I Suck at NaNoWriMo and Here’s Why I Think that’s OK

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So, I totally suck at NaNo…I mean, who really has time to write 50K words around Thanksgiving?! Oh, you do? Um, that’s great, but I’m not a superhero!

Have I written this month? Yes! Was it a lot? No! And, you know what? I’m OK with that. I think I’d rather write when I feel inspired than write when I feel like I’m being forced. Sure, I’d love to be one of those people that can post, “2K words today! #amwriting” But, what were those 2K words? In order to meet my word count does that mean I just word vomited all over my screen?  What good does that do me? What good does it do my WIP? NOTHING!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that NaNo is a thing. I mean, if you need motivation like that to write, then do it. For me, however, it feels like I’m back at school and my teacher is telling me have an assignment due. I hate writing when someone tells me to. Yeah, I know, I’m a crybaby.

I’ve tried NaNoWriMo every year and every year I fail….so…hard. I’ve just learned that it’s not for me. What does work for me? What works for you?

I honestly think it’s different for me all the time. Maybe my muse has a split personality. There are days I might need peace and absolute quiet. Perhaps, I need a little bit of music the next. Sometimes, I can hash out 2K words, in a day, sitting in front of my computer. Other times, I have to use pen and paper. Well, let’s be honest, it’s a pencil because I make too many mistakes to use a pen!

My point is this, find what works for you. If you fail at NaNo, but end up finishing your novel in January or a year from now, then oh freaking well! I see that as a success! Do you know how hard it is to write a book?!

Does that mean you give up? Um, no! We don’t give up; we’re writers, we finish that book and then second guess everything we wrote. Does that mean you put your novel to the side from time to time? Yes, by all means, do that if you’re not liking where the story is going. For the love of all that is holy, don’t force it. Work on something else. There is no shame in taking more than a month to get through that rough draft.

You just keep writing, sweet pea.

~A

 

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Lords of Vengeance: Bart Hamilton

I can’t tell you how excited I am to introduce you to Bart Hamilton. I met Bart at the Athens Catfish Literary Festival this past summer. His book covers looked pretty stinking awesome (yes, I judge books by their covers) so I had to walk over and check them out. I was glad I did because not only did I find some really well written YA books, I made a new author friend! It doesn’t hurt that Bart is one of the nicest people on the planet.

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Bart’s books, the Lords of Vengeance series, are action/adventure tales for young adults, but they’re those types of books that even adults can enjoy. Personally, I like books that focus on teens who are thrown into dire circumstances and, as the reader, we get to watch how they handle it.

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Lords of Vengeance: The Alpha

Author Questions

A. When you realize you wanted to be an author?

B. I used to tell stories as a kid. My mom, sister, and I would drive to Decatur every Monday to see my Ma-maw and Pap-Paw and I would be just talking away the whole time. Eventually, my mother was like “You know, you should write this stuff down on paper.” It was a nice way of telling me to shut up. That’s when the seed was planted, I suppose.

A. In what genre do you write?

B. Young adult. Action/Adventure

A. Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

B. I’ve always wanted to try Fantasy or Science Fiction. Maybe one day I will.

A. What is your writing process? Such as outlining, freehand, and computer vs. pen?

B. I don’t do outlines. I feel really restricted when I try them. I like to change plans and if you don’t stick to the outline then there’s no point in having it anyway. I do everything on the computer.

A. Who are your writing inspirations, famous or not?

B. I grew up reading Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, and other Christian Fiction authors.

A. How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novels?

B. A little bit. You always need to get your facts straight before you put it on a page. For instance, I researched the effects of a gunshot on the human body. For this next book, I’m going to be writing a scene about the Stock Exchange so I’m going to do some research on that.

A. Do you ever find the research tedious? It is for your novels, but is there any time you’re like, “Oh gosh, why did I chose this topic?”

B. Some topics are harder to research than others. For instance, one character in my next novel will have cancer resulting from radiation poisoning. That…is going to be a pain to research. So, the answer is yes.

A. Do you listen to music as you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

B. Yes! All the time! I listen to a lot of instrumental music. Movie composers like Hans Zimmer and John Williams. Lindsey Stirling. I also love a group call Two Steps from Hell.

A. When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

B. I enjoy playing video games, reading books, and going running. I’m also into Theater. I’m a member of the Athenian Players.

