can you tell she's a bit quirky?
Meeting new friends is always great, but I was really excited to find an author that lives right here in my home town, Spokane, WA.

Allison Hawn
Allison Hawn was born in Idaho and has spent her life obtaining adventures. The daughter of a musician, she was brought up all over the United States with occasional dalliances into foreign lands. She is the author of two collections of short, humorous stories, "Life is a Circus Run by a Platypus," and "Life is a Pirate Ship Run by a Velociraptor." The second will be released soon.  She currently resides in Spokane, Washington, where she works with the homeless, domestic violence victims, and other disenfranchised populations as a case manager, but calls a myriad of locations home.

Allison's blog link is:

Last but certainly not least!

Tony was recommended to me by my friend Christoph Fischer who I featured recently. If you missed his interview and great pics of his pups and his home check out: My interview with Christoph!

Author Tony Gilbert
 I am married with four children and a rather large snake. I have been writing for a little under two years and have three books that I have self published with another self pub out this year. I have been very lucky and have managed to force my way into the fold with two publishing companies - 'Visionary Press' and 'Ghostly Publishing'. They are releasing 'Doodeedoo' and 'The Youngest Knight' later this year.
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So there you have it! 
Three great authors from around the world who were awesome enough to jump in at the last minute and share a little of their lives and their work with us. I extend my sincerest thanks to all three for supporting this event with me. And I hope we all get the chance to learn more about each of them in the coming weeks in in-depth interviews.

Dream Weaver & Rock Star are on sale for $1.99 cents. I hope you'll hop over to Amazon and get your copy while they're still this low. 

Thank you for taking your time to visit here again.
And as always...

Dare to Dream!

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