***pompom cheers*** Technically yesterday was this Boy Who Loved FIRE's birthday, so here's an extra-whopping b-day wish from Writer's Alley! ***tosses confetti*** But I've saved some frosting for the real b-day person, here:
One major quick splatter first ~ This is release Day 2 for Julie and guess what she's decided to do? Donate all of today's proceeds to a special charity -Carousel Ranch, where they provide equestrian therapy for disabled children. WOOT! So share this post away so more peeps buy her book and help her help this program! Even you can do that. For more on the program itself, click here and watch the slide show.
Now, before we get to sharing your book with the Alleywalkers, let's quench their pallets for a little Julie in her own words. Where you one of those 'child readers'?
This will sound strange, but I didn't become an avid reader until I was around 10 years old. My book choices were not Nancy Drew mysteries or The Hobbit. I loved reading about love, mainly Danielle Steel novels. I've always been a big fan of romance. If you're a mom with a daughter who reads lovey dovey stories at a young age, fear not. I'm relatively normal!
I'm a firm believer in we all come into ourselves at our own time. Describe yourself using five fruits, vegetables, TV shows, Movies, books, or a combination of them.
Oooh, fun question!
1. Peach, because I try to be sweet but don't always succeed.
2. Cucumber, because I try to be cool under pressure but don't always succeed.
3. Seinfeld, because I love the little absurdities in life.
4. Pride & Prejudice, because I love love & Mr. Darcy.
5. Grease the movie, because I love to sing out loud (even though I have a terrible voice).
Lover of all things Mr. Darcy, you and I will get along just fine. ;)
On to your authorship - what are the three most important elements of writing?
1. Character development. I've had to study a lot on this issue because I feel it's one of my weaknesses. I create worksheets on each character and get to know them well before starting the story.
2. Fleshing out a great story idea. I have notebooks full of ideas; the trick is to make them novel-worthy.
3. Pushing through "the wall," as James Scott Bell calls it. This happens to me during draft one, somewhere toward the middle. I feel as if the idea is terrible, the book is terrible, and that I have no idea what I'm doing.
One piece of writing advice.
Keep learning. I appreciate the fact that even seasoned pros keep learning. No writer knows it all, and no matter where we are on our journeys we must keep learning and growing. Our readers deserve nothing less.
Well said. Well said. Now, let's share your new baby!
Description: Manny O’Donnell revels in his status at the top of his high school food chain. He and his friends party in the mountains on a blustery night, sharing liquor and lame ghost stories around a campfire. The next morning, as a wild fire rages in those same mountains, Manny experiences doubt. He was the last of the drunken crew to leave the cave, and he’s uncertain if he extinguished the flames. Within hours, he becomes the number one arson suspect.
Santa Ana winds + matches = disaster. You’d think he would've learned that the first time he started a fire.
As he evades a determined arson investigator, Manny, a modern-day Scrooge, is visited by ghosts of the past, present, and future. He’s forced to witness the fate of his inadvertent victims, including Abigail, the scarred beauty who softens his heart. Manny must choose between turning around his callous, self-centered attitude, or protecting his own skin at the expense of anyone who gets in his way.
Manny, Manny, Manny ... ;)
Care to share what you're working on now?
Manny, a modern teen Scrooge, faces 3 ghosts as he outruns arson charges, falls for his fire victim, & battles for redemption.
Whoa ... Thanks so much for joining us today, Julie!
Julie has gracious offered up an eCopy of the boy who loved FIRE to a random commentor, so make sure to leave your thoughts! Spreading the word won't get you extra entries, but it will get you a cyber hug from me!! (((HUGS)))