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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Author interview with Kristen Reed (revisited)

Back in February 2013, I interviewed author Kristen Reed for my interview-only WordPress blog. I hope you enjoy it...

Welcome to my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, scriptwriters, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with novelist and scriptwriter Kristen Reed. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Kristen. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
kristenreedauthorKristen: I was born and raised in the Dallas area and currently reside here as well. I’ve been writing literally since I first learned how to read and write at the age of three.
Morgen: What genre do you generally write?
Kristen: I usually write in the fantasy / supernatural / horror genre, but the movie I recently wrote and produced, The Dahl Dynasty, was just drama. There were some supernatural elements because one character was a ghost, but the rest was straight drama. The movie is actually a modern re-imagining of Hamlet.
Morgen: That sounds like fun. What have you had published to-date?
Kristen: The Kings’ Council is my first published work of fiction.
Morgen: How exciting. You’re self-published, what lead to you going your own way?
Kristen: I have always been a do-it-yourself girl. I had already self-recorded and released my own CD and produced my own movie, so I automatically decided to self-publish The Kings’ Council as well.
Morgen: That does make sense – I’m self-published too. Are your books available as eBooks? How involved were you in that process? Do you read eBooks or is it paper all the way?
tkc coverKristen: The Kings’ Council is available as an eBook, and I did all of the designing / illustrating for both the paperback and eBook edition, but I only read paperback books. To me, nothing can replace the novelty of cracking the spine of a book for the first time and seeing the dog-eared pages of a book that has been read multiple times, but I definitely see the appeal of eBooks.
Morgen: Do you have a favourite of your books or characters? If any of your books were made into films, who would you have as the leading actor/s?
Kristen: I’m very fond of my protagonist, Alazne, because of her inner strength and flawed nature but I have a bit of a soft spot for Nikola as well. If I could cast any actors I wanted in a movie version of The Kings’ Council, I would cast Lyndsy Fonesca as Alazne, Henry Cavill as Garaile, and Aidan Turner as Nikola.
Morgen: Which authors would you compare your writing to?
Kristen: I don’t know if I could necessarily compare my style to that of any of these authors, but my two biggest influences are Anne Rice and Laurel K. Hamilton.
Morgen: You mentioned you designed the cover, did you choose the title of your book?
Kristen: Yes, I came up with the title myself. I’m an artist and have been drawing since I was a child, so one week I just started drawing portraits of how I envisioned the characters and wound up editing one of my drawings to look more graphic and used that as the cover.
Morgen: What are you working on at the moment / next?
Kristen: Right now I’m working on a sequel to The Kings’ Council and two screenplays, one of which is a comedy in the style of The Hangover called Taking Back Cali. It’s basically a crazy road trip movie that’s based on a trip I went on with one of my best friends.
Morgen: Do you manage to write every day, or ever suffer from writer’s block?
Kristen: I usually do write every day. On the rare occasion that I suffer from writer’s block, I can usually overcome it by re-reading portions of what I’m working on, watching a movie, or reading a work by another author.
Morgen: Do you plot your stories or do you just get an idea and run with it?
Kristen: I tend to write out a rough idea for the plot when I first decide to write something, but by the time I’m finished, the plot usually winds up being changed drastically.
Morgen: Do you have a method for creating your characters, their names and what do you think makes them believable?
Kristen: I love the website Behind the Name (http://www.behindthename.com)… it is a godsend for naming characters. I’m very big on making sure that my characters’ names have meanings and origins that are relevant to their backgrounds and personalities. For The Kings’ Council, since it takes place in a fictional land, I wanted the characters to have romantic sounding names that were grounded in reality, but weren’t completely commonplace, so I wound up using mostly Basque names.
Morgen: I’d not heard of that site before but it looks great. Do you do a lot of editing or do you find that as time goes on your writing is more fully-formed?
Kristen: For this particular book, I read / edited it about five times before I was satisfied with the finished product and even had someone else read it for me. I want to put my best foot forward as a writer, so I think that editing is a must, even if it’s just to check for correct grammar, typos, and readability.
Morgen: Absolutely. And every writer should have someone else look at it. Many don’t have that option so I set up http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/feedback and five online writing groups. Do you have to do much research?
Kristen: I did a lot of research into 14th and 15th century England for The Kings’ Council because that is what the world of Faerie is loosely based on. So, I read about everything from clothing to food to ceremonial language to make the world I created seem more believable.
Morgen: What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
Kristen: I’m a big fan of first person writing, and most of my writing is in that perspective. I’ve never written in second person before, but it seems like it would be an interesting point of view to write from.
Morgen: I love it but I tend to write short pieces which it suits best. I have a page on the blog http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2ppov which explains it (and gives an extract from one of my stories). Do you write any poetry, non-fiction or short stories?
Kristen: The only mediums I heavily write in are fiction, song lyrics, and screenplays. When I was younger I would write short stories, but the things I write have elongated over the years into novellas and novels in some cases.
Morgen: I’ve developed that way too, although I write both now. Do you have pieces of work that you think will never see light of day?
Kristen: Definitely. I wrote an almost 300-page novel when I was in high school that I doubt will ever be read by the general public. I might tackle it again one of these days and do a massive re-write, but that it one of many works I have written that is collecting virtual dust on my computer.
Morgen: It’s always worth having a look at older pieces because even if it can’t be edited into shape it usually shows how you’ve developed as a writer (everything’s about practice). Have you had any rejections? If so, how do you deal with them?
Kristen: I sent in some screenplays to literary agencies when I was in high school and got nothing but rejections. I basically just threw the letters away and took them as a sign that it wasn’t the right time for me and that I needed to hone my skills more.
Morgen: Do you have an agent? Do you think they’re vital to an author’s success?
Kristen: Unfortunately, I don’t have an agent at the moment, but I’m sure that their guidance and services can be very valuable.
Morgen: What’s your favourite / least favourite aspect of your writing life?
Kristen: My favourite part is hearing / seeing people’s reactions to my work and my least favorite part is editing.
Morgen: My least favourite too, and research (although the internet’s made that so much easier). What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Kristen: Don’t give up and don’t be afraid of your ideas. Sometimes the most insane ideas that you can possibly think of can turn into amazing, memorable pieces of work.
Morgen: They certainly can, especially if inspired by quirky truths. If you could invite three people from any era to dinner, who would you choose and what would you cook (or hide the takeaway containers)?
Kristen: I would invite Jane Austen, Anne Rice, and Mary Shelley to dinner and serve pizza. I don’t know why, but the thought of those three great writers sitting around, eating pizza, and talking shop just brings a smile to my face.
Morgen: :) Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
Kristen: I recently got into filmmaking and finished my first film, The Dahl Dynasty. It has been submitted to its first festival and will premiere later this year (2013).
Morgen: How exciting. I hope that goes well. What do you do when you’re not writing?
Kristen: I love fashion and makeup, so I am constantly playing with more wearable versions of runway looks and creating my won jewellery. I’ve also been known to make my own clothing on occasion. I’m also a huge music fan so I go to concerts whenever I can and write / play / sing my own songs every now and then.
Morgen: Are you on any forums or networking sites? If so, how valuable do you find them?
Kristen: I frequent some of the writers’ groups on LinkedIn. Some of the posts are very informative, but some of those posts get lost in the shuffle because of the job postings and book promo posts.
Morgen: They do unfortunately, and some groups are worse than others but it’s worth trawling and I find it a wonderful resource. What do you think the future holds for you as a writer?
Kristen: I’m not sure, but I’m very eager to find out!
Morgen: :) Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Kristen: I have a Facebook fan page for both myself and my book. You can visit The Kings’ Council’s page at www.facebook.com/thekingscouncil and my page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kristen-Reed/464643683581087. My book is available via http://www.amazon.com/The-Kings-Council-Kristen-Reed/dp/1479188239 and http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Kings-Council-Kristen-Reed/dp/1479188239.
Morgen: Thank you, Kristen.
I then invited Kristen to include an extract of her writing and this is the opening of The Kings’ Council…
If a lioness spends her hours pacing back and forth in a cage of gold with the finest meats at her disposal, does that make her any less of a prisoner? If that same feline’s fangs are filed down to blunt, un-tearing teeth and her roar is silenced, can she still be called a lioness?
Those were two concepts that I pondered on a daily basis because I was that lioness and the remote Abaroan summer castle of the Hestian royal family was my pristine prison.
I had spent my entire life imprisoned in the sprawling estate with handed down silks and velvet on my back and roasted duck with fresh baked bread on my plate. Many people would have been more than happy to live in such a place with servants and attendants, who lived only to serve them, but the castle was nothing more to me than a gilded cage and my seemingly obedient attendants were my jailers. Nothing emphasized my station in life more than the amulet that hung from the silver chain around my neck. The amulet—a gem of swirling blue hues—ensured that the fire in my blood stayed within my veins and that my brother, Mikel, stayed on the Hestian throne as the undisputed Fire King.
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Author interview with Yvonne Anderson (revisited)

Back in February 2013, I interviewed author Yvonne Anderson for my interview-only WordPress blog. I hope you enjoy it...

Welcome to my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, scriptwriters, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with science-fiction and historical writer Yvonne Anderson. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Yvonne. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
YvonneYvonne: Thank you, Morgen. I appreciate this opportunity to introduce my books to your readers. I live in the US, in rural Ohio. On the edge of the largest Amish community in the world, in fact, though I don’t write bonnet romances (shudder). Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved books and enjoyed writing stories, but I never aspired to be a writer until rather later in life. About the time my four kids were grown or nearly so, it occurred to me that I should write a book. I wasn’t sure where that idea came from at first, but I finally decided it was the Holy Spirit nudging me. That was early in 2002, and I’m still at it.
Morgen: I’m slightly later than you. I started with evening classes in 2005 and yes, most definitely still at it. What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
Yvonne: When I first picked up this writing gig, I wrote historical fiction. After a few years, I’d learned a lot but was getting nowhere with it, so in a fit of frustration, I swore off fiction altogether. Drowning my sorrows reading nonfiction, I came across a little book called The Gospel in the Stars, written by Joseph Seiss in the 1800 and reprinted in the 1970s. It described the theory that when God created the heavens and the earth, He placed the constellations in the sky to illustrate the gospel message for early man. The theory intrigued me, and I decided to write a tale in which the characters discovered this “story in the stars”. I’d never read much space stuff until that point, but I gave the story an outer-space setting. I think, because I’d been reading so much about stars, it seemed the natural thing to do. To my surprise, this science fiction story provided the most writing fun I’d ever had in my life, so I’ve stuck with it.
Morgen: You have to write what you enjoy. What have you had published to-date? Do you write under a pseudonym?
Yvonne: I’m currently writing a series called Gateway to Gannah, published by a small press (Risen Books) based in Oregon. Though it’s more like a space fantasy than hard sci-fi, it does fit in the general science-fiction family. Book #1 in the series, The Story in the Stars, was my first venture into the genre.
Words coverBook #2, Words in the Wind, released in August 2012. The third book is completed and in the publishing pipeline, and I’m now working on the fourth and last in the series.
A few years back, when I first contemplated publication, I considered writing under a pseudonym because I’m the shy sort and don’t like drawing attention to myself. But then I realized I must stand up and take responsibility for my actions. If I’m not willing to be associated with my writing, I shouldn’t be doing it.
Morgen: Are your books available as eBooks? How involved were you in that process? Do you read eBooks or is it paper all the way?
Yvonne: The series is available as eBooks. My publisher took care of that for me and I had no involvement in the process. I prefer reading an old-fashioned print book, but I read books on Kindle too. They’re just so accessible in that format, not to mention affordable, I can’t turn up my nose at the technology despite my enjoyment of the tactile experience of immersing myself in paper and ink.
Morgen: It’s great having the choice. Do you have a favourite of your books or characters? If any of your books were made into films, whom would you have as the leading actor/s?
Yvonne: I love my characters. In Book #1, my pet was Dr. Pik, the male lead, rather than the female protagonist, Dassa. For the entire series, though, I can’t say who’s my favourite all-around.
I don’t have any casting choices in mind, but the question does stir a memory: while a friend and I were discussing what the character Dr. Pik looks like, she directed me to a YouTube video of David Bowie singing “Little Drummer Boy” with Bing Crosby back in the ’70s. I think it’s taken from an old Christmas TV special. She said David Bowie in the clip looks like how she envisioned the Pik character. I watched the video and gasped. That is, indeed, very much how Pik looks. Make him seven feet tall and give him six fingers on each hand, and it’s quite a good likeness. I had no idea David Bowie had ever met Bing Crosby, let alone sang with him. Not surprised to learn he’s an alien, though.
