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Author Interview K My Name is Kendra

Have you been writing for a long time?

If you count my very first book report in elementary school…then YES! In all serious, though, as I go through this journey with my new book, I’m remembering little things that brought me to this time in my life. Writing book reports and papers—every assignment and every little teacher’s note in the margins of my notebook paper—helped shape me as a writer, which I’ve officially been since the publication of my first book in 2000.

 

What inspired you to start a writing career?

Reading! My love of books and words and the art of storytelling. I was an avid reader, and fortunately, I eventually discovered that I could also write and tell my own stories. But it all began with my love of reading, which is why I’m so happy when I meet young readers. Who knows how many of them will grace us with beautiful tales in the years to come?

 

Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series?

It was originally penned as a stand-alone, though I have decided to write a sequel. And if at the end of that book I realize there is still more story to tell, then I will write a third book. I think I have to let Kendra decide when she’s ready to stop telling her story.

 

Why did you choose this genre?

I actually did not choose the YA genre. In this instance, it chose me! I set out to tell a story that needed to be told. As I think about it now, I suppose it could’ve been written from the point of view of one of the adult characters. The Miss Wilson character, for instance, could’ve been the main character, and the book could’ve focused on her life and how she—among many other things happening in her world—helps a teen girl named Kendra, who is in crisis. The tone and voice of the story would’ve been entirely different, and the conversations would’ve been more grown up and perhaps not as appealing to—or as appropriate for—younger readers. But Kendra wanted to tell her own story in her own voice. And while her words do appeal to plenty of adults, she’s really talking to teens and young adults.

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Don’t let yourself be pigeonholed into being any one type of writer. Tell the stories you want to tell, whatever the genre. Just tell them authentically, and tell them well.

About the Book

Title: K My Name is Kendra

Author: Kamichi Jackson

Genre: Young Adult

Fifteen-year-old Kendra James’ life begins to spiral out of control with the return of her long-lost runaway sister Meisha, and the visit of a young celebrity uncle with questionable intentions. Things take a particular turn for the worse when that uncle exploits Kendra’s loneliness and untreated depression and makes a move on her that sends her world into a tailspin from which she’s not sure she’ll ever recover. Will she survive this tragedy…or will she hit rock-bottom before anyone even notices?

 

Author Bio

In addition to K My Name Is Kendra, Kamichi Jackson is the author of an eBook entitled Where Present Meets Past (originally available as part of the now-defunct Amazon Shorts Program), the middle reader book You’re Too Much, Reggie Brown, a forthcoming adult novel entitled The Brownstone, two unproduced screenplays, and several short stories. KJ has made numerous appearances in support of her work, among them the Baltimore Book Festival. When not writing, Kamichi is likely off somewhere singing karaoke. The South Norwalk, Connecticut native currently resides in Northern Virginia with family.

 

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Guest Post The Set Stealer

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Please welcome Jonathon McElhaney on my blog today. The author is talking about editing process.

My Editing Process

Well the editing process was one of the most hardest things I’ve done and longest to. It took more than a year to get it done and a lot of long nights. New traditions publishing was amazing with the help of the editing process! They went over and over it again and rereading it over and over just to make sure everything was perfect. Any time u wanted something change or thought it didn’t feel right I told them about it and they would jump on and take care of it right away. I think we spent more time editing the book then I did writing it. I originally thought like most authors my book was perfect once it was done but once I started editing it myself I seen that it wasn’t. Once I had finished my own edit I was sure that it was then perfect once again I was proved wrong when I asked colleagues, family and friends to read it over and tell me what they thought. And sure enough they pointed out my mistakes. So I went back to work on the editing and once I was sure that it was good to go I submitted the final piece to new traditions publishing and then they went to work on it showing me what and where things still needed to be corrected and fixed. The editing process was a long and frustrating process but once it was completed I loved my book even more than I loved the original. To anyone who says editing a book I say make sure that even when you think it’s perfect make sure you someone, anyone to check your work because there’s always room for improvement. As much as I didn’t like the editing process and as much time as it took I know it was all worth it and from now on I look forward to working on the editing process for all my future works.

About the Book

Title: The Set Stealer

Author: Jonathon McElhaney

Genre: YA Fantasy

A Set is a gift. A power that one can bring from within themselves and manifest to change the physical world. Everyone has at least one, ranging from the mundane to the all powerful. That is, everyone except Kayla. But when her father is murdered in front of her, Kayla is sent on a collision course with destiny as she is forced on adventure to discover not only who killed her father but who she is. Searching within herself, Kayla must find her own power – even without a Set to protect her – and save not only herself, but the world she loves.

