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Kacey Vanderkarr, author of Antithesis, was kind enough to blog my book special today. In case you hadn’t heard, The Watcher is only 99 cents on Kindle. It’s reads like a standalone novel, but it’s also going to be a trilogy.
PROMO – The Watcher by Lisa Voisin ebook 99cents.
Thank you Maggie Bolitho for inviting me to this blog hop. Maggie’s debut novel, Lockdown, a non-stop thrill-ride, just released. Maggie and I met at a North Vancouver City Library event and soon discovered we both wrote and loved YA fiction. We’ve been critique partners for over a year now, and I’m a huge fan of her work. You can read about Maggie’s writing process here.
1) What am I working on?
I’m currently putting the finishing touches on a sequel to The Watcher. I’m also working on the third and final book in that series. As I write the story has transitioned from a paranormal romance to more of an urban fantasy. What is the difference ? Well, I’ve heard it described as Paranormal Romance focuses on the romance. Whereas Urban Fantasy is more action-packed and focused on the adventure. The romance may be there, but it’s not the central focus of the story.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’ve got to admit, this question always trips me up. It’s as though I’m being asked to prove my worthiness as writer. What makes my work so special and unique? It’s as if the whole world is asking: Why should I read what you have to say?
Gulp! Well, when you put it that way…
I think I have a unique voice that speaks to people, but it’s difficult for me to define. It’s like putting a label on my soul. As someone who teaches meditation and assists people in developing their intuitive abilities, I have an understanding of how clairvoyance works, and I have met and worked with many people with intuitive abilities. I believe that lends a certain authenticity to my work. Things that people deem as “paranormal” or “supernatural” are really quite normal and natural.
Bottom line is that I tell stories I enjoy. I like stories that have unique twists, where the characters are complex and interesting and they live in a world like our own, and yet see into a different reality. I realize I’m a bit outside of the box in my viewpoint, so I hope that others who like things to be a little different might enjoy my work.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.
- Joss Whedon
I’m such a huge fan of Young Adult fiction, especially romance, paranormal romance, and fantasy, that it’s greatly influenced my work. It started when I was much younger and all I read were fantasy novels and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics. I’m so enmeshed in the fantasy, paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres, that I can’t help but write about it. Even when I try to write contemporary, I want to bring a little magic into the reality.
I’m also influenced by my meditation practice. It’s hard to see reality as finite when you achieve that altered state of “oneness with everything” in meditation. Magic just seems more real.
But I love writing for teens because there’s no room for wasted words, or diversions. You cut to the chase and get down to the story. Things are real and vivid, and free from a certain jadedness that can dull the senses.
4) How does my writing process work?
I’m a full-time professional technical writer. So, some days, I simply cannot come home and write fiction after writing for someone else all day. Instead, I usually devote one weekend day a week to writing (or two-half days, as the case may be). I also write late at night, or change it up by hand writing short exercises once in a while.
As for how I create stories, I’m sure you’ve heard of planners (people who plan things out) and pantsers (people who write stories ‘by the seat of their pants’). Though I’m a little of both, I tend to just start writing to see where it takes me. Then I stop and reassess. Being a pantser means I do a great deal of editing. While I love the freedom of just writing, I also enjoy the crafting that occurs in my editing process, which includes working with a few critique partners.
I’ve tagged three wonderful authors to follow me on this blog tour. They are:
S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. She is currently going through a quarter life crisis, deciding that it will be much more fun to publish books than code software for clients. Her first book, Double Life, was self-published on June 12th. You can find her blog here.
Nina Lemay is a writer of YA and New Adult of all genres. She loves all things dark, edgy and fantastical but also appreciates a gritty contemporary. She lives in Montreal, city of snow and pretty churches that also happens to be the setting of her first New Adult book. You can find Nina at her website: http://ninalemay.com
Sue Perry has many interests and an abhorrence of repetition, which is probably why her novels span so many genres. Her books do have in common strong female leads and plots that unfold like mysteries. Her upcoming novel, Nica of Los Angeles, is the first in the FRAMES series, a speculative fantasy with detective and dystopian elements. You can find Sue on her blog: Required Writing.
