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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!

Twitter: @emmonswrites

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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.


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Once Upon an Adventure Part 2- The Princess Ambassador Author Q&A

Hello everyone,

It’s part 2 now, and I am so excited to be interviewing Loretta Marchize!

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

Well, shortly before I got the idea for The Fairy Tale Chronicles I knew that I wanted to become a published author (self-published) and so I began researching. So it wasn’t until last fall.

2. What is The Princess Ambassador about?

The Princess Ambassador is part of a trilogy of fairy-tale retellings. It doesn’t have as much of the fairy-tale vibe as the other two books. It’s about Princess Lily.

Princess Lily White has only ever wanted to become an ambassador, and to make a name for herself. But when she gets sent to the Draton Kingdom and meets Prince Nathaniel Draton, will she change her mind?

3. What inspired The Princess Ambassador?

Well, I got the idea while I was about half-way through The Lost Princess. It was really more of an ‘oh hey, Lily would be fun to write about’ Originally, The Princess Ambassador wasn’t meant to be a full-on novella, but I liked it so much I continued writing.

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

I would say I aim at young teen girls 13-16. I’d be the first to say that this book has a lot more romance than the first book in the series, but I can also say that it’s a perfectly fine book for a younger teen to read. I want more clean, fun romance for teen girls like me, so that’s what I wrote.

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

Yes I have! The Lost Princess, the first book in the series is on as both e-book and paperback.

6. Where can we connect with you?

My blog, is a great place for that, but I also have a goodreads account- and I’d love to meet you!

7. What tips you have for young aspiring writers?

Push through that first draft! It’s going to be awful, but once you do it it gets so much better. Also, ask for help! Take advice and constructive criticism- but know when you can ignore critism. Read- read as much as you can!

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Once Upon an Adventure Part 1- Winter Cursed Author Q&A

Hello everyone

I’m so excited this week to be interviewing FOUR authors this week as part of a big blog tour.

. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author? I suppose I always had delusions of grandeur. Every book I wrote, I imagined being someday published and becoming infinitely popular. But I would say at the age of fourteen was when I actually knuckled down and started working toward my goals.

2. What is Winter Cursed about? Winter Cursed is a dark fantasy Snow White retelling about an evil queen, a land locked in an eternal winter, and an exiled princess who must do everything in her power to save her people. Unfortunately that includes making deals with the enemies which is where the prince and the dwarfs come in.

3. What inspired Winter Cursed? I wrote Winter Cursed for the Rooglewood Five Poisoned Apples Contest. It didn’t win, but seeing the cover that the collection would be published in, certainly went a long way in inspiring my own story.

4. Who is the book for and what  do you want readers to gain from your book? My book is for YA readers who want to be able to read fairy tale retellings without vast amounts of smut in them. And I would say the lessons I want them to gain from my book is to not make the same mistakes as my characters do- trust me, your life will go much easier if you don’t.

5. Have you written any other books and where can we get them? Yes, I have also written the novel A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses- you can find it here:

6. Where can we connect with you? You can find me on Goodreads where I am usually active here:

And you can find my Pinterest account here where I have boards of my current books I’m working on:

7. What tips you have for young aspiring writers? I know this is pretty basic advice, but it’s this: Write. Set a goal word count for every day and stick with it. It took me years to realize the importance of having a daily word goal.

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Kiera blog tour

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to have Kate Willis here today for an interview as part of her blog tour for her new book, Kiera.

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

I come from a family of bookworms, so I’ve been interested in reading and writing stories ever since I can remember. 😉 Two big things helped me realized I wanted to become an author. Number one, my older sister Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick published her first book, and I got to see the proof copy. That definitely made me want to write my own book. 😀 A few years later, I still had the dream of being an author when my mom suggested that a story I was writing for a younger sister would be enjoyed by other children as well. I published my first book in 2014, and since then I’ve written several more stories and published another one as a book. 😉

What is Kiera about?

It’s cliche of me, but I’ll go ahead and share the official blurb. It explains the book better than I can. 😉

“Kiera is looking forward to her eighteenth birthday. The official end of school, a party with her best friend, and chocolate cake. A sudden military draft, no possible exemptions, had never crossed her mind.

Kiera is terrified! Getting drafted would mean leaving her family, her little friend Jade—life as she knows it.

A surprising offer from Brennan Stewart just might be the answer to her prayers, but an even worse trial leaves her with one question…

If God truly loves her, why did this tragedy happen?”

