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Interview with Stacey Keith

Interview with Stacey Keith


What genre do you write and why?

As a woman and as a writer, I reject the notion that romance novels are the lowly stepchildren of “real” literature. First of all, over 70% of books sold these days are romance or so-called “women’s” fiction, so hey, a little respect here, people, because we’re footing the bills ;-) Second, the quality of writing has risen exponentially over the past twenty years. Pick up any novel by Nora Roberts, read ten pages in and then try to set that puppy down. You can’t. We have Rhodes Scholars, former litigators, and Oxford graduates in our writing ranks these days. Romance has arrived.

Just because a story is about relationships doesn’t make it the exclusive purview of women or women’s fiction. Just because a story is about emotional and sexual connections with men doesn’t make it any less feminist. There is no power in the universe mightier than love—except, perhaps the maternal instinct. If that’s not worth writing about, what is?

With romance, it is wise to check your prejudices at the door. Romance is read by intelligent beautiful women, women with jobs and responsibilities, women in relationships. It is not porn masquerading as commercial fiction. It is not consumed by crazy cat ladies or “chicks who can’t get laid.” If there is anything that drives me loonier than the aspersions cast on romance readers (all of which are not only sexist but untrue), it’s the notion that writing about love is itself a second-class pursuit. Those kinds of statements display an appalling ignorance.

What advice do you have for other writers?

1. Be proud of your craft but humble about your abilities. And this holds especially true for new writers who, feeling vulnerable in the first place, tend to take criticism badly. Even established ones can get bristly. Look, it’s hard to know who’s right sometimes. And yes, a critiquer’s motives may be suspect. So I do what I call a gut check. If what she says feels right or makes sense or gives me pause, I pay attention. If what she says is poorly communicated or ill-considered or generally insipid, I ignore it.

2. Recognize that you’re playing the long game. It takes a ballet dancer ten years to achieve a state of technical proficiency. Ten years. Personally, I think it takes almost as long to become an effective writer. That’s not to say there aren’t exceptions. Of course there are. But to have true and consistent mastery of your craft requires a long apprenticeship. Are you ready to commit to that? Because even after you gain mastery, you are looking at an equally protracted gruel finding an agent, landing a book contract (if you decide to go with a legacy publisher rather than self-publishing), remaining commercially viable. If you’re serious about writing professionally, expect heartbreaks, setbacks, crippling disappointments. They are part of the process. Writing professionally is a raw Darwinian struggle where only the strong survive.

3. Talent isn’t as important to commercial success as you think it is. Yes, I realize what I just said is tantamount to heresy, but it’s true. With all due respect to her huge commercial success, E.L. James (author of FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY) will never be accused of being a great writer, but she must be doing something right. Look at her numbers. So what propelled FIFTY SHADES series to the top of the heap? James tells a compelling story. The way it’s written is secondary. Don’t get too hung up on crafting well-turned prose—half the time, the “artistry” of a sentence eclipses the flow of the narrative anyway. That’s not what you want. The brilliance of the writer or the writing should never get in the way of your story. You want the characters to stand out, not you.

4. Welcome failure and humiliation. And now you’re thinking, what kind of masochist is this woman? Who actually welcomes these awful, painful things? Yet I am here to tell you that every spear thrown your way by life, critique groups, beta readers, paying readers, agents, book contest judges will either kill you or make you stronger. You need to be stronger. But being strong isn’t a mindset. It’s a process. Strength comes from having survived. And in order to survive, you must hazard your person upon the field of battle.

So every rejection letter you get is one more opportunity for survival. Every bad review, every broken contract. The Buddha once said, “The fingers pointing at the moon are not the moon.” Once you’ve internalized that wisdom, praise no longer boosts your happiness and criticism no longer demoralizes you. You can achieve a state of Zen, but the cost is that the highs aren’t as high and lows aren’t as low.

5. Make a choice: Results or excuses. If you decide not to write (because let’s face it—writing is hard), don’t lie to yourself. Don’t make excuses for your decision not to write, even if those excuses are valid. Just own that you aren’t going to write, thank you very much, and who are you looking at anyway? At the end of the day, however, you will have one of two things: Results or excuses. Results can be half a page of stilted, awful prose. Excuses can put a salve on the burn of disappointment that comes from making “bad” choices. But you’re going to have a heaping plateful of one or the other. So don’t B.S. yourself. If you don’t write, don’t write. If you do write, give yourself props for that, even if production is slow or you feel it falls short of the mark.

Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?

Interview with Stacey Keith
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DREAM ON is the first book in my “Dreams Come True” series. It came out in November of 2017. The second, SWEET DREAMS, comes out in March, and DREAM LOVER will be released in July. The series is about three sisters who live in a small Texas town called Cuervo. Before moving to Italy, I lived in Texas, so I am quite familiar with small Texas towns. The series was a blast to write.
My purpose in writing the series was to take a popular trope (in this case, a football quarterback) and explore in as real a way as possible what happens when a celebrity athlete tries to make a relationship work with his hometown honey. Fame is tough. You give up your privacy, your anonymity, even your right to the truth. How many specious articles are written about the rich and famous? Plenty. So I wanted to see what happened when you took a shy, unassuming heroine like Cassidy Roby and dropped her into Mason’s high-pressure jet-set lifestyle. To the best of my knowledge, this hasn’t been done before in a romance novel. But my goal as a writer in this genre is to make it as reality-based as possible. Real people. Real problems. Real life situations.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?

I’ve had many lives! More than my share. In my one and only indie book, STRIPPED DOWN: A Naked Memoir, I talk about my time as a men’s magazine model (far from glamorous) including a stint in the Hollywood of the 1990s. But keep in mind, these were things I did in order to carve out enough time to write. They included working as a dating service salesperson, a peddler of vacation packages, a personal trainer and a fitness instructor at a popular Houston gym. I considered all these professions as a means to an end. One end. And that was writing.

A simple Google search of my name, Stacey Keith, will lead you to my books. On my website, you will find Blog Candy, which is where I riff on a variety of subjects, such as what’s it like to life in Italy and my geeky enthusiasm for Tudor and Jacobean history. You can see that here: www.StaceyKeithAuthor.com.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad or good ones?

I do occasionally read my book reviews, mostly to discover what worked/didn’t work for the reader. What’s helpful: being able to read a clearly articulated analysis of what may or may not have worked. A writer can learn just as much by knowing what works as she can by knowing what doesn’t.

But what doesn’t work is this, and I see it all too often in my reviews and the reviews of other authors: a straight rehash of the plot. Book bloggers are especially guilty of writing plot synopses, which are not the same things as analysis. If a book falls short, it’s helpful to know why. If you ding it, explain it. As a judge of many book contests, I never ever take points off without discussing the reasons why.

One of the most rewarding things about being a writer, however, are those sweet emails from people who were really transported by the world you created, who read the book and couldn’t put it down. Those are the great folks who make doing this job worthwhile. I treasure every single one of them.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I’m a wannabe plotter! What fun it would be to know exactly what to write next without all that annoying uncertainty. It ain’t never gonna happen. Being a pantser is like walking a tightrope without the net. I’m forced to listen to what my characters want to do—without editorial direction from me. As wacky as that sounds, it’s true. If you can shut off your brain and just listen, your characters will tell you where to go next. And sometimes that can genuinely surprise you. It’s a spooky process, one that makes you question your own sanity.

In DREAM LOVER, the final book in my “Dreams Come True” trilogy, I had no idea what the climax of the story would be until I started writing it. I had no idea it would be so dramatic or so unexpected. But when I read that book now, it makes perfect sense. Of course it had to reach that fever pitch. Of course there was going to be emotional fallout. Of course Brandon and April had to make sacrifices. If it’s not real, it’s not worth writing about.