Morgen: Which authors would you compare your writing to?
Yvonne: Others have likened my writing to that of Madeline L’Engel and also Ursula LeGuin. Since both are authors I admire, I’ll accept the comparison.
Morgen: I would too… if I wrote science-fiction. Did you have any say in the titles / covers of your books? How important do you think they are?
Yvonne: Both the titles were my own, and I’m satisfied with them. As for the covers, I was given some choices but could only pick, not the best, but the least objectionable of the options. It’s a source of continual irritation for me, because I believe cover art is supremely important, and neither of my book covers accurately reflects what’s inside.
Titles are important too, of course. Probably equally so. With both title and cover art, you want the first impression to draw a reader in—but not just any reader. You want one who’s in your “target audience” that is, one who’s likely to enjoy what you write. And once you catch someone’s interest, you don’t want her to feel betrayed by what she finds when she reads. It’s a combination of attraction and truth in marketing.
Morgen: The title and cover do have to represent the inside. Do you manage to write every day, or ever suffer from writer’s block?
Yvonne: I don’t have much trouble with writer’s block. If I get stuck, I’ll move onto something else then come back to what had me stumped. My biggest problem is finding the time to write. That is, time when I’m not plagued by constant interruptions. People who aren’t writers (i.e., my beloved family) just don’t understand the value of unbroken blocks of time.
Morgen: It is hard for those who don’t write to appreciate why we need to shut ourselves away. Do you plot your stories or do you just get an idea and run with it?
Yvonne: Though I’m mostly a seat-of-the-pantser, I don’t set out wholly blind. I start a story with a beginning and an end in mind as well as one or two significant events that must take place in between. Beyond that, I’m as surprised at the story’s turns as the reader is. Writing from an outline feels like an unnatural act to me.
Morgen: I’ve outlined but found the characters take over so have done less over the years. What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
Yvonne: I like both first person and third. Which to use depends on the story and what you want to accomplish. They each have their own challenges and they each have distinct benefits. As far as second person POV goes, I love it! A classic example I keep coming back to is Italo Calvino’s If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller. I found the opening chapters so delightful, they had me grinning like an imbicile, though the story fell apart later on. Fun as it is, though, that point of view is a tough sell. If a writer intends to successfully market his work, I think he’s best advised to stick with the first or third person. Calvino got away with it, but he’d already established himself as a respected author.
Morgen: Yay. It’s great meeting another author who enjoys it (and has heard of it!). I have Calvino’s Marcovaldo in my current reading, and am really enjoying it. Do you write any poetry, non-fiction or short stories?
Stars coverYvonne: For sale? No. But for personal / informal purposes, I like to shake things up. Writing poetry is a fabulous exercise for any writer, as it forces us to use literary muscles we might not even know we had. I have trouble with short stories because I get too involved; I want to turn everything into a novel. Case in point, The Story in the Stars was supposed to be a short story but it turned into a four-book series. I regularly write short nonfiction in the form of blog posts and short personal Bible commentaries. I’ve never written book-length nonfiction, but I wouldn’t rule it out in the future.
Morgen: Do you have pieces of work that you think will never see light of day?
Yvonne: Plenty of them! I fed my first two novels, both produced on a typewriter (i.e., leaving no electronic record), to the backyard burn barrel page by page, so they’re gone for good. I still have Novels 3 and 4, with no plans to publish them. I have a two-drawer file cabinet bulging with notebooks I’ve written in daily over the past 18 or 19 years. I guess you’d call them Bible study journals. My kids might inherit those, or maybe I’ll give them to someone else someday, to do with as they will. (Toss them in a recycle bin, probably!) They currently represent the bulk of my writings, and I don’t figure they’ll ever, as you say, see the light of day.
Morgen: I feel it’s such a shame when authors have destroyed earlier pieces because I think everything is salvageable editorially and if not, show the journey they’ve made, but that said there are short stories that I’d never inflict on anyone else. :) Have you had any rejections? If so, how do you deal with them?
Yvonne: I doubt there’s ever been a novelist who hasn’t had his share of rejections. But I’m thankful for them. If my earlier work had been published when I thought it should have been, I’d be embarrassed today to see my name on that garbage. We all think we’re gifted authors and feel abused when the literary world doesn’t go gaga over our stuff. But the fact is, submissions are usually rejected for good reason. I try to find out that reason and grow from the experience.
