Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Writing Comfort Zones

The universe doesn't want me to blog! Seriously. I wrote a post last week to have it disappear at the moment I pushed "publish." And my internet went out yesterday and I couldn't post what I patiently prepared...AGAIN. Oh well. Let's see if this one will post:

Normally, I shy away from memes and contests. It really requires some good ol' "putting yourself out there." But I am no wallflower in real life, so I shouldn't be in the blog/writing world either. 

Right? Right. 

So today I am doing both. I am going WAY out of my writing comfort zone! 

I entered the Gearing Up to Get An Agent (GUTGAA) Pitch contest last week. Deana Barnhart has really put on a great month of interaction with writers, bloggers, agents, small publishers, etc. It has been really fun to participate. This week is the agent round and I am lucky enough to have made it through. Then Tara Tyler tagged me on a fun writing meme (thanks Tara)...and I thought, "why not press the boundaries of my writing comfort zone again?" So here we go. 

What is the working title of your book?

Where did the idea come from?
The idea came from a couple of different places, but the one I will talk about this time is when I re-read the Jaycee Dugard story in a magazine. This was the real life case where a low-life scumbag kidnapped 11 year old Jaycee as she walked to her school bus, and put her through unimaginable torture for 18 years. The story made me sick and I wished I could have been there to save her. I wished that the justice system would have worked for her, as time and time again this particular scumbag slipped through the gaps of justice and parole systems. I thought about vigilanteism and what I would do to that guy if he ever did that to my daughter. I think we've all have those scary thoughts. My scary thoughts  turned into a book.

What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary Young Adult Thriller. I compare it to DEXTER meets VERONICA MARS or HEIST SOCIETY. 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?
I don't know...this is tough. I think someone like Jennifer Lawrence for my MC Ruby Rose. Liam Hemsworth for Liam Slater (who is a mix of Liam Hemsworth and Kelly Slater the championship surfer). I wish we could post pictures here!!!! But I don't want to get sued ;(

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? 
In sunny Southern California, seventeen-year-old Ruby Rose is known for her killer looks, her killer SAT scores, and even her killer taste in shoes—but only her victims will know how killer she really is.    

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 
Hoping for an agent.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 
About five months.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? 
Agent Sara Crowe talked about an exciting thriller she was in the process of pitching to publishers. I immediately abandoned the paranormal romance I was working on and started writing my thriller. I was excited to write about something I know: the law. Although I don't currently practice criminal law as an attorney, I hope to do so one day when my babies are grown.

What else about your book would pique the reader's interest? 
For me, the ultimate piquing of interest is steam! Romantic steam. Sexual tension. A good breath taking kiss. Romance has to be in there for sure! Let's just say there is a nice helping of that. :). I have a particular affinity for the "David V"...does anyone know what I'm talking about?

I hereby pass this on to these extraordinary people to tell us about their WIPs!

Tasha Seegmiller

Leigh Covington

Taffy Lovell

Friday, September 14, 2012


I have a bunch of totally wicked things to do this weekend! I'm going to bullet point this one out:

  • My writing bestie, favorite brown Hawaiian girl, and personal photographer, Erin Summerill has come to Sin City to visit me for my birthday.

  • We are going to party wicked-crazy like its 1996! (The year both of us graduated from high school ;). Hey! We're not THAT old!
  • We are going to write our wicked brains out. 
  • We are going to gorge on wicked amounts of Coke Zero and candy.
  • And last but not least, we are going to go see the musical Wicked!!!

How about you? Got any wicked-awesome plans this weekend? Like entering Deana Barnhart's Gearing Up To Get An Agent Pitch Contest??? 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I Sucketh...But This Doesn't...

Yesterday was the day that I was supposed to get on the Cover Reveal bandwagon for my dear friend Carrie Butler. But I'm a flake sometimes (and  B-Word as well) and I failed miserably.

But better late than never!

Carrie's debut STRENGTH comes out March 7, 2013, and I wanted to be part of the fun. So without further ado, here's the super sexy cover:

Short Synopsis:
When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, she’s stunned. Wallace Blake is everything she’s ever wanted in a man—except he can’t touch her. His uncontrollable strength, a so-called gift from his bloodline, makes every interaction dangerous. And with a secret, supernatural war brewing among his kind, there’s no time to work it out. To keep Wallace in her life, Rena will have to risk a whole lot more than her heart.

I'm sorry, but that cover does it for me! Don't you love it?

Here's some other ways to catch Carrie: (she's sort of an online social media genius)


Monday, September 3, 2012

GUTGAA: Meet and Greet

What's up my fellow GUTGAAS! I am super stoked to be participating in this whammer-jammer of a blogfest. So without further ado:

Questions for the Meet and Greet

  • Where do you write?
OUT OF THE HOUSE. With three little ones running around, asking for everything from snacks to butt whipping...er, I mean butt wiping ;) I have to escape. I like Barnes & Noble Cafe and the Starbucks by my house. I really enjoy writing on their patios when its nice outside.

  • Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
An old man with a dog and an ipad. He's wearing a jacket--doesn't he know its 90 degrees outside? And then there's the two girls studying next to him who look like they're from dental  or medical school down the street. The old man keeps stealing glances at the one with the huge boobies! Man, I love people watching! :)

  • Favorite time to write?
7:00 a.m. when its fresh outside.

  • Drink of choice while writing?
Diet Cokey. 
  • When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
I need silence or white noise.
  • What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
I heard agent Sara Crowe speak at a conference about a manuscript she was excited about. It was a contemporary thriller with some pretty dark themes. I am an attorney and so I thought, "Why not write something I know and care about?"  So my current manuscript is a dark YA thriller with legal themes: A 17 year old girl serial killer who knows the law.
  • What's your most valuable writing tip?
Technical--use Blake Snyder's SAVE THE CAT "beat system." No matter if your plotting or revising, it will come in handy.
General--get some good writing friends. I would say this thing is near impossible without them.