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No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

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It is time for writer’s links here at No Wasted Ink.  This week is more of a grab bag of general writing tips from authors that I feel have some good advice on the subject.  One with a more humorous bent is the writeaholic article.  I may fall under that label!  Do you?  Enjoy the articles.  There will be more next week!

When Does Writing Get Easier? The 4 Steps to Mastery

Social Media for Authors—Beware of Experts

Is a Writers’ Residency Right For You?

How To Build A Network Of Writer Friends

Can You Be a Writeaholic?

How to Refill Your Writing Tank

Etiquette for MFA Grads

Why You Should Ignore Hemingway’s Advice

Narrative Techniques for Storytellers

How to Nurture (and Keep) the Writing Habit

Author Interview: Karen Michelle Nutt

No matter the genre her tales fall under, Author Karen Michelle Nutt tries to capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most mysterious and fabulous human phenomena of falling in love. I’m pleased to welcome her on No Wasted Ink.

author karen michelle nuttMy name is Karen Michelle Nutt. As a multi-published author, I spin tales for The Wild Rose Press, Highland Press, Victory Tales Press, and Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery. I have also ventured into self-publishing.

I reside in California with my husband. We’ve been married for thirty-two years and have three fascinating children, who are grown now and have started their own adventures in life. We still have a houseful of demanding pets. Jack, my Chorkie, is my writing buddy and sits long hours with me at the computer.

When I’m not time traveling, fighting outlaws or otherworldly creatures, I create pre-made book covers with my daughter Katrina Gillian at: Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book By Its Cover”.

When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing down my stories when I was about nine or ten because I thought it was fun. I wrote plays at first. My fifth-grade teacher let my friends and I perform one of them too. It was very exciting for a ten-year-old.

Later, I jotted down stories in notebooks. I still have those early writings. They were written in ink, not on a computer. So ‘spell check’ wasn’t available. I couldn’t erase or add words if they were needed. Definitely, a rough draft. My daughters, when they were young, loved those stories and read them over and over again.

However, after I was married and had three children, life seemed to be too busy to pick up a pen and write. It wasn’t until a good friend of mine asked me why I didn’t write anymore that I realized how long it had been. That week I sat down and started my first novel and haven’t stopped writing since.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I suppose I’ve always been a writer in my heart, but when I held my first book in print that my publisher had sent me, I truly believed it.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

Evie Reid on a whim agrees to travel back in time to 1997 to change bad boy/rock star Bellamy Lovel’s path. She’s smart with a college degree, but she is still fan-girl crazy for the rock band, Civilized Heathens. Evie knows despite all Bellamy’s smiles and enthusiasm on the stage, he’s destined to end it all on one lonely night in a hotel room unless she can change his path.

Bellamy isn’t keen on having Evie as his personal assistant, hired by his bandmates to watch over him, and keep him on schedule. However, there is something about the woman that sparks his interest, despite his best to ignore her. When darkness threatens to consume him he realizes she may be the only light that will chase the shadows away.

What inspired you to write this book?

My daughter and I watched ‘INXS, Live at Wembley’ on DVD. We were sad to think the lead singer had died so tragically and there would never be another song written or performed by him. The time travel tale about Bellamy Lovel took root, but I wanted a happier ending for my rock star and sent Evie back in time to try and save him.

Do you have a specific writing style?

No matter how dark the story may be, I try to also keep some levity in the tale. Life is about ups and downs and everything in between. I strive to keep the characters real no matter if their human, a vampire or shapeshifter. I want them to have genuine emotions and flaws because no one is perfect. I want them to fall in love and by the end of the story, I want the characters to find their happily ever after even if its only for now.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

It was inspired by an INXS song. It wasn’t the title or the theme but three words within the song that inspired the title. Two Worlds Collided became the title for two reasons. My heroine is from the future and my hero is from the past, but their worlds collide. Also, my heroine’s essence is what travels back in time to merge with her younger self in 1997. In a sense, her worlds collide so she can be with the hero and hopefully change his tragic past.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

First and foremost, I hope the story is heartwarming, fun and simply entertaining.

