Posts Tagged ‘author’

Kentucky Indie Writers Month — Thriller author Diane Strange

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Rounding out Kentucky Indie Writers month is thriller author Diane Strong. If you missed the live broadcast, check out the podcast right here. And go read her novel and short stories, available on all online bookstores.
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Guest Blogger — BDSM/Erotica author Kallypso Masters

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Kallypso Masters is a very intelligent, witty, and talented lady. A recent guest of Edin Road Radio, I had the best time with her and learned a lot about the genre and about the BDSM lifestyle than I ever knew before. I recommend giving a listen to that podcast and reading Kally’s wonderful guest blog post here.
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Guest Post by author Roberta C. M. DeCaprio

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Author Roberta C. M. DeCaprio is always a welcome guest on our show and a wonderfully talented author. We asked her for some advice that she’d give to new writers and authors, and she came through with a great guest blog. Thanks, Roberta!
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Guest Blog by Melissa Keir

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Tuesday’s guest was Melissa Keir, author of the contemporary romance novella Second Time’s the Charm. Melissa joins us on the blog as well, offering up an interview with one of the characters from her novella.
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Guest Author Lakisha Spletzer

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Indie author Lakisha Spletzer is an indie author finally realizing her dream of being published. I can’t wait to talk to her tonight and listen to her excerpt. I do love fantasy books, living in alternate realities where anything can happen.

Do you have a dream that you’ve realized? Or want to? Share it with us and maybe we can help you realize it.

Edin Road Radio is gonna be buzzing tonight!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Abigail Keam is my guest tonight, reading an excerpt from her latest, and talking to me about her books and her bees.

Yup, that’s right; she’s a professional bee keeper and markets her own line of honey and beeswax products.

And the lady has time to write mystery novels. Absolutely amazing.

I hope you’ll join us tonight. It’s going to be a bzzzzzzzy time for sure. ;-)

Romance author Jenna Petersen and the winners!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Excuse me while I interrupt Denise’s guest blogging but I have a couple of announcements for tonight’s show.

Romance author Jenna Petersen joins me to discuss her book, The Romance Publishing Industry and we’ll chat about how you can get published or what can improve your writing. I can’t wait; it’s going to be wonderful!

We’ll also be announcing the winners of the Mag-7 contest tonight after the interview! And I’ll be posting them right here and on the FB page later on! So, if you entered…you’ll want to come back after 7:00 PM Eastern to find out who won.

~Jesse~

Guest Blogger, Denise Verrico

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Denise Verrico was a very recent guest on Edin Road Radio, reading from her latest book, My Fearful Symmetry. We invited her back to guest blog and this is the result. Enjoy.

A Writer’s Journey to Publication
By Denise Verrico

A few years back, a writer named Stephanie Meyer penned a YA paranormal romance by the name of Twilight. I had never even heard of it, until my husband called my attention to the fact that vampires had suddenly become a hot commodity. I had been kicking around a vampire story called Cara Mia for some time, and my husband urged me to try to find a publisher for this book.

My book wasn’t quite the mainstream of urban fantasy and not paranormal romance, crossing over into science fiction. I learned from research that large publishers tend to avoid books that cross genres. Having made that determination, I did a search for small publishers looking for vampire series. I narrowed the search down to about five and sent out a query to the first on my list. Every publisher has unique guidelines for submissions. None of them are exactly the same, but usually they don’t want authors submitting multiple queries.

I read the guidelines of the first publisher carefully and sent off my first query. To my surprise, I got a response in a few days, asking to see my first fifty pages. This publisher hung onto these for three months before sending me a rejection. The editor was very supportive of my skill but said they were looking for something more in a paranormal romance vein. So I submitted to another, who also asked to see more. This one rejected me for similar reasons.

Genre is sometimes tricky to determine. My books are darker than some in my genre. A lot of current urban fantasy is lighter and more romantic. A good way to determine what a particular publisher is looking for is to buy a few books. This is also a chance to see the quality of their product.

Next, I queried L&L Dreamspell, a small traditional publisher based in Texas. Lisa Smith responded to me in a few days and asked to see more. Shortly after that she requested my manuscript. About a month later, I was watching the Academy Awards and received an email from Lisa, offering me a contract for Cara Mia. Now, two and a half years later, I have three books published with them.

My career as a writer has been a bit unorthodox. I didn’t start out wanting to be a writer, but I started writing. In high school, I wrote comedy sketches and song parodies with a friend of mine, just for fun. Okay, maybe for five minutes I dreamed of writing for Saturday Night Live. In college, I majored in theater and learned a lot about building characters and dramatic action from acting and analyzing plays. I wrote some humor pieces and bogus theater reviews to amuse my friends, but never considered myself a serious writer. One of my theater professors encouraged me to start writing, but like many twenty two year olds, I completely disregarded this advice and pursued a career in acting.

