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“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” ~ Cassandra Clare
Write about what happens when someone is so influenced by a fictional book that their life is turned inside out. Describe what book they read. How did they change internally? What changes did their friends and family witness?
Get creative, write and have fun! :)
“Bullying builds character like nuclear waste creates superheroes. It’s a rare occurrence and often does much more damage than endowment.” ~ Zack W. Van
What if being bullied could actually give the victim a superpower? What would the victim’s superpower be? Would they use their power for good or evil? Would they use this power to become a vigilante against bullies?
Get creative, write and have fun! :)
“You don’t really understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world” ~John Rogers
Think about the last book you read, focus on the antagonist for a moment. What would happen if the antagonist became real and somehow integrated into a part of your life? How would you relate to this person? In the book, did the author write the character in a way that helped you empathize with them at all? In your story would this character evolve in a good or bad way?
Get creative, write and have fun! :)
By: Emerald Barnes
Genre: Young Adult
Released: June 24th, 2014
Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.
Along comes Zach, the new guy in school. He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league. She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.
Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential. Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?
Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to sit down with one of my favorite guys, Zach Taylor, from Entertaining Angels, and today, I get to talk to my other two favorite characters, Madison Andrews and Chase Sanders! They’re absolutely the best, and I hope you’ll love them as much as I do!
Chase and Madison are sitting on a sofa together. Mads has her arms wrapped around her waist, and Chase is glancing in her direction, watching her closely like she is at risk for falling apart any second. Did I mention how much I love Chase? Probably not, but he’s probably one of the sweetest guys you’ll ever meet! He protects Madison from others who bully her and even from herself.
Chase: Are we ready to start this? I’m supposed to meet with Andy. We just got the newest release –
Madison: Really, Chase? You knew you had to do this interview. Her voice is light and playful, and she giggles.
Chase: Yeah, but Andy’s waiting and –
Madison: Andy and the newest game can wait, Chase. Emerald wants to talk to us.
Emerald: It won’t take long. I promise, Chase. You’ll be gaming with your best friend soon enough.
Chase: Mads is my best friend.
Madison smiles shyly, and Chase pushes his glasses up on his nose as he watches me. I suppress a smile.
Emerald: I’m sorry. I should have been more careful with my words. How about we start with you, Chase? Why don’t you introduce yourself to Belinda’s readers! Speaking of which, thank you so much for hosting us today!
Chase: He pushes his hand through his brown hair, messing it up. Madison giggles quietly beside him, and even I can’t help but smile at his little nervous habit. I’m Chase. I’m a sophomore in high school, and I like to game, if you can’t tell. I’m a nerd and proud of it. Although, I think Mads thinks it’s weird. He elbows her in the side.
Madison: I don’t think it’s weird.
Chase: You’re not into like I am.
Madison: That doesn’t mean I think it’s weird. I watch those sci-fi movies and stuff with you.
Chase: Yeah, but you don’t like it.
Madison: Come on, Chase, I’m with you. It doesn’t really matter whether it’s weird to me or not. I just like hanging out with you.
Chase: Well, okay then. He pushes his hand through is hair again; he looks a bit perplexed.
Emerald: Well, Madison, what about you?
Madison: I’m a sophomore, too. I’m – um – just me, I guess.
Emerald: Well, what about you? What do you like to do for fun?
Madison: I’m not all that interesting. I really don’t do much. She lowers her head and looks at her pink Converse tennis shoes.
Chase: Of course you are interesting, Mads! We’re always having fun! Like this summer when we did nothing but veg out on the couch all summer. You were always making me laugh and smile.
Madison: Still looking at her shoes. I guess. But, I don’t really go out much. Like Chase said, we mostly just hang out at his place or mine.
Emerald: That’s always fun, too. I smile, but they don’t really see me. Chase is watching Mads, and Mads is watching her shoes. So, Chase, you’re pretty protective of Mads. How did you feel when Ashley started teasing her about her weight?
Chase: His glare turns angry. She needs to learn to keep her opinion to herself and stop hurting people. I couldn’t believe the names that she called Mads, and she really needs to learn how to stop being so dang horrible!
Madison: Chase, it’s fine.
Chase: Um, no, Mads. It’s totally NOT fine. She cannot get away with this.
Madison: Are you going to be the one to stop her?
Chase: If I have to. I won’t let her hurt you anymore.
Madison huffs and shakes her head. Clearly I haven’t thought through my questions better.
Emerald: Is there a safer topic we can broach?
Madison: Probably not with Chase.
Chase: That’s not fair. I’m just looking out for you, and you know that!
Madison finally looks at Chase, and she smiles. His angry disposition seems to melt a little, and he smiles back her.
Madison: I do know that. Thank you.
Chase: You’re welcome, Mads.
Chase grabs her hand and gives it a squeeze. My heart literally melts. Those two are the sweetest! I wish I’d had a friend like Chase when I was in high school.
Emerald: So, can we talk about the book some more?
Chase: I really need to be going.
Madison: Come on. At least answer one more question. She is our creator after all.
Emerald: Thanks, Mads.
She nods in my direction.
Emerald: This is directed at both of you. How do you like the new guy, Zach?
Chase rolls his eyes, and Madison smiles.
Madison: He’s sweet. I don’t know why he’s so nice to me, but he is. He doesn’t seem to care about my size or anything. He’s just so nice to me.
Chase: Of course he doesn’t care about your size. Your size isn’t what defines you, Mads.
Madison looks at her shoes again.
Chase: Back to your question, though, he’s alright. He seems pretty nice.
Emerald: Anything else?
