Wednesday, July 3, 2019

IWSG: Sharing Character Traits and Marketing Woes

Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day! The first Wednesday of every month, we share our fears and accomplishments, then blog hop around to fellow members blogs to offer support and encouragement. If you'd like to join, go HERE. 

Many thanks to Alex Cavanaugh, our host, and this month's co-hosts: Erika Beebe, Natalie Aguirre,Jennifer Lane, MJ Fifield, Lisa Buie-Collard, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!

This month's optional question: What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?

I'm sure most of us share some traits with our characters. With my MC, Indigo Eady, it would be introversion combined with a snarky and fun personality only those close to her get to see. With Franny Bishop (no, it's not her former profession as a Victorian madam!) it's her spirit of adventure. 

BUT, my real insecurity this month is my lack of marketing skills (which results in lack of sales). There is so much information out there that's it's overwhelming. I'm bombarded with ads, and everyone is an expert. And since there are so many experts, I tend to distrust them all. What's an author to do?  

What traits do you share with your characters?

Does marketing overwhelm you? What advice can you  share?

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

#IWSG: Closet Cozy

Wow! We are halfway through the year already! And it's time for June's Insecure Writer's Support Group post. If you struggle with the writing life and you'd like to join us, go HERE.

Thank you to our host Alex Cavanaugh and this month's awesome co-hosts: Diane Burton, Kim Lajevardi,Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes, and Madeline Mora-Summonte! 

This month's optional question: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?

I read widely, from self-help to spiritual to dystopian and YA and everything in between. But I always come back to mysteries. All kinds of mysteries, of which there's a bazillion sub-genres. I love to read procedurals (Val McDermid, Ann Cleeves, Deborah Crombie) and historical (Jacquelyn Winspear). 

But I love to write cozy mysteries! Paranormal cozy mysteries (a sub-sub-genre?) if I'm being more specific. If I had to say why, it would probably be that it stretches my imagination into something that's fun and entertaining. Where justice reigns, and good people succeed. It appeals to my sense of humor and playfulness that most people would never guess lay beneath my stoic exterior. Don't tell anyone, but... I'm a closet cozy with all the bells and whistles. And people think they know you, right?!. 

What about you? 

Would people guess what lay beneath your exterior through your writing?

What is your favorite read vs write genre?

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

#IWSG : The Reading Miracle

It's Wednesday, May 1st already! That means it's Insecure Writer's Support Group Day. If you'd like to join our writing community in sharing the ups and downs at this monthly event, go HERE

Thank you to Alex Cavanaugh and his co-hosts this month for making this all go so smoothly: Lee Lowery, Juneta Key, Yvonne Ventresca, and T. Powell Coltrin! 

The optional question for May 1: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

As a young reader or student, I never had that epiphany about language and power (as an adult, certainly, many times). However, had I been able to break it down as a child and recognize the power of words intellectually, it would have been when I discovered the school library. We got to visit twice per week and check out books. FOR FREE! And that impacted the rest of my life.

The gift of reading has been a true miracle! 

How has the power of words and language impacted your life? 


Speaking of miracles...
My first self-published release in 5 years will be out this month:

A Scandal in Boohemia
Indigo Eady can’t live on ramen noodles forever…
She jumps on the first job offered. All she has to do is work undercover at Sabrina Shores Theatre, find a ghost thief, and cross him over. Easy peasy, right? Until an actor is murdered and Indigo’s fingerprints are all over the pistol like ink on a Rorschach test.
Forced to dust off her rusty sleuthing skills to clear herself, Indigo enlists the help of her ghost friend Franny and her hunky ex-boyfriend Badger to help solve the crime. Now, how to keep her investigation from the handsome inspector?
Indigo Eady is a reluctant ghost whisperer, but she’s grown quite attached to Franny Bishop, a former Victorian ghost madam of some repute. Franny’s afterlife makes Indigo’s life look like she has one foot in the grave. Much to Indigo’s chagrin, Franny is determined to find her a man. After all, there are plenty of handsome men around ripe for the picking, and Franny’s an expert. In the meantime, Indigo and Franny have murders to solve.