Friday, September 28, 2012

Tagged - Chaos Has His Say


I got tagged!  I'm it!  I'm it!

Thanks to Tyrean, I get to share about Chaos, or rather, I get to let Chaos have his say.  He's the dragon that grumbled when I shared about MINGLED in the other post about a work in progress.

Here are the questions and my answers...sorta lol!!

What is the working title of your book?

The current title is AMONG DRAGONS AND MEN.

What genre does your book fall under?

YA high fantasy.  Yeah, talking, flying dragons, swords and sorcery and a girl mixed up in the middle.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

I honestly haven't given this any thought.  I have no clue who I would want playing Faith, the MC.  I'd need a cavalier strawberry headed fellow to play Icel, and I would want James Earl Jones to do the voice over for Chaos.  I would want Anika Noni Rose to play the part of Queen Scintian.  That's about as good as it gets for now lol!!

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Discovering certain truths about yourself can be a little terrifying when you're only fourteen and find out your decisions can determine the fate of four realms, as Faith is finding out the hard way.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

No clue right now. I'm in the middle of my umpteenth rewrite of this story so will decide  later if I want to seek representation or take this one straight to the readers myself.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It's been years since I started the first draft so I can't remember.  

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I'd finished my first revision of KINGDOMS OF AZURNOTH and, at the time, there was a person in my life who thought it might be a good idea to try something similar to Azurnoth but different, because Azurnoth was very Tolkienesque. So, I pondered this for a bit and started jotting notes about a world unaware of the relationship it shared with three other realms and things built from there.

What else about this book would pique the reader's interest?

Chaos.  I love Chaos.  He is a wonderful dragon with personality.  Readers who enjoy dragons, elves and journeys of discovery may find this story to their liking.

So there we have it.  Chaos, you can rest easy.  I will get to you.  I really will.  Just please be patient with me and the overbearing voices in my head.  Only a writer can type something like that and know others will understand exactly what that means lol!!

I'm supposed to pick a specific handful of people but I really want to know from one and all, how are things going with you WiP?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

S.C.R.E.A.M.

This is me on Google+  :-)
Getting closer to releasing NEVERLOVE to the world has given a little extra light to something I was aware of, but has an even stronger meaning now.  If this is something other writers want to pass along, then please...share it with the world.  I want all readers, whether they will read, buy, like or dislike my book, to know that they are appreciated.  So here is my S.C.R.E.A.M. for joy for all readers:
S - Such
C - Cool
R - Readers
E - Energize
A - and
M - Move Me!

Without readers, what are writers?

Monday, September 24, 2012

#Writemotivation and Just Keep Swimming


Goals for September 2012:
1: Prepare for and blast off cover reveal for NEVERLOVE as part of Partners in ParanormYA.
2: Work out any final kinks of final draft of NEVERLOVE so it can be formatted and set up for self-publishing endeavor. Okay.  See, yeah, my OCD hands got a hold of the formatted version and of course I had to go and find other things I should have caught that I didn't catch because I've read the MS like a million times but this is working out because the person I'm working with for formatting is an angel sent from God (Heather McCorkle, thank you so much.  Go CP Design!)

3: Participate in/Assist with Gearing Up To Get an Agent. MINGLED got a couple of nice comments but did not make it past the first round judges.  I am okay with this.  Surprised are you?  Well, so am I :-)  I'm trying to keep the "Just keep swimming" mentality and going to try for the Small Publishers pitch that is coming up in GUTGAA soon.  I'm also going to do some real querying for MINGELD.  Something I haven't done in a while so it will feel all brand new again.  
Le sigh.
4: Post 3 blogs a week.
5: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 a week.

Today's focus was mostly on writing goals. ***If you didn't catch it, there is a new page/tab for you to click on, the Partners in ParanormYA Blogtown Tour tab.  Yep, the time is getting closer.  NEVERLOVE and GIVIN' UP THE GHOST (you can click the title and be taken to Goodreads to add either or both titles to your TBR List) will be touring to a blogtown near you.  Hope to see you here, there and everywhere!***

How was your weekend?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Feel Good Friday

Let's all take a moment, here and there, to get in a little extra R.E.S.T.

R - Read a good book.  Or if it isn't such a good book to you, learn from it.
E - Encourage others.
S - Share some good news.  The news stations have all the bad news we can stomach.
T - Think.  It's a had thing to do, but remember that six-second-sound-bites do not the truth make.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

ABANDON - Cover Reveal

Elana Johnson, author of Possession and Surrender, needs no introduction.  I've been honored to have her here as a guest and to share my thoughts on her YA dystopian novels (both, of which, I enjoyed).  Today we reveal the cover for the third novel in this series, ABANDON, set for release by Simon Pulse as of June 2013.  Again, I LOVE the symbolic simplicity.  Without further ado, here it is:
Add to your Goodreads TBR list here
What is ABANDON about?

seduced by power,
broken by control,
and consumed by love...

Vi has made her choice between Jag and Zenn, and the Resistance may have suffered for it. But with the Thinkers as strong as ever, the rebels still have a job to do. Vi knows better than anyone that there's more at stake than a few broken hearts. 

But there is a traitor among them...and the choices he makes could lead to the total destruction of everything Vi has fought for.

Vi, Jag, and Zenn must set their problems aside for the Resistance to have any hope of ending the Thinkers' reign. Their success means everything...and their failure means death.

ALSO: Elana is running a Pinterest contest for the cover. She wants to get 500 pins (or repins) over the next two days. If we can get that many, she'll pick someone who pinned the cover to win a $50 Amazon gift card.  It's so easy to do this. All you have to do is click this PIN IT button and select one of your boards to pin the cover to. Elana has done everything else! Don't have a Pinterest board yet? Put it on your Tumblr page. Your Facebook page. Your twitter stream. Elana will count those too! Just be sure to tag her (@ElanaJ on twitter, Possession by Elana Johnson on Facebook).

Many thanks to AToMR Book Blog Tours for organizing this event.  I'm all smiles to be a part of it :-)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What Could a Dragon, an Angel and a Mistress Have in Common?

Good question.

They are things that have calmed my nerves when my Inner Critic broke free from that darned backroom I keep locking her in.  I swear she has some kind of master key that she uses to get out of that thing all the time.

Besides writing, I adore reading.  I haven't had the time to indulge like I want.  Self-publishing, understandably, takes a great deal of time if I want to provide readers with a quality product and marketing the novel is a must if I want more than 5 eBooks sold when NEVERLOVE releases on October 8th :-)

But I love reading.

So I squeezed in The Flying Dragon and Mea Culpa to feed the reader in me so she doesn't feel I've completely abandoned her.

The Flying Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi - Middle grade must read.  My hugs and thanks to Natalie at Literary Rambles for introducing me to this book.
Mea Culpa by Christine Fonseca - YA Gothic must read (novella)
I'm currently devouring - erm - reading Mistress of the Stone.  Maria Zannini has me pondering the life of a pirate.  I've seen them in movies and shows but the life at sea is not an easy one.  Her depictions are beautifully written.  Then again, it's Maria, so I'm not surprised :-)

My TBR list is ever-swelling with titles I hope to munch on soon - um - read, sorry.  What are some titles on your TBR?  Have you added NEVERLOVE to your Goodreads list?  How about GIVIN' UP THE GHOST?  A Practical Arrangement is available for a little historical romance or perhaps one of the novels/stories I mentioned above?

Monday, September 17, 2012

#Writemotivation and OMG to ALL of YOU

It has been a while since I've been able to check in this month for #writemotivation.  We've had a holiday, Gwen Gardner and I (Partners in ParanormYA) did a cover reveal splash week then SA Larsen shared the good news of acquiring an agent and has the EPIC giveaway of all times happening.  Seriously, you should check it out.

But first, let's review what I'm supposed to be up to this month for September.  Honestly, I've been running about like insanity was my middle name and hadn't checked so this is going to be a revelation of goals made or total fails for ALL of us (lol!!!)
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Goals for September 2012:

1: Prepare for and blast off cover reveal for NEVERLOVE as part of Partners in ParanormYA.  DONE!  Gwen and I did this the week of September 3rd - 7th.  And we were not alone in sharing the covers.  The blogosphere, I just don't know what to say...*sniffles*  Check out the reveal, if you haven't already :-)
2: Work out any final kinks of final draft of NEVERLOVE so it can be formatted and set up for self-publishing endeavor. DONE~Actually, this is more like "Stop being edit-OCD-and-let-it-go-for-crying-out-loud!"  Yeah, it's like that, people lol!!!