Though Two Worlds Collided is a time travel romance with plenty of humor and steamy romantic moments, my fictional character, Bellamy struggles with addiction, depression, and suicide. They are all serious emotions that should never be overlooked.

Of course, thoughts of suicide are not necessarily something people announce to the world and this means loved ones often have no idea that their friend or family member is even contemplating such an act. However, there may be signs and risk factors, and while you might think you can’t make a difference by yourself, you’re wrong. Sometimes all it takes is one person to say something or do something that will change their decision. One smile, one comment, a conversation or even a gesture toward someone who is considering suicide could make all the difference in the world. It could instill hope and with hope they may seek help.

Are experiences in this book based on someone you know or events in your own life?

Though I’ve known people who have suffered from addiction and depression, Two Worlds Collided was inspired by the tragic story of a true-life rock star.

If you had to choose, is there a writer you would consider a mentor? Why?

Not really a mentor, but I do have someone I can bounce ideas off and discuss story plots. This is my daughter Katrina, who is not only a talented cover book artist but also an author as well. We’ll sit down and brainstorm about where I should send my characters next.

I also have a very good friend who edits my work and she’s not shy about telling me if something isn’t working for her in the story. This is vital in penning a good tale. I value her honest opinions. Thanks, Cathy.

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

I’m blessed with knowing many author friends that I’ve met online who have shared their experiences on what works and what doesn’t work in the storytelling world. Both are important in striving to be a successful writer.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book By Its Cover” is the name of my book cover store that I co-own with my daughter, Katrina Gillian. I created the cover for Two Worlds Collided. There were a few covers created before the one you see now was finally chosen.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Be true to yourself. Write every day even if you don’t feel inspired. Sometimes your quick thoughts can blossom into something more.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Readers are what writers can never live without. The novel doesn’t only belong to the writer; it also belongs to the reader as well. Without the reader, the story is just ink on a paper and nothing more. Opening the book, reading those first words, this is where the true magic begins. I love readers! Thank you so much for loving books.

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No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

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Each week, I like to take an evening to read articles about the craft of writing and those that I think are the cream of the crop, I link to here on Mondays.  This time around, I was in more of a marketing mood and there are several good links about ways to market yourself as an author in addition to the general writing ones.  I hope you like them!

How to Take Advantage of Your 4 Most Important Characters

The Writing Process…It Ain’t No Unicorn Hug

Flash Marketing: How I Booked $25K with Sales Copy Packages

Timely writing tips from George Orwell

Character Motivation Entry: Discovering One’s True Self

How to Use Infographics to Successfully Promote Your Book

The Random Dialogue Exercise

Put the Science in Your Science Fiction

Writer’s Block? Consider a Template

The Complex Power of Mapping the World of Your Novel

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

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Welcome back to another writer’s link Monday!  This week I focused on the act of writing and articles that help to fight writer’s block, work with critique groups, and more of the nut and bolts of writing.  I hope you find them as informative as I did.  Enjoy!

2 Ways to Choose the Right Scene2 Ways to Choose the Right Scene

Want To Grow As A Writer? Transform Your Critique Group

How I Developed My Series Hero

5 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

Yes, Your Novel Has a Message

Resurrect a Forgotten Manuscript

Education of the Spirit

GETTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT READY FOR EDITING

How Do You Know When To Start and End a Scene?

Money and Economics for SF/F Writers

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

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Welcome back to another Monday of No Wasted Ink writer’s links.  I have a nice assortment of articles for you this week.  One that explains writer’s associations and how they benefit authors, how to research, and a book review on Wonderbook.  If you write fantasy, this book is a powerful resource and I highly recommend adding it to your reference bookshelf.

The Power of the Posse

5 Things I Learned from Rebecca Skloot about Structure

3 Ways to Make Your Writing More Visual

Is a Writers’ Association Right For You?

The Secret to Effective Research Is . . .

Characters: The Real Storytellers

The Magic of Collaborative Marketing for Writers

How to Create a Book Cover That Connects with Readers

How to Work with an Editorial Calendar

Writing Resources: Wonderbook