Short Stories on Potato Chip Bags

I enjoy reading short stories.  So, imagine my surprise when I purchased a couple of bags of potato chips at a small country store and saw short stories on the bags.

Don’t believe me?

One of the bags of chips had Chapter 8 and the other had Chapter 13 of “The Life and Times of Uncle Ray.”

By the way, the brand of chips – Uncle Ray’s.

Chapter 8, “Antics of a Young Boy”

“One day, during a family reunion in Tennessee, my big brother Bob and our two cousins went skinny-dipping in the creek a quarter of a mile upstream from my grandparent’s farm.

“I was just a pup of 11, the older boys told me to get lost, but I followed them anyway, and when they entered the creek I grabbed all their clothes and took off running.

“Out of the water Bob and my cousins sprang, and I ran like a bandit for the safety of the house.  Dripping wet, hollering and throwing rocks, they chased me straight through the middle of the reunion.

“The hot pursuit made its way past some of the ladies of the family and seeing the three original streakers, they started hollering even louder than the boys. ‘What do you think you’re doing!?’ one lady cried.

“After much negotiating (from a safe distance), the boys promised not to kill me and I let them have their clothes.  Looking back, I’m sorry that my actions resulted in embarrassing my cousins and brother.”

 

Chapter 13, “Riding Out the Storm”

“I was a cook in the navy and still just a kid, and my ship, the U. S. S. Bristol, was a great destroyer.  But the hurricane we encountered off the coast of Bermuda was a violent storm.  We were told that we could not outrun the gale, but would instead have to ride it out – and what a ride we had.

“The ship would lift out of the water and shake like a living thing.  It would plunge back deep into the waves and roll to the portside, then back, plunge and roll starboard.

“For days we just gave the crew sandwiches and coffee.  On the fourth day, though the sea was still rough, we thought we could fix spaghetti for dinner.  One sailor left his tray on the table while he fetched a glass of water.  A large wave hit the ship and when he got back with his water, his tray was gone.

“‘What blankety-blank so-and-so took my food?!’ he hollered.  The answer came up moments later.  The hatch was open to the sleeping quarters below the mess hall, and up came a sailor with a plate of spaghetti on his head.  It was the first laugh we’d had in days, and it was a big one.”

 

Please note, these stories are not my own.  They are the stories on the photos written by Uncle Ray. I typed the stories out because I didn’t know whether or not you could open the photo and read the story from there.

Keep your eyes open for short stories.  You will never know where they will turn up!

 

 

 

 

 

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Beta readers, who are they, what do they do, and where to find them?

Who are beta readers?  Beta readers are volunteers willing to read an authors work knowing the work has not usually been professionally edited.  The authors provide the work, free of charge to beta readers.

What do beta readers do?  They help proofread for punctuation and grammar.  You will be surprised how many misspelled words, missing punctuation, and wrong verb/adverb/pronoun, etc. show up in an unpolished work.

Beta readers also try to catch those pesky inconsistencies in a story.  You know what I am talking about.  On page forty you read about an electrical fire and the fire department has spewed gallons of water and foam onto the structure, then on page forty-two, the structure has electricity.  Or a character dies on page fifty-five just to magically appear alive on page eighty without an explanation.  Yes, those inconsistencies.

Beta readers also will give feedback to an author on what is working in the story and what is not.  They will let the author know if they did not understand something in the narrative or are confused by the narrative.  Beta readers will even question if a passage is actually relevant to the story or they will suggest adding more to the story to flush it out in more detail.

Where to find beta readers:

  • Ask friends, colleagues, writing club members, etc.
  • Put a plea in your newsletter asking if anyone is interested in beta reading.
  • Ask on social media sites.
  • Ask bloggers who write about books.

Why should an author use a beta reader?

Authors are too close to their work.  Using volunteer beta readers is free proofreading, editing, etc. of your book.  No, beta readers, should not take place of a professional proofreader or editor.  They are your first, second, third, etc.  set of eyes in catching as many errors as possible.