Author Bio

I’m a military veteran, a father of two beautiful daughters.

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Release Blitz Light in my Dark

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About the Book

limd-epup-coverTitle: Light In My Dark

Author: William Dresden and Jean Gilbert

Genre: YA Fantasy

Sixteen-year-old Harper Deveraux has longed for an adventure ever since her mother died of cancer four years ago. Much to her dismay, she is stuck in Glen Eden, a small mountain town in upstate New York that does little to fuel her hopes and dreams.

Another year of high school has begun, and with the Moon Dance only a few weeks away, Harper suddenly finds herself torn between the affections of two boys: her best friend Jack, and a new boy from the City named Knes who might not be from this world.

Strange things begin to happen in Glen Eden when Harper uncovers a mystery that involved her mother and a realm shrouded in darkness that lies beyond the wall… A realm that Knes intends to take her to. Only Jack stands in his way.

Light In My Dark, is an action-packed modern YA fantasy, filled with dark forces, love, and self-discovery.

Author Bios

William Dresden is an author and award-winning screenwriting. He spent several years as a script doctor and pursued the dream of writing hollywood blockbusters. Now he mostly writes fiction and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. William currently lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

Jean Gilbert is an award winning speculative fiction writer from New Zealand. She is a Core member of SpecFicNZ, and is also the coordinator for SpecFicNZ Central. Jean’s novels include the Vault Agency Series: Shifters, Ardus, and The Vault. You can find her short stories Blonde Obsession in Baby Teeth: Bite Size Tales of Terror, and Pride in the Contact Light Anthology.

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Authors Websites: www.williamdresden.com. www.jeangilbert.com

Authors Twitter: https://twitter.com/WilliamDresden, https://twitter.com/jean_gilbert

Authors Facebook www.facebook.com/william.dresden.31, www.facebook.com/jean.gilbert.7370

Publishers Twitter: https://twitter.com/readroguehouse

Publishers Facebook: www.facebook.com/roguehousepublishing

Publishers Website: http://www.roguehousepublishing.co.nz

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Guest Post The Whizbang Machine

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Author Danielle A. Vann is here today to talk about the writing process for The Whizbang Machine. Enjoy!

Writing Process

 I start with an idea, grow that into a working outline, flesh out my characters, and start writing. I handle each chapter as though it is a book within itself. I do not like action to carry over from chapter to chapter, so I am mindful of that while writing. I edit my chapter as soon as I’m finished. I do this process several times and do it over several hours. I find that if I leave my work and come back to it, I see errors quicker. I also read my chapters aloud. It’s the only way to truly read what is written instead of what is intended. I approach all of my writing in two methods, first as the author and then as the reader. I’m very fortunate that writing is my full-time job.

About the Book

Whizbangmachinebook1_Title: The Whizbang Machine

Author: Danielle A. Vann

Genre: YA

After years of running from his tragic past, Jack Yale books a flight home. With him is a typewriter that is intended to be a gift for his granddaughter, Elizabeth. The minute Elizabeth’s fingers cradle the large black and cream keys the machine responses: popping, sizzling, and roaring to life with a Whiz-Whiz-BANG!

Elizabeth quickly discovers the typewriter has powers beyond anything she has ever seen. The more she types, the more the machine spells out guarded secrets. Each secret leads them deeper into a haunted past. Each secret must be revealed in order to set history straight and remove a curse that has been on their family for centuries.

To solve the mystery, Elizabeth Yale, alongside Jack, will have to crack the code of the Whizbang Machine. What they find challenges their most basic assumptions of their family, the history of the typewriter, and even Elizabeth’s father’s death. The ultimate goal is to remove the curse.

The question is: will Jack and Elizabeth be able to carry out their mission?

Author Bio

5249_f2c2Danielle A. Vann lives to write. When she was small, she spent endless days writing and crafting wild characters out of thin air. As Danielle grew, that love for writing sparked a career in journalism. She began her career as a scriptwriter and then moved into a flourishing career as a news reporter, food reporter, and morning/evening news anchor. That career earned her an Associate Press Award.

After becoming a mother, she was inspired to write children’s books for her three adorable children. While she holds children fiction especially close to her heart, she also loves to write books for all ages. These genres include Young-Adult Fiction, Adult Fiction, Young Reader Fiction, and Non-Fiction.

When she isn’t writing you can find her doing “mom” things, digging in her organic vegetable gardens, running, finding her Zen in yoga, or playing chef in the kitchen. She currently lives in Mansfield, Texas.

