Some interviews are fun… some reveal yourself. Some are both. Fiona Mcvie is a mum and granny. Her “About” section mentions a love of reading and baking. She is also a great interviewer. Stop by her blog to see mine.
I pulled one question as a teaser, selected because of the nearness of All Hallow’s Eve.
Fiona: What do you want written on your headstone and why?
World building is something every writer in every genre needs to pay attentio1n to. Sometimes it’s to build a town similar to the one we live in, or it could be a fantasy world where magic rules and dragons fly. Read an informative article by Jane Lane Walters of tips and traps on world building. Be sure to read all the way through. The ending is one every writer can relate to. And then go back to read parts 1 and 2. Or pick up one of Janet’s books.
Join me at Annette Synder’s blog where I take part of in 50 Authors From 50 States. I talk about my adopted state of Tennessee. Come by for a visit. The sweet tea’s cold and the rocking chairs are on the porch.
~Till next time, Helen
Oh yeah, the story includes a picture of a new friend, a water dragon. The camera caught him sunning on the lawn at Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee.
Ever wonder what the author of that book you’re reading sounds like? Or the hidden secrets behind the story? You’ll have a chance to meet me in the virtual world of blog talk radio. I visited Linda Mooney on her program, Other Worlds of Romance. The best thing, they haven’t figured out how to transmit tomatoes through the internet yet. Yay. So I emerged unscathed.
Stop on by and listen to a live recording where I talk about and read an excerpt from Hatchling’s Vengeance.
And if you haven’t heard them, here’s the links for all the programs on the Dragshi Chronicles.
Recently I read a message where a reader asked how they could help their favorite author. Educate readers was brought up in the discussion. But other than educate them how to leave a review with a note at the back of a book, there wasn’t too many other ideas on what help an author should request.
Mystery author Heather Weidner summarizes seven ways a reader or fan can help us, their neighbor. Review – Tell – Share – Buy – Nominate – Blog. If you like a book, she gives some quick ways you can help spread the news (and help out your friendly neighborhood writer).
As a prelude to my upcoming post on how readers can help writers, here’s some secrets from Terri Herman-Ponce revealing what readers don’t know about authors. My favorites are 3 (white wine), 6, 11, and 14.
Written with humor as well as truth, here’s the article:
A lot goes on behind the scenes in getting a book published. Stuff that readers don’t know and probably don’t need to know. Because, let’s face it, all a reader cares about is a story that takes them out of the real world and into another that, when well done, leaves them wanting more even after they’ve reached The End. But, because I like to have fun, I figured I’d share some secrets readers may not know about authors. It’s a way of poking fun at an author’s reality (at least mine!). So let’s peel back Oz’s curtain, shall we? …
Click here to go to the rest of the article and the list of secrets readers don’t know about authors.
I love to hike in woods. And I’m not the only one to whom ancient stands of trees call to a special point in their soul.
On of my favorite places to sit and write is pictured. You can sit in the shade of the trees and watch the clouds drift over the lake. Between the hands of man and nature, the trees are not old, but even in a newer growth forest there is still a sense of serenity. However, travel a short distance and the scene steps back in time. You go from woods to a true forest, Climb high enough even go above the tree line to the world of scrubs and blueberry bushes.
If forests call to you or provide an intriguing setting, romance and fantasy author Mary Gillgannon’s tale of searching for the forest primeval is worth a look, if only for the pictures. I particularly like the description of the bluebells.