Christmas Message

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support through out the year and to wish you a very 'Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year'.

I hope you have all enjoyed reading Writers and Authors this year and that you continue to visit and comment in 2010.

See you in January!
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CWL- IN-SIGHT

IN-SIGHT
By Gerard Webster

ISBN: 9781432737023
Pages: 417

Blurb:
It's a modern prodigal son story set in Jacksonville, FL, USA about a worldly young man, Ward McNulty, who has abandoned his Catholic family values in his pursuit of fame and fortune.

The novel falls in the Catholic thriller-suspense genre. To read more about it, you can log onto the website http://outskirtspress.com/insight and from there go to the many five star reviews.

About Gerard D. Webster

Gerard Webster has been a Peace Corps volunteer, a soldier, a businessman, and an addictions counselor. Most of all: he’s a husband to his wife, Anne, and a father to their 5 children. He lives with his wife in Jacksonville, Florida.
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CWL- Gaea

Book Title: Gaea

Author: Robina Williams

Author’s web site: www.robinawilliams.com

ISBN: 9781606191835

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

Publication Date: September 15, 2009

Retail Price: U.S. $18.95

Format: Paperback

Genre: Fantasy

Gaea is available on Amazon.com -- http://www.amazon.com/Gaea-Robina-Williams/dp/1606191837/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_2


Summary:

Gaea, the earth goddess, fed up with the damage Man is doing, decides to teach him a lesson. She ropes in her relatives to help her… and three-headed Cerberus, the hell hound, tags along too. Quant, golden-eyed seraph and quantum cat, is there to keep an eye on them all.

Author bio:

Robina Williams has an M.A. in Modern Languages from Oxford University and an M.Phil. in English Literature from Liverpool University. It occurred to her that Schrödinger's dead-and-alive Cat would make a useful character for fantasy novels. Gaea is the third book in her Quantum Cat series.
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CWL- Beginnings

Beginnings
By Lori Watson

Blurb:

In your beginning—yes, in your beginning,
God thought of you, and He loved you.

A tiny seed grows into a majestic tree. A small caterpillar flutters from the cocoon as a beautiful butterfly. A fragile egg cradles the new life of a baby robin. And a much-loved child is nurtured within a mother’s womb.
Beginnings is a fresh new way to teach children about the value of life at every stage. Gorgeous illustrations take little ones through all of the wondrous beginnings of God’s creations—a seed becomes a pine tree, a yellow blossom becomes a tomato, a spring becomes a river. Beginnings emphasizes the value of human life by reassuring children that God has loved them all along, from the very beginning.


Review:
Beginnings, a pro-life picture book for preschoolers and up: http://new.catholicmom.com/2009/05/25/in-the-beginning-new-childrens-book-looks-at-wondrous-beginnings/

About the Author:
Lori Ann Watson studied elementary education in Texas. She taught first, second, and fifth grades and was named County Teacher of the Year before becoming a full-time mother and Catholic writer. She and her husband have three young children
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CWL- The Window to my Soul My Walk With Jesus

The Window to my Soul; My Walk With Jesus
By Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopés

*A BOOK OF MEDITATIVE DEVOTIONS AND FREE-STYLE INSPIRATIONAL POETRY, *

Voted “2006 Best Poetry Book” by www.christianstoryteller.com

The book is the author’s profession of her love for Jesus and of thanks to God for the many gifts and talents that He has given her. It also expresses her deep gratitude for God's sending His only begotten Son to die for her sins and allowing her and many more to find peace in Christ and an open door back to heaven. It is a total surrender to the teachings and guidance of the Holy Spirit during the study of the Scriptures. These poems and reflections are the author's way of pouring out her heart and soul while meditating on God's Word and the marvelous daily miracles in her life.

The book can be purchased directly from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com and at all major online stores.

About the Author:

Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopés is an author, a book reviewer, a song-writer, and interviewer by profession, a mother by choice, and a wife by the covenant of marriage. She was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico and currently lives in Germany with her husband and two sons.

For more information about the author, visit her at: timewithtannia.tripod.com, www.myspace.com/tanniaortizlopes and www.shoutlife.com/tanniaortizlopes
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CWL- The Ice Chorus

The Ice Chorus
By Sarah Stonich
Book Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DR9LztWKpc


Blurb: "After her affair with a painter, documentary filmmaker Lise Dupre's life has unraveled. She leaves Toronto for the remote Irish coast to consider her future, and heal. In a seaside village of characters, she's embraced by the Conners', whose wholehearted charm and colourful stories inspire her to pick up the camera once again, to record their lives and loves. Discovery of a devastating family secret in the Conners' past makes Lise realize that to tell the stories of others, she must first tell her own.

Review:

Booklist
In this tender, elegantly told love story, Liselle flees her native Toronto for a small village on the Irish coast. As she slowly incorporates herself into the lives of the villagers, Liselle recreates the circumstances surrounding the bitter breakup of her 18-year marriage. While accompanying her workaholic husband on an archaeological dig in Mexico she met Charlie, a gifted painter. When he mounts an exhibit of eight shockingly intimate portraits, she is forced to make a decision. Stonich effortlessly conjures multiple vivid settings and uncommonly interesting characters even as she moves seamlessly between the past and present. A subtle, lovely evocation of the transforming power of love.
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CWL- Rise Of The Darkness

Title: Rise Of The Darkness
Author: C.A.Milson
Website: www.authorcamilson.com
ISBN: 978-1-4092-8136-8

Synopsis:
From the time that the Darkness ruled the ancient tribes, The Elders
prophesied of a time when a descendant of The Gods would arise.
Tonight, in the town of Winmont, an Ancient Legion has been awoken to
finish what they started many millennia ago. Now, the fate of humanity
is in the hands of One, but can he overcome the forces that dare to
challenge the bloodline of the Gods?

Alex Manning is The One. Born of a heritage that was once a powerful
civilization before it was destroyed by the Giants that once walked
among men. Now tonight, in a small town, after thousands of years of
being bound in the Dark Realm, the Ancient Darkness has been
unleashed, and they set about to finish what was begun. Only Alex can
stop the Dark Forces from destroying this town, but will he fulfil his
own tests and sacrifice his life for those would seek to betray him?

Publisher: Lulu
http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/the-chosen-~-rise-of-the-darkness/6994096
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CWL- Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male.

Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male.
By Philip Nork

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: PB 9781438967446

HC 9781438967455

Pages: 252

Available at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnobles.com and on my website www.philipnork.com

E-book only available at www.authorhouse.com

Genre: Fiction/Relationships and reality memoirs

Synopsis: Follow a young boy thru the challenging journey of self-discovery, and his yearning to become the “real” yet sensitive man he longs to be. But as he discovers…a good thing used the wrong way has its dire consequences. A “highly entertaining and unique trip back in time” says Editor Cliff Carle.

“Women will want to have someone like Phil enter their life, while men will wish they were more like him. Either way, all will be thoroughly entertained.”


“Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male is reflections of a discovery of self and the quest for acceptance and finding happiness.
If you like memoirs that are honest, different and give you a peek into behind closed doors, this is a read for you.” Authors Promoting Authors.
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CWL- Choices Meant for Kings

Choices Meant for Kings
By Sandy Lender


Purchasing Information: http://tinyurl.com/CMFKamazon
or direct from publisher at http://www.archebooks.com/BookIDX/Indexes/Fantasy/CMFK/CMFKDesc.htm

The video trailer is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9pWKLAiyWc

This novel is about Girl Power Fantasy, but without the feminist agenda.
There's no doubt: Chariss is in danger. Her geasa is hampered by the effects of a friend's marriage. The dashing Nigel Taiman hides something from her, yet demands she stay at his family's estate where he and her wizard guardian intend to keep her safe. But the sorcerer Lord Jamieson Drake and Julette the Betrayer know she's there, and their monstrous army marches that way. When prophecies stack up to threaten an arrogant deity, Chariss must choose between the dragon that courts her and the ostracized kings of the Southlands for help. Evil stalks her at every turn and madness creeps over the goddess who guides her. Can an orphan-turned-Protector resist the dark side of her heritage? Or will she sacrifice all to keep her god-charge safe?

The intense sequel Choices Meant for Kings has just been released at http://www.archebooks.com and http://tinyurl.com/CMFKamazon.

Visit http://www.authorsandylender.com
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CWL- Storm

Storm
By Joyce A. Anthony


Purchase link:

http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Joyce-Anthony/dp/1932993746

More information--meet characters, excerpt, reviews at:
http://joyceanthony.tripod.com/

Back Cover Text

What do a prostitute, an abused child, a disillusioned minister, a Vietnam Vet and a homosexual have in common? These and many others find their lives changed when they meet Storm and his companion, an amethyst-eyed dog named Maggie.

As you follow Storm on his journey to discover his true identity, you will meet many of society’s forgotten people. You will laugh, cry and get angry—whatever the emotion, you will feel deeply.

When Storm realizes who he is and why he is here, the world is completely changed and not one soul remains untouched. Upon closing the covers of this book, you will see the world around you in a far different light and find yourself wondering—is it really fiction?
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CWL- The Best Selling Toy of the Season

The Best Selling Toy of the Season
By Elaine Cantrell


Blurb:
Who’d want to be Nikki Lane? Sure, she’s beautiful, but her family isn’t much. She isn’t married either, and supporting her two boys on a minimum wage job has cost her more than one sleepless night.

Tommy Price is everything Nikki isn’t. He lives on James Street, the best street in town. Naturally, his rich, influential family has a suitable woman picked out for him to marry.

Tommy and Nikki’s two diverse worlds literally collide one evening at the discount store where Nikki works, giving both of them a glimpse into a life they never knew existed.

Can the growing attraction between them bridge the vast gulf which separates them, or will their romance end before it even begins?

Review:
The Best Selling Toy of the Season

Tommy Price is a wealthy attorney from a prominent family. When he goes to Super Mart a few days before Christmas, he is simply shopping for a gag gift for a party. He doesn’t expect to accidentally trip over a lovely woman in his path and break her Christmas presents. Nikki Lane is a single mother and an employee of Super Mart. She has been saving for months to buy her boys the toy that Tommy just broke. It is the one hot toy of the holiday season, and there are no more to be found for purchase anywhere. When Tommy shows up at her door a couple of days later with replacements and an invitation to dinner for her and the boys, she is charmed beyond belief.

Nikki and Tommy find an immediate connection in spite of their differences in background and social status and are utterly taken with each other. Their families, however, have a different opinion. Tommy’s family is of the opinion that Nikki is trailer trash and a fortune hunter, Nikki’s cousin Dan warns her that Tommy just wants to get her in bed before he dumps her, and her mother pushes her to demand marriage. Tommy refuses to listen to this – he loves Nikki and plans to marry her. Nikki, however, is much more susceptible to family pressure and the murmurs and gossip she hears among Tommy’s social circle. She doesn’t want to let him go, but how can she allow Tommy to ruin his reputation by marrying someone as socially backwards as herself?

Elaine Cantrell’s The Best Selling Toy of the Season is a sweet seasonal romance in which the hero and heroine attempt to navigate the huge social and financial gap between them. This contrast between the two seems to be a popular theme in romantic fiction – the rich and handsome hero sweeps the poor waif off her feet and she miraculously fits into his life. The Best Selling Toy of the Season takes a slightly different angle and shows exactly how ill-prepared such a heroine would be for such a dramatic and sudden change in circumstances. This gives a refreshing injection of realism into the Cinderella theme. The story is well-written and plotted if somewhat slow-moving, and it features two main characters who are sympathetic enough to make the reader care what happens to them. Both Nikki and Tommy are genuinely nice people. Even though Tommy purposely turns a blind eye to potential difficulties that his romance with Nikki may cause and Nikki has something of a chip on her shoulder, the reader can’t help but root for a happy ending for these two. Readers loving a rags-to-riches tale should find The Best Selling Toy of the Season just up their alley.

Reviewed by: Whitney, Fallen Angel Reviews


Purchasing Details Best Selling Toy

http://www.midnightshowcase.com/BestToy.htm

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Selling-Toy-Season/dp/B002AD7MEW/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1256498670&sr=8-4




http://www.elainecantrell.com
http://www.elainepcantrell.blogspot.com
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Christmas Wish List 2009

Following last years success, The Christmas Wish List is back!

Throughout the month of December I will be featuring a different book each day. The aim of this project is to give ideas for books as Christmas gifts. As we all know a book lasts a lot longer than a box of chocolates, is more entertaining than a tie, costs less than a diamond and one can be found for all tastes.

You will find a wide range of genres by a variety of authors. A little something for everyone.

Enjoy...
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Robin Falls Magazine

Robin Falls Magazine founded by April Robins is an online magazine for Writers and artists to show off their talents.

Robin Falls Magazine will be visible and advertised throughout the year after it goes live on Dec 1st.

A fantastic opportunity for extra FREE pubblicity.

The magazine is divided into two main sections; For writers and Kids.

You can submit book reviews, articles, samples, and much more...

Colouring pages for the kids, onsite bookstore.

Visit http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=133200719753 for more details on how you can get involved.
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Writing Etc

Whether you're a seasoned freelancer or someone just getting your feet wet in this fascinating profession, you'll find a ton of valuable, profit-producing, muse-inspiring information at your fingertips.

Be sure to sign up for Writing Etc. It's our absolutely, positively always-free e-zine dedicated especially to freelance writers who treat their profession as a profitable career. You can submit questions. You can peruse immediately-useful articles. Best of all, you'll have access to reviews, insider information, markets, and resources.

They also have free e-cources online, articles and resources on site.

Visit http://www.filbertpublishing.com/ for more details.
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Interview with Mayra Calvani

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

www.sunstruckthenovel.blogspot.com, www.thedarkphantom.wordpress.com, www.petsandauthors.blogspot.com

Begin by telling us a little about yourself:

I started writing when I was about 12 and have been hooked ever since. Though my favorite genre is the paranormal, I also write children’s picture books, nonfiction, and other categories like horror and satire. I’m also a regular contributor to various online publications, such as Suite101, Blogcritics Magazine, and American Chronicle. Together with mystery author Anne K.. Edwards, I co-edit a monthly newsletter for writers and book lovers: Voice in the Dark. When I’m not writing, I love reading, playing the violin, blogging, reviewing, and spending time with my family.

