The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Author Interview with

Brittany Boyce

2K International Writer's Blog Tour

Happy Thursday! Author Brittany Boyce has furbabies!  Read on:

Brittany Boyce

I live in Northern Virginia, just outside D.C., with my husband of almost four years and two beautiful furbabies. I have been writing ever since I was a child, strongly throughout the middle and high school years. In fact I have an entire box of random story ideas from that Brittany Boycetime period, which I assure you are all hilarious in their lovely teenage angst. I’m currently in the editing process of what will be my debut novel, which I hope to self-publish this year.

What is the first piece you remember writing (from childhood or young adulthood)?

I don’t remember the first piece I wrote – but I do remember the first short story I had published. It was in my senior year literary journal, which in my Creative Writing class I also had the privilege of helping to edit and put together. I gobbled up more copies of the journal than I needed, just to show my family and friends that my story had been published. It was a short little love story, something I don’t write as much anymore, but it certainly fed the bug of wanting to one day publish a full novel.

What is your favorite aspect of being a writer? Your least favorite?

I absolutely love coming up with characters and new worlds. Fantasy fiction is just so unlimited that it’s almost freeing to take these characters out of my head and plant them in a world I created out of thin air and dreams.

My least favorite – editing. Enough said.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, what is your best tip for beating it? If not, why not?

I do believe in writer’s block, how can I not? I suffered it for years. Stress, depression and the general craziness that is life won out over any creative energy, blocking my ability to write anything, even something as miniscule as a short poem. My best tip for beating it is to write anything. Keep a journal, start a blog, write something, anything, keep the habit up because eventually the muse will return and when she does it’s usually with a vengeance.

What is your current writing project? What is the most challenging aspect of your current writing project?

As previously stated I am working on finishing my first novel and self-publishing it this year. It’s a new adult fantasy fiction story that came to me in a dream, literally. I worked for nine years on the first 20,000 words (thanks writer’s block) and then thanks to encouragement from my husband I took a writing class as well as participated in my firstNaNoWriMo. So now I have all the scenes and have reached what I lovingly refer to as my Achilles heel…editing.

What supports you in your writing?

My husband, my family and my friends are really the best supporters of my writing. They’re the behind the scenes people that keep me sitting down at my computer and working hard. Also my blog has become a fantastic support – the readers, many of whom are also authors, all working towards the same dream. It’s really encouraging, especially on those days when I’m pretty sure my dream is never going to come true, having my readers encourage me and lift me back up.

What are you currently reading?

Currently I am reading the second book in the Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor called Days of Blood and Starlight. It’s absolute fantastic! Her characters are so vivid that they leap off the page, fiery wings and blue haired. I highly recommend them – and I haven’t even finished it yet. It’s a dark series, but filled with sarcasm and laughter, a tragic love, and a new world so amazing I wish it were real, despite that it’s completely filled with war at the moment.

Where can our readers find you and your books online?

https://aliceandeve.wordpress.com/

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The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Author Interview with David Powning

2K International Writer's Blog Tour

Today we meet David! Hopefully, you’re enjoying getting to know all these folks as much as I am.

David Powning

I live in the south of England, not far from London. Last year I published my first novel, The Ground Will Catch You. I’m now working on a second.

Before writing The Ground Will Catch You I completed another novel, which I submitted to agents but got nowhere. Looking back, I think they were right – even I suspected that it wasn’t good enough. This time I sent the manuscript only to ten agents, and even as I pressed the stamps onto the envelopes I knew I was wasting my time. I received plenty of positive feedback, but nothing concrete. No one called me in for a cappuccino, but I genuinely didn’t care. Self-publishing has been so liberating, a truly fantastic thing. There are plenty of people out there (designers, proofreaders etc.) who can help you get your novel into great shape if you’re willing to invest some time and money and are truly committed to doing yourself credit by making your book as good as it can be. And there are also many indie authors who are only too happy to offer their advice, and from whose experience you can benefit if and when you lose your way.

Finally, I’m a writer – I have two cats. That’s a given.

What is the first piece you remember writing (from childhood or young adulthood)?

As a teenager I kept diaries for a long time, which I think I still have in a drawer somewhere, although I haven’t looked at them since. That’s probably for the best. Later on I was always committing ideas to paper, writing down ideas scenes, dabbling in a bit of terrible poetry. I even did some songwriting. Most, if not all, of what I wrote was probably awful, but they don’t call it a learning curve for nothing.

What is your favorite aspect of being a writer? Your least favorite?

