Monday, May 21, 2007

Saying Good-bye to Miss Snark

Yesterday Miss Snark put away her snarky pen and called it a day.

Wherever you are, Miss Snark, we wish you a happy life, but we sure will miss you!

This is an old video, but it's cute!



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Thursday, May 10, 2007

SPECIAL GUEST: Caridad Pineiro, Author of BLOOD CALLS

We have a special guest for you today, Ms. Caridad Pineiro, author of Blood Calls! We are honored to be her 3rd stop on her Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours!

Caridad is a multi-published author whose love of the written word developed when her fifth grade teacher assigned a project - to write a book that would be placed in a class lending library. She has been hooked on writing ever since.

Her fourteenth novel, DEVOTION CALLS, was released by Silhouette Nocturne in January 2007. THE CALLING vampire series, based on characters from Caridad's first vampire book in March 2004, DARKNESS CALLS, debuted with DANGER CALLS in June 2005 and TEMPTATION CALLS in October 2005. Due to overwhelming fan support and reviews, the fourth book in the series, DEATH CALLS, helped Silhouette launch its new Nocturne paranormal line and Caridad was one of the authors featured by Harlequin at this year’s BookExpo America in Washington, D.C.

THE CALLING vampire series will continue with BLOOD CALLS in May 2007. Additional books are planned for the series.

In September 2006, SEX AND THE SOUTH BEACH CHICAS debuted from Simon & Schuster’s Downtown Press. Three other releases are scheduled for 2007, including SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN and MOON FEVER, a paranormal anthology with Maggie Shayne, Susan Sizemore and Lori Handeland!

For a different spin on the holiday season, join Caridad and Maureen Child for a holiday vampire anthology, as yet untitled. Coming from Silhouette Nocturne in December 2007.

In April 2005, Caridad participated in the first ever Chica Lit anthology titled FRIDAY NIGHT CHICAS from St. Martin’s Press.

In April 2006, Caridad and five other writers joined to create the CAPTURING THE CROWN series from Silhouette Intimate Moments. Caridad’s title, MORE THAN A MISSION, was released in August 2006. The sequel to MORE THAN A MISSION, titled SECRET AGENT REUNION, will be available in August 2007.

When not writing, Caridad teaches workshops on various topics related to writing and heads a writing group. Caridad has appeared on Fox Television’s Good Day New York, , New Jersey News’ Jersey’s Talking with Lee Leonard and WGN-TV’s Adelante Chicago as well as being one of the Latino authors featured at the first ever Spanish Pavilion at the 2000 Chicago BookExpo America. Articles featuring Caridad’s works have appeared in the New York Daily News, Star Ledger, Sun Sentinel, latinolink.com, Variety Yahoo! Online News, and Waterbury Republican-American.

For more information on Caridad, please visit www.caridad.com and www.thecallingvampirenovels.com, or watch her interview at www.romancenovel.tv.

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TWL: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Caridad! Can you tell us when your passion for writing began?

Caridad: In the fifth grade, my teacher gave an assignment to write a book. It wouldn't get any grade, but you had to do it to pass. The book was placed in a library for others to read. I really loved writing it and knew then that I wanted to be a writer. I'd always had stories in my head and was an avid reader, so becoming a writer was the perfect outlet for my creativity.

TWL: Can you tell us what your typical 'writing' day is like?

Caridad: I write on the train to and from work on weekdays. I don't normally write at night since I need a little down time. At night I usually spend time with my family, watch TV or work on my website. I get a large chunk of my writing in on the weekend, normally 3 to 4 hours on Saturday and Sunday. If I have deadlines, however, I do sometimes write at night and for longer hours on the weekend.

TWL: Do you write full time?

Caridad: I write full time, but I also have a full time job! LOL! Some people might say I don't write full time since I still work, but considering the hours I put in, it is definitely a full time endeavor.

