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Featured Author: Ann Leverette

Ann Leverette discusses her two BookRix books, Take My Serenity and  A Beautiful Lie.

1. What does the title of Take My Serenity mean?

In reference to Take My Serenity , its meaning is peacefulness. Take My Serenity is to say take my peace away.

2. What point of view is the story from?

I believe we all have a conscience and the bad and the good sitting on your shoulder, the devil and the angel. This story is told from the devil’s side, the bad side.

3. What is the cover of Take My Serenity about?

The cover is a picture of a girl who is half demon and half angel. It represents confusion, anger and doubt because one of those sides is going to take over and it is up to you to choose which one you surrender to.

4. What is the meaning of this line from Take My Serenity, “How am I living my life with out me in it?”

It means you are just drifting by yourself physically but your spirit is already dead. It’s the demons argument. Why are you still living life this way? Release yourself to me and the pain will be gone.

5. What is the eternal fight?

The eternal fight is an internal fight that we all face that will never end; it is an everlasting battle within our mind and spirit that taunts us. The winner will be whichever you feed the most because that will be the one that grows.

6. What does the title of A Beautiful Lie mean?

A Beautiful Lie is a figure of speech because how can a lie be beautiful? It simply means it’s a lie that you refuse to see negatively. A lie is something that is not real.

7. From whose point of view is the story?

This story is told from every lover’s point of view. From every one who has loved and lost to every one who has hurt someone, everyone who regrets losing the one they let go.

8. What does the cover of A Beautiful Lie mean?

The cover of the book is more than what meets the eye; it’s a broken heart. The heart is also plastic as is almost saying “if I had a heart to have a heart”, meaning that its feelings are real, but it is an artificial heart trying to conjure real emotions.

9. What is the meaning of this line from A Beautiful Lie, “I want a sugarcoated life I know I could do better, but the good book told me to think twice” mean?

Have you ever heard the saying I’m not going to sugarcoat it for you? Well it means I’m not going to make things seem better than they really are for your benefit. The line”I want a sugarcoated life” really means that I don’t want to face reality.

“I know I could do better but the Good Book told me to think twice.” What does this line mean? Actually it is a contradiction towards the bible in a way; it’s looking at the meaning of values. You should always think twice before making a decision. That’s the moral this statement is taking it into context.

10. Why does the book say “We all  regret our sins”

To answer that question, you have to determine what you call a sin. Losing a lover is not the sin, but this book is referencing committing adultery. You just have to look deeper.

Thursday Tips: Writing from the heart daily

Several times, people tell me that they want to write and then get stopped because their analytical mind takes over. Try waking up earlier than usual and writing before your logical mind is fully lucid. You need to write with your heart and edit with your mind. These are two separate functions. Think of when you are most awake and do your editing during that time.

If you are stuck, make yourself write every day. Write about your weird anecdotes, your stupid boss, your funny little nephew. Just write. The daily habit of writing is key when you can’t think of something novel to say. I get a lot of my funny writing done in my emails that I send to my friends. Funny or bizarre situations happen to me constantly and they are great comic relief material for my friends. If you have a slew of dating disasters, office horror stories or whatever, write it out. You may find your niche in your daily life.

Featured Author: Margaret Holt

1) Your name:

I present myself as: M

2) Titles of the work you have on Bookrix

New Beginning Book

I am finishing up my second book this week to submit.

3) What is your writing method?

I have a rather individual writing style. I write as I am in the mood to write. My words and thoughts are based on personal experience and feelings. I express myself as I see fit. I am very passionate about how my thoughts and ideals are presented.

4) How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since 1998. But I have never published anything because I am a rather private person.

5) How do you maintain your regular job while writing?

I own my own healthcare consulting business, a full time mother, and healthcare executive in a long term care facility. This affords me limited time to write but it is relaxing and a great way to express my innermost thoughts.

6) Do you have special places where you go to write?

I tend to write where ever I get the mood. There is no special place nor time.

7) Do you have any quirks when writing? Do you need to shut off your phone for the weekend or stay away from family and friends?

No there are no special quirks that I have. I am just the kind of person who just goes with the flow of my mind at that moment. I cherish the quiet moments with a loved one who can appreciate the way I think.

