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This Week’s Quote:
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

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Challenging Yourself vs. Setting Yourself Up to Fail From Fiction University. By Janice Hardy. Read more…

What Are the REAL Odds of Success? Extreme Ownership & the Best-Selling Author. From Warrior Writers. By Kristen Lamb. Read more…

What Could Possibly Go Wrong. From Romance University. By Donna Cummings. Read more…

How to Overcome the 3 Fears Every Creative Faces. From 99u. By Christoph Niemann. Hat tip to Sherry Lewis. View here…

Pretty, cheap and well-rounded (three misunderstandings)From Seth’s Blog. By Seth Godin. Read more…

Friday Favorites

This Week’s Quote:
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”   Audrey Hepburn

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Calm Out of Chaos: Organizing Your Hard Drive, or, How to Save What’s Left of Your Hair. From Fiction University. By Angela Quarles. Read more…

Finding Time To Write. From Fiction University. By Janice Hardy. Read more…

Balancing Writing and Working Without Losing Your Mind. From Fiction University. By Janice Hardy. Read more…

5 Steps to Meeting Your Deadline The Chunky Way. From Romance University. By  Allie Pleiter. Read more…

The Possibility Of Optimism (the optimism of possibility). From Seth’s Blog. By Seth Godin. Read more.. 

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This Week’s Quote:
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali

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Thank you to everyone who stopped by last week to visit with Chrys Fey. Her giveaway is still going on, so you have a chance to enter here.

And we’re down to the wire on Jennifer Crusie’s breakdown on TV series, Person of Interest. If you want to catch up on past posts, her listing can be found here. For me, it’s been like a mini-workshop on story. I’ve loved every post and her amazing insight to story.

The Last Act of a Story. “A  More Perfect Union”, “QSO” and “Reassortment”. From Arg Ink. By Jennifer Crusie. Read more…

The Impact of Character. “Sotto Voce”, “The Day the World Wend Away”. From Arg Ink. By Jennifer Crusie. Read more…

The Importance of Consequence. “Synecdoche.” From Arg Ink. By Jennifer Crusie. Read more…

True Grit. Writer Style. From Write It Forward. By Bob Mayer. Read more…

Three Reasons Your Writing Career is Stuck. From Warrior Writers. By Kristen Lamb. Read more…

Problems. From Seth’s Blog. By Seth Godin. Read more…

Guest Post With Chrys Fey and a #Giveaway

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing and learning more about Chrys Fey, the author of the Disaster Crimes Series. I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I did.  And don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win!Chrys Fey

If you’ve completed more than one novel, typically, how long does it take to finish a book that is polished and ready for readers?

To finish writing the first draft it can take me anywhere from 9 months to one year (it very much is like being pregnant). After that I take about two months to edit the first draft into a polished manuscript. I then give it to beta readers. They typically spend a month on it and I make necessary changes. Once that’s done, I send it to my editor at The Wild Rose Press for consideration. Three months later, I’ll get a reply. If it’s accepted, the editing rounds can take a month. Then it’s just waiting for the publisher to do things on their end, which could take four months before the release day. So let’s see that’s almost two years…

Are you locked into a specific workspace or can you write anywhere? Where is your most productive location?

I have a corner office in my bedroom. This is where I do a lot of the business things such as blogging, emails and client edits, but I still write here. Mostly, it depends on the story. For Hurricane Crimes, I sat on my couch with a notebook and pen. For Seismic Crimes, I was at my desk working on my computer. For Book 3 in the Disaster Crimes Series, I was at my dining room table with my laptop. It changes from book to book.

Do books or movies inspire your writing or is it something else?

Books actually don’t inspire me too often. They teach me more. Through reading, I’ve learned a lot about the craft of writing, such as how to develop characters and write romance scenes.

Movies inspire me a lot with my writing. Sometimes, I watch every movie I can find with the same sort of scenes I have to write. For one of my projects, I needed to write a post-war world, so I watched a lot of Resident Evil and Terminator movies.

 These are a few of my favorite things…

  • Peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
  • Planting sunflower seeds every spring.
  • Listening to music while I write.

What is your earliest/favorite childhood memory?

One of my earliest childhood memories was copying my mom in the kitchen with my fake kitchen set. I had a plastic oven and utensils and I would mimic everything she did with my little apron on. Although nothing was in the bowls or on the plates, I made feasts. 😉

At the end of your career, what do you want to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered as a storyteller. As someone who brought together bands of readers in a shared interest. Someone who inspired and entertained many.

Thank you for taking time to visit us today.

BLURB for Seismic Crimes:  SeismicCrimes_w10160_750

An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.

Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.

When a tip reveals the killer’s location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?

Digital:
Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B01CRJSPIU
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01CRJSPIU
Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01CRJSPIU
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seismic-crimes-chrys-fey/1123508790?ean=2940158028380
KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/seismic-crimes

Print:
Amazon US: http://amzn.com/1509207252
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1509207252
Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1509207252
The Wild Rose Press:
http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=191&products_id=6793

BIO:

Chrys Fey is the author of Hurricane Crimes, Book One in the Disaster Crimes series, as well as these releases from The Wild Rose Press: 30 Seconds, Ghost of Death, and Witch of Death. She is an administrator for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and has participated in the Blogging from April A to Z Challenge.

When Fey was six years old, she realized she wanted to be a writer by watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve, she started writing her first novel, which flourished into a series she later rewrote at seventeen.

Fey lives in Florida and is always on the lookout for hurricanes. She has four adopted cats who keep her entertained with their antics, and three nephews who keep her entertained with their antics. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and through her blog, Write with Fey. She loves to get to know her readers!

AUTHOR LINKS:
Website www.ChrysFey.com
Blog www.writewithfey.blogspot.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/chrysfey
Twitter https://twitter.com/ChrysFey

A SALE AND GIVEAWAY:

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Friday Favorites

This Week’s Quote:
“The land of the Free because of the Brave.”

Old Glory On Our Mountain Majesty. Photo by Jude Bown
Old Glory On Our Mountain Majesty. Photo by Jude Bown

Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend.