Wednesday, July 1, 2015

IWSG: Working on the Homestretch and the Dumb Stage Again

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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I am so darn happy that I'm pretty much on the homestretch for finishing my latest MS.  It's been awhile since I've finished something.  It's not the sequel to my book (although I have started it but this new one was bugging me to write it).

The new one is a Sci/Fi and the sub-genre it mostly falls into is Cyberpunk. I'm super excited but at the same time, as I revise, I sometimes get the feeling that it's just corny and dumb. I think I've mentioned this before, but I think it's because it's all made up stuff. lol. (or maybe it is dumb!)  I don't know why this happens to me, but this time, I'm just flat out trying to ignore it.

How is everyone else doing? Any weird things like this happen to you (things like the dumb stage) every time you write a new MS?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Author Spotlight Winners!

The spotlight winners for both Tara St. Pierre and Elizabeth Varadan are.....

Tara's book - Just a Few Inches


Elizabeth's book - Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls


Congrats to both!  I hope you enjoy the books. You can either leave your email in the comments or use the Contact Me page to send me your email privately!


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Saturday Author Spotlight: Elizabeth Varadan

Yay, I'm excited to have author Elizabeth Varadan on the blog today with her mystery book, Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls!  Be sure to watch the YouTube video a friend made for her as well!


Welcome to the Saturday Author Spotlight with Elizabeth Varadan!
Read on to learn more about Elizabeth, her books, and where you can find her!

An eBook copy of Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls will be awarded to 1 random commenter via Amazon!

(To qualify, leave a comment by Friday, June 19th)

Spotlight Interview with Elizabeth

1.  How did you get into writing?
I’ve written most of my life. Books played a big role in our lives when I was growing up. We had what we called “reading feasts” on the weekends when my mother, my brother, and I would read aloud from books we’d picked out at the library. My mother also liked to write, although she never became published. But we always had a rented typewriter, and her own love of writing was contagious. It wasn’t long before I was scribbling in notebooks and pecking out little stories on the typewriter.

2.  Where is your favorite place to write and do you listen to music or need silence?
If I’m journaling or puzzling out something in notebook form, or writing poetry, I seem to like the kitchen table, peering out the window at the backyard from time to time. If I’m busy with a WIP, then I’m usually hunched over my keyboard in what I call my “cave”. It’s a corner of our bedroom, hidden away in a reverse “L” where I have my messy desk and a messy bookshelf and a small filing cabinet. I need silence when I’m on a project. I love music, but it instantly hooks me in so that I can’t think of anything but the music.

3.  How do you meet up with your writing muse?
Hmmm. Good question. My muse taps me on the shoulder at odd times (the shower, the garden, on a walk, when I’m going to sleep or waking up.) The times I’m actually working on a book, it doesn’t feel like a “muse” thing. I’m just at work on my book, doing research, roughing out a scene, staring into space, wondering, “Would she really say that?” or some such.

4.  Do you have any other books or writing we can check out?
I self-published a middle grade fantasy through Create Space a few years ago, The Fourth Wish. It was great fun to write, and it gave me a real sense of accomplishment. This time around, I wanted to be traditionally published, and I was very happy when that worked out. But The Fourth Wish is still near and dear to my heart. And both boys and girls have told me they liked it.

5.  Do you have any sneak peek tidbits about what you're working on now?
At present I’m working on a cozy mystery for adults. I also have a sequel roughed out to follow Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls. And I have a third book that I’ve actually been working on for years. Some books are like that. Periodically it pops back up, wanting me to work on it. It’s set in Sacramento in 1919 and it features a ghost.

Author Bio

Elizabeth Varadan is a former teacher who retired to write fiction and poetry. Her stories and flash fiction for adults have been published in several literary magazines. Her work for children has appeared in Story Friends, Ladybug, and Skipping Stones. Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls is her first mystery novel for children. She and her husband live in Sacramento, California and travel to Spain and India.

Featured Book

Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls
By Elizabeth Varadan

A day after Imogene’s snooty step cousins pay a visit, her mother’s pearls go missing. When Sherlock is called in, Imogene, harboring a secret desire to become a detective, sees her chance to learn from the Great Sherlock. 
Working with Rusty, Holmes’s messenger, Imogene puzzles out crime scenarios: Is Miss Mullin, her cranky governess, the thief? Is it Dottie, the maid who’s been sharing secrets with the new scullery maid? Did the cook steal the pearls? Was it the butler? The gardener? At first detecting is thrilling, but soon Imogene finds her questions have put her life in danger.

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Where you can find Elizabeth

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