If you can afford to pay a professional editor and/or proofreader, good for you.  Not everyone can afford to do so.  Therefore, many authors rely upon beta readers.

So, the next time you finish a book and you tired of reading and re-reading your own work, ask beta readers for help.

 

 

 

 

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A History Book Disguised as a Debut Novel

Today, I am interviewing Sheena Macleod author of Reign of the Marionettes, a historical novel set in the Highlands in Scotland.

Welcome, Sheena!

Q: Would you please tell us a little about yourself?

A: I live in a small seaside town in Scotland with my family, and two dogs – Lola a Dalmatian and Missy a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  My working life was spent in mental health nursing, first as a practitioner and then as a specialist practitioner (Cognitive Behavioural Therapist). Around this time, I moved into nurse teaching, gaining an MSc in Advanced Mental Health Nursing and then a PhD.  After taking early retirement from the University of Dundee, I combined my love of history with my passion for research and set out to write a series of historical fiction novels. Reign of the Marionettes, a historical drama based in Restoration London, is the first of these books and my first published novel.

Q: When and what made you decide you wanted to be a writer?

A: I love to read and have since childhood. I became interested in the Highland Clearances and started researching the life of the Duchess of Sutherland – Elizabeth Sutherland Leveson-Gower – who is regarded as one of the principal agents involved in clearing tenant farmers from the internal straths and glens of the Highlands in Scotland to make way for sheep.

I traced Elizabeth Sutherland’s family back through the generations, trying to understand her background and role in the Highland Clearances. The main character in Reign of the Marionettes, Elizabeth Herbert, is a distant relative of the Duchess of Sutherland.

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?

A: From history. Fact is sometimes stranger than fiction.

Q: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

A: I write historical drama and enjoy including small details of the time. Despite writing historical fiction, I try to keep a current feel as if events are happening now.

Q: How are your books published?

A: Reign of the Marionettes is published by Dark Ink Press.

A short story, “Ghosts of Culloden”, was published in a fiction anthology in March this year by the One Million Project. Over a hundred authors from around the world contributed short stories to form three anthologies- Fiction, Thriller, and Fantasy. All proceeds, less costs of publishing the anthologies, will go to help Cancer Research UK and homelessness.

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14 Trendy Words

Have you ever noticed how certain words become a trend?

I started noticing when a person I know announced on Facebook that they were pansexual.

I thought my vocabulary was fairly extensive, but I have to admit, I don’t recall hearing that word before, so I looked it up.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary pansexual means “of, relating to, or characterized by sexual desire or attraction that is not limited to people of a particular gender identity or sexual orientation.”  Meaning a pansexual person is attracted to all kinds of people-males, females, transgender, and those who identify as non-binary (neither- male or female).

Words, ar like other things.  As one person told me, “you never see a yellow car on the road until you buy one, then you see them everywhere.”  Did the color yellow become trendy as a vehicle color, or did the person just never noticed the color before?

Here is a list of words that I have noticed in the past few months that I hadn’t noticed for a very long time.

 

Blowhard

Calumny

Candor

Charlatan

Collusion

Debased

Dotard

Hegemon

Imbroglio

Oligarchs

Redaction

Sesquipedalian

Svengali

Zealot

 

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Friday Musings – Hit by a Tornado

Here it is, Friday, May 11.  The month started out stormy in my area on May 1.  Weather stations were saying the weather was to be worse on May 2 and for me it was!

We arrived home shortly after 5 p.m.  It was sprinkling with rain outside.  Hubby parked the car in the garage and said he was going to get his raincoat and take the dogs for a walk.  He proceeded to put on his raincoat and I went into the house to turn on the television to see what the weather person was reporting for the evening.

I turned on the TV and the weather person stated, “if you are in this area,” he pointed to the map on the screen, “take cover now.”  It wasn’t our area!

As soon as he said that our power went out and BAM we were hit by a tornado!

