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Hey everyone! I'm a first time poster here. I just wanted to let you all know about this contest my sister is having. She met Kelley Armstrong a couple days ago at a reading and Mrs. Armstrong was generous enough to provide a signed copy of Waking the Witch for my sister to give away on her blog! All you have to do is go to the blog and comment with your email :) You get extra points if you also subscribe to the blog and follow her on twitter.


Read about the contest here

And here's her twitter if you'd like to follow.


Thanks guys, good luck!
 
 
This is taken from Shurtugal.com about how to win a signed copy of Brisinr.


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30 April 2010 @ 03:21 pm
Hi, I'm the newby.  I've just posted three chapters of my first attempt at a novel.  If your interested (or bored) and want to check it out, go to my journal and read away.  Any feedback is encourage although if you are mean about it I just might cry, so please don't.  :] Enjoy and let me know what you think!
 
 
26 February 2010 @ 11:03 pm
01.) When writing, does the idea come to you or do you search for it?
Searchsearch. But I usually always skew off my original found idea with something I thought up.
02.) Do you research ideas thoroughly?
I only research what I need. So, uh... Yeah, thorough-ish.
03.) Do you write while listening to music or do you prefer complete silence?
If it's time sensitive, I'll listen to music (speedcore ftw.) but if I'm just writing to write, silence.
04.) Does the majority of your writing take place during the day or throughout the night?
Night is when my gears get going. Git'er done.
05.) Do you prefer to critique your own work or leave the duty up to others?
Both, they're on the same level. It also depends on how long I've been writing it.
06.) What category does the majority of your writing fall into?
Uhhhh. Drama/Action/Romance/Crack. Yes, crack.
07.) Do you have any pen names, or are you rooting for the name out of the womb still?
I've changed pen names so damn much, haha. Right now it's Yuri. Watch it melt.
08.) What project are you currently hard at work with at the moment?
Oh my God, I wish I could say. Mostly I've been working on short stories.
09.) How do you deal with reviews, both positive and negative?
Positive, I just go all 'gawrsh thank u mista/miss' and of course you know, with negative I consider everything before implementing. You knowwww.
10.) Do you read other novels in addition to writing your own during the process?
Yes but only as of late. I was an avid reader when I hated to write and stopped reading a lot when I began to write. (lol go figure) I've just gotten two books from my local library and am buried in Sophie's World, man. BURIED.
11.) Are you open to the thought of collaborating with another author on a project?
Yesyesyesyesexplodingfuckingyes. Yes, I am.
12.) Who is the first person aside from agents and publishers you let read your work?
Uhhhh... No one, I r shy. Wait, wait - strangers.
13.) Are your characters generally based on someone in the flesh, or simply a figment of your imagination?
Figments.
14.) Which part of your stories do you find the most challenging to write?
It Varies.
15.) Do you get the dreadful "writers block," and if so, what are your remedies?
Food. Junkfood gets my brain juicing, man or I'll just play a video game.

Hi, I'm Shawnnnnnnn but my readers call me Yuri.
 
 
05 November 2009 @ 01:14 pm
Hey y'all...I'm Nazarea (N for short) and my debut, Faith's Friendship is set to be released January 5th. I adore YA fiction, and look forward to getting to know y'all.


01.) When writing, does the idea come to you or do you search for it?
Muse usually dumps it in my lap--by way of song or writing exercises--and then runs away giggling like mad.

02.) Do you research ideas thoroughly?
Hell no. For my debut, a historical family saga, I did maybe an hour's worth of research. I hate it, actually.

03.) Do you write while listening to music or do you prefer complete silence?
Music...The Weepies are a current favorite.

04.) Does the majority of your writing take place during the day or throughout the night?
Eh...depends on many factors: am I under a deadline, do I have a babysitter for the girlies, how insistant is Muse being? Do we have clean clothes?....for the most part, at night, if I have a choice.

05.) Do you prefer to critique your own work or leave the duty up to others?
I am awful at critiquing my own stuff. It's why I have friends, right? Actually, I'd be lost without my CP...she's a lifesaver. 

06.) What category does the majority of your writing fall into?
YA urban fantasy, and epic fantasy.

07.) Do you have any pen names, or are you rooting for the name out of the womb still?
Nope. With a name like mine, pen names seem a bit redundant. .

08.) What project are you currently hard at work with at the moment?
Forbidden, a novel in the interrelated series I'm writing.

09.) How do you deal with reviews, both positive and negative?
It depends. Most of the good reviews I blush and brush off. The bad ones can make me cry, but usually I dry my tears and look at what's been said and fix things in the story.  

10.) Do you read other novels in addition to writing your own during the process?
Constantly. :) I'm a book addict

11.) Are you open to the thought of collaborating with another author on a project?
I adore collaboration! My critique partner and I are working on a story now.

12.) Who is the first person aside from agents and publishers you let read your work?
My critique partner and writer's group.

13.) Are your characters generally based on someone in the flesh, or simply a figment of your imagination?
Pure imagination. (I only wish Lance was real.)

14.) Which part of your stories do you find the most challenging to write?
Hm..that depends. It varies with each book, I'd say.