TWL: Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Caridad: BLOOD CALLS is the next installment in THE CALLING Vampire novels. The novels feature recurring characters, but each novel stands alone. The hero in this book, Diego Rivera, first appeared in TEMPTATION CALLS and I knew back then that I had to tell more of his story. Here's a little blurb about BLOOD CALLS, May 2007, Silhouette Nocturne:Diego Rivera lost his life during the Spanish Inquisition, but when he is saved by becoming a vampire, he swears to become a better man. Ramona Escobar is a promising young artist who is struggling with a mother with Alzheimer's and a disease that is slowly robbing Ramona of life. Ramona unwittingly becomes involved in an art fraud and when her life is threatened, handsome art gallery owner Diego Rivera comes to her aid. Attraction will flare to life between the two, but both Diego and Ramona are hiding secrets. When Diego reveals his true face to Ramona, she reveals the truth of her existence that she may soon die. Will love help Diego find a way to deal with Ramona's betrayal and his own secrets, or is it the call of her blood that is tempting him to put the bite on her?

TWL: Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?

Caridad: THE CALLING Vampire Novels were first released by Silhouette Intimate Moments in 2004. The experience was exciting as it had been some time since Silhouette had released a paranormal. The success of the series prompted Silhouette to select DEATH CALLS, my December 2006, to help launch the Nocturne line. DEATH CALLS was also selected as Best Fantasy of 2006 by CATALINA magazine and as the Best Nocturne of 2006 by Cataromance. So, the experience has been wonderful. Harlequin (the parent of Silhouette) has been very supportive of the series and I will be making several appearances on their behalf at BookExpo America and the RWA National meeting.

TWL: Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

Caridad: I've always liked romantic suspense and vampires and thought, Why not combine both of my loves? THE CALLING series was born and I've had a blast writing it. The stories are police procedurals where the suspense part of the story varies from being a supernatural mystery to a mortal mystery from book to book. For example, in DEATH CALLS, the suspense revolves around stopping a terrorist plot in Manhattan. In DEVOTION CALLS (January 2007), the suspense is about a chupacabra that is terrorizing a Spanish Harlem neighborhood. In both, the vampires and other supernatural events play a role.

TWL: Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been successful?

Caridad: I've been promoting my book via traditional means, such as print ads, press releases, book marks and brochures. I've also undertaken an Internet publicity campaign by running contests and banners at various websites, as well as blog tours. For the future, I'm investigating other additional avenues of promotion, both traditional and internet-based.

TWL: Do you have a mentor?

Caridad: Not really. I do owe a huge part of my success to Leslie Wainger, who believed in THE CALLING vampire series and first pushed to acquire it. I also owe a lot of my growth as a writer to my editors at Harlequin, in particular, Stacy Boyd who is delightful to work with in addition to being a great editor.

TWL: What future projects do you have in the works?

Caridad: Coming up in 2007, I have a romantic suspense in August -- SECRET AGENT REUNION. This is an action-packed spy thriller that I loved to write. After that, a change of pace to keep me sane -SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN - from Downtown Press. CHICAS will be out in Sept. and is women's fiction with very strong romantic elements. I loved CHICAS because it let me explore mother/daughter relationships as well as the romances of both mother and daughter. In October, it's back to my paranormal roots in MOON FEVER, an anthology from Pocket Books. To end the year, and to chase away all that holiday cheer, is a dark and sexy paranormal anthology titled HOLIDAY WITH A VAMPIRE. My story is titled FATE CALLS and is about Hadrian, a two thousand year old vampire elder who is upset with the bell-ringing Santa on his front stoop. It sounds humorous, but it is anything but!

TWL: Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?

Caridad: Never give up. My mom always told me nothing worthwhile is easy and that is the truth. You will face rejection, even after you've been published. You need to take every comment and see if it's true, work with it and improve your writing. After, send it out again and again and again and again . . . You get it. You should always keep on trying and keep on learning. That's the key to success in anything, not just publishing.

TWL: What’s one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?

Caridad: Actually, people will ask pretty much anything, LOL! Seriously though, people never ask whether I could ever give up writing although they ask if I could ever stop being a lawyer. I guess they may know the answer is that I could never give up writing.

TWL: Thank you for stopping by, Caridad, and I wish you much success with your tour! If you would like to purchase BLOOD CALLS, it's available at Amazon, B&N, and your favorite neighborhood bookstore!

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Interviewed at Home Biz Notes!

I had forgotten all about this interview with my dear friend, Mary Emma Allen, one of the contributors in my soul mate anthology, Romancing the Soul, that was released in 2004 by Zumaya Publications.

