Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I've been interviewed

Writer In Waiting Interview with Candie Campbell

Thursday, June 23, 2011

In Honor of JK Rowling

July’s Give Away starts now to celebrate the launch of Pottermore!

And goes until July 31st for Harry Potter’s birthday.

Since the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, I have been a giant geeky Potterhead. I’ve attended every midnight release and party (in costume and/or painting faces) for the books and movies. 

Sadly, I've never had the honor of meeting Ms. Rowling, but I still hold out hope.

The opening day at Pottermore has been ... well, let's just say the website can't handle the traffic and has been crashing all day, due to the overwhelming amount of people trying to submit their email addresses (me too!).

It's going to be awesome though, so make sure to check it out.

A sneak peak of what the site will look like after October.

Here's the good news for you my loyal followers. I am saluting you, by giving one lucky winner a Hogwarts Express load of Harry Potter books and memorabilia. 

1. A personalized Hogwarts Acceptance Letter.

2. The complete gift set of years 1-7.

3. A DARK TIMES AHEAD T-Shirt (available in M-L)

4. Harry Potter's wand and case.
5. Hermione Granger's Time Turner.
6. Slytherin's Locket Horcrux 

 And there you have it.

To enter:

1. Leave your name, favorite Hogwarts house and favorite Harry Potter book or movie.

2. Tweet, blog or Facebook this contest and paste the link (you may enter this contest once for each link - up to 3 entries).

3. Leave your email so I can contact you if you win.

4. In six words or less, describe Harry Potter and his magical world as you see it.

Have fun and good luck.

June's Give Away Winner is...

Way to go Diana!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Interview with Soon-to-be-Published Author Lindsay Cummings

Hi Lindsay and thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us.

Normally I wouldn’t ask this, but I know you’re young and I feel so inspired by your age, will you tell us how old you are?

Before I answer that, I want everyone to know that I’m not the next literary Justin Beiber. I’m 19, but…I’ll be 20 in exactly 10 days!

You have something else that sets you apart from other author stories too. Will you tell us how Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has affected your life?

I grew up surfing, running, and playing ice hockey as the only female in an all-male league in high school. I’ve always been super super active. Until I got sick about 2 years ago. It’s been a rough journey, feeling exhausted, dizzy, nauseous, and just plain weak every day of my life. BUT..I would not trade it for the WORLD! Getting sick allowed me to open my eyes and see that, hey, I’m going to have to find something I love to do, that my body can handle! And that was writing. It has saved my life, given me something to look forward to every day!

What advice do you have for people who want to follow a dream, but think they can’t?

Dreams are just that….dreams. Something you think about every day, that you can NEVER get out of your mind. If you’re like me, you think about your dreams first thing in the morning, and last thing at night before your head hits the pillow. If you have something you are THAT passionate about, nothing should be able to stop you. Seriously. Nothing. Sometimes it’s a rough road to reaching your dreams, but hey…imagine the day you finally do…that’s a moment you can’t ever replace.

How did you get interested in writing? Do you remember a specific moment when you thought, “That’s what I want to do?”

I’ve written since I was tiny. My dad is an amazing writer, so I guess I just followed his lead! But when I got sick, at 18, I remember a year of surgeries, painful recoveries, etc. Reading books helped me escape. I thought, “hey, I can do this for someone else. And while I’m writing those books, I can escape too!” It just went naturally from there.

How many books have you written and what inspired you to write them?

Two full novels. My first involved a world full of walls…literally and figuratively. It helped me escape from my own walls in my life. My second one, whose title will remain unnamed (because It’s the one I just signed with my agent with and I don’t want anyone to steal my wonderful title or idea!), is my favorite by far…I guess you could count the 30pg horse story I wrote in middle school about all of our farm animals.

What does your writing space look like, is it a laptop on the go, or the same quiet corner every time?

Most of the time, it’s just our awful centuries-old blue plaid couches that are still just squishy enough to feel comfortable for a few hours. When I need a change of scenery, I take my Ipad to Starbucks and guzzle peppermint hot chocolate while writing.

How much of your personality interjects your story’s characters?

Oh gosh. This one is sort of a joke with my awesome beta readers. I am literally my main character in every book. I’m brave, way too sarcastic and pessimistic, I love to kick (insert cuss word that starts with an A) and my hair is tangly, blonde, and way too long! I also have a tendency to make the man who loves me chase me until he’s just at his wits end (I could write another novel about my poor, wonderful boyfriend Josh and his journey to getting me to give in).