A few years after I graduated from college, I started writing plays, but I didn’t get serious about writing until I was in well into my thirties. Around the time my son turned two and started to be a bit more independent, I felt a strong urge to do something creative again. I read a lot of Anne Rice around that time, and I loved vampire stories since I was a little girl and a fan of Dark Shadows on TV. So I decided to write my own vampire tale.

Anne Rice started it all for me. Interview with the Vampire is my all-time favorite vampire novel. I do like Kim Harrison a lot. I’m still discovering new authors in this genre, but I read all kinds of books, particularly historical fiction and fantasy. I love the classic vampire stories like Dracula, Carmilla and I am Legend. I’m also a fan of shows like Dark Shadows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the BBC’s Being Human.

About the same time I started writing Cara Mia, I wrote a play called Attempting Fate. This play was produced during a play festival at expanded arts in New York and later by The Oberon Theatre Ensemble off-off Broadway. It’s about a woman in her late thirties who has lost a child to cancer. After a painful depression and divorce, she heads back to her hometown to rebuild her life and meets a much younger man, who recently attempted suicide. It’s the story of two lost souls who find each other and after some trials and tribulations, find their way. When this play was chosen by a total stranger to be produced, I felt I could finally start calling myself a writer.

I became a member of Oberon and did a lot of theater from the late nineties up until 2004, directing, designing, acting and writing. When we moved back to Ohio, I had a lot more time to devote to writing my novel and finally finished a first draft. This was an unwieldy seven hundred pages. I realized the novel was too long and went back to work on it, paring it down to the neighborhood of three hundred pages. This brings my story full circle.

A lot of the time I spent writing the book was learning the craft. I read several books on writing and forced myself to just get in down in print. It’s also important to read in your genre. The funny thing was, when I started this novel I hadn’t seen anything like it. This was before the explosion of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Then a show called Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on TV. You could say Joss Whedon influenced me somewhat.

I didn’t start with an outline for Cara Mia. A lot of the writing that I did at first, I threw out. The deleted material dealt with character back-story and some world building that I needed to do for myself as a writer, but didn’t move the story along. My work is very character driven. Often a character will run off with the story and take it places I hadn’t planned. That’s how this one novel grew into a series. Kurt became such a strong character and he demanded a bigger role. The story grew from Mia’s personal tale to the beginning of a rebellion.

The first book was very seat of the pants. Now that I’ve created this world, I have a good idea of where I want the series to go and have a basic outline for the rest of the books. Of course, there are new characters that will take center stage as I go on. Enter Cedric MacKinnon, hero of my current release, My Fearful Symmetry. He led me to create an entire religion and art form for my Immortyls. Male vampire courtesan, you heard it here folks.

I like a vampire novel to have elements of drama, horror, humor, mystery and a bit of romance. Vampires for me have to be somewhat menacing, even the sympathetic ones. To me a character doesn’t always have to be likeable to be sympathetic. It’s important they have strong motivations that a reader can identify with. Even if the characters aren’t technically human, they must ultimately engage in a human struggle. For Mia, it’s a fight for freedom and to regain her lost humanity.
As an author, it always thrills me when people say to me that they wouldn’t normally read a vampire novel, but they found the characters and story compelling. I feel my job is to shake the genre up a little and try new twists on the old legends, while still retaining the “vampireness” of the characters. I write about vampires because they are a great metaphor. For me, they represent man’s inhumanity to man and the darker side of human nature, yet they can be in a sense, a dark superhero and represent our struggle to triumph over our baser nature.

I’m often asked my advice to new writers, and I have to say that the best thing is to be a reader first. Learn all you can about all subjects and the craft of writing. Read successful books in your genre. Join a supportive but honest critique group and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Heck, feel free to write to me if you want some advice. I’d be happy to share anything I’ve learned. I’m very committed to helping other authors.

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Authors, we need YOU!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

To tell you the truth, I’m getting sick of the sound of my own voice. So, fellow authors, Edin Road Radio is looking for you!

If you want to promote your latest book, email me at radio(at)edinroad.com. Let me know the title, the genre, and let me know what Tuesdays and Thursdays you are not available and I’ll get back in touch and schedule the time to have you on.

We’re looking for a 10 - 15 minute excerpt and then, you and I will chat a bit. Doesn’t matter if you’re self published, subsidy published, indie publshed, or big house published. You’re invited on the show.

So, email me. And lets get you on the Little Show That Could!

David Roth Scores!

Friday, December 17th, 2010

If you didn’t catch the live show, you absolutely gotta go catch the podcast. David Roth read from his book, The Adventures of the Magnificent Seven and it was just brilliant! Absolutely a fun time and Dave did a spectacular job. He’ll definitely be back!

Especially since Edin Road Press is going to be releasing the ebook version of his book. And trust me, you’ll want a copy! We’re all super excited at ERP and can’t wait to share that with you.

Go to the home page and click on The Show to hear the On Demand. OR, go subscribe to the show through iTunes and get that podcast automatically. If you don’t catch this one, you’re really missing out!

~Jesse, Lorrieann, and Chris~