Blog Tour Extravaganza! (Insert Swirly Batman Music)
I’ve been invited to participate in a blog tour. Sounded exciting, until I realized there was no travel involved. Dang it!
So Ashley Fontainne, Author of Number 75 (soon to be a movie) invited me to answer the following four questions and then in turn invite three of my author friends to tour along with us.
So tune into the batty channel as our heroine author (that’s me) tackles 4 questions with 3 commercial interruptions.
1) What am I working on?
Besides the plate of brownies next to me? I have 16 books currently in some stage of completion. I am preparing The Keepers Book II of the Holding Kate Series for the publisher. Hoping for a release date in June or July. Edits continue on Book III of the same series. Auditions for the narrator for The Torn audio book are currently being held.
I am ¾ of the way through The Glory Train, a post-apocalyptic steam punk novel. The Sisterhood of the Sword Saga, high fantasy epic adventure of four heroines in the land of Ampeliagia, will be my next project. It contains five books, of which 3 and ½ are completed, and will be queued up for completion after the Holding Kate Series. I hope to spend some time in Tybee Island this summer so I can pound out the paranormal trilogy that I am currently calling Forbidden (name will be changed). It is set on the Island. In the fall, my hope is to spend time in Colorado in a cabin working my fingers to the bone to finish the remaining Donnie Dudgeon books: Donnie Dudgeon and the Cherry Street Gang, DD and the Giants of Kazik, and DD and the Mystery Behind Barn Doors (A Heartwork Village Story). The Blood Singer books are on the back burner right now, as well as Scaffold (A Heartwork Village Story), Dragon(A crossover book between Chronicles of Ampeliagia and Heartwork Village Stories.) >>>>>Click the Ad over there to purchase or investigate>>>
I know that is quite ambitious even for an author heroine. But I have a six month break between July and December and I hope to write like a bat out Hades, double time, to get as many stories queued for publishing as possible.
We interrupt this blog tour with the following shameless plug.
Have you heard of the AMAZING Jennifer Bailey, otherwise known as J.S. Bailey? This chick can rock a story! Don’t just take it from me, check out these titles.
J. S. Bailey is the author of Rage’s Echo, The Land Beyond the Portal, Weary Traveler, and Vapors. She is a lifelong resident of Clermont County, Ohio. She is an alumnus of St. Louis School and Clermont Northeastern High School and graduated cum laude from Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Entrepreneurship. Bailey enjoys reading books by her favorite authors. When she isn’t working or glued to a computer screen, she spends time with her husband Nathan in their Southwest Ohio home.
Check her out at jsbaileywrites.blogspot.com
Now we return to our previously scheduled blog tour.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My books carry a heavy allegory, a deeper meaning. Deep emotions, fast pacing, and vivid descriptions characterize my writing style. You can whiz through a book and enjoy the action and adventure, or you can slow down and contemplate the symbolism and allegory. Readers are challenged at many levels while reading my books. You are going to love hating my characters, and hate that you love the romance.
Though I do not write with CBA in mind, my books are clean, emotionally charged, and soul searching.
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And now back to our batty program.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Why do I write about broken teens, dragons, tornadoes, zombies, ghosts, powerful demon hunters, dragon riders, strong female protagonists, evil monsters, love, romance, frail marriages, overcoming bullies, epic adventure and soul scathing stories? Why not? What’s not to love?
I’ve always had an overactive imagination. Stories turn through my head all the time. I just decided it was time to start writing them down.
Also, I believe in the power of good over evil and ultimately good wins. However, I believe it is driven by our seemingly insignificant daily choices. Often evil triumphs over good because of a flippant choice in a moment of weakness. My stories shine a spotlight on those moments in fictitious ways to remind us to be vigilant in our own realities.
Passion, strong emotion is given to us for a reason. It can be a yellow light, a red flag, a siren blaring at us. “Slow down, think, danger ahead!” Passion rising whether it is anger, love, lust, hunger, pain, is an indicator that we are about to mess up and need to take a breath. Stop. Make a good decision. My books are chocked full of passionate moments that are catalysts to a change in direction.
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Mentor in the writing field and dear Blue Monkey, Ragged Edge friend, Stephanie Karfelt aka the glittery one, hosts an irreverent, quirky, and yes quite glittery blog over on www.TheGlitterGlobe.com
Wife, mother, novelist (Warrior of the Ages series), and entrepreneur, S. R. Karfelt enjoys spending time with her muse and living outside her comfort zone. She currently resides in the soaring capital of the world.
Stephanie has released WOA and has a new prequel set to release May 15th.
The startling batty conclusion of The Blog Tour
4) How does my writing process work?
I sit down at the keyboard and get lost in the story. I don’t think about anything else until the story is unfolded in its entirety, plotted start to finish. That is the best way for me. If I try to pants a story, it usually gets stuck. The exception is the Holding Kate Series. I had no plan, but to set out to write a YA story. I started in early February and completed the first book in a month, then the second book in March and the third book in April. But the idea of Heartwork Village and Kate Wilson were alive in me for years as a nonprofit organization to help teens and children through grief recovery. So even though the books were new, the concept was well plotted.
I love to immerse myself in the world I’m creating. I see the tiny grain in the wood of each building. I see the moss growing at the foot of the trees, the iridescent whirl in the eye of the dragon, and callouses on the fingers of the harpist. I hear the tones they sing, the timbre in their arguing voices, the crickets chirruping at night. I smell the smoke of their fires, the scent of their shampoo, the stench of manure in the stables. Tasting the leek stew, or blood on the tongue, or grandma’s yeast rolls, I completely get lost in the story.
Isn’t that how all writers do it? That is the writing process for me, anyway. The editing process takes much longer.
Hope you enjoyed The Batty Blog Tour, now travel onto these other author’s sites and watch for the same bat questions, next week, at the same bat Blog Tour, on their bat channels.