I know you recently had some exciting news in your efforts to become a published author, please share.

 I GOT AN AGENT!! It still feels crazy to say that. After obsessing over Querytracker and Publisher’s Marketplace for 3 months, I’m like… “what the heck am I supposed to do now?! Guess I could always start my next novel…Or watch reruns of America’s Next Top Model. Yes. That is what I’ll do.”

If your book sold tomorrow for some insane amount of money, what are the first five things you would do?

Scream. Dance with no rhythm. Yell at my German Shepherds, b/c in my hysteria they’d get stoked and chase my cat. Then I’d call Candie Campbell and scream her ear off. Also, I’d have my mom cook me spaghetti for dinner. (I realize this is sort of a let down…I’m not the type to go splurge on a Ferrari. Although I would actually buy a pair of these amazing leather boots at Freepeople.com …so let’s add that to my list!) OH! And another German Shepherd! And a black Escalade with blacked-out rims and tinted windows and leather seats and…..yeah. I guess I would buy some nice things…

Thanks for joining us, Lindsay and please tell us where we can follow your fabulous books, blog and tweets.

Twitter= @lindsaycwrites

Facebook= Lindsay Cummings (I have an author page and a regular one! Add me. I love new people!).

Thanks, Candie! (Psst…You guys… She is my favorite. I call her my Literary Mommy. Give her loads of comments!).

Saturday, June 4, 2011

EEK it’s been too long Blog and Give Away

Let me start with an apology to my readers, I’m sorry. 

Now that’s out of the way, let me tell you why I haven’t written a blog in months. Because I have a life, nope, that’s a lie. Because I have better things to do than write all day. Uh no there certainly isn’t, that’s a lie too. I’ve been writing books. Yes, that’s the one.

When last I blogged, I was rewriting my first novel. Today, I’m working on my third. Yippy, I hope you’ll all forgive my absence, but please always know if I’m not writing a blog – I am most certainly checked out of the real world and lost somewhere in make-believe, inventing new worlds and mysterious beings for you to lose yourself in another day. Think of my absence today as an investment in your future reading pleasure. 

Here’s a taste of what I’m working on…

YA: SEEK is about 17 yr old Keira who posses as her older sister to join a secret governmental agency, SEEK, as a huntress of shadows known as, khayal. Every khayal seen from the corner of her eye, every feeling as if someone is watching her, every whisper of wind in the trees that's a khayal and it's her job to kill them. She's good at being a SEEK agent, her life is focused and controlled and she's working toward a goal. Until Jonathan Steed saunters in, with his brilliant green eyes and shows her what the khayal really are and what SEEK's true identity and motivation are. Bitten by khayal or bitten by love, either way, her heart isn't safe and neither is she, now she's her own enemy. SEEK has kidnapped her family and every government agency is after her, teaming up with Jonathan and the khayal is the only way she'll survive. 

YA: ToR Sa CRADLE OF DECEPTION is about 16 yr old Promise who is trapped on an Island in the future with no power or technology, until she finds the Keys to get off the Island. Her journey not only leads her to a computer named Monster that gives her power over earths elements, but it leads her to love. Torn between faithful and lovable Takoda's offer of a steady and comfortable life and Boadan's exciting passion, she makes her choice. Her plan goes horribly wrong when she discovers the man she married is Monster's eternal enemy, the Shadow Rider.[Book 1of 4]

MG: JӒCKӒBY SKӒR AND THE INHERITANCE OF OSLO is about 12 yr old Jackaby, who thinks he's too old for his imaginary friend. But Nada won't go away. She can't, because she's an eight-foot, gray, squishy, farting, burping, and snorting Norwegian Troll who turns invisible at will. Jackaby's life goes inside out and he's running for his real life to Norway, aboard a cruise ship with his best friend Tenny and his obnoxious Troll.

You can read samples here…


Next week I’ll be interviewing brilliant author Lindsay Cummings. Check out her page and get to know her, you’re going to love her. 

And now here's June's Give Away!

You can enter by commenting on this thread. Don't forget to leave your email.

This contest will end June 22 at midnight.

Good Luck!