Saturday, April 30, 2011

Author Sheila Stewart writes...

A day in the life of a Tulip


Deep beneath the cold ground, Spring awaits its birth. Tulips scattered about throughout the tunnels ache for their release. They know before they have a chance to breathe air, the crocuses will break through first and tantalize the viewers to a promise of warm weather. Oh how they envied the crocuses.


It had been a long cold winter.


Tiny sprigs as they may be, the tulips fight for their survival. Some were not going to make it, those that just weren't strong enough, others who were impatient and gave up, others who weren't planted correctly and weren't able to grow as they should. But she was strong, determined. She was not going to give up.


Stretching her tiny limbs, Calista whispered to her sibling. "How much longer do you think we'll have to wait?"


"That is the tenth time you've asked me that this week. Do I look like I have the inside scoop?" Ruby snorted, turning away from Calista.


She wasn't much liked among her siblings, though Calista had no idea why. She was no different from her siblings other than being a different color. She had the same limbs, the same cup, the same fragrance. Yet they shunned her.


"My brother, Simon, snuck out and he said the ground is still covered in snow."


She turned to the tiny ant cuddling up to her bulb. "Really? How much snow?"


"It came to the knees of the humans. I think we have a long wait ahead of us still." He scurried off and Calista signed.


"Why are you so impatient, Cali? Spring will arrive when it's ready," Ruby stated with a clip in her voice.


"I'm tired of waiting. My limbs are aching to sprout and I'm starting to feel sluggish." She didn't want to feel this way and tried desperately to break out of her gloom. Problem was, it was already the end of March and the snow should have melted faster than it was.


"Yeah, well we all feel the same, but you don't see us complaining."


"Doesn't it bother you that some of our sisters won't make it through this long dreary cold season?"


"That's the way life goes."


"Well, I'm tired of it. I'm tired of year after year, waiting to be born, watching my siblings give up and die. I'm going to make a stand." Where had that come from?


"Sure you are, Cali."


"Will you both keep it down. I'm trying to get some rest," Scarlet Marvel groaned.


"I'm perfectly serious," Calista whispered. "Why should the Crocuses get all the attention in spring?"


"Um, because they're the first to spring into life."


"Sssshhhh!" Scarlet bellowed.


"Well I'm tired of it. I want to be the first for once. I want to break through and be the attention of the humans."


"You'll never survive."


"I'm determined." She would do anything to break free.


"It's your death then." Curling up, Ruby drifted off to sleep.


It wouldn't be her death. It would be her life. Digging deep within herself, Calista willed her sprouts to grow. The ache was well worth it, and little by little, her limbs began to grow. She would break free of her solitude and raise her head high in glory. This was her shining moment. She pushed herself, forced her limbs to grow, forced the bud of life to break out of its shell. She would be the most beautiful of all her siblings, even if she was hated by the Crocuses. Grunting, growing, enduring the labor, the pain, Calista felt the ground give above her. She was doing it. She would feel the air in no time.


The chill began to seep into her stem but she pushed it aside and carried on her journey. Not even the hard ground above her was a deterrent. She pushed, dug, and when she finally felt the ground give, cried out as she broke through.


"You're crazy. You're going to die."


She ignored her sisters and made her final journey into life. Sprouting from the ground, she tilted her head up to the warm brilliant sun above her. It felt so wonderful on her aching limbs. She breathed in the fresh air, smiling to herself as she looked around her new home. Yes, there was snow, but not as much as the ant had stated. Water coated the roads and sidewalks, indicating it was giving in to the heat of the rays above them.


She'd made it and now she was going to enjoy her new found life.


"Sally, Sally, come look at this."


Calista turned her attention to the gentleman rushing toward her. A middle aged women soon came up beside him.


"Is that--"


"Yes it is."


"How is this possible? The ground is still hard from the winter."


"Must be one determined flower."


She felt him dusting the snow that surrounded her away. "We need to keep it alive."


"How will we be able to do that? They're calling for light snow tonight."


No, no more snow, Calista thought in anguish.


"I have the perfect idea."


She saw him run off while the woman sat admiring her.


"You are a beauty. This is a sign, Oliver. Spring is coming."


"Damn straight it is. And this will help at least our little one here."


Calista watched as he set a tall silver stand over top of her. It had a cone like top with a funny bulb like thing inside.


"A heat lamp?"


"Works for the chicks."


Calista blinked as the bulb inside shone with a brilliant bright white light. It felt warm and she titled her head to feel the heat. Now this was life.


"She's our first."