Interview with Stacey Keith
How long did it take you to write your book series?

2017 was nuts. Truly. I came back from a quick trip to Houston around Christmas time of 2016 and then hit the deck running. I wrote SWEET DREAMS in four months. Then my terrific editor at Kensington Books invited me to contribute a novella to an anthology by New York Times bestselling authors Janet Dailey and Lori Wilde called A WEDDING ON BLUEBIRD WAY, which I wrote in ten weeks. After that, I was pretty jammed for time—and there was no chance of a deadline extension—so I locked myself in my office and wrote DREAM LOVER in seventy-six days. That was rough. There were times I was so overwhelmed, I put my forehead on the table and cried. Fueled by cappuccino, fear, and desperation, I stayed up for three days straight to get that book finished. And I learned that writers really can do the impossible. Even when they’re drunk with exhaustion, they can pull themselves over the finish line before finally collapsing in the pool of their own vomit. Amazing, but true.

Does your family support you in your writing career? How?

I’m the proud, happy mom of two great kids—my son, Dane, who is the youngest police officer in his Houston precinct, and Katie Scarlett (yes, that Katie Scarlett) who is in her junior year of high school. For most of their lives, I was a single mom, which meant that finding time to write was a pretty tall order. There were many Thanksgivings and New Year’s Days I would take advantage of having family around by hiding out in my car so I could meet a deadline. My decision to move to Italy had to do, in part, with the need to live more cheaply so I could devote myself fulltime to writing. My fiancĂ©, John, who is a jazz musician—and fortunately, a fluent Italian speaker—has been the very definition of supportive. He gets it. But I would be the first person to confess that being a partner, a parent, a friend, can be damned difficult for someone whose profession demands monastic solitude. John helped me turn a ruined garden shed on our terrace into a real writer’s studio, complete with heat and air conditioning. I love to paint and decorate, so that part was easy, but he did all the insulating, which isn’t. Now I have a view of Monte Soracte in one direction and 12th century Saint Gregorio (a church) in the other, close enough to reach out and touch. Talk about an upgrade from hiding out in my car!

Plus, I get to go to work in my pajamas. So there’s that.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I’m a hopeless sightseer. Where I live in Italy, a 3000-year-old village called Civita Castellana, affords me many such happy indulgences. There’s the 11th century Duomo where Mozart played, and the Forte San Gallo, former Borgia stronghold. Just walking the streets here gives me joy. But all of Italy is like that—Rome, Florence, Venice, Bologna. And not just the major cities, but the hundreds of tiny medieval villages that are scattered throughout the mountains and foothills. I’ve gone from living in a moldy apartment behind a mall in Houston, Texas, to a mini-palazzo constructed during the Italian Renaissance that has a terrace overlooking the historic center. Dues? I’ve paid them.

What’s your favorite quote for writers?

Charles Bukowski: “Find what you love and let it kill you.” He wrote that in a letter, I believe. And it’s so true. Why do anything by half-measures? Why not let that lovely obsession of yours consume you? Why write and publish stories that fail to emotionally resonate, that don’t speak some truth about our lives, that fall short of what a reader deserves in exchange for giving up her time? There is nothing wrong with enjoying a good story, a story that transports you and keeps you turning the pages long after you should be in bed. Don’t let anyone shame you for your reading choices. When you read, you have a projection screen in your head. The act of reading requires active participation. And that’s why readers are smarter than non-readers—and that has nothing to do with the material read; rather, the imagination it takes to keep that mental movie projector running.

Keep reading. If you’re a writer, keep writing. Above on, keep on being the unique and wonderful being that you are. There’s only one of you in the whole world, so make the most of it!




Turn A Page Or Two: A Good Place To Promote Your Book

Turn A Page Or Two: A Good Place To Promote Your Book, guest post by John Kaniecki


Unless you are fortunate enough to have an agent and are published by a major publisher you probably have a quandary over how to sell copies of your book. After all it is reported that a million books a year get published. One could literally write the best book in the universe but still not be successful. How does one navigate through the world of marketing?
 