A. You have to tell us more about being an actor. What is about theater that draws you? 

B. I’m a bit of introvert and theater gives me a chance to be the exact opposite. When you’re onstage, everyone is there to see you. Shyness melts away and someone else comes out. It’s fun.

A. What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

B. I’ve been on TV multiple times. That never gets old.

A. Who created your amazing cover art?

B. The spectacular Lisa Buijteweg! She is on Twitter under the handle @Zolaiida if you want to contact her.

A. Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to?

B. Angie Paule is my editor and I love her so much. I wouldn’t be able to do this without her.

A. Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

B. My newest novel is the third of the series. It’s titled “Lords of Vengeance: The Giant”. To use Stephen King’s what if advice when describing a novel…What if a secret, wealthy organization began training kids (prodigies) at 16 years of age for the next five years to be spies, assassins, computer hackers, or scientists? What if that organization came under attack by people it had made into enemies?

A. That’s a really good blurb for your book! Are they easy to write for you? Some authors dread having to condense their novel into a single paragraph. 

B. Not hard, really. You just need to stop and think about it for a while. Try doing it for your favorite TV show or Movie for practice.

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Lords of Vengeance: The Ascension

Halloween Questions

A. This is a Halloween blog post so you must tell us, do you enjoy Halloween? Why or why not?

B. –I do like Halloween! It’s the one time of the year where it’s socially acceptable to be someone other than yourself.

 

A. Do you have any Halloween traditions?

B. For the past few years. I’ve dressed up in a costume, got several bags of candy, and gave it out to people I know. And to a few I don’t.

A. Do you believe in the spiritual realm?

B. Yes, I do. I am a Christian, after all.

A. Have you ever had an encounter with a ghost or something happen that you just can’t explain?

B. I have. After my grandmother passed away, I “dreamed” she came to me. We talked. She told me she loved me and then told me about some personal things that were headed my way. They have come true. It wasn’t scary. I think God gave her special permission to do it. She could sweet talk anyone. LOL.

A. What is your favorite scary movie and/or book?

B. Amanda Porter’s Darkness Trilogy. That chick can write!

A. Oh, stop it! 😉 

A. Most importantly, what is your favorite Halloween candy?

B. KIT KATS!

 Reader Questions

A. What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

B. J.K. Rowling, obviously.

A. SAME!

A. Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

B. Star Wars: Episode III. It was just so brilliantly written. The movie didn’t do it justice. It really inspired me to examine the duality of my characters when I started writing. The darkness that resides in all humans, the capability of doing good or evil, is something that makes for good characterization.

A. Oooo! You must tell us your opinion of the new Star Wars era. Did you enjoy the new movie? 

B. I loved the new movie! Took me back to my childhood. I like the new continuity, but I really miss the characters in the old one. Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin were Han and Leia’s kids. Mara Jade was Luke’s wife and Ben was his son. Now it’s all gone…

A. What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

B. I’m all for books being made into films if it gets people to want to read more. As for which book I’d like to see be made into a film…MINE. 😀

A. As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

B. The lack of plot movement and character development. You might as well be reading a textbook if it doesn’t have either of those. Not that there’s anything wrong with reading a textbook.

A. If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

B. I wish I could say that I always finish it, but I don’t. If I’m not enjoying it, I’ll put it down.

A. Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

B. I read around. I like Mysteries, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Christian Fiction.

A. Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

B. I like it in my hands. E-books are easier, true, but they’re odorless. I love the smell of books, old and new. Smell triggers memory and I want to remember what I read.

A. There is nothing better than that new book smell!

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Lords of Vengeance: The Giant

Random Questions

A. Favorite movie?

B. Superman. The Richard Donner film.

A. Favorite TV show?

B. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

A. Yes! Buffy Summers is my girl crush! 

A. If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

B. Papa John’s Pizza!

A. And what topping(s) would be on this pizza?

B. Supreme! Olives, pepperoni, sausage, and anything else they can throw on there. LOL!

A. What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

B. Chocolate Oreo Truffles!

A. What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Two Steps from Hell, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Lindsey Stirling, and The Piano Guys.

