Monday, August 21, 2017

T-4 Days

The Princess leaves for her first year of college Friday.

Did you know we have to buy things for her? Like for her dorm room and clothing and towels and bedding and decorations? Did you?

Because I thought I did. I’ve been saying we need to go shopping since she sent her acceptance (and our deposit) via email in April. But for some reason, I, an English-speaking mother, was apparently speaking Swahili. Cool! I didn’t know I had that talent. Wonder what other hidden ones I have.

She’s been going working every day and going out with friends almost every night. I’ve suggested we take a day here or there and get some shopping done. If she was in a good mood, I was ignored.

I finally was able to convince her to do a little bit a few weeks ago—okay, the “little bit” is questionable when it comes to fitting into my car. But we still have a lot more to do. And no matter how often I suggested it, well, you know. I’m only her mother after all.

And then I started getting panicked texts from her while she was out with her friends.

Mom, we NEED to go shopping!
When would you like to go?
How about tonight?
No, I’m going out.
No, I’m going out.
This weekend?
Stop pressuring me!

Fun times.

We’re going today, because she went with her friends and saw all the things they were buying and realized she’s going to have a heck of a time showering without anything to shower with.

Please send chocolate.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Please Welcome CJ Fosdick

Cj stopped by and let me interview her. I hope you enjoy!

What is your writing style or schedule?: I love writing a narrative with a strong heroine in lst person POV, who is self-deprecating, witty, and never afraid to risk speaking her mind. In my case, my heroines may be taller, thinner and prettier, but so far we share the red hair and brown eyes. Whether author’s realize it or not, most of us share a brain and a piece of our heart with our novel’s heroine OR we create a character that supports the fantasy we imagine we are. As for schedule, with mixed success I’m into “to do” lists to stick to any schedule.

Where do you actually write?: I write on my laptop either in a leather LR recliner or in the sunroom surrounded by natural light and windows to the wildlife world outside. (Since our barn is now empty of horses, we feed deer, turkeys, rabbits, chipmunks and birds in our wooded glade outside the sunroom.)

Do you write linearly or not?: I do. I even wrote a poetic paragraph in the beginning of The Accidental Wife about “time being linear,” which is impossible in a time travel twist.

What sort of other activities keep you from actually writing?: Besides watching the addictive daily Breaking News this year, it’s been social media and the necessity to market that runs my train off track.

Do you have support, either from family and friends or a writing group?: My retired IBM hub has been my “Tech” guy, along with occasional cheer leader support from two grown daughters.

How long does it normally take you to write a novel?:  Several months of writing, bookended by research and editing for half that time. I’m very particular about turning in a clean ms. A full year is not out of line for a novel, allowing time for shorter freelance articles as well.

Who or what are your inspirations?: Even before I met her at two Writer Conferences, the multi-talented Diana Gabaldon was my inspiration, along with a few other mystery and historical writers.

If there’s a single aspect to writing that really frustrates you, what is it?: MARKETING!!! (You and me both, CJ!)

Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?: A GREAT FANTASY!! No phone or TV in a casita on our acreage with a wall of bookshelves, a personal cook to bring me meals and stock a frige with beverages and brownies, a weekly maid and a masseuse, my new Amazon Echo to answer questions and stream in my music choices, and a tech manager and publicist on board to post on FB and Pinterest, answer emails and place ads and book appearances.This might give me time to WRITE more than one novel each year!

Tell me about your latest book.: The Accidental Stranger is the sequel to The Accidental Wife which had the heroine exchange places with her infamous ancestor in a time slip to 1886. She returns to the present to give birth to a child and in Book 2 she accidentally shoots a stalker who looks like her son’s 1886 father. But is he the man she thinks skipped time to rejoin her in a time twist…or a look-alike stranger with his own dark secret? Kirkus Review summarized The Accidental Stranger as “A transporting and satisfying read that offers a fanciful twist on its genre.”

Where did you get your inspiration for your books?: I love the way a time travel creates automatic suspense—ala Diana Gabaldon’s multi-genre Outlander books. I also love twisting my plotlines to surprise readers.

Do you have a favorite character and if so, who and why?: Jessica, my spunky red-haired alter-ego is my favorite character. Jess often takes me on virtual adventures and even writes some of her own dialogue!

What are you working on now?: Two projects vie for time outside of marketing. Book three in the Accidental Series bumps minor characters who lived in Ireland in the 1880’s into starring roles. The Accidental Heiress involves a long-time Irish scandal, the usual identity crisis, and a shift in the legacy of the O’Brien/Mitchell families. The Accidental Series originally grew out of an award-winning short story so I’m capitalizing on that by expanding another successful short story into a YA novella.Yet another short story, The Holdup, won an award in a London WC in 2014 and was picked for a British Anthology to be released on Amazon this fall, along with my audio version of Hot Stuff, a candy heart romance line put out by WildRose Press last year.

Bio: Born and raised in Packerland, Cj moved west to the medical mecca in Rochester, MN where her writing career bloomed with published award-winning stories and articles to her novel series inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Rescued horses, dogs, cats, children and one patient husband have motivated the heart of Cj’s craft. Though living on a country hilltop haven for decades, she has ventured down on occasion to climb a Jamaican waterfall, float in the Dead Sea, kiss the Blarney Stone and research settings for her next novel.

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Blurb: When Jessica Brewster inherits a mysterious teacup, she finds rubbing it transports her back to 1886, trading places with her look-alike great grandmother—wife to her ancestor’s magnetic first husband and mother to his charming young daughter. True love, a gypsy, and her ancestor’s troubled brother amp up the charade she’s playing. Is her future in the past? Her life hangs in the balance.
A Golden Quill finalist and Top 10 Finisher for Author and Book in a P & E Reader’s Poll.

Excerpt:  The Accidental Wife Excerpt, a Golden Quill Finalist and Top 10 Best Romance and Best Author in P & E Poll, 2015.
He rose from the chair like an old man and touched my face with both hands, feathering his fingers lightly across my forehead, into the wells of my eyes, over my nose and cheekbones, like a blind man needing to know who stood before him. I tried not to stiffen at his touch, willing myself not to blink, not to release the fresh tears that had begun to pool. He collared my throat with his long fingers and ran a thumb over my lips. “I want my wife back. Come back to me, Mitawin,” he whispered.

The word on the teacup; the hallmark of my deceit. Our eyes locked, and I felt my throat closing and my knees begin to quiver. For a few seconds his grip tightened around my throat, and I clamped my eyes shut with a fleeting thought. Yes, take my breath...end this tormenting deception

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