Wow, Mary Emma and I go way back. Her story was called "It's Not in the Gift, But the Giving" which is in the companion soul mate section. I'm not even sure when Mary Emma and I met (an over the hill boomer chick memory deficiency), but I think we went back even further than that.
Isn't it wonderful how people can connect over the Internet?

But, what else is wonderful is that fact that the Internet has opened up so many options for us that we never dreamed possible.

We can write a book with other people (The Search for the Million $$$ Ghost) over the Internet, we can solicit for stories for our book (Romancing the Soul), and we can even start a home business over the Internet which my interview is all about.

Read it at Home Biz Notes!

Thank you, Mary Emma!

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Ghost on Tour - Takers Anyone?

I have a special request I'd like to ask my readers. I have a friend who would like to know if there's anyone out there in blogland who would like to host him on his virtual book tour in June. The thing is, and he doesn't mind me telling you, he's a ghost.

Yeah, a ghost.

I know it sounds like the most ridiculous thing you've ever heard of, but believe me, he's alive as you and me and has co-written a book starring six women on a ghost hunt with him playing the part of...himself. He's got quite an ego...believe me, I have known him for about four years now and I don't know how he can live with even himself.

Oh, he likes to drink. And womanize. Just to warn you.

His name is Henri and the book he has co-written is called The Search for the Million $$$ Ghost.

Yeah, that's my book, too, but Henri insists that neither myself, nor Heide Kaminski and Pam Lawniczak, the REAL writers of the book, had anything to do with it. And if I try to tell him that actual fact, he blows up my computer...so keep that under your shirt.

With a few cold Coors Light under his belt, he demanded that I set up a virtual book tour page for him. I had no choice...he was holding my computer hostage.

If you'd like to visit his tour page, visit this page. If you would like to see how he talked me into the hair-brained idea, click here.

If you are brave enough to host Henri, the Ghostest with the Mostest, email me at thewriterslife(at)yahoo.com.

I thank you, Henri thanks you and my computer thanks you.

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Friday, May 04, 2007

SPECIAL GUEST: Pamela S. Thibodeaux, Author of TEMPERED DREAMS

We're pleased to have a special guest today, Pamela S. Thibodeaux, author of Tempered Dreams (ComStar Media), on her fourth stop of her virtual book tour!

Not only is Pamela a fantastic romance author, but she is also a wife, mother, grandmother and licensed sales producer in the insurance industry, as well as Co-Founder/President & Treasurer of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as "inspirational with an edge!" and reviewed as "steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message."

You can visit her website at www.pamelathibodeaux.com or her blogs at www.writingup.com/pthib, www.romancereaders.com/wordpress/category/pamelas-ponderings/ and www.myspace.com/pamelasthibodeaux.

TWL: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Pamela! Can you tell us when your passion for writing began?

Pamela: I began writing over 25 years ago after reading one-too-many insipid little romances and thinking I could do better. A mite arrogant as it turns out, :-) but that's when my passion for writing began.

TWL: Can you tell us what your typical 'writing' day is like?

Pamela: Since I work full-time, there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ writing day for me. When I’m writing, I write as much as possible…mornings, evenings, and weekends. When I’m editing or proofing, those things take up my normal writing time. Then, there is promotion and marketing, blogs, interviews and article writing that must also be tended to. So I guess my typical writing day just depends on what needs to be done the most. :-)

TWL: Do you write full time?

Pamela: No, like many, I work full-time and write in my spare time.

TWL: Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Pamela: Tempered Dreams tackles the tough and sadly, growing, problem of domestic violence. Katrina Simmons (the heroine) is a struggling battered wife when Dr Scott Hensley (the hero--introduced in Tempered Hearts) meets her. Instantly drawn to the little lady, he makes it his mission to save her from the abusive relationship and teach her the true meaning of love. But only God can save a wounded soul.

TWL: Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?

Pamela: Along with Tempered Hearts and Tempered Fire, Tempered Dreams is published by ComStar Media, LLC, a small, independent publishing company out of Salem, Or. Tempered Joy (book 4) is due out later this year or early 2008 and Tempered Truth will follow sometime in the not-too-distant future.So far, my experience with them has been pleasurable.

