KABAM Book Festival!

IMG_1291aThis Saturday, J.D. Scott will be autographing books at KABAM!

Kingman Area Books Are Magic Festival
Saturday, April 23rd 10am to 4pm
315 Beale Street, Kingman, AZ 86402
KABAM! promotes the joy of reading and literacy by bringing local and nationally renowned authors, poets and artists to the greater Kingman area. Since 2005, KABAM! has presented a book festival at a city park with author
readings, children’s art and reading activities, music and book vendors,
workshops at area schools, and a poetry slam competition for teens and adults.

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Multi-Author Book Launch April 30th:
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Readers and Writers, are you going?

Join me, J.D. Scott, at the Tuscon Festival of Books Saturday, March 14th. I have the pleasure of vending alongside countless talented authors. You’ll be able to find my books, 1 & 2 of The Anahera Daniels Series, at the Richer Life Radio booth on Saturday only, from 9:30-11:30am and 3:30-5:30pm.

Come and mingle among your people and the paper. It’s a great time to stock up on your book collection, or pre-buy gifts for the year. See you there! #bookfestival #amwriting #readers #bookworm

To see who else will be at The Richer Life Booth, click the link below…

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The Good, the Bad, the Challenges of Publishing

Want to learn more about publishing from the personal experiences of  authors? Tune in Oct. 2nd for a live interview…

“Okay. You just wrote the most beautiful, thought-provoking words in the English language. You feel that you have written the best story you possibly can. Now that your manuscript is complete, you are ready to get published. You send out query letters and get no responses. You seek niche publishers and find no interest. You settle for a quality self-publishing partner and finally get your new book in print and/or in the eBook catalogs. Your family, friends and close acquaintances love your work. You feel personally fulfilled. However, it’s a year later and only a handful of your books have been sold. Here’s the sad truth: most people who write a book will never get it published, half the writers who are published won’t see a second book in print, and most books published by so-called major publishers are never reprinted. What’s more, half the titles in any given bookshop won’t sell a single copy there, and most traditionally published writers won’t earn anything from their book apart from the advance. However, a rare few will ignore all this and succeed, but they’re the lottery winners. Everyone else has to work at it. How to best understand the good, the bad and the challenges of the book publishing business?”  #radiointerview #selfpubproblems

Join us for a live interview where we will be discussing these topics and more. Call in with questions, or interact online.

October 2, 2014, 6pm (AZ Time) – LIVING A RICHER LIFE ~ Life Changing Talk Radio

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/richerlife/2014/10/03/writers-authors-and-getting-published-the-good-the-bad-the-challenges

Or call the Toll Free number (855) 345-4714 to listen if you do not have browser access (You WILL NOT be asked to go on air for a question or comment) The show automatically starts at 9:00 Eastern, 8:00 Central and 6:00 PM Pacific & AZ time. We end at 6:45 PM Pacific & AZ time

INTERVIEW GUESTS: 
Jenene Scott – Publisher, Literary Coach and Author of The Disillusionment of Anahera Daniels

Benjamin Phillips – Author of the YA Science Fiction novel, Eonian

Joann Burkholder – Author of the non-fiction counseling novel, Becoming an Oak of Righteousness

BW4C – Author of Shades of Black and Blue, a story of abuse and healing through poetry

Writing Process Blog Tour and How to Join the Bandwagon

How Does a Blog Tour work? 

What is a Blog Tour you ask? I wondered the same thing. I decided that a Blog Tour is tag for grown-up social media junkies. I was honored to be “tagged”in a blog by a writer I admire, and so I could not resist doing the same. I contacted two authors to follow me, H. Squires and Anna Questerly. They agreed to post their blog next Monday “tagging” two to three other authors and answer the same four questions about their writing process that I’m going to address below, and so the Blog Tour continues. Their  profiles and links will be at the end of this blog. Want to join the bandwagon? Contact one of them and introduce yourself. They might include you on their upcoming post!

How the Blog Tour Began for me.

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Last Monday I was featured on the blog of a wonderful author that I have the pleasure of knowing . Let me tell you a little about her.

Gale Leach’s first publication, The Art of Pickleball ,was the winner of the AZ Book Award.  She has also written Bruce and the Road to Courage that was followed by three more children’s books in the award winning series. Currently she is working on a YA Fantasy series called The Rift. Personally, I can’t wait to read it. Gale also has her own publishing company, Two Cats Press, and lives in AZ with her husband, two dogs, and three cats.

You can read more about her and her writing process at:  http://www.galeleach.com/blog/my-writing-process-part-of-a-blog-tour

Ready for me to drop some knowledge?

1. What am I working on now?

I’m currently sprinting toward the finish line of my second book in the Anahera Daniels Series, The Emergence. It’s YA fiction, with a good dose of suspense and a dash of romance just like its predecessor, The Disillusionment. Although it has been a busy year and I am under a crunch to finish, I’m inspired to kick it into high gear by the endearing reviews and pleas for more. How could any writer resist that?