Like every creative person, I imagine, writing is an outlet for something within. It chooses you, and it’s both a blessing and a curse. I’m sometimes envious of people who can go through life happily without this compulsion. But then, when I hit my stride and write a great scene, or even just a good piece of dialogue, it all feels completely worthwhile. It’s a rush, creating something out of nothing. And getting a novel out into the world was enormously satisfying, precisely because it was such hard work.

On a practical level, it would be so nice to release standalone chapters one at a time, like a musician releasing a couple of songs before an album comes out. But writing a novel isn’t like that, it’s all or nothing, so in those moments when you’re riven with self-doubt, it can be overwhelming. All those months or years spent committing words to the page, in the hope that something good comes of it – that’s tough.

Also, having to work to pay the bills and then writing in my spare time often leads to a lack of time left for reading. Ironic, really.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, what is your best tip for beating it? If not, why not?

I’m not convinced that writer’s block exists, although there are plenty of times when the words don’t flow in the way I’d like them to. And that’s the point really: if the drain outside your house were blocked, nothing would get through at all, whereas I think this thing they call writer’s block is different. The words are coming out, they’re just in the wrong order. Or they’re the wrong words.

The key, I think, is to not edit yourself as you write, to rid yourself of that self-critical way of thinking. Just let everything flow. No one’s watching you, no one’s going to judge your work unless you ask them to. There have been many times when I’ve written pages of prose, only to read them back and be embarrassed for myself. But so often when I go back and read them again, weeks or even months later, I spot a phrase or an idea that has something, a little spark. And it’s nearly always something that didn’t occur to me at the time, something I wasn’t aware of at all. So that’s why I’m not sure about writer’s block – nothing stops you from writing, it’s a question of attitude. You’re not digging dirt in an East African diamond mine for 16 hours at a time – you have the luxury of sitting at a keyboard when it suits and putting pretty words together. A sense of perspective is needed.

One more thing: lose the internet. It’s amazing how unplugging that cable for a few hours can send productivity soaring. Who knew?

What is your current writing project? What is the most challenging aspect of your current writing project?

My new novel is going to be a real challenge, because it’s in a genre that I don’t normally read. But I had this idea for a story a while back, and it won’t let me go. I think it might be a dystopian-style novel, in that it’s either going to be set on an island or in a very remote place where an experiment is taking place. However, the rest of the world is carrying on as normal, so I’m not sure whether that’s dystopian or not. Imagine trying to sell that idea to an agent…

However, I’m excited, which is vitally important. And depending on how the book goes, there’s a possibility for a sequel, which I gather is a good thing.

What supports you in your writing?

Fear and belief. Fear because with The Ground Will Catch You I was terrified of making a fool of myself, which is why it had a structural edit, copy-edit, beta readers, a proofread and professionally designed cover. It went through four drafts, and I read the final one over and over trying to find mistakes. I was so paranoid. But the reviews have been excellent, so now I feel a lot happier. I don’t care if I sell a hundred or a hundred thousand – the book is out there, people are reading it and enjoying it. That’s what counts.

And that has led to belief. I’ve done it once, I can do it again. Although no doubt I will still obsess over tiny details in the middle of the night.

What are you currently reading?

I have Stories by TC Boyle next to my bed – big fan – but at the moment I’m mainly reading books that are in a similar area to the novel I’m working on, such as Wool; The Island of Dr Moreau; The Handmaid’s Tale; The Passage. This is not so that I can copy them; in fact, it’s the opposite. I want to avoid plot elements that might have appeared elsewhere.

Where can our readers find you and your books online?

I blog at www.inkwrapped.com and people are welcome to email me with any queries or points of view. If I can help, I will. If not, I may know of someone who can. You can also find me on Goodreads.

Amazon would be the place for The Ground Will Catch You in ebook or paperback format. I’ve just unpublished it from Smashwords because I’m thinking of trying Kindle Unlimited to see how that goes. And ten per cent of the profits from the novel in any format will be donated to breast cancer charities.

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The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Author Interview Renee N. Meland

Renee Meland

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Get to know Renee!

Renee N. Meland 

Renee N. Meland lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two dogs. Her favorite obsessions are Rome, learning new recipes, and exploring the world around her. She is an avid reader of speculative fiction, and believes that telling stories isRenee Meland the best job in the world.

What is the first piece you remember writing (from childhood or young adulthood)?

I remember writing a fantasy piece, that we used cardboard and wallpaper to make into a book. It was called Yendor (my dad’s name spelled backwards)

What is your favorite aspect of being a writer? Your least favorite?

