Guest Post – Write What You Don’t Know by Beck Sherman

As part of the 2012 Blogger Book Fair, I’m happy to present this guest post from Beck Sherman, author of Revamp! Also, check out Beck’s offer at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a free copy! Without further fiddle-faddle, here’s Beck! Continue reading

Interview With Poet Robert Zimmermann

Robert Zimmermann, Poet

Robert Zimmermann, Poet

I have something a little different for you guys today! I recently had a chance to interview Robert Zimmermann. A lot of you know him from his book reviews over at his blog, but what you might not have realized is that he is also a poet. Rob is currently working on a collection of his poems but took a little time from his busy schedule to answer a few questions. Enjoy! Continue reading

On Frostwalker, Editors, and Architects

A bit of a ramble here. Bear with me…

One of the questions I get asked a lot lately is “When is Frostwalker coming out?”

The answer is usually “Soon, Mom. Jeez! Stop buggin’ me about it!”

Back in early January, the plan had been to do one last line-by-line edit of the manuscript. After that, it would be a few adjustments to scenes for pacing and then maybe one last round of beta-readers before release, maybe in March if things came together nicely.

Now, I’ve had the great fortune to have some very talented beta-readers. Not just their talents, but the mix of talents as well. Some were eagle-eyed typo hunters. Others weren’t into grammar and spelling, but they had an eye for details. Between the various beta-readers and my own line edit, Frostwalker was in pretty good shape – I thought. Continue reading

Interview With ‘The Forever Girl’ Author Rebecca Hamilton

The Forever Girl, by Rebecca Hamilton

The Forever Girl, by Rebecca Hamilton

Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook have no doubt seen my posts about just how great a read The Forever Girl was. As someone who doesn’t usually read that genre, it was a departure for me. The fact that I was sold on the first chapter and then loved the book in full should be a testament to the wide appeal this book offers and the compelling ability of the author, Rebecca Hamilton.

Today, I have a special treat for you! I asked this talented (and busy) lady to take the time to answer a few questions for me and my readers and she graciously consented. I’m very pleased to present this brief interview with Rebecca Hamilton. I hope you find it as enjoyable to read as it was to conduct! Continue reading

The Discovery Of Writing

I really love the adventure that writing fiction presents. You truly never know what your characters are going to do or where your story will go until you set off on that winding path. While I’m the sort who writes “from the hip”, I believe that even the most outline-bound of us will find surprises as their work unfolds.

I’ve most recently encountered this while working on my current new project, which had been under the working title of Dubrow’s Last Case. With Frostwalker set for the final edit to begin in January, I had started a new novel for this year’s NaNoWriMo attempt. Ultimately, that faltered when I decided to focus on getting the current short stories I have available ready for public consumption. After I had taken care of that I decided that, since NaNoWriMo was a bust this year, another short was in order and Detective Martin Dubrow was going to provide it.

Then something unexpected happened. As the good detective began his strange investigation into a brutal murder I began to see certain signs. There were plot threads forming in the mists at the limits of my creative vision. A possible love interest? What’s this about enemies thrust together in a fight for their mutual survival?

Work on Dubrow stalled while I puzzled out just what was troubling me about this story. Lying in the dark, mulling over the day’s writing – or lack thereof – I finally pieced it together: Dubrow’s Last Case wasn’t a short story at all – it was just one thread in the overarching story I had begun on November 1st. This was a story that demanded to be told!

And so, with my characters taking my hand and leading me once again, the parts have been joined as a whole. There was a bit of cleanup required; Detroit became New York, Fall became Summer, but the pieces fit surprisingly well considering the original intent was something completely different.

Often when we write, we don’t tell a story – we simply give it a voice.

Have you had a similar experience in your own creative endeavors? Why not tell us about it in the comments below?