8) What inspires you?

Love, passion, excepting people as they are and not what we choose for them to be. Personal thoughts, experiences, and deep rooted convictions.

9) Do you want to make a living from your wordsmith skills or are you doing this for fun?

I would like to make a living from this but I would also be satisfied with just writing.

10) What are your stories about? Are they fiction or non-fiction?

They are non-fiction. I write about the experiences that I have and that I have heard from others that intrigue my mind. Everyone needs to be heard.

11) Do you have a lesson in your stories? Do you have a philosophical or moral mission you are showing in your work?

I try to show even though we may not understand the thoughts of others they are their thoughts. We are not the judge jury and executioner of the thoughts and ideals of another person. They have their right to freely express themselves.

12) What advice do you have for other authors?

Be true to your thougths and ideals because they are “yours” and belong to no one else. Be true to yourself no matter what. At the end of the day, ask yourself were you true to yourself or did you conform to the wants, needs, and desires of another? Express yourself and present yourself as an individual. Sometimes it is acceptable to step outside of the “societal box”. When you do that, it makes people take note of what you say (even if it is to criticize). No matter what stay, be true to your individual way of expression.

13) Please write anything else you’d like for the BookRix blog.

As writers, we are sometimes drawn to say and express things others are afraid to say. That is why we exist. We are sometimes the outlet for the frustrations of another who cannot speak and do not have the words to say. Be that sounding board for those who have no voice or are afraid to speak. Be that person who steps out on faith with a new idea or ideal. Be that person who in the midst of adversity decides to say and speak out against oppression and those who are afraid to speak. Quite simply…Be That Voice.

Thursday Tips: Edit At Your Will

Since people have found out that I am an author, I get requests to edit their short stories or other writing ventures. It’s hard to say, “Actually, I HATE editing. But I finally did it on Monday when a friend called asking me to edit the first page of his memoir. I told him the truth. Editing a well-written piece of writing can be a joy, but when the work has so many spelling mistakes in it or is poorly written, it is a true chore. Having worked as an editor for a short period of time at a newspaper, I improved my writing a great deal by seeing how well others crafted their prose. Mind you, I was cutting New York Times and Associated Press articles for an English language daily in South America. I was “editing” professionally composed articles.

My advice is that if you truly don’t like to edit, then tell people that. It’s better to be honest than to begrudgingly read something you don’t like.
The same goes if you are a writer and you ask people to edit your work. If you don’t think they will do it with all their heart and will just do it because they feel like they have to, then be honest with them and ask them if they’d prefer you find someone else. Hiring a professional editor is a good idea because a professional can give you an objective opinion. If you can’t afford a professional, do a barter with them or find a retired school teacher who may not charge much.

In any case, be honest both as the reader and as the author.

Featured Author: Martina Osterndorff

Martina is a German author who writes in English.

1. Your name

Martina Osterndorff

2. Titles of the work you have on Bookrix

In her shell

3. What is your writing method?

I actually am a morning person in everything I do. Whenever I start early in the morning, I can go for hours. That also fits for my writing as for other things as well.

4. How long have you been writing?

I started back in second grade, already, when I began to rewrite those little texts we had in our textbooks. I kept on writing ever since.

5. How do you maintain your regular job while writing?

I still am a full-time student, so I actually am pretty free in organizing my time and space. That is how I can make myself some writing time when I really need it. I will be finishing my studies, soon and have no clew how I will be developing my writing maintenance then.

6. Do you have special places where you go to write?

Although it’s not very asthetic, I admit I just write on my old laptop. so i’m mostly sitting in my room while writing. I do keep a notebook, wherever I go, though, just to write down thoughts that cross my mind. I realized, that there are sentences that will never come back to you, once you didn’t wrote them down.

7. Do you want to make a living from your wordsmith skills or are you doing this for fun?

I would really like that, actually. I dreamt of becoming a writer when I was a kid. Athough, I feel there is still a pretty long way to go until I might be skilled enough, I keep on writing and following my dreams – no matter if they ever come true or not.

8. What are your stories about? Are they fiction or non-fiction?

My stories are mostly non-fictional, though never biographical. I love to observe small things and to analyze them in my stories. I observe the society, as it is and try to bring that observation into my stories.