At this point I want to declare that I too am a struggling writer. My wife is ill and she needs full time care. Thus I cannot work a conventional job. So I take times like this to write where every half a minute I stretch my neck back to look at her. So to me being successful is really a matter of ‘life or death’.
 
Turn A Page Or Two: A Good Place To Promote Your Book, guest post by John Kaniecki
I believe the key to becoming a successful writer is to start selling books. My friends encourage my writing efforts by telling me of all the big name writers who were repeatedly rejected. Also they tell me how people have submitted what are called literary classics. The only thing is that the manuscripts have been doctored with the names changed so they wouldn’t be recognized. These classics too received the horrid rejection.
 
Still I believe that book publishers would literally publish anything if they thought that they could make money off of it. So it is imperative for the self published writer or independent writer to be a successful marketer. That is why I am talking to you about my blog “Turn A Page Or Two”. http://johnkaniecki.blogspot.com
 
“Turn A Page Or Two” started off as part of my own marketing campaign. I tinkered with it on and off over the years. Now I have decided to turn it into a marketing tool, not only for myself but for others as well.
 
My wife Sylvia is from Grenada. They have a saying there “One hand washes the other and together, they wash the face”. Cooperation between writers can only lead to greater success. It is with that thought that I open up my website to anyone promoting their books. I would be giving you a guest blog on my page to use however you see fit. Just send your information to peacepoems@mail.com Include a blurb, biography, links and cover to the books. If you have more than one book to promote, send them in multiple emails. Look the blog over and see what I have done for others just like you.
 
I will be totally honest and upfront that this is in fact a way to promote my own writing and sell my books as well. It is my hope that when I promote your books that it will bring traffic to my page.
 
Also I am accepting poetry, stories, essays and book excerpts as well. I don’t pay but you will be able to promote your stuff. I am happy to accept reprints as long as you own the rights. Check out the simple guidelines. http://johnkaniecki.blogspot.com/2017/12/poetry-and-short-story-submissions.html

Turn A Page Or Two: A Good Place To Promote Your Book. Guest post by John Kaniecki
John Kaniecki is a native of Brooklyn, New York. While he has no memory of New York City but he is proud to call himself a native New Yorker. John spent a few years in Illinois but grew up in Pequannock, New Jersey. After graduating high school John went off to Hoboken to attend Steven's Institute of Technology.
 
Despite being in engineering school, John was clueless to the direction his life should take. After two years John dropped out of Steven's. He became a Christian and hitchhiked across the United States. Several months later he was hospitalized with bipolar disorder.
 
At this time John began to write poetry. A self published book called "A Day's Weather" shows his mind at this time. After years of struggle John eventually returned to college and graduated from Montclair State University. John went to work stocking shelves at Sears and then worked with an engineering firm. John married Sylvia Smith in 2004.
 
Once married John returned to his writing. His writing has been published in over 100 outlets. His poetry books are “Murmurings Of A Mad Man”, “Poet To The Poor, Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent”, “Sunset Sonnets”, “A Days Weather”, “The Lost Cantos Of John Kaniecki”, and “Polishing The Fragments”. John has three science fiction anthologies, “Words Of The Future”, “Dark Matters” and “From Chaos To Cosmos” and a novel “I Should Have Been A Rock Star”. Also are two horror novellas “Scarecrow, Scarecrow” and “Satan’s Siren”. There are his memoirs “More Than The Madness”. Coming soon is a fantasy novel “Fallon From The Farm” and two horror novels “In The Mind Of Maggoo” and “Myroniac”.
 
Presently John is a full time caretaker for his wife. Also he volunteers as a missionary for the Church of Christ at Chancellor Avenue; which is in the inner city of Newark. He stays up light at night and writing in any free time in hopes of becoming a professional writer.
 
