Author to Author

A group of my fellow authors and I have teamed up for Author to Author. Starting December 5th, we're going to share posts and introduce our followers to some great writers from a variety of genres. And, to make it even better, there's going to be a drawing for a big prize package of books! Stay tuned! StumbleUpon Share on Tumblr

Veni, Vidi, Scripsi!

I'm feeling a great sense of accomplishment.Tonight, I validated my novel and became an official NaNoWriMo winner. See the shiny new badge over at the right? Honestly, I almost feel like printing it out and slapping it on my lapel like an "I Voted Today!" sticker.

The entire novel, which I've tentatively titled Daughter of the Wind and Waves, clocked in at around 60K, but I already had a start before I began NaNoWriMo. I'm estimating I'm at about the half-way point in the story, so I still have a lot of work to do.

This is the first novel that I haven't "pre-written" in my head, and so it makes me very nervous. I finally broke down and got a pre-reader, and she assures me it's a good story, but I worry about ones I've re-written and revised in my head a a dozen times, let alone something I'm working out as I go.

Still, it's a challenge, and I think every writer can benefit from trying new things, if only for the learning experience. NaNoWriMo helped keep me motivated and that's another experience  I'm glad I had. StumbleUpon Share on Tumblr

A Love Letter to a Lost Love

In Ghostwriter, Seth is the author of letters that Sara finds in a trunk in the attic, some of them still sealed in their envelopes, nearly a century after they were written. Through them, she unravels the mystery of his life, a heartbreaking tale of greed, the horrors of war, and lost love.  I thought of those letters when I read the love letter posted by Letters of Note yesterday. 

Richard Feynman, the author of the letter, lost his wife Arline to tuberculosis. Over a year later, he wrote the following letter to her and sealed it in an envelope. It was found, still sealed, in his possessions after he died in 1988.

October 17, 1946

I adore you, sweetheart. 
I know how much you like to hear that — but I don't only write it because you like it — I write it because it makes me warm all over inside to write it to you. 
It is such a terribly long time since I last wrote to you — almost two years but I know you'll excuse me because you understand how I am, stubborn and realistic; and I thought there was no sense to writing. 
But now I know my darling wife that it is right to do what I have delayed in doing, and that I have done so much in the past. I want to tell you I love you.
I want to love you. I always will love you.
I find it hard to understand in my mind what it means to love you after you are dead — but I still want to comfort and take care of you — and I want you to love me and care for me. I want to have problems to discuss with you — I want to do little projects with you. I never thought until just now that we can do that. What should we do. We started to learn to make clothes together — or learn Chinese — or getting a movie projector. Can't I do something now? No. I am alone without you and you were the "idea-woman" and general instigator of all our wild adventures.
When you were sick you worried because you could not give me something that you wanted to and thought I needed. You needn’t have worried. Just as I told you then there was no real need because I loved you in so many ways so much. And now it is clearly even more true — you can give me nothing now yet I love you so that you stand in my way of loving anyone else — but I want you to stand there. You, dead, are so much better than anyone else alive.
I know you will assure me that I am foolish and that you want me to have full happiness and don't want to be in my way. I'll bet you are surprised that I don't even have a girlfriend (except you, sweetheart) after two years. But you can't help it, darling, nor can I — I don't understand it, for I have met many girls and very nice ones and I don't want to remain alone — but in two or three meetings they all seem ashes. You only are left to me. You are real.
My darling wife, I do adore you. 
I love my wife. My wife is dead.
PS Please excuse my not mailing this — but I don't know your new address.
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Meet Tara Anderton

Tara Anderton and I met a couple of days ago on Google+. We started chatting about our books and decided to do an exchange of interviews. I love meeting writers and comparing our experiences. You can see my interview here.

She also runs the blog Writing In Heels.

