Q & A with fellow Author Kay Latour of Witch on Parole
1.When did you start writing?
About two years ago when my children reached the age of reason I realized that I had the time to write. I had been reading about the craft on and off for several years before that time so I knew what I wanted to do. As I forged ahead, I found that creating a story was as much fun as reading a story. Your time is spent in a different world. You think about it. Question it. Answer it. Build it. Its fun!
2.What made you interested in becoming a writer?
My sister told me, you should write. I guess my love of stories prompted her to encourage me. From there I explored the craft, reading tons of books on writing. Eventually I decided to give it a shot and continuously tried to improve myself at every step of the game. And honestly, Im not done learning. Each day provides a new opportunity for expression and experience and I believe that is what makes storytelling so fascinating.
3.What gave you the inspiration for your current work?
The idea that supernaturals could be living among us really appealed to me. And from there I started to ask questions. Where would they live? How would they be governed? What conflicts would they have with each other and humans?
4.What advice do you wish you had when you first started writing?
Ignore everyone around you and their doubts about your dream. Just do it.
5.For you, what is the hardest part about writing?
It used to be getting the time to write. My children are grown now so I have more time. But honestly, I love the whole process. Researching. Brainstorming. Day dreaming. It appeals to the organizer, and the fantasy lover in me.
6.Which authors have offered you inspiration?
I would have to say all fantasy authors. When I was young, Greek myths, and Grimm’s Brothers tales totally pulled me in. I would check those books out of our tiny school library again and again. As I grew older I was delighted to see fantasy books featured in book stores. Now with eBooks being so popular, I don’t have to leave home to find these books. I read them all the time.
7.Are you reading anything now? If so, what are you enjoying?
I just finished ‘Beckman’s Folly: Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price’ by W. J. Onufer. I totally loved it. Warren has created a wonderful female lead in this series. Hadley exudes total control of her actions whether it be hosting a party with grace and refinement or battling a hoard of zombies with skill and brute force. The contrast was marvelous.
8.Where’s your favorite spot to do your writing?
Well, I have to be comfy or my ideas and day dreams don’t flow so it’s either in my bed with a stack of pillows supporting my back or in my recliner, feet up, fingers ready. My chihuahua is usually cuddled up beside me in either case. And it has to be quiet. Very quiet. So, I usually write at night.
9.Are you planning any new books? I’m sure your fans would like to know.
I’m in the editing process for book two of the Witch on Parole series. The tentative title is ‘Witch on Parole and the Leprechaun’.
10.For those writers that have been writing for a while but are unsure of themselves and if they want to stick with it, what would you tell them?
Stick with it for sure. Don’t look at how long it takes. Time will go by anyway. Don’t listen to doubters or haters. They’re going to go on doubting and hating anyway. Take your imagination out for a walk every day. Enjoy yourself. It’s so worth it.
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By Alex McGowen
When you can’t write, read.
Discover your inspiration by reading other pieces of work. Find your character flaw, plot aspect, or descriptive word to use. Find an author that increases your desire to do better with your writing. My two authors I am challenged to do better by are J. K. Rowling and Sarah Dessen.
Research has shown that reading assists in learning and in broadening one’s mind. Allow your mind to be broadened when you are stuck in one spot. Allow yourself to gain inspiration through someone else’s work when you aren’t sure where to start.
One way reading aids in the skill of writing is to provide different aspects. Other writers can provide a new characteristic for your main character simply by making it one of their character’s characteristic. Another writer’s work could inspire your books POV. Reading aids in allowing writers to pick up tips about creating a mood. A person learns little tricks by reading people who were successful at their attempt.
Throughout my time as a writer and a reader, my most useful insights came while reading another person’s works. Reading has helped me discover things buried deep within me drawing the best out of my writing and allowing me to put my heart and soul into my writing. By allowing my recreational reading fill me to the point of overflow, the people who read my articles and my pieces receive everything I have in me. They receive my best work. So allow yourself to grow through the exposure to other’s masterpieces.
by Eris Marriott
Over the recent weekend, I attended a writer’s conference; from this event I earned a great amount of insight, understanding, and gained connections in a way that I never had before. For the first time in my life, I was surrounded by peers who *got it*. They understood what it meant to be eaten alive by stories held trapped within them and the desire to get that story into print—out into the world. Why? Well… not all of us quite understand. Writing is not exactly a money-maker, so that incentive isn’t exactly a clear one when it comes to what pushes a person to put their writing into print and into public view.