Let me catch you up a bit, without any spoilers. In The Disillusionment, Anahera learns she can travel to the world Posternis, that life as she knew it was painfully different from reality, and that she was being hunted by a Gargoyle Queen she had never met. Her life quickly becomes torn between two worlds as well as her High School crush, Nathan, and Adrian a Posternis native. When the deadly side effects of traveling force her to make a choice, life will never be the same.

In The Emergence, Anahera has fully embraced her gift and new reality, however when her Posternian family never return from an invitation of peace by the Gargoyle Queen on the world of Admeta, someone has to investigate. Anahera  launches a rescue mission, but not before being forced into taking Nathan and Adrian, the two boys that  pull her heart in different directions, along for the ride.

I have loved watching The Emergence unfold, chapter by chapter.  I’m a fan of  fast paced stories with cliffhangers and mystery and that is what I inspire to include in my writing. And most of all, I can’t wait to see how it ends!

I’m also currently writing a four part blog series called  Tips From Your Publisher: 4 Steps from Manuscript to Book. Stay tuned to find out how easy it can be, and some great tips on how to do it the right way, the first time.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I intentionally wrote my main character, Anahera, to be strong, curious and independent. Although the love triangle between her and Nathan and Adrian is a major plotline, it is far from the sum of who she is. So many YA Fiction novels make  their characters dependant, even co-dependant, on their love interests and I disagree with the message it sends to our youth. We should be telling them, “You do not need him or her to be complete, you are complete.”  Every person has their likes, dislikes, talents and abilities. We are a WHOLE person and any addition to that should compliment what we already have. You’ll be hard pressed to find a book in my genre that doesn’t portray half a person in need of another to complete them. I think it is a missed opportunity to build self esteem, rather than insinuate they are not enough just as they are.

3. Why do I write what I do?

There’s not much of a mystery to this one for me. I worked as a nanny and in childcare for nearly twenty years. I love kids and believe that any time we invest in helping them grow and mature is time well spent. They are creative and fascinating and deserve a second look rather than to be over-looked. Several of my teen characters were inspired by kids that I mentored or have friendships with.  When the little ones I watched became avid readers they pushed me to open up to YA books so that we could have a dialogue about them.  There was no way I would turn down a chance to support such a great habit as reading, so I made my way through the stacks of books they left for me. Several I enjoyed whereas other caused me concern. They fed into a love starved craze that seemed unhealthy and even dangerous at times. It was those books that encouraged me to write the Anahera Daniels Series.

4.  How does my writing process work?

You mean other than ridiculous amounts of coffee and staring at the computer screen for hours on end?

Developing my story starts on paper. I make a rough outline of plot points that I know I want or need to happen. I don’t spend much time on this because I have discovered that they often take on a mind of their own and develop into something better than I had planned. I use it as a vague map that I only check in with if I start to feel a little lost. Then I just start typing. It comes. I watch each scene play out in my head like a movie. I often rewind and replay it again until it works and then describe what I am seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling and hearing on paper.

I guess you could also call me a spurt writer. When I’m not in my office with a cat on my lap (which by the way, serves to hold me down in a chair) I like to camp out at a local coffee shop. The people and movement are inspiring. I turn my headphones down to create a steady background noise and then attempt to attack a chapter. I keep each one around 2,000 words to maintain the pace of my book. I prefer to write each one in a sitting. It’s like riding a wave, and I want to take it all the way into the shore.  It also makes it easier for me to end the chapter with enough tension that the  reader will struggle to put it down. I am proudly guilty of causing reader’s sleep deprivation! Writing a chapter a day, two to three times a week is my normal and preferred process, however I also enjoy writers retreats to a cabin in the woods where I might write a couple chapters a day every day.

Whatever system you use to keep you writing, enjoy it, develop it, but don’t try and conform to someone else’s.

Meet the Upcoming Talent

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Heather Squires lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, two daughters, and a small zoo of animals she and her family have rescued. Heather’s love for writing began as a child when her family moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Phoenix, Arizona. As the new kid in a strange town, she became the target of bullies. Heather withdrew into the pages of her books and the blank pages of her journals. Writing short stories of adventure, heroism, and dark tales, she would envision the obliteration of tormentors and monsters.

 It wasn’t until high school that a teacher noticed Heather’s writing ability through an epitaph assignment. The same teacher encouraged her forward to work on the Utopian Newspaper as an editorialist. After high school, she decided to try novel writing; however, starting a family put that dream on hold. Resuming at a later time, Heather finished her first novel in 2005, but set it aside to write another book. Sharpening her skills, Heather’s second attempt at novel writing was completed in 2009. At the end of 2010, she got an idea for a third project. Then in 2011, Heather took a bold leap of faith and quit her job, in order to invest all her time to writing. The Sphere of Archimedes was published in 2013, as her first published work. Its sequel, The Omphalos of Delphiis anticipated in 2014.