What inspired Kiera?

When I started writing it, it was simply because it was time for a new story. I decided to write a character close in age to myself since that would be easy. I also had the idea of women possibly being drafted into the military on my mind because it was talked about in the news. Then I posted on my blog that I had written 6,000 words of a novel and wasn’t sure I liked it yet. 😉 Kiera grew into a story about loss, romantic love, God’s love, and pro-life issues. I’m a little bit blown away when I think of what it started out as and where it is now. So what inspired it? A lot of things, basically anything God brought to mind that went with my story. 😉

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

Kiera was written with young adult Christian women in mind, but it has been enjoyed by many people who don’t fit into this age category. 😉 My mission for this book is to impress upon readers just how strong and unexplainable and deep God’s love for us is. And also to show a picture of human love directly reflecting this. 😉

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

Thanks for asking! I’ve written two other books, The Treasure Hunt and The Twin Arrows, and published two short stories as Kindle books as well. All of them are available on Amazon. 😉

Where can we connect with you?

I am most active on Goodreads ( and my blog Once Upon an Ordinary ( I also use Pinterest to keep track of my many story ideas and crafting projects. 😉 My username is onceordinary. I also collect really funny memes.

What tips you have for young aspiring writers?

My favorite answer to this question is–READ. Read all the books you can get your hands on. Read in different genres. Read old books and new books. Keep a journal about what you read and write down what you enjoyed most about the book. What about the writing style was really good? Who was your favorite character? How did the author make them your favorite? If you read a lot and analyze what you read, you’ll wake up one day and realize the story you’re writing isn’t half bad. 😉

Another answer–don’t be afraid to write things no one will ever read. I have 20+ notebooks of scribbly, scrawly, cringeworthy stories that I don’t ever plan on publishing. They were my practice stories, though, and each one counts toward the books I write today. 😉

Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask your favorite authors about their journey, their writer’s-block-conquering snack recommendations, and their favorite how-to books.

Enjoy writing, and that’s all for now. 😉 Thanks for having me, Medomfo!

Thanks for being here, Kate 😊

And if you want to know more about Kate, simply read her bio here😊

Kate Willis has been homeschooled her whole life in a loving family that values the Gospel of Jesus Christ, creativity, and thoughtful conversations. She is inspired by red shoes, a good story, little children, and chai tea. It is her desire to serve God in the home having a family of her own in the future. She is the author of The Treasure HuntThe Twin Arrows, Kiera, and two short stories Enjoy the Poodle Skirt and Red Boots.

How about you?

What stories have you written based on what’s going on in the news?

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A Marvellous Redeemer Blog Tour-Author Q&A

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to have Aleigha Israel on my blog today for an interview as part of her blog tour for her new book, A Marvellous Redeemer.

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

I can’t even remember the first time I started writing. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember! The first time I actually realized that I could publish my writing, and truly become an author, was probably when I was around 15. I published my first poetry book soon after that!

What is A Marvelous Redeemer about?

A Marvelous Redeemer is a story of faith, courage, and God’s unfailing love. It’s a story that follows the life of two young believers as they travel through their own unique journeys, each one searching for something different. But each character discovers the same outcome. We serve an amazing, miraculous, marvelous Redeemer.

See the synopsis below to learn more!

She knew the decision would change her life. But she didn’t know she’d have to fight to survive.

When Amira put her faith in Christ, she knew life wouldn’t be easy. But hiding her conversion from her Muslim family soon becomes the least of her worries.

Forced to leave the only home she’s ever known, she travels to the island of Gabeburough, trying her best to make a fresh start.

Two escaped convicts and a treasure map. A leafy paradise that becomes her home. Amira begins to wonder, where is her Redeemer when she needs Him the most?

Caleb Haddington is prince of Carpathia. Life should be perfect, but he can’t get a certain dark-haired girl out of his mind. Amira was his best friend when he lived in France, but her letters to him have suddenly stopped. Her last letter is filled with terror that her faith will soon be discovered.

Only a single hope keeps him alive; when the time is right, he’s going after her. He’ll bring her back and prove to the kingdom that he’s a man.

But the journey proves to be more perilous than he’d ever imagined. Ridicule, comfortless days and the threat of a hurricane are just the start of his problems. Lying becomes easy for Caleb until his own life crumbles before him.

Brought to his knees under the pressure of his actions, he comes to realize the sweetness of his Savior. Forgiveness, grace, and mercy are granted fully to those who ask.