TWL: Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

Pamela: As I mentioned, Tempered Dreams deals openly and candidly with the issue of Domestic Violence.I believe that though one may not experience domestic violence or abuse, he or she knows someone who is a victim of this hideous problem. My prayer is that everyone who reads Tempered Dreams will get a realistic view of domestic violence and reaches out in some way to help and that they will experience a new appreciation for the blessings in their lives. It is also my prayer that all who read Tempered Dreams realizes the reality of the healing power of Grace, Mercy and Forgiveness through the Lord Jesus Christ and, if they don’t already know Him, they'll seek Jesus. If they do know Him, I pray they’ll pursue a closer walk with Him and receive healing for their hearts and restoration for their souls.

TWL: Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been successful?

Pamela: I've promoted through book signings, speaking engagements, loops, blogs, interviews, contests, and numerous other means. Yes, for the most part the combined efforts of everything I've done has been successful. That said, I always hope to reach more readers with each passing day.

TWL: Do you have a mentor?

Pamela: No.

TWL: What future projects do you have in the works?

Pamela: Along with this 5-part 'Tempered' series, I have a single title novel, The Inheritance out with The Wild Rose Press, a Gift Book under consideration with Thomas Nelson and two other completed novels looking for a home. I also have a book of short stories in the works and several WIP's (works in progress).

TWL: Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?

Pamela: Don't quit and NEVER give up! Writing is a gift and a talent, don't bury your talent or hide your gift.

TWL: What’s one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?

Pamela: Is God as real to you as you portray Him to be in the lives of your characters?The answer is a resounding "Yes!"Were it that I could take what I feel inside for the Lord Jesus Christ, bottle it up, let others drink of it, and therefore experience for themselves what I experience in my relationship with Him....alas the only way to do that is to reflect this in my own life as well as through the lives of my characters.My prayer is that I am successful in both.

TWL: Thank you for being with us today, Pamela, and good luck on that book tour! If our readers would like to visit Pamela's tour page to see where she'll be next, click here. If you would like to ask Pamela questions or leave a message for her, leave it in the comment box and she'll be more than happy to answer them for you!

You can purchase Pamela's book, Tempered Dreams at Amazon by clicking here.

Pamela's tour is brought to you by Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

SPECIAL GUEST: Sandi Kahn Shelton, author of A PIECE OF NORMAL

We are proud to host Sandi Kahn Shelton, author of A Piece of Normal, on her first stop of her virtual book tour! Sandi's a remarkable woman, a dear friend of mine, and an excellent writer. I've got both her books, A Piece of Normal and What Comes After Crazy, and I have laughed all the way through them. If you like chick/hen lit/women's fiction, you can't help but to love both these books!

Sandi not only is the author of both A Piece of Normal and What Comes After Crazy, but she also has three non-fiction humorous books about parenting called You Might As Well Laugh...Because Crying Will Only Smear Your Mascara, Sleeping Through the Night...and Other Lies, and Preschool Confidential. She wrote an award-winning humor column for Working Mother magazine for ten years, and her work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Salon and Reader's Digest. She is currently a feature reporter for the New Haven Register and has taught writing at various colleges and workshops throughout Connecticut. She is currently at work on a third novel, and writes a blog at www.sandishelton.com/blog. Her books can be purchased through her web site or on amazon.com.

TWL: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Sandi! When did your passion for writing begin?

Sandi: I was lucky in that I discovered very early on that I wanted to be a writer. I sold my first story to a neighbor for twenty cents when I was six years old and my mother wouldn't give me money for the ice cream man--and from that moment on, I was hooked. Life was always going to be banana popsicles for me, the way I saw it. Seriously, I always loved making up stories and figuring out ways to make life more interesting than it really was in my small town upbringing. The summer I was 11, I decided to write a novel in long-hand, and I got to page 200 before I realized I had completely lost track of the plot! (My main character was the middle child in a family of 7 children. I couldn't even remember their names half the time! LOL) Writing has always been the thing that comforts me, that soothes me, even as it frustrates me and drives me crazy at the same time. Sort of like life!

TWL: Can you tell us what your typical 'writing' day is like?