Where are you from and where are you now?

I’m originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, but I live in Belgium now.

What motivated you to become an author?

The magic of bringing the worlds of my imagination on the page.

Were you an avid reader as a child? What type of books did you enjoy reading?

I was not an avid reader until I was about 11. That’s when I discovered Agatha Christie. By the time I was 14 I had read all of her novels. I had her entire mystery collection in Spanish translation. So I never really read children’s or YA books. I went straight into the adult books at a pretty early age.

Tell us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write such a story.

This is kind of weird because my latest novel, Sunstruck, is actually one of the first books I ever wrote—about fifteen years ago. It is a parody/satire and the style is very different from what I write now. I grew up in San Juan with an artist mom and from an early age visited many art shows and went to artist meetings. A quiet child, I mostly observed. My book was influenced by what I saw. Artist circles can be very interesting and quite strange at times! J

Here is a blurb:

Twenty-four-year-old Daniella is an architecture student living with her narcissistic artist boyfriend in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Abandoned by her father at an early age, Daniella always falls for the wrong type of man. Her most enduring male relationship so far is with her 30-pound Turkish angora cat. Thankfully, Daniella’s mother is always there to offer a shoulder.

Several strange mysteries are threaded through Daniella’s everyday life: her ex-husband, Ismael, has just opened an outlandish hotel for animal lovers that has her distraught; Ismael’s wife, a rich woman Daniella fondly refers to as “Lady Dracula,” has some gruesome ways to keep her skin looking young; Daniella’s mother is founding a revolutionary, feminist society called The Praying Mantises; the island’s national forest is being depleted of hallucinogenic mushrooms; meanwhile, young girls are disappearing and there’s a nut loose dressed as Zorro slashing the rear ends of women who wear miniskirts.

Oppressed by all these crazed, eccentric characters, Daniella feels herself falling into an abyss. Then something horrendous happens, making Daniella wake from her stupor and take charge of her life.

Readers may find more about it at www.sunstruckthenovel.blogspot.com

How would you describe your creative process while writing this book? Was it stream-of-consciousness writing, or did you first write an outline?

Definitely stream-of-consciousness, and I think it shows in the writing. Back then, my inner critic wasn’t as strong, so I wrote more freely. I didn’t say no to any crazy ideas… and it is an unusual, crazy book. People either love it or hate it. One reviewer called it ‘Brilliant’, and another said she had never read another book even remotely like it.

Agatha Christie got her best ideas while eating green apples in the bathtub. Steven Spielberg says he gets his best ideas while driving on the highway. When do you get your best ideas and why do you think this is?

I’m constantly getting new ideas—they attack me like the plague. I can be at a table with dinner guests and getting ideas at the same time. I know, poor guests! If only they knew that sometimes I can’t listen to them, only because those imaginary characters take control of my mind. It’s like being taken hostage. But I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Do you get along with your muse? What do you do to placate her when she refuses to inspire you?

My muse loves me and I love my muse. It’s my inner critic I despise! My muse gives me plenty of ideas but then my inner critic gets in the way and says: What stupid ideas! This often blocks me and I have to be very strong and order it to shut up.

Do you write non-stop until you have a first draft, or do you edit as you move along?

Did I mention how I hate my inner critic? As much as I try to write a first draft non-stop, my inner critic gets in the way and forces me to edit here and there. I try to avoid it, but sometimes it’s very hard to resist. This is why I love the National Novel Writing Month—or Nanowrimo. It is a wonderful exercise in shutting down your inner critic.

They say authors have immensely fragile egos… How would you handle negative criticism or a negative review?

Easy: I don’t. If I never get negative reviews, it means not enough people are reading my books.

As a writer, what scares you the most?

Not being able to produce work; not being able to write.

When writing, what themes do you feel passionate about?

I’m fascinated by moral dilemmas, such as the idea of a higher good, the idea that the end justifies the means. I tackle this on my supernatural thriller, Dark Lullaby. I’m also intrigued and pulled by the concept of vigilantism, the concept of ultimate justice vs. human law. These themes that obsess me, that have obsessed me since I was very young.

Are you a disciplined writer?

Not as much as I would like to be! I have my ups and downs. I try to be organized, which helps a lot, and manage to accomplish a number of goals each month. This helps me feel I’m progressing and keeps me motivated.

Do you have an agent? How was your experience in searching for one?

After searching on a off for the last 15 years, I landed an agent last November. She’s currently trying to sell my work to the big publishers. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Write for yourself—not for the market.

Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your work?

Yes I do!
http://www.MayraCalvani.com

http://slipperybookreview.wordpress.com

http://sunstruckthenovel.blogspot.com

http://thedarkphantom.wordpress.com
http://www.petsandauthors.blogspot.com

Children's Books:
http://MayrasSecretBookcase.com
http://MayrasSecretBookcase.blogspot.com

As an author, what is your greatest reward?

The wonderful feeling of accomplishment I get when I finish writing and publishing a book.

Anything else you’d like to say about yourself or your work?

I’d love to invite readers to visit my sites and blogs, especially my fun, new blog, www..petsandauthors.blogspot.com, where my golden retriever, Amigo, interviews authors’ pets.
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Writingworld.org

WritingWorld.org is a site about freelance writing and professional blogging, maintained by Amber McNaught.

Amber is a freelance writer and problogger who has been writing professionally for almost ten years. Amber started her career in newspaper journalism, had a brief foray into the world of public relations, and then returned to writing, this time on a freelance basis.

Amber set up Hot Igloo Productions Ltd., in 2004, in partnership with her husband, Terry Miaoulis. The company initially offered web design services (courtesy of Terry), along with a range of copywriting, proofreading, editing and press release services, run by Amber. She also continued to freelance for local and national newspapers and magazines.

In 2006, Amber started blogging professionally, both for the UK blog network, Shiny Media, and for her own blogs. In 2008 she launched Midas Media, the publishing division of Hot Igloo, which owns and runs its own network of fashion and lifestyle blogs, of which WritingWorld.org is one.

These days, the bulk of Amber's time revolves around blogging. She is the editor of Shiny Media's Shoewawa and continues to run the Midas Media network, with the odd bit of copywriting or newspaper journalism thrown in for good luck.

For more details visit www.writingworld.org
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writing stuff.com

www.writingstuff.com is full of ebooks and online courses for writers. The topics covered include what editors want, freelance writing, getting published without clips and many more...

Prices vary per product.

I have not personally tried any of these products but thought they might be of interest.

Visit the website for full details
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Interview with Jessica Andersen

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
For more information on SKYKEEPERS and the other Keepers books, excerpts, extras and more, please visit www.JessicaAndersen.com!

Tell us a bit about your latest book?
Ancient prophecy holds that 12/21/2012 will bring a global cataclysm. Mankind’s only hope lies with the Nightkeepers, modern magic-wielding warriors who must find their destined mates and fulfill the legends to defeat the rise of terrible Mayan demons.