Today, I’m playing with a fun little online app, called Tagxedo that allows you to build custom word clouds in any number of shapes.
Here’s a word cloud I created from the book blurb for my book, The Watcher.
And here’s one with an angel theme.
I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot of time playing on this site.
This week is Emergency Preparedness Week (May 4-10 2014) in Canada, and to commemorate that, I have two great things for you. The first is an Emergency Preparedness Quiz, and the second is Maggie Bolitho’s YA adventure, Lockdown, her exciting debut novel about The Big One (earthquale) hitting Vancouver, Canada.
Emergency Preparedness Quiz
(answers at the bottom of this post)
The sensible content in this quiz comes from the Emergency Management BC All-Hazard Emergency Preparedness Workbook, 2002
1. Which of the following should NOT be in your emergency supplies bag (hint-there are 2 correct answers):
a) waterproof matches
b) work gloves
c) salty snacks
d) toys & games
e) a whistle
f) a pet hamster
2. If you see flooding in the road or in the creek in front of you, you should:
a) grab a camera and take pictures
b) get out your fishing rod
c) go for a swim
d) move to high ground
3. If you are away from home when an emergency is declared, what should you do?
a) try to catch a bus home
b) plug in your ear buds and dial up your favourite music
c) stay put and try to phone your family to see where they are
d) go to the nearest store and stock up on chocolate
4. If you are caught in the forest during a fire which one of these things should you NOT do:
a) crouch in a pond or river and cover your head and upper body with wet clothing
b) find a clear area or a spot among a bed of rocks, lie flat and cover your body with wet clothing or soil. Breathe air close to the ground through a wet cloth to avoid inhaling smoke
c) sprint like crazy and try to outrun the fire
5. After a disaster, which of these should you do:
a) Rest often, eat well, and get as much physical activity as possible
b) Keep a manageable schedule. Try to do only one job at a time
c) Talk about your feelings and help people who are still scared
d) Share hugs liberally; the human touch is very reassuring
e) All of the above
6. List five different types of emergencies residents of BC are told to prepare for:
Lockdown by Maggie Bolitho
When a great earthquake rocks the Pacific Northwest, fifteen-year-old Rowan Morgan is hiking in a suburban forest. Tremors rip the coast from Oregon to Alaska and turn Rowan’s world upside down. After her father is wounded and taken to the hospital, Rowan and her brother shelter inside his earthquake-proof, survivalist home. While the electrified fences offer some protection, it isn’t long before mobs gather, desperate for some of the food and water rumoured to be held inside.
Rowan knows that if the hungry neighbours had any true idea of the riches in father’s cellar and water tanks, they wouldn’t be so easily sent away. Early one morning, Rowan leaves the compound and sets off in search of her father. She is turned away from the hospital and so goes to check on nearby friends where she finds a local gang has moved in. She escapes from them only to run into a stranger she met in the forest the day before. Why is he following her and what does he want?
If you happen to be a Canadian member of Goodreads, there’s a giveaway going on here (until May 30, 2014).
About Maggie Bolitho
MAGGIE BOLITHO is curious by nature and over the years has been a soccer player, a horsewoman, a martial artist, a scuba diver and a cyclist. Born in Victoria BC, her wanderlust took her across Canada and back. Before making her permanent home in British Columbia, Bolitho lived in Australia for twenty years. In Sydney her home was in a red-zone, the highest bushfire risk possible and it was there, when she trained as a member of the CFU (Community Fire Unit) as a firefighter, that her interest in disaster scenarios came to life.
Maggie Bolitho: http://www.maggiebolitho.com
1. c, f | 2. d | 3. c | 4. c | 5. e | 6. Zombie apocalypse, Earthquakes, Avalanches, Disease outbreaks, Extreme Storms (weather events), Floods
Thanks for visiting! As always, I love comments. How about leeting me know what you think about Lockdown, or The Big One in Vancouver? Will it happen? How did you do on the quiz?