Blog Tour: Stop #6 & #7

You know that scene in the movie, Hitch where Will Smith has an allergic reaction and downs liquid Benedryl? Well, that was me in the middle of the night, except we don’t know what caused it. I woke up with itchy hands and quickly realized I was covered in a rash. My tongue swelled, and it was hard to breathe. It took three sticks to get my IV in, but they gave me three medicines and a prescription. Whatever it was, I never want to do that again!

So add in our regular visit to St. Jude for my son’s cancer treatment, it’s been long and busy few days. And it also means that a couple of Blog Stops has happened!

The first one is on author Patti Shene’s blog, and guess what? There’s a GIVEAWAY happening! Comment on the post before February 12th to be entered in a drawing for a free Kindle copy of The Soul Searcher: Enter the giveaway here!

The second stop is on author Amy Anguish’s blog. Amy asked the most fantastic questions about The Soul Searcher, and I can’t wait for you to check it out: Amy’s Interview

See you at the next stop! 

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Wisdom Wednesday: Pam Watts Harris

How well do you know your characters? For me, I create my characters by a motive or trait and then work out the rest of the details after. With my character, Matthias, I knew I wanted a strong, powerful angel. But I wanted one that was a fierce protector and everything he does stems from that protectiveness. Why is that? Well, I don’t want to ruin it for you if you haven’t read The Seer, but there’s a specific reason. 

Today, we have author Pam Watts Harris with us, and I can’t wait for you to delve into her writing tip for the week. 

Welcome, Pam!


Name: Pam Harris for my juvenile books and Pam Watts Harris for my teen/adult books.

Genre: Juvenile mysteries, historical fiction, contemporary romance, contemporary romantic suspense, all with a Christian world view.

Debut Release: Aimee was released last summer, and last fall Smoky Mountain Brides was released, a book containing two novellas, one by Katt Anderson (“Keeper of the Stars”) and the other by me (“Can’t Help Falling in Love”)

Writing Tip for Authors: I don’t know if this is actually a writing tip, but author Patricia Bradley, during a brainstorming session, asked me “What is the lie (character) believes about herself?” I love this question, because it causes me to think about who my characters truly are and understanding their motivations. It is a challenging question but worth considering.

I love this and love Patricia Bradley! It’s crucial that we know what motivates our characters, but asking it in this way makes it more human. We all struggle with some sort of a lie that we believe about ourselves, and if someone reads a book about a character that is going through the same thing, then the reader will connect to the character on a much deeper level. 

Writing Tip for New Writers:

Learn the craft. Read books about writing, be a member of a critique group or local writers group, read books in the same genre with a critical eye. Develop thick skin, because you’ll need it if you want to grow as a writer. Embrace the criticism and learn from it. And if it is what you want to do, never give up.

Having thick skin is hard, isn’t it? Writers have to be vulnerable to get the emotion to come across in writing, but at the same time, you can’t let that vulnerability hinder your progress and learning. It’s a hard thing to balance, but it’s vital to a writers life. 


 

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Aimee Winters has made the bravest decision of her life. Left alone and homeless, she has accepted her father’s offer to stay with him in the Arizona territory and teach at the local school. The problem is she has no memory of her father, having been raised by her mother and taught that her father died when she was a baby. Hungry to know the truth of her past, she leaves Memphis behind and journeys alone to the mountainous region where she faces challenges she never could have anticipated. The rugged living conditions and the isolation of the community are almost more than she can bear, but she is determined to prove she can do things “the Arizona way.” It doesn’t help that the handsome rancher, Levi Raines, seems to take special delight in pointing out her weaknesses. It isn’t long, however, until her heart is woven into the lives of her students, their families, and especially Levi. As their relationship grows, the shadow of their very different backgrounds and goals is ever present. Can they find common ground?


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A native Tennessean and former Arizona resident, Pam Watts Harris developed an interest in writing at an early age. She writes historical and contemporary fiction for females of all ages and draws on her personal experiences and observations to create characters that reflect the Southern and Western cultures with which she is most familiar.

 


 

Pam has brought us some crucial tips that every writer needs in their toolbox. What about you? Is it hard for you to develop “thick” skin? Do you understand the lie that your characters believe about themselves? Join us in the discussion this week, and check out Pam’s book, Aimee and connect with her on social media. 

 

Contact Info/Social Media Links:

https://www.facebook.com/authorpamharris/

https://authorpamwattsharris.wordpress.com

Follow authorpamwattsharris on Twitter.

 

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Wisdom Wednesday: Chad Pettit

 

 

It’s our first Wisdom Wednesday of 2019! I’m excited to be back with you, and our guest authors. Today, we have fellow fantasy author, Chad Pettit with us. Thanks for joining us, Chad!


Name: Chad Pettit

Genre: Christian Fantasy and Biblical Fiction

Current Release:  Fate of the Watchman

Writing Tip for Authors:

Before you write the full story, take the time to write an overview from the point of view of each of your characters. This gives you the bigger picture and helps you see any potential gaps or problems with the story.

This a great idea! No matter how much we think we know about our characters, sometimes, we learn so much more once we start writing. This will be a great exercise to use for my next book. 

Writing Tip for New Writers:

You may be the most talented, natural writer ever born. You still need to study and practice the craft of writing before you can truly write at the top of your game. You also need to live through some things so that you have something worth writing about.

