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Quitting is never an option, but detours are part of the journey

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Author Yolanda Renee, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?

 

I was in elementary school when I discovered my love of reading and writing, but I was in my thirties when I met my first author and became hooked on the possibility.

What makes you passionate about writing?

When a story idea hits, it unfolds like a movie in my mind. The ending is always a surprise, and the accomplishment immensely gratifying, made more so via the feedback of readers.

What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published?

After receiving hundreds of rejections, I chose self-publishing because I finally wanted to share my story with family. I only planned to print a few books, but the response from non-family was so positive I decided to try traditional publishing again. I worked hard to go the conventional route, and I achieved that goal via a small publisher. But after a dispute over royalties and the realization that self-publishing was no longer a stigma, I decided to publish my books via Y R Publishing. I enjoy being in charge of my own destiny.

Were you ever discouraged along the way? If so, how did you deal with it?

Yes, there’s were several moments when I wondered if I could write a trilogy, but I soon found that reading brought back the inspiration and drive. Quitting is never an option, but detours are part of the journey.

What books have most influenced your life?

            I was in the fourth grade when I first got a library card, I read Nancy Drew, then Judy Bolton, and from there every book I could get my hands on. Gone with the Wind is one of my all-time favorites. I have to say that romance novels, westerns, science fiction, even autobiographies have all influenced my love of reading and writing. My greatest desire is to own a bookstore or at least a massive library filled with first editions.

Please tell us about your book, Tick Tock: A Stitch In Crime & my story is Cypress, Like the Tree.

 

            Cypress, Like the Tree, is a story about the murder of a young airman. His wife is the first suspect, but Detective Cypress soon learns multiple suspects wanted the man dead.

What genre is it?

Mystery

Do you just sit down and write, waiting to see what happens next? Or do you outline first?

An idea or story usually comes to me so fast that I must write it down immediately. It’s like listening to a Dictaphone or watching a movie. The first draft is usually written in a notebook, using my own style of shorthand. Then comes the computer version. Outlines are done for my novels but only after the first draft is completed. I use one sentence descriptions of the chapters. This helps me coordinate the timelines, red-herrings, and characters.

I will admit that when I’m looking for a subject, I do steal from my life. I use the what if scenario. Cypress, Like the Tree, is one of those instances.

Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

            All the authors I’ve had the pleasure reading have been an influence, but primarily Margaret Mitchell. Her determination and talent for sure, but it was also the obstacles she overcame to succeed.

But more recently, Denise Covey a writing friend from Australia, she and I host a writing challenge every other month called WEP: Write…Edit…Publish, but before I joined her, her challenges via RFW, where she and Donna Hole took the time to teach via their critiques.

I was amazed and honored when she asked me to join the team as a co-host. Denise has been an enormous influence, and now I learn from all the writers who participate.

What’s your secret to making the character’s in your books come to life?

I rely on the people I know or have met to create my characters. Their traits, looks, and idiosyncrasies all come into play, but I mix it up, so no one recognizes themselves.

Besides writing what other talents or hobbies do you have?

I’m a very organized individual, a place for everything and everything in its place. It must be so, or my muse doesn’t come out to play. I’ve also always enjoyed working with numbers (I’m a former accountant) I even enjoy doing taxes. I enjoy photography, even though my pictures are less than amateur, I keep trying.  And hiking has always been my go-to for relaxation and rejuvenation.

How do you come up with your character’s names?

I’ve used family names, and I’ve taken the names from the obituaries in the newspaper, mixing them up for something new or unusual. But I’ll steal from whatever is handy, even inanimate objects in a pinch.

What is the best compliment you could receive from a reader?

When they write, “I can’t wait for the next book!”

Where can readers go to find your books?

            Amazon Author Page

            My Blog: Defending the Pen

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime – Cypress, Like the Tree

            The Snowman

            Murder, Madness & Love

            Memories of Murder

            Murder & Obsession

 

Yolanda Renee

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Feel that dream in your gut every time you sit down to write. You got this!

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Christine Clemetson, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

 

I was born in a small beach town in New Jersey where I spent most of my time fishing, crabbing and reading books. Now, I live just a little north of where I grew up. New Jersey has the most beautiful change of seasons and I can’t be very far from the ocean!