The sky was not dark.  It was a mixture of white, pale yellow, and light gray.  You could still see the sun shining, yet we were enveloped in this weird color mist.

Some have said that a tornado sounds like a train.  It did not sound that way to me.  It sounded like something I have never heard before mixed with howling wind and pounding rain.

I told the cats to follow me and headed to the basement.  Our basement is finished and we designated the back bedroom and closet area as the safest place in the house.

Hubby came in from the garage and said that as soon as he got a short distance from the house it hit and now he was drenched to the bone.

One of the cats, Abby, was terrified.  She sat on the stairs moaning.  Hubby picked her up and brought her into the bedroom and placed her on the bed.

Another cat, Rogue, had followed me down the stairs and was under the bed.

Our third cat, Bates, stayed upstairs.  I imagined him sitting on a stool looking out the window.  He likes to do that.

The howling wind lasted about thirty minutes.  The rain, much longer.

Once the rain let up, Hubby walked down the road to see the damage.  A power pole was down and a power line had snapped.  Trees were down on the road, lots of tree damage on our property, tin missing from the barn roof, the barn was now leaning, tin was missing from the blacksmith shop, top of the dog kennel was missing, and the chicken coop was turned over with chickens inside-all alive.

It was a miracle.  No damage to the house.

Throughout the neighborhood, we learned that no homes were damaged.  Damage was done to outbuildings and trees.  One neighbor lost their hay barn, another lost their horse barn-all horses survived, and another lost their children’s playset.

Hubby said it was like the tornado had been picky about what it wanted to hit.

It could have been worse and we are thankful that it wasn’t.

 

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Proofreading Thursday – Spelling Variations

Since I have been taking/working on this proofreading course, I find that I proofread everything I read.

When I told a friend that I found myself proofreading instead of just reading for the pleasure of it they asked if I found any mistakes in the current book I am reading.

The answer, “Yes.”  And this book was traditionally published.  I know that things get missed, they did in my book.  No one is perfect.

It is very hard to proofread your own work.

An article I read about proofreading said you really needed a good editor.  In class, we learned that proofreading is not editing.

When you are proofreading, keep in mind who wrote the work.  Where is the author from?  The United States, United Kingdom, or somewhere else.  It matters when it comes to spelling certain words.

 

Here are some examples of American spelling vs British spelling:

Checkbook/Chequebook

Colorful/Colourful 

Flavor/Flavour

Encyclopedia/Encyclopaedia

Familiarize/Familiarise

Jewelry/Jewellery

Licensing/Licencing

Mustache/Moustache

 

 

 

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The Ghostwriter Book series

Welcome to the Author Interview Series.  Today I am interviewing Douglas Debelak, author of The Ghostwriter Book series.

“The Ghostwriter’s Series is an epic tale, which purports to be the autobiography of God, or, as He insists, not God, but the Creator of our universe, a universe which is only one of many. ”

Douglas lives in western Pennsylvania.

Thank you for allowing me to interview you today, Douglas!

Q: Would you please tell us a little about yourself?

A: I’m currently writing fulltime, refusing to acknowledge the term ‘retired’, since I’m working as hard as I ever did, just doing something else – which is, unfortunately, to this point at least, far less lucrative than being a software engineer.

I have a degree in philosophy, but, prior to that, I had once intended to attend seminary and become a Presbyterian minister. But, I have always questioned everything and believed that nothing should be considered off limits. And, certainly, God, if He exists and is all powerful, has no business being threatened by a few questions. But, the more questions I asked, the more I found that enough of what I had been taught and believed was untrue that I felt the rest was ‘questionable.’ I didn’t know if any of it was true. I left the church. I’m now an agnostic – I don’t know. But, I still have questions.

I currently live in a beautiful old historic house, in a wonderful historic neighborhood, with my wife.

Q: When and what made you decide you wanted to be a writer?