At Writing in Heels I cheekily explain my way through writing my books, my blog, my diary, researching and publishing. Then there's posting things that inspire me and my random thoughts and ideas which are far reaching and sometimes inciteful, books I like to read and ones I think you should read, youtube videos and pictures and other writing and reading related randomness.
It's a quirky, sometimes funny view on life from the left of centre I guess, it was the story of one girls quest to become a published writer and will continue to focus on writing and subjects listed above, but I may surprise you and throw a curve ball once in a while. I have discussed the very important process of formatting my novel, choosing a book cover, sending the final copy, and promoting and selling Gold Digger so check out the links to the archives where I have many things to entertain you. Much alcohol is to be consumed along the way, lots of trolling the web for information and insight, oh and the wearing of many glorious pairs of heels!!! 

My interview with Tara

You say on your blog that you were encouraged to write from reading books like The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High. I read those books, too, when I was young. What did they teach you about writing? Did your friends’ reactions when they read the same books give you any insights? 

My writing does come from early influences like The Baby Sitters Club and Sweet Valley high as they where my first experiences with real reading and enjoyment out of reading. I'm not sure they taught me about writing but my love of reading has progressed into me wanting to write. None of my friends or family where big readers, so I didnt really have anyone to look to for opinions. It was my own little world that I thrived in and enjoyed. It was mine and very special.

• Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

I think I did always want to be a writer but I got a bit lost along the way. The reading was a huge part of my life and at 16 I decided to write a book - it didnt go very well but it was definately floating around somewhere waiting to come out.

• You mentioned you like reading romance and comedy, but not horror or mystery. Is that because you like books that make you happy when you read? What mood or feeling would you like your readers to come away with after they read one of your books?

I always like a happy ending and I think that comes across in the books I read and the movies and showa I tend to watch. I dont like bad things and try to avoid them at all costs. However I dont mind the bits inbetween that give the story depth and a bit of grit - I realise that life isnt always rainbows and lollypops but sometimes its fun to pretend it is!

After reading one of my books I hope my readers will come away happy and satisfied. I love the romance genre and all the little subgenres and my books being contemporary romance - there is a certain pattern that emerges...hopefully with a few twists and turns along the way to keep everyone satisfied.

• How did you find your publisher? What have you learned during this process that you’d tell someone who wanted to take the same path you have?

I had no clue what to do about getting a book published when I worte my first book Glamour Girls. I found a book at the library with all the agents and publishers in Australia and went about researching the ones that were suited to my type of writing. After debating back and forth what to do I logged onto the top publishing company in Australia and checked out there requirements. They had a Friday Pitch which I submitted the first chapter and synopsis too and waited patiently. HA life isnt so easy. To cut a long story short two years later with another book under my belt lots of rejections from Agents and one publishing house I decided to get serious. I was nervous to send out my book to the publishers but if you dont do it how will you vere know right? So I set about making a list and getting online and doing alot of research. I came across alot of international publishers in this search and started reading alot of blogs, websites, books anything I could get my hands on about getting a book published. Someone sent me a link one day about a Publishing Company in America that do it a bit different. So I sent my enquiry letter hoping to hear back from them. I did and sent them the first chapter and synopsis. They liked it and offered me a contract. We are now working together to get Gold Digger my first published novel on the shelves and online early next year. It is available for preorder at my author website until then @

• What do you think are the post important things in a book? Has your writing changed the books you buy? 

The most important things in a book are the characters!
My writing has not changed the books I buy because I write the same types of books.

• If there was one author you could meet for lunch tomorrow, living or dead, who would it be?

Danielle Steel. She is such a huge influence in my life. I plan to own every book she has every written.

Tara's novel, Gold Digger, is available now for pre-order.