A. What’s your hidden talent?

B. Martial Arts

A. How long have you been training?

B. Since high school. I’m not saying I’m Batman or anything, but then again, you’ll never see us both in the same place.

A. What is your dream vacation?

B. Venice, Italy

Contact Information:

Author Name: Bart H. Hamilton

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorbart/?fref=ts

Twitter: @bartavious

 

The Fantastic Mind of Willow Renner

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Willow has been furiously working on her three series for many years. She hopes you enjoy reading about the worlds she created as much as she enjoyed building them.

In her free time she enjoys designing and making jewelry, soap and candles. She adores writing with fountain pens and loves collecting them.

She is very active in the Twitter Writing Community.

It is universally known and recognized that Willow is made of awesome.

 

Willow is also giving away ebook copies of books 1 and 2 of her Lux Series. You can enter here!

 

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Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

In 2007. I kept having vivid dreams about the first series I would write: The Lux Seekers series. The dreams wouldn’t let me rest until I started writing them down.

 In what genre do you write?

YA fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian

 Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

Paranormal Romance. But I’m too embarrassed to write the sex bits.

 What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

I’m an outliner. I write with pen and paper first. I love to see the ink flow across the paper. I think better on paper. After I’m done, then I type it into the computer.

 Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?

Larissa Ione, Katie MacAlister, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe

 How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

I do research into the time period and the customs that I am writing about. I also do extensive world-building.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

The only music I can listen to while writing is instrumental “mood music.” I use the tempo of the music to fit the emotion I am working toward. I can listen to vocals before I start writing a scene. The music I like to set the scene is by: Apocalyptica, Evanescence, Seether, Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin.

 When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

READ. I love to read, to be caught up and transported by a story.

 What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

I am still fairly new to writing. I guess the most exciting experience would be the satisfaction I feel when a scene comes together.

 Who created your amazing cover art?

The incredible graphic artist, Leah Kaye Suttle.

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

The Vita BioGen Legacy: Gods

YA sci-fi, dystopia

A disillusioned teen struggles to survive “winning” The Genetic Lottery.

I am currently working on a 3 book YA sci-fi dystopian series about Human Genetic Engineering. I think the technology has incredible potential, but where do we draw the line? Do we strive for perfection? Will this tech be available for all? Or will only the rich be able to afford it? I was inspired by MT Anderson’s book FEED and an informational video about the future of Bio Chips. It was truly frightening. Now, I believe Bio Chip tech could be a wonderful technology to store data only. But the potential is there for it to become very invasive and privacy robbing.

My series deals with a future where people have surrendered all personal rights and freedoms for a Corporation that takes care of their every need. But for a price. You must obey the Vita BioGen Corporation at all costs. Do what the Corporations tells you. Think, act and dress the way the Corporation wants. Above all, you must obey the rules. For the price of disobedience is Termination (death).

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Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Stephen King (The Master of Horror)

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

Excessive gore and violence (I don’t like gore either)

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

I’m a trooper all the way. (There have only been a few that I haven’t been able to finish)

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I definitely like to read in other genres.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

Both. But if I had to pick a favorite: book-in-hand.

 

Random Questions

Favorite TV show?

The Walking Dead (Oh! We must chat more about this! Who is your favorite character?)

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Since I’m a vegetarian that would be beans. They have the most protein.

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Pumpkin Pie (Do you make your own pie? Is there someone in your family who does? I love baking pumpkin pie!)

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Breaking Benjamin and Evanescence (Are you a pre-breakup Three Days Grace fan? I’m just curious?)

What is your dream vacation?

India. I want to spend a month living in an Ashram (holy place) and visiting all the temples in Tamil Nadu.

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Contact Information:

Author Name: Willow Anne Renner

Website: http://www.willowarenner.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Willow-Renner/288927907916707?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WillowRenner

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9797903.Willow_A_Renner

Book Links:

The Seeker Must Awaken: Amazon     Barnes and Noble

Book of Shadows: Amazon     Barnes and Noble

 

YA Paranormal Author, Lexi Witcher, Gets a little Twisted

Lexi Witcher is a published author of young adult contemporary paranormal romances. She’s always enjoyed stories about falling in love for the first time and watching programs geared toward teens like Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game, Jane By Design, and Switched at Birth.