Sandi: Lately a typical writing day has been me working on my third novel, which is due in a matter of weeks. I get up in the morning, make a cup of tea and stumble over to the computer to stare at yesterday's pages. This is a dangerous time, because it is SO easy to cruise the internet, spend the whole day answering emails, reading blogs, googling people I went to kindergarten with--ANYTHING but starting to write in earnest. I don't know why this is! All I know is that once I have "tricked" myself into beginning on the novel, I almost can't stop for the rest of the day. Five hours can feel like five minutes. These days I'm finding a lot of success going somewhere else other than my house to write--the library or a Starbucks. I've even plugged my laptop in at our local diner, just to escape the internet (or as someone called it, the "world wide waste of time"). I also have a tendency to decide the bathtub needs scrubbing, or that I can just throw in one load of laundry...and so it's best if I write in a place where there are no bathtubs or laundry. So I do ten pages on the novel each day--and then I come home, cook dinner, hang out with my husband, talk to friends on the phone, and then wander back to my novel sometime in the evening, and usually get passionate about writing it again--oh, say about 11:00 at night. It's usually hard for me to tear myself away until 1 or so, and even then I'm often awakened in the middle of the night from a sound sleep, knowing exactly what I should do to make the next scene real. Lately I feel as though I'm mainly living in my novel; I occasionally dip into the real world, just to say hello. Do you write full time? As full-time as I can. My paying job is being a feature reporter for a newspaper...which, if you have to have a job to support a writing habit, that's a pretty good one to have. The hours are flexible, and you get to interview people and meet interesting characters that can often show up in novels. So it seems I'm always writing either a feature story or my novel, or sometimes magazine pieces. And my blog! Between all these things, I'm pretty much connected to my laptop full-time.

TWL: Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Sandi: A Piece of Normal, which is my latest novel (just out in paperback this month) is the story of two sisters who could not be more opposite. (Isn't that often the case?) Lily is settled and cozy in her life, could never admit she has any problems--in fact, she's an advice columnist, telling other people how to live their lives. But there's a heartache she's pushing away: her parents died 12 years ago in a car crash and she came home from college to finish raising her younger sister, Dana, who was 16 at the time--and she felt she did such a bad job of handling her little sister's grief that she really blew it. Dana ran away and has been gone for 10 years, off to join a punk rock band and to live the kind of spontaneous, crazy, dangerous life that Lily could never imagine. Now the two of them are reunited in a tense, wary relationship--and each realizes she has something the other wants. Through the discovery of some long-buried family secrets, they come to a halting understanding of each other, only to have to then face the most devastating betrayal they can imagine. I won't say more; I always tend to give the whole plot away! LOL

TWL: Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?

Sandi: My two novels have both been published by Shaye Areheart Books, which is a division of Crown, which is a division of Random House. They are wonderful! Really, I cannot say enough about them. Shaye Areheart is an editor at Crown who was given her own imprint for specialized women's fiction. My editor there is Sally Kim, who is insightful beyond belief. I hand her a manuscript, and she reads it and then calls me and tells me what it is about. (Because try as you might, you don't really, really know the deep reasons you're writing a book. It takes someone with a keen analytical sense to help you sort through the material later and give it back to you.) They are also publishing my third and fourth novels; the one I'm writing now is due out next summer.

TWL: Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

Sandi: I am always fascinated by the way families interact and by how much we have to forgive each other. My first novel, What Comes After Crazy, is about a mother-daughter relationship in which the mom is a powerful figure, an itinerant fortune teller who has raised a daughter who grows up with almost no skills in figuring out her own life. When the daughter's marriage breaks up, she has to once and for all deal with her mother's past and decide which risks are worth taking so that she can find love again. It's odd: I saw it as a very sad story that ultimately led to understanding, but critics kept saying it was hilarious...so I think my books tend to be a combination of funny and poignant...which is, I now realize, how I see life. A lot of laughing and crying, most of it happening at the same time. In A Piece of Normal, I really wanted to write about the complicated relationship between sisters, both the sibling rivalry part ("Mom always liked you best, but I was the good one!") and the envy they have of each other's particular gifts in life. Again, although it's a funny novel, what I think I'm always writing about is how we have to take our families as we find them, and then learn to love them anyway.

TWL: Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been successful?