Morgen: Do you have an agent? Do you think they’re vital to an author’s success?
Yvonne: There’s much to be said for having an agent. If you want to be published by one of the big houses, you need one. Period. Only the small presses will take unagented submissions these days. Moreover, your average publishing contract requires a certain level of expertise to properly interpret and negotiate. Without the right knowledge and experience, a writer risks being taken advantage of if he deals with a publisher directly. I’ve heard authors say that even though their agent gets a percentage of their earnings, the deal the agent negotiated for them makes that commission well worthwhile.
Morgen: I’ve heard that too. They do say it’s not what you know but who you know, and they inevitably have the connections an author doesn’t have.
Yvonne: On the other hand, you don’t need an agent to self-publish. If you’re good at promotion and can sell books without the resources of a major house behind you, you can keep more of the proceeds for yourself. I’ve known authors who consider agents the leeches of the publishing industry.
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Would I, personally, be better off having an agent? I can’t say. I do know that I haven’t yet met the agent who thinks she’s better off having me for a client.
Morgen: How much of the marketing do you do for your published works or indeed for yourself as a ‘brand’?
Yvonne: All of it. Well, I suppose I should say, “Most of it.” My publisher has taken care of putting the books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble sites, but as far as I know, that’s pretty much the extent of their marketing involvement.
Morgen: It is similar for most publishers; they just don’t have the budget to put behind their authors. Most of what they do is emotional support which is often just as important. What do you do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies or party tricks? :)
Yvonne: I’m into veggie gardening in a pretty big way, along with cooking, preserving, and eating the good stuff my gardens produce. Pretty much anything involved with food is an interest of mine. Except for cleaning up. But of course that must be done too, just like marketing and promotion are necessary but odious by-products of writing.
Morgen: :) Marketing is usually the answer to ‘What’s your least favourite aspect of writing?’, mainly because it’s so time-consuming. Are there any writing-related websites and / or books that you find useful?
Yvonne: If I may, I’d like to put in a plug here for www.NovelRocket.com. It’s a writing blog I’m affiliated with. Novel Rocket posts a new writing-related article seven days a week, from author interviews to marketing discussions to articles about the craft of writing. We also conduct an annual contest for unpublished writers called the Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile, which has been gaining in popularity each year since its inception in 2010.
Morgen: Certainly. I went to add the competition to my http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/competitions-calendar page but it’s already there (April to September), although only as a mention so I’ve enhanced the entry and added to January / February / March and ‘ongoing’. I’ve also mentioned it on Twitter (to 2,900+ followers), my main Facebook page (to 1,200+ friends) and novel online writing group’s Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/groups/508696639153189). I hope it helps. What do you think the future holds for a writer?
Yvonne: This is a hot topic, oft discussed—but no one can know the answer. I do believe, however, that there has never been a better time to be a writer in the history of the world than that in which we’re now living.
Morgen: Me too. I love it. Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Yvonne: My personal site at http://www.YsWords.com. You can also find me on Twitter (@YAnderson101). I have a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/yvonne.anderson.549?ref=tn_tnmn, but I’m seldom there. I’ve never quite figured out what to do with Facebook, so I mostly ignore it.
Morgen: Oh dear. Facebook has its frustrations but I really enjoy it and the groups especially get people talking. Thank you, Yvonne. I’m delighted you could join me today.
I then invited Yvonne to include an extract of her writing and this is from Chapter 2 of Words in the Wind, Book #2 in the Gateway to Gannah series…
A cold hand squeezed her stomach as a tooth-rattling tremor shook the shuttle and sent it into a spin toward the planet. She clenched the arms of her seat. “What’s going on?”
The pilot manipulated levers and worked controls, and his voice in her headphones sounded frantic. “It must be the solar eruptions. Nothing’s working. It’s like the power’s been cut off.”
As if on cue, the lights went out.
The G-force crushed her against her seat and the frantic, spinning fall brought up vomit. They were within the planet’s atmosphere, and flapping flames obscured the view through the windows.
The shuttle lurched as the controls engaged.
Dassa breathed a thank you to her Yasha as the little ship’s spin slowed to a loose corkscrew motion. But flames continued to lick its sides as it spiraled toward the ground like an incendiary drill bit.
