RG2E Featured Author Tamara Ward talks Epic Storylines and Cliffhangers

Happy Monday, RG2E Peeps!

Let’s give a Wonderful RG2E Welcome to Featured Author Tamara Ward, who’s talking Epic Storylines and Cliffhangers.

Take it away, Tamara…

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Hi, everyone! I’m so happy to be here on the RG2E today talking about my new release,Hidden Betrayal. It’s the second novel in the Jade O’Reilly mystery series, which features sassy private investigator Jade O’Reilly. Right now, in addition to the two novels, four short stories also are included in the series. Jade’s got spunk, and a bit of an attitude, as well as three older brothers, a cute detective as her romantic interest, and a co-worker with the appearances and persona of a pug with severe indigestion. Jade is a lot of fun to write – and (I hope) to read!

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In addition to the mysteries she sets out to solve, there’s also an overarching mystery that Jade is out to solve, one that is going to tie a series of five novels together. Without giving too much away, I’ll say that Jade wants to get resolution to her parents’ deaths. At the end of the novels, Jade finds pieces of resolution – but not the lasting kind or the kind that is entirely, neatly packaged (tightly taped shut, with a double-knotted bow). Readers won’t find this epic storyline in the short stories, just in the novels.

As an author, I admit I feel worried: Am I leaving too much unresolved at the end of each novel with Jade? I’ve read novels with epic storylines – novels that pull off the un-resolution to their overarching storylines successfully. And I’ve also read series where the novels end on cliffhangers that just leave me, the reader, feeling cheated in the worst way with heart-clenching irresolution. I hope and believe my novels provide adequate resolution. As a rule, I write my novels to be standalone – readers can read one without reading another. And the mystery/problem of each particular novel is completely resolved, one way or another. But Jade won’t find all the answers she’s looking for when it comes to her family – at least not until a few novels from now.

So about Hidden Betrayal: Here’s the blurb from the back cover…

Who isn’t hiding a secret? That’s what Private Investigator Jade O’Reilly wonders as she looks into the theft of an artifact destined for the local art museum. The artifact’s owner is a man so wealthy he could buy the county and who wouldn’t mind also investing time into Jade. His advances don’t please Keith, Jade’s romantic interest. But that’s not the only source of conflict in the developing relationship. Why doesn’t Keith want Jade applying to carry a concealed handgun? Will Keith convince Jade to scrap her application, or will Keith’s mind change as Jade’s investigation takes a deadly twist?

Hidden Betrayal is the second novel in the Jade O’Reilly Mystery series by Amazon Bestselling Mystery Author Tamara Ward. The first novel in the series, Private Deception, joins multiple short stories that follow Jade on other adventures. In all, action and light romance combine with engaging characters and humor for page-turning whodunits set in the fictional coastal town of Sweetwater, NC.

How do you feel, as a reader, about overarching storylines that aren’t resolved until the end of a series? Let me know, please, and if you’d like a free ebook copy of Hidden Betrayal, leave your email. At the end of the day, I’m drawing five winners from a hat. 

Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy the read!

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Amazon Bestselling Mystery Author Tamara Ward’s storylines and characters combine for fun, fast-paced, can’t-put-it-down reads. Her published mystery novels include Private Deception, Storm Surge, andSilver Flashing. In her mysteries, you’ll find characters who keep readers hooked, strong-willed women sleuths, and a sprinkling of humor.

For more information, visit Tamara Ward’s blog athttp://www.authortamaraward.blogspot.com/.

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Thanks Bunches, Tamara, for a superfab fun post and for treating several RG2E Peeps to an Ebook Gift Copy of HIDDEN BETRAYAL. Luv the cover, btw!!! 🙂

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Natalie Owens on “Fame: Would You Remember My Name?”