Sandi: Well, here's the thing: for both books, I have gone to readings and book-signings, and they have been successful when I'm in my own local area, where newspapers will tend to give publicity. Until you're really a best-selling author, most papers won't write about your books. And then the problem becomes: how do you become a best-selling author if no one knows about your books? It's a conundrum that keeps me up nights! I was lucky enough with the first book that People magazine gave it a rave review--but although I was told they had scheduled another rave for the second book, it somehow never appeared. Yikes! Just a piece of bad luck...but it was then that I discovered what lots of people had known for ages: that I needed a web presence and a blog, so I could connect more directly with readers. That has helped a lot. I now talk to book groups who have found me online; I can find readers who want to read about the kinds of subjects I write about. I will be on a "blog book tour" in May, arranged by Dorothy Thompson, who knows more about blogs than I will ever know!

TWL: Do you have a mentor?

Sandi: Hmmm...I would have to say that I have different mentors for different things. Does that make sense? I have several very dear friends who are so helpful in helping me shape the stories I write about. One of them in particular will just get in the car with me, and we go for long car rides while I talk out loud the plot of my book. She asks gentle, prodding questions that somehow illuminate everything I need to remember as I'm writing. Another mentor of mine helps keep me sane while I'm writing, by reminding me that other things matter, too. Like eating good food and getting exercise every now and then. And laughing! And I have another friend who is a life coach, who just keeps me reminded that so much about life is faith and belief and attracting what you need to go forward.

TWL: What future projects do you have in the works?

Sandi: Well, I'm almost finished with Novel #3, which I am calling Kissing Games of the World. We'll see if that title sticks. It's a love story between two unlikely people, told in alternate chapters from each one's point of view. I've never written a story that's just about the process of falling in love--all those stages of fear and doubt and what-if, and maybe-I-should-get-out-while-I-can. LOL. It's been fun and exhilarating for me to live in their heads for the past year.

TWL: Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?

Sandi: Write the best book you know how, and don't be afraid of revising it! (I truly do love revision, but I may be in the minority here. I could just tinker on a book from now until the rest of time.) And when you get it the way you think it should be told, don't give up on it. My first novel took an embarrassingly long time to write: SEVENTEEN YEARS had passed from the day I first sat down on vacation in Vermont with my typewriter and wrote the first sentence, until the day when the agent called and said, "They're buying the book!" Now it's true that I wasn't writing on that book for the whole 17 years; it spent a fair amount of time in a manila folder in a drawer, waiting for me to finish my column, write the next magazine article, do the next carpool run, even get married again and have a new baby. But in all, I did about five different complete drafts. Characters came and went; the love interest guy didn't even show up in the book until the THIRD version. I can't tell you how many times I said, "Well, that's it. I'm never going to write this book again. I'm throwing it away..." only to hear those characters continuing to talk to me in the shower or when I was falling asleep at night. And so I'd sigh and re-read it and think, "Hmm, with just a little revision right here, and with something exciting over here, this could be a book!I love these characters!" And so I'd work on it again. I knew there was a story there; it just took me forever to learn how to tell it. My advice is: if you have a book in a drawer that won't let go of you, take it out every now and then and see what was so compelling about it in the first place. Keep at it. Don't give up. And don't listen to people who tell you the market is too saturated, it can't happen, blah blah blah. I'm living proof that it can!

TWL: What’s one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?

Sandi: Oooh, excellent question! I had to think about this one a long time, because authors get asked a million questions about every aspect of their books and about the writing process. I think the question I'd like to be asked by those around me is, "Are you having fun doing this?" And I would jump up and pump my fists in the air and say, "YES!!" You see, a lot of the time, I think we writers look like we're mostly in pain. We're walking around, living in another whole world, and our brows are furrowed, we're listening to our characters work out their difficulties and invent new difficulties for themselves, we're trying to figure out how to make that scene SING. And--okay, we look a little tense. We may even BE a little tense. But it is just the most fun thing in the world, creating these little worlds and then moving everything around in them, trying to make it all make sense. When I'm writing and creating this way, I may look like I'm in misery--my family is always urging me to take some time off, or to do "something fun" for a while--and it's hard to explain that for me, this IS fun!

TWL: Thank you for coming, Sandi, and have fun on the rest of your book tour!

Be sure to stop off at Trashionista tomorrow as Sandi continues her A PIECE OF NORMAL VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR '07. Click here if you would like to see Sandi's official tour page.

You can purchase A PIECE OF NORMAL at Amazon by clicking here.

Sandi's tour is brought to you by the Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours.

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