A: I decided to become a writer shortly after leaving a Ph. D. program in philosophy, when I realized I had no interest in a career in academia. Writing seemed the best choice for asking questions and discussing ideas. I spent several years, writing stories and working on a novel, but when I needed to find a job to support a family, I taught myself to write software. I promised myself, when I could, I would return to writing, and now I have.

Q: Which writers inspire you?

A: Many writers inspire me, but I generally consider Steinbeck my favorite author, and East of Eden and Of Mice and Men my favorite works. Although I love Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea and have read it many times over the years. And, there are so many more.

Q: What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

A: I try to write every day in the morning. I pushed through the first three books, working eight or more hours a day. Now, I’m writing four to five hours, but spending additional hours trying to figure out how to promote my books and writing reviews for a group where there is a pool for other writers review mine. So, it is a full-time job.

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your book(s)?

A: I feel more as if I discover my ideas rather than create them. Writing The Ghostwriter Series was often like watching a movie showing on the inside of my skull.

Q: What do your family and friends think of your writing?

A: Since my writing is personal, edgy, and often explicit, I think my family and friends are a bit taken aback. I tried to warn them.

Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book(s)?

A: That is was easier to write a book than to get the interest of readers.

Q: What do you hate most about the writing process?

A: Figuring out how to use social media to promote my books. I’d rather just write. There isn’t much about the writing process that I don’t like.

Q: What do you think makes a good story?

A: Something that speaks to me and provides insights from a different perspective. Things that catch me off guard and make me laugh. Suspense. Struggles against adversity.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

A: Don’t be afraid to write what is meaningful to you.

Q: Who designed the cover art for your book(s)?  Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

A: Michelle Arzu who works through Fiverr has designed my covers, although for the second two I spent many hours looking through stock images and chose the artwork myself and in both instances, she turned them into something far better. I wanted covers that would catch someone’s eye walking past a bookstore window or scrolling through Amazon.

Q: What book are you reading at present?

A: I’m currently reading At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails. Every once in awhile I get an itch to read philosophy again. Then, with enough wine, that itch goes away again.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

A: I read, a lot and I hang out on my porch and drink wine with my friends. I keep telling myself I need to start playing my guitar again. I had a kitchen injury, which is no longer an excuse. It’s just inertia and procrastination.

Q: How do you select the names of your characters?  Have you ever regretted choosing a particular name?  Why?

A: Mostly I stick to simple names, except for those characters who I’ve decided not to give a name. I haven’t regretted any names. My characters quickly spit them back at me, if they don’t like them. If not, that’s on them.

Q: What is the hardest type of scene to write?

A: I’ve found most types of scenes easy enough to write, just not to get right. I re-write until I don’t feel the need to say anything differently.

Q: How did you come up with the title(s) of your book(s)?

A: The names of my books went through quite a process. The books spit their names back too and were more particular than my characters. When I finally came up with The Involuntary Ghostwriter for the first, the book was happy and so was I. The following two went through a process and the rejection of many titles as well, but everything fell into place once I decided to work with the ghostwriter theme.

Q: Give us a fun fact, or a few, about your book/series.

A: The central narrative thread of my series was in response to the song, One of Us, which was recorded by Joan Osborne in the 90s. “What if God was one of us?” So, I wrote an autobiography of God, as though He was one of us, i.e. “In the beginning… I was born.” But, as has been the case in the past, He used a ghostwriter and gave him no more of a choice than any who’d preceded him.

Q: What can readers who enjoy your book(s) do to help make it/them successful?

A: Buy them, obviously, then write reviews. Honest reviews. And, tell friends.

Q: How can readers learn more about you and connect with you (twitter, facebook, website, etc.)?  Where can your book(s) be purchased?

A:  I have a website: www.douglasdebelak.com

And, I have all the social media accounts, but I’m only active on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGhostwriterSeries/

The books can be purchased on Amazon, in paperback and Kindle editions, and are also available through Kindle Unlimited. They are also available through a local bookstore, City Books on the Northside of Pittsburgh.

