Friday Favorites

This Week’s Quote:
“One hundred percent of the shots you take don’t go in.” – Wayne Gretzky

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How To Share Your Protagonist’s Deepest Feelings With Readers. From Writers Helping Writers By Angela Ackerman. Read more…

On The Singularity Of Voice (Or: Don’t Put Baby In A Corner). From Writer UnBoxed. By Mike Swift. Read more…

Set Up Or Start Up? Making Critical Character Traits Part Of You Plot. From Fiction University. By Janice Hardy. Read more…

Writing About Love –  Ditch The Clichés & Turn Up The Heat In Your Romance. From Warrior Writers. By Alex Limberg. Read more…

Falling In Love On The Page: Writing Convincing Romace Relationships. From Romance University. By Anna Campbell. Read more…

B.S.O.D, SNAFU, Truth Be Told: The Beginning of the End. From Arg Ink. By Jennifer Crusie. Read more…

Person Of Interest: 6741 and ShotSheeker. From Arg Ink. By Jennifer Crusie. Read more… 

Friday Favorites

This Week’s Quote:
“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready his opportunity when it comes.” – Benjamin Disraeli

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Brand Me. From Bad Girlz Write. By Elizabeth Michels. Hat tip to ELF. Read more…

Tips For Writing Your Author Acknowledgments. From Fiction University. By Julie Musli. Read more…

Twitter For Writers—Eight Ways to Nuke Your Brand. From Warrior Wirters. By Kristen Lamb. Read more…

Beware The Writing Zombies. From Screencraft. By Corey Mandell. Hat Tip to Mona Karel with MFRW. Read more…

Marketing In Disguise. From Romance University. By Trish Milburn. Read more…

Guest Author Mariposa Cruz – Interview

Please welcome Author Mariposa Cruz to the Briefing Room. I’m excited that she’s taking a moment of her time share some fun facts about her.

What is your writing process? Plotter, pantser or a hybrid of both?
My writing process is much like my driving.  Whenever I start a story I have a clear idea of the final destination, but the journey to get there is often a surprise. I’ve also gotten into the habit of writing the ending early in the process. I feel better having the end “in sight”.  I just have to write my way there.

Are you locked into a specific work space or can you write anywhere? Where is your most productive location?
My most productive location is my bedroom because I can shut the door. I do most of my writing in bed with my laptop while my cat, Bacardi, dozes beside me.  He’s the perfect writing partner, he never criticizes my work and I never disturb his naps.

These are a few of my favorite things…
Bachata, it is one of the easiest Latin dances to learn and the music is cool and sexy. If I hear Bachata music, I have to be out on the dance floor.  Package Deal was inspired by the Salsa dance scene in Reno, Nevada. MC Package Deal

I also love classic movies especially the fright flicks which are always fun whether they’re scary or campy.  I’m amazed at how the directors were able to tell these stories effectively given the limited resources of their time.

At the end of your career, what do you want to be remembered for?
I’d like to be remembered for telling engaging stories that resonate with people.  To me the best stories have characters that you can relate to, even if those characters are from a different culture or time.

Please feel free to share anything you’d like our visitors to know about you or your books.

Liz and Patrick from Package Deal also have a short story featured in “Hot Flash” which was released last year. I’m currently working on the next story in my Rhythm and Romance series which is all about West Coast Swing which I hope to release later this year.

Blog: http://mariposacruz.blogspot.com/

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Thanks for having me as your guest.

Thank you, Mariposa, for taking time to visit us today. 

Bio:
Mariposa Cruz balances writing with working as a fulltime corporate paralegal. As a writer she has interviewed a variety of characters from cowboy crooners to rock divas. She currently works, writes and dances Salsa in Reno, Nevada.

Package Deal blurbMC Package Deal
Widowed attorney, Liz Grant, buries her grief in a deluge of paperwork.  On whim she takes a free dance lesson at the club Eclipse where the mojitos are cold and the Salsa is hot.  She falls for Salsa’s spicy rhythms and Patrick Cavanaugh’s sexy grin.  But can Liz handle the dramatic change of tempo in her well-ordered life?

Patrick has all the right moves, but struggles to keep his balance as his adult daughter spins out of control.  Will their love survive off the dance floor?

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Friday Favorites

This Week’s Quote:
“You cannot have a happy ending to an unhappy journey.” – From Abraham-Hicks  

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Tell Us What Your Story Is About. By Steven Pressfield. Read more…

The Recommitment / Rededication Goal. By Martha Alderson. Read more… 

Making Story Magic – How to Bring the Elements All Together. From Warrior Writers. By Becca Puglisi. Read more…

Writer, Trust Thyself [or How (And Why) To Perform a Writer Gut-Check]. From Writer Unboxed. By Amy Sue Nathan. Read more…

Why We Should Write What Scares Us. From Writer Unboxed. By Heather Webb. Read more…

Friday Favorites

This Week’s Quote:
“My favorite part of the game is… the opportunity to play.” – Mike Singletary

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How a Writer Lives With Yearning. From Writer Unboxed. By Heather Webb. Read more…

The Storyteller and the Roads Not Traveled in the WIP. From Writer Unboxed. By Julianna Baggott. Read more…

Instead of Goals or Resolutions, Try Creating Rules. From Zen Habits. By Leo Babauta. Read more…

Creative Work is Performance. Assess Your Creative Heath Now. From Writer Unboxed. By Dan Blank. Read more…

Under Development: Writing That First Novel. From Fiction University. By Janice Hardy. Read more…