3: Participate in/Assist with Gearing Up To Get an Agent. GUTGAA has been wonderful, absolutely wonderful!  Due to my self-publishing endeavor, I've been limited to what I can do with GUTGAA, but I've enjoyed things thus far.  We're now entering the Agent Pitch Contest week.  Just taking a wait-and-see approach for what happens next.
4: Post 3 blogs a week. DONE!
5: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 a week. - I'm sure I did this during the first week of September but I'm not so sure of the last week.  So I won't mark this one with a definite DONE!  More like a Sorta-kinda-done.  Yeah.
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And that OMG to ALL of YOU!!!  Writers and readers, you've all been so supportive since Gwen and I announced embarking on this shared journey to self-publish our novels.  You've opened up your blogs, shared our covers and some of you are participants of our soon-to-come blogtown tour.  The support has been outstanding and I don't think it's possible we can thank you enough.  So be on the look out when the blogtown tour starts.  We intend to do giveaways as a way to try and show our thanks.

So to you all, I ask, how are YOUR goals coming along?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Be Inspired: The Q&A Meme Of Your Current WiP

Tag!  I'm it :-)
David Powers King, the awesome blogger of The Cosmic Laire of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and a moderator of inkPageant, tagged me for this meme.  I've been talking a lot about NEVERLOVE since Gwen Gardner and I partnered up (PIP) to self-publish our separate YA paranormal novels.  So today, I want to address a WiP that's been sitting second in my queue.

Wait just a second...

*shuffles, muffled pleading, cooing, return shuffles*

Sorry about that.  Had to go sooth my dragon story.  AMONG DRAGONS AND MEN has been very patient but needs a lot more re-writing and revising before I can even send it off to beta readers, let alone make it the subject of this meme.  Chaos, the pearl dragon, just harrumphed at me but settled his wings.

Okay, we're good.

So here we go with the Q & A:
What is the name of your book?  MINGLED

Where did the idea for your book come from?  The Hunger Games.  I enjoyed this book but I couldn't help this innate curiosity to wonder what it would be like to live in a society where the people actually wanted to be selected, wanted to go to the capital and it was all fun and games...unless...well, hopefully MINGLED will get published (or I'll publish it) so readers can know what the "unless" refers to.

In what genre would you classify your book?  YA urban fantasy/dystopian

If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition who would you choose?  I honestly hadn't thought of this.  I suppose Kyla Pratt would do well as the part for Macie Breen.  A younger version of Christian Bale would be great for Thane.  But I'd need him to have molten silver contacts :-)

Give us a one sentence synopsis of your book. Um...What?  I'm having a heart attack trying to fit this story into a normal query so how am I supposed to do this in one sentence?  Where is the love, people???  Okay, let me try.  One blood donation leads Macie on a path to discovering her true heritage; a power that could bring on the next apocalypse, a power the Collective would do anything to have for its own.

Is your book already published?  Nope.  But I'm working on it.  Dystopians aren't exactly high on agent lists right now.  Go figure.  lol!!!

How long did it take you to write your book?  Wow.  I haven't thought about this either.  Maybe about three months for the first draft.  Full time work and single parenthood really cut into writing time :-)  But it's been much longer given rewrites and revisions.

What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or readers of which books would enjoy yours?  People who enjoyed The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins but with an urban fantasy bend and no kill or be killed.  Well, there may be a kill or something like that, but I guess it would have to get published to find out more :-)

Which authors inspired you to write this book? I guess Suzanne Collins since she wrote THG.

Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book?  If you enjoy following a character on a path to discovery, adding in a little urban fantasy twist to the perfectly deceived society, then MINGLED is for you :-)

That's it for me.  There's a "pick five" rule, however, I'd be most happy if any and all would share, in the comments, a WiP you're working on and what it is about.  If you don't write, please share the title of the latest novel you completed and any thoughts you have about it.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Will Trade Brazilian Wax For Publishing Contract

Someone special is stopping by to discuss an important issue, one that is just as important as the Brazilian Wax mentioned in the title.  It's..

Rejection.

