Friday, July 12, 2019

Write What We Know #MFRWauthor

Hi everyone, well as usual things have been crazy chaotic but I am here for another edition of the MFRWauthor blog posts. This week’s prompt is an interesting one, well for me anyways. Before beginning to write this post, I would have said that very little or none of me was in my stories. However, after thinking about it some, I now know that’s not true.
  • In my first book La Roe’s, I had a dream about a dress and since I cannot draw that great, I decided to write about the dress instead. That was most definitely a part of me.
  • Then I thought about the character and the time in my life the original version was written compared to now. The main character, Emerald, she works a lot. I did too back then and even more so now.
  • She is also extremely protective of her friends, which yeah one can say that about me. Perhaps even a bit ‘mine’ determination.
  • Emerald also has taken the hard knocks of her life and changed them into something else, I can say that has happened with me as well. She takes certain losses very intently.
  • The story may begin in the U.S., but it ends on the Isle of Mann, which is someplace I would love to visit. 
  • Roses call to her and well my favorite flower is the rose.

In my second story, Fay’s Wish, the main character had recently lost her mother and that I can understand heartache all too well. She also found herself on a life changing journey which I believe that many people can relate too.

We often write what we know or want to know about, so it only makes sense that thinking back on the stories I’ve written that a part of me comes out in them. I think it’s our jobs as authors to make sure that we remain true to the character and let their voices be heard, not ours.

La Roe’s will be on sale during Amazon Prime Days (Begins Saturday, July 13, 2019, and ends July 20, 2019) and is currently available through Kindle Unlimited. Fay’s Wish is getting a new edit and potential rewrite depending on what my editor (PMInc Manager, Cindy) has to say, hopefully better than the first go around with La Roe’s.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Lesson Learned #MFRWauthor

Hello Everyone! This is my second time doing the #MFRWauthor challenge. As you can imagine I stay pretty busy working on client items, so my own writing gets the second part of my time (well maybe 6th or 10th part). Also, if you notice this blog is on my Blogger Site and not PersonalizedMarketing Inc’s. Kind of had an ‘oh’ moment and realized these belong here. 

I found this topic to spark an idea in both my writing and working career. I started Personalized Marketing Inc a few years after getting my first two books published and I remember when I got the yes letters. It was a very exciting time and I was completely blown away that I had been accepted. We did the big celebration dinner, got a new laptop, even had a few book signing/reading events. 

However, I also learned some pretty hard knocks as well when it happened. I turned down offers that I now later regret… Who knew ‘they’ would get so big??? When my first book was originally released it did not get many things that I later learned it should have. I signed a contract without first understanding one, I got a crash course into marketing and what it meant being an author. 

The positive spin is that I learned about writing more, that everyone needs an editor, and found my calling. There is oh so much more work after the words “The End” are written and some of the stuff I learned how to do the HARD way I have been able to pass along to our clients

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