Where do you receive your inspiration or ideas for your books?

 

Ideas seem to come from everywhere. Most of the time, I’ll see something and start asking the “what if” questions. Sometimes, my ideas come from dreams too! Usually when this happens, a small part of my dream will linger in the morning and eventually form into an idea.

 

Why did you choose to self-publish? Or go with the publisher you are with?

 

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG), a fabulous group for supporting writers, was accepting entries for a new short story anthology with the premise of a ticking clock. I was so intrigued that I wrote a story called Center Lane. Through the anthology, I met the publisher Dancing Lemur Press.

 

How often do you write?

 

I work as a Technical Writer full time, so I write toward a word count goal each morning. If I don’t meet the goal, I’ll go back into the story at night to finish.  Some days the story is waiting for me and other days the muse takes longer to arrive,  and I have to work harder to get the words down!

 

What is the name of your book?

 

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, which contains 11 mysteries by 11 authors. If you love mysteries, you’ll love this anthology!

What genre is it?

 

Mystery

 

Tell us about some of your future projects?

 

I’m plotting  a new thriller where I still need to determine the setting. I find the setting plays the same role as a character in the book, and it should reflect the story goals.  This requires a lot of planning and possibly travel – which I love!

 

What are some of your favorite books?

 

There are too many to possibly name. Some of my favorite contemporary authors include Karin Slaughter, Lisa Unger and Rick Mofina.

 

If you could co-write a book with another author, who would it be?

 

I would love to co-write a book with Stephen King. I think it would be fun to plot a thriller or horror book and explore the different characters with him.

 

Do you have any advice for others who dream of being an author?

 

Keep writing and reading as much as you can. Join a writer’s group and attend workshops. Keep learning. And above all, don’t give up! Feel that dream in your gut every time you sit down to write. You got this!

 

Where can we find your book?

 

http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/mysteryparanormalhorror

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38227821-tick-tock

 

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Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is a collection of eleven stories by eleven different authors

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

S.R. Betler, tell us where you were born.

 

I was born in a really small town in upstate New York, at the foot of the mountains.

What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

 

I think the most difficult thing is getting over imposter syndrome. It’s insidious, and it seems to be a permanent condition. At some point, I’m sure all the lovely readers will suddenly turn and realize that I’m winging all of it, and in reality, I’m just a silly introvert sitting in her house drinking too much coffee, pushing cats off my keyboard, and arguing with her imaginary friends.

 

Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

 

As cliche as it is, my family has made the greatest difference. I’m sure a lot of people say that, but I would never have been a writer if my mother hadn’t pretended that my writing was a treasure when I was little. Now, my husband supports my dream of being a writer, and he encourages me to keep going, even when I feel like giving up.

 

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

 

Actually, crime isn’t normally a genre I write, so initially, when I saw the anthology looking for submissions, I dismissed it. However, shortly after, I ended up having a miscarriage. It was devastating for my family, but I came out the other side thinking about what I really wanted to accomplish with the time I had, and I decided why not give it a try? So I did. I love reading crime, and I decided I was up for the challenge, so I dove into writing a short story for the anthology.

 

What is the name of your new book?

 

The new anthology is titled “Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime.”

Tell us more about it.

 

“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is a collection of eleven stories by eleven different authors, in all of which time plays a major factor. Each one tackles both crime and the prompt of time in totally unique ways and from fresh perspectives, so there’s a little of everything for different tastes.

 

What genre does your book fall under?

 

“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” would fall under mystery, thriller, and crime.

 

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

 

For my short story included in the anthology, “Three O’Clock Execution,” what I really hope is that it makes people stop and think about the secrets people hide and how very few people are actually who, or what, they appear. For all of my writing, in general, I always try to push the boundaries of reality and make people think of the possibilities. Make them question their assumptions and their morals and how they approach the world. It’s a lofty goal, but that’s generally what I have in mind when I start a new piece.

 

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

 

“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is published by Dancing Lemur Press, LLC.

 

Where can we find your book?

 

“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner-ebook/dp/B079J796TK/

 

 

Yolanda Renee is a repeat author in the IWSG anthology contest – her first appearance was in Parallels: Felix Was Here. She has deferred her questions to her publisher, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/

 

 

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