Caleb and Amira soon discover that they don’t just serve a gracious Savior, but a wonderful, magnificent, marvelous Redeemer.

What inspired A Marvelous Redeemer?

I always knew that I wanted to learn more about Amira! Amira was first introduced in the first book in the trilogy “A Higher Ransom.” Amira’s life has a special uniqueness about it. I just knew that her story would need to be told some day!

What do you want readers to gain from your book?

That no matter what, no matter how many times you stumble, no matter how many people try to tell you that God will never forgive you, always remember this; we serve a Marvelous Redeemer. A Redeemer that gave His very LIFE so that you could be saved! He loves you, He cares for you, you are His. So, remember that and don’t ever let it go.

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

Yes, I have! I’ve published six other books. Three poetry books, a devotional book titled “Hidden Treasures” and then the other two books in “A Light for Christ” trilogy.

You can find my books through my website: ALEIGHACISRAEL.COM, on Amazon, through Grace and Truth Books, or online at Barnes & Noble.

Which country would you love to visit?

Just one?! I’d love to visit France someday. Because that’s Queen Anna’s hometown, it was talked about quite a bit in the second book!

Which character was your favourite to write and why?

Hemlock. He’s such a sweet man! Okay, he’s an escaped convict, I’m not sure how “sweet” that really makes him. But, he’s got such a kind heart, (as you’ll soon discover!) and his knowledge of sea creatures is quite impressive. His character was definitely the most enjoyable to write! His personality kept my little siblings laughing!

Where can we connect with you?

I LOVE connecting with other writers and readers!!! I answer every email, message, and comment I ever receive. Those little interactions with others are what keep me going!

I post weekly on my blog: The Pen of the Writer


And I upload some pretty neat games, trivia, events, and SO much more, on my official website! (ALEIGHACISRAEL.COM)

What tips do you have for young aspiring writers?

Don’t give up. (Oh, and join The Young Writer’s Workshop, if you can!)

No, really. As a young writer you WILL be told some point in your writing life that you don’t have what it takes to succeed. That you can’t pursue being an author as your ultimate goal. But don’t believe those lies. I was told by an editor that my first book needed at least seven years of work before I could let anyone read it. A year later, I published that book and have been consistently touched and blessed by the countless emails, reviews, and even a publisher who agreed to carry all of my novels!

You’ll get criticism, you’ll suffer from discouragement. Just don’t ever let it cause you to stop writing!

My first real blog post went by without a single comment. The blog post I had strived over, working until I got every point right. Did anyone even read it? I never knew. Until last week. Someone commented on that post, over a year old now, and thanked me for writing it. They said that it encouraged them so much that they were going to strive to grow stronger in their faith and get more involved in their church. Praise the Lord! So, you see, you never know how your words might impact someone’s life. So keep writing. Don’t ever stop. And seriously, join The Young Writer’s Workshop if you can! It changed my life and I know it will change yours!

Thank you so much Aleigha. And if you want to learn more about Aleigha, simply continuing reading below 😊

ALEIGHA C. ISRAEL writer of inspirational fiction and poetry, is an author of multiple books and enjoys sharing God’s love through the powerful art of storytelling.

Her trilogy “A Light for Christ” is distributed by Grace and Truth Books and has been enjoyed by ages nine to ninety-three!

Aleigha is a Student Mentor over at the Young Writers Workshop and she’ll be quick to tell you how amazing that community is.

She resides in GA with the world’s best parents, and five of the greatest siblings. When she’s not writing (or reading!) she can usually be seen working around the house, playing games with her siblings, or traveling with her family’s band, “Fret Not.”

She doesn’t have to search very hard for inspiration. Living in the Israel household, it’s guaranteed there’s an adventure waiting around every corner!

How about you?

Do you think of a message you want your readers to take away from your story when you write?

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At Her Fingertips Blog Tour-Author Q& A

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to have Kellyn Roth on my blog today for an interview for her new book, At Her Fingertips.

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

Probably when I was eleven or twelve. After I finished it back in 2014, I knew I wanted The Dressmaker’s Secret to be my first published work. That was also about the time I learned about Indie publishing and decided to pursue it.

What is At Her Fingertips about?

Well, because I can never sum it up in my own words, here’s the blurb:

Alice Knight is looking forward to her debut as it means she will be able to carry out her plan. She will have her first Season in London, she will meet her husband, and she will marry him. However, Alice struggles to make her feelings reconcile with her goals.
Alice is sure that, if she can only cling to her plans, she will manage without help from anyone — including God. A childhood friend returning unexpectedly, a charming gentleman who is not all he should be, and an American author with strange ideas about life all make her question the plan.
With the life she longs for at her fingertips, can Alice grasp it?

