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Doin’ The Blog Hop: Sucker Literary’s Vol. III Release

There’s this cool anthology of paranormal romance YA fiction (totally my thing!) called Sucker Literary, and they’ve just released their third volume. Here’s their cover, and check out more information on Goodreads.Image

The marvelous Krysten Lindsay Hager, a fellow Astraea Press author, invited me to hop with her. Can’t wait to read her book!! She tagged me last week, and here’s her bio:

Krysten Lindsay Hager is an author and book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She gets more excited when an author she loves, “friends” or follows her on a social media site now than she did when she got asked for her phone number by a cute guy back in high school. She’s worked as a journalist and also writes middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Her debut novel, TRUE COLORS, will be out June 17th from Astraea Press. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows. You can see what she’s up to at: ww.krystenlindsay.com.


And for a little about me . . .

1)      What am I working on?

Right now I haven’t been writing much, though my official work-in-progress is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in present-day D.C. and told from the P.O.V. of Paris and Rosaline.

I’m still adjusting to my new, full-time job as a school librarian. It’s awesome, but for my writing’s sake I’m looking forward to summer. Outside of librarian-ing (so not a word), I’m freelance editing an amazing adult science fiction/thriller/romance that I can’t wait for the rest of the world to get to read! It’s that good. Yeah. And the author has been great to work with.

2)      How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My writing is definitely a reflection of who I am, so therefore it’s different from anyone else’s (isn’t that convenient!). I’m working on pushing myself outside of my normal boundaries, though, and not shying away from the tragedy in the ending of R&J.

3)      Why do I write what I do?

Once you’ve started writing, you start seeing everything as a potential story. Some of them keep pestering you to be told. Sometimes there are characters who just won’t leave you alone until you start putting them down on paper–or screen. I never know which idea is going to hit me hard. I’ve had a couple of stories percolating that haven’t yet shouted at me, and I’m just in a holding pattern with those. It’s always fun to see what is going to be my next manuscript.

4)      How does my writing process work?

I wish, I truly do, that I had some foolproof system. But what seems to work best for me is to think, think, think about my story for a while, and then write it all during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which happens every November. I’ve done it three years in a row. Then I take the rest of the year for rewrites and revising, sometimes with more success than others. We’ll see how working full-time will affect my writing in the long-term. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will all work out.


And the next hopper is Anne B. Cole, my critique partner, whose book was just published last month! Souls Entwined, released April 30 from Soul Mate Publishing, is Anne B. Cole’s debut release, combining sweet romantic suspense, time travel, and paranormal elements in a New Adult novel attractive to a wide range of readers.

In addition to writing, Anne teaches preschool and is raising three very active teenagers with her husband of twenty-two years. Her love for making fresh baked goodies, running, hiking, historical fiction, and her three pet cats continue to be her inspiration while she pens the sequel to Souls Entwined. Find her on her WebsiteTwitter, or Facebook!


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The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

“Next Big Thing”?  Hey–is this because I’m almost 6 feet tall?

Oh . . . I do crack myself up.  

So, my Twitter/writer friend, the incredibly talented E.M. Caines, asked me if I wanted to participate in the Blog Hop.

It was hard to decide whether to talk about the YA Contemporary Fantasy book I’m currently querying, a second Historical Fiction that’s currently on the backburner, or my new YA Fantasy manuscript.  I went with the new one—I’m about 15k words in.

What is the working title of your book?

It’s called JUDGMENTAL.  For now, at least!

Where did the idea come from for the book?

My mother randomly found a book about Brehon Law that she bought from our local library’s used book sale.  It had little blurbs about the laws that the Brehons were expected to enforce as the judges in Ireland for thousands of years, until the 1600s, when Oliver Cromwell and the English army outlawed certain Celtic practices.  This started me thinking about descendants of these Brehons who might have a supernatural interest in reviving Celtic culture. 

So I stole the book away.  (Thanks, Mom!)

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Ooh!  This is fun.

My main character, the narcissistic Rowan Conneely, looks like a young Sarah Michelle Gellar (think Cruel Intentions).Image 

Her love interest, Stephen Casey, looks like a younger Zac Efron.Image

 Rowan’s father, Jimmy Conneely, looks like Robert Carlyle.Image

 Niamh Lowry, local pubkeeper, looks like Melissa McCarthy.Image

 Moira King, Rowan’s Irish friend, looks like a young Minnie Driver.Image

 Brother Harris, the monk, looks like Donald Sutherland.Image

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

JUDGMENTAL is about a narcissistic 16-year-old New Englander who is sent to live with her estranged father in Ireland, where she discovers she’s the last of a line of Brehons, ancient judges who are now charged with bringing peace back to Ireland.  [Wow, this logline needs serious work—but this is all a Work In Progress . . . ]

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I would love to find an agent for this book!  I am currently querying for THREE WISHES, my first-ever manuscript, and have learned so much in the process.  I’ve got two full manuscripts currently under consideration, and a few dozen queries still out, with more planned.  Even if nothing comes of that, I am truly enjoying writing and will continue to try to find an agent.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Dude!  I’m totally still writing.   🙂

I began this draft on February 15 and am now 15k words in.  At this rate, I should be done with the first draft in another six weeks or so.  I’m aiming for the end of April (arbitrarily).  My two earlier manuscripts I wrote as part of NaNoWriMo 2011 and 2012, so it was one month for each of those first drafts. 

What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?

This is a great question.  I’m still pondering that.  It’s a “low” fantasy, meaning there’s not a ton of world-building, and the landscape will be familiar to those who know western Ireland.

I know it sounds like hubris suggesting this, but I guess I’m feeling very Susan Cooper-ish (The Dark Is Rising) while I plot and write this book.  Her books, though, are probably more serious—and better-written!—than mine.  Also, hers are MG while this is definitely YA.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Since I started writing my first book in 2011, I have found that ideas are coming at me from every which direction.  At times, it’s an effort to turn off the Muse.  Not that I ever want her to go away, of course.

Everything I read about querying said that I should have another project to work on to distract me from the waiting game.  So, for once in my life, I am following someone else’s advice!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

What?!  Did you see the picture of Zac Efron up there?  Oh, you needed more.  Well, Stephen, the character Zac is going to play, (see how ambitious I am?) also recites poetry—a Celtic side-effect.

I lived in Clifden, Ireland for a year when I was 19, just a few years older than Rowan, my MC.  I’ve included a lot of detail about the place that I hope will make it really come alive.

To quote E. M. Caines, who tagged me in this sock BLOG hop:

And that’s it for the Blog Hop. I hope you enjoyed it and I didn’t bore you to tears.

This is the part where I get to tag some worthy authors.  So  – TAG! You’re it!

Please check out the blogs of: Sarah Faulkner, Joan Reeves, and Carissa Taylor to hear about their projects!

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