|Posted by Alana on October 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
Indie Authors no. 47 interviews Belinda Nicoll on her move from South Africa to the USA in 2001. The expat discusses change, conflict and culture shock in her memoir OUT OF SYNC. Hosted by Jason Matthews and Marla Miller.
Belinda's biography: Belinda Nicoll is originally from South Africa and has been a citizen of the United States since 2010. She and her husband, Bruce, love traveling and share a keen interest in cultural diversity. Their journeys and careers have taken them through large parts of Southern Africa and America, Europe, Ireland, Canada, the Middle East, Mexico, and to exotic islands such as Mauritius, The Comores, St Thomas, and St John.
Belinda holds a BA degree in the social sciences and an MFA in Creative Writing. She was a talent agent and drama coach before venturing into the advertising world as copywriter. These days she works as a teacher of creative writing and is writing her first novel, an epic mystery set in South Africa and the United States.
|Posted by Alana on October 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
Betsy's biography: Fire and Water is Betsy Graziani Fasbinder's debut novel, released 3-1-13 by She Writes Press. In both her works of memoir and fiction, Betsy explores the unending complications of people living, working, and loving one another. As a practicing therapist for more than twenty years, she has been witness to the heartbreak, healing, and heroism of people from all walks of life. She strives to create stories that bring the emotional truths she's experienced and observed to the pages in all of her writing.
Betsy has been awarded the Floyd Salas Award for Fiction, and has been honored with a Jack London award and two East of Eden awards for both fiction and memoir pieces. Four of her works have been produced as Readers' Theater in the historic Miners' Foundry Theater in Nevada City, California. She is the co-producer of The Women's Writing Salon in Nevada County.
She's working now on a collection of memoir stories and a new novel set in California's Wine Country, a great excuse for some wine tasting. Research, only for research.
Betsy is currently working on a collection of personal essays titled Filling Her Shoes: A Love Story of Inherited Motherhood. One of those stories, "Who Will This Be to Me?" will be published in an upcoming anthology, Stepping Up, Stories of Blended Families. Betsy is also working on a new work of fiction about how different people are than how they first might seem, titled Opening Acts.
Betsy lives nestled in the soft hills of Marin County, California, with her husband, one son on the launch pad, and one out on his own in a neighboring town. Her golden doodle, Edgar, is her constant writing companion.
|Posted by Alana on May 29, 2013 at 4:00 AM||comments (0)|
Living with PTSD since 2003 has given Juanima a deep appreciation for life - even when it's hard - and a greater compassion for the hurting. The invisible storm is her memoir.
She says, "We were never meant to walk this Earth alone, and it's a sad state indeed for us to be so busy worrying about ourselves, and getting our own way, that we become blind to - or even worse, care very little about - the needs around us. Every human being needs love. We ALL want to feel loved and accepted. I believe the best way to achieve that is to give it freely. It's amazing how quickly it returns. We all live, breathe, and suffer the human condition, and we need God and each other to get through it alive."
|Posted by Alana on April 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
The show features host Jason Matthews with special guest Grant Faulkner.
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on 1 November. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175 page) novel by midnight on 30 November.
The very first NaNoWriMo took place in July 1999 with 21 participants.
From the NaNoWriMo website:
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
As you spend November writing you can draw comfort from the fact that all around the world other participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.
In 2011 there were 256,618 participants and 36,843 crossed the 50K finish line by the deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
Want to know more about NaNoWriMo? Click on the link and watch the show!
|Posted by Alana on March 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
by Alana Woods
Indie Authors # 43 presents Madeline Sharples and her memoir, LEAVING THE HALL LIGHTS ON, the harrowing but ultimately uplifting tale of the course of years from her son Paul’s diagnosis with bipolar disorder, through his suicide at her home to the present day. It details how the family weathered its worst nightmare.
In addition to LEAVING THE HALL LIGHTS ON, Madeline co-authored BLUE COLLAR WOMEN: Trailblazing Women Take on Men-Only Jobs (New Horizon Press, 1994) a book about women in nontraditional professions. She also co-edited the poetry anthology, The Great American Poetry Show, Volumes 1 (Muse Media, 2004) and 2 (2010). Her poetry accompanies the work of photographer Paul Blieden in two books, The Emerging Goddess and Intimacy as well as appearing in print and online on many occasions.
Madeline is now a full-time writer and working on a novel based in the 1920s.
|Posted by Alana on March 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
For over 18s only
Indie Authors no. 42 presents erotica author and teacher Shoshanna Evers.