 

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Give us 6 details of your new book:

1. New book Title: Twisted Sixteen
2. It’s a continuation in the Dodie Jenks series.
3. Main character is Dodie Jenks. I’m writing in her POV because it is her story. I tried switching and writing it in the hero’s POV but it didn’t work because it wasn’t his story.
4. Leopold  is the hero and very pivotal to the outcome of the series.
5. There’s supernatural elements, suspense and romance.
6. It will be available thru Amazon.
Lexi is giving away a copy of Twisted Sixteen! You can enter for you chance to win by clicking the link below:

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Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I was 12 when a friend shared the secret that her dad was writing a book. That sparked something in my head and I tried to write. It wasn’t until a year later when I read my first YA romance that I actually tried to write my own story. The rest is history.

In what genre do you write?

Young Adult. I have a YA Paranormal series and I’ve just began working on a straight YA with romantic elements.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

I might like to try my hand at New Adult or maybe a suspense.

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

I fly by the seat of my pants because in the initial phase I get ideas and they gel on the computer screen for me. Even when I get stuck I find if I sit down to write something will come to me and I’ll get over the hurdle. I do try to use GMC and have an idea what these three components are for my characters. Do I stick to that? Sometimes, but other times as the story progresses it changes for the characters for the better. Essentially I allow my characters the freedom to write their own story and use me as their medium.

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

Since I do YA Paranormal I’ve had to spend time researching witchcraft, symbols and their meanings, natural elements, auras, supernatural experiences. I’ve watched programs, read a few books, but mainly searched for aspects on the internet.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

Yes. Yes. Yes. I listen to music when I write and edit. I have made my own mix of music for the series I’m writing.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

I spend time with other authors, go to author/reader events, read for pleasure, watch period pieces or YA focused movies. I also love to travel whenever I can.

Who created your amazing cover art?

Christy Carlyle with Gilded Heart Design is my cover artist. She has designed two fabulous covers for my series and I can’t wait to put in the order for my third book which will be available sometime in 2015.

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

Twisted Sixteen is my upcoming release which will be available October 2014. It is the continuing story of Dodie Jenks and the fight to save her from the 300 year old curse that was placed on her family in the late 1700s. As the first born daughter of her generation, Dodie was supposed to have died on her sixteenth birthday, but a warlock named Leopold found a way to save her. The only problem is there is more than the curse out to get her. Will Leopold find a way to keep Dodie alive or will the dark shadows claim her?

 

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Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Sara Shepard or Alison Noël

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I read across many genres.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

I do both print and ebooks. Both formats have their merits.

Random Questions

Favorite TV show?

Pretty Little Liars

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Birthday cake. I love it.

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Katy Perry, Jason Derulo, One Republic

What’s your hidden talent?

Creativity, especially when I’m writing YA. The story ideas just come to me.

What is your dream vacation?

Anywhere with a beach. I’d love to go to a private beach resort and be pampered for a month while I write. Now that would be a dream vacation.

Contact Information:

Author Name: Lexi Witcher

Blog: lexiwitcher.wordpress.com

Twitter: @Lexi_Witcher

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/LexiWitcher

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/LexiWitcher

Book Links:

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Author Racquel Kechagias is on Fire for YA Fantasy

Hey everyone! I’m so thrilled to be kicking of the Paranormal/Horror Blog Fest with Author Racquel Kechagias.

 

Born in March 1991 in Sydney, Australia, Racquel Kechagias spent most of her childhood reading adventure and fantasy books, while exploring the inner creativity of her mind through her interactions with other children and story-telling. After graduating high school, she entered university to study her Bachelor of Arts where she is majoring in English and Education. She has a deep love for books, chocolate, Supernatural, Marvel movies, anti-heros and villains. She would prefer to have Loki over Thor any day of the week.

Racquel is giving away TWO ebook sets of The Fire of the Soul series. Enter here:

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Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I realized that I wanted to be an author when I was in my late years of high school around 2006-2008. It was when we were requested to do a creative piece of writing that I realized that I had the potential of turning a school project into something more.

In what genre do you write?

The majority of what I’ve written so far has been YA Fantasy as that is my preferred genre to write in. However, I have also released a collection of poetry.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

Yes, I would like to one day try my hand at a thriller or horror genre story. I think a major reason behind that is because I’m a huge Stephan King fan.