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The Involuntary Ghostwriter, Book One  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ghostwriter’s Wife, Book Two

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ghostwriter’s Legacy, Book Three

 

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The Writing Lesson – a guest post by C. Hope Clark

The Writing Lesson

By C. Hope Clark

 

“Use the senses in every single scene,” I emphasized to the adult writing class, only for a rebound of clueless stares to bounce back at me.

A middle-aged, bottled-brunette lady who I’d heard had two self-published books to her name already, asked, “In every scene?”

I smiled and nodded. “In every scene. You understand show don’t tell, right?”

In rote union, the class nodded, but I could almost smell the insecurity.

“Get rid of passive voice and you’ve halfway mastered show don’t tell, right?” Don’t plead, I reminded myself. They’re trying to learn.

Half the people in the class had self-published books yet didn’t understand what I was trying to instill into their eager, storytelling brains. They looked to their left and right, seeking validation from seat mates, confirmation that others weren’t understanding either.

We sat in a library meeting room, the accordion doors opened to accommodate tables for 35 students. Nobody chatted amongst themselves, meaning I had their attention, unfortunately accompanied by their confusion.

No point in advancing to the next topic if this one hadn’t sunk in. Not a person to enjoy presentations, much less adlibbing on the fly, my pulse quickened. I scrambled for an alternative, a new angle, anything that could give these students an AHA moment.

A deep breath, or was it a sigh? I should’ve brought more examples. Maybe vetted the students somehow.

Feet moved. One chair scratched the floor as someone shifted. The librarian sat in the back, scrutinizing, sending another jolt of adrenaline into my system as our eyes met, hers querying, They’re waiting, before shifting uncomfortably off me.

A seed of a half-thought took root. “Everyone pick up your pen.”

They did, anxious to be proactive and not so lost. The librarian didn’t, but she watched with interest.

Impromptu on anyone’s part snares interest. Most of us can’t do it. I wasn’t so sure I had it in me, either, but what did I have to lose other than my credibility? I reminded myself what I always did when speaking to groups, a mantra that I didn’t readily tell other about. If this doesn’t go well, remember you’ll never see these people again.

“Write down five things you see,” I said. “Remember, you’re a creative person so don’t just say tables, chairs, walls, and people.”

To show how united I was with their effort, I grabbed a pad and wrote as well. Once done, I waited until half had returned their attention back to me.

“Now, list five things you can touch and how they feel.”

Eyebrows raised on that one, and they began stroking anything within reach. They saw where I was going, and the body language told me some clearly accepted the challenge.

Heads up again.

“List five things you hear.”

The room went silent. I had to laugh. Pens went to paper when I did.

“List five things you smell.”

Frowns all around. I closed my eyes and inhaled. Coffee, cologne, body odor. Was that paper? I recalled the air freshener in the bathroom next door and cheated, listing it. When I peeked out from my own reverie, others still had their eyes closed, sensing, too.

“Finally,” I said, “let’s do taste.”

Lips smacked, and I had to chuckle again. A laugh rippled across the tables. “List five tastes you had today.”

“Ahhh,” came the relief as pens met paper.

As people came back to life, I realized how much more relaxed I was. “Do y’all feel better?”

Nods and yeahs from around the room.

Shrugging shoulders for show, I sucked in a deep breath. “Wow, that was rather soothing.”

More nods. The librarian was practically tranquil.

And in that moment, I had a revelation.

As a nature aficionado, how many times had I sat at the lake and just chilled? Closed my eyes and attempted to count the types of bird calls? Told my four-year-old grandson to take in the smells, sounds, and feel of nature? Weeded my garden and taken the time to smell the dirt, the rotted leaves, the honeysuckle on the fence.

“What we just did,” I soothingly said to myself as much as them, “is a writer’s version of meditating. Take a moment to settle into a sense of nothingness when you’re writing, then fill it in with the senses, taking note of each one.”

They listened.