Learn the ins and outs of writing erotica romance from one of the best in the business. For mature audiences.
Critically-acclaimed author Shoshanna Evers has written dozens of sexy stories including Amazon Erotica Bestseller Overheated. Her work has been featured in Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and Best Bondage Erotica 2013, the Penguin/Berkley Heat anthology Agony/Ecstasy, and numerous erotic BDSM novellas including Chastity Belt and Punishing the Art Thief from Ellora's Cave Publishing.
|Posted by Alana on February 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
How to SEO for Amazon
Indie authors use SEO for Amazon and Google search engines to sell more books. This week's show focuses on giving tips for other authors. It features host Jason Matthews and regular guests Lisa Grace and Samantha Fury.
Jason Matthews is a writer living in Pismo Beach, California. He is a leader in the self-publishing community, teaching Indie authors how to sell e-books and paperbacks effectively using all free methods. His how-to guides include:
All three are jam-packed with advice that all new authors need to know to optimise their websites and blogs.
|Posted by Alana on February 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
Writing for the Christian genre
The Christian genre in fiction is huge. There's a large section of indie authors who write under it and this week Indie Authors Network Hangouts no. 40 was fortunate enough to feature two authors prominent in the genre, Lisa Grace of The Angel series and Samantha Fury of the Street justice series.
With host Jason Matthews they discuss and share valuable advice for other writers wondering what actually consitutes the genre and how to approach it.
Take this link to my review of Angel in the shadows by Lisa Grace.
|Posted by Alana on January 29, 2013 at 11:00 PM||comments (0)|
Have you ever contemplated writing a memoir but decided against it because you didn't know how to start?
Then this episode of Indie Authors is going to get you fired up and ready to go.
Indie Authors Network Hangouts no. 39 presents Cheryl Stahle, teacher of memoir writing and author of SLICES OF LIFE: THE ART AND CRAFT OF MEMOIR WRITING.
One Amazon reviewer has gone so far as to say: 'Cheryl Butler Stahle has written what may be, at least in my opinion, one of the best works on writing memoir yet to be published'.
SLICES OF LIFE: THE ART AND CRAFT OF MEMOIR WRITING guides the reader in gentle steps towards capturing the heart of the reader's life story. To start readers on their journey, follow the chapters on getting started, finding a theme, developing writer's voice, avoiding common pitfalls and publishing. Each chapter contains a variety of writing activites and prompts to help you dig out the story buried in the reader's memories.
|Posted by Alana on January 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM||comments (6)|
You probably snorted with a ‘Yeah, right’ when you read the header. Or maybe I should give you the benefit of the doubt; maybe your interest was piqued wondering how writing book reviews could develop writing skills.
Let me lead in to it by reminding you of the advice every experienced writer will offer you: practice makes perfect. You’re not going to become a decent writer if you don’t write constantly.
There’s also plenty of advice about what to write. It doesn’t have to be the next best seller. You’re told it can be anything, as long as you’re writing. Try keeping a diary, do stream of consciousness every day, or try blog posts—they have the added advantage of, with any luck, drawing readers to your site.
But if none of those appeal I suggest writing book reviews. You read, don’t you? I can’t imagine a writer who isn’t also a reader. So when you finish a book, review it.
How can writing a review help? you ask.
Well, I’m not talking about those shorties that say ‘I loved this book. It kept me awake all night because I couldn’t put it down until I finished it’. There’s definitely nothing wrong with that; authors will tell you receiving any review is fantastic. But you’re not going to improve your writing skills that way.
You need to write in-depth reviews.
Ones that dissect the book: plot line, story and character development, and story and character depth.
Ones that examine dialogue: is it natural, does it carry the story forward.
Ones that look at the hook: did it grab you immediately or did it take some time.
And the resolution: were all the questions answered, was it a satisfying end.
Also examine the author’s writing style: did it appeal to you, what kind of style was it: chatty, literary or something else.
If the book is littered with spelling, punctuation, grammar and formatting errors you could mention that. If there weren’t many perhaps don’t mention them in the review but let the author know what they were—if there’s a contact. Speaking for myself I really appreciate that.
So you see, while dissecting and examining the book you’ve just read you’re learning to identify what makes good fiction. And when writing the review you will be practicing your writing skills. A learning exercise on two fronts.
The bonus is that the author will receive a review which will make them very happy. Doubly happy because it will be an in-depth reasoned one.