I don't like rejection, and Barbara Wright, author of The Pyramid Waltz - which is now available at Bold Strokes Books - is here to share wise words about this thing that chaps my hide (thankfully, not literally)

Take it away, Barbara :-)


Three perfect ways to deal with rejection:

Absolute angry denial: "I didn't want to work with your stupid company ANYWAY!"

Pleas and lamentations: "Please, please, please publish me. I'll clip your dog's toenails! I'll wax your car! I'll wax your bikini area!"

Shrugging it off, pretending to be stone and failing to keep the crying inside: "Meh, so you rejected me. Whatevs. *sniff* I'll just…go to the bathroom…for an hour."

There are other ways, the best being the actual shrug-off, a true state of non-caring, but I think it'd be easier to throw a pool party on the moon. Personally, I like to wrap myself in cookies and whine about how nobody loves me until I get a foot rub.  (this sounds like a deja vu moment for me lol!!)

If you're going to pursue a career in writing, you'll have to find a way of dealing with rejection that works for you. Even if you don't choose the traditional publishing route, rejection will find you through reviews or maybe slower sales numbers than you hoped for.

Everyone will tell you it's not personal. People are rejecting your work, not you. To your family and friends, you're still a perfect little snowflake. That doesn't mean rejection can't rock you to the core. You must find a way to embrace it, deal with it, make it your own.

If you want to paste your rejection letters on the wall and let them motivate you, do it. Maybe you can print out those rejections, stuff them in the fireplace, and light them up. Get some hugs, lots of hugs, and gleefully listen to those who love you talk trash about those who rejected you. You don't have to make it personal. They rejected your work; reject theirs.

Most importantly, and I can't stress this enough: Do not let them make you quit. Hear me? DO NOT LET THEM MAKE YOU QUIT. Let me use some exclamation points. Everyone pays attention to exclamation points. DO NOT LET THEM MAKE YOU QUIT!!!!!!!!!

Everyone who might reject your writing is a person, flesh and blood like you and me, random people with random opinions. Acceptance is out there; you just have to have the fortitude to keep looking for it.
DO NOT LET THEM MAKE YOU QUIT!!!!!!!!

I found my acceptance, and now it's out there for people to read, whether they love it or hate it. It's called, The Pyramid Waltz, and it's available now at Bold Strokes Books in e-book and paperback form. That's my end-of-the-guest-blog shameless plug. Smooth, no?  (very smooth!)

Bio:
Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories when not adding to her enormous book collection or ranting on her blog. Her short fiction has appeared twice in Crossed Genres Magazine and once made Tangent Online's recommended reading list. She is a member of Broad Universe and the Outer Alliance and helped create Writer's Ink in Houston. The Pyramid Waltz is her first novel.
You can stalk - erm - visit her at her blog.
And ebook.

From Bold Strokes Books: To most, Princess Katya Nar Umbriel is a rogue and a layabout; she parties, she hunts and she breaks women’s hearts. But when the festival lights go down and the palace slumbers, Katya chases traitors to the crown and protects the kingdom’s greatest secret: the royal Umbriels are part Fiend. When Katya thwarts an attempt to expose the king’s monstrous side, she uncovers a plot to let the Fiends out to play.

Starbride has no interest in being a courtier. Ignoring her mother’s order to snare an influential spouse, she comes to court only to study law. But a flirtatious rake of a princess proves hard to resist, and Starbride is pulled into a world of secrets that leaves little room for honesty or love, a world neither woman may survive.


So, how do YOU deal with rejection?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Celebrating with SA Larsen

She's a mom, a published short story writer, an advocate of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (learn more here) and now she can add agented writer to her growing portfolio.

Sheri Larsen is a doll.  If you haven't already, go on over to check out Writers' Ally and all the fab-tastic things she's involved in.

Take it away, Sheri :-)

Today, I invite you to celebrate with me!! I've signed with Literary Agent Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary! And because our literary community is so freaking fabulous and generous, I'm having a Bigger-Than-A-Shopping-Mall GIVEAWAY!! The giveaway consists of:
  •  two separate Rafflecopters with multiple giveaways 
  • and one grand prize Rafflecopter giveaway - to enter for the grand prize, you must enter either giveaway #1, #2, or both. 
There's only one mandatory entry. Everything else is up to you!! I know Rafflecopters can be a pain, but it was the only way to organize such a huge giveaway. The giveaway is open until September 27th. WINNERS will be announced on September 28th. (Entrants may win more than one prize!)

