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ImageToday we have a wonderful interview with International Bestselling Author Stacy S. Eaton, who has just released her 3rd book!

How would you describe Whether I Live or Die to someone who has not yet read it?

“Whether I’ll Live or Die” is an intense emotional drama dealing with the subject of Domestic Violence.  During the story you will walk with Amanda as she goes through several abusive relationships at a young adult age.  Her life will be anything but sweet and loving.

You will also meet Officer Nicole Nolan who deals with domestic violence through the legal aspects of her job.  Knowing how to deal with victims of abuse is touchy for her and she does all she can to help the victims she encounters.

A final showdown will intertwine the destinies.

Which came first, the title or the novel? 

They actually came at the same time. I believe the title defines a novel, and when you have a good solid plotline, the title should reflect that. The title for this one was born at the same time as the plotline, in that 30 minute drive.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? What is the easiest?

“Whether I’ll Live or Die” is a very intense novel dealing with domestic violence. There were times when I would write scenes and have to get up after a paragraph and walk away from the computer. The emotions were raw at times, and anger or pain would well up in me and I would need a break.

I also wanted to make sure that I showed the emotions and the pain as authentically as I could. It was important that I portray Amanda (the young victim) in the correct light and show the strength that Nicole (the Police Officer) has to have in order to deal with everything that happens.

The easiest part of the whole story was the plot line. It came to me in about thirty minutes while I was driving.  When I got home, I sat down and wrote the first two chapters and then the last. I knew exactly where I wanted this story to go, it was putting the words to the emotions that was the hard part.

Is this story based on an actual investigation you were involved with?

Well, that’s a yes and no. WILoD is the story of Amanda and Nicole.  Amanda is a young girl who craves love and finds herself drawn into abusive relationships one after another. Nicole is a strong control driver police officer who deals with the legal issues of domestic violence in her job. While no particular part of this book is 100% real, there are moments in this book that are taken right out of the past. Whose past? Too many to actually name Mike.

Domestic Violence is a very serious problem in our society. The actors have such a mental and physical control over the victims that they fear their lives and feel that they can never get out.

So, while you will see a whole lot of real life incidents, they are twisted and turned to get the message across for this book.

What gives you inspiration for your book(s)?

Life… Everything in life inspires me. People in my life inspire me. Seeing the emotions that people put out there and the adventures they experience inspires me. I use them all to make stories real. I use a lot of my knowledge from my job to bring a realistic view to my plot lines. Many people have told me they weren’t into vampires, but the realistic police work in my series has changed their minds! Lol… I love to hear that!

What do you think makes a good story?

I am all about twists.  I don’t want to know what is coming at the end of the book. I want to be surprised. Most romance novels all end the same… happily ever after… but if you look at life, seldom does it end that way. In my novels, I may end them happily ever after, but the twists that come in the story are surprising and most readers will not see them coming.

The My Blood Runs Blue series is a good example of that. In the first two books, I throw so many twists in them that people were amazed at the ending results. I know quite a few people who were not happy with the ending of My Blood Runs Blue, book 1 of the series. There were many people who told me that they wanted to other man to win, but I promised all those people that eventually he will get what he truly deserves. It will just be filled with some series twists before he gets there.

Whether I’ll Live or Die doesn’t have the kind of twists that I normally put to my stories, but this was a different journey. This one needed to explain the pain and frustration associated with abuse.

You have two other novels published besides Whether I’ll Live or Die, what are they about?

Currently I have a series called “My Blood Runs Blue” where I have two of the four books published. Now that Whether I’ll Live or Die is published I am working on the third book in the series.

This series is very different from my new book. It is a paranormal suspense series where I bring police and vampires together. There is a lot of police procedural stuff in them and made the vampires more human than many novels out there. While so many paranormal books target young adults, this series is for the mature ones, well young and heart mature ones!

What are you working on now besides the next book in the series?

I am also working on several other novels. I have a contemporary romance that I would like to finish. I have the fourth book in the series to complete too. One of my favorite projects to work on is a new guardian angel novel. I have let a few people read for first 15 chapters of this and they are really enjoying it.  It’s a fun novel to work on.

I have so many other projects that I would like to jump into, but with my full time police job and family it makes it very hard to find the time.

Thank you Wendy for allowing me to visit your blog and your readers! I always love to visit new places!

Connect with Stacy on her website, Twitter, her blog, Facebook, and Goodreads.