"And we're going to baby her."


Calista watched as the couple embraced while standing over her. She was loved. She had life. Oh how she wished she could tell her sisters of this wonderful gift. Grinning Calista watched the snow around her melt, felt the ground begin to soften and suddenly realized... She was the first.


Once and a while, a thought comes to mind that often amazes us. As was the case with this story. It started out a simple little story about spring and soon it became so much more. It's touched hearts, made people cry and had readers cheering for my precious little flower. I think we can all relate to Calista. Haven't we all, at one time or another, been told we couldn't do something, that we were silly for thinking outside the box? I know I have. In my childhood, I was often ostracized and, told I would never amount to anything. I was stupid. People chuckled at my stories, said it would never amount to anything. Well, here I am now, a multi-published author with readers who love my silly little stories. A day in the life of a tulip is for all those who have been made to feel they were less than normal, for those who have been pushed down and belittled. Know that even in the toughest times, you can rise above it. All you need is a little persistence.


Authors Bio

Raised on a rural farm in Saskatchewan, Sheila Stewart relied on her vivid imagination to fill her days.

Never did she realize that her need to tell a story would someday lead to becoming a published romance author. In the fall of two thousand and six, Shiela published her very first book and hasn't stopped since.


When not writing, Shiela spends time with the love of her life, William and their three children. She has a strong affection for animals which is evident in the five cats, one dog, three turtles and ten fish she owns. Some of her passions aside from writing are drawing and painting and proudly displays her artwork in murals in her home.

Her favorite time of day is sunset and loves to stargaze.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Promotion

Today is the day I was going to introduce a marketing campaign. ...but I changed my mind.
Why?
It's all because of this post: The Business Rusch: Promotion
Much thanks to Kristine Kathryn Rusch, I now know what I must do--write, submit, publish.
Please excuse me while I go write.

Goddess of the Night by Leanne Dyck

Something--an instinct--nudged me awake. Pushing back the covers, I crawled out of bed. There, on the floor, I saw a patch of silver light. I walked over to the window and peered out--searching for her.
Where is she?



Frantically, I travelled from window to window. Finally, I found her.



She was full, round, beautiful--a goddess riding the black sea. She beckoned to me and I couldn't resist. I ran outside.



Though it was a cool night I barely noticed. She cloaked me in her glow and I felt such joy. My hips began to sway and I danced in the moonlight.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Podcast (ch3, part 1)

I hope you are enjoy listening to me read from The Sweater Curse.
Today I offer Chapter 3 Part 1






Please remember, you can access all prior readings by visiting the Podcast page



Next post: Short story: Goddess of the Night

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A weekend on Mayne Island

I wrote weekend--but actually you'll only be visiting for two days. You'll arrive Thursday--on the late ferry and stay until Saturday afternoon. We have a lot to squeeze into these two days so let's get busy.

(Have I told you lately that I'm not a photographer...well.)




Where are we?



At the Ag Hall.



What are we listening to?



Open Mic






Main act: Fish & Bird



Just try to stay still. It'll be hard.



They describe their music as a mish-mash.



I think it's folk.



Whatever it is, it's awesome!



Check out their website here: http://fishandbird.ca/)






The concert is over too soon.



On Mayne Island, everyone helps to put the tables and chairs away. Remember, eight chairs in every stack.




The next day, we'll return to the Ag Hall for a...

















Colleen Proctor's beautiful jewelery



Celia Leaman's adorable felted animals and knitted treasures




Barbara McIntrye's yummy muffins and fragrant soaps.



Hurry quick, it's time to catch the ferry.



Come back this summer to shop again. Everyone will be outside on the Ag Hall grounds.





Next Post: Podcast: I read from The Sweater Curse (Chapter 3, part 1)

Please visit http://creativepotager.wordpress.com/ Read Terrill Welch's compelling and provocative post--Quit Fracking with our Water

Monday, April 25, 2011

Basic knitting tutorial: Mattress Stitch

Okay so imagine that you are finished knitting your hat or sweater. You have seams to sew. How do you do that?
Well, (especially for projects such as hats) I like to use the mattress stitch or sew invisible seams. I learnt about this method from knitwear designer Lucy Neatby.


Arrange the two edges so that they are parallel.



Thread the yarn tail into a darning needle.




Start sewing at the edge opposite the edge where you obtained the yarn tail. Using the threaded darning needle, weave the yarn back and forth from one edge to another. Ensure the edges remain parallel. Once finished weave in the ends and cut the yarn tail.



Next post: A weekend on Mayne Island

Next basic knitting tutorial lesson: Selecting yarn

Friday, April 22, 2011

Please welcome Author Traci Bell

How/why did you start to write?
I've always had characters in my head. I thought they were just an escape from reality or a guilty pleasure, until I went though a divorce. I started writing as a way to work through the pain and the issues that caused the split from my ex-husband. After that I spent some time raising my son, then I remarried and had a daughter. In 2007 I started to write again, and I haven't been able to stop.

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How did you become an author?
I pitched my third novel to Crescent Moon Press. The acquisitions editor asked me to send her the full manuscript for consideration and subsequently offered to published it.
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What was your first published piece?
My fantasy romance, Entangled, is my first published novel. It's about a teacher from earth who is pulled to another world by her soul mate, where she must suspend her disbelief in order to stop natural disasters that aren't natural.
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Where was it published?
It's published through Crescent Moon Press and available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble in print and e-book versions.
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How long ago?
It debuted last month.
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What did you do before embarking on your writing career? Was it an asset to your writing? How?
I've worked in human resource management most of my career; however, the best asset to my writing is living. Every encounter, every experience, every emotion goes into my writer's toolbox.
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What inspires you?
Everything inspires me--music, science, spirituality, my own uncontrollable imagination... Several years ago I read an article that described how in quantum physics, two linked particles can share a single fate, even when they're miles apart. Being a romance author, my mind ran with the idea of two lovers being linked, sharing a fate, and feeling a connection, even when they're miles apart. The end result is my fantasy romance, Entangled.
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Please share one of your successful marketing technique?
Though it has only been a matter of weeks, word of mouth has been my most successful marketing technique, with book reviews being second.
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Parting words
I appreciate the opportunity to share my experiences. Thank you!

You're most welcome, Traci. It was my pleasure.

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Author links Website: http://tracibell.net/
Blog:
http://tracibell.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @traci_bell




When divorced teacher Cassie Miller dreamt about meeting her soul mate, her happily-ever-after didn't include threats of abduction to a parallel world to help him save his people from imminent destruction.

Alexos de Werner, exiled prince of a land now under Republican rule, is searching for the woman that can help stop the disasters devastating his home province of Ennis, in his world of Caedmon. Alex will do anything to save his people, even if they don't want his help.

Unnerved by the connection she feels with Alex and the new abilities awakening inside her. Cassie refuses Alex's request for help as ludicrous. A demonstration of his otherworldly abilities convince Cassie her only choice is to help him.

Once on Caedmon, Cassie must learn to trust Alex and accept her gift before Ennis is lost. Can she open her heart and mind and become the student instead of the teacher?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pattern shared: Fringe

I was digging through my collection of designs and found "Fringe". Knit it--fast, easy and fun.
Please note, all the patterns I share on this blog are designed by me.


Yarn: one ball hemp/wool blend or any suitable worsted weight yarn.
Knitting needles: 6 mm/US 10/UK 4
Gauge: 16 stitches x 20 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)

1 x 1 stitch (over even number of stitches)
Row: knit one, purl one--to end of row
Repeat row for pattern

Cuffs
Cast on 30 stitches
Work in 1 x 1 rib stitch for 6 inches (15 cm) or desired length
Cast off loosely in pattern. Sew seam. Add fringe.

Collar
Cast on 72 stitches
Work in 1 x 1 rib stitch for 6 inches (15 cm) or desired length.
Cast off loosely in pattern. Sew seam. Add fringe.

How to make fringe:



Cut 132 fringes 12 inches (30 cm) long.




Use a darning needle to thread the fringe.




For best results, thread each edge one at a time. Then turn your work and continue.









For an even fringe, thread into every second stitch.






I thread 30 fringes into each cuff, 72 into the collar.



Happy knitting!



Next post: Please welcome author Traci Bell

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Podcast: Reading The Sweater Curse (Ch 2: 5)

I hope you enjoy my reading of The Sweater Curse.
Today I offer Chapter 2 Part 5


Language warning.


The character speaks--I write.






