July 23

Review: Character Interview with Kelly Blanchard

meeting-with-the-museA two part interview process, last week I reviewed the author interview Kelly had with me two weeks ago. This week I follow that up with a review of my character interview with her.

Much like the first interview, it’s much like writing a story together, except instead of her setting the scene for it, I set the scene of it, taking on the role of my previously un-named pseudo-antagonist. He’s sort of an antagonist but as the story goes, we’ll quickly learn he’s not the real antagonist – that wasn’t revealed to me until I did the interview with Kelly.

The character, named Marcus Diehl, is an entertainment lawyer who is also a werewolf. Marcus has been a thorn in my side for a while, not really telling me much about himself and I used this interview to help figure out the details by, literally, taking him on as a role and answering the questions she had as him.

In doing this, the character opened up and let me – and her – know a lot more about him than I had previously known.

Outside of the first chapter and preview of my book and me letting her know that he was the antagonist (sorta-antagonist), she knew relatively nothing about the character and this allowed her to ask questions that made me think and figure out the answers about him (or made him reveal them to me).  I’m often of the opinion that my characters write themselves – they often do – just sometimes they need outside help to make it happen.

I have to say I was very pleased with the interview and it has helped me move forward and add chapters into my book now that I know what is going on a bit better.

For examples of other character interviews, check these out:

My interview won’t be available until sometime in January.

Kelly is offering character interviews outside of these that she’s currently doing for $25 an hour of $50 for two hours. If you have a character that just isn’t talking to you, I suggest looking into her offer. It will be money well spent.

July 17

Review: Author Interview with Kelly Blanchard

A week ago I had the delightful opportunity to participate in one of Kelly Blanchard’s author interviews. This week, I’ll be participating in her character interview and while my interview with her is today, I still haven’t figured out which character she is going to interview from The Wolf Siren.

Even though my interview won’t be shared on her blog, Meeting with the Muse, until late in January 2016, I wanted to take a few moments to share my experience and encourage other authors who are looking to promote themselves to consider her services for both author interviews and character interviews. However, today I will just review her author interviews since the character interview hasn’t happened yet.

With the author interview, Kelly offered me an interesting opportunity: for me to be interviewed instead of me being the interviewer. In the course of my day job, I spend hours interviewing subjects for the various publications I write and then writing their articles. It is rare that I get to be interviewed and even rarer for me to talk about my love of writing. But this isn’t my first interview with Kelly either – she was on the receiving end when I interviewed her character, Lorrek, from her novel Someday I’ll Be Redeemed, so I had a bit of an idea of how things would go.

Interviews with Kelly are unique. Instead of the standard, boring Q&A format where the interviewer asks questions that get bolded in a story and the author replies, you, as the author, and Kelly write a story together. The interview is set in a fictional location where the author and Kelly interact and talk about the projects they are working on.

In many ways, this can be considered roleplaying – and with the character interviews it definitely is roleplaying because you are taking on the role of the character she is interviewing and writing what they would say and do.

Kelly interviewed me in the gardens of Cuskelom and Lorrek was the one who brought me into her world for the interview. We walked through the gardens and chatted not only about my history as a writer but also about my books, focusing on the book that I hope to finish first.  I don’t want to spoil the interview more than that, but I think many will be surprised about the things she asked me about and learning more about me.

I don’t think she knows I did this, but I did count the words I wrote with her for the interview – a little more than 1500 words in an hour interview. I’m guessing with her words it will be close to, or more than, 3,000 words.

If you are looking for a different, refreshing way to be interviewed, I strongly suggest seeking out Kelly Blanchard and Meeting with the Muse. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the results of the interviews.

For some examples of her author interviews, check these out:

Note: I do believe she has interviews scheduled to be published through January or February now, so if you are interviewed it may be a few months down the road before your interview is published.

July 14

Discipline: AKA The Skill I Lack After Work

poetry-in-motionI write – a lot. And while I get a lot of work writing done at work, I tend to do other writing when I’m at home in sporadic bursts. The reason for the bursts – I suck at being disciplined.

I get home, I’m trying to relax. Play a little video game or watch a movie then come get in front of the computer.

Then there’s Facebook and instant messengers. Oh look I got a few new followers on Twitter. I should look and see how the posts are doing on my social media blog. And oh look someone replied to post(s) on Facebook.

The next thing I know, it’s 11 p.m. and I need to be heading to bed to start all over again.

I have been getting better at being disciplined by setting myself goals – whether it be one article or several articles a night to get done before I do something else. I also have weekly goals of articles for my websites. I failed, miserably, at those this weekend but I had other things going on this weekend to help with that, but I still got some of it done and other things accomplished not on the writing list (like a few more boxes of books unpacked and shelved.

Then writing on the novels – lately it feels like pulling teeth with them. Anytime I sit down and try to write other things (son, husband, phone) interrupt me and make me lose my train of thought.

So, all of that being said, what things do you do to keep yourself disciplined on your writing? Do you ever suffer from writing overload? How do you get past that to continue on your path?

Share your answers below!

July 12

Available Now: Think Happy Club: Friendship

THC_Friendship_ARC-coverThink Happy Club: Friendship is a hand drawn book focused on improving and changing things in our lives. Using cute characters and a light tone, Think Happy Club: Friendship will remind you of fun ways to keep friends as friends forever.

Think Happy Club is a book series created by Anne Saucer and Grace Snoke filled with inspirational images focused on improving or changing things in our lives. Think Happy Club: Friendship is the first in the series.

The book is currently available in print and ebook format via Amazon, found here: http://www.amazon.com/Think-Happy-Club-Anne-Saucer-ebook/dp/B010GEJ7W6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436740528&sr=1-1&keywords=Think+Happy+Club&pebp=1436740524416&perid=1QEWESMNG3SWPM6CN2Z6

It will be available from other locations at a later time – roughly 90 to 120 days from now.