Monday, December 31, 2012
I have been writing for thirty years. I started with a ballpoint pen and spiral notebook, graduating to a typewriter, then a giant computer and irritatingly noisy printer to finally getting a laptop that comes with me wherever I go. I have always been horrible at math, can't tell north from south and never loved the idea of getting dressed in a business suit and attending meetings. What was I going to do with my life?
Well, I became a teacher and for 15 years, I loved the constant laughter in my classrooms and teaching my students where to put a preposition and what the hell the present perfect is. But, I knew that the next phase of my life needed to be different, scary and full of risk because life is way too short not to follow our dreams. So, in 2010, I quit a stable job working with people who are like family to me and started my own writing/editing business: Perfect Pen Communications. I created something that filled me with excitement and passion and now get to spend every day doing what I love. But, the one thing that eluded me was publishing my novel.
Finally, this year, I published Finding Lucas, and it has been the wildest ride of my life. Just formatting and uploading my novel to Amazon was incredible, but the fact that people want to and do read it still astounds me. I worked for months to put my debut novel in paperback, and when I held it in my hands for the first time, I cried like I'd given birth to another child. Having a dream become reality is an indescribable feeling that has made 2012 one of the most exciting years of my life.
I could never have done any of it without the love and support of my family and friends. They read everything I write and stand by me through the highs and lows of life as an author. But, as much as they want to understand what it takes to publish and promote a novel, it is impossible unless you're going through it yourself. The authors I have met this year have become friends, confidantes and are a huge support. I would be lost without them. Incredible writers, they inspire me to write every day. Reading their books makes me a better writer, and I thank all of them.
Finding Lucas would be nowhere without the bloggers, reviewers and readers who have helped promote my novel, recommended it, shared and tweeted it. They make not a single cent to help us writers and do it for the love of books.
2012 was a year unlike any other in my life. I learned that it is possible to make dreams come true and that being an author is more than simply putting words on a page. I have no idea what 2013 holds for me. A second novel to be published, for sure, but who I will meet, the things I will learn and the places I will go are all unknown. And for someone who doesn't like surprises or change, I'm pretty shocked that it doesn't scare me.
Bring it on, 2013!
Happy New Year! May all of you find what you're looking for!
Monday, December 3, 2012
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I hope my readers love it as much as I do, and I can't wait for it to finally be available after months of hard work.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Nominees need to do the following:
- When one receives the award, one posts 11 random facts about oneself and answers the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
- Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure one notifies the blogger that one nominated them!)
- One writes up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees.
- One is not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated one’s own blog!
- One pastes the award picture into ones blog. (You can Google the image, there are plenty of them!)
1. I wrote my first manuscript at the age of 10. It was rejected. But I tried!
2. I can write in a roomful of strangers, but not if people I know are in the same room.
4. I write and edit for a living with my freelance business, Perfect Pen Communications.
6. Until a few years ago, I actually wrote with a pen on paper.
7. Judy Blume is the reason I got through puberty.
8. I have no filter and am known to make very inappropriate comments.
9. I have no sense of direction.
10. I don't like eating bread unless it's crunchy and is a sandwich stuffed with meat.
11. I love the heat, but oddly, I live in Canada.
If you could stay at the same age for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Um, not a sweetheart, per so, but a "friend with benefits," yes.
Fresh cut grass.
Gin and tonic.
Which would you rather be, the First Lady or the Queen of England?
Neither. I'd never want to live with that much pressure.
Spicy Italian sausage, black olives and gorgonzola cheese. Now I'm hungry!
I was ten. But, it took me almost thirty years to actually do it. :)
Coffee, coffee, coffee.
I have two kids so I'd have to say a date night out is perfect.
Meryl Streep because she's beautiful, smart and hasn't fallen into the Hollywood scandal trap. I love her simple elegance and grace.
Love Actually. That scene with the flashcards gets me every time.
Here are my wonderful nominees: Kathleen Kole, Josephine Thomas, Jen Tucker, Emma Kaufmann, Jami Wann Deise, LA Cadieux, Lucie Simone, Francince LaSala, Jackie Bouchard, Meredith Schorr and Libby Mercer.