In Skykeepers, Michael Stone is a man with a dark secret that has skewed his magical abilities dangerously toward the underworld. Seeking redemption, he sets out on a perilous mission to save the daughter of Ambrose Ledbetter, a renowned Mayanist who died before he could reveal the location of a hidden library. The Nightkeepers must find the library before their enemies gain access to its valuable cache of spells and prophecies.

Sasha Ledbetter grew up hearing heroic tales of an ancient group of powerful magi who were destined to save the world from destruction. She never expected that her bedtime stories would come to life in the form of Nightkeeper Michael Stone, or that she’d hold the key to the warrior’s survival. As Sasha and Michael join forces to prevent the imminent battle, sparks of attraction ignite between them, and they’re forced to confront the unexpected passion that brings them together … and also tears them apart.

What prompted you to write this book?

I'm a huge fan of disaster movies, and love writing sexy, action-packed stories, so the combination of the end of the Mayan calendar on 12/21/2012 (i.e., imminent doom and the idea of a cosmic countdown) plus the cool factor of the Mayan pyramids and the elements of sexuality that were built into their culture and rituals ... it really came together for me as a series concept. I had spent a fair bit of time ruin-ratting down in the Yucatan when I was younger, and drew on that early fascination and the sense of otherworldliness when writing. I love these books, and the research has become as much a hobby as anything :)

Do you belong to a writers group? How does it help your writing career?

I'm an active member of RWA (the Romance Writers of America), and participate at both the local and national levels. Locally, I'm at the point of giving back by mentoring less experienced writers and being involved with the annual conference. I recieved the chapter's service award in 2005 and continue to do as much as I can with and for the group. In return, I've gained friends, fans and supporters, and have a deep well of knowledge and strength I can draw on when I need it. Writing can be such a solitary endeavor, that it's important to make strong connections with other writers (at least it's been very important for me- your mileage may vary, of course!). On the national level, RWA is a great resource, not just in terms of the annual convention and RITA/Golden Heart awards, but also in terms of legal advice, market insight and promotional opportunities. It's not a perfect organization (what organization is?), but RWA is constantly evolving in an effort to meet the demands of its members, and I'm happy to have been a member for the past decade.

How do you over come writers block?
For me, writers' block isn't something to overcome, so much as it is something to listen to. For the most part, if I can't write the next line or the next scene, that's because my subconscious is trying to tell me that I'm going off the rails. I've either taken a wrong turn with the story, or I'm about to do so, and my inner self is trying to keep me from making the mistake. Thus, if I'm blocked, I go do something mindless and repetitive for a while: drive around, mow the lawn, take a shower, muck a stall... Pretty soon, I'll have that 'AHA!' moment, and figure out what I'm missing (or what I've just added that doesn't need to be there). So for me, writers' block is a signal of a problem rather than a problem itself.

Do you have an agent? What made you choose them?
I'm represented by Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency (TKA). I chose her from among three agents who offered to represent the Keepers series, all of whom have excellent reputations and gave great phone when I talked to them about the series and my career. I picked Deidre not just because we get along very well on a personal level and she has a great sales record, but also because TKA offers a level of service beyond those offered by the other agencies. The agency is small enough to feel very personal, but large enough (and forward-thinking enough) to offer marketing services (and nudges). I knew that self-promotion was one of my weak areas, and that Deidre would push me to make myself (and the Keepers novels) visible and stay visible. More, I picked her because of her business savvy and her ability to get the right deals done. And, indeed, within a few weeks of me signing with The Knight Agency, Deidre sold the Keepers series to my dream editor at my dream publisher, in a pre-empt. For me, it was exactly the right decision.
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Wikio

What is Wikio?

Wikio is an information portal with a news search engine that searches press sites and blogs.

With Wikio you can very easily create pages to follow the breaking news that interests you. Our info is continuously updated!

Wikio is a participative service: you can publish an article directly on the site or comment on an existing item.

You can also vote for an article or a group that captures your interest in order to increase its visibility on the site.

Each page offers an RSS feed that allows you to subscribe to receive the information that appears there in the reader of your choice.

How can I best make use of Wikio?

Wikio is a new information portal that allows you to follow online news from press sites and blogs, and also offers an extremely useful shopping tool.

By typing a keyword into the search box, you will gain immediate access to all relevant articles, videos and audio podcasts that have been published on the subject.

With Wikio Shopping, the search results will provide you with the best offers for each product, as well as press and user scores, reviews, photos and videos that we have found online.

You can sign up for free and receive all the news about any and all topics that interest you, or the most recent articles published on your favorite media sites and blogs. This news will be continuously updated on personal news pages that you can create with a few simple clicks of your mouse.

You can also contribute personally to the high-quality and comprehensive nature of Wikio news by voting for articles that interest you and boosting their positions in search results, or even publishing an article yourself.


Why sign up with Wikio and save my personal pages?

If you don’t want to run the risk of loosing your news pages when deleting cookies, you will need to create a Wikio account.

You will find the sign up link on the top right of every page, and creating a Wikio account takes less than a minute.

If you create a Wikio account you will also be able to access your personal news pages from any computer.

What can I do with my personal pages?

Creating personal pages on Wikio allows you to automatically remain up to date with news on topics that you are interested in, or follow new entries published on your favourite press sites and blogs.

You can subscribe to a press site or blog by simply clicking on the “subscribe” link found next to the title of every article published on Wikio.

If you want to subscribe to news on a specific topic, you need simply perform a search on a related keyword, and click on the link “subscribe to this news” that appears at the top of the results page.

You can also create a personal page by directly clicking on the “new page” tab underneath the Wikio logo. You can then add keywords relating to your favourite subjects or those with which you wish to remain up to date. You may also simply add your favourite press sites and blogs and then follow all the new articles that they publish via your personal page.

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Review: In Sight

Title: In-Sight
Author: Gerard D. Webster

Reviewed by Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopes, publisher of ''Time with Tannia'' (http://timewithtannia.tripod.com/)


The award winning action-drama novel, In-Sight, written by author Gerard D. Webster, stands out among other Catholic books in this genre.

The book begins with Carrie Hope's dad's last words to her before dying in the hospital: ''I love you as my own.'' Carrie's parents were killed by a drunk driver when she was a freshman at Florida State University (FSU). This event leaves Carrie alone and with no known relatives. When she turns 21, opportunity comes knocking at her door- she lands a Summer internship job in TV journalism in England. She needs to apply for a passport and is unable to find a copy of her birth certificate. She contacts Mr.Tom Eddington, the family lawyer, and asks for his assistance. Her meeting with Mr. Eddington reveals some shocking family secrets that find Carrie ill-prepared and send her in a life of busyness and internal turmoil.

Meanwhile, syndicated column writer, Ward McNulty, is enjoying the fame and the power of his political commentary column, Inside Story. His credibility and insight change the lives of those people he writes about. Ward has been very outspoken and supportive of State Senator Chet Garner in his column. This relationship, however, will proof itself shallow and manipulative as the story unfolds.

Carrie Hope buries her past and continues working on TV journalism. Her hard work earned her the position of co-host at the news program, Channel Five at Five. She and Ward McNulty meet at the studio as she interviews him for the news series,'Local People Makes Good.' Some time after this interview, Carrie and Ward start dating and end up with Carrie's moving in with Ward. At first, their relationship is full of lust and passion, but these slowly disappear as they get more and more involve in their careers.

