|Nancy Gideon, Elizabeth Alsobrooks, and Rob Tucker|
at The Tucson Festival of Books, 2018
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
|Apollo and the Muses on Mount Helicon by Claude Lorrain|
Has your Muse helped you in a big way?
Saturday, March 10, 2018
My panelists are:
I’m Sandy Wright. I live in Arizona with my husband, a super-smart Border Collie/Aussie mix named Teak, and two huge black panther cats, Salem and Shadow Moon. Their daddy, Magick, was even bigger! He's featured in my debut novel, Song of the Ancients, the first book in my paranormal suspense series, Ancient Magic.
They say write what you know, so my debut novel involves witchcraft and Native American medicine magic. It's set in the energy-laden town of Sedona, Arizona. It was interesting to introduce the concept of witchcraft through the eyes of an ordinary, non-magical woman, and go through her reactions and disbelief along with her. While I did a lot of research for this book, most of the magical stuff I drew from my own Wiccan background and practice.
Sedona is but one earth "power site" in the world. The Ancient Magic series will take Samantha to Nicholas to adventures at other sacred sites, known and obscure. Book 2, tentatively titled Stones of the Ancients, will take us to ancient standing stones—and a true-life excavation-- in Scotland. I also researched my Campbell clan heritage while visiting the Scottish Isles last summer. The books then move to Hawaii to learn about Pele, the Goddess of fire and volcanos. The series concludes somewhere along the icy Neolithic bridge of the First People, maybe Alaska or Siberia.
Book One – Song of the Ancients is available now on Amazon, in both print and ebook.And please look for my upcoming Arizona suspense, Crescent Moon Crossing, releasing fall 2018!
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
It’s kind of nice to be able to take a breather, to not have a deadline looming. On the other hand, I don’t know what normal people do with their time. I’m pretty much doing nothing (other than the day job). I have time to read, finally…and I don’t know what I want to read.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had stories running constantly in the background of my mind, like a program that’s always running on your computer while you’re using other applications. It’s how I’ve always fallen asleep at night, dreaming up worlds and watching love stories play out in my head. And for the first time, I have no characters in there jostling for my attention. It’s quiet. And weird. Quite possibly, I'm depressed. But I don't really care. (Which is probably a sign that I'm depressed.)
You’d think all this existential contemplation would give me plenty of time to come up with entertaining content for blog posts, but, haha, joke’s on you.
Absent any productive ideas, I’ve been watching a lot of Murder, She Wrote. It’s different now, watching Jessica Fletcher deal with life as a published author. When I watched the show the first time around, it was my dream to be her. (I’m also much closer to Jessica’s age. Today, at Walgreens, the checker asked me if I qualified for the senior discount. Okay, so I‘ve been going gray since I was in my 30s, but at 51, I’m not ready for senior discounts yet, thanks. Or as the lovely lady on the Estroven commercial that plays constantly during my old-lady show, Murder, She Wrote, says, “I’m not ready for elastic waistbands!” Now, where was I? Oh, right; insisting that I’m not old. At any rate, I was buying this at the time, so you be the judge:
I also recently bought hair color to match. But that’s neither here nor there, I’ve been doing that for years.)
So me and the Peep (of course it's "the Peep and I," but I must admit, I like the sound of Me and the Peep; it’s a buddy cop show waiting to be written) are sitting here watching Jessica go to writers’ conferences and work on deadlines and snap at her best friend for interrupting her writing flow and put up with mansplaining dudes who belittle her genre, and I’m just nodding along. This is, in many ways, my life (minus the murders and the mad success). But I am, it seems, living the dream.
It isn’t exactly what I expected, but I edit for a steady paycheck by day and write fantastical romance by night that a few people read, and I think my teenage self would be pleased. Now if I could just snap out of this “four-poster dull torpor” and get back to making things up for strangers, that’d be grand.
Jane Kindred is the author of the Harlequin Nocturne series, Sisters in Sin, and the epic fantasy series The House of Arkhangel’sk, Demons of Elysium, and Looking Glass Gods. She spent her formative years ruining her eyes reading romance novels in the Tucson sun and watching Star Trek marathons in the dark. She now writes to the sound of San Francisco foghorns while two cats slowly but surely edge her off the side of the bed.
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Don't Stall Your Story
Did you Just Call Me an Idiot?
What Did You Say?
Choose Your Words Carefully
Do You Have a Favorite Idiom?
Friday, March 2, 2018
- Start writing your blurb when you start writing your book! Yep, you heard me. You already know what your book is going to be about—even if it is just a general, amorphous cloud of an idea––and you know how you want your audience to react to the book. That is exactly what your blurb should communicate and exactly how you want readers to react to your blurb. So get words on paper (or screen) as early in the process as you can.
- Remember that your blurb has one job—and one job only—to snag a reader’s interest. It is not about the author’s career. It is not a synopsis of the entire book. It is not the place for backstory. It does not give away the ending or any spoilers at all.
- The blurb must create suspense by presenting a situation or asking a question that can only be resolved or answered BY READING THE BOOK.
- I made a nifty infographic with many of the tips and tricks we discussed. If you’d like to look at that and/or download your own FREE copy, click HERE! (or paste this in your browser: https://www.sorchiadubois.com/mystery-flesh-eating-blurb/)The password is Sorchia.
- We also developed a quick checklist to use as you battle the blurb.
Before you go--tell us one or two things you MUST see in a blurb before you click BUY.
Sorchia Dubois writes paranormal romance and mysteries from her upstairs office overlooking a piney Ozarks woods.
Her books delve into the occult—reincarnation, psychic powers, mysticism, ancient cultures, and good old fashioned “ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night.”
A proud member of the Ross clan, Sorchia incorporates all things Celtic (especially Scottish) into her works. She an often be found swilling Scotch at Scottish events. Online, you can find her at www.SorchiaDuBois.com.