If I haven't added your name, it's because I know someone else nominated you first!
1. What is the best costume you've ever worn?
2. What's the best gift you've ever given?
3. If you could be invisible for a day, where would you go and what would you do?
4. Who's your Hollywood crush?
5. What movie always makes you cry?
5. What book can you read again and again?
6. If you could live in the home of any television series, which would it be?
7. What is something you have always wanted to try?
8. What's your favorite food?
9. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy?
10. What's your favorite song?
11. Describe yourself with one adjective.
Who will be nominated next?
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I'm giving away a copy of Finding Lucas, and by stopping by The Thankful Godddess Giveaway from November 21st to November 30th, you can enter to win some awesome prizes: books, bookmarks, pens, trading cards, gloves and chocolate are just some of the goodies.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I was so excited to write my second novel, The Green Ticket. It was such a different story from my debut, Destined to Fail, and I went about everything in different style, which just simply made for a unique experience. With my first book, I really just wrote as things came to me. I didn’t have a real specific plot plan or even solid characters carved out. How did that treat me? It was…interesting. I rewrote the book three times – and I don’t mean changing a scene or two here, I mean literally rewriting the majority of the book, adding in plot points, deleting and adding characters, the works. It was fairly exhausting, but worth it in the end to me.
With The Green Ticket, I didn’t want to do all that re-writing again but…so I had everything planned out. Plot, characters; I was ready to go. I wrote the book and it didn’t take me nearly as long as Destined but when I was reading through the first draft, something just felt…off. Dani and Allie’s characters seemed to be missing something, lacking something. So what did I do? Did a major rewrite! I remember laughing (manically, while throwing papers in the air) because I thought I did such a good job with my planning and plotting and structure, but it just goes to show – you can plot out the best you book you can think of on paper, but when you get to the reading part of the story, you might find a lot of changes to make the book even better. In the end, I’m much happier with Dani and Allie, and all my Green Ticket friends.
A lot of other things came easier to me the second time around – I had a better idea of what I wanted my cover to look like, I already knew which vendors I wanted to go with when it came to publishing my novel, and I had a good marketing plan in mind, much better than my first time around. I am not in throes of planning out my third novel, and I am so exciting to get cracking on that book!
Friday, November 9, 2012
Thanks so much for having me here today, Sam! Publishing my first novel and publishing my second novel have been wildly different experiences. This stands to reason, though, because I had a publisher for the first one, and the second one I’m doing on my own. Fashioning a Romance was released earlier this year by Musa Publishing. After I got The Call (which was actually The Email) and signed the contract, it was probably about four months or so before we really got down to business.
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Monday, November 5, 2012
Well, thanks Samantha for this opportunity to come on your blog.
I used the same editor, an old uni friend, but whereas I had written half of the book last time around before she saw any of it, this time she got it almost chapter by chapter. I am not sure that was necessarily a good thing, although she certainly pointed out loads of issues along the way, which helped me going forward. As I worked my way through the second half of the book, she received the chapters in tranches. Next time I might go the whole hog and not let my editor see it until I’ve finished it! I realise this is the more orthodox approach.
Twelve people. Twelve star signs.
Sagittarius - Holly, a travel writer, visits Tuscany to research her next book. Seeking help when her car breaks down, she gets more than assistance when Dario, a vineyard owner, puts temptation in her path. Disappearing without explanation, he proves elusive. Bruised, Holly tries to put it behind her until a chance encounter brings her feelings to the surface again.
Capricorn – Holly’s fiancé, Tom misses her while she is in Italy and turns to an internet chat room for solace. His construction business is under threat, but could foul play be at work?
Gemini - Holly’s sister, Lucy, a serial man-eater finally meets her match, which puts her long-term relationship and career in jeopardy. Cheating she discovers, can have devastating consequences.
Libra - Holly’s uncle Jack, an eminent prosecutor, juggles a difficult teenage son with his high profile career and finds himself lacking. When his son’s school work starts slipping, he decides he needs to take control, but it’s not long before the balls all come tumbling down and Jack finds his family on the wrong side of the law.
One event binds them all…