Danielle is also the author of Gracie Lou and The Bad Dream Eater, November 2016 release The Whizbang Machine, and September 2016 release The Very Tall Tale of Ranger, the Great Pyrenees, and his Adorable Friend, Miss Keys, and October 2016 release Building Faith Through A Carpenter’s Hands. To learn more, visit www.authordanielleavann.com.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorDanielleV

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Author Interview Quantum Book Tour

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Have you been writing for a long time?

I started writing when I was thirteen and now I’m sixteen so it’s been exactly two years and almost eleven full months since I decided I wanted to start writing. (New year’s 2013)

What inspired you to start a writing career? 

I had been writing poetry for a while before then but I had always loved telling stories and making them up in my head. I was also an avid reader, up until I started writing my own books. I’ve just always loved the idea of creating a story. There are a lot of things you can’t control, but writing isn’t one of them. It doesn’t matter if you’re the best, or if everyone loves it, or even if it makes sense. No one can tell you you’re doing it wrong. Writing has kind of become my coping mechanism.

Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series? 

Quantum is the first in the Quantum series, which will include six more books for a total of seven.

Why did you choose this genre? 

I love books and movies in this genre. There’s so much potential with books like this, so much action and adventure that you can pile on every page that it’s as much fun to write as it is to read. Those are the books that I like to write because it isn’t something that I can go out and do in my regular life, it’s something way bigger than that.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Keep trying. I’m going to be brutally honest with you here because no one was ever that way with me. When I first started writing I had a checklist. Write. Done. Edit. Done. Get publisher. Not done. So I waited and waited and waited. But that’s the hardest step. You don’t just get a publisher. So here is my brutally honest, reality – facing advice. You’re going to be told no, a lot. For every yes there will be a hundred no’s and that’s not a bad thing. That just means that you’re waiting for the right person. Don’t just jump at the first opportunity either. I’ve had other opportunities, to sign with other publishers and do other things but don’t lose yourself in the fame because it’s not about being famous, it’s about the writing. Being an author is a career for a lot of people, it’s the same as being an accountant. It will be incredibly difficult to find an agent, even harder to find a publisher. The easiest part will be the writing but if you’re confident in your story, then the thing about those really good stories is that they demand to be told. One way or another, they’ll find their way out.

About the Book

quantumflatTitle: Quantum

Author: Hannah Godard

Genre: Young Adult

Nothing is more glamorous than the CIA … at least for Clara. All she wants is excitement and adventure, to help people … and to be a part of something bigger than life.

At nineteen, she leaves everything she’s ever had behind to join the CIA with her boyfriend Ross. But when the agency starts to fall away like shattered glass, Clara and her team get thrown into the biggest mission ever to hit the agency. How will they deal with the pressure?

Clara has all her cards out on the table and she’s trying to keep them all in place … except she can’t hold them all down on her own. She’s trained and she’s ready … but something isn’t right. Is the real way to win the game not to play it, or is the trick not to play it for too long?

Author Bio

hannahHannah Godard was born and raised in the small town of Cochrane, Alberta where she is currently a grade eleven student. She continues to chase a life of creativity and imagination, creating characters to take her on adventures and maybe learn something from them along the way. She writes to tell the greatest stories that have yet to be told and create a spark in which to lighten up the world. Hannah credits her dad for teaching her everything she knows about the world, from politics to drive and perseverance. Without him, she would be a very different person.

Quantum is her first novel and the first in the Quantum series. It came to life in the same way as many other novels do, in third period Social Studies class. This class was spent with three out of four of her best friends, laughing, creating businesses, and being creative. It was the one class where she could be a kid, where people didn’t tell her words could only mean one thing, and where they could all be creative. It started as a joke, as a simple question; what if I was in the CIA? From that point on Hannah developed the character of Clara, with the help of her friends, and soon the story came to life. Each person who she knows, no matter how small, is somehow put into the novel, worked into the story line, because what they say is true: we write what we know.

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Author Interview Living in the Shallows

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Have you been writing for a long time?

I’ve been a scribbler, but no, I started writing the U.K. Crush series to celebrate a birthday recently. Like a present to myself for surviving child rearing!

What inspired you to start a writing career?

I’m like everyone, I think: Always wanted to, never felt confident, etc. I finally figured if I didn’t do it now, it would never happen. I mean, it’s not like anyone’s going to prod you, you have to just begin. 

Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?

 

This is the first of seven, all complete, for the most part, though the other six still need significant edits and rewrites. If they were movies, what’s called principal photography would be complete. And these characters go through a lot!

Why did you choose this genre?

 

Well, I love a certain boy band, and I knew fans were full of trepidation over their impending break. I’m a substitute teacher, and I was around these teens every day. I thought a story like this could make them feel better lol! And I knew I’d enjoy the writing of these books very much.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

 

Sounds so trite, but BEGIN. Write what makes you want to write, not what you think others will want. And never stop for the day unless you already know how you’re going to pick up the next day; that is to say, don’t stop at a hard part. That’s almost a guarantee that you won’t want to pick up the next day. Stop when you’re on fire to get to the next part!!

About the Book

livingshallowsTitle: Living the Shallows

Author: Tani Hanes

Genre: YA Romance

Aileen Foster, a shy, 22 year old student from LA, thinks she has landed a dream job as an interpreter for some actors making a film in Japan. She gets a surprise when she arrives in Tokyo and finds out that they are UK Crush, the hottest boyband around. She has been orphaned for most of her life, and it’s a shock for her to enter their world of frank physicality. The boys come to love her, and Aileen is forced to look at her life and choices, and decide if she’s ready to be brave and start living.

 

Author Bio

My name is Tani Hanes, and I am a 51 rear old substitute teacher. Im from central California and am a recent transplant to New York City. The most important things to know about me are that I’m punctual, I love grammar and sushi, and I’m very intolerant of intolerance. The least important things to know about me are that I like to knit and I couldn’t spell “acoustic” for 40 years. I’ve wanted to write since I was ten, and I finally did it. If you want to write, don’t wait as long as I did, it’s pointless, and very frustrating!

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Guest Post The Travelers

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Today I’m hosting a guest post by K.L. Kranes, author of YA fantasy “The Travelers”. Enjoy!

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My Machiavellian Approach to Editing

Machiavelli was an Italian Renaissance historian, politician, philosopher, and writer of The Prince, not the first person you think of when talking about the process of editing. His name and the term “Machiavellianism” often evoke negative sentiments, such as emotional detachment and duplicitous personalities. Yes, it’s a bit unconventional to describe my editing style in this way. However, for me, editing needs this high degree of almost callous detachment in order to be effective. It’s the yin to the yang of my writing process. When I write, I pour my emotions out on paper. Sometimes it streams out of me. Other times I yank it out of me. But it always comes straight from my heart. When editing, though, I must turn off those emotions. To put it in more literary terms, if I my writing process represent Dr Jekyll, my editing process is Mr. Hyde. It must be cold, unfeeling, maybe even a little brutal. I love the quote “write drunk; edit sober” from Ernest Hemingway, not that I encourage writing drunk. But the concept of writing without abandon and then returning to edit later with clear, focused detachment has merit.

It took me 10 years to write my first novel, The Travelers. Although, to be accurate, I should say it took me 10 years to edit The Travelers. I completed the first draft in just a few months. Over the next decade, it feels so strange to say that, I took a sometimes painful journey in figuring out my editing process. Slowly over the years, I learned to identify when I spin or obsess too long over a sentence or paragraph. Now, I know when to stop, move on and come back to it later or cut out the material altogether. Most importantly, I’ve learned to let go, separate from the story and characters and look at it objectively. When I first started editing The Travelers, I would get so attached to ideas, characters or even just the way I described something that I’d twist and manipulate the story just to keep in some small part I liked. But 10 years of fighting through that process taught me that it’s better to take a calculated, as I said Machiavellian, approach to editing where I sever all emotional ties to the story, writing or ideas. It becomes a surgical, unfeeling process, where I remove or alter a piece so the rest of the work can survive. It’s not glamorous or exciting to talk of editing in this way. It’s a practical process. Once I figured this out, though, I became much more efficient. It certainly won’t take me 10 years to edit my next book.

About the Book

travelers-cover-finalTitle: The Travelers

Author: K.L. Kranes

Genre: YA Fantasy

Dagny lives a dangerous life. Pursued by an unknown enemy, Dagny and her family are always on the run and must use magic to stay hidden and safe. When Dagny meets Marc, everything changes. For the first time, she can imagine a future that doesn’t involve constantly changing her life. Despite the risk, Dagny vows to stop running. But as their enemies start closing in, Dagny wonders if she can ever really live a normal life and if she can actually trust Marc.

 

Author Bio

klkranes-pictureK.L. Kranes, author of The Travelers, lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband and daughter. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Communications. K.L. moved to New York City after college and worked in public relations before returning to her true passions of writing and editing. When not working on her next YA novel or blogging, she works as a freelance writer and editor. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and trying out new potential hobbies. Her latest endeavors include driving her dog crazy as she learns the guitar and making a fool of herself as a novice swing dancer. For more information on K. L. check out her website www.klkranes.com or www.thetravelersbook.com.

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