 What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

It’s a little bit of everything I guess. A lot of it is computer based but I do have a lot of resources that I use that aren’t on the computer either i.e. Character flashcards. Although this may be a little unorthodox when planning a new book or series I start by compiling a playlist. That playlist helps me to keep the same theme, style and mood throughout my process of writing. Most of my outline is done by computer, or through my phone/iPad. I like to back it all up through google drive so I can access it wherever I go. I outline in dot points, elaborating on the major or more complex plot lines. I do both well before I start writing a new book or series as it helps me to stay focused and helps avoid ‘writers block’ 90% of the time.

Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?

That’s a hard one. There is so many people that are inspirations for me but I’ll only name two to save time. As I mentioned earlier Stephan King is a big one but I’m also inspired by Rachelle Mead as well, every time I read a new book of hers or return to one of my favorites (of hers) I’m left with that same feeling that I got the first time I read the book and that’s something I’ve always wanted to do and now aim to do.

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

For this series ‘The Fire of the Soul’ there wasn’t much research that I had to do. As the story is set in a parallel world not much of what makes sense in our world relates in there but despite that fact there was still some research that had to be done, mainly it was spent on weapons and naming characters especially the ‘Immortals’ in my series as they are based off of ancient gods (greek, roman, celtic etc).

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

Definitely. As I mentioned before I create playlists before I even start writing to get that style and mood that I want for the book/series. One of my favorites to listen to is ‘Two Steps from Hell’. Their music doesn’t have lyrics but it’s all instrumental and is simply amazing. Besides them my taste in music is all over the place. I go from classic rock (Foreigner, ACDC, Bob Seger, Metallica) to more modern rock (Muse, Avenged Sevenfold, The Cab, Evanescence, Linkin Park, Matchbox 20, Maroon 5, Paramore), Movie Scores (I particularly like the Transformers and Dark Knight albums) and I’ve even got some Jazz/Blues in there (I put a spell on you by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins).

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

Haha besides reading? There’s not much time for fun between work, school and writing but in those precious moments where I do get some free time I’m either chilling before the T.V. screen catching up on my favorite shows or at the mall, do some shopping.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

The most exciting experience for me since starting on this crazy ride is being able to meet other authors and some of the amazing readers who have read what I’ve written.

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Who created your amazing cover art?

I tried to work with a few people to make my cover art but every time I just wasn’t satisfied. So I decided to learn how to do it myself lol!

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

My current WIP is ‘The Eternal Flame’ the third book in my series ‘The Fire of the Soul’. It basically picks up a week after the events of ‘Last Ashes’ where the main villain Novak has returned from his imprisonment and raises his son Christian back from the dead. The novel follows Anna and her friends during the last leg of her trials and sees her eventual rise to destroy Novak, in a battle that will obliterate the world around her.

I won’t say if Anna is successful in destroying Novak or not but it’ll definitely be something to see. I’m actually really looking forward to publishing this in late January/early February. I don’t know if it will have a HEA/HFN ending but if it does it will have a twist that may or may not cause a riot lol.

 

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Hands down it would be Richelle Mead. Why? Because what girl can’t resist the charms of Adrian Ivashkov? But also because she is one of my favorite authors of all time and I kind of geek-out every time I read one of her books.

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

Oh that’s hard. Haha there’s so many and even if I name a series there would still be too many. It’s most likely a tossup between House by Frank E. Peretti & Ted Dekker and Phantom by Susan Kay. House is one of my favorites as it’s a great supernatural thriller about the true extent of humanity’s evil. The second because I’m a fan of The Phantom of the Opera and ‘Phantom’ is about the Phantom (named Eric in the novel) and his life from birth until death. For those who have seen the movie or better yet the musical you would know that there is a lot of mystery surrounding the Phantom’s life before the Opera and this book goes into great depth and sheds some light on to what exactly the Phantom/Eric actually experienced in his life.

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

I love film adaptions of novels, they provide a gateway for interest in the books for those less inclinded to read and for those of us who have read the book before the movie, it shows us an interpretation of the stories we love. Yes, there are some that aren’t as great as the book i.e. ‘Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (2014)’ and ‘The Host (2013)’ but there are some that go beyond expectation such as ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Catching Fire’ and the much-awaited ‘Mockinjay Pt 1’ as well as ‘The Maze Runner’ and ‘The Fault in our Stars’ to name a few.

