Posted in Author Interview, Writing, Writing Wednesday

The Reluctant Godfather Blog Tour- Author Q&A

When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

I’ve been writing for sixteen years, and I think the hope of becoming an author has been there for over a decade—but it didn’t become something I knew I was going to seriously pursue until I was in my early twenties.

What inspired The Reluctant Godfather?

It’s a terribly uninteresting answer but . . . nothing in particular!  Oddly enough, the whole book sprang into my mind nearly fully formed.  I had just returned from a vacation, and my mind is often relaxed and distrated at that point and sometimes get the creative juices flowing.  There really wasn’t a particular thing that inspired the book – it just dropped into my lap.

Who is the book for and what do you want readers to gain from your book?

Like an old Walt Disney movie, I wrote The Reluctant Godfather with the goal for it to be appropriate for everyone.  I’ve been so gratified to see the wide divergence of reader feedback—I’ve had adults (both men and women) enjoy it, teenagers, children, families.  It’s been a gift to see so many different people enjoy it.  As far as what I want people to gain from it—I want people to enjoy themselves.  I hope my book is a small dose of gentle escapism that can infuse a little pleasure and magic into someone’s afternoon and maybe stir their heart.

Where can we connect with you and read your other books?

You can connect with me at my author website www.allisonteboauthor.com, at my blog www.allisonswell.com, on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter.   And please doconnect with me, because I am a hardcore extrovert!

What tips do you have for young aspiring writers ?

My top tip—cultivate an objective and stringent eye. Pull stories apart and study them.  Analyze character arcs, themes, plots—everything.  I learned so much by tearing something apart and holding it up to intensive study and then carefully digesting every story I ever read or watched.  Become a detective and learn what makes a good story or character—than practice, practice, practice.   No one is great right off the bat.  Learn from the masters and emulate them—training in their footsteps.  Read about the craft.  Get involved with other writers for feedback and expect critiquing.  Learn to recognize your strengths and weakness and emphasis the one to your advantage while you work hard at the other.

Posted in Monthly R and R

June 2018 Reflections and July 2018 Resolutions

  • Ok, ok, I may have forgotten to mention my goals at the beginning of this month( By the way, this month has been fruitful so far 😊)
  • June was awesome as I completed my Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions and I started some cool projects which I will inform you later.
  • On top of that, I finished Year 10! GCSEs here we come!
  • Ok, let’s evaluate my June goals:
  • 1. Start thinking about guest posting

    I have written some places that I’d like to submit articles to and I’ve already started writing some content 😊

    2. Compose another piece

    I have indeed, and it’s quite a cute piece too.

    3. Start preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo

    I have, and may I say that this is probably my favourite project that I’ve ever done 😊

    4. Start planning for some projects 🙂

    I have indeed, but you’ll have to stay tuned 😊

    Now, onto July!

    1. Start preparing for the autumn blogging season.

    2. Camp NaNoWriMo

    3. Start practising Spanish when I go to Spain

    4. Start revising all of the GCSE course that I’ve learnt so far.

    5. Compose a piece

    6. Read more books

    How has July been so far? Did you have any goals?

    Posted in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Writing, Writing Wednesday

    The World’s Beneath

    1. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

    I’ve always written, ever since I was a little kid (even though that’s such a bleh response from cliche-ville, BUT it is a true reponse) I don’t think I thought much about being a published author back then though, I was too busy scribbling stories and getting ink on my fingers.

    I started thinking about publishing as a young teenager, because by that point I knew 100% and beyond that writing and sharing stories was my joy and that I needed to do it forever.

    2. What is Worlds Beneath about?

    Worlds Beneath is about….ahhh. So much! I kind of like to leave it up to the reader, to find out what it’s about. But the story is a continuation of The Blood Race, picking right up where we left off, following Icarus down into the ravine and the mysteries that lurk below the mist. Simultaneously we follow Hawk, who lays in a coma since Icarus’s fall, and Fin and he struggles to support a crumbling and turbulent Dimension.

    3. What inspired Worlds Beneath?

    The idea for the story really just blossomed in my head as I reached the end of the writing process for The Blood Race. I started working on Worlds Beneath very soon after.

    4. Who is the book for?

    Anyone and everyone. If you are currently breathing, this story is for you. To anyone wrestling with life, questions, doubts, dreams, and thoughts – to anyone fighting the darkness and seeking the light, this book is for you.

    5. What do you want readers to gain from your book?

    Anything that helps them realize there’s a warrior within them. There’s so much packed into the story and I really just want people to read it and let it meet them where they are and see what they organically take away from it. But if the story gives them anything, I hope it gives them trust in the fact that they are so much more powerful and loved and valuable than they realize. That we ALL are.