Democrat State Senator Chet Garner will stop at nothing to gain the necessary votes to the US Congress, including, but not limited, to defamation of his competitor and all of those who stand on his way. He has been supportive of the ''North Beach'' development project to take place in Timuqua Island because he sees it is beneficial for Florida and also for the residents of the island.

Some of the residents are suspicious about the ''North Beach Project'' and they decide to hire real state lawyer, Bob Rohrback, to represent them in court. When Bob starts requesting papers from the City Council and taking some legal actions, this sets the wheel on as a set of unfortunate events starts affecting those obstructing and delaying the project. One of those victims is Ward McNulty, who refuses to use his column to defame former defense lawyer, Bob Rohrback. Ward suffers a car accident that leaves him blind for some time. Soon after his sight is restored, he discovered he has an in-sight into people's souls. This so discovered ''gift'' terrifies him and he doesn't know how to deal with it. But with the help of his dad, he learns to use his gift to better himself and help others in need.

The rest of the book goes back and forth between those in favor and those opposed to the project. Ward McNulty and Carrie Hope find themselves caught in the middle of the struggle and fighting in opposite sides. Lives will be turned up side down and others will be destroyed, while a handful of brave ones will find justice as the truth sets them free.

This is a tale of betrayal, faith, power, recovery, redemption, trust, and justice for all. I enjoyed the way the author weaved into the story the benefits of a regular confession, the AA Program for alcohol addiction, family relationship, and law. All these elements are tastefully discussed through the story without making the readers uncomfortable with some of these sensitive topics. The word of Jesus: ''Let your eyes be opened'' will take a whole new meaning after the reader finishes reading this book.

I recommend this book to those readers looking for a Catholic action drama fiction story with a cutting edge that doesn't jeopardize their beliefs and convictions. This book was awarded 2nd place in the 2009 Creative Arts Council Book Awards.


Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopés- "The Window to My Soul: My Walk with Jesus"
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Interview with Danielle Parker

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

Well, Google, of course. I write book reviews regularly for Bewildering Stories, and they carry many of my short stories and my bio.

I’m not a big fan of social sites in general, because they’re too time-consuming for me, but I enjoy Goodreads. The focus there is on discussing books.

What made you want to be a writer?

I came to it late. I had an intense career in information technology and telecommunications that crashed for good in the Great Lucent Bust-up. But I always enjoyed reading, and I dabbled in periodic abortive scribbles as a teenager for purely my own entertainment. I never dreamed of publishing.

But when I was unemployed for the first extended stretch of my life, my mother said, “Why don’t you FINISH something?” So I did, though it never sold (it was a Young Adult fantasy). And now writing is something I couldn’t stop doing even if I won a million dollars.

How long have you been writing?


Since mid-2002.

What genre do you write and why?

I read everything, both fiction and non-fiction. Which means I won’t stick to the same genre in my writing, either.

So far, “The Infinite Instant” is essentially a noir hard-boiled detective story with sci-fi and romance riffs. My second work, “Galen the Deathless”, which I’m still marketing, is a fairly violent far-future science fiction.

Eventually I intend to write a series of novels set in Central and South America, since I am a great admirer of Latin American literature. And several historical mysteries.

I already wrote a young adult fantasy (the very first I wrote, now gathering dust in the garage). I suppose it was a learning exercise.

So I think I’m versatile. I really don’t like to repeat myself.

But I would say speculative fiction and mystery-thriller-espionage are my first loves. I do read occasional romance, and there’s romance in the Minuet James series (“The Infinite Instant”). But I look at the romance I add to my stories as a natural expression of character and human relationships. I’m not into re-hashing clichés.

Where do you get your inspiration to write?

To read other great writers is to refresh the well of inspiration. I owe so much to other authors who have given me so many hours of pleasure.

Feelings, emotions play an important but not entirely conscious role in my writing. Developing plot is an analytical and logical exercise. But when that necessary work is done, more comes into writing than mere mechanics. I can’t always analyze the results myself. Much of it is sub-conscious.

Tell us a bit about your latest book?


“The Nihilistic Mirror”, the sequel to “The Infinite Instant”, is finally in work. I have about 12k words done so far. Unfortunately last year I couldn’t write. My mother had terminal cancer and I was her caregiver. It was a painful time. I still have trouble accepting she’s gone. We were very close.

The sequel is more focused on terrorism than crime, relative to the first work. The Others return, of course, and so do Drago and Tommy (Tomeso Lulliano). Part of it is set in Detroit. We have some new characters; some old ones, like Ferguson, drop out.

The work just completed is “Galen the Deathless”. I wrote it in four intense solitary months this year (2009), after my mother passed on. I submitted it to a large New York publisher and have been told it passed their first reading. But I’m still waiting for final word.

Years ago, when I first started writing, I wrote the short story which became, with some minor adjustments, the prologue of the novel I always had in mind for “Galen the Deathless”. That short story was published on Bewildering Stories and may still be read there, if anyone is interested. Bret Funk also published the same short story in his Beacons of Tomorrow print anthology.

So I’m at work on the sequels to both books. But my personal situation is a bit up in the air now and it’s been tough staying as focused as I would like. Some writers write like it’s a nine-to-five job. Or they can set aside a few hours to write. My writing work habit is more like a torrid love affair. It’s intense and it requires everything while it lasts.

What prompted you to write this book?

For “The Infinite Instant” and “The Nihilistic Mirror”, my love of hard-boiled noir detective stories, of course. I suppose Travis McGee (John D. MacDonald) was the one I have the most affection for. But there are so many great authors, old and new, in that genre.

For “Galen the Deathless” and “Galen the King”… the character, Galen, had haunted my head like a dream for a number of years. It had to be put down on paper at some point. When I finally wrote it… in a state of furious grief after the loss of my mother… I suppose it was a release of some kind.

Who are you published with?

At present, “The Infinite Instant” is published with Lachesis. “Galen the Deathless” is still looking for a publisher.

Have you ever taken any writing courses? Which? Did they help when writing your book?

No. I have several kind editors to thank, among them Louise Bohmer, for picking up a few improvements in my writing. I don’t say you can’t learn writing, because you can, and I try to improve my writing continuously. But much is innate talent. You have it or you don’t.

How are you promoting your book?

Review copies that I mailed out directly from home, mostly. And I attended two local cons.

It’s a slow process getting out the word when you’re a first-time author. The market is more or less overwhelmed with sheer numbers of new books in my opinion. You can’t blame readers. It’s hard for them to know if a new author is worth their money or a waste of their investment.

What advice do you have for other writers?

Understand that marketing your book, finding a publisher, getting an agent (if you want one), is a necessarily hellish business. Keep writing in spite of the pain. Do it because you love it, but never be self-indulgent in your writing. A writer should be like a singer. If the singer lets the emotions get out of control, the song breaks down. You need to keep your audience in mind in what you write, too.

What are your upcoming projects?