 


Two years ago, after a two plus month ordeal, 33 trapped men were rescued from a mine in Chile while the world looked on and sympathized with their plight. For a time, these men became famous, the fulcrum of international news. They met with their country’s President and were promised fancy book and movie deals about their ordeal. It seemed like their fate would change. They’d go from gang-ridden neighborhoods to a nice, comfortable home, like those in the US suburbs, where they could raise their families in peace. The reality? Although some donations came through, the future of these men remained far from certain.
Some of the men could have taken other jobs, or offered better opportunities. Yet, there was a dark side to all of this. It appeared some of the water consumed by them, for lack of an alternative, had a metallic taste. This could translate to serious health issues now or in the future. Also, their residency below ground brought on some tensions among the men. While the story was in the news, concrete help from the government was not yet forthcoming. This story was not just a story of solidarity and overcoming odds. It was also a story of extreme adversity, media spin, and the outcome of it was hazy at best. The good thing that came out of it was that all men were saved. Yet, life from there on would be a gamble, especially on the financial and health side.PONDERING A THOUGHT OR TWO:
This type of situation isn’t new. I’m not referring to people being horribly trapped in a mine (which we know has happened before) – but I’m talking about poor, underprivileged people being offered an ace card for a few minutes, only to have it stripped from them at the end. People who got 15 minutes of fame, and that’s all. Many have followed the controversial story of the “Slumdog Millionaire” movie protagonists, the child actors who garnered world fame with well-received performances, only to be sent back soon thereafter to the slums they came from without so much as a by-your-leave.Luckily, some have a bigger break. After being given her fame card through Julia Roberts’ portrayal of her in a blockbuster movie, Erin Brockovich, for instance, got her own show for a while and her book Take It From Me: Life’s a Struggle But You Can Win made it to the NYT bestseller list.The Subway guy, Jared Fogle, wrote a book and is still known for his Subway diet. Many participants on reality TV shows get their dream to be in the limelight fulfilled.

Jon and Kate plus 8The BachelorSurvivor… and the like – these are just a few examples. How long will their fame last and what gifts or curses will it bring them?

 
This makes me think of books and why we love the underdog characters so much – characters that are strong and resilient, and make it in the end. We all like to read about people who achieved success after a tough time because so often we imagine ourselves in that position and we can truly relate.THE LESSON OF THE HOUR:Sometimes perseverance plays a part in achieving fame, success and recognition. At times, being at the right place at the right time is the main contributor. What is always important, however, is that one has good representation, that is, someone with them who has their interests at heart. The miners in Chile and the actors in Slumdog Millionaire will never improve their lives unless someone—someone important, someone with clout—is willing to go to bat for them and be their voice. A person or institution who’s not there just to draw the news of the hour, make a buck, lift ratings, make a good impression and/or offer empty promises. Some think that fame can come in an instant – this is true, but is it always lasting? Does it bring positive change? Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy or clear-cut.
 
So my thing is, let yourself be your most ardent representative. I suppose one thing I love about the indie authors I’m surrounded by is that they’ve taken the chance to look out for themselves and to shoulder the responsibility for their little failures and ultimate successes. If you look around you, you’ll see the underdog at work, struggling to get out of a rut and be noticed, even just for a minute. Indie authors do this every day, hoping to touch the readers’ hearts. We are everywhere and you may know a few personally. It could be someone close to you, far from you, or it could even be you. As the sayings go, quite truthfully, there are moments when life’s a bi*ch then shit happens. But it’s all worth it anyway, at least I like to think so because for me it’s absolutely worth the work.And here’s the question of the hour, dear RG2Eland: If you had the opportunity to get your fifteen minutes of fame, how would you like that story to unfold?Until next time…
 
Natalie G. Owens got her first taste of serious writing by
penning award-winning poetry, as well as feature articles for college and local
publications in her native Malta. She sold her first book to a small publisher
in 2007 and is currently indie published. Her favorite stories to write are
romances with a dark edge featuring brooding heroes, strong heroines, exotic
settings, and a good dash of fantasy. Daydreaming tops her list of hobbies,
followed by reading, cooking, traveling, sharing good times with family and
friends, and ogling shoe store displays. You can find out more about Natalie
and her work at http://www.nataliegowens.com
 
Latest Release:
 
AN ETERNITY OF ROSES (THE VALTHREANS: BOOK 1) – the story of a woman who beats all odds to find the man she loved and lost. 
~ Natalie G. Owens ~ 


No Rules. No Formulas. Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!