15.) Do you get the dreadful "writers block," and if so, what are your remedies?
Sometimes. Cleaning, reading, music and playing with the babies usually cures it. (Actually it's something of a joke...if I mention I'm cleaning, my writer's group gets all excited about new stories. hehe.)

 
 
 
12 August 2009 @ 03:30 am
A while back I made an Amazon list for what I felt was the Best Gay YA I'd ever read, picking only the books that appealed to both the escapist kid and finicky adult in me.

What are your criteria for good YA, and which books have you read that best meet them?
 
 
02 August 2009 @ 10:02 am
This is the first page & a half of my first draft, and I want to know if it grabs your attention. Is it interesting enough? Does it make you want to read on? Do you feel like you're getting to know that protagonist enough? Do I need to change anything?

I have the hardest time threading exposition into the story in the first chapter.

About the novel: It's the first book in what I want to be a series of four, following a girl through her junior and senior years of high school. The protagonist, Shelby, has an older sister who is famous, sexy, and perfect. And Shelby is... well, she's pretty average. In this book, she joins the drama club and sort of accidentally becomes the student director for a wacky musical. Hilarity ensues.

Read on.Collapse )
 
 
21 July 2009 @ 11:54 am
Hi!  
01.) When writing, does the idea come to you or do you search for it?
I always have a thousand ideas swirling in my head, but it's just about getting parts of the plot worked out so I can work from there. But sometimes I do get an idea from a lyrics in a song, something someone said, a line in a movie.

02.) Do you research ideas thoroughly?
I'm all for the research. If I don't know about what it is I'm writing, I try to get at least a basic understanding.

03.) Do you write while listening to music or do you prefer complete silence?
I listen to music every time I write for the most part. It keeps me focused and helps me to not get lost in my own thoughts.

04.) Does the majority of your writing take place during the day or throughout the night?
Usually in the night because it's the only quiet time I have to myself.

05.) Do you prefer to critique your own work or leave the duty up to others?
I prefer to have only someone I trust do it.

06.) What category does the majority of your writing fall into?
I'd like to think I could be catergorized in numerous, but currently fantasy/romance. 

07.) Do you have any pen names, or are you rooting for the name out of the womb still?
I sent my manuscript in with my first and middle name. I thought it would be easier that way than deciding 'should I use my married or my maiden?'

08.) What project are you currently hard at work with at the moment?
The sequel to my first novel and the first novel in a new series.

09.) How do you deal with reviews, both positive and negative?
I do have a problem with harsh criticism but I like to hear what people think and why they like or dislike something.

10.) Do you read other novels in addition to writing your own during the process?
I read every day.

11.) Are you open to the thought of collaborating with another author on a project?
I would love to collaborate if the right project came along.

12.) Who is the first person aside from agents and publishers you let read your work?
My mother.

13.) Are your characters generally based on someone in the flesh, or simply a figment of your imagination?
There are always parts of people that I know in most of my characters. I'd like to the think that when they read it they'd go "hey! she based this off of me!"

14.) Which part of your stories do you find the most challenging to write?
Usually the connecting parts from one important moment to the next. I'm always surprised at how it turns out.

15.) Do you get the dreadful "writers block," and if so, what are your remedies?
I do sometimes, but that's why I like to have parts of the plot figured out so I can see what I can do to get from Point A to Point B. Listening to music always helps me and sometimes I just have to step away from that novel for a little while.

 
 
Current Mood: creative
 
 
01.) When writing, does the idea come to you or do you search for it?
They usually start out as daydreams.

02.) Do you research ideas thoroughly?
Er... not really. I stick to what I know or else mealy-mouth around technical stuff and call it a style.

03.) Do you write while listening to music or do you prefer complete silence?
Depends. Sometimes music really inspires me, sometimes I need a lightless vault and ear plugs to concentrate.

04.) Does the majority of your writing take place during the day or throughout the night?
Night. It's hard to write when other people are around and could walk in or make noise at any moment, so I usually just wait until everyone else goes to bed.

05.) Do you prefer to critique your own work or leave the duty up to others?
Either or. I go through my stuff a dozen times, but I know the value of fresh eyes. It depends on who's interested and how much I value their opinion.

06.) What category does the majority of your writing fall into?
Gay fiction, young adult, and most of the time, both.

07.) Do you have any pen names, or are you rooting for the name out of the womb still?
My original name, neutered: L.A. Fields. I couldn't just walk away from such great initials.

08.) What project are you currently hard at work with at the moment?
A sequel to my first novel, which is being published this summer (!) -- I've got a full bio here.

09.) How do you deal with reviews, both positive and negative?
Well? I own my short comings and take pride in praise. I usually detail all the feedback I get on LJ, regardless of good or bad, and process my reactions in-post, like here.

10.) Do you read other novels in addition to writing your own during the process?
Sometimes. I have to watch it though, because it can disturb my voice if I read too much of someone else. Reading authors I aspire to write like helps me break through problems though. So it depends.

11.) Are you open to the thought of collaborating with another author on a project?
Not really. I can't imagine I'd be mature enough to share.