Three ultimately different and independent women, a Gold Digger, a Reporter and a High Society Princess are forced together through a whirlwind of lies, cheating and betrayal.
From Wichita Falls in Texas to the golden beaches of California, and the bustling city of New York, we see Bridgette’s orchestrated rise from rags to riches, Angie’s pursuit to achieve her dreams of becoming a top reporter at The New York Times and Elizabeth’s extravagant existence as daughter to one of the richest men in America, and wife to Millionaire mogul Adam Pain. 
Bridgette longs for a life of luxury, and a man to provide it. She is discovered by Playboy, meets a producer and starts a relationship. Unsatisfied, she moves onto the owner of numerous law firms, and after Adam Pain, Elizabeth’s husband who she falls in love with. It ends badly, and she meets Grant yet another Millionaire, but she resumes her affair with Adam. Elizabeth who is aware of Bridgette asks Adam to leave her, but it ends in humiliation, and she conspires to expose Bridgette to Grant, hoping that she would flee New York. She succeeds. But not for long, she winds up back in New York on the arm of an even richer man Paul. Is this her fairytail ending?
Angie, Bridgette’s only childhood friend has dreamt of being a reporter for the New York Times for as long as she can remember and her dreams and hard work pays off. Years later she is assigned to report on a scandalous all - revealing exposé about Bridgette. Angie finds a woman who has stealthily clawed her way to the top, and accumulating a substantial fortune. Will she be the one to bring her down?
Elizabeth grows up in the lap of luxury! She finds the man of her dreams and marries him! Her life is perfect! Bridgette however has plans of her own and hijacks and trys to destroy her carefully built life. Elizabeth wont take this from anyone and trys to gain control of her life...the final straw at having been named in the article, along with the revelation of Adam’s cheating, she files for divorce. Life definatly hasnt worked out like she planned!

Tara's Contact info

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Enter to Win a Signed Copy of "Ghostwriter!"

Today, I have a guest post over at Romanceaholic. There's a Rafflecopter drawing for an autographed copy of Ghostwriter. If you win, I'll personalize it for you before I mail it off, and pop a few goodies into the envelope as well. StumbleUpon Share on Tumblr

ARCs Available!

The End of All Things is now available on NetGalley. I can't wait to see what you guys think of it. It's a little different from my usual stuff. (Who am I kidding... I don't have any "usual stuff.") But I think you'll like it.

Above all, it's a love story... What else would you expect from me? It's a story of a journey, of adapting to a new world, and of finding strengths you didn't know you had.

When the story opens, Carly is very young and a bit naive. She's waiting amid the ruins for the world to return to normal. Justin is an ex-soldier with shadows and secrets. He knows he can't leave Carly behind to fend for herself, but he's going to have a tough time keeping their relationship on a platonic level.

I think you guys will like Carly. She's strong, even though she doesn't know it yet, smarter than she realizes, and she refuses to let go of the hope that the world can be an even better place than it used to be. Justin isn't so sure. He's a bit of a cynic when it comes to human nature. He's occupied with teaching Carly survival methods, but she may just have a thing or two to teach him, too.

I can't wait for you guys to meet Sam! Honestly, I think he may be my favorite character, but don't tell Carly and Justin. When Carly finds him as a puppy, he becomes her reason for continuing the struggle to survive when laying down and giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option.

The kitten is Tigger. He's Sam's cat. Yes, you read that right. You'll see.

As you can tell, I'm sort of enthusiastic about this one. I'm looking forward to reading your reviews.

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Black Friday Sale!

Black Friday Sale! Ghostwriter ebooks will be only $4.99 starting November 23 and ending November 24th, only on the TWCS website. 

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Romanceaholic Guest Post

I'll be stopping by Romanceaholic on November 26th for a guest post and a giveaway of an autographed copy of Ghostwriter. StumbleUpon Share on Tumblr

Autograph Options

I've been getting requests for signed books (which is very flattering) and I've got a few options available.

First is a personalized e-autograph courtesy of Authorgraph. (It used to be called Kindlegraph, but now they're available for all types of ebooks.) There's a handy-dandy widget on the sidebar of my blog.

The second option is mailing your paper copy to me. You ship it to me, then I'll sign it and mail it back. If you'd like to do this, click on my email link at the side and we'll work out the particulars.

And lastly, I have a few paper copies left that I can sell you using Paypal. I'll sign it and ship it directly to you. Email me if you'd like to do this.

I also have signed bookmarks that I'll mail on request. Send me an email with your address and I'll pop it in the mail for you. StumbleUpon Share on Tumblr
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