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Whether I’ll Live or Die is available on Amazon and Barnes&Noble

“It sounded so simple in theory; ready… aim… fire… but what actually transpired was so much more.”

Officer Nicole Nolan holds the gun steady in her hands, knowing that life will be forever altered once she pulls the trigger. Her position as a small town police officer is to protect those who cannot protect themselves. It is her job, her career and her life.

Amanda stands where protection does not exist. With several failed relationships behind her, Amanda turns a blind eye to the possessiveness Josh displays in order to sooth her desperate need to be loved. As the mental abuse turns violent, Amanda must deal with the denial and embarrassment of being a victim once again. With her emotional and physical health siting on the edge, she must fight to regain control of her life.

A gripping story with one final destination, but will it be life or death?

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Today I bring you an interview with Beth Elisa Harris, author of VISION and the  new sequel SOUL HERDER.

Q: Where did the idea come from for the VISION trilogy?

A: About ten years ago, we discovered some family history from Colonsay, an island off the coast of Scotland. We learned about our clan and others. From there my imagination took over. I’ve always been fascinated with the power of the sixth sense and human connection. The trilogy was because I needed the time to tell Layla’s story over a period of time and the spans large periods of time.

Q: What can readers expect from SOUL HERDER?

A: In VISION, readers are introduced to Layla, her family, her boyfriend and learn about her history. Her Clear abilities—the profound capacity to read thoughts and predict events through dreams—create danger and geo-political interest and bad things happen. She has a unique relationship with her mom and with a woman from Colonsay that blows the lid off life as she knows it. She discovers her connections and why she can no longer have a normal life. In SOUL HERDER, Layla is transformed. Without giving the story away, it’s a game-changer. Layla goes from isolated bookworm to a significant global citizen almost overnight. My hope is when readers finish SOUL HERDER they will recognize this is a story about transformation, connection, power, and fulfilling destiny. The geo-political component adds complex dimension but most important, Layla is not the same girl who left Portland the previous year. There is also tons of action in SOUL HERDER including an intense battle scene.

Q: What can we expect in the final book and is there a release date?

A: WRITTEN IN TIME will conclude the trilogy and go further back in history to unveil how Layla’s prophesy came to be. It will also reveal origins of the Bane revenge for power and land. ‘Nuff said! We are aiming for a release toward the end of the year. It’s ambitious—two in one year, but I have other projects I’m working on and I really want to have the full trilogy out there for readers why I turn my attention to other partially written books. As much as I love the story and characters, it will be time to say goodbye after the third and final. I am sure I will cry as I did with the others!

Q: Tell us about a typical day as an author.

A: First thing I do is check emails and social media to see if there are any hot or issues to tend. Then I either work on whatever book I’m writing, or I’m editing or formatting. I write well in the morning through noon, and prefer minimal conversing during that time. After that, I work on what seems most pressing. I don’t need inspiration or a particular place or a particular song playing to write. I don’t get writers block. I just need require time, and maybe some caffeine!

Q: What inspires you to tell stories?

A: Yikes! Well, when I was just learning to speak, my mom used to tell the story of how I would not leave her alone to use the restroom. She would hear me breathe under the door and I would beg her to let me in so I could tell her a story. So, the inclination started early. I am not sure where the inspiration comes from—people always ask me how I ‘come up with this stuff’ and I can only respond by saying ‘it just does.’ I can create a story around just about anything—the challenge is determining if that story can be expanded to a book and an interesting one people will want to read. I want interesting things to happen to my characters. I admire fearless story-telling, when authors go to a place others dare to tread. I can handle dark places, but give the reader something that is redeeming, that inspires or connects in some way. Otherwise, I think it’s a let-down and a negative experience. Fiction has the power to uplift and change people. I can finish a book and be a little sad, but I don’t want to be angry or feel the situation didn’t resolve well.

Q: In your blogs, you talk a lot about the business of writing. Is being an author worth the time spent on the business side of the industry?

A: Ideally, I think most authors, if given a choice, would opt to write all day. The business side is unglamorous and requires a ton of daily attention, but it’s necessary to connect with readers, grow sales and promote your work. There is no way around it, unless you are not trying to make a name for yourself and earn a living. So, yes it’s worth the time and energy and effort, because selling books allows you to continue writing. It’s all connected.

Q: What is the most difficult part of the writing process for you?