    6. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?

    The Blood Race! Book 1 in the series, and you can snag that right here.

    7. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

    I love reading non-fiction – scripture, spiritual books, motivational books, military books, science books – you name it. I also beta read for my sister, so I guess fiction occasionally happens too. 🙂

    8. Who is your favourite character in Worlds Beneath

    OH WELL THIS IS A TOUGH ONE. My favorite characters to spend time writing are Hawk, Icarus, Fin, and Sensei. I can relate to each and I always learn so much from them.

    9. Where can we connect with you?

    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course, my blog. 🙂

    10. What tips you have for young aspiring writers?

    Keep writing, no matter what! If you want to build a career as a writer, go for it – all the resources you need are available to you! Keep writing and don’t give up, ever, ever, ever.

    Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to chat with you about my book, Medomfo! I so appreciate it. You’re a treasure. ❤

    When she’s not hermiting away in her colorfully-painted home office writing her next science fiction, passionate story-teller and adventurer Kate Emmons is probably on the road for a surf or hiking trip, listening to vinyls, or going for a power run. Emmons’ debut novel The Blood Race is the first book in her YA science fiction/fantasy thriller series. Get connected with Kate on your favorite social platform, and be sure to check out http://kaemmons.com/!

    Twitter: @emmonswrites

    Instagram: @emmonswrites

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

    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17065155.K_A_Emmons

    The Blood Race – https://goo.gl/CqRQxZ

    World’s Beneath – https://goo.gl/g5cEA6

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    The Thief, The Damsel, and The Dragon Blog Tour-Author Q&A

    Hello everyone!

    I’m so excited to have Angela Watts with me today to celebrate her book release, The Thief, The Damsel and The Dragon.

    When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

    I’ve been writing ever since I could form words, but I didn’t seriously consider publishing anything until I was about 15 years old. Before this, I had only completed one novella, so I really didn’t ever consider publishing or being an actual author a thing. 😉

    2. What is The Thief, The Damsel, and the Dragon about?

    This Christian, contemporary novella is about a young man and young woman who live in a small town in Tennessee. They seemingly have polar opposite lives… but they have one thing in common, and that is their need for God.

    3. What inspired The Thief, The Damsel, and the Dragon?

    I literally woke up one morning, got my French vanilla coffee, sat down… And had the sudden urge to just write something totally new. I talked to God and tossed ideas around for something short and sweet. God gave me the idea for TT,TD,TD and I ran with it!

    4. Who is the book for and what do you want readers to gain from your book?

    For me, this book was a glass of sweet iced tea on a humid summer day — a wonderful change! I don’t usually write stories without extreme pain, action, or grimness… but this novella was a step out of my comfort zone. I learned things about forgiveness, true joy, and about God as I wrote it. I pray my readers gain whatever God wills them to gain — whether it’s a laugh or God uses the story to show them the light about His Word or the Gospel.

    5. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?

    I have written two novels, another novella, and short stories, but none are available to purchase. Yet! My first novel, Seek, will be published sometime toward the end of 2018.

    6. Where can we connect with you?

    You can find me and chat on my blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Goodreads, or Pinterest.

    7. What tips you have for young aspiring writers?

    Pray and read God’s Word. Again. And again. Pray for His guidance and wisdom. Search for stories from the Bible — God is the ultimate storyteller, after all

    Thanks so much Angela!

    If you want to learn more about Angela and her book, simply read below 😊

    “… the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” ~ Psalms 91:13

    Edward Prosner is going to steal from the small town mayor of Fall Springs, North Carolina. He’s got a flawless plan of action and is determined to return honor and justice to his father’s good name. The problem he faces? He needs a date for the mayor’s dinner party.

    Lucy Levitt is a huge romantic at heart, but with her family’s ranch and her part-time job, she has no time for dating. She believes God will place her soulmate in her life when the time is right. When the new man in town asks her out, how can she say no?

    The first date seems ordinary enough, but then they begin to realize that they can’t fight their dragons alone.

    Angela R. Watts is a sinner saved by Yahweh’s Grace and she strives to glorify the King in all she does. She’s a homeschooled highschooler who lives with her loving family and ranch animals at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee. She’s been writing stories since she was tiny and hasn’t stopped since, though she also enjoys ranch and housework, painting, babysitting, and watching sunsets.

    Blog: thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com

    Facebook: Angela R. Watts

    Twitter: PeculiarAngela

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