Please remember, if you have missed any of the readings, you can find them all on the Podcast page: http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com/p/radio-show-podcast.html


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Next post: Pattern shared

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Playlist for The Sweater Curse

In The Sweater Curse, a chance meeting between lead character Gwen Bjarnson and minor character Pathan weaves their lives together. For reasons beyond Gwen's understanding, she feels compelled to help Pathan establish her music career.
In this quote, Gwen describes Pathan's first stage performance.
'It was Friday night, The Starving Artist was packed--typical for open mic night. ...
I think I was more nervous than she was. Be good, be good, I silently repeated.
The cafe was filled with polite applause.
"I'd like to dedicate my first song to my friend, Gwen." She sang, "Stand By Me", and you could have heard needles click. Each performer was to do two songs each, but the audience wouldn't let Pathan leave until she offered them three."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4_ghoG9JQM
(John Lennon signs Stand By Me)
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Here Gwen describes Pathan singing at a funeral:
'Pathan begins to sing "Into The Mystic". Tears threaten her voice. ...She struggles for control and wins. Her song fills the room, wraps around the mourners, comforting them. ...
Pathan...begins to sing "I Will Remember You". She begins quietly, but with each verse, the volume increases. Other voices marry with hers."
Into The Mystic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6FPsRk-HHE
(Jen Chapin sings Into The Mystic)
I Will Remember You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHooH4464dQ
(Sarah McLachlan sings I Will Remember You)
Writing songs into my story was fun, and I won't hesitate to do it again.
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Next post: Podcast: author reading of The Sweater Curse (Chapter two, part 5)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Cast off: Basic Knitting Tutorial

Some knitters say "cast off"--others say "bind off". Both are correct, both refer to the method we will be discussing today.
While performing this method, work is divided evenly between the carrier needle (needle held in your left hand) and the working needle (needle held in your right hand). Begin casting off by working two stitch on your last row.
Using the carrier needle, scope the first stitch. Bring this stitch over the second stitch and off the working needle. Continue this method until one stitch remains.



Secure the last stitch by pulling the stitch until it forms a loop.


The loop should be approximately six inches long. Cut the yarn.



Next post: The Sweater Curse playlist

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I apologize for not sharing my sentences this weekend. I'm busy preparing for Bloody Words (June 3 to 5) and working on my WIP Turning. I'll be back Monday with the Basic Knitting Tutorial.
Have a wonderful Sunday.
It's sunny here--hope it's sunny there.
All the best,
Leanne

Friday, April 15, 2011

Please welcome Author Anne K Albert

Leanne: How/why did you start to write?
Anne: In the late 1980s I worked as a display advertising sales representative for a small weekly newspaper. That was the very first time I came face-to-face with a computer. I fell in love with the sound of fingertips flying across the keyboard. It may sound silly, but that's what inspired me to write my first book! I still love the sound. It's music to my ears.
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Leanne: How did you become an author?

Anne: Ah, that was the hard part! When I began writing my first manuscript I did not have a clue how to go about it. Fortunately, I discovered Romance Writers of America shortly thereafter. Via their monthly magazine, chapter meetings and online groups, I found myself in the midst with real authors. I listened, studied, and watched what they did, as well as how they worked their magic with words. I wrote five completed manuscripts. I also entered writing contests and worked my way up from finishing at the bottom of the entrant lists to placing and eventually winning contests. Finally, I queried agents and editors.

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Leanne: What was your first published piece?

Anne: DEFENDING GLORY is the first book of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series. It tells the story of a woman who believes unconditionally in the Lord, and a man who is convinced there is no master plan, no purpose to life, and most certainly no merciful God in Heaven. Of course, when his life and Glory's are threatened, he vows to keep her safe. But can he protect his heart as well?

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Leanne: Where was it published?

Anne: Defending Glory was published by Vanilla Heart Publishing in October 2010 in e-book format. The print edition followed in December 2010. It's available at Amazon (
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0045JL61E)
and Barnes and Noble (
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Defending-Glory/Anne-K-Albert/e/2940011112805/) as well as other outlets.
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Leanne: What did you do before embarking on your writing career? Was it an asset to your writing? How?

Anne: I taught high school art, was a stay-at-home-mom for a few years, sold display advertising for a small town weekly newspaper, and worked for a national brand water company, but now I write full time.

I believe all of my previous occupations are helpful in one way or another for my writing. One needs discipline, persistence, diplomacy, and tact to be a writer!

I also use my past, and especially the emotions I felt during specific events, to help formulate my characters. By observing real people, watching their body language, checking for facial ticks, and listening to the tone of their voice, catching their pet phrases, etc, I translate that information and use it in my stories. Engaging a reader's emotions is what telling a story is all about. It's also, I think, what makes a character memorable and walk off the page.

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Leanne: What inspires you?

Anne: I'm always intrigued by ordinary people who are faced with extraordinary circumstances and make not only the best of the situation but inspire us to be the best that we can be. I find that aspect of humanity one of our more enduring qualities.

