GUEST AUTHOR SAMANTHYA WYATT

GUEST AUTHOR SAMANTHYA WYATT

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Welcome. Yes, you are at Gail Ingis’s blog. I invited my friend and colleague, Samanthya Wyatt, to post her Teaser Event to share with my readers. Feel free to visit her website to sign up to win book(s) from many different authors who she has sponsored over the last three years. I was fortunate to have been one of the visiting authors and be included in this event. You will find my book, Indigo Sky, on the list.

Samanthya Wyatt Author

A teaser from the newsletter                             June 2017

Samanthya Wyatt

Wel­come to Teaser Tues­day!  Where we can get a snip­pet of a story that arouses the reader — hints at mys­ti­fi­ca­tion — a quick­en­ing that stirs the blood. Once I decided to cre­ate a newslet­ter, I had to give it a name. Teaser Tues­day sounded great for guest authors reveal­ing a para­graph or two of their book.Then I thought I’d like to fea­ture other items as well. Like: What’s hap­pen­ing in the world today? Are you an author — or do you just like to read?  What’s going on in your life? Sea­sonal changes —work­shops — con­tests – pitch opportunities.

On the first Tuesday of each month, my hope was to generate, prompt, motivate — all the things to inspire authors. And I thought it would be great to feature a guest. I ended up with at least three each month, posting a morsel of each guest author’s book. Don’t you just love it when you get a tidbit? You read faster, your heart races, and all of a sudden … cliffhanger.These authors, writing many different genres, are helping me celebrate by giving away copies of their books to romance readers.

TO FIND OUT MORE – Visit my web page and sign up to be entered for free books: http://samanthyawyatt.com/likes/

Indigo Sky for reader who enjoy historical romance! @AmazonKindle http://amzn.to/2nWqbcq Indigo Sky available on Amazon buy link: http://amzn.to/2j0LXLE
Author page: http://amzn.to/1K4GVQA

INTRODUCING THE WORLDS OF MAKE-BELIEVE with K.M. WEILAND

INTRODUCING THE WORLDS OF MAKE-BELIEVE with K.M. WEILAND

K.M. Weiland

K.M. Weiland

K.M. Weiland lives in Make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic. She writes historical and speculative fiction from her home in western Nebraska and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.

 When did you first start writing?

Storming

Storming

I started writing when I was twelve and published a small newsletter throughout high school. I independently published my first novel, the western A Man Called Outlaw when I was twenty. But I didn’t really take it seriously as a business until my next book, the medieval historical Behold the Dawn, came out three years later. And now, here I am publishing my fourth novel! Storming, my action-adventure aviation novel about a barnstorming pilot in 1920 just came out this month.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

A Man Called Outlaw

A Man Called Outlaw

As a novelist, I am inspired by countless excellent authors and filmmakers. Specifically, Brent Weeks’s epicness, Margaret Atwood’s prose, and Patrick O’Brian’s sheer genius speak to me and urge me on. As a blogger, I’m inspired by the professionalism and creativity of people such as Joanna Penn, Porter Anderson, and Jody Hedlund.

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

 

 

Dreamlander

Dreamlander

Write for the love of it, first and foremost. As Anne Lamott says, “Being published isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But writing is.” Write the stories of your heart, not the stories you think the market wants. Write the story you’d want to read if you were one of your own readers.

 

 

 

 

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Behold the Dawn

Behold the Dawn

Oh, a plotter, definitely. My writing flows much easier when I have a roadmap to follow. I need to know where I’m headed if I’m going to reach my destination. My outlining process has evolved into a pretty time-intensive routine that usually takes about six months. I do all my outlining longhand in a notebook, simply because something about my sloppy handwriting seems to free my creativity. I start out by jotting down what I already know about my story (which has typically been kicking around in my head for a couple years already) and then asking myself “what if” questions to fill in the blanks. Then I progress to character sketches, using a list of “interview questions” I’ve collected over the years. (Anyone interested in the interview sheet can find it in my free ebook Crafting Unforgettable Characters.) Then I progress to a lengthy, plot-point-by-plot-point outline. Once that’s done, I organize it using the amazing writing software Scrivener—and move on to researching.

You’re stranded on a deserted island. What are your three must-haves?

A Man Called Outlaw

A Man Called Outlaw

You mean other than a satellite phone? A boatload of coffee, a generator to recharge my Kindle, and a good pair of sunglasses. Who wants to be rescued, right?

http://www.amazon.com/K.-M.-Weiland/e/B002RCXQ00.

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