Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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Saturday, August 8, 2015
A friend of mine had a great idea to blog about my experience at a recent book signing. My blog is a story in progress about my journeys as a fledgling writer. What I learned last night...
1. Downtown Springfield, Missouri is a work in progress.
2. The Park Central Library crew are gracious, caring and from what I could tell patient.
3. Homeless people love to talk to authors about their books. Each one of the less fortunate that stopped gave me encouragement.
4. Just because you can't read, doesn't mean you are not curious. A lady stopped and although she couldn't read, asked about each book. Then she explained her ADD and was real involved in the story and just as she hooked me...squirrel.
5. Children's picture books are not high on the list of sale priorities downtown, but the candy, ink pens, and other bling are invaluable.
6. Many people write, and were interested in our ORA writing group...well, they took a card anyway. I hope to see them nonetheless.
7. A retired member of our group does not have time to write because she is addicted to WarCraft, thanks to her Navy son, whom she plays with online while he is away. Tee hee.
8. An indecisive man could not choose who to give the homemade bag of chicken feed (give a ways for Brooding School Blues) to his ex-wife or his current girl friend. I am unsure of the cause of confusion, but seemed to have settled it before he left the library.
9. Glass blowing is a popular art walk table.
10. There are a lot of people that need 50 cents from me.
11. Some women gathered a group for equal nip rights, and showed off their pasties two doors down from our signing...no wonder my sales were a bit off.
12. I will continue to do odd signings, if for nothing else I get great writing ideas.
13. Pasties are 5 for a dollar...um, you do the Math.
14. The only pasty for this writer.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Meet the hot new author on the scene...Tierney James. Read on to learn about Tierney and her writing process. Tierney is an inspiration to all aspiring authors. She has a passion for writing and I am pleased to introduce you to her. If you are already aware of her awesomeness, leave a comment and tell her!
Can you tell us a little about you?
My upbringing took place in a steel town. I lived behind the mill where it was very dirty. The sky most of time was more of a gray than blue. Sometimes you’d find mercury flakes on your car in the morning. When I walked to school at six years old, I had to walk by boarded up houses. Rats would run through the grass as you passed. I can’t believe my mother let me do that. It was a different time. From an early age I learn to create stories in my head. Writing was a natural extension of that imagination.
What do you do when you are not writing?
It seems as if I’m on the road a great deal. Between visiting my parents in St. Louis and my children in Tulsa I put a lot of miles on my car. Gardening is near and dear to me as is reading and watching movies. But honestly I spend the bulk of my time in front of the computer.
Where do you get your ideas?
Sometimes it’s a YouTube video I see. My third book in the Enigma Series started after I saw a picture in National Geographic. A current work in progress began when my husband heard a story on NPR about the history of a piece of classical music. I was so intrigued that after some research and a trip to Union Station, St. Louis I had a story. Other times it’s from my travel and educational adventures from everything to traveling Scotland to attending Space Camp for Educators.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I’m more of an outline writer. When I say that I mean I write ideas, characters, plot ideas into a notebook. I usually write how I want the story to begin and end. When I get stuck I go back to the notebook and write possible things that can move the story forward.
Probably the biggest challenge was learning how to market my book. I knew nothing. In the last couple of years I’ve learned a lot by reading books on the subject, talking to other writers and participating in their book launch events. Even now that I have a wealth of knowledge it’s still difficult finding the time to promote myself.
How did you come up with the title of The Rescued Heart?
I used to live in a mining community. Mine rescue teams are a part of that life. When there are accidents in the mine they go in to save the day. This romantic suspense involves several disasters where the team is needed. The second in the Enigma Series The Winds of Deception comes out in June. A hurricane is barreling toward Washington D.C. and to complicate things a threat has been made on the president’s life.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Never give up! Believe in yourself and your work. Join a local writing and critique group. Go to writing conferences. Read. Read. Read.
Social Media:Twitter: @TierneyJames1
Side note...An Unlikely Hero is one of my FAVORITES!