“Pull up! Nose up!” Dassa cried, though she knew the pilot couldn’t hear.
Her mind raced. Perhaps she had been ignoring the Yasha. And perhaps ignoring Him was the same as disobedience. And under Gannahan law, disobedience carried severe penalties.
So maybe she deserved to die in this way. But the pilot didn’t. And her children didn’t deserve to lose their mother, nor Pik his wife, nor her people their leader. The New Gannahans weren’t yet on their feet, they didn’t know the planet well enough, couldn’t survive without her guidance …
She remembered how, more than a quarter century ago, her father’s disobedience had brought Old Gannah to near-extinction in one monstrous, catastrophic event. What have I done? she screamed in her meah to whoever would listen. Is there no hope for us?
The shuttle made one last, lazy rotation and straightened out. Was their headlong descent starting to slow? Did they angle less sharply downward? Dassa couldn’t tell what was real and what was mere hope. All she could see was flame, all she could hear was a deafening roar.
And all she could feel was regret.
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And a synopsis and this is of Words in the Wind (Book #2 in the space fantasy series Gateway to Gannah)…
Dassa's landing craft crashes on the planet Gannah 10,000 kilometers from the settlement just as a blizzard sets in. Injured, she takes refuge from the storm in Ruwach Gorge. In the ancient Gannahan language, ruwach means both “wind” and “spirit,” and Dassa’s not sure which meaning applies. Seeking food and shelter, she seems supernaturally led to an older-than-old stronghold she recognizes from ancient legends—stories she’s been taught were myths. As she explores, she uncovers indisputable evidence that many things she thought she knew are untrue.
At the settlement, her husband, Pik, must not only try to find her, but he also must take charge in her absence. Rebellious settlers and a wayward daughter make it difficult enough. But when the animals threaten to break the ancient treaty and resume the old Wildlife Wars, Pik’s hard-pressed to hold things together. He’s afraid if he ever manages to find Dassa, she’ll have no home to return to.
On the other side of the planet, she fears the same thing as she struggles to separate reality from delusion.
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Yvonne Anderson lives in rural Ohio with her husband of 37 years and the one most deeply-imbedded of her four grown kids. She also has five grandchildren who live too far away.
Formerly a legal secretary, Yvonne works part time as a Virtual Assistant but spends most of her time on the planet Gannah researching her books. She is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), the Lost Genre Guild, and International Thriller Writers. Yvonne is a regular contributor to the blogs Speculative Faith and The Borrowed Book, and serves as contest administrator for Novel Rocket, named four times to Writer’s Digest list of the 101 Best Websites for Writers. You’re invited to subscribe to her wise words on her personal site at www.YsWords.com.
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If you are reading this and you write, in whatever genre, and are thinking “ooh, I’d like to do this” then you can… just email me and I’ll send you the information. They do now (January 2013) carry a fee (£10 / €12.50 / $15) for the new interviews on the mixed blog but everything else (see Opportunities on the main blog) is free.
Alternatively, if you’d like a free Q&A-only interview, I now have this blog, http://morgensauthorinterviews.wordpress.com, on which I’ve rerun the original interviews posted here then posted new interviews which I then reblog here. These interviews are Q&A only, so I don’t add in my comments but they do get exposure on both sites.
If you go for the interview, it’s very simple; I send you a questionnaire (I have them for novelists, short story authors, children’s authors, non-fiction authors, and poets). You complete the questions, and I let you know when it’s going to go live. Before it does so, I add in comments as if we’re chatting, and then they get posted. When that’s done, I email you with the link so you can share it with your corner of the literary world. And if you have a writing-related blog / podcast and would like to interview me… let me know.
** NEW!! You can now subscribe to the main blog on your Kindle / Kindle app!
You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything. You can contact me and find me on the internetview my Books (including my debut novel, which is serialised on Novel Nights In!) and I also have a blog creation / maintenance service especially for, but not limited to, writers. If you like this blog, you can help me keep it running by donating and choose an optional free eBook.
For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, take a look at the main blog’s Feedback page.
As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do. I welcome items for critique for the online writing groups, and their associated Facebook groups, listed below:
Morgen’s Online Non-Fiction Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Novel Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Script Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group
We look forward to reading your comments.