A: Honestly, I agonize over every word, sentence and paragraph. I lay in bed re-phrasing something I’ve written and can’t relax until I’ve made the change or at least jotted it down so I remember. There are countless ways to say something. Then I consider how the character speaks. Is it true to their speech pattern and vocabulary. When you write a series, the voices become second nature because you know the characters well. In the VISION trilogy, Layla grows, matures and changes through the books, so her voice evolves. Stuart, on the other hand, is steadfast, although in SOUL HERDER we see more of his thick dialect influenced by years of living in proper times!

Connect with Beth further on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Be sure to check out both

Vision and Soul Herder!

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Today we welcome author Tracy Sumner who is releasing her backlist on Kindle now!

What are some of the advantages to re-releasing titles from your backlist?

Easy one! Imagine, in the previous world of publishing, these books we loved (and you love them like children when you create them, at least I do), well, these books were sent out in print form…and had about a two-month shelf life, then they died. There were some bookstores that, if you had a good relationship with them, would stock the books longer, etc. However, they just entered this nether region. And only the A-list authors really got a lot of run from their backlist. Think Nora Roberts! 🙂 Now, with the e-publishing revolution – whether an author is with a publisher or not – these books have a chance to gain new readership! I don’t really care about anything but these guys (my books :)) having the chance to be read by someone who will care about the characters for even an hour or two. Preferably on the beach!

What do you legally need to do to ensure you can re-release backlist titles?

Well, I covered my bases very well. I closely reviewed the contracts – and I used an intellectual property lawyer in NYC so that all was laid out appropriately. I have a good relationship with my former publisher – and this is business only.

Do you see this as a trend among authors and, if so, of all or for certain genres?

YES. Perhaps in romance especially, because we are a very loyal genre and devoted to our authors, but why not? It’s a win-win for authors and readers.

Do re-release backlist books usually come out as eBooks?

Mine are. In fact, I have not, as yet, decided on even going the print route. You see, I had a very personal revelation when I received my first Kindle (I killed it and am on the second!) in Sept 2010. I was so into actual books in my hand. I am not an early adopter. And guess what? My first Kindle died in the middle of Julie Anne Long book at the beach this summer. And I finished the entire book on my phone!!!! If this is happening to me – it’s coming. No joke.

What else does it take to successfully re-release a backlist book?

I think you must keep writing. That is the most important element for any writer. I also think social media is crucial (in some manner, we could debate the details for months). So, promotion – which authors were consumed with before ebooks anyway.

How might sales figures differ from an original vs. a re-released book?

Well, I’ve just released my first backlist title about three weeks ago, so I’m really new to this process! But I’ve seen sales figures already (which would be laughable in the old system) and the income is coming directly to me. I have CONTROL. Which we never had before.

In addition to re-releasing backlist titles, do you plan to continue to grow your name by writing new books?

Yes! I’m working on a Victorian paranormal (light paranormal, I call it: psychic) and an anthology that is set to release in April. I also have another anthology with a couple of other authors in 2012, too. No release date yet. Also, working on getting the rest of the backlist out.

What are some tips for increasing backlist sales?

Connect with readers: Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook. The norm. I also am blogging and trying to connect. I love the genre. I’m a HUGE reader, too, so this isn’t terribly difficult.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

www.tracysumner.com

facebook.com/TracySumnerRomanceAuthor

@SumnerTracy

Tides of Passion: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005WVPFH0

Tides of Love: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0066B1XTY

To Desire a Scoundrel: A Holiday Seduction – hitting Amazon this week!

Tracy’s story telling career began when she picked up a copy of LaVyrle Spencer’s Vows on a college beach trip. A journalism degree and a thousand romance novels later, she decided to try her hand at writing a southern version of the perfect love story. With a great deal of luck and more than a bit of perseverance, she sold her first novel to Kensington Publishing.

When not writing sensual stories featuring complex characters and lush settings, Tracy can be found reading romance, snowboarding, watching college football and figuring out how she can get to 100 countries before she kicks (which is a more difficult endeavor than it used to be with her four-year-old son in tow). She lives in Charlotte, NC, but after spending a few years in “the city”, considers herself a New Yorker at heart.

Tracy has been awarded the National Reader’s Choice, the Write Touch and the Beacon – with finalist nominations in the HOLT Medallion, Heart of Romance, Rising Stars and Reader’s Choice. Her books have been translated into German, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish. She loves hearing from readers about why she tends to pit her hero and heroine against each other and that great novel she simply must order in five seconds on her Kindle.