“This is also how you can overcome the pressure of deadlines, writer’s block, and the discomfort of whatever scene you’re writing that won’t unfold to your liking. It’s also how you can challenge your sensory perception. Wherever you are, the mall, the kitchen, the job. . . take five minutes and meditate, for no reason other than to define your senses. All five of them.”

Palms out, I lowered them gently. “In each scene, step back and insert yourself into the setting. Do the exercise we just did. Because by you becoming the character in all this sensory detail, you write such that the reader can become the character. The reader smells, sees, hears, touches, and tastes. And with the least little attention also to passive voice, you–” and I paused.

“Show don’t tell,” whispered several people.

“Some kid would call that virtual reality,” said a man in the front.

What a keen observation. And I thought he hadn’t been listening. “And why can’t we do that as people, too? When we aren’t writing. When we need to settle into a scene and out of whatever road block or irritation it is we need to depart from as people?”

The class went on, and I wrapped up the lesson on constructing a scene. Time quickly expired, and before long I was shaking hands from thankful students.

“Best writing class ever.”

“I get showing now.”

“I’m going home and telling my teenager about this.”

Once everyone left, the librarian commended me, saying she’d be inviting me back.

I almost cried.

Then alone, the lights flipping off around the library, I exited to my car parked in the corner of the lot under a streetlight, stepping gently, not wanting to break the specialness of the evening.

Rather than telling the reader what’s going on, my students could now make the reader experience what the character does, when the character does it, tallying the stimuli in an attempt to reach some sort of summation about that point in the story.

But in delivering that lesson, I’d realized I could choose to fall out of any negative in any part of my world, and step into the scene of my choosing via the practice of a writing exercise. Not only could I write like this, but I could live like this.

And I’d just helped 35 other people learn to love life more, too.

And a librarian.

 

BIO: C. Hope Clark’s newest release is Newberry Sin, set in an idyllic small Southern town where blackmail and sex are hush-hush until they become murder. The fourth in the Carolina Slade Mysteries. Hope speaks to conferences, libraries, and book clubs across the country, is a regular podcaster for Writer’s Digest, and adores connecting with others. She is also founder of FundsforWriters.com, an award-winning site and newsletter service for writers.  She lives on the banks of Lake Murray in central South Carolina with her federal agent husband where they never tire of spinning mysteries. www.chopeclark.com

 

 

 

 

Book Blurb:

Beneath an idyllic veneer of Southern country charm, the town of Newberry hides secrets that may have led to murder.

When a local landowner’s body, with pants down, is found near Tarleton’s Tea Table Rock – a notorious rendezvous spot, federal investigator Carolina Slade senses a chance to get back into the field again.  Just as she discovers what might be a nasty pattern of fraud and blackmail, her petty boss reassigns her fledgling case to her close friend and least qualified person in their office.

Forces to coach an investigation from the sidelines, Slade struggles with the twin demons of professional jealousy and unplanned pregnancy.  Something is rotten in Newberry.  Her personal life is spiraling out of control.  She can’t protect her co-worker.  And Wayne Largo complicates everything when the feds step in after it become clear that Slade is right.

One wrong move, and Slade may lose everything.  Yet it’s practically out of her hands…unless she finds a way to take this case back without getting killed

 

Be sure to check out all of C. Hope Clark’s book on her website www.chopeclark.com

Sign up for C. Hope Clark’s FREE newsletter FundsforWriters and get writing tips, lists of contests, and so much more!

 

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To hyphenate or not to hyphenate

Proofreading is necessary for any published work.  A question that I am always asking myself as I proofread is “should this be hyphenated or not?”

My go-to source is the Chicago Manual of Style.

Here are some samples of when to hyphenate and when not to hyphenate.