Besides the ones I’ve already mentioned, finding a new home for the book-length version of my former e-serial, “In a Pig’s Eye”. Writing more of the Nordic-mythology themed Elvidner stories.

Mapping out the first novel I have in mind for the Latin American stories. The first one will be set in Guatemala. That’s a long-term goal, though.

What other writing interests to you have?

I write regular book reviews for Bewildering Stories, and enjoy that a great deal.

How did you research for your book?

I research, research, research before I start writing. I like to digest it before I start the novel.
“Galen the Deathless” (the novel) has an episode set in France, in the year 1209 A. D. I read everything I could get my hands on about the Cathar Crusade and the period. Not just the history: I read literature related to the Parsifal myths, including listening to, and researching. Wagner’s opera of the same name.

For “The Nihilistic Mirror”, I’ve read books about the historical Assassins; terrorism, both modern and ancient; pored over The Detroit Guide; and read critiques of, and the works of, Frederick Nietzsche. There’s a reason for that in the story.

Do you belong to a writers group? How does it help your writing career?

I have lead several writing groups myself and participated in several (some online). I can’t say it’s helped my writing in any real way. Sometimes I’d say the writing groups had the opposite effect. The advice and the feedback can be harmful.

The justification for me was the support and I suppose the social contact. Writing can be a very lonely, solitary, protracted business. When I’m in the throes of it, a bomb could go off and I’d scarcely notice. But it does help to have people who wish you well.

How do you overcome writers block?

Wrtiers block comes from taking solely mechanistic approaches to writing. Let the emotions come out. Feel something.

How do you prepare for author events?

My advice is, if you’re to speak on a specific topic, do your homework and know your subject. Otherwise, it’s a tremendous pleasure for any author to meet thoughtful fans.

Do you have an agent? What made you choose them?

Sorry. No agent gave me the time of day. I had exactly one agent ever ask for material, followed by a brief email refusal, and no response to a follow-up question.

The rest have been various forms of generic refusals, and (by far the majority) the rudeness of no answer at all. And yes, I did my homework on how to write queries. I was polite. And my books aren’t turkeys, obviously: “The Infinite Instant” is an award winner.

But I don’t have a real revenue stream to show. I’m a first-time author.

Writers have this romantic notion some far-sighted agent will discover them and they’re off to Hollywood and New York and the Big Time. No, dears. When the agent reads your work, expect him or her to think, “Will this make me money?” You can’t blame them: it’s a business, not a charity.

So I suspect your best chance of getting an agent, if you really insist on having one, is after you’ve made a big sale by your own hard efforts, and there’s a commission to hand over. What do they say about a cynic? She’s a romantic who’s been burned. Guess that’s me.

So I’ve now given up wasting my time on agent queries. It’s unfortunate. Yes, going into a publisher via the slush pile is slow. I submitted “Galen the Deathless” to another big New York publisher. It’s been Missing in Action there now for seven months and I’ve written it off. They obviously lost it. That happens. Response times at best are hideous. Baen quotes a year long wait.

So nothing’s easy, however you do it, for a new author. I’m now resigned, if frustrated.

Anything else you'd like to add?


I’m grateful and appreciative of my readers. I can’t express the thrill I got from my first fan email. Without readers, writing would be meaningless. Thank you.
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PROMO DAY 2010

PROMO DAY is an annual online international event for people in the writing industry. The event focuses on promoting, networking and learning.

It's free to attend and open to everyone.

The 2010 event will take place on 15th May and preparations are already underway.

If you would like to sponsor the event, host a workshop or help out as moderator, please email promoday@ymail.com or visit http://jolinsdell.tripod.com/promoday.

For those interested in attending the event, they can sign up to join the mailing list at http://jolinsdell.tripod.com/promoday and stay up to date with all news and annoucements.
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Author and Book event center

http://bookeventcenter.ning.com/

The Author and Book Event Center is an online community founded by Carol Denbow. The site offers profile pages to members where they can post about their books, author events etc...

The site also offers a variety of other features well worth checking out:
  • In the spotlight. This features an author each month and gives insight into different genres, books and writers.
  • The Events center lists authors events, book signings, conferences and also online chats LIVE with authors.

A site to visit for both authors and avid readers.

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Review: Crown of the World Knight of the Temple

Title: Crown of the World Knight of the Temple
Author: Nathan Sadasivan
Reviewed by Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopes, publisher of ''Time with Tannia'' (http://timewithtannia.tripod.com/)

The Knight of the Temple is the debut novel of The Crown of the World trilogy written by young author Nathan Sadasivan.
The book cover shows Christ's crown of thorns above a battle scene where the main character, Godfrey de Montferrat, a bold and brave Temple Knight, is engaged on a battle. The author takes the reader into a tale of Christendom with emphasis on Godfrey's dilemmas about faith, loyalty, love, war, and his purposes in life.
The book begins with Godfrey de Montferrat and his companion, Jacques de Maille, riding their horses through the desert of Egypt searching for a Frankish camp. Due to the intense heat of the sun, both horsemen are extremely tired, thirsty, and have had hardly any sleep. They find an oasis where they refresh themselves and their horses can drink water to replenish their energy. Not far from them, Yusef, an arab leader well-known for his battle and commanding skills, and his warriors discovered the hoofprints of the Temple Knight's horses. Yusef, allows Malik to go and investigate the matter and report back to him. Malik, a young warrior thirsty for Frankish's blood and with battle fever, reports his findings to Yusef and suggests a surprise attack on the knights. But things don't go as smooth as Malik expects. The knights fight back but get separated during the battle. This separation leaves Godfrey defending his life fiercely against Malik's violent attacks.
The outcome of his encounter with Malik marks the beginning of Godfrey's personal quest to find the answer to his many questions. The encounter with Yusef and his warriors at the desert is just the beginning of the many clashes between the Saracen (Muslims) and the Frankish Knights. The author will take the reader to a world of betrayal, espionage, love, prayer, and political power struggles, where the most ambitious and wicked one of them all will stop at nothing to reach his goal.
I admire the author's attention to details. With the skills of a masterful painter, he portrays the battle scenes and enfold the reader into a mystical tale of a world already forgotten, and a time where not everything is was what is seems to be.
At the end of the book Godfrey finds himself in front of the Tabernacle demanding to know:Why??? The answer to his question will open up the road of healing for his broken spirit and will leave the reader contemplating on its meaning, too.
I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy books about Christendom and are willing to follow Godfrey de Montferrat and his companions through this trilogy.

BIO LINES:
Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopés author of The Window To My Soul, My Walk With Jesus (2004 Tate Publishing ISBN 0975393359.) El Espejo de mi Alma (2009 Pleasant Word) Visit the author at: http://timewithtannia.tripod.com/, www.myspace.com/tanniaortizlopes, and www.shoutlife.com/tanniaortizlopes
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New Myspace pages

www.myspace.com has recently been given a new look and now offers new features for improving the look of profile pages, interaction options including LIVE chat and status updates.

These additional features (similiar to those offered by www.facebook.com) make it well worth using.
You can have a blog directly on your profile page as well as send out bulletins to other members on you friends list.
You can post photos, links to your sites, etc...
Another new option now available is the possibility to link your twitter updates directly to your myspace status. Great news for those with little time to visit each individual networking site on a regular basis.

