Elizabeth Thomas-Reading, Writing, & Rock 'n' Roll

24 Sep 2014

An old Guess Who song playing on the radio on my drive to work recently brought it home to me that music has fueled my writers' imagination since before I even knew what writing was.   I didn't realize writing stories was an active thing I could do until I was nine years old; at the time this song had regular airplay I was only a second-grader, making up things my cousins and I could play with our stuffed animals.  Something about the lyrics of the Guess Who's “Raindance” will always bring me back to the scenario of a tiny stuffed rabbit named Hopper (real in our imaginations) trying to prevent the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. 

Yes, I was a weird kid, and probably am an even weirder adult.  I even find myself daydreaming in the realms of my favorite books while listening to music during my dayjob commute; there are several songs at the moment that always evoke Preston and Child's Diogenes Pendergast for me.  Some of these overlap with music that puts me in mind of a mystery work I'm planning currently, while others put me in mind of another planned novel about the reincarnation of Jonathan Swift and one of his little girlfriends.  In fact, for most of the things I've written, I can point to the music that helped inspire them.  For instance, The White Squirrel, which my short piece More Than the Quest is something of a teaser for, owes a great debt to the Fleetwood Mac and Rumours albums.


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Cheryl Rees-Price-A Gala To Remember

22 Sep 2014

When you get a contract for a book it is a huge sense of achievement, especially for those of us who have waited years, overcoming rejection and often on the brink of giving up.

It didn’t take much persuasion for me to agree to a celebration. I noted that a lot of authors have release parties, however these are done online.  I wanted a more traditional celebration, in the real world and face to face with people, and so the preparation for the book launch began.

I made a list which included venue, entertainment, guest list and theme.

The theme was difficult so I opted for old fashioned elegance, men in bow ties and ladies in evening gowns. (Everyone enjoys dressing up). The venue, an 18th century orangery complete with statues, fountains and a ruined abbey.


The guest list comprised of 150 people. Family, business contacts, councillor and local vicar. All the local newspapers were contacted and given details of the launch.

The book launch party took a year to prepare and was not without worry and stress. The time passed quickly and soon the big day arrived.

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Fred Kerns-Early Dose of Sci-Fi

17 Sep 2014

I've wanted to be a writer almost as far back as I can remember. I grew up watching shows like Star Trek and Doctor Who, and I think it was around the time my parents took me to see The Wrath of Khan that I started to become aware of people who wrote movies, TV shows, and books. They didn't just come into being on their own, I realized. I was around nine or ten at the time.

I started writing at around that time, and of course the results were awful. Even at that age, I knew it was bad, but I kept at it. Over the years, I'd get a few pages into a story, scrap it, and start over, trying out this idea and that, but nothing quite clicked. But I continued to improve.

I submitted my first story to a magazine when I was seventeen. It wasn't accepted, but I kept at it. I hadn't landed on the right combination of characters, setting, dialogue, and action, but I continued getting gradually closer. Things finally started coming together when I connected to the Internet for the first time, back in the late 1990s. I discovered more outlets for my writing, where I could get rapid feedback and experiment with ideas, characters, and so on. I continued writing, practicing, improving.

In early 2002, everything in my head clicked into place and I had the core of my first novel, a huge city a few decades in the future named Neon City. It had once been a collection of small towns that went bankrupt over the years and were all bought up by a group of mega-corporations. They rebuilt the towns,  filled in the empty stretches in between, and moved their headquarters, research-and-development and production facilities there. They used it as a test bed for bleeding-edge technology, and eventually the result was a population of fifty million humans, genetically-engineered "anthros," robots, and AI, along with all sorts of gadgets and weapons.


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14 Sep 2014

It all started when I was in my early teens. I had been reading Nancy Drew for a few years when I decided I wanted to write it. So I created my own characters, came up with an idea for a mystery, and wrote throughout high school, even after I enlisted in the army.

I got sidetracked for eight years because of several marriages, kids, and college. However, after I lost custody of my children, I returned to writing juvenile mysteries.

While I also write for adults, I enjoy writing for middle graders and young adults. The nine to twelve year olds have minds that absorb everything. They want action and adventure. By giving them a youngster a few years older than they are, you can give them a life lesson while entertaining them so they don’t even realize they have learned something new. However, in doing this, one should not preach to them.

Young adult’s minds are similar, but they are more sophisticated. The girls want romance and are willing to read books with both girls and boys as the main character. Boys are choosier. They want action adventure with a boy as the protagonist.

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JP Struck-A Little About the Author

19 Sep 2014

-I started writing NCIS Behind the Glory to both focus on and deal with the problems I was dealing with after my daughter's death and to right the wrong of malpractice against me by the Navy.

-My daughter, fifteen year old,is my inspiration.  She gives me ideas., She loves to read books online and tells me things, basic ideas, of what she thinks would be interesting and I expand on those ideas.

-Being from WV we have a strong history for the arts.  Seeing plays are an interesting way of developing books on.

-I love living in the country, in nature. Sometimes sitting on the back porch relaxing is a place I love to write.

-I have a vivid imagination which lends to a great writing process.  Sometimes I write about things I've experienced, in part, to add a dose of meaning and reality to my books.

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Talia Haven-Mythical Creatures

16 Sep 2014

 I started writing when my children grew up and moved out of the house. It was something that I had always wanted to do.

But when I started I was not sure of what things I should write about. I had always had a passion for picture books. How the books tell a story with words then complete the tale with beautiful illustrations.

As for my chosen subject matter, I have always enjoyed mythical creatures. I also felt that the wonderful Brownies have been under represented. After all, of all of the mythical creatures, these little fellows are the most helpful.


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