The movie I’m most excited to see (that’s already in production) is the Mockinjay movies. I mean who isn’t excited to see it?! But as for what isn’t made into movies I think I would like to see Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel ‘The Sandman’ done as a TV series. I think it would be too long of a series to be done as a movie but it would definitely be interesting to see.

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As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

I think what turns me away most is if it’s slow to begin or if it’s too predictable. I feel that a book should pique your interest from the first few pages.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

I’m usually a trooper and push through. I rarely find that I can’t finish a book but there are times when it happens.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I do like to read around but I tend to stay away from anything in the romance/erotica genres. I don’t mind if there’s some romance thrown in with a different genre but I don’t stay interested in it for too long if it’s by itself.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

Both. If it’s a traditionally published book then I prefer a paperback but as I’ve begun reading indie books as well (in a sense to give back and to help out others) so I usually get them as e-books.

 

Random Questions

Favorite movie?

There’s far too many to name them all. I enjoy watching anything with Jim Carey in it (but especially Bruce Almighty, The Cable Guy), Easy A, The Underworld Series (But not #2) and The Hunger Game movies.

Favorite TV show?

There’s far too many to name them all. To name a few though there is Supernatural!!!, Haven, American Horror Story (That clown looks scary as hell, did I mention I have a fear of clowns?!), The Strain, Hart of Dixie, Hannibal!!!, The Big Bang Theory, Once Upon a Time, Beauty and the Beast, Game of Thrones and Grimm.

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Haha I don’t know, maybe Shepherd’s Pie but eventually I would get sick of it.

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Any type of pie or tart, though I prefer apple or pecan pie and custard tarts.


What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

I think that may be Lady Antebellum, Tyrone Wells or The Cab.


What’s your hidden talent?

My hidden talent is good at hiding that even I don’t know what it is lol.


What is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation would be somewhere out in the woods in a cottage or a cabin.


Contact Information:

Author Name: Racquel Kechagias

Blog: www.rkechagias.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RLKechagias

Twitter: https://twitter.com/R_L_Kechagias

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Rkechagias

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/rkechagias/

Book Links: http://www.amazon.com/Racquel-Kechagias/e/B00B0OM3FU (Amazon Author Page) 

Gadsden Public Library

I had decided to go to the Local Author Event in Gadsden, Alabama on Saturday May 19th. I didn’t know how it was going to turn out since it was raining, and it looked horrid outside.The sun was not shinning and the clouds were dark and grey. I was thinking that now one was going to want to get out of bed and drive in that weather.

I figured that I would sell only a couple books, but by eleven o’clock I had sold more than I thought I was going to sell the whole day. I had so many people interested in my book. Explaining the book to them, making them want to read the book and buy it made me so happy.

Me getting geared up!

Me getting geared up!

During the day I had seen some of my old friends that I have not seen in years. There was a wonderful author and an amazing women who I had shared a table with name Taomi Ray. I was so lucky to have met her. She was definitely someone I could connect and Share my experiences with as well as she sharing hers.

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Later that day I had gotten to do an interview on a radio station. That was a really good experience. Talking about my book on air was really fun and I hope to do it again. While I had stepped away for the interview my wonderful assistant Katja had sat in my place. I was told she did an excellent job and I definitely believe it.

 

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By the end of the day, the sun was shining and I had a great outcome. I met so many awesome people, and authors. Everyone was so friendly and it was such a great experience. I can’t wait till next year when I get to do it again, and if you are a local author you should come out and participate. It is a wonderful opportunity not just to get your book out there and sell it, but to meet new people and friends. I am so glad I went to the Gadsden Public Library.

 

Me and Katja!

Me and Katja!

The Release Date for The Forsaken!

Happy February 1st!!! You know what? I have set a date for the release of The Forsaken. It’s going to be…February 28th! That’s right, the last day of this month! And you know what else? On top of the giveaway I’m already doing I’m going to be giving away a FREE ebook copy of The Shadow every Friday leading up the release day! That’s not all, whoever  the winner is on each day will also get a FREE ebook copy of The Forsaken once it is released! Can you tell I’m excited about this?

The Forsaken Book Two in The Darkness Trilogy

The Forsaken Book Two in The Darkness Trilogy

There will be different ways to win each Friday. The rules will be posted on my FB page on each Friday or Thursday. So pay attention! If you don’t like my FB page then give it a LIKE for your chance to win.

http://www.facebook.com/TDTAGP

Good luck!