Thank you so much for entering, spreading the word, and celebrating with me!!


Giveaway #2 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grand Prize Giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway

NOTE from Angela Brown:  For my part of the giveaway, I've listed the books here.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Writing Style

After Wednesday's lengthy IWSG post, I wanted this one to be short and sweet.

Writing styles...

People describe them different ways: sparse, conversational, lyrical, etc.

Writers, how would you describe your writing style or how have others described your writing style?
Readers, do you have a particular writing style that speaks to you?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Get to Know Indigo Eady


Hey everyone :-)

Thanks to all who visited and shared their thoughts on my IWSG post yesterday.  It was nice getting various perspectives on the issue and enlightened me to a few things as well.

Today, I'd like to invite you all over to meet Indigo Eady of Gwen's GIVIN' UP THE GHOST.  She's visiting at Partners in ParanormYA.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

IWSG - Sometimes, Somewhere Deeper Than You Know

First Wednesday of the month.

IWSG time.

Taking a deep breath...and...

As writers, we're often advised to "Write what you know."  With NEVERLOVE, there are a few things I know a little bit about, things I wish I didn't know.  One of those things is knowing what it was like for someone else's position in life to cast a shadow on my own.

As a teen, I accepted a job, nothing big, working with a prominent family.  I got to ride in Mercedes Benzes, picked up by my employer, occasionally, in a limousine.  Never mind these limos were used to shuttle mourning families for the owner's funeral home business.  I was the poor kid in a rich person's world.  And it wasn't all roses.  I was 14 with a couple of college-aged guys interested in certain...curve appeal I apparently was too nerdy to realize I had.  Lewd comments were whispered to me in quiet corners.  Approached while I worked alone.  Touched.  Inappropriately.

I rejected their advances, jokingly most of the time.  If the advance was too forward, I had enough fighting spirit to push back.  Not too hard.  I couldn't afford to lose my job.  At least, that's what I convinced myself to believe.  I never told my mother.  She would have made me quit.  Our family would have lost out on the couple extra hundred bucks a month I was bringing in - legitimately...a personally big deal given others chose less legal routes.  I didn't want that to happen.  So I dealt with it until I got tired of it and moved on.

I mention this today because my main character deals with something FAR more disturbing.  I'm a little nervous about it.  But as someone who experienced a fraction of this as a teen, I know it happens more often than our society wants to admit.

I meditated on this when I chose to publish the novel.  There will be reviews, some of them not-so-nice.  Some from people with no idea that I know what it feels like to be sexually harassed over a period of time.  I'm working now to separate my personal experience from what's mentioned in reviews.  To focus on my work and the next idea, not flounder about in a sack cloth and ash bemoaning a bad review.

I do wonder, for all you readers and writers, do you feel there is something to learn from a review that is considered a "bad review"?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Drum Roll Please...NEVERLOVE and GIVIN' UP THE GHOST - Cover reveal

Mystery and mayhem teamed with heartache and overcoming. Follow PIP here.
It's that time folks, the moment Gwen and I have been so excited for.  Well, one of the moments.  This Indie publishing adventure has been one thrilling moment after another.  So here they are, our covers for GIVIN' UP THE GHOST and NEVERLOVE by Gwen Gardner and Angela Brown, respectively.


Corona Zschusschen
Friend or Foe?

Murder victim Bart Bagley is not content to merely roll over in his grave. He wants his murderer caught and he wants teenage ghost whisperer, Indigo Eady, to help him.

It becomes obvious that Bart’s temper lead to more than one disagreement, but is it enough to want him dead? With nothing but a cold trail and a hot list of “friendly” suspects, Indigo and her friends race to find the killer before they become the next victims.

Indigo Eady is not clumsy. At least, that’s what she keeps telling everyone. Can she help that the overactive spirit community of Sabrina Shores causes her psychic abilities to short-circuit? It’s unfortunate that her cute new friend Badger is often on the receiving end of her mishaps. At times, she is positively hazardous to his health. Even so, sparks start to fly in more than one direction...


