Thank you for inviting me to join you today. Dee asked me to mention my blog and current projects, but it’s much more fun to talk about others. Like Susan May Warren. She’s such an inspiration, mentor, and cheerleader for writers. I’ve learned so much from her. I have her books: Book Buddy, Inside Out, and the Deep and Wide handbook. I reference these often. Just this week I referenced the Book Buddy to plot my next suspense novel.
One of my favorite things at Susie’s retreat was dissecting movies. What a blast. Ten writers gathered around watching a movie to find the fiction elements. I enjoyed this so much I wrote posts at my blog, Random Writing Rants, called MOVIE BIOLOGY or BOOK BIOLOGY. My mini series on THE HUNGER GAMES, dissected the parts. (No scalpels needed. I saved those for my suspense novel.) I’m not as skilled at dissecting as Susie, but she taught me what to look for and showed me movie layers I’d never seen before.
She also convinced me how important it is to share what we learn. That’s why I started Random Writing Rants.
How to Write a Novel in 30 Days
At Random, I’m doing a series titled, “How to Write a Novel in 30 Days,” based on my experience with NaNoWriMo. I gave a Power Point presentation at our local library teaching other writers how to blast though their first draft, which Susie and Rachel call the FAST DRAFT. I shared what helps me using some of what I’ve learned at MBT.
One of my favorite parts of Random is meeting teens who want to share their stories. I’m amazed at how much I can learn from twelve and fifteen-year-old writers. On Fridays, I feature a teen’s writing and invite writers (like you) to stop by and encourage them. Doing this gives me great pleasure. “Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul.” George M. Adams
The Cool Ghoul Gazette
I’m writing for Eddie Jones from Lighthouse of the Carolinas for his new blog launch this month titled, The Cool Ghoul Gazette, a funny tween/teen blog that’s a spoof publication reporting on paranormal events. Think of it as a full-time April Fools news magazine. A few of Eddie’s articles are, “How to Get Ahead and Keep It: Five Things Every Mortician Needs to Know When Working With a Decapitation” and “Zumba for Zombies: How to Properly Loosen Up When You’re a Stiff.”
My suspense novel, Cache a Predator releases July 30, 2013 at Amazon and will be available in paperback in August. Here’s my one-sentence blurb: When a five-year-old girl is found wandering the streets, her father tries to gain custody, but first he must convince child protective services and a deranged psychopath who’s attacking pedophiles in their sleep, that he’s a loving father.
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