Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The write kind of holiday

Merry Christmas / meri Kirihimete / Froeliche Weihnachten


I'm loving this time of year.  Regardless of your faith tradition, I hope you are too.

However, 2012 brings a major change in how I structure my holiday.

I've spent so much time around work-a-holics that  I vowed I would never be one. When I was off-duty, I wouldn't work. Holidays were a time to relax and celebrate.

Then I became an author, and my attitude had to change. I am writing under a deadline. I can no longer measure a project by its percentage of completeness. The book is done--or it's not done.

So, yes, it is Christmas morning. We've opened gifts. We've eaten our 'special breakfast.' We've planned what we'll take to Christmas dinner at the home of dear friends.

And in-between all of that, I'll be writing.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The scariest question

A blogger in the UK, Reading away the days!, has scheduled me for an interview on January 14th.  Megan McDade has sent me advance questions to ponder.

The scariest question: Tell me about yourself.

Let's think about this a moment.  I'm a novelist.  I write fiction! Why would readers trust me to get the facts straight when I'm paid to make things up?

Okay. Deep breath.  I can do this.  Back to writing answers to my first interview as an author...

Monday, December 17, 2012

Hidden gold for writers

I love hanging out with other writers, which is why I belong to several writing groups.  My author-friends in the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood run a great blog to help aspiring authors—and I'm the blog host on Tuesday, December 18.

We'll be discussing websites that we use to gather research for our manuscripts. 

I'm encouraging Ruby Blog visitors to add comments which list their favorite research sites. Throughout the day, I'll update this authoretc post with their recommendations.  By Tuesday's end, I hope to have a wonderful, cumulative list of Hidden Gold.

Free Books and Publications

Government Websites to Cultural Resources and Artifacts
Websites about History and Historic Places
Military, Law Enforcement, Crime, and Forensics


Monday, December 3, 2012

Holiday Giveaway from Spencer Hill

When my book sold, I joined a new community.

Spencer Hill Press (SHP) is a small publishing house. There are about 25 authors (with approx the same number on the editorial staff).  We support each other, cheer each other on, read each other's books, and break out into fist fights over share our beloved editors.

December 3rd marks the beginning of our first annual Holiday Giveaway. 

We have a lot of great prizes: free books, SWAG, gift certificates, and critiques of queries and manuscripts.  (Details for the prize bags/ giveaways are included here.)

All you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter buttons below.

 The contest is like an online scavenger hunt.  You'll earn points by following SHP authors on twitter or visiting the websites/blogs of SHP authors to learn about our upcoming releases.  Rafflecopter supplies the questions; you supply the answers.  (My question is super-easy; if you have seen the cover of my book, you'll have no problem answering the question.)

  • Contest runs from Dec. 3rd to Dec. 16th
  • Contest is open to all ages from 13 to any adult age. 
  • Contest is open to US and Canada residents only. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway