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The Snap of Fall Means NaNoWriMo!

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileEvery fall season writers across the world connect in person and online to do what some have called the impossible…Write a novel (50K words) in the month of November. What do we call this madness? National Novel Writing Month, or for short NaNoWriMo!

This year I am doing a paranormal mystery that I have decided to call: Operation Xander.  You can check out the link and follow my progress. Or if you want to join me in the wonder and craziness that is NaNoWriMo add me as a buddy and join a local community of writers. Of course you are welcome to join my local group even if you live on the other side of the planet. We call ourselves the White County NaNo on Facebook.

Don’t get overwhelmed with the thought of that many words in one month. You have time to prep! Check out #NaNoPrep on twitter or Facebook, and the prep page on the NaNoWriMo site.

Join me and all by NaNo Buddies for the best thing going in the Month of November, NaNoWriMo!

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Interview with Elise Stokes — Cassidy Jones and the Luminous

Elise Stokes lives with her husband and four children. She was an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time mom. With a daughter in middle school and two in high school, Elise’s understanding of the challenges facing girls in that age range inspired her to create a series that will motivate girls to value individualism, courage, integrity, and intelligence. The stories in Cassidy Jones Adventures are fun and relatable, and a bit edgy without taking the reader uncomfortably out of bounds. Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula, Cassidy Jones and Vulcan’s Gift, Cassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant, and Cassidy Jones and the Luminous are the first four books in the series.

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10/9/2014

I was wondering where you get your story ideas?

I don’t know. :)  Usually brainstorming with my husband at a coffeehouse.  He’ll say something, or I’ll say something, then my imagination grabs hold of it, and goes wild.

1What is the usual process for your fiction writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I wish I was a plotter. I’d think being organized and working from a nice, convenient storyboard would move the writing process along much quicker. I always plan on creating at least a skeleton outline. However, once I start working out the plotline in my head, I just want to get on with the writing. So I go for it and do a lot of backtracking when the story I thought I was going to write veers in another direction, or I have to meld in an inspired twist or turn, and I usually have to thumb through previous installments to refresh my memory about names, physical descriptions, places, etc. I forget a lot.

Once you have an idea that sparks your imagination do you research your idea or do any world-building exercises, or do you just begin to write and see where the Muse takes you?

I usually just begin writing, and if need be, do light research.

What is your daily writing time like?2

I write whenever I have a spare moment, and hopefully those moments are quiet. Unfortunately, I need silence to write, which doesn’t happen often in a household of six. In fact, at this very moment, my seventeen-year-old is recording her latest original song in our dining room, my husband is talking on the phone an arm’s length away, and I’m having a very difficult time answering this question, lol. The earplugs I’m wearing are useless!

Are you a full time writer? If so when did you make the decision and what factors led to the decision? If you are not a full time writer…Is your plan to one day being a full time writer?

I would love to write full-time. Currently, I squeeze writing in bet3ween homeschooling, a part-time job, book promotion, and household duties. Perhaps I’ll have the opportunity when my kids are grown.

Can you tell us about your experience working with your current publisher? (Any other publishers?) (Or your self-publishing experiences?)

I’m self-published, which isn’t for the weak. Writing the book is the easy part. The selling is tricky. Marketing is a full-time job. I’ve accumulated over 177,000 tweets in four years. How many novels is that equivalent to? Like, ten! Actually, that’s my fault. I love the Twitter community. I’ve met some great folks through it. Who says you can’t make friends in 140 characters? :)

4What is your current release and (without spoilers) tell us about the new book or series.

Cassidy Jones and the Luminous is the latest installment in Cassidy Jones Adventures.  Summarizing Book Four without spoilers— tough to do. So much happens in this adventure! The Luminous has a slightly darker storyline than the previous installments; relationships get more complex, a new, insidious adversary is introduced, and my young superhero’s life is turned upsidedown, once again, my favorite pastime. :)  Essentially, The Luminous changes the course of the series. I certainly didn’t see it coming!

Can you tell us about some of your other writing (fiction or nonfiction) and any appearances or signings that you have planned?

I started writing Book Five a couple of days ago. I’m really jazzed about the plot and can’t wait to see where it goes!

As an author what inspiration or advice would you give to a writer who is working to make the transition to Author?

My first bit of advice: just write. I don’t care for the term “aspiring writer.” You’re either a writer or you’re not. If you have a story tumbling around your head, flip open your laptop, or grab a pen and paper, and go for it.

My second bit of advice: be open. I hadn’t planned on self-publishing, yet here I am. It’s extremely difficult for an unpublished (unproven) author to find an agent willing to represent them, unless they happen to be Snooki or a Kardashian.  I’m well acquainted with the music industry, and it’s very sad to see publishing walking in the same footsteps. Publishing has a broken business model; agents and publishers don’t know how to make money anymore, and are unwilling to take a risk. That’s why there are multiple takes on familiar brands in literature and film. How many versions of Snow White are there?CASSIDY JONES 1 2 3 4

Who is your favorite author, and can you recommend a book by that author?

I don’t have a favorite author per se. In fact, I rarely read anymore. I don’t have the time. But whenever asked this question, East Of Eden always comes to mind.  When I did devour books— before four kids and I complicated my life by becoming an author— the characters in that particular work of John Steinbeck’s hooked me and wouldn’t let go. To this day, I still think about them.

If you would like more information about Elise Stokes you can find out more about her and her books on Amazon, Barnes & NobleTwitter, Facebook, Facebook CommunityG+ and on her website.

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Interview with Marion G. Harmon — Wearing The Cape: Small Town Heroes

Marion G. Harmon, a former financial advisor in Las Vegas with advanced degrees in Literature and History started self publishing in 2011. Marion has gone on to create an exciting canon of superheroes with his Wearing the Cape series.

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Small Town Heroes
9/30/2014

I was wondering where you get your story ideas?
All over, mostly from a lifetime of reading fantasy, sci-fi, and comics, and having the stories percolating in my head. Because I try and tie background to the real world, some of it is from contemporary events. Superhuman terrorists as supervillains, for example.

51g7ZCwEaoLWhat is the usual process for your fiction writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I am mostly a pantser, or as I like to say, a “discovery writer.” I usually have some idea how I want a story to end and shoot in the general direction, refining as I go.

Once you have an idea that sparks your imagination do you research your idea or do any world-building exercises, or do you just begin to write and see where the Muse takes you?
My muse points me in the direction she wants me to go, but I do find myself doing a fair bit of  research as I write and I learn what details I’ll need to fill in.

Omega Night (Wearing the Cape) is a 5,000-word short story taking place between the events of Villains Inc. and Young Sentinels.

Omega Night (Wearing the Cape) is a 5,000-word short story taking place between the events of Villains Inc. and Young Sentinels.

What is your daily writing time like?
It’s all over the place, and something I really struggle with.

Are you a full time writer? If so when did you make the decision and what factors led to the decision? If you are not a full time writer…Is your plan to one day being a full time writer?
I am a full time writer, and the factor that led to my decision was losing my job in stock-market crash of ’08. I decided to take a year off, work part-time, and write the book I always wanted to write. Then I self-published it and started on the next one.

Can you tell us about your experience working with your current publisher? (Any other publishers?) (Or your self-publishing experiences?)
I can only tell you three things about self-publishing: a.) Make sure your story is polished and well-edited, b.) get a good cover and c.) Start selling your baby at $.99 per download on Amazon. When a lot of people have reviewed your baby and given it a good Amazon ranking, then you can start raising your rates. Four things: finish your second book, and your third, and your fourth. You’ll never go full-time on a single book or even two.

posterWhat is your current release and (without spoilers) tell us about the new book or series.
My current titles are books 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Wearing the Cape Series: Wearing the Cape, Villains Inc., and Young Sentinels, and a side-story, Bite Me: Big Easy Nights, and the new Small Town Heroes. The books chronicle the life and adventures of young Hope Corrigan, aka Astra, a new superhero and member of the Chicago Sentinels.

Can you tell us about some of your other writing (fiction or nonfiction) and any appearances or signings that you have planned?
No other writing so far, and the only appearances and signings I do are at my tables at book festivals and comic cons so far.

As an author what inspiration or advice would you give to a writer who is working to make the transition to Author?
You’re going to suck until you get good, and you’re going to linger in obscurity until you get that first contract (or self-publish) and probably long after. So don’t plan on writing as a career; write until you’ve built a career.

wtc 1-3Who is your favorite author, and can you recommend a book by that author?
Too many to name, but for everyone who asks that question I say: Barry Hughart and his masterpiece Bridge of Birds. Almost nobody knows about him, and everyone should.

If you would like more information about Marion G. Harmon you can find his books on the Pen and Cape Society, SmashwordsAmazon, on his website.

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Tree of Life by Lisa M. Collins–New Announcement!

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Guys and Gals I wanted you to get this success story. The Holdfast magazine, Speculative Fiction Anthology I will be appearing in was funded on IndieGOGO.

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In Issue #4, Diversity: Seeing Yourself in Speculative Fiction includes:

  1. The Tree of Life by Lisa M. Collins. A huge fleet of spaceships make their way across the galaxy, populated by the matriarchal descendants of east Asia. Three generations of the same family discuss the future of their crew.
  2. War and Peace by Joyce Chng. Captain Suky Hartono meets the OoioO living ships and their envoy. Captain Hartono has the responsibility of preventing war on her shoulders.
  3. An interview with author Stephanie Saulter, about her life, her books and thoughts on women, genetic engineering, race, and disability politics.

This is an anthology that I am so proud to be a part of, if you want to help with the print version or donate for awesome prizes, check out the Indiegogo campaign by Holdfast magazine

“All profits made will go directly to the writers and illustrators whose hard work and creativity fill the pages of holdfast, split equally for each contribution.”

 

 

 

 

 

Super Choice Adventure: Chapter 12

I got the chance to write Super Choice Adventure: Chapter 12.
My chapter mashes up Willow Wisp‘s world with my Starborne Academy.
I hope all of you will go and vote on what happens next! Voting happens on the Pen and Cape website. If you need to catch up you can read all the chapters here.

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“Stop me, Jen,” Perry pleaded once more. “If things don’t work out, if you have no other choice than to kill me, don’t hesitate. Once the Doc Omniverse of your timeline makes the tenth connection, my timeline may not exist. I don’t know how many times I may have tried this same tactic or if I am the only incarnation of Perry that ever learns from my mistakes. You must stop me.”

“I will, Perry. I promise.”

“Remember I know you as well as you know me. Only the truly unexpected can work. By now this Doc Omniverse has a contingency plan for everything he thought you might try. You need to get out of our heads and find unconventional help.” Perry took a gasping breath that wracked his broken body.

“Perry?”

“Jen, there isn’t time.” He slumped into the stasis unit. “I love you and all is forgiven. Remember that. Remember the good times. Now go! Please, Jen, go!”

Armed with the few things Perry brought from his timeline, Willow activated omnilocators. “I love you too, baby brother.” She pulled the emergency story of home from her boot cuff and dove back into her apartment. You just got to love future tense, it always works to get you where you want to be–One step ahead of your foes.

Willow laid out the few items that Perry had provided. There was a list of where Doc had opened the ten portals, a few books that Doc thought might help, but since he thought of them Willow tossed them on the couch. She needed new material. Willow pocketed the omnilocators, mind reading rings, and the durite handcuffs. The earpiece, which she promptly put back in its place, thankfully still had power. “Testing…testing, Dave? You there?”

The comm crackled, “Willow! I thought we lost you!”

“Well, I’m back and I have a plan. It’s mostly formed anyway. I am going to need to pick your techy brain, Dave.”

“I’m all yours Willow. What do you want to know?” He sounded like a kid in a candy shop.

Willow sighed; she needed cool heads not mundanes with ideas of grandeur. “To make a long story short, while I was offline, I met a future version of Doc Omni who warned and pleaded with me to stop him at all costs.”

“What?” Dave gasped.

“Don’t interrupt, Dave, its bad manners. Here is what I know so far. With each universe Doc Omni connects it gets harder for me to make the jump. Without the omnilocators Perry gave me the jumps can be fatal. Basically, I need to do something unexpected. He, the future Doc, said that our current Doc had contingency plans for everything he thought I might try. ”

“So we need to try something you wouldn’t think of?”

“Exactly, and that is where you come in Dave. I need some off the cuff, out of the box ideas.” Willow sat down at the table and started tapping her fingers. Let this work.

“I have an idea, it’s complicated, but it just might work.”

“Spit it out already!”

“Since we can assume that Doc Omni knows all the stories in your library, we need a new story that neither of you have heard before. Take out that list of portal connections and tell me if there are places you don’t recognize.”

Willow slid the list over the tabletop. Only one place didn’t immediately conjure an image of a storyline or visual–Starborne Academy. “Dave, what do you know about Starborne Academy?”

“Um. I don’t. Is it on the list?”

Willow wanted bang her head on the table. “Of course, Dave. Get with the program.”

A new voice crackled across the comm, “In case you two haven’t figured it out I’m still monitoring your comm lines.”

“Who is this?” Willow demanded.

“Nick, remember I located and tapped your communication channel.”

Dave gave a whoop. “Oh, wow man. That is great, but next time, if there is a next time, let us know.”

“I don’t like surprises.” Willow said with more calm than she felt.

“Well, Willow, you might like this one. I happen to read the webserial Starborne Academy, and I have the First Year in paperback.”

“That is a happy circumstance, not a surprise, but I’ll take it. Listen up you two.” Willow continued, “Nick, I’m coming to you to get the book and I need you to show me in the book where the location of the portal should be. Dave, I want you to read over this Starborne Academy. Find me some allies.”

Nick interrupted, “The allies you need are Liz Grissom, Gem Schirra, and Peep who are collectively known at Triad 3-G. They are what we call metahuman, genetically altered, but basically human. Liz’s is a tracker. She has acute sensory abilities that can locate anomalies undetectable by natural human perception. Gem is a technopath. She can intuit any type of machinery or technology human made or otherwise. Peep is omni-lingual and smarter than Einstein.”

 “All right, smarty-pants, transfer a copy of the story by data packet to Dave. I’ll be there shortly.”

Willow pulled out her copy of Legion of Nothing. Placing her hand on the same page as last time she glowed with power and dove into the book.

“Nice to see you again, Willow.” Nick said.

Willow gave him an annoyed look. “Yeah, moving on. Where is the book?”

“Right here.” Nick pushed a pile of nuts, bolts, and circuitry over to the left of his work bench and put the book down. “I am thinking the best spot to jump to, from your limited information is in this chapter. First Year: Sting Like A Bee.”

Dave’s voice came over the comm. “Willow, sorry to butt in, but I just started reading the story. You are definitely need to find this Gemini Schirra, well she goes by Gem. This girl can do anything with technology and the story is written about 800 years in the future, so the tech they have available is out of this world. In her timeline humans have mastered cold fusion, can create pin-point singularities, almost anything that you’ve ever read about in a science fiction novel. And this thirteen year old girl can make it all work for us.”

“So you two want to entrust the existence of our universe to a gaggle of thirteen year olds?” Willow couldn’t believe it. The plan was sure unexpected and definitely unconventional.

“I guess that’s right, Willow. But they have you too and you have me and Nick to back you up. We can do this. We have to.”

Dave sounded so confident. “We don’t really have a choice, do we?” Willow stated.

Nick clapped his hands, “No. So let’s get down to it. In this chapter the girls have just completed their weapons training, and a Starliner, basically a cruise ship in space, breaks down and the only Starbase around is the school. The Commandant, Jed Cannon, has offered assistance for the repairs. The cool bit is the Starliner is host to the millennial Comic Con!”

Willow huffed, “Why on Earth is that the cool bit?”

“Simple, you’ll fit in perfectly on the ship with your little purple boots.” Nick smiled like a Cheshire cat.

“That is genius! Woot!” Dave yelled. “Oh, yeah…I’m reading over that episode now…yes! That is perfect. What do you think, Nick, if Willow can get one of those black hole devices. Surely, even Doc Omniverse can’t escape the power of a quantum singularity on that level.”

“Dave that might just work.” Nick said, tapping away at his computer.

“Ok, you two lost me there. Are you saying that we are going to try to trap Doc Omni in a black hole? And those girls can help me do that?”

“That is exactly what we are saying, Willow.” Nick started typing again. “Dave I am sending you my calculations for Gem. You should have them any second.”

“Got them…Wow, Nick you really are a sharp cookie.”

“So you agree?”

“Absolutely, Willow this will work.” Dave said.

Nick printed out a complex set of equations and stapled them together. “Willow, you have to show this to Gem. She will totally know your story is valid when she read this.” He handed over the document.

Willow looked that the first page. It looked like some type of ancient Greek. “When I said I wanted something unexpected, this far exceeds what I had in mind.”

“And that is the whole point, Willow. Sometimes you have to trust. I know that is hard for you, but we are on your side.” Dave said softly.

“Ok, then. Let’s get this show on the road.”

Nick laid a hand on Willow’s arm. “Since there will be lots of costumed heroes you are going to fit right in. The girls are at the stern of the ship on the maintenance level. Once you get there ask for Cadet Gemini Schirra. Give her the papers and tell her your story. She will believe you.”

“What about the other girls?”

“You might have to convince them, but remember how I said, Liz is a tracker? Show her your omnilocator with her keen senses she will be able to see the time flux it creates. Once you get her and Gem onboard, Peep will go along with the plan. She trusts her team.”

Willow walked over the book, with one last glance and Nick, she jumped into the book. She appeared in the corner of the main ballroom of the Starliner Queen Elizabeth IV.

“Wow! How did you do that?” A man in blue tights and red cape looked Willow up and down. “Can you actually move through space time or is that a trade secret?”

Willow looked around the room, and as far as the eye could see were superheroes and aliens. “You could say that. It is a secret.”

The red caped man laughed, “We all have our secrets, Honey.”

“It’s Willow, not Honey.”

“Sorry.” He waved to a well-built man covered in green paint. “I’m off, good to meet you, Willow!” He lifted one arm in the air and jogged over to his green friend. I’m not in Kansas anymore.

Willow made her way through the throng of heroes to the hallway. She looked for a sign but there wasn’t one.

“You look lost, Ma’am.” A young man in a dark jumpsuit spoke to Willow.

“Do you work here?”

“No.” The young man said, “I go to Starborne Academy. We are here helping with repairs. My name is Cadet Mark Hatten. At your service, Ma’am.”

“Perfect. I am looking for a cadet, you might know her. Gem is her name.”

“Cadet Schirra, I do know her. Are you family or a friend?” The boy looked sideways at Willow’s outfit.

“Friends. I just wanted to say hello considering the serendipity of the occasion.”

Cadet Hatten held out his arm, “I know exactly where she is. If you allow me the pleasure I’ll show you the way, Ma’am.”

Mark took Willow to the stern of the ship and opened the portal to the engine room. He was just about to yell out a greeting when Willow grabbed his arm and put her hand over his mouth. “Shhhh, I want to surprise her.” Willow let the cadet go as quickly as she’d overpowered him.

“You’re fast.” Mark took a hard look at Willow. “Are you sure you aren’t really…”

“I just surprised you, Cadet. Now which way do I go?”

“Go left by the fusion generator, you can’t miss it.”

Willow must have looked puzzled.

“The tall blue dome. Then left.”

Willow gave Mark a jaunty salute, “Thank you for your assistance.” Without another thought for the cadet she headed into the belly of the Starliner.

Turning left she walked among the pipes and computer terminals until she could hear the sound of giggly chatter. It was now or never. Willow stepped up into another dome the inside looked like a geodesic dome. Each of the triangular elements came to a sharp point with the spikes all directed to a glowing orb at the center of the room.

“Ma’am, are you lost?” A blonde girl about five foot nine stopped Willow’s forward momentum.

Willow raised her left eyebrow. These children were going to save the known universe? Dear Lord, help us. “No. Actually I’m looking for a cadet. Goes by the name Gem.”

A girl with short black hair and piercing green eyes popped up out of the open maintenance hatch. “I’m Gem, do I know you?”

“No. You don’t know me. My name is Willow Wisp. I’m in big trouble and I heard that you and your team could help me. I have this tech schematic that explains what I need to do. Will you look at it?”

Gem hauled herself out of the hatch. “Is this some kind of Comic Con weirdness?”

Willow adjusted her purple mask, “No, I swear to you I’m on the level.”

“The level?” Gem looked skeptical, but motioned for Willow to hand her the papers.

After a few moments Gem was completely absorbed in the document. She would read a page, flip back to another then, back. She did this over and over. How she made head or tails out of the techy gobbledygook Willow had no idea. Finally she lifted her head and made eye contact.