~A

The Shadow Review Giveaway and The Forsaken Cover Reveal!

I had mentioned last week about a giveaway. The rules were you had to leave a review of The Shadow, the first book in The Darkness Trilogy, on either Amazon, B&N, or Goodreads. The prize would be a signed copy of The Shadow and the second book, The Forsaken. I’m glad to say that the contest starts tomorrow and will run until the end of February. Why so long? Well, it will gives those who haven’t read the book a chance to and to leave a review.

What I am hoping to gain from this is of course reviews and hopefully to reach a bigger audience. Reviews and word of mouth really can make or break an Indie Author. Each review I receive, each praise and referral to a friend is another step closer to making writing what I do for the rest of my life! I can’t thank you all enough for all you’ve done so far.

One last thing. The cover reveal of The Forsaken will be released here on my blog next week! So if you’re interested stay tuned!

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God bless

~A

I Survived My First Speaking Engagement!

I survived! The speaking engagement at Madison County High School that is. I have to say that it was one of the best experiences of my writing career so far. The book signings I’ve held have been fantastic because I get to meet new readers. However, this speaking engagement was thrilling because I was given the chance to tell my personal story and possibly inspire others! It would have been an amazing treat to have a local author come speaking to me when I was in high school.

Here I am speaking to a group of kids at MCHS.

Here I am speaking to a group of kids at MCHS.

 

The kids were fantastic, attentive and genuinely interested in what I had to say. I had several questions that I was prepared for and others were some I didn’t really think about, but found important to share with other students. Granted, at the beginning I did have to pry questions out of them. They were shy, but after a while they got a little braver and started asking questions on their own.

I needed that shelf to lean on! :)

I needed that shelf to lean on! 🙂

After speaking to the kids I was able to do a giveaway! I love doing giveaways. Each event I go to I make sure to bring something with me to raffle off. I’m not sure if other authors do this, but I think it’s helpful in many regards. For one, it gets your listeners excited about what you’ve written if they can possibly win a copy of your book. Secondly, once they get their hands on it, read it, enjoy it, then they can share it with others.

Winners of the giveaway!

Winners of the giveaway!

After the raffle I was able to walk around and talk to the kids. Many of them had more questions that I greatly enjoyed. One kid in particular was shy about asking me to come over so I could give him my autograph until his friends prodded him long enough. He was just adorable! Another boy and girl called me over to tell me how much they enjoyed reading and were looking forward to reading my book. That meant the world to me. So I went around signing bookmarks and slips of paper for whoever wanted it.

Signing bookmarks for the kids

Signing bookmarks for the kids

 

All in all, it was a great time where I got to meet some really cool kids and teachers. Thank you Madison County High School for letting me come and share my story. You are a huge inspiration!

Me and my book cover in the MCHS Library

Me and my book cover in the MCHS Library

 

Thanks!

A

 

 

My first speaking engagement! Exciting yet, terrifying?

I can see my breath in the air this morning. It is officially too cold to go outside! Ha! I’m such a sissy when it comes to cold weather. However, I must survive as today I have a speaking, about my book and writing process, to do at a local high school. I’ll be talking to a room full of very opinionated teenagers. This should be interesting. My track record with kids is pretty good if I do say so myself. I teach a Wednesday night class at church for 4th through 6th grade and I throughly enjoy it. Yet, I have never spoken to a group of teenagers before.

 

In fact, public speaking makes me nervous. Why do you think I like to write? It’s just you and your pen or computer. There are no judgmental eyes watching your every move. Every time I had to do a presentation at school or in college my stomach would be in knots. I managed through it, but it’s just not something I readily volunteer for. Knowing that I have to speak to teenagers, who have yet to find their filter, is enough to send me scurrying back into my office. My sister said, “They can smell fear.” so I guess I have to suck it up. Let’s hope I don’t let myself or them down.

I guess what I’m saying is that I hope that I can get on their level. I hope that I can connect with them so they don’t think I’m a nutcase! When I was a teenager there were just some adults who I thought “didn’t get it” so it was hard for me to connect with them much less communicate. I just want this experience to be educational and thought provoking for me and them. I want to challenge them to write and to read. I want to install in them a desire to learn more about the written word. If they take anything away with them after this I hope it’s a hunger to follow their dreams.

Wish me luck!

A