 
Twitter         @JohnKaniecki
Website        http://johnkaniecki.weebly.com/
Blog             http://johnkaniecki.blogspot.com/
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Book Showcase: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing by Jen Castleberry

Book Showcase: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing  by Jen Castleberry


Title: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing
Author: Jen Castleberry
Genre: YA Fantasy

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Book Showcase: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing  by Jen Castleberry
Fifteen years have passed since a Fire Scale scorched Cayda’s village. Fifteen years of beatings, of bare kitchen cupboards and sloppy swordplay. Fifteen years of biting her lip for her father’s cane while her younger sisters did the same for the grimy patrons of the village brothels. Fifteen years of staring steadfastly after beauty in an increasingly ugly world.

Now, with hair shorn and breast bound, Cayda marches into the Summer Alps as Cody, a hopeful Champion seeking a dragon-slayer’s reward, with the full weight of her family’s survival on her shoulders.

But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers that she is not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise.
With monsters, gods, and royalty hot on her heels, Cayda must ask herself if victory is worth sacrificing her identity for – or her life.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Readers will not quickly forget the diverse cast or the thrilling, sexy ride!


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Book Showcase: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing  by Jen Castleberry
Jen Castleberry resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and pets. Her background is in Communications and Animal Welfare. All of her pets are named after superheroes!



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Excerpt: On the Edge by Dani Collins

Excerpt: On the Edge by Dani Collins


Title: On the Edge (Blue Spruce Lodge, #1) 

Author: Dani Collins 

Published by: Tule Publishing
Publication date: January 16th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Excerpt: On the Edge by Dani Collins
About the book:

When Glory Cormer’s father introduces her to ‘their’ new business partner, she’s appalled. Viking-like Rolf Johansson exudes the same alpha-intimidation that jocks used to torment her through high school. After nursing her mother the last several years, she’s trying to break out of her shell and secretly pursue a writing career, but Rolf insists she go through with the rotten deal her father struck with his brother to renovate an old chalet.

Rolf envisions this mountain as a world-class resort for elite athletes and other jet setters. As a downhill champion and owner of a world-renowned sports equipment empire, he knows what it takes to get what he wants. Nothing will stop him, especially not a hotheaded wallflower who turns the ice in his veins to lava.

Bonus Story! This book contains Glory’s novella Blessed Winter, a no-room-at-the-inn Christmas romance.

Excerpt:

(Warning – language)       

Glory doesn’t want to help her father renovate Blue Spruce Lodge. She wants to write romance. She’s doing it on the sly, using Rolf as inspiration for her hero. Rolf is a gold-medal, alpine champion, a tycoon who a world-renowned sporting goods conglomerate, and the owner of Whiskey Jack Resort, which he is bringing back to life as a training facility for elite athletes. He’s the full, romance-hero package right down to the chartered helicopter.

He’s also a bit of a dick. Glory is determined to be nice to him, however. It’s kind of her job, working for her father in the lodge. But she’s having a bad day when Rolf asks her to make him a coffee. He’s aware that she’s been watching him a little too closely. He thinks she’s coming on to him and decides to make some things clear:

~ * ~

Rolf looked into the top of his mug. The foam heart made his own shrink and harden.
These flirty touches of hers, accompanied by hopeful smiles and eagerness to please, were piling up and setting off alarm bells. He was the full package. He knew that. She was hardly the first woman to eye up his looks, standing, and fortune, then make a play for a piece of it. He had an ex-wife who had taken a piece.
Maybe he owned a little responsibility for the way she was leaning in. He had cast one or two glances that she might have construed as interest. That was his dick doing his thinking and he needed to yank a halt on that as much as her. It was time to make clear that coffee art, and pillow chocolates, and inspiring quotes on the bottom of emails, didn’t affect him.
Drawing a breath, he went straight to the heart—pun intended—of the matter.
“I don’t know what you think might happen between us, but it won’t.”
She jolted like she’d caught a spark of static electricity. Her hand paused where she was writing something on a clipboard and she lifted her strawberry-blonde lashes, taken aback.
“I beg your pardon?” Her voice was so thin he barely heard it.
He bit back a sigh and licked his lips. “You seem to be making an effort to catch my attention.” He nodded at the foam heart. “I just want to be up front, so there aren’t any misunderstandings. I’m not interested.”
Maybe that was harsh, but he wasn’t someone who danced around, avoiding the hard jobs.
Her eyes widened even more, growing wounded and embarrassed. Pink bled into her face so deep, her freckles disappeared. Her bottom lip started to quiver before she bit down on it. Her brow pleated and her eyes began to gloss.
He set his back teeth, not having planned to make explanations, but maybe he needed to dial this back a notch. “We work together—”
“No, we don’t! You treat me like I work for you.”
He cocked a brow at that. Well, yeah. He was paying for a room and all.
“I’m trying to be nice.” Temper was gathering around her like storm clouds, making her voice grow loud and strident. “Not that you would know what that looks like. You think I’m coming on to you? You can’t even change your own toilet roll! You don’t get Valentines for that, you asshat. Making hearts with foam is so basic, it means I’m not even trying. But if you don’t like the way I’ve made your coffee, fine.”
She grabbed his mug and threw it into the bar sink where it bounced out and clattered to the floor, sending coffee exploding all over the walls, counter, and floor.
Adrenaline shot through him in reaction to the violence, sending a jolt of aggression into him that pushed him onto his toes, determined to grab control of a situation that was in full tailspin.
“Get a grip. This is a work environment.”
“This—” her hand flung above her head to indicate the lodge “—is a prison sentence. In Siberia. One where Herr Rolf rules. Do you know I’m supposed to be in Paris with my mom? Instead, I’m stuck here with a prick who goes out of his way to make me feel shitty about myself. Not interested? Fuck you, Rolf. Fuck you and your brother’s dog, too.”
She spat the words. Her whole body shook and her eyes showed white around fiery green centers.
“Are you done?” he bit out, dousing her tantrum with the unmoved ice in his veins.
So done.”
“Great. Can I get coffee?”
“Help yourself.” Except she didn’t say ‘help.’ It sounded a lot more like ‘Gofuckyourself.’
She walked out, and he heard Devon say, “You tell him, girl.”
“Oh, now you want to act like we’re friends? Screw you, Devon.”
“Hey!” Devon said, but Glory’s footsteps clomped away.
Rolf became aware of the fact that music had been turned down in the kitchen. Everyone in the vicinity had gone quiet to listen.
Fan-fucking-tastic.
He walked around the bar, dropped a towel on the spill, rinsed his cup, and helped himself to a regular coffee from the brew of the day. He walked back to his office through the kitchen, telling the kid in the dish pit to clean up behind the bar. Safety first.
Then he closed the door to his office with a firm hand and sat down to work, telling himself he had accomplished what he meant to. Maybe it hadn’t been elegant, but it was done. All was right with his world.
The coffee gave him gut rot.


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Excerpt: On the Edge by Dani Collins


Award-winning, USA Today Bestselling author Dani Collins thrives on giving readers emotional, compelling, heart-soaring romance with laughter and heat thrown in, just like real life. Mostly she writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Presents and Tule’s Montana Born, but her backlist of forty books also includes self-published erotic romance, romantic comedy, and even an epic medieval fantasy. When she’s not writing—just kidding, she’s always writing. She lives in Christina Lake, BC, Canada with her husband of thirty years who occasionally coaxes her out of her attic office to visit their grown children.


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Why do you write?

Why do you write? guest post by Mark JG Fahey


It has been said that everyone has a book in them and if you are very creative, even more! What does it take however to write a book or to think of even tackling such an endeavor?