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Today I welcome Gary C. King, author of numerous true crime books and articles. He is participating in a December event – Holiday Sirens – and is here to discuss his writing and his book Blood Lust.

How did you get started writing True Crime books?

Having read all the James Bond novels, much Agatha Christie, and other mystery/suspense/spy novels by the age of 15, I knew that I wanted to be a writer. But I really wouldn’t begin until 10 years later when a friend, knowing that I aspired to be a writer, gave me a sample issue of True Detective magazine, along with their writers guidelines. Himself wanting to be a writer, my friend had ordered these for himself but gave up after barely even trying. I decided, “What the hell,” and picked out a case that was going on at the time in Oregon, where I then resided, researched it, wrote it up, and sent it in. Took me about 6 to 8 weeks from start to finish. The story was about two little Ashland, Oregon girls who went missing but were later found murdered in a stadium press box. Manuel Cortez was apprehended and convicted of the crimes. I think this was in 1978. Anyway, I sent the story in and two weeks later I received a check in the mail for $300 along with a letter from the editor telling me how much they liked the story and how they wanted more from me. They sent along a batch of their standard query forms—I did not even know that a query was required before writing a story. They called the story, “Tortured by the Sadist in the Press Box!” The rest is history. I became hooked on true crime, and 300 stories later I decided to take a stab (pun intended) at writing true crime books. As with the stories, my first book, BLOOD LUST: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer, was picked up and published by NAL/Onyx, and went through 14 printings before going out of print. I recently revived it as an eBook.

How does your work with Investigation Discovery, TLC, Crime Library, etc figure into your own non-fiction work. Are they extensions of the same love of true crime?

In many ways, yes. ID needed a blogger for their Bizarre Crimes of the Week feature on their website, and hired me to write the blog after hearing of my books. I obtained other work with Discovery’s TLC and How Stuff Works, but I’m not doing much of that anymore. They cancelled Bizarre Crimes of the Week after about two and a half years. As for Crime Library, I was looking for an article-type venue for which I could write stories in between books after True Detective and its sister publications folded in 1995. I still write for Crime Library, and I love it. It’s one of the best, if not the best, true crime story venues on the Internet, and is owned by Turner Broadcasting. So yes, those could be described as an extension of my love of true crime.

How do you research your books?

Research almost always begins with a phone call from a cop or a newspaper article about a crime that has grabbed my interest, often serving as the spark that ignites the flame. Once I have decided on a case, I typically will interview several of the principals who will talk to me, i.e., detectives, prosecutors, witnesses, victims’ families, sometimes even the perpetrator. I’ll also typically read through the cops’ case files when they are willing to make them available to me, as well as study court records and/or attend trials. I go wherever my research takes me, and research is not necessarily limited to the above.

Tell us a little bit about Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer. How did you pick this case to feature?

At the time Dayton Leroy Rogers was grabbing prostitutes off of Portland’s streets and torturing and murdering them in the Molalla Forest, I was still writing for True Detective. I had interviewed the lead detective on that case, John Turner, about another case he had worked for a TD story. While sitting in his office, he brought up the Rogers case, who he had recently arrested for the murders, and he asked me if I had ever thought about doing a book. Having an excellent rapport with Turner and his department, he told me the case was fascinating and would make an excellent book. After conferring with his boss, Sheriff Bill Brooks, he loaned me a copy of his case files, which consisted of four or five storage boxes, and over the next couple of months I wrote up a lengthy book proposal which I sent off to my agent. He sent it out to a dozen publishers, and the seventh one, NAL (now Penguin USA) grabbed it and I wrote the book over the following six months. It was released in December 1992, with December being one of the worst months in which to publish a book. Nonetheless, it became an immediate bestseller, and is now a bestseller as an eBook twenty years later. BLOOD LUST became the first of many books. I believe I am currently writing my 17th book, about the Brianna Denison case in Reno, Nevada, which will be called DEAD OF NIGHT.

What do you think people can learn from reading about true crimes vs. fictional ones?

I believe that people can get a good feel from reading my true crime books about what makes a killer tick, so-to-speak, and having learned about how such anomalies of nature work people can take better precautions on how to protect themselves and their loved ones. A number of popular true crime writers today (and yesterday) like to fluff up their narratives with figments from their imaginations, and often sugarcoat the details about a crime for what they think will bring them a wider reading audience. But I don’t do that. It’s not fair to the memories of the victims, their families, or the cops who worked the cases and brought the killers to justice. I tell it like it is, and I’ve been told time and time again by victims’ families that this is the way they want their loved ones’ stories to be told—truthfully, even though it is painful. Seeing things made up, they tell me, is more painful to them because often times the criminals become glamorized in a sense. You won’t find glamorized killers in my books.