What inspired At Her Fingertips?

I always knew I wanted to write a book about Alice’s young adulthood – her first Season in London, meeting her future husband, etc. It was just a matter of deciding exactly how that would happen! It took a bit of brainstorming.

Who is the book for?

Young adults who want to serve God in their lives – though I think adults may be able to enjoy this story as well. It’s for fans of historical romance and Christian fiction with strong themes.

What do you want readers to gain from your book?

I’m told I have lots of “little lessons” sprinkled throughout my book – though I don’t see most of them. I’m like, “Whoa … you got that out of this story?” I suppose God must have helped! The main theme is following God – not your thoughts, not your feelings, not what may seem logical, and not what you feel is right.

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

Yes, I have! Other than At Her Fingertips, there are the first two book in the series – The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective. I’ve also written a historical novella set in the 1930s, The Lady of the Vineyard, and its sequel, Flowers. I also have a short story, Esther Acton’s New Dress.

You can find all of these on my website, They’re all listed on my ‘books’ page. Feel free to sign up for my newsletter to receive monthly updates and special features!

I’m British, and I was wondering if you’ve ever been to England before and if not, which city or landmark would you visit?

I’ve never been in Britain, though I travel there with my imagination through books, movies, and Google Streetview. 😉 I really want to, though … definitely on the bucket list!

I want to see Yorkshire – you know, The Secret Garden’s setting – and Oxford. The White Cliffs of Dover and basically any old mansions I could find. The Scottish Highlands would be amazing, too, if I had time.

Basically, I’d like to see everything I could! Just drink it all in.

If you could meet a famous person in the Victorian era, who would it be and why?

Abraham Lincoln! He’s one of my heroes. There’s something about him that just makes me happy. I think he was a very good man.

Where can we connect with you?

I’m on the following websites –

Facebook: @krauthor
Twitter: @ReveriesofRuby
Goodreads: krauthor
Google+: +KellynRothAuthor
Instagram: kellbellroth
Pinterest: krauthor
YouTube: Kellyn Roth
Amazon: author/kellynroth
Personal Blog:
Book Blog:
Official Website:

And finally, what tips you have for young aspiring writers?

Don’t give up! Writing is hard, and sometimes it may seem like there’s no point … but there is a point! I wrote a blog post on the subject as it is something I’m very passionate about. Just keeping writing!

Thanks so much Kellyn! And if what you want to know more about At Her Fingertips and Kellyn herself, then simply continue reading 😊

At Her Fingertips (Book #3, featured novel)

Alice Knight is looking forward to her debut as it means she will be able to carry out her plan. She will have her first Season in London, she will meet her husband, and she will marry him. However, Alice struggles to make her feelings reconcile with her goals.

Alice is sure that, if she can only cling to her plans, she will manage without help from anyone — including God. A childhood friend returning unexpectedly, a charming gentleman who is not all he should be, and an American author with strange ideas about life all make her question the plan.

With the life she longs for at her fingertips, can Alice grasp it?

Find Out More!

About Kellyn

Kellyn Roth was born and lives on a cattle ranch in North-Eastern Oregon. Always fascinated with telling stories, she created crazy games to play with her little brothers as a child. Today, she writes Christian and Historical Fiction with a focus on truth and family. Find out more about her and her novels at

This looks so much fun, don’t you think?

How about you?

Would you like to have lived in the Victorian era?

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Camp NaNaNoWriMo Prep #3-The Vision

Hello everyone.

Eek, Camp NaNoWriMo is nearly here!

So today, we are going to be talking about the vision for your book, or rather a book vision.

What is a book vision?

It’s the ideas and themes of the story and the ideal person that you are writing too.


Ok. let me give you an example with my novel from last year and my project for this year’s Camp NaNo.

When I wrote my first novel last year, I originally  my vision was going to be just about girls having good friendships. But as I started to edit my novel, I realised that I had not just written about girls overcoming their issues. I had written about teen girls who were dealing with bereavement and exploring the ideas of trust and the value of strong family relationships and friendships. Once I realised what the overall view was, I knew that I was going to have to start over and make those themes come out even stronger.

For the children’s book that I am writing next month , I know very well what the themes are going to be: They are about honesty, and standing up for what’s right, even when everyone around you is doing wrong. And now that I know what my themes are, I can confidently write this book.