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I luuuvvv cheering on the peeps who do make it, and am always looking for ways to help the ones who could indeed get there with just a little boost from one of us! 🙂

Natalie, thanks bunches for sharing with us!

And RG2E Peeps, if you’d like an Ebook Gift Copy of AN ETERNITY OF ROSES, let us know below (be sure to leave your email address too), and you just might win one!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Stacey Joy Netzel on Her Favorite Reader Comment “I Wish It Were Longer…”

Happy Monday, RG2E Peeps!

For an author, nothing beats knowing our readers are really loving our books and want more.

Here’s RG2E Featured Author Stacey Joy Netzel on that very thing…

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“I wish it were longer…” 

As an author, those are words I love to hear. It means the reader wanted more. They loved the book, but didn’t want it to end so they could continue to spend time with their new ‘friends.’ Not to be confused with “The story ended too soon,” which many times means the reader wasn’t satisfied with the way the story ended.

I have a shorter story that has received both these responses. The readers who wish for more usually leave a great review. The ones who say it ended too soon, well…not so much. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and this is not to complain about the readers who expected more. I am sorry if I let them down.

The thing is for me, when I wrote the final sentence for that story, it was done. My characters were on their way to their Happily Ever After (HEA), and there was nothing left to tell. Forcing more wouldn’t have satisfied me, or any of my readers.

Then came my story Beneath Still Waters (Part One), in the Tales From The Mist anthology.

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An old legend tells of a beautiful witch unjustly persecuted who became a ghost bent on revenge…

The danger lies in not believing.

On a sorority camping trip in the Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park, Becca scoffs at the story of the Ghost of Still Waters, despite the convictions of her fellow campers, Liz and Shane. When Liz challenges her to summon the witch’s spirit, will Becca’s disbelief seal her fate?

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I was writing to a word count limit, but the closer I got to 8,000 words, the more antsy I got, because I could feel there was no way the characters’ story would truly be finished to my satisfaction within that limit. But I really wanted to be part of the wonderful collaboration of stories, so I wrapped BSW up, and then decided to write a sequel.

Rising Above (Still Waters Part Two) took me by surprise, too. What I’d expected to be about 15,000 words morphed into 35,000 before the characters stopped ‘talking’ and I could give them the ending they’d earned. And you know what…there’s still the remote possibility that one of the characters from this series will start talking to me in the future.

If she does, there will be a Still Waters (Part Three).

In the meantime I’d love to offer five ebook copies of Tales From The Mist today. Hopefully you’ll WISH Beneath Still Waters was longer and pick up a copy of Rising Above (Still Waters Part Two).

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Imagine you’ve lived before, but don’t remember or believe it’s even possible. Therein lies the danger. For in not believing and learning from your pasts, the power shifts to the one who would see you dead. Again.

Ryan James never gave much thought to ghosts or the idea of reincarnation—until the appearance of the beautiful Ali Whitman triggers terrifying visions that feel like real life. As he pieces together their past lives, he discovers they aren’t the only players. Worse, if he can’t convince Ali to believe before their past adversary makes the next move, he’ll lose her all over again.

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And now, my question for you lovely readers: Do you more often find yourself wishing a story were longer, or thinking it ended too soon?

