WRITTEN IN THE STARS: Digital Book Launch Party!

- by Patricia Rosemoor

You’re invited!

Whether or not you’ll be in the Chicago area tomorrow, September 10, you can be part of the launch party for WRITTEN IN THE STARS by Patricia Rosemoor & Sherrill Bodine.

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Come to McNamara’s if you can. If not, join the party on your laptop, tablet or Smartphone. We’ll be streamed live. Go here tomorrow between 6 and 9 pm Central Daylight Savings Time to join us: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/kaye-publicity

You’re invited, so take part in the fun!

Patricia

Pushing the Envelope

- by Patricia Rosemoor

I’ve had writing partners before, and each time a different partner means a different experience. Rebecca York and Ann Voss Peterson and I wrote several connected projects. We created the world and characters of each project together and critiqued each other’s synopses before writing. Another partner and I plotted chapter by chapter together and each wrote half the book and the other person revised. And yet another partner and I plotted together, then he wrote all scenes from the hero’s and male villain’s points of view, while I wrote those from the heroine and female villain.

WITS.coverWRITTEN IN THE STARS was even more unusual. Sherrill Bodine and I each wrote half, Sherrill the half set in Elizabethan England, me in contemporary Florida Keys at a dive site. How can we have such disparate parts of the same story? Sherrill’s characters – hero, heroine, villain – are all reincarnated in my half.

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So. . . How’s Your Book Doing?

- by E. C. Ambrose

Elisha Barber, first my Dark Apostle series, came out from DAW books on July 2, and now, all of my friends want to know how it’s doing.  That’s funny. . . so do I!

Cover image by Cliff Nielsen, book 1 of The Dark Apostle, now available!

Cover image by Cliff Nielsen, book 1 of The Dark Apostle, now available!

Let’s see, there was a starred review in Library Journal, which is pretty cool, and includes the phrase “beautifully told, painfully elegant”.  There will shortly be an interview on my local NPR affiliate–woo-hoo!  And I keep talking to people who’ve enjoyed reading it, and (better yet) those who are recommending it to others.  But really, how *is* my book doing?  I have no idea. Read more…

How Much of Yourself Goes Into Your Book?

- by Dianne Drake

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I did something recently that I’ve never done. I wrote a story about me, fictionalized it, embellished parts, changed some facts to make it more interesting, then submitted it to Lou Aronica to be included in I Never Thought I’d See You Again. It was a really difficult thing to do first, because it was about my fight with cancer, but also because it was a story that put me out there on the line. I debated doing the story, put it off even after Lou had accepted it because, as a writer, I love the part where I get to hide behind the characters I write and the stories I create. But in Facing the Mirror I laid it all out there pretty bare, and it wasn’t easy.

So that got me to thinking about how much, as writers, we put into our books. Blood, sweat and tears aside, do we create characters that are a part of ourselves? Or do we create characters based on people who have touched our lives? A dear friend of mine, a mentor of sorts, told me about his childhood, and how he was raised in an orphanage run by nuns. One nun in particular was brutal, a child abuser, if you will. She beat my friend mercilessly on more occasions than he could remember because she believed every child needed to be beaten into submission and obedience.

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