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Leanne: Please share one of your successful marketing techniques?

Anne: I'm fairly new to self promotion and marketing techniques, and have no book sale numbers to back this up, but I think blogging (doing it consistently and regularly), guest blogging, visiting, reading and commenting on other blogs, being interviewed and featured on others, as well as participating in blog hops and challenges, has in some small way spread the word about me and my books.


Even if it has not resulted in a single book sale, I have no regrets.


In the short time I've been blogging, I have to admit I now have a serious addiction! I love meeting people from all corners of the globe and from all walks of life. Each of these individuals are communicating, sharing their thought and opinions, and being heard for the first time in history. There are no gatekeepers. Not even dictators can silence the voices. None of these poeple are celebrities or famous people. The internet has literally changed the course of history. Fascinating, fun, exciting times.

Speaking of interesting times, I'm currently doing the A-Z Blogging Challenge which dictates I post for 26 days during April. Each post must have something to do with the letter of the day. It's been a challenge to write the posts, but it's also been a joy to visit some of the other 1100 plus bloggers who are also taking the challenge. I highly recommend it, both as a visitor and as a blogger. Seriously, I'm going to be sad when it's over and I can't wait to sign up for the next challenge!

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Leanne: Any parting words?

Anne: Readers can visit my website
http://www.AnneKAlbert.com
Or my main blog:
http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com

I also have a blog dedicated to the Piedmont Island Trilogy series:
http://piedmont-island-trilogy.blogspot.com And a blog dedicated to the Muriel Reeves Mysteries: http://muriel-reeves-mysteries.blogspot.com

I'd also like to thank you so much, Leanne, for featuring me on your blog today. It's been such fun. I hope readers enjoyed it as much as I have, and would love to hear from them and read their thoughts and comments.


(Leanne: You're most welcome Anne. It was a pleasure having you and I looking forward to visiting your blog in June.)


I'd also like to encourage everyone to drop by my blog and check out my humble contribution to the A-Z Blogging Challenge. Leaving a comment will make you eligible for a draw to win an e-book copy of either DEFENDING GLORY, or FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL, the first book of my Muriel Reeves Mysteries. The winner will be announced May 2, 2011.


To conclude, happy reading, and of course, happy writing!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Author Work in Progress Report

Turning: Struggling with dyslexia and raised by overprotective parents, nineteen year old Lyndi longs for a boyfriend, an adventure, a life. Hoping to fulfill her dreams, she enlists in a youth group.
Word count:
39, 596 words

New sentence added:

Past, present and future co-existed on three intersecting roads.
(c)ldyck14-04-11

The Blank Canvas

I've watched with amazement (via her blog) as my friend Terrill Welch has created magic on her blank canvas. This experience inspired me to show you the magic I've created with my blank canvas. (My blank canvas is my pattern Honey Bunny).




These sweaters are destined for ArtCraft on Salt Spring Island. Or, rather, that was my plan. However, this year I will be juried. So, if I continue to sell there is up to them. Your positive thoughts are much appreciated.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Podcast: Reading The Sweater Curse (Ch 2: 4)

I hope you enjoy my reading of The Sweater Curse. Today I offer Chapter 2, part 4.




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Please remember if you have missed any of the readings you can find them all on the Podcast page.
http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com/p/radio-show-podcast.html

Monday, April 11, 2011

Decreasing (basic knitting tutorial)

In simplest terms, decreasing is treating two stitches as one. Slide the tip of your working needle into two stitch loops.
Wrap the yarn around the tip to make a new stitch. Pull the yarn through both loops.


Let the old stitches fall of the needle. Count your stitches. You have one fewer stitch than you had before you began decreasing.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Shared Sentences: Scene On A City Bus

Polished and presented to you--flash fiction. ***
Scene On A City Bus

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He saw me before I saw him. Haggard and worn from a day's worth of work, my mind was pondering another sad weekend spent in my apartment all alone. He was dressed to attract in black pants, white shirt and tie--a gallant peacock evangelizing. Our eyes met and I yearned for romance. He smiled and handed me a pamphlet. "Jesus saves!" I read.
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Please visit the other participating authors... http://sixsunday.blogspot.com http://suspenseful7ss.blogspot.com

Friday, April 8, 2011

Mystery Author Sibelle Hodge

How/why did you start to write?

I've always wanted to write humorous women's fiction. As a little kid, I was always scribbling stories, and I loved making people laugh. In the UK I was too busy in the rat race, paying the mortgage, to have enough time to actually concentrate on writing. But four years ago, I gave up my job, bought a house in Cyprus, and decided to go for it. I finally had the time, peace, and the beautiful scenery to give me the inspiration I needed to start on my novel.