Let me know in the comments, along with your email address, and I’ll draw 5 winners for a download of the Tales From The Mist ebook.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Stacey Joy Netzel

Award-winning author Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. An avid reader and fan of movies with a happily ever after, she is thrilled to call herself a full-time writer after 20 years as a travel agent. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and the occasional paranormal romance short story. Colorado is one of her favorite settings for her books, followed closely by Wisconsin and Italy.

Follow Stacey online:

Website and Blog:  http://www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/StaceyJoyNetzel

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/StaceyJoyNetzel

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Loved this Behind the Scenes Scoop, Stacey, and can’t wait to read your new series!

Thanks Bunches for sharing with us and for the Ebook Gift Copies too! U rock!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Tamara Ward on “How to Use Goodreads”

Happy Weekend, RG2E Peeps!

We’ve gotten a few requests to go over the basics of Goodreads, how to use the site. So, here’s the fabulous scoop from RG2E Featured Author Tamara Ward, who is my go-to Goodreads Guru.

Take it away, Tamara…

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Goodreads is a site that’s all about readers – readers sharing what books they like and don’t like, readers getting and giving book recommendations. As the site says, “Every once in a while you run into a friend who tells you about this ‘great new book I’m reading.’ And suddenly you’re excited to read it. It’s that kind of excitement that Goodreads is all about.”

So you want to know how to be a part of the excitement. The first step is to read a book… or remember the last book you read. It helps if you really loved the book. Then, log onto Goodreads and find the book by running a search for its title.

Hopefully, the book will come up in your search, you’ll click on it, and you’ll be brought to the book’s page. You’ll see the book cover on the left, beside the title and author, and the book blurb. Beneath the cover, five stars are lined up, just waiting for your click. Select the number of stars you feel the book deserves. Get ready to click on the pop-up balloon that gives you the option of writing a review.

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On a book’s page, you’ll see your friends’ reviews of that book, and you’ll also see which of your Goodreads friends have marked the book as to-be-read. (This is all on the left hand side of your screen.)

On the right hands side, you’ve got a bunch of interactive features. You can share that you’ve read the book via a variety of social media sites. You can share or view favorite quotes or trivia from the book. Sometimes even a video related to the book is posted, and you can watch that.

If you really loved the book, see if it’s on any lists (also in that right hand column). Check out the list; perhaps you’ll like another book on the list.

I can get lost wandering around Goodreads. In a good way.

“Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more,” the site says.

And it’s true. I’ve enjoyed all these features on Goodreads, and basically, you just dive in and start going for it. That’s my best advice.

Oh yeah, and if you’re looking for a book club, try the WG2E Street Team’s RG2E club at http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/62304-we-read-indie-books-rg2e.

What do you think, RG2E Peeps? Do you have a favorite way to spend your time on Goodreads?

The Best of Goodreads Wishes — Tamara Ward

Tamara Ward is an Amazon Bestselling Romantic Suspense and Mystery Author. Storm Surge, the first novel in the Jonie Waters mystery series, released in 2011.

Today, here at The RG2E, Tamara is Ebook Gifting her latest release – PRIVATE DECEPTION. So, let us know below if you’d like one, and you just might win!!!

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Sassy private investigator Jade O’Reilly thinks she’s hit rock bottom when, in the midst of obtaining photos of a cheating spouse in a second-story apartment, she falls off a swing set to the feet of an attractive mystery man. But the next day, when Jade discovers the man’s identity—he’s a detective with the local Sweetwater, NC, police—she learns that the cheating spouse was murdered and Jade herself is a suspect. Rock bottom just got a new definition.

For Kindle from Amazon, $3.99
For Nook from Barnes & Noble
In various digital formats from Smashwords

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I’m on Goodreads too, Tamara, and really enjoy it! Here’s my page so y’all can join the fun:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/949843.D_D_Scott

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Christy Hayes asks “Book Clubs…What’s Your Stance?”

TGIF, RG2E Peeps!

What a wonderful week of Ereading we’ve enjoyed together!!! I can’t wait to tally up all of your fabulous comments!

