What inspired your book?
I love baseball and I am a sucker for a good love story. I thought I would mix the two and add some mystery as well.
How do you spend your free time?
I write in most of my free time, but I am an avid sports fan. I also like reading.
What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
I like to tell too much, and many readers think my descriptions are over the top. I work in drafts to combat this, and the last draft is the one where I cut out all the stuff I don’t absolutely need.
When did you first realize you were an author?
Am I? I always thought of myself as more of a dreamer!
“It could not be worse for ninth grader Becky Michigan on her first day at a new school, sitting in beet juice and staining her white jeans in a classroom about to fill up with students. In the nick of time, a gorgeous blonde boy named Danny comes in and offers his over-sized baseball jersey so she can cover up, get to the office, and change. By the time she pulls the shirt over her head, however, he has mysteriously disappeared.
Becky scours the school in search of her dream-athlete and wonders why after contact with him she has magically gained the ability to throw a fastball ninety miles per hour! Instead of finding the answer, however, Becky’s new skill pits her against the school bully and the entire varsity baseball team.
That night, after her exciting showdown in front of the entire school, Danny shows up at her bedroom window. If she will agree to meet him behind Rutledge High at midnight on the ball field at the edge of the woods, he promises to reveal a secret meant to alter the past and change her life forever.”
This is an interesting tale that is well done and entertaining. It will enhance any family library. The writing is easy to read, clean and engaging. This is the first book in a series and the end shows this clearly. I enjoy this style of writing and the way the tale is presented.
Petra is an orphan girl who grows up in a household of many children in a humble part of her city. One thing that it separates her from the rest of the girls her age is that she has a talent that she can’t shake. She would give anything to study in the university and get a degree as an engineer. The problem is that she is a girl and (more…)
Ivory, when and why did you begin writing?
I can’t remember the exact date I decided I wanted to be a writer. Who I am, and what I love to do, reminds me of the movie, “Alice in Wonderland.” I have always, been “Alice, or a writer” but the more I write, paint, live, and gain experience, the more “Alice, or writer-like” I become. My mother has always inspired me to write, and to go after my dreams. She would read to me and my siblings almost every night when I was growing up. She read us wonderful classic books that are worth reading, stories that filled our heads full of characters worth emulating.
Also, the messages I would like to share about being an author is to go after your dreams, whatever they are. I believe that every person on earth has an inherent gift planted inside of them that will enrich themselves and mankind, if they choose to nurture that gift. Just like a sunflower seed is born to become a sunflower—your dreams, and gifts must be giving proper water, sun and nurturing for them to grow and become what they are meant to become.
Alice, that is quite different. What is the title of your book?
I’ve written three books.
Flotsam, my YA chapter book. It’s a work of fiction inspired by my Grandpa’s WWII POW story, our pet baby deer our family took care of when we were young, and just my own imagination.
The other books I’ve written are the first two installments of my YA fantasy series, Andrew and the Quest of Orion’s belt. The first book is entitled, Rise of the Fallen. And the second book is, The Canvas War.
I’ve written my fantasy series under my pseudonym (more…)
Erin relates an interesting tale full of fantastic, fairytale marine creatures that come in contact with a young man after he moves to an island to live with his grandmother. (more…)
If all your characters sound the same… then something is very wrong. Real people don’t sound the same, not ever. Your characters’ words show where they come from, their culture and attitudes. If you want to create an astounding character then you need to figure out where he/she is from and then have him/her show it in his/her speech and look.
Example: How does he/she referrer to a middle-aged man; (more…)