Wednesday, March 27, 2013


What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them.  I hope you'll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy.  On this stop on the blog hop, you'll find a bit of information on me and one of my books that I am working on and links to three other authors you can explore!
My gratitude to fellow author T. L. Smith for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click the following link to learn more about her work.  Website:

In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our book or work-in--progress (giving you a sneak peek).  We've also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write--the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!
Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your book?
Coyote Weavings
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?  
I had a dream that is the kernel of the story.
3. What genre does your book come under?  
Modern Fantasy
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?  
I don’t think I had anyone in particular in mind and still can’t think of anyone who could play this strange lot!
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  
You’re going to make me be brief, I see!  Fairies invade the southwest desert and a young, human photographer must work with a police officer, a Brownie, and Coyote, to defend her home.
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?  
I am looking to have this sent to an agent within the year.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  
Um, several years!!!  It took me a while to get my act together and focus.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?  
Jack of Kinrowan by Charles De Lint or American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?  
To be honest, the writing of Charles De Lint and Neil Gaiman with their incredible ability to merge the modern world with the creatures of Fairy were my influence for this story.  I really wanted a story that reflected that kind of world and I hope that I managed to create that effect in my story.  
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?  
Hmm, the characters, especially Coyote.  He thinks the entire story is about him.  I’m not sure he’s wrong!  

Who’s next on the NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP?
So glad you asked!
Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on Works in Progress and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!

Thursday, March 21, 2013


I am working furiously on revisions for chapter one of the current WIP or work in progress for my non writer friends.  What that means is I am deleting the extra fluff I don't need and adding in more detail on the character, transplanting crucial information from the 2nd chapter into the first because it is more important to have in the beginning, and adding detail to my descriptions.  I feel like it's more solid but I will have to have a another person read it for me to be sure.  Thankfully, I have a writer friend or two who are willing to take the time to check it over.  Next, I have to reprint the entire novel and go over it another time to check for the voice and flow of the story, check for more revisions that need to be done, and generally just give it one more look to ensure I don't have any grammar or spelling errors.  I also think the ending needs to be tweeked.  It seems a bit too easy and needs to be concentrated more on the main character and I'm not sure I carried that over as well as I wanted.  Still, maybe in a couple more months, this work that has taken me years....might actually be done.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

RWA and Desert Rose

So far I have found it well worth my time to have joined RWA, which is the Romance Writer's of America for those of you who don't know the initials.  The newsletters have lots of information and there are online classes if I can ever find time to take one.  The local chapter is amazing.  So far, I don't feel like I need writing assistance but there have been lots of tips on that as well as plenty of information on publishing.  I feel like if I can get my story polished, I have a shot at getting it published.  I think after I get everything polished, I will utilize their mentor program where you can have an author look at the first three chapters and synopsis.  It's a small fee but they will give you critical feedback and I really feel like that will get me the next step.  And after that I can shop for an agent.  I was also invited to participate in a blog hop by one of my lovely friends so I hope others will find this interesting information.  Stay tuned for lots more information next week.