“You’re serious?”

Willow gave her a sharp nod.

“Okay then. Liz we need Peep.”

The blonde girl tapped a series of buttons that were part of the sleeve on her forearm. A voice emanated from the sleeve. “Shepard here what you need, Liz?”

“Are you done with the repairs on your end?”

“Yeah the diagnostic has to run.”

Liz looked at Gem and they seemed to come to an understanding. Were these kids telepaths?

“Well we need you down in the fusion generator. Something big has come up and we need all hands on deck.”

“On my way.”

“Lady,” Liz spoke to Willow. “I don’t know what is going on, but there is something off about you. It’s like you’re literally hazy around the edges.”

“I heard you have acute sensory abilities.” Willow held out her omnilocator, “What you are seeing is the proof to the math Gem is looking over. I’m not from this timeline. I have the ability to move through other realities. Before Doc Omniverse started connecting the realities I could go from place to place without this device, but now I need it or the jumps could kill me.”

A thin girl with blazing red hair bounded into the room. “I’m here. Where’s the party!”

Willow turned to the girl. “You must be Peep.”

“Did you escape from the loony bin upstairs, or what?” Peep laughed, “That, my dear, is a lot of purple.”

“Peep, this here is Willow, and mercy we have a big problem to solve.”

The girls all looked at Willow. They were pretty intense for teens. Gem spoke first, “Here’s the deal. There is this bad guy who is not only trying to connect all the known and unknown realities together; he is actually succeeding in pulling it off. And some guys named Nick and Dave have come up with a plan to stop the guy, but they need our help and bit of 28th century tech to get the job done.”

Peep threw her hands up and waved Gem off. “Oh…whoa, whoa, whoa! Haven’t you ever read Star Trek, you aren’t supposed to mess with timelines and give tech to other cultures!”

Liz held up one hand. “Peep you read way too much sci-fi. If we let this guy run amuck and he manages to connect enough of these realities, then our reality is screwed.”

“Why didn’t you say that in the first place?” Peep said.

Gem cut in, “Ok, Willow. We are all onboard with your plan. Now the three of us can help you with your tech but you have some decisions that will determine how we adjust your omnilocator and how big a singularity you will need to contain Doc Omniverse.”

She reached down into her tool bag and pulled out a square metal box. “This is a pin point singularity generator. We can use this one to create anything from one that only affects electrons, or we can amp it up to remove dangerous nebulas. This one has three basic settings.”

Willow smirked, “Small, Medium, and Large? Like French fries?”

“Essentially. Now that you have what you need it’s time to decide where you want to go. Do you want to go to the fourth portal location and try to head him off in the Super Powereds universe, the fifth portal at Cape High, or the sixth portal where the Emergence is happening?”

Tree of Life by Lisa M. Collins–out this Fall!

4594671805_149x234In Issue #4, Diversity: Seeing Yourself in Speculative Fiction includes:

  1. The Tree of Life by Lisa M. Collins. A huge fleet of spaceships make their way across the galaxy, populated by the matriarchal descendants of east Asia. Three generations of the same family discuss the future of their crew.
  2. War and Peace by Joyce Chng. Captain Suky Hartono meets the OoioO living ships and their envoy. Captain Hartono has the responsibility of preventing war on her shoulders.
  3. An interview with author Stephanie Saulter, about her life, her books and thoughts on women, genetic engineering, race, and disability politics.

This is an anthology that I am so proud to be a part of, if you want to help with the print version or donate for awesome prizes, check out the Indiegogo campaign by Holdfast magazine

“All profits made will go directly to the writers and illustrators whose hard work and creativity fill the pages of holdfast, split equally for each contribution.”

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Cheyanne Young — Overpowered

Cheyanne is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, nail polish and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her family, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat that is plotting to take over the world, one scratched up welcome mat at a time.

She’s a cubicle dweller and all around sarcastic weirdo by day. But at night, Cheyanne can be found furiously typing on her computer, probably complaining on Twitter about how she should be writing. When she’s not honing her procrastination skills, she’s writing books for teenagers. She is the author of several books for teens and recently turned her love of superheroes and writing for teens into books about teenage superheroes.