In the meantime, let’s give a warm welcome to RG2E Featured Author Christy Hayes.

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Christy has a question for u…

Book Clubs…What’s Your Stance?

Take it away, Christy…

I belong to a book club, or, I used to. My book club fizzled out and I’m not really sure why. Our group was small, our reading tastes similar, and we all loved to read. I think we no longer meet because we couldn’t find a time when all our members could get together.

I miss being in a book club for many reasons. I loved reading books that I would never have picked up on my own. I read books about other cultures, I discovered unknown-to-me authors, and I marveled at the different things people walk away from a book appreciating.

Often, the members of my group were drawn to certain characters and plot points in the books we read. Listening to the members discuss the things they liked and didn’t like was fascinating. As an author, I miss having that research group at my fingertips.

Many authors will admit they read differently since they started writing. I find it much harder to enjoy a book and really lose myself in the story because I’m too busy dissecting the plot, looking for the hook, anticipating the climax, and thinking of ways I would have written the book differently. I know I’ve discovered a truly gifted author when I no longer look for these things and just get caught up in the story.

So what about you, RG2E? Are you in a book club? If so, what do you appreciate most about the experience? 

I’ll be giving away my romantic women’s fiction title, Angle of Incidence, today at RG2E.

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Here’s a short synopsis:

Gwen Perry has the picture perfect life. Her Washington D.C. based photography business is booming, her husband’s law career is lucrative, and after years of trying, they’re only months away from the birth of their first child. 

While a nasty turn of fate leaves Gwen devastated, angry, and on the verge of depression, her husband Rob walks a dangerous tight rope. He’s hiding something from Gwen that could destroy their marriage. But even the deepest secrets won’t stay buried forever. 

When Rob’s past is revealed, Gwen agrees to join her college friend at the artists’ retreat he’s leading in Colorado despite the consequences to her marriage. But Rob’s not the only one keeping secrets from the past and her trip down memory lane could burn the bridge leading her back home.

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About Christy:

Christy Hayes writes romance and romantic women’s fiction. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Romance Writers of America Women’s Fiction chapter. She lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

Please visit her website at www.christyhayes.com for more information.

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Awesome scoop, Christy, and thanks bunches for the Ebook Gift Copies too!!!

RG2E Peeps – let us know below if you’d like an Ebook Gift Copy of ANGEL OF INCIDENCE, and you just might win one!

Did y’all know that The RG2E also has its own Book Club on Goodreads?! You can join here:

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/62304-we-read-indie-books-rg2e

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Thriller Author Seeley James talks “Making It Real” For You, The Readers

Happy Hump Day, RG2E Peeps!

Many of your featured authors here at The RG2E write fiction. But here’s the thing…even though we’re writing fiction, we need to make it as “real” as we can to treat you, as our readers, to a fabulous adventure.

Here’s Thriller Author Seeley James on that very topic…

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Main characters have to feel real or you, the reader, will abandon them. I write thrillers and I’m forever striving to write that perfect visceral character. Hemingway’s advice: “From all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive.”

I wanted to make a thriller heroine who was a whole new thing from a unique experience in my life that I felt perfect for a heroine’s backstory. The part I cannot know, the elements that my character keeps hidden, presented a challenge.

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The true story is stranger than fiction.

James Rollins once said, “You can write a story about telepathic marsupials in Antarctica as long as you have the Starbucks in Kansas City on exactly the same corner as the real one. Put it on the wrong side of the street, and telepathic marsupials cease to exist in the reader’s mind.”

Thrillers tend to avoid family members for that reason.* If we get the family relationships wrong, we lose you. Did Sherlock Holmes’ mother hound him about marriage? Did James Bond ever drive his daughter to soccer practice? Would Hercule Poirot take cooking tips from his sister? Writers leave out the one thing we all have in common, family, to avoid complications.

Cowards.

I wanted my heroine to have an involved father. And not a wise, calm and patient father from central casting either. I wanted an accidental father. One who was not even the biological father but was tossed into the role by fate.

When I was nineteen, an acquaintance told me that daycare costs were killing her. She had been sixteen when she conceived her daughter and three years later was working a night shift. She asked if I could help by watching her child from the time I got off work until she came home at midnight. Without realizing how that would change my life, I said, “Sure!”

The next day, I stopped at the daycare facility and announced that I was there to pick up a child. I didn’t know the mother’s last name, and didn’t know the child’s name. And they looked at me blankly. (This was before people worried about child abduction.)

I’d seen the girl once at a distance and described her to the daycare workers: she’s about so high, three years old, blonde hair. They took me to a room filled with three year olds about so high with blonde hair. It struck me that I might have been a bit unprepared for the responsibility I’d agreed to shoulder.

The workers looked at me. I looked at them.

A little girl came running out of the crowd, her arms outstretched, shouting, Daddy, Daddy Daddy, and leapt into my arms. She squeezed me tight with unconditional love and never let go—for the next thirty-seven years and counting.**

As so often happens in unplanned teenaged parenthood, her biological mother had every intention of being a good mother, but jumped at the chance to start over when I offered to raise the child.

I had no idea what was involved.

I only knew that for the first time in my life I was desperately important to someone. We all want to be important to someone. It is the primary motivator in human life.

Experiencing the dynamics of an inextricable relationship was something I felt you wanted in a thriller. The trick was to make it fascinating. The real story would never work in fiction; it would come off as manipulative or melodramatic. It needed a better, more believable catalyst.

I experimented with short stories, piecing together the things I know and the things I cannot know, and came up with a back story. When my editor read it, he said, No one will believe it in one big chunk. Dole it out over the course of the three plus books. I took his advice.

After all, my first priority was making sure the Starbucks was on the right corner.

Peace, Seeley

* Yes, I know there are exceptions like Zoe Sharp’s Charlie Fox and James Rollins’ Gray Pierce, can you just bear with me a minute?

** There was a small gap in that love-fest when she was a teenager, but we survived. She just turned forty and lives in Seattle with her husband and children. We talk regularly.

About Seeley:

Seeley James is the author of the Pia Sabel series of thriller short stories and novels. He was first published in The Battered Suitcase, was a Finalist for DeMarini Award in fiction, and was short listed for the Fish Publishing Award and the Debut Dagger Award.

He discovered his love of creativity at an early age, growing up at Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture in Arizona and Wisconsin. He carried his imagination first into a successful career in advertising and marketing, and then to his real love: fiction.

He created Pia Sabel to be the kind of character that his friends and children would want to read. James has three children; he adopted his first, a precocious and beautiful three-year-old girl, when he was a single nineteen year old. Twenty years later he married, and he and his wife have two more children. They live in Scottsdale, Arizona, and enjoy youth soccer games and sunshine.

Connect with Seeley here:

Seeley@seeleyjames.com

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https://twitter.com/SeeleyJamesAuth

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Wow, Seeley! What a story!!!  A-mazing!!!

Thanks bunches for sharing with us and with that special little girl you now call your daughter.

Okay, RG2E Peeps…who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of THE GENEVA DECISION?! Let us know below (and include your email address too), and you just might win one!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author L. Leander talks 3-D Characters and Circus Star Elephant Riders

Happy Tuesday, RG2E Peeps!

Let’s go to the circus today…with RG2E First-Time Featured Author L. Leander.

Take it away, L. …

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A character that’s well developed has a rich history.  You should not write your heroine, for instance, as a lifeless person or no one will want to read about her.  For that reason, many writers compile an in-depth biography of their main characters.  It’s quickly apparent that family history provides the traits that form unique characteristics.  When I wrote early on in my career, I didn’t know I should do a bio of the key players.  I fleshed a person out bit by bit as I wrote and added in their idiosyncrasies and personal flaws as the tale evolved.  The problem with that was that my characters remained flat.  They weren’t in 3-D.  Even if you’d put on those cute little glasses they give you at the movie theater you wouldn’t have seen a change.