Madison shakes her head, and Chase is so focused on Madison it’s hard to keep his attention.
Emerald: Okay. I guess not. Well, I guess it’s time to say goodbye! Thanks for having us on your blog, Belinda, and I hope your readers will check out Mads and Chase’s story in Entertaining Angels!
Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages!
She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews. She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney
What is one thing you would try if you knew that you were guaranteed success….absolutely no chance of failure? Would you do something for monetary gain? Would you do something to make the history books? Would it benefit others or just yourself? What would it take for you to give it a shot, even with the risk of failing?
Reflect and write.
Humor and Mystery combine to make these must-read who-done-its.
Link to books on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/MaryAnn-Kempher/e/B00CDNQ37Q
Link to books on B&N.com: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/maryann-kempher
Link to FB page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryAnnKempher?ref=hl
Her books can be read out of order, but she recommends you start with her first, Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder which is a romantic mystery set in Reno NV, then Forever Doomed, which is a murder mystery set on a cruise ship.
Sweet Mystery is her most recent release and another “I did not see that coming.” murder mystery.
“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”~ John Lennon
Who or what is your favourite mythological figure? Write about what happens when this character lives among us mere mortals. Do they hide their abilities or powers? Do they fit in or are they ostracized from society for being different? Does Ares get a job as a clown? Does Hades join the PTA? Does a neighbour have a pet dragon?
Get creative, write and most of all…have fun! :)
I recently had the opportunity to interview author Sylvia Stein about the release of her new book, “Closure” and ask her about her writing process. Welcome Sylvia!
NEW RELEASE “Closure”
Garrison James had it all. A terrific home life and a loving family. Together, he and his wife Lila built a successful ranch and construction company. His world changed the day he lost his wife to cancer. He turned to the bottle and became a monster. Sara, his daughter, tried everything to please him.
After years of abuse, Sara’s aunt visits. She recognizes the abuse and removes Sara. The frail girl begins the delicate journey of finding herself, while struggling to leave her father and the monster behind.
Despite the emotional and mental scars she carried, Sara manages to start a new life. She is finally happy.
A phone call changes everything.
Will Sara continue her new life? Can she face the monster, or will she find closure?
Congratulations on having your newest book published, tell us about your new novella “Closure”.
Thank you so much. “Closure” is actually my first solo work. I have published anthologies with my writer’s “750” groups. But this is actually my first work on my own. “Closure” is a story of Garrison James who after the loss of his beloved wife Lila loses himself to alcohol and then takes out all of his frustrations on his young daughter Sara. They both go through a journey of pain and then it is up to Sara to decide whether she wants to deal with her past or not.
What inspires/motivates you to write?
Writing has always been my passion. I loved writing since I was a kid. Creating Stories and characters has always been part of my life.
Has your writing process changed from when you first started?
Oh most definitely. My writing process used to be where I would let the story carry me and have no regard for the grammar and structure of it. However now thanks to several writer’s groups and going for my Master’s at Southern New Hampshire online I have learned better ways of working a revising my writing.
Are you a plotter who outlines or a “pantser” who prefers to see where an idea leads you?
I used to be a panster and used to let the ideas lead me. However now I do take more time to outline and highlight my characters and plot.
Do you ever get writer’s block and how do you get through it?
At times I do get Writer’s Block and what I do to get past it is step away from it for a day or so and then I go back with a clear mind and get back at it. Music also helps with that process.
You have such a busy life; family, school, work… how do you find the time? Any tips for us on how to manage a busy life and a writing career?
Wow, great question. First of all as busy as I am I always make time to write. Whether it is 30 minutes one day or an hour the next. Never stop doing what you love. I make time when I can. Luckily my husband Jeremy is very supportive and he will give me that time by taking the kids on the weekends during the day and it allows me for some writing time as well. I also love to write late at night on my days off from work.
What books and/or authors have most influenced your life?
Oh there are so many great ones out there. I have to say
I am impressed with how the indie authors have grown over the years and they so have inspired me. Especially when it comes to Melissa’s awesome support Team. Over the years these group of Authors along with the World Literary Café have been my biggest influences not to mention my Writer’s group “750” and my other Writer’s group at SNHU.
As far as books one of my favorite books of all time will forever be To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, All Stephen King Books, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult and right now one of my favorite books is Among the Olive Groves by the talented Chrissie Parker.
Can you tell us what is coming up for you and where can we find you online?
Right now I am working on several projects not to mention I am still working on Anthologies with my Writers group “750” . However I am working hard on my second novel Clarity which I began on National Novel Month Nano last November and I am also planning on publishing my psychological thriller Battered Mind by Next February.
Yes you can find all me on:
Author Sylvia Stein began her path to writing when she joined the Writer’s Group on Linked in “750” in 2012. She continued her journey by creating short stories, which were published, in the “Giant tales Anthology” series. While obtaining her Masters degree at Southern New Hampshire University online author Stein built a solid foundation with her colleagues who encouraged her to continue on her writing. That’s when “Closure” was born. With the help of her editor “Closure” grew from a short story to a full novella that Author Stein is excited to share. “Closure” is her debut book as a solo writer. To quote author Stein, “ This is the first of many to come.”
If you would like to be known more about Author Stein’s books here is a link of them.
“Where you tend a rose my lad, a thistle cannot grow.” ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett
What area of your life do you not tend to? What problems arise as a result of ignoring it? Write about what could happen if you make a decision to direct energy and attention to this area you’ve been ignoring. What could happen if you keep ignoring it? By giving it your attention how could your life change?
Reflect and write.
“I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.” ~Tom Clancy