Why do you write? guest post by Mark JG Fahey
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When I was 10 years old we had a 1912 Remington typewriter in our home; no one was using it and it just sat there until I slipped in a piece of paper and out of my mind came letters, then words, then sentences. I was hooked.

I began writing poems, song lyrics, funny fake news stories before fake news became fake news, then finally short stories. When I was about 16 I told everybody, anybody who would listen, that one day I would write a book. At age 54, I finally accomplished that goal and at 55, book two came along. I am currently writing the third of the Halley's Casino Trilogy at age 56. Why so long you ask?

I had to ask myself and perhaps you are asking yourselves right now; who am I writing for and why? Is it for riches, fame and fortune?  You see. as a younger man that was my main goal, fame and fortune. But then life has a way of kicking you in the pants as one grows older, more mature and maybe wiser, if you let it. I began to write for ME.

No selfish motives, no riches, no fame, or no fortune. Look, if you are going to go for it, you have to do it all on your own. It's takes determination, discipline, honesty, and a very good idea doesn't hurt either.

There are those who can pump, and who have pumped out books like raindrops, best sellers in fact. Who doesn't want one of those? I guess the point I am driving at is, if your book is good enough time will compensate. If your book does not sell or become a best seller take pride in that you wrote a BOOK! How many people can say that?

Now, once you have written your book what then? How do I find a publisher or an agent? This can become just as bad as wanting riches, fame and fortune. I recommend going the self publishing route. Some will say that you're not a real author if you self publish; well that is a load of bullocks! In this day and age anything is possible. Just because you have self published does not mean you cannot continue looking to get your work picked up by a proper publisher.  But be very careful on what self publisher you may want to go with.

There are many that will soak all the money they can out of you. Its actually crazy. One firm wanted to charge me as much as 18 thousand dollars to publish, all the bells and whistles package they said. They kept on phoning me, trying to push me until finally. "I SAID NO THE FIRST TIME AND ITS STILL NO." And by that time, I had already chosen a firm that suited my needs. Ingram Spark. I highly recommend them (wonder if they will give me a discount on my next book for mentioning them? :-) Though there are many other credible firms about. DO YOUR HOME WORK and choose the best for YOU.

Look for contests to enter and get your work out there for all to see. I entered my first novel this past year at www.worldbeststory.com and out of thousands of worldwide entries Halley's Casino place 3rd! The top 3 winners were broadcast live on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It was one of the coolest, nail biting, edge of my seat, rocking events I have ever been part of. YOU can have that too.

Both my books, Halley's Casino and Marine - Halley's Casino II are available worldwide, the joy when I first Goggled the title and POW it was everywhere. Now the goal is to have sales, marketing is another whole deal. Oh and of course, in order to have sales, readers have to like what you have written so they can write a review and get others interested.

Halley's Casino is a fun, witty, science fiction, comedy, drama, satirical, time travel adventure much in the vein of the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. Some of the book’s reviewers have noted this and  I am very honoured. It is so rewarding when readers get your work. Star Trek and Rock ‘n Roll play a huge part as well (spoilers). Rush fans anyone?

As of today, I am neither wealthy nor famous. I am ok with that. I write for ME as I hope you will write for YOU. Let the chips fall as they may and perhaps you will spend a chip or two on Halley's Casino. Hop aboard, we are waiting for you!
With truth, sincerity and all honesty
Mark JG Fahey

Why do you write? guest post by Mark JG Fahey
Mark JG Fahey is not an alien, contrary to what you may have heard, though he swears he has been to space. Mark has dabbled in various undertakings throughout his illustrious career, from on-air hosting/reporter/stand-up comic to messenger for the Prime Minister of Canada. Mark also holds a degree in Restaurant Services. His family and friends can attest to his excellent cooking skills. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Mark was raised and still resides in Aylmer, Quebec, Canada. Halley's Casino is the first book in the Halley's Casino trilogy.

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