Once I learned about character studies I found that I enjoyed writing them.  If I put a little time into researching a certain type of people, culture or country I had a much better idea for who the person was and it became easy to understand how he or she would react in certain situations.

Take, for instance, my protagonist in the Inzared series.  She is born Bertha Maude Anderson, to a family who lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.  Her ancestors are Scottish – proud people who are unafraid to face life circumstances.  Stoic and not always affectionate, they face adversity with hard work and determination.  Bertha Maude is the dreamer in the family – she wants more and yearns to travel and become famous.

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Bertha Maude Anderson has no inkling of how famous she will become. She lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the year 1843. Her world changes forever when she is enticed to join The Romanoff Brothers Circus and her name is changed to Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders. Inzared discovers her true calling while learning to live with the nomadic Gypsies. From the hatred shown by some of the performers to the love she finds along the way, Inzared finds herself immersed in the rich folklore and customs of the misunderstood people who call the circus their home. Her one constant is Cecil, the elephant, and together they form a bond that no one can break as Inzared finds herself lured into the world of the Gypsies while clinging to her own roots and trying to break free of the chains that keep her from her destiny.

It was easy to fill in the physical characteristics just by pulling up old photos similar to the hardy stock Bertha Maude came from.  Her inner personality was achieved through getting into her head.  Yes, I said getting into her head!  To do that I sat in a quiet room with no distraction and wrote everything I had learned about my main character.  I included her ancestors, her surroundings, her feelings and her aspirations.  Since she comes from a poor part of Appalachia in the 1800’s, I included her education and indigenous speech.  After a couple of hours of intense writing she took shape and became Inzared, the name given to her by the circus owner after she has joined the troupe and is picked to ride the elephant in a performance.

I next had to do an intense study of the Gypsies, as the setting is a Gypsy circus set in 1843.  Again, once I spent time reading and delving into everything I could find on the subject another character, Paytre, emerged.

I followed this procedure for the main characters in the book and also did mini-bios on the supporting cast.  I found that knowing about a person’s heritage and background makes the story take shape much more quickly and the characters spring to life on the page.

What if a character has no background, you say?  We all have one, however some of us for one reason or another don’t know the details of our past.  My husband fits in that category; adopted at birth by a couple old enough to be his grandparents, he lived a solitary life on a rural farm and survived bullies and being called names at school.  As an adult he sought to find his forbears but was thwarted at every turn by an uncaring judicial system that held onto a birth certificate that was “locked.”  That meant he had no right to see or have it, including who his real parents were.

Even as I write this I understand the deep character traits I’d include here just by studying the man.  However, I put my research and writing skills to use and after a lot of doors were slammed others opened.  Just this week my sixty-four year old husband received the news that he is a member of the Chippewa Sault Saint Marie Tribe – now fancy that!

I tell you this because with this week of uncovered secrets and watching my husband weep for joy at finding who he is and where he comes from, I realized how important our character studies are.  Everyone has a story.  Authors use them to give our readers a glimpse into the past.  It makes our books shine for you – the reader!

~~~L.Leander

About L.:

L.Leander is an author, freelancer and award-winning songwriter.  Her first novel, Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders was published in June of 2012.  The second book in the series, Inzared, The Fortune Teller is slated for publication in early 2013.  The author has also published a short non-fiction series titled 13 Extreme Tips for Writers, targeted to the beginning writer.

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Ms. Leander manages a blog titled L.Leander’s Reviews and Interviews that offers book promotion to Indie Authors.  The author currently resides between Wisconsin and Mexico.

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I luuuvvv the circus and gypsies too, L.! Your book sounds fabulous!!!

Thanks bunches for sharing with us today!

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