What was your first published piece?

I've written many published articles, but my debut novel was a romantic comedy called Fourteen Days Later. It was shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009.

Where was it published?

It was first published on Amazon as a Kindle ebook. I'd queried traditional publishers and agents for a couple of years and came quite close to being published several times, but it never quite worked out. So I decided to become an Indie author and published it direct with Amazon. I haven't looked back since.

How long ago?

Nine months ago.

What did you do before embarking on your writing career? Was it an asset to your writing? How?

I'm a qualified personal trainer, sports and massage therapist, and I also write freelance feature articles on health, fitness, and various lifestyle subjects. Prior to this, I also worked for Hertfordshire Constabulary for ten years.
Working for the police is such an eye opener because you come across all sorts of people who you can use as inspiration. I write a murder mystery series which involves Amber Fox, an insurance investigator, so my experience with the police gave me a great background for procedures and ideas.

What inspires you?

My ideas for novels are a mixture of real life events that people have told me about, films I've seen, books I've read, or personal experiences. All my characters are a mix of people I know, people I've observed, or people my friends and family have told me about. I take different quirks or personalities form so many people and mix them up. The fun part is you can make up anyone you want. But of course it's all topped off with a lot of imagination.

Please share one of your successful marketing techniques?

One of the hard aspects of being an Indie author is you have to do your own marketing and promoting, as well as finding the time to write. One of things I've found is a nice way of getting the word out about your books is interacting with readers on various Kindle and Indie forums.

My Perfect Wedding is out on various ebook formats and will be released in paperback in the next few months, and I'm currently working on my second Amber Fox cozy murder mystery.

Blurb:
Amber Fox has been making too many mistakes lately and something's got to give...

For starters, Amber accidentally shoots Chief Inspector Janice Skipper and gets thrown off the police force. The only one who knows the truth about the incident is Amber, but no one will believe her.

After accepting a job as an insurance investigator from her ex-fiance, Brad Beckett, it truns out that Brad thinks they've still got unfinished business and the job description includes sexual favours that come with a price.

When fashion designer, Umberto Fandango, goes missing, Amber becomes embroiled in a complicated case. But Amber's arch-enemy, Chief Inspector Skipper, is also investigating his disappearance, and it's a race against time for Amber to solve the mystery before Skipper does and get her old job back. And just when Amber thinks things can't get any worse, she's being stalked by some crazy monsters.

Who is Umberto Fandango? Is he dead? And can Amber stay one step ahead and stay alive?

Links to purchase

Reviews:
"In this cleverly written Ebook by Sibel Hodge, the reader is taken on a variety of plot twists with a missing fashion designer, crazy mobster stalkers, and a police officer on the war-path. Sexy Amber Fox is on the case and it will take all her female wit and feminine ways to stay ahead of the game. The novel was entertaining and enjoyable. A recommend for anyone."
-Hot Gossip Hot Reviews book blog

"...a witty, well-paced romp, full of energy and with plenty of satisfying twists and turns."
-Romantic Novelists' Association

"Sibel Hodge gives us one feisty insuance investigator in this comedic mystery. Amber Fox is a modern, career-driven woman who seems to be a cross between Kinsey Milhone and Grace Hart (Miss Congeniality). I enjoyed the great mixture of action adventure and slapstick. I found myself chuckling out loud and on one occasion snorting water out my nose. The humor did not detract from the solid mystery, and I appreciated all the twists and turns and sub-plots that tied into the story nicely." -Coffee Time Romance & More

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I wish I was there...

Sadly powers beyond my control are anchoring me on beautiful Mayne Island, but if could be I would be...
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April 9, 2011
Speaker:
Kristina McMorris Topic:Selling the Hard-to-Sell Novel
Location:
St. Aidan's Church, 3703 St. Aidan's Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Registration:10:30 am
Workshop:
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
This workshop is free for members of Vancouver Island and Vancouver chapters of RWA, but there is a $20 fee for non-members. All attendees must register.
Visit
www.vicrwa.ca for details and payment options. (quoted from an email)

Romance Times Booklovers Convention
April 6 - 10, 2011

http://www.rtconvention.com
Everyone is having a blast!

This sweater is there, but I'm not.

To see the sweater, please visit the
Decadent Publishing booth. To visit me, log on to this blog. I'm not going any where. : (

Next post: Please welcome author Sibelle Hodge