Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Next Big Thing

Author, Hunter Gross, invited me to post in The Next Big Thing blog go-round. The idea is cool--I post about my next project, then tag other writers at the end. They'll post on their blogs next Wednesday and tag other writers! So keep following us so you'll be privy to The Next Big Thing!

 The Ten Questions:

1) What is the working title of your next book? 

I just released a new book. The working title was Rosy's Dream, but upon publishing, it got changed to Rosy with the subtitle Dreams Can Become Nightmares. After the holidays, I'll continue working on Priestess, part two of the Agathon's Daughter Trilogy.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

Rosy demanded that it be written. The first draft poured out of me almost fifteen years ago, but the story required a long germination. It takes place in New York City in the late 1970s--a crazy time. I did a lot of first-hand research.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

It's dark coming-of-age and has been compared to Wally Lamb's, She's Come Undone. The story contains a romantic suspense element as well. Gotta love that sex and violence.

4) What actors would you chose to play the characters in a movie rendition?

Unknown, quirky actors. Sarah/Rosy requires offbeat beauty and a sense of humor. Robin needs a rock star quality--a guy like Jim Sturgess.

5) What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Small town girl, Sarah, dreams of finding love and fame in New York City, but following her dreams leads to a downward slide into the insanity of the late 1970s: nightclubs, sex, drugs, and violence.

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

Self-published. I'm too impatient to wait for traditional publishing. I did send a copy to my agent--just in case something opens up in other areas.

7) How did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I wrote the first draft quickly, about fifteen years ago. Since then I've cut a lot and done several major rewrites.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within its genre?

As I mentioned, She's Come Undone. And the movie, Magic Mike. The story doesn't shy away from darkness. I consider Sarah an unreliable narrator, and I thought of Catcher in the Rye while I wrote parts of it.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Life inspired me. I lived in New York City in the late 1970s. I was a dancer, an actress, and generally a fool. Years later, I wrote the story (in part) to sort out my experiences.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

Anyone who has dealt with abuse will probably resonate with the story. Anyone who has struggled to pursue a dream will probably relate to Sarah. And music buffs may enjoy that each chapter is named for a song. The chapter headings are linked to MP3 samples of each song on Amazon. (When I bring the book out on iBooks the links will go to iTunes.)

This was fun!

Next week check out The Next Big Thing by these fantastic writers:

Cheryl Bradshaw
Elle Chardou
Tory Hartmann
Chrystalla Thoma

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Guest Post, Nancy Parker--How I Became a Writer

I'm not sure how Nancy Parker stumbled onto my blog, but I'm always delighted to meet new readers and writers. How did a woman majoring in Biomedical Sciences veer off the scientific path and chose the rocky road of writing? Please read Nancy's story.


How I became A Writer

Writing was never a profession that I thought I would end up in. I grew up in a home full of engineers and sales reps and if anything, I thought I would have a job in Human Resources or sales. However in high school I had this idea I wanted to work with people and make them feel better. I wanted to be a doctor despite what my GPA was; I wasn’t a bad student but I wasn’t a stellar student. I think it was more of a desperate attempt to impress my parents who seemed more caught up in their divorce lawyers than me.  

So I went off to the university and chose Biomedical Sciences as my major. I was surrounded with studious students and perfectionists. I felt so left out and it was after the first semester that I realized, ‘oh crap, I have to actually attend every class and study everything’. I didn’t feel creative and I was bored. So I was kind of stuck and not sure what I wanted to do, all I knew was my GPA was pretty low and I wanted a major that didn’t require a math or language course.

I sat down in a counselor’s office and looked at a list; my eye was immediately attracted to the word ‘Journalism’. For the first time in my life, I actually got excited about something. I thought about one day writing for a magazine, writing a book or reporting for a newspaper, the ideas were endless. So I chose Journalism. I went into it blindly and not knowing what I was getting myself into, I mean I loved reading and writing in high school and in fact scored higher in those classes than any other class but never gave it a thought. Fast forward a few years, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. 

Who knew I would enjoy writing this much? There is something about getting my ideas, feelings, thoughts, emotions and stories out on paper that I can’t get over. It turns out that I am a pretty decent writer and people like my work. I like the idea of talking and interacting with people- I immediately start writing things in my head, little jokes or short stories. I listen to strangers, friends, family and keep mental notes of their words, reactions, facial expressions for inspiration. 

I keep my words simple and short, no fluff. I want my work to be read like you are talking with that person. I like my stories to be funny and relatable. I may not be a prolific writer or even a great one, but that is okay with me. I like to write and will always write. 

Author Bio
Nancy Parker was a professional nanny and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, Babysitting, nanny, etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Rosy (Dreams Can Become Nightmares) is Live

I'm delighted to announce that my new novel, Rosy (Dreams Can Become Nightmares) is now LIVE on Amazon, Kindle.

To celebrate the book's release, I've priced it at just .99 cents for the next week. Please pick up a copy, and while you're on the page, it would be great if you would tag it:

1970s music
Dark humor
New York City
Urban Novel
Women's Fiction
Sexy get the picture!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Rosy (Dreams can become Nightmares ) LibraryThing Giveaway

If you've never visited LibraryThing check it out. It's a great site for readers and writers. And there are always lots of giveaways.

I just posted a giveaway for 100 FREE copies of my new novel, Rosy (Dreams can become Nightmares) at LibraryThing on the Member Giveaway page. You have three weeks to sign up for copies. And there are plenty of other new books listed there too.

Here's my latest description for Rosy:

Small town girl, Sarah, dreams of finding love and fame in New York City, but following her dreams leads to a downward slide into the insanity of the late 1970s: nightclubs, sex, drugs, and violence ὰ la Magic Mike.

Desperate to dig herself out of debt, Sarah becomes pole dancer, Rosy Dreams. But the more money she makes, the darker her nightmare becomes as she sinks into a world where no one can be trusted—especially the men who claim to adore her.

As Sarah slips deeper into the underworld, she questions not only her dreams, but her sanity. She battles demons—imagined and real—fighting to survive the city’s brutality, fighting for her dreams, and ultimately fighting for her life.