I get paid to play pretend. Least favorite part? It’s very hard to stand out when there are millions of other books out there.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, what is your best tip for beating it? If not, why not?

I believe in it but I don’t usually experience it. It’s more a block of motivation than ideas. Especially in the middle of a third or fourth draft, I’m ready to be done even though the story isn’t ready.

What is your current writing project? What is the most challenging aspect of your current writing project?

I am working on the third installment of The Extraction List Series, titled Leave me Lost. The challenge is I have to make people fall in love on paper, which I’m discovering is very difficult.

What supports you in your writing?

My husband and my parents.

What are you currently reading?

A dystopian called Station Eleven.

Where can our readers find you and your books online?

www.reneenmeland.wordpress.com

Available on Amazon

The Extraction List

 

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The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour – Interview Author Kara Jorgensen

Kara Jorgensen

2K International Writer's Blog Tour

Friday’s stop on the tour is with Kara Jorgensen:

Kara Jorgensen

Kara Jorgensen is an author and professional student from New Jersey who will probably die slumped over a Victorian novel. An anachronistic oddball from birth, she has always had an obsession with the Victorian era, especially the 1890s. Midway through a dissection in a college anatomy class, Kara realized her true passion was writing and decided to marry her love of Kara Jorgensen literature and science through science fiction or, more specifically, steampunk. When she is not writing, she is watching period dramas, going to museums, or babying her beloved dogs.  She is a proud indie author, who has one novel published, The Earl of Brass, and one forthcoming entitled The Winter Garden.

What is the first piece you remember writing (from childhood or young adulthood)?

The earliest story I can remember writing was a sort of Sherlock Holmes fanfiction when I was ten or eleven.  My grandma had given me a YA Sherlock Holmes story by a modern author, and I fell in love. I dove into Conan Doyle’s short stories and began to write my own, but with the addition of a love interest, much more adventure and drama, and probably a bit less crime.  I think this sparked my love of historical fiction and is why I write historical fantasies set in the Victorian era.  As I grew up, I moved stayed in fantasy, traversing time and countries, before finally settling on the 1890s when I began writing The Earl of Brass.

What is your favorite aspect of being a writer? Your least favorite?

My favorite aspect of being a writer is being able to create worlds and characters my readers look forward to and love.  I love to write, but it is much more rewarding when readers ask when the next book is coming out or what happened to so-and-so.  My least favorite aspect is marketing. It’s hard work and not always the most rewarding part of writing.  I have a hard time figuring out how to creatively market my books and not become one of those people who spams their “buy my book” ads on social media.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, what is your best tip for beating it? If not, why not?

I’m unsure where I stand with writer’s block.  There are some days when I am severely stressed and know there is no way I am in the right frame of mind to work, but the block is usually within our control.  If you have things that are stressing you out, try to take care of them.  Walk the dog, clean the dishes, do your homework, do whatever you need to in order to settle down and get back to writing. If there doesn’t seem to be anything externally bothering you, then, it may help to do some pre-writing.  Try outlining the scene or jotting down the points that you need to cover.  If there is a scene that will come later and is knocking at your brain, write that and then go back to the one you are stuck on.

What is your current writing project? What is the most challenging aspect of your current writing project?

At the moment, I am finishing up the writing and editing of my second book, The Winter Garden.  I’m stuck on the final battle. Choreographing the really important scenes sometimes gives me performance anxiety, especially if the scene is not clear in my mind.  At this point, I think I need to write out an outline and work on that before I can actually write the scene.  What I’m struggling with specifically is keeping track of everyone in the room and the cause and effect of each decision.  Note to self, have a “final battle” with less participants next time.

What supports you in your writing?

Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.  Actually, my boyfriend and best friend are very supportive of my work.  When I have a scene I am stuck on, I can always come to them and pick their brains.  Neither of them has ever told me to give it up or pick a more lucrative career.  It also helps that I am working toward an MFA in creative writing.  Many of friends are writers or poets, and my professors want nothing more than for us to succeed.  Surrounding yourself with a network of authors and poets definitely makes me feel more secure.

What are you currently reading?

Currently, I am reading two books, which is very odd for me as I am typically a monogamous reader.  I am nearing the end of The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman.  I honestly am not enjoying it, but because I bought the His Dark Materials trilogy as a box set, I’m finishing it anyway.  I’m also reading Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk.  In the past, I have really enjoyed her Whybourne and Griffin series, and from what I have read of Restless Spirits, I think I have a new series to enjoy.

Where can our readers find you and your books online?

http://karajorgensen.com

http://amzn.com/B00L4CWBVE

The Earl of Brass

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