Heather McCorckle of CP Designs

For seventeen-year-old Abigail, one rash decision leads to an unexpected chance for redemption. At V'Salicus Academy, a unique institute where she trains to become an agent of heaven, she struggles with the pain of her past, the changes of the present and accepts a loveless future until her path – and heart – crosses with Basil’s.

Basil's off-chance slip of the tongue binds him to a life of servitude to the Devourer, the master of hell. His existence has no upside until a chance meeting with Abigail brings new perspective.

Keeping the truth of their present lives from each other brings disaster when secrets are brought to light and the life of Abigail’s mentor is put on the line.

Can Abigail and Basil save her mentor and salvage their love amid the chaos? Or will they lose it all, destined forever to NEVERLOVE?



About the authors:
Haunt me: FB, Blog, Goodreads

Gwen Gardner

Running, writing and reading are my favorite things.

I am also a dreamer.

Have you ever told yourself that "some day" I'm going to travel or write or whatever it is that you are passionate about but can't do right now for whatever reason? You can go for years and years and keep telling yourself that "some day" you'll do it. Too often "some day" never comes. But mine did. I am a former Administrative Manager and Vice President of a successful swimming pool plastering company - until I woke up one day and realized that my "some day" had arrived. I quit my job, moved to the mountains and began to write. Crazy, I know. But even crazier? Is when you get to the end of your life and realize that your "some day" is too late. Life is much too short for that! So the adventure has begun.

GIVIN' UP THE GHOST is a YA paranormYA cozy mystery, the first in the Indigo Eady series, due out October 8, 2012.



Haunt me FB, Blog, Goodreads

Angela Brown

Reading and writing have been lifelong passions. It was around the time I gave birth to my forever-love, nicknamed Chipmunk, that I really took writing seriously. After all, how could I teach my child to follow her dreams if I hadn't tried myself?

As a YA fantasy/sci-fi reader and author, I favor the magical, mysterious, the darker side of life...even harbor a secret fright for things that go bump in the night.

NEVERLOVE is a special project spawned from a blog-challenge-turned-blog-opera, the Abby and Basil affair. It is the first in the Shadow Jumpers series and due out October 8, 2012.

Thank you EVERYONE for sharing in our cover reveal.  Please feel free to share with others as well :-)

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Covers Are LIVE and GUTGAA

The NEVERLOVE and GIVIN' UP THE GHOST covers are live at Partners in ParanarmYA.  Please go check it out and feel free to tell a friend or many friends.  The covers will be stopping here tomorrow.

The covers will be hopping around the blogosphere through the week.  Here's one place I spotted them at already:
Nadja Notariani

Gearing Up to Get and Agent (also referred to as GUTGAA) is underway.  Today we get our Meet and Greet on :-)

Who/What am I?

A mother to a rambunctious Chipmunk.
Dreamer of worlds that may or may not exist.
Lover of words, wordsmithing and chocolate.
Full-time employed gig-holder working to make my writing passion my all-the-time thing.
Author of NEVERLOVE that will be coming out in October 2012 as part of Partners in ParanormYA.
Embracer of various paths to publication and still unsure why there must be lines drawn in the sand.
A writer - whether published or not, this is who and what I am.

And on to the questions:

Where do you write? At my tiny little desk stuffed in my bedroom or on my bed.

Favorite time to write? Whenever I can, whether morning, lunch break or night...usually at night after I tuck the Chipmunk in for bed.

Drink of choice while writing?  Water.

When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?  I tend to need it quiet.  I'll start singing or humming along to the music and get distracted lol!!

What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?  The Hunger Games.  I enjoyed the kill or be killed aspect of this novel, but I wondered, "What if there was a different reason the world got to an awful state and that reason was hidden because people just couldn't handle the truth?"  Of course, I have a hard time keeping paranormal elements from taking over my brain.  With MINGLED, it was no exception.

What's your most valuable writing tip?  Remember to up the stakes.  Tension is pivotal, no matter what your genre.  Without it, your conflict is little more than an air-slapping match between two scaredy-cats.  I always have to remind myself of this because my first drafts start out with this kind of air-slapping match going on.

So I'm curious, what would you consider a valuable writing tip?

P.S.  I hope everyone enjoys their Labor Day :-)