So, here are two examples of themes for a book, but what about the ideal people that you are writing for? I mean, you can’t please everybody and some people will be more touched by your story than others.

One way that I suggest is by writing an open letter to your one reader who is having to deal with your story’s themes in their life. As you start to do this, think about what kind of people are dealing with those themes- are you writing to a teenage girl who has been diagnosed with cancer? Are you writing to a little boy who has just gotten told off for something that he didn’t do? Are you writing to a young woman who is off to uni? Are you writing to a teacher who is leaving his school?

When you envision the person, think of their language, how they react to certain things and talk to them. Do you have any experiences that you can relate? What are their hobbies? What kind of people do they hang out with?

Once you have written one letter, think of other people who might benefit from your story and write them letters as well. This is the basis for creating characters.

Hopefully, you have now covered  the themes of your book and who your potential audience is going to be. But these are my ideas, and maybe you have another way of forming a vision for your book 🙂

In the next blog post, I will be talking about (gulp) outlining, so stay tuned.

How about you?

Do you have a vision for your book?

Do you have another method for creating a vision?

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Camp NaNoWriMo Prep #1-Prepare

Hello everyone.

As you can see from the title, Camp NaNoWriMo is coming soon, and it may be best to start preparing. For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it’s a monthly challenge that runs in November where you write a novel(or a book of any kind) under 30 days. The camps run in April and July.

So, why we do we need to prepare, and  what does it mean to prepare for NaNoWriMo?

Let’s answer the first question:

We need to prepare for NaNoWriMo, because without a structure and a goal, you are going to crash. Even if you are a pantser, you need to think about how you are going to write this novel.

Now that we know the importance of preparing, let’s think about the second question:

Preparing for NaNoWriMo means four things:

  1. Schedule
  2. Vision
  3. Outline(There, I said the O word. But you pantsers had better not run away)
  4.  Motivation

If you prepare for NaNoWriMo with these four things together, you will get very far.

I will give you an example of when I did Camp NaNoWriMo in July 2017.

It was the first time that I had taken the challenge, and I was very nervous.

I was aware that I had to travel during July, so I made a schedule of when I was going to write and how many words I should write for each day.

Then, I started thinking of the story that I wanted to write, and did some research until I was finally happy with the story concepts.

I then began to outline. Having never outlined before, I did a lot of research on my go to source Helping Writers Become Authors. I seriously recommend this place when you are writing.

Once I had finished, I then told my writing groups, my family and my friends what I was doing, and if I ever felt discouraged during the month they were always there to encourage me.

I was able to finish it in the schedule that I wanted to and travel with my family on a very enjoyable holiday.

Now that we’ve had a look at my story, you are probably thinking of how to prepare the four steps for you. Well, this week and next week, I will be giving you a mini series on how to prepare for NaNoWriMo.

How about you?

Are you doing April’s Camp NaNoWriMo this year?

How are you preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo?

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Writing Wednesday: February’s Links of the Month

Hello everyone!

Yes, it really is the last day of the month!

So before we go into March, why don’t we have a look at some blogs and blog posts?

A Blog: Delighting in Him

Why: Moriah is a young writer who encourages others, in particular  young women, with her gift. And frankly, I’ve always been refreshed whenever I visit her blog, and I definitely recommend it if you’re a young woman who just needs some encouragement.

A Blog Post: Takeover Tuesday: Taylor Bennett’s Everything Wrong Can Be So Right

Why: Taylor has been such an inspiration to me as a teen writer, and her story just shows how when you work hard and have faith, a door will open for you in the form of a miracle, even if you’re a teen writer,.

A Website: The Young Writer

Why: Whilst this isn’t a blog it has  a guidebook with tips from young and veteran authors and many people from the publishing industry and a Facebook community for young writers, i.e. 30 and under, all for FREE! As well as that, they also have a paid programme for young writers which opens for enrolment in January and June. Whilst I’m not part of the programme, the community and guidebook is AMAZING and I seriously recommend you visiting this place. Ok, so I’ve written a lot for this website, but I really, really love it soo…

A Blog Post: How to Write a Query Letter

Why: If you are writer who wants to be traditionally published, this is really useful as you Rachelle’s experience with approaching editors and agents was not only encouraging, but it actually was successful, so we have an idea of what the agents/editors want.

How about you?

Which blogs/ blog posts have you enjoyed this month and why?

See you in March!

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