9. Do you have a lesson in your stories? Do you have a philosophical or moral mission you are showing in your work?

My mission is probably to achieve a new view on society and to offer that view to others. I try not to judge, though.

10. What advice do you have for other authors?

Just be yourself, in anything you do. Although, you seem small in comparison to the world, you can still make a change.

11. Please write anything else you’d like for the Bookrix blog.

In the end, it should be all about the pure love for writing.

Thursday Tips From Kitty Jellinek

Tips from author Kitty Jellinek

From Kitty JellinekWhat writing tips do you have for other authors? *
“My Butchers Paper On The Wall” – Planning to write a book.

When planning a book, I take a large piece of paper, tape it to a wall and place the central idea in the middle. [I use a strong black marker pen].
Radiating out from the central idea, I write the first things that come into my head surrounding that idea on the paper.
So for instance let’s say I was going to write a novel on the “sea faring adventures of yesteryear”
My central idea “Old Sailing Ships” – surrounded by – masts, sails, halyard, forequarter decks, mainsail, scull and cross bones, pirates, eye patch, sea spray, barrels, wooden decks, ships officers, etc; etc; I just keep jotting down everything that flies into my head on the topic around the central idea.
Then I get myself a cup of coffee and study my jottings on the wall. If there are not many words written around my central idea – I know my schema is not sufficient – I have to do some research on the topic. If on the other hand the words surrounding my central idea flowed like water out of a barrel, I know that I have sufficient knowledge on the topic to write about it.
Looking at the jotted words on the wall usually gets my imagination running wild and a story starts to formulate around the central idea.
As the story starts to unfold in my mind I write headings for chapters on separate foolscap pages and paste them to the wall surrounding my butchers paper.
On the foolscap pages I write a list of topics to be covered within that chapter.
Once I have completed all my chapter pages I have completed the plan for my book.
Now it’s time to head to my computer and write up the content within my chapters.
I write as fast as I can – letting all the ideas flow. I don’t worry about style, punctuation, grammar, etc; at this stage. I just want to get the guts of the story down while it’s fresh.
Once I have the story down – then I start crafting my work – this is where I spend the most time, usually takes me around two years to craft a book of around 600 pages.
What suggestions do you have for social media marketing?
Be Social, in other words address others’ concerns, before ramming your concerns down their throats.
What works best for you to market your book?
In one word: MyScribeWeb.com

What writing tips do you have for other authors?

“My Butchers Paper On The Wall” – Planning to write a book.

When planning a book, I take a large piece of paper, tape it to a wall and place the central idea in the middle. [I use a strong black marker pen].
Radiating out from the central idea, I write the first things that come into my head surrounding that idea on the paper.
So for instance let’s say I was going to write a novel on the “sea faring adventures of yesteryear”
My central idea “Old Sailing Ships” – surrounded by – masts, sails, halyard, forequarter decks, mainsail, scull and cross bones, pirates, eye patch, sea spray, barrels, wooden decks, ships officers, etc; etc; I just keep jotting down everything that flies into my head on the topic around the central idea.
Then I get myself a cup of coffee and study my jottings on the wall. If there are not many words written around my central idea – I know my schema is not sufficient – I have to do some research on the topic. If on the other hand the words surrounding my central idea flowed like water out of a barrel, I know that I have sufficient knowledge on the topic to write about it.
Looking at the jotted words on the wall usually gets my imagination running wild and a story starts to formulate around the central idea.

As the story starts to unfold in my mind I write headings for chapters on separate foolscap pages and paste them to the wall surrounding my butchers paper.
On the foolscap pages I write a list of topics to be covered within that chapter.
Once I have completed all my chapter pages I have completed the plan for my book.
Now it’s time to head to my computer and write up the content within my chapters.
I write as fast as I can – letting all the ideas flow. I don’t worry about style, punctuation, grammar, etc; at this stage. I just want to get the guts of the story down while it’s fresh.
Once I have the story down – then I start crafting my work – this is where I spend the most time, usually takes me around two years to craft a book of around 600 pages.

What suggestions do you have for social media marketing?

Be Social, in other words address others’ concerns, before ramming your concerns down their throats.

What works best for you to market your book?

In one word: MyScribeWeb.com

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