Gary C. King is a freelance author and lecturer who has published more than 500 articles in crime magazines internationally. He is also the author of several true crime books including: Blood Lust, Driven to Kill, Web of Deceit, Blind Rage, Savage Vengeance (with Don Lasseter), An Early Grave, The Texas 7, Murder in Hollywood, Angels of Death, Stolen in the Night, Love, Lies, and Murder, An Almost Perfect Murder , Butcher, Rage, The Murder of Meredith Kercher, and Dead of Night. He also writes online content for Crime Library and for Investigation Discovery, The Learning Channel, Discovery Channel, and How Stuff Works web sites, among others.

King’s television appearances include Entertainment Tonight, Larry King Live, Inside Edition, Court TV, MSNBC’s Headliners and Legends, E!, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Extra TV, Biography, Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege,and Justice, among others, including an upcoming interview on Investigation Discovery’s Deadly Sins crime series. He also frequently provides radio interviews.

King is an active member of the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, The Crime Writers’ Association, American Crime Writers League, National Press Club, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Society of Professional Journalists, and the International Association of Crime Writers.

 Gary C. King is represented by agent Peter Miller, President, PMA Literary and Film Management, 45 West 21st Street, Suite 4SW, New York, NY 10010. Phone: 212-929-1222; Fax: 212-206-0238.

Connect with Gary online at his website or on Twitter @Gary_C_King.

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Today we welcome S.L. Pierce, author of The Devil’s Game. She is participating in a Women’s Literary Cafe launch for Andy Hollowman’s debut novel: Shades of Gray.

Your website says “Mystery/Thrillers without all the Prose.” Can you explain a bit about the philosophy behind that?

The main character of The Devil’s Game is Rachel Pendleton.  She is young, about to finish graduate school, and really looking forward to starting her ‘real’ life.  But just when everything is about to be perfect in her eyes, someone starts stalking her and she doesn’t know who to trust.  But before you think ‘another stalker book’ the difference here is this question; what if a stalker had a stalker?  My favorite part of writing her was trying to keep her strong but mixing in the right amount of fear.  It was really challenging.

Tell us about your main character The Devil’s Game. What’s your favorite part about writing her?

The main character of The Devil’s Game is Rachel Pendleton. She is young, about to finish graduate school, and really looking forward to starting her ‘real’ life. But just when everything is about to be perfect in her eyes, someone starts stalking her and she doesn’t know who to trust. But before you think ‘another stalker book’ the difference here is this question; what if a stalker had a stalker? My favorite part of writing her was trying to keep her strong but mixing in the right amount of fear. It was really challenging.

Is she reflection of you in all or part?

Rachel is not a reflection of me at all but I know my co-writer drew on her experience with her two grown daughters to help shape Rachel.

Did you pull in any real-life events?

Oh no, thank goodness. Everything in this story is complete fiction.

I have to ask one of the most popular (and to me, intriguing) questions – are you a panster or a plotter when you write?

Definitely a plotter. I wrote Secrets (my first book) as a panster and had to do so much rewriting to make all the plot points fit together. The problem with pansting, for me, is if you think of something halfway through, you have to go back and make it work throughout the book. So much more work. So now I plot, plot, plot before ever writing a word.

Do you stick to your plot or do you still find yourself changing things once you begin to write the story?

I plot the big picture so there is plenty of room for small things to change. It would be crazy NOT to listen to the voices in my head, right 🙂

You’ve been publishing for almost a year now, both by yourself and with a writing partner – do you still find new things to learn about the process of writing and publishing your work?

Absolutely. I feel like such a beginner when it comes to the writing. The good thing is, everything I write gets easier and easier. Less revisions, less rewriting and I’m figuring out the method of writing that works best for me (set a timer and turn off my internal critic). But there is so much to learn and I hope to always be getting better. As far as the publishing, I feel I have the publishing/advertising stuff down now. Which doesn’t mean I am always following through. But I know what I should be doing.

Did you ever consider pursuing the traditional publishing route?