 

Hyphenate before but not after a noun.

emerald-green tie

snow-white dress

tight-lipped person

open-ended question

his tie is emerald green

the clouds are snow white

 

When writing about money, for amounts spelled-out units, hyphenate before a noun but not after noun.  Where units are expressed as symbols, leave open in all positions, except between number ranges.

a five-cent raise

sixty-four-million-dollar question

a deal worth thirty million dollars

$30 million loan

A $50-$60 million loss

a 30-40 percent increase

 

Numbers that are spelled out – hyphenate twenty-one through ninety-nine, all others not hyphenated.

twenty-eight

nineteen forty-five

three hundred

 

An adverb ending in “ly” plus a participle or adjective is not hyphenated before or after a noun.

a highly paid ragpicker

a fully open society

he was mildly amusing

 

An adverb not ending in “ly” plus a participle or adjective is hyphenated before but not after a noun.  Certain compounds, including those with more, most, less, least, and very, are usually not hyphenated, but other times they are.

a much-needed addition

a too-easy answer

the best-known author

a very much needed addition

a more thorough exam

a less prolific artist

most efficient method

the most-skilled workers (most in numbers)

the most-skilled workers (most in skill)

 

There are many other times when a writer will hyphenate or not hyphenate.  It all depends on the words.

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview with author Karl Bourdiec

Thank you, Karl, for stopping by today!

 Karl Bourdiec states that he is “an author, photographer, and local hermit.”  He lives in South Shields, United Kingdom, a coastal town at the mouth of River Tyne in the northeast part of the country.

Enjoy the interview!

Q: Karl, when did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
A: I sort of fell into, I started as a scriptwriter. A failing one which is really the only type of scriptwriter there is. Turning a TV script into a book isn’t too hard to do. Making a book better than a script is easy.

Q: How long does it typically take you to write a book?
A: Recently I’ve been really hitting the writing hard.  I try to have a book ready every four months. When I have an idea I have to really run with it.

Q: What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
A: It’s hard, but when the book falls into your lap it’s very easy to work on. Time-wise, the first week I plan the book. For three weeks I get every idea down, preferably in order, really just tell myself the story. Then I start from scratch and rewrite the whole thing again.

Q: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
A: I’m a satire writer, my writing is the quirk. A lot of my ADHD ends up in my books.

Q: How are your books published?
A: I was self-published. Sort of still am but I’m in the middle of creating a bit of a group for satire writers. We don’t really have a voice in the book world.

(Here that Satire writers.  If you would like to visit with Karl about a Satire Writers Group, please contact him.)

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
A: I listen to a lot of podcasts. Every so often an idea sort of lands in your lap.

Q: If you don’t mind sharing, when did you write your first book?
A: 2013.  It was a book I’ve rewritten a few times now, I was finally happy enough to release it last year.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
A: I’ve started to play a lot of pc games. they are kind of addictive, aren’t they?

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: I have a book I’ll always go back to because it was one of the books which made me a writer.  The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Q: What do your family and friends think of your writing?
A: They have always known me as the guy who tells stories.  I think they knew what I was before I did.

Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A: It’s less about creating books and more about books sales in general. There is a lot of rude books out there, more erotica than I could ever consider.

Q: What do you hate most about the writing process?
A: The fear that I’ll get stuck on the next book; that I’ll run out of ideas.

Q: How many books have you written? 
A:  Four.  I’m working on book Five but its book three of a series.

Q: Do you have any suggestions to help us become better writers? If so, what are they?
A:  Never stop writing, and rewrite everything.

Q: Do you get feedback from your readers much? 
A: Just reviews on Amazon, which is amazing to see and more than I’d ask for.

Q: What is your preferred reading audience?
A: Anybody who is okay with reading books which sort of bend the rules of storytelling.

Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: That one thing which keeps you reading. In my books, it’s the ridiculousness of the story.

Q: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
A: I’m one of those people who didn’t know until they were twenty.

Q: Where can we find/purchase your books?
A: All of my books are here http://author.to/Kb or you can get a free sample of A Well Time Death  here  http://_freebook.karlbourdiec.co.uk/AWTDB 

Q: Will you give us an excerpt from one of your favorite works?
A: I used to have an answer to this but now its all a blur.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to say to those reading this post?
A: Keep reading.

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