From this conference, there were many panels that offered me information to walk away with and utilize in my everyday life for the rest of my life; the most important thing, I think, for writers to remember is that you are strong, you are wise, and you are a creator. Writing takes dedication, and it takes even more-so to finish something real, whole, and impactful.
Whether you’re self-publishing, going the route of traditional or sharing via critique groups solely, one thing remains the same: writing is a process, but a writer—a real writer—must have the belief in themselves and their work before they can flourish. If you discredit everything that you do and say and never give creed to the words you weave, you will never understand the passion behind the work that you have given life to.
Beginners and experts both can find solace in knowing this: believing in yourself and your ability to grow in the process is a necessity. Writing is not something that you can perfect overnight. Writing is something that requires drive and soulful will to keep pushing ahead. And you can’t do that if you don’t believe in yourself. Among those other writers, it was encouraging to know that I am not alone, talent is subjective in this business and I have it regardless of the perception it is faced with, and that talent always has room to grow, better itself, and take us to new heights.
This is difficult, some would say the most difficult. It’s trying to decide that first sentence and where exactly, and how to start your story out; it is one of those moments that the backspace button is used most often.
This is tough to get going because you want it to stand out, away from everyone else’s book. The first sentence must grab your audience. It must pull them in and keep them intrigued to read more. It happens to the best of us, but to keep it strong writers must think outside of the box for that opening line.
What not to do in the first chapter-
Even if you have an amazing and compelling prologue; I also learned that readers may skim over the prologue and move onto the first chapter. So keep that first sentence new and amazing.
The rest of the first chapter maintains that same importance. Bring the main characters to life here. Let the readers get a feeling of them here, some personality and understanding. Let the readers step into their day to day life and fall in love with their story.
Do you have a tip for the first chapter? Let me know in the comments!
The reasonings behind a great book cover…there are so many reasons. I know the saying is “don’t judge a book by its cover.” However, so many people do. When they are searching on websites or even in stores, it’s what grabs the interest first.
You want the cover to speak a thousand words to the possible reader and to draw them in telling a story. You want the cover to tell your story. Money has to be put into this, unless you have the graphics design skills, please don’t do something basic. Let someone help you, or work on it over and over as I did. I started with graphics design because I wanted to do my own book cover. It took A LOT of time and tries, and years to where I finally was able to create one that was good enough.
A good book cover should give lovers of reading a feeling of excitement, a feeling of losing self control by wanting to be immersed in the story, a feeling of the potential for an escape. Whether the story is a fantasy, horror, based on a true story, or any other genre, you know that cover is where people will get their first impression.
Remember that this is important, not something to put aside. Put the money toward the editing and cover. When the book is put out on display whether on websites or on shelves, the cover is the first thing anyone will notice. So make it stand out, make it Pop, and let it show your fans what they are about to dive into. More about the importance of your book cover will be in my upcoming free Ebook that will go deeper into what to do. So subscribe to my social media pages or on my website to be notified! Im happy to share with you.
Also be sure to check out cover designs Ive done here!
It is 2017 and the main marketing outlet to reach people is the internet. I mean when was the last time you even looked at a newspaper or phone book, much less bought one? Social Media has become the best way to reach your audience. Im here to break down what I've learned through trial and error, hopefully I can help you come up with new ideas to promote your business, next event, fundraiser, etc!
There are a lot of people completely against having a Facebook account, and rightfully so. I try my best to steer clear of the drama as well. However, when it comes to online marketing there really is no better outlet than Facebook. Yes Twitter, Instagram, and other social media outlets are good for exposure, but the power this site holds and the amount of people you can reach through it is remarkable. If you want to use Facebook to your advantage, here are some of my suggestions to successfully get the attention you need.
INSTAGRAM & TWITTER
Did you know you know you can link IG & Twitter to your Facebook account? If you want to link more accounts, Hootsuite & Buffer are excellent life savers! You can even link Instagram to Facebook in your paid promotional ads, so it also runs on Instagram. This is also the best thing to do if you want to promote a clickable link on Instagram, as in regular IG posts you cannot click on links.
Since implementing Social Media Marketing, my website has jumped to over 1,000 visitors a week. Feel free to check out the consulting agency helping me and see what they can do for you! Visit their site here- Charmed Social Media Management
As a Graphic Designer, I have used Promotional Trailers, Logos & Banners, and more for Youtube & Social Media. Feel free to check them out here.