Not really. When I started writing self publishing was turning the corner of acceptance and a lot of things made sense to me – things like keeping the rights, keeping control, and keeping most of the royalties instead of just a small percentage. I still feel self publishing is the right path for me.

What do you feel are the greatest strengths and challenges of being an indie writer?

The strengths are the things I listed above, keeping rights, keeping control. You can write the story YOU want. But with that comes the challenge of having no one guiding you if you get off track. And editing, cover art, and promoting are all up to you and they take a lot of time away from writing. But if you can find a balance, it is really worth it.

What would you say to someone who is considering purchasing an indie book?

I would say forget about all the reviewers and detractors. If a book looks interesting download a sample or read the ‘look inside’ section. It’s free, it’s easy, and you’ll know right away if the book is something you want to read. I’d say give them a chance.wearing. So when I write, I leave most of that out, and just focus on the mystery and the action. It does make the stories shorter, but they end up with a really fast pace.

 S.L. Pierce spent ten years getting a PhD in engineering before deciding engineering wasn’t for her. She now lives in Colorado with her husband and four children.

The short stories “The Hate” and “Manhunt” are her first published works. Her mystery/thriller Secrets came out in March 2011. The Devil’s Game, a psychological thriller co-written with Maren Kaye, was released in June 2011.

You can find her on facebook and twitter @piercebooks or contact her at slpierce2011@hotmail.com

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Today I welcome Wendy Cartmell, author of the Sgt Major Crane novel, Steps to Heaven. She is participating in a December event – Holiday Sirens – and working on some exciting new books!

Tell us about the inspiration for your book – especially the main character, Sergeant Major Crane.

When I was considering writing a crime book, my husband and I discussed what could make my detective stand out from others and so, taking the old adage, write about what you know, we decided the lead character would be a detective with the Special Investigations Branch in the British Army and posted at Aldershot Garrison, where we used to live. My husband served 22 years in the British Army and was based for a time in Aldershot. The character of Sgt Major Crane is drawn from soldiers I have met and my imagination.

Who are some of your favorite authors? What genres do you gravitate toward?

Obviously I gravitate towards crime and thrillers. Ian Rankin is right up there as well as Lee Child and Stephen King.

Has writing always been a part of your life?

My working life has always in some ways been connected to writing. I worked in PR and marketing and wrote and edited a corporate in house newspaper. After having my children I went to University as a mature student and trained as a teacher. Within the degree were strands on Creative Writing and that got me writing children’s stories.

Are you a panster or a plotter?

Very definitely a plotter. I read a book by Elizabeth George the author of the Inspector Lindley books and she detailed how she wrote her books. This method definitely works for me. I plot the story arc first and then take each chapter in turn, writing down what needs to happen in each chapter to move the story forward. Once this is done I then start to write each chapter and scene, by visualising the story in my head. Sometimes the characters do and say what I thought they would, and sometimes they don’t and take over!

What are you working on now?

At the moment I am editing the second Sgt Major Crane Novel, 40 Days and 40 Nights. It was originally planned that Aldershot Garrison would host a Team GB Training Camp for their preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games. However, in 2010 the venue was changed to Loughborough University. This is the story of what could have happened if Team GB and then the Paralympians had held their Training Camp on Aldershot Garrison. Sgt Major Crane suspects there could be a terrorist cell on the Garrison, but no one believes him, of course!

I am in the planning stages of a third novel which deals with the issue of military rape. Both will be published in 2012.

Wendy is married with two grown-up children and and has been a school teacher and worked in sales, marketing, and publishing in her career. As a teacher, she frequently wrote children’s stories for use in the classroom.  While in PR, she wrote press releases and wrote and gave presentations at Media Launches and Sales Conferences.  She also wrote and was Editor of a corporate in-house magazine. She is now retired and lives on the Costa del Sol in Spain dreaming up new mysteries for Sgt Major Crane.

Connect with Wendy at her blog or on Twitter @WendyCartmell.

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I’ve been connecting with a lot more people on both Twitter and Goodreads lately. Social media is such an important part of the new Author Paradigm, as Karen Baney pointed out here recently, and it comes with pleasant surprises and support.

Author Norma Budden took the time to pick up my book and give a very nice review of it on her blog and on Amazon. We also had a chat and she has posted an interview of me today.

Back to the edit/rewrite closet I go 🙂 This week is devoted to writing 8 chapters (mine are all 3-5 pages) that were not in the first draft. I’m the backwards lady that always has to add…. 🙂

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