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8/28/2014

 

I was wondering where you get your story ideas?
Some of my ideas come from personal experience, some come from random daydreams and often, my ideas come to me from absolutely nowhere but my crazy, over caffeinated mind. I never know when inspiration will strike, but when it does, I better have a notebook to write it down. My cell phone is full of text messages to myself with half-baked sentence fragments that I might never actually turn into a story. Such is the life of a writer.
PoweredAllBlackEbookWhat is the usual process for your fiction writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m an inbetweener. I usually have a rough outline in my mind and sometimes I write it down, but usually I don’t. For more intense plots, like with the Powered Trilogy, I have it all written down to avoid plot holes but I use a lot of leeway in following the outline. Things change and my characters tend to do what they want to do, not what I want them to do, so in the end, it’s a mixture of half pants/half plots.
Once you have an idea that sparks your imagination do you research your idea or do any world-building exercises, or do you just begin to write and see where the Muse takes you?
I just write. I’m terrible at research. Plus the greatest research is just using my own head to think up stuff. ;) Any real research, like for specific facts and places, is usually done in the editing process, while I whine and complain about how much I hate research…
What is your daily writing time like?
I have a full time day job and a family, so my writing time is hectic. I always wake up early on the weekends so I can hide out and get a few hours of writing time before anyone else wakes up. On weekdays, I write during my lunch break at work and then again before I go to bed. It’s hard, but I find the time.
91VwAwRzrtL._SL1500_Are you a full time writer? If so when did you make the decision and what factors led to the decision. If you are not a full time writer…Is your plan to one day being a full time writer?
Wouldn’t that be the dream? Writing is my hobby and it’s something I’m passionate about, but with an ever growing market of indie published books, my little ol’ books will never earn enough to pay the bills and the health insurance and retirement, and let’s not forget my addiction to buying nail polish. It’s a sad and harsh truth, but I know I’ll be stuck at my day job until the day I die. And no, I’m not bitter about it… Not at all…
Can you tell us about your experience working with your current publisher? (Any other publishers?) (Or your self-publishing experiences?)
After dealing with 2 agents I decided to self publish under a pen name “for fun”… it ended up being a lot more than just fun and I then chose to ditch the trad publishing game and strike out on my own. I don’t regret it one bit. I like being in control of everything and learning what works and what doesn’t work. I like knowing that if my books succeed, then it’s because they’re good books and not because they had big money spent on marketing to force them to succeed.
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What is your current release and (without spoilers) tell us about the new book or series.
Book 2 in my YA superhero trilogy just came out and I’m excited about it! It’s called OVERPOWERED and it follows Hero Maci Might’s journeys to save someone who is a known villain from being put to death. There’s action and fighting and love and teenage angst. I love it.
Can you tell us about some of your other writing (fiction or nonfiction) and any appearances or signings that you have planned?
I have a backlog of YA romance books and a novella trilogy of NA romance, but I recently decided to become a full time superhero author, wherein I will combine my love of love and my love of superheroes into stories about heroes who might occasionally fall in love. I’m more than excited about what the future holds for my superhero book ideas. As for appearances, you can find me at the Sephora in Baybrook Mall more often than I should be, and I frequently make appearances at Taco Bell to get one of those amazing Dr. Pepper vanilla slushy things. Butttt in a bookish sense, I am trying my hardest to get into a book convention either in Texas or the surrounding states. If you know of any, let me know!
81yeVE88SrL._SL1500_As an author what inspiration or advice would you give to a writer who is working to make the transition to Author?
My biggest advice is more mental instead of technical… Focus on your own journey. Don’t worry about what other writers are doing or you’ll drive yourself crazy with envy and stress. Just keep your eyes focused on where you want to go and you’ll get there when it’s meant to be. And don’t give up if it’s what you truly want to do. That’s something I tell myself about once a week, because trust me, you’ll want to quit. You’ll want to quit more than you’ll want to not quit. But it’s worth it.
Who is your favorite author, and can you recommend a book by that author?
Sorry in advance, but it is impossible for me to name one!
Sarah Dessen – Keeping the Moon
Nikki Godwin – Falling From the Sky
RJ Ross – The entire Cape High Series
John Green – Looking for Alaska
Rainbow Rowell – Eleanor & Park
If you would like more information about Cheyanne Young you can find information about her books at AmazonTwitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Pinterest, and on her website.
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