12.) Who is the first person aside from agents and publishers you let read your work?
My best friend. She's caught a lot of ridiculous stuff that I'd be embarrassed to show anyone else. She's my front line editor.

13.) Are your characters generally based on someone in the flesh, or simply a figment of your imagination?
Suspiciously similar to people in my life. I mix up characteristics, but I've noticed a lot of the same relationship dynamics showing up over and over again. It's cheaper than therapy and more fun and it puts a positive twist on everything I experience, since at the very least it'll make a good story.

14.) Which part of your stories do you find the most challenging to write?
The beginning, and occasionally, the titles. If I don't have a title before I start, I struggle to think of one, and I get the urge to quit stuff before I get too far, so starting is hard.

15.) Do you get the dreadful "writers block," and if so, what are your remedies?
Yes. Music that has the tone I'm looking for usually helps. Taking a break and just fantasizing about the story instead of trying to translate it into the actual words helps too.
 
 
20 July 2009 @ 02:03 pm
01.) When writing, does the idea come to you or do you search for it?
I don't like searching for an idea exactly; when i do the result seems forced and unreal so i enjoy things to just come to me. inspired. i do search for more inspiration to fuse the idea i already have and whatever i get, i write it down and stop searching once i've got ten to fifteen ideas and i either flesh them all out or throw them to the dogs. it all depends.

02.) Do you research ideas thoroughly?
of course. realism is important to me and without it, my stories would be...well, simply so, they would annoy me if they had no research put into them. however, i only research what needs to be research at that moment, nothing more, nothing less.

03.) Do you write while listening to music or do you prefer complete silence?
I write listening to music, sometimes instrumentals such as The Ascend by A Classic Crime or Giuseppe Tartini's 'Devil's Tril.' Yes, I am slyly recommending you music. Though, I usually listen to music that corresponds to the excerpt i'm writing. I guess you could say it gets me into the story. 

04.) Does the majority of your writing take place during the day or throughout the night?
Throughout the night; I'm a night owl and my best ideas come from lack of sleep. I don't have insomina, i just don't like sleeping.

05.) Do you prefer to critique your own work or leave the duty up to others?
Like most writers, I imagine my work to be great, having a few flaws but that's the thing; just a few flaws. I can't see them all being blinded by my ignorance. I greatly prefer people to critque my own work so as I can perceive anothers view and opinion towards my work. As they say, what's good for you, may not be good for some. It's nice to hear what other people have to say, the both good and bad.

06.) What category does the majority of your writing fall into?
Gay young adult romance. Haha. Really though, that is the majority of my work. Though, I do have many short stories involving the psychiatric feats which are a large part of my interests, that is usually thrown into the mix. I've never been a large fan of sci-fi(or syfy, if you'd please) and the like but I always try to add some action or suspense to my stories. I absolutely cannot get enough of psychological thrillers, from movies to novels. It is a shame I can't find many books of the sort that interest me. Please, if you have any of worth, tell me.

07.) Do you have any pen names, or are you rooting for the name out of the womb still?
Il'ya. It's a Russian male name. A last name is in non existence and I don't see it ever existing; simply Il'ya suffices, yes?

08.) What project are you currently hard at work with at the moment?
Two things; A soon-to-be novel called, 'Chocolate Milk And Sex,' and another that remains untitled. The first involves a young male teenager involved with a hit man. Oooo, fun fun, no? The untilted one is something that isn't of great importance to me at this time and is still generally being created; characters and such.

09.) How do you deal with reviews, both positive and negative?
I deal with it; that's all. I take everything they say into consideration and either forget it or incorporate it. It simply is, in fact, what it is. The positives are not something I generally take too much into but the negative, well, I always pay attention to it. I want to improve in any way possible and I can't get many pointers from a simply positive review. I prefer posagative.  I've no idea if that is even a word but it sounds sophisticated, doesn't it?

10.) Do you read other novels in addition to writing your own during the process?
Rarely. My mind is so scattered, I could clear as day see me accidentally inputting a key plot from one novel into my own. Of course, I'd catch it but who knows how long until I do? Ten, twenty, one hundred pages later? 

11.) Are you open to the thought of collaborating with another author on a project?
I've tried it once and it ended with 'creative differences' but I'd be happy to try it again. I'd love to, in fact. I love working with others. 

12.) Who is the first person aside from agents and publishers you let read your work?
School teachers. I entered a contest as a child and got second place. It was a horror story about ten pages long, I believe. 

13.) Are your characters generally based on someone in the flesh, or simply a figment of your imagination?
All figments of my imagination. No one I know is exactly... well, as psychotic as my characters. Haha. I'm glad for that.

14.) Which part of your stories do you find the most challenging to write?
I'm not quite sure. Perhaps whereas my characters experience moments I don't believe I could possibly reproduce without extensive research and the topic itself is quite rare in which case researching generally becomes a pain in the ass. I could always simply put my feet into my characters shoes but you can only know so much.

15.) Do you get the dreadful "writers block," and if so, what are your remedies?
I usually just get away; I read a book, listen to music, chat with friends, do whatever. Anything that doesn't (at least not directly) involve writig.