If you don't have a myspace page yet, sign up now at www.myspace.com and set up your profile.
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Interview with Debra Shiveley Welch

What made you want to be a writer?

I think it I was born in me. My paternal grandfather, father, mother and uncles were all poets. In fact, Grandpa was a professional poet. I've been writing since age nine and discovered that my father began at about that age as well.

What genre do you write and why?

I write in all genres because it’s fun and my interests are eclectic. My first book, A Very Special Child, was a children’s book about adoption, my second, Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams, a murder mystery, my third, Son of My Soul - The Adoption of Christopher, a memoir and my current, Cedar Woman, a romance. I also write a lot of poetry, articles, essays and short stories.


Tell us a bit about your latest book?

My latest book, Son of My Soul – The Adoption of Christopher, is a memoir which begins with the prophesy of my birth in 1942 to when my son is age 16 in 2007.

My publisher, Saga Books, asked me to write it. She kept saying that she wanted me to write a series of letters to my son, Chris. For some reason, it just didn’t work for me, so instead, I wrote it as a memoir. This way, my son will always have something to reference; he’ll know about my life, and will share a part of me that no one else has.

In addition, Saga then asked that Chris write his memoir. Just Chris was published in 2008 when Chris was 16. His first book, Christopher Bullfrog Catcher, was published in 2006 when he was 13.


What are your upcoming projects?

I am now working on Cedar Woman, my first romance, which is about a woman of the Lakota Sioux who opens the first Native American restaurant in Westerville , Ohio . I’m now working on the outline for Heads Are Gonna’ Roll, which combines reincarnation, murder and revenge, and a cook book, which I am writing with my son.

Anything else you'd like to add?

To me, the most important aspect of writing is that spelling, punctuation and grammar are correct. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up what looks like a good book, only to put it down because of errors in these three areas. Your writing, represents you, and a book full of errors is a big turn off.

We all make mistakes - no one is perfect. So I have a proofing partner who is excellent in one area, while I help her in another.

Dialog is important. One of my complaints in this area, is when an author can’t get passed the, “he said,” she said” direction. Mix it up a little with “he queried,” or “she smiled” to direct your reader through your dialog without repetition.

If anyone would like to contact me, my email address is DebraSWelch@aol.com. My website is http://www.DebraShiveleyWelch.net.

Finally, thank you for this opportunity. I appreciate it very much.

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Sentinel Literary Quarterly

Results of Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October 2009)

The results of the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October 2009) have been announced.First Prize winner is Akinlabi Peter with "Moving".Second Prize has been won by Katie Metcalfe with "Pumpkin Seeds" and Mandy Pannett, who won Third Prize in our July competition with "The God of Allotments" has also won the "Third Prize" in October with "Through Dust".

You can read the Judge's Report now in the new Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine at http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/slq/3.1/competitions/bobby.parker.htm the winning poems are also available online now at http://www.sentinelquarterly.com *********

We have also announced the Poetry and Short Story competitions for January 2010. Details in the magazine.--

Sentinel Literary Quarterly is an online magazine of world literature.
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#NaNoWriMo: Writing 50K in 30 Days

#NaNoWriMo: Writing 50K in 30 Days

What is NaNoWriMo?


National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2007, we had over 100,000 participants. More than 15,000 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

So, to recap:

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month's time.
Who: You! We can't do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let's write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.
Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era's most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.
When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.

How and when can I sign up? Is there an entry fee?

You can sign-up year-round! To sign up for the upcoming National Novel Writing Month, just click on the "Sign Up Now" box at the top of the site (right above "National), and fill out the User Registration form.

Kapow! You're officially signed up for National Novel Writing Month.

There's no sign-up fee for National Novel Writing Month, but we do ask ably-financed participants to contribute something towards hosting and administrative costs. Because we're a nonprofit, the donation is tax-deductible! The amount you contribute is up to you.

How do I update my word count?

You can update your word count by entering your total cumulative word count in the field on the top of your screen and hitting "update". You can also use the novel info module to update your word count.

The word count module (and other novel info like title, genre, synopsis, and cover art) is in your profile page.

To find it, go to My NaNoWriMo in the main menu, then click "Edit Novel Info".

You have two options here:
  1. Word Count: Simply enter your total cumulative word count (no punctuation please, just numbers) in this box, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click submit.
  2. Word Count Validator: Copy the entire contents of your novel, and paste it into this box.
    Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click submit. Our word count robots will count your words, then delete the file unseen by human eyes. We don't keep a copy of your novel anywhere on our site.
    This option may be greyed out during times of high traffic. During those times, just update your count manually. After November 25th, the word count validator can be used to validate your novel and claim winner status.
All methods of updating your word count will overwrite the previous entry in the database. If you enter the incorrect word count, simply update it again with the correct one.

When and how do I start writing? Do I have to write my novel on your site?

You begin writing at 12:00:01 AM local time on November 1. You write your novel off-line, on whatever word processor you like. If you write 50,000 words or more, you upload the manuscript to our site between November 25 and November 30 for word-count verification to win.

Is there a minimum age to participate?

You must be 13 or older to have an account on NaNoWriMo.org. But all ages are very welcome to take part in National Novel Writing Month, and we encourage younger writers to sign up over at NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program website. It's a similar challenge for participants 12 and under, as well as those participating as part of a K-12 classroom group.

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program participants get to choose their own word-count goal for November, and also have access to great noveling workbooks and fun, kid-oriented writing activities. Like NaNoWriMo, membership in the Young Writers Program is free.

How do you win NaNoWriMo and what are the prizes?

The way to win NaNoWriMo is by writing 50,000 words by midnight on November 30. Every year, there are many, many winners. There are no "Best Novel" or "Quickest-Written Novel" awards given out. All winners will get an official "Winner" web badge and a PDF Winner's Certificate.

The real prize in NaNoWriMo is the manuscript itself, and the exhilarating feeling of setting an ambitious creative goal and nailing it. And the $1,000,000.

Just kidding about the $1,000,000!

The actual winning process works like this: From 12:00:01 AM, local time, November 25 until 11:59:59 PM, local time, on November 30, all participants who have written more than 50,000 words can have their winning word counts verified by our site. Uploading your novel to the Word Count Validator makes your NaNoWriMo victory official, gets you listed on our Winners Page, and routes you to the secret spot where you can collect this year's winner's certificate. It will also turn your word count bar purple.

To become a winner, first make sure that you have written a manuscript that is 50,000 words or longer. Then sign in to the site, click on Edit Profile, then scroll down to the area labeled Word Count Validator. Copy and paste your entire novel into this box. Then hit the "Submit" button, and prepare for your accolades.

We understand that you may be reluctant to upload your novel to a random website, even to one as winsome as ours. If you are using Microsoft Word it is very easy to completely scramble your novel before uploading it in a way that will not affect its word count.


1. Open the file and make a new copy of your novel using 'Save As...'
2. Open the Find and Replace dialog box (Edit -> Replace).
3. Click the "More" button to expand the box.
4. Check the "Use Wildcards" checkbox.
5. In the "Find What" field, put this: [a-zA-Z0-9] (include the square brackets, no spaces before or after)
6. In the "Replace With" field, put this: a
7. Click "Replace All"
8. Select All (Ctrl+A) and Copy & Paste into the validator!