This is the most common advice that I have heard for new writers, and it’s because it’s true! You have to realize that writing comes with studying and practicing. There are no shortcuts. 

 


9781620209158Lester Sharp is a workaholic, obsessed with the success of his business and oblivious to the world around him. All of that changes when a peculiar stranger comes into his shop asking for food and help. Lester soon finds himself on an impossible journey around the world to bear witness to some of the greatest tragedies a person can know, all frozen in a single moment of time.

In this challenging and gripping novel, debut author Chad Pettit, delivers a supernatural, pulse-pounding adventure in which Lester Sharp is in for the longest second of his life and learns lessons to last a lifetime.


attach5869_20180710_061547Chad Pettit grew up in Oregon with books and the mountains to help his imagination grow. After high school, he spent ten years in the Army, travelling and deploying all over the world, including two combat tours in Iraq. After the military, Chad earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M University-Central Texas, and then he started teaching English at an early college high school in central Texas. Chad currently serves in a local church as a deacon and the Sunday school superintendent.

 


Contact Info/Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pettit_chad

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChadPettit.Writer/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chad_pettit_/?hl=en

Before you go, take a moment and connect with Chad on social media, and check out his novel, Fate of the Watchman

Do you struggle with getting to know your characters before you start writing? Have you tried writing the overview from your characters POV? Join in on the conversation today and leave us a comment.

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Behind the Story: World Building

Writing is filled with moments that are exciting and brimming in creativity. There are also moments of procrastination and doubt. Learning how to push through the days of zero inspiration makes all the difference in those who write as a hobby and those that write as a career.

There’s a moment in writing that I love almost more than any other aspect and that’s the moment between projects. When I’m dreaming and plotting about what is coming next. 

The Soul Searcher is going through the editing phase with my publisher, and I’m starting The Silencer, (book 3) this week. YAY!

However, my brain can’t stop thinking about what is coming next after book three.

The idea of a new project, of world building, is so energizing and exciting to me. I love creating a new series idea and everything that comes along with it. New characters, plots, worlds, and motives all go into world building. This is one reason why I love fantasy writing. With urban fantasy, I’m using our world as the base, but I still get to create, from scratch, a new world to fit in our world. The result of how they react to each other is exciting.

I polled my Beta Reader group and asked what they would like to see next from me. There were several choices: Fairy Tale Retelling, Dystopian, or a novella supernatural series related to my current series world.

It was a close poll!

However, the supernatural series won, and ever since my brain has reeled with all sorts of ideas. I can’t reveal too much yet, (you have to read The Soul Searcher first, so there aren’t any spoilers) but the novella series will be in the same story world as The Kalila Chronicles but with a whole new set of characters and new abilities and societies. I can’t wait to dive in and begin writing and see how these two series are woven together.

World building isn’t just for fantasy writers. Every writer uses this when they create their own stories. Writing friends, what part of world-building do you enjoy the most?

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It Finally Got Us

The past week has been rough around the Howard household. Daniel had the flu, (type A) and then gave it to me.  Normally, this would be an annoying but manageable thing, but since our youngest is still in treatment for Leukemia, it became a larger concern. Our doctor told us that if anyone in the house comes down with the flu to call them immediately so they could call in a prescription of tamiflu for Gabe.  So we did, and he’s on that for ten days.  Gabe’s counts dropped to 200 ANC on Monday, so we are now on extra high alert to watch out for sickness this week.  Hopefully his counts will go back up, and he can receive his chemo next week at his weekly appointment. Daniel and I managed to stay mostly to our rooms, trying to keep separated from the rest of the family.  I’m ready to feel better, for spring, and warmer weather.

I’m back at my computer this week, continuing editing for MRP and working on two projects of my own. A completely new story for a contest, and book 2 of The Kalila Chronicles! I can’t wait to share more information about both new works, but the new story has to be secret until after the contest.

Until I can reveal more, have you read The Seer? Which character are you hoping to learn more about in book 2 and why? Leave me a comment below, you never know, your character may just be the one!


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You can purchase The Seer on Amazon in both Kindle and print versions. 

Kindle:  bit.ly/kalilachronicles

Print: bit.ly/kalilachroniclesprint

 

Character Quote: Sentinel Cobb

The book characters are quickly becoming one of my favorite things to talk about on my blog with you all!

We have one last character that I would like to highlight today, and then I will open up the blog for discussions of questions you may have about The Seer, and the characters.

Sentinel Cobb is one of the most interesting characters in The Seer. There’s a certain level of mystery about his past and what he’s done, especially when it comes to Matthias’s resentment towards him. It’s hard to think that Matthias would have resentment towards anyone.


 

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Character Quote: Sometimes it’s not really the answer to our questions that we truly need.

Here’s what one of my Beta/ARC Readers had to say about Sentinel Cobb:

“Sentinel Cobb is a mysterious character and I hope to find out more about his past and how that made him the man is today. He carries the balance of the world on his shoulders along with those he trains.”

-Jacob


 

There is so much more to be learned about Sentinel Cobb, and we have only scratched the surface. I hope that you will enjoy his character as much as I do! 

Now that the highlights of the characters are over, I will open the blog up for questions! If you’ve read The Seer and want to ask a question about the story or the characters please message me. Please keep me in mind that if it’s a question that would be a spoiler to those that have not read it yet, I will not be able to answer on the blog. Use the contact form here, or on the contact page. Click here to contact Erin

 

Hugs,

Erin