Good Morning. I have a rather lovely lady on my Blog today. We are going to drink tea on my virtual seaside veranda, enjoy the ocean and have a chat. First let me tell you a bit about her and the contest she's running today.
The rules: Simply introduce yourself, ask a question, or comment and you’ll be entered to win the e-book version of Guardian 2632! The winner will be chosen randomly.
As usual, I'll be offering a prize to a new follower and a prize to a the best comment.
Nora Weston’s fiction and poetry slips in-between and all around science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her publishing credits include the anthologies Mind Mutations, Cyber Pulp’s Halloween 3.0, and Dark Pleasures. Other venues in print and online include; The Hacker’s Source, The Dream People, Hoboeye, Abandoned Towers, Lost in the Dark, Sputnik 57, Soul Engravings, and Decompositions. Recently, Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, Worlds Within–Worlds Beyond, Trapeze Magazine, and Four and Twenty published her work. Melange Books has accepted The Twelfth Paladin for a May 2011 release. Nora has had the pleasure of reaching people through the airwaves on radio stations throughout the US, and episodes can be downloaded from Blog Talk Radio’s show Not Picture Perfect
Hello Nora, can you tell us who you think inspires you to write?
Good morning, Margaret. I’m thrilled to be visiting with you today! One second...I must have a sip of this tea. Ooh lovely. Right, my fascination with all things speculative began as a child because my home, in Wheeling, WV was positioned right smack dab in the middle of nightmare land. No! I’m kidding. My childhood home was set against the most beautiful woods that, at times, held me spellbound. Especially at night, with a full moon casting shadows of might and magic amongst the crooked trees, my imagination brewed taking me backward in time, forward in time...and everywhere in-between. When I was nine years old, I would’ve sworn a witch lived in the green shack found deep in those woods, and vampires definitely scratched my bedroom window at night.
So, that was actually more of a “what” inspires me to write! “Who” would be the unhinged muses running around in my dreamscape. They fight like crazy to be heard causing many z’s to be lost forever, but they are why I write.
Wow, it sounds like paradise to me. Sometimes I think people are in places for a reason, nothing is ever done at random. Maybe you were supposed to be there, just to be inspired to write. So tell, us, what’s next on your writing agenda?
I’m finishing up the final edits for The Twelfth Paladin. It’s a heaven-hell adventure that takes Jake Cottrell for the ride of his life into virtual hell and back. A true seeker of mischief, he dares hell to burn him. Hell agrees.
I like the sound of that book. Are all your books paranormals? Would you write in any other genre?
I have tried to write mainstream fiction, but I only make it to about three thousand words before speculative elements slide in! Yes...my family thinks I was dropped one too many times as an infant, because so-called “normalcy” does not appear in my work. My characters are drawn to ghosts, demons, angels, and the cosmos...but since my characters are pretty feisty, they can handle the paranormal world just fine. I believe the speculative world, where paranormal happenings thrive and ethereal beings linger, is a fantastic realm to explore the human condition, so I’ll stick with that.
Being a paranormal writer myself, I can understand that. I tell you what. Instead of me firing questions at you all the time, why don’t you pick your favorite character from your new release and tell us about them.
As you can see by the way my dark gray eyes just lit up, I’d love to tell you about Zane Grayson. He’s the executive director of Guardian TMF and my favorite character from Guardian 2632. Is he handsome? Yes! He’s a military man with a body to die for, and his almost black eyes hypnotize his love interest, Julia Emerson, but there’s much more to him than that. Intelligent, full of sarcasm, and always looking to feed his desire for danger, Zane is a rush...exciting to be around, yet the best thing about him is his heart. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do to protect Julia. Guardian TMF aspires to succeed by following Albert Einstein’s saying, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile,” and Zane believes that with every cell in his body. I like that about him.
Is Zane based on anyone you know? Come on, fess up, we won’t tell a sole. lol
Oh, heavens! *Sigh* I wish Zane was based on a real person. He’s a wild guy, gorgeous from head to toe, but he’s also a one woman type of guy. Dedicated to his family, Zane would die for them with no second thoughts. Wait a minute...I’m married to a guy like that. Okay, so I lied just a little. lol Honestly, Zane was conjured in a dream, but the deep love he has for his family is like my husband.
Mmm, me thinks you might have slipped a little of your hubby in Zane lol This is a question most people ask and believe it or not, all the comments do help. Do you have any advice for new writers just staring out?
Observe and report! What I mean is, a new writer should watch, listen, and keep track of exactly how people interact with each other, speak to one another, and then write it down for future reference. People do not say each other’s names too much in dialogue, nor do they speak in complete sentences. An accent, geographical slang, and the tone a person uses while speaking all can be used for character building. My teenagers constantly surprise me with funny ways to say ordinary things, so if you are lucky enough to have them, speak to them! They will give you some good stuff.
Observe and report works well for imaginary places, real places, and people too. If your story takes place in a far away land, then at the very least, research the heck out of it long before your first word is written. Complete character studies and setting studies as precursors to a story so you’ll have fewer headaches once the writing process begins. Most importantly, have fun!
Before we go off for a swim, you’d better tell us where you can be found.
Did you say swim? Holy cows...my body has not seen a bathing suit in twenty years. I write some horrifying stuff, but “bathing suit” sounds really scary! Okay let’s do it...
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I had a great time visiting with you! Thanks for having me.
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