The procedure for Open Office is essentially the same, except that Open Office refers to 'Regular Expressions' instead of 'Wildcards'. (Thanks to Peter Dudley for this advice!)
You can get the same effect in a more cumbersome way by just doing a find-and-replace on every letter in the alphabet, one letter at a time. Open the find-and-replace interface on your word processing program and tell it to replace every "b" in your story with an "a," and every "c" with an "a," then every "d" with an "a." And so on.

We realize that people can cheat and upload something that's not a novel and still "win." But since the only real prize of NaNoWriMo is the self-satisfaction that comes with pulling off such a great, creative feat, we don't really worry too much about people cheating. Those who upload 50,000 words they copied from Wikipedia.org just to see their name on the Winner's page are pitiful indeed, and likely need more help than a downloadable winner's certificate can provide them.

Can I participate if I'm not American? Are non-English novels okay?

You bet! We are very proud to be an international event, and don't consider the "National" in the title to refer to the United States. This is an event for all nations. We'd change the name to "International Novel Writing Month," but InNoWriMo doesn't roll off the tongue in quite the same way.

You can write novels in any language you like. Our validator doesn't handle non-Latin characters sets, sadly, so there may be an issue with becoming an official winner. But this is just icing on the NaNoWriMo cake, and we encourage you to write in whatever language is most comfortable for you.

What happens to all the novels written for NaNoWriMo? Has anyone been published?

Novels that are uploaded to us for verification and victory between November 25 and November 30 are counted by a computer script, and then automatically deleted. We do not read or keep any novels sent in, and NaNoWriMo authors retain all rights to everything they write during the event.

Many, many winning novels have been written through NaNoWriMo. Our stats:

1999: 21 participants and six winners
2000: 140 participants and 29 winners
2001: 5,000 participants and more than 700 winners
2002: 13,500 participants and around 2,100 winners
2003: 25,500 participants and about 3,500 winners
2004: 42,000 participants and just shy of 6,000 winners
2005: 59,000 participants and 9,769 winners
2006: 79,000 participants and 13,000 winners
2007: 101,510 participants and 15,333 winners
2008: 119,301participants and 21,683 winners

And a growing number of these novels have found publishers, including one New York Times #1 Bestseller!

Why are you doing this? What do you get out of it?

NaNoWriMo is all about the magical power of deadlines. Give someone a goal and a goal-minded community and miracles are bound to happen. Pies will be eaten at amazing rates. Alfalfa will be harvested like never before. And novels will be written in a month.

Part of the reason we organize NaNoWriMo is just to get a book written. We love the fringe benefits accrued to novelists. For one month out of the year, we can stew and storm, and make a huge mess of our apartments and drink lots of coffee at odd hours. And we can do all of these things loudly, in front of people. As satisfying as it is to reach deep within yourself and pull out an unexpectedly passable work of art, it is equally (if not more) satisfying to be able to dramatize the process at social gatherings.

But that artsy drama window is woefully short. The other reason we do NaNoWriMo is because the glow from making big, messy art, and watching others make big, messy art, lasts for a long, long time. The act of sustained creation does bizarre, wonderful things to you. It changes the way you read. And changes, a little bit, your sense of self. We like that.

Why 50,000 words? And how do you define "novel"?

Our experiences over the past nine years show that 50,000 is a difficult but doable goal, even for people with full-time jobs and children. The length makes it a short novel. We don't use the word "novella" because it doesn't seem to impress people the way "novel" does.
We define a novel as "a lengthy work of fiction." Beyond that, we let you decide whether what you're writing falls under the heading of "novel." In short: If you believe you're writing a novel, we believe you're writing a novel too.

Can I share writing duties with a partner?

No. But we would like to take this opportunity to plug our Script Frenzy event. Script Frenzy participants write a 100-page stage play or screenplay in April, and for Script Frenzy you are welcome to work with a partner.

Can I write one word 50,000 times?

No. Well... No.

You can find the answers to more questions about this event at http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/faq
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Interview with Eva Gordon

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

My website http://www.ravenauthor.com and my blog http://evagordon.blogspot.com/

What genre do you write and why?

I write paranormal romance and fantasy with a strong element of romance.

Where do you get your inspiration to write?

My inspiration comes from my love for wildlife, nature, mythology and the characters in my story who spring to life and guide me from start to finish.

Tell us a bit about your latest book?

Beast Warrior: Viking Werewolf is what I call a paranormal werewolfhistorical that reads like an epic fantasy. It is book 2 in the Wolf Maiden Chronicles Book 1 Werewolf Sanctuary is a contemporary and has received rave reviews. Each is a stand-alone but all with the same theme. Many more are forthcoming. Here is a blurb for Beast Warrior: Viking Werewolf:

Beast Warrior is an historical paranormal romance that takes place during the Viking Era of the Dark Ages. A time when only the strong survive. It is the second book in the Wolf Maiden Chronicles, which depicts alpha lycans and their human wolf maiden mates. Sigurd, an alpha Norse wolfskin, son of Gunnolf the Red seeks revenge against shape shifting bearskins, Bork the Mad and his son, Mord the Blood Claw for the death of his parents and his older brother Guda. Orphaned, he has been raised by his older sister Brynhild, who convinces him to take a wolf maiden in order to increase their small pack. Despite the warning by Hungerd the wolf witch, he takes a farmer's new bride with tragic consequences. Alone he joins a long ship until the day he can avenge his pack's demise. Emelisse, a Frank wolf maiden, has been raised and educated in the classics, science, literature and languages by female lycans of the Lupercal. Born a runt with a weak heart her father has been overprotective. She refuses to be treated like a delicate vase and rebels by seeking out riding and falconry. Now at age eighteen Emelisse frets that her father wants her to accept Radulf III the Cruel, an alpha lycan of a pack of powerful warriors. She tries to run away with her human lover.

Viking werewolf, Sigurd rescues Emelisse, from the claws of the berserker bear men. He claims her as his ulf hexen or wolf maiden, but she wants to leave lycan society and live with humans. To complicate matters she has been called by her goddess Feronia to save the lycans from a dreaded disease. Their union is wrought with great peril in a world where werewolves must battle against their own kind as well as their fierce enemy, the berserker bear men. Will Emelisse accept Sigurd a foreign lycan as her alpha mate? Sigurd vows to protect her from their enemies but how can he save her before she dies from her ailing heart?

What prompted you to write this book?

I am passionate about wolves and werewolf lore. I have volunteered at a wolf sanctuary, help run the Wolf’s Den ning group and do workshops on wolf and werewolf lore.

What are your upcoming projects?

I’m doing wolf and werewolf lore workshops for both the San Mateo County Fair literary event and the Hollywood Book Fair and few more in mid October. I’m also doing a paranormal workshop for the Sacramento Valley Rose RWA chapter.

Anything else you'd like to add?

Yes, on each full moon I interview a famous werewolf or ‘like individual’ from literature on my blog http://evagordon.blogspot.com/

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