Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fast Friday Indie Interviews: Nancy Glynn

Nancy Glynn

Tell me about yourself, Nancy?

Hi there! My name is Nancy Glynn. I live in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, having grown up in the south side of the city. I’ve been married for 21 great years and have 3 cool teens (two boys and a girl). We also have 3 spoiled dogs and a fluffy bunny, so it’s a zoo. I used to be a medical transcriptionist for 17 years until 2014 when I quit to pursue my dream, thanks to my husband’s support (and awesome job in organ donation!). It seems I’ve been writing all my life, but actually just self-published in May 2015 when I buckled down and wrote my first book, Black 21, a supernatural romance, in three months. I’ve always been an avid reader, gobbling up anything from Stephen King to Danielle Steel. When I’m not writing or promoting my work, I’m hanging out with my family, finding great books on Goodreads and making friends, and pinning book scenes for my book boards on Pinterest, which is addictive! And of course reading!

Tell me about your current Book:

When an old face from her past shows up with a letter for her from his dead brother, Erin must decide to open her heart and secluded life to him, or lose him forever.
Eight years ago, Erin Donahue had it all—her own city apartment, a career in photography, and a man who’d do anything for her. But things change. Fate steps in. Now, living in the small town of Destiny, IL, Erin embraces her new life, free of hurting anyone else. She’s all alone, and she likes it like that. Independent, strong…and broken. Until a handsome, divorced rancher drives up her lane and drags her back into a past she wants to forget.

A forbidden crush born long ago…

In Afghanistan, Slade Callahan tucks Erin into his dreams and his heart. Guilt plagues him for wanting her when she isn’t his to want. She belongs to his older brother. But when Erin breaks his brother’s heart, she never realizes she’s breaking two. Honor keeps him from going after her. Discharged from the Marines, Slade moves on with his life and lets her go. Until tragedy strikes. His brother is dead. Found in his car with two letters…one to his wife—and one to Erin.
A letter full of hope and secrets…

Erin and Slade come together, fighting a love that won’t let go. Tormented by guilt, shame, anger, and the need to forgive, walls slowly crumble. Setting off a firestorm of buried passions, they embrace the truth in the stars. But their journey is only beginning when the letter is read. Decisions must be made. Is Erin strong enough to accept herself and trust in this beautiful love, or will she repeat history with another Callahan man?

What are you working on now?

This is a standalone series set in the same small town called Town of Destiny. Each book with have a new couple taking their journey founded on destiny. These stories will have a meant-to-be story line driven by the hands of fate, woven through strange circumstances, and finding the love they were meant to have. I’m working on the second book and hope to have it out by September.

Where is your favorite place to be when you write?

I always write in my bedroom at my desk. I light my pretty-scented candle, sometimes play music for inspiration, and hang the sign on my door that says Writing. I’m not distracted by anything, which helps with deadlines!

What is your favorite Website?

I’d probably say KBoards Writer’s CafĂ©, as I learn so much there about marketing and get inspiration by other authors. We have fun over there! Canva would be my other fun addiction as I like to create banners for my books. Sorry, too hard to say just one!



Images that Inspire

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Quotes of the Week

If your book doesn't keep you up nights writing it, it won't keep anyone up nights reading it.
—James A. Michener

It is impossible to discourage real writers—they don't give a damn what you say, ther're going to write.

In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself...I see with a myriad of eyes, but it is still I who see
—CS Lewis

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.
—Carol Burnett

But with writers, there's nothing wrong with melancholy. It's an important color in writing.
—Paul McCartney

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
—Erica Jong

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
—W. B. Yeats

Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story.
—Neil Gaiman

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tip Tuesday: Showing

Anyone that has taken a writing class or joined a writers group has heard someone say, "Show, don't tell."

The most often quoted example is, "Don't tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass."

Writers struggle with this, myself included. I have found the easiest way to avoid this issue is to simply be more specific about the scene. The glint of light on broken glass is far more specific. Leading to a better fleshed story.

The trap for beginning writers is that there are lots of different ways to "show don't tell". Some writers will pile on cliches while showing. Some things take too long to show without advancing plot or character.

Showing is different depending on your POV. I like being in a characters head. Using what the character thinks is a good tool. A narrator that speaks directly to the reader can tell as part of show. They way they tell IS part of showing.

Use the senses to show. ALL the senses. "He had coffee and a cookie." should be "He dipped his Oreo in strong, black, coffee as he breathed in the fragrant steam."

All this being said, know the rule, but then do what ever the hell you want. Be true to the voice of your writing. Lots of classic novels tell. Just do it on purpose.

--Just don't bore the reader.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Music as Inspriation

My son loved the band Linkin Park when he was younger. Still does really. I took him to see them in concert a few years ago.

When I was in the early stages of writing The Solstice 31 Saga I watched him screaming these lyrics at the stage when the volume was impressive. His passion for the words made me listen. The words of this song influenced my saga.

If you have read all three of the novels listen to the song and read the lyrics in the vid.

Image Barcus speaking them...

--Plus it's a great addition to your Zombie Killing playlist.