You can check out H. Squires blog on Monday the 14th at: http://hsquiresnovels.com/blog/

Anna Questerly lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, Thom, and their two Border Collies, Bridget and Bandit. When she’s not writing, you can often find her at her

MelPROMO2favorite bookstore, Dog-Eared Pages. Anna considers herself a minstrel. Although she cannot sing, dance, or play an instrument, she does enjoy writing stories.

Anna has wanted to be a writer since the sixth grade, when she first read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. She dabbled with half-finished novels for many years after that, and never really settled down to seriously write and actually finish a book until recently.

Besides working on her next novel, she teaches writing workshops for young people who want to write. She loves to visit schools to talk about writing, and encourages young people to read more, and to begin their writing career while they are still young.

You can reach Anna through her website www.annaquesterly.com, from there, you can follow her on Twitter, friend her on Facebook, subscribe to her blog, or send her an email.

 You can check out Anna Questeryl’s blog on July 14th at: www.annaquesterly.com

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Tips From Your Publisher: Do you have Analysis Paralysis?

1378858_577260572340905_836800784_nI’m not sure when it happened. It was subtle, slowly creeping into every area of my life. One day I woke up and my world revolved around writers groups, I had taken up residency in coffee shops with comfortable chairs and lots of outlets, and almost every friend I had was an author, editor, or publisher. Needless to say, I spend a lot of time with writers, both socially and professionally and there is a common thread I see in many of them. Analysis Paralysis.

Have you met them? The ones that spend truck loads of money on conferences, attend creative writing classes, they research how to create story plots, and talk about how they wish they had more time to write. None of these things are bad necessarily, however if you are using them to avoid the obvious, sitting down and doing the work, you may have caught this terrible disease as well.

What’s the cure?

STOP IT.

Stop waiting to develop talent, because using the talent you have is the best way to make it stronger. Get an accountability partner that will check in with you and ask how many words you got on paper this week. Take new work to share every time you attend your writers group. Go away, get off the grid and have a writers retreat to refresh yourself. Ultimately, remember, your goal is to write…words on  paper….not think about writing. I’m not saying to eliminate time working on your craft. I lead and attend workshops all the time. I am saying find a balance. Use the gift you have. You won’t get  better studying the game from the bench unless you eventually get in there and play!

Life is Full of Strife

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This may come as a shocker, but there is a lot of pain in this life.

What is pain in the body? It’s an indicator something is wrong. It let’s us know something in our body needs to be attended to. It could be minor, treated with an aspirin and gone the next day. It could be really annoying and last a few days or weeks before we recover. What about the other pain, the sharp stabbing kind that should send you running to the doctor or emergency room? The pain that requires tests and is followed by bills, fear, surgery, or medication. What happens if you ignore it? You could be allowing disease and sickness to run wild in your body. Left unchecked, it could end in serious consequences.

Now, let’s consider mental pain. The kind that twists your gut, the pain you try to bury and pretend it doesn’t exist, but it resurfaces at the worst possible times. The very mention of IT sends you into a downward spiral of tears and despair as if it happened yesterday. What happens when you ignore it? Do you have symptoms of withdrawal, loneliness and fear. Are you allowing sickness to run wild in your relationships? Are their consequences coming down the road, ones that could be prevented?

No, you aren’t the only one pretending it’s not there. And yes, you can be healed.

There are many options out there for healing; counselors, workbooks, therapy groups, journaling, and many more depending on what needs attention. The point is you face it. What you think is a growling, snarling, dog that will devour you in one bite, is nothing more than a cassette tape playing the track of a ferocious beast that has long since passed away. It is a memory. And although it will still hurt to go there, aren’t you hurting yourself by not acknowledging it?

This may send you into the sticky swamp of why! why! why! Here is the hard truth. You may never know why. And not only do you not need to know, you don’t need the confirmation or apology of the ones that have hurt you to move forward in healing. Even if you knew where the cancer came from, how that bone got broken, or why a tumor grew, it will not make it go away or bring the peace you are looking for, it’s only a direction to point a finger.

Make sense of the pain. Have you considered who you would be without the hurt, trials, and strife? Would you be as strong, mature, and intuitive? Would you be able to help others with similar problems, and be as empathetic? After attending your wounds and healing, give back. Help others find their way. You won’t have to look far to find someone who has buried toxic waste in their backyard and  can’t figure out why they are sick. Maybe you should write about your heartache? No else has your story, and who will write it if you don’t? You can find beauty in the ashes.

I can’t leave you without at least one resource. If you live in the Phoenix, AZ area, this is a great class. The next one starts April 1st, are you ready to let the healing begin?

Healing From The Inside Out   www.centralaz.com/HEALING

 

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