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NaNoWriMo Break

NaNoWriMo Break

I am about 6K behind, with NaNoWriMo, but I plan to really buckle down this week.  I love it when my characters and muses work on a scene that isn’t even in the original outline. (It gives me a bigger word count and adds to the story. )
For those who are struggling with their muses and/or character . . . sometime just going with their flow is the best bet.

I have been filling out surveys/interviews. . . I enjoy extra promotions. Here are a few interviews I was in . . .

Links to several Interviews

http://kelworthfiles.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/nano-spotlight-talking-to-writer-rebekah-wolveire/

http://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/here-is-my-interview-with-rebekah-wolveire/

http://www.heidinicolebird.com/2013/11/nanowrimo-spotlight-rebekah-wolveire.html

 

Promoting a fellow author: Heidi Nicole Bird

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Through the Paper Wall, the beloved middle grade fantasy by Heidi Nicole Bird is now available as an audio book! Brought to life by the talented vocal artist Andy Mack, this fantastic story becomes even more magical. Download your copy today by visiting Audible.com or iTunes! To celebrate, the Kindle version of Through the Paper Wall is now available for only $.99, for a limited time only. To make it even better, if you own the Kindle version you can get the Audible download for only $1.99! (Please incorporate these links into the above statement!) http://andymackvoice.com/ iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/through-paper-wall-unabridged/id674652420

Audible: http://www.amazon.com/Through-the-Paper-Wall/dp/B00DYXTE98/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1379794008

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Through-the-Paper-Wall-ebook/dp/B00BF1MNT4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379794008&sr=8-1&keywords=Through+the+Paper+Wall

Synopsis: Things haven’t been the same between Jesse and Dad since Mom died, and now Jesse’s worst fears are coming true. Not only has he been forced to move across the country, but Dad is also flirting like crazy with his new girlfriend. In an attempt to get away from the two lovebirds, Jesse starts to explore his new house and what he finds changes everything. Hidden in Jesse’s basement is a room the adults can’t see, and leading from the room is a massive tunnel. That’s not the only weird thing about Jesse’s new house, though. It’s also tagged with all sorts of rumors. Could the house actually be haunted like some people think?

With the help of his new friend Jake, Jesse soon discovers the truth, and they find themselves in a situation that is way out of their control. Ambyth, an eternal city of teenagers, is anything but a safe place for Jesse and Jake to be. Together they must overcome the evil that Jesse’s house has been hiding for decades, and they have to do it before time runs out.

5-star Reviews: “Imaginative, beautiful, brilliant, engaging. From the first page of this book, I was hooked, and was very sad to soon be finding myself on the last page. While the story is a fantastic fantasy, the reader finds themselves learning a lesson after the book is over.” – N. Wells “It took me to a magical place in my mind; one of mystery, imagination, and wonder, yet had the touching side of real-life struggles that a lot of people have to deal with. Even though the main character is quite young, I found myself identifying with his frustration, pain, love, and realization.” – Jade M. Phillips, author of MER “Even though it is geared towards YA I think a person can appreciate the message at any age. It is a reminder that life is fragile and we should be thankful for whatever we have.” – Brenda Perlin, author of Home Wrecker “When I started reading the book I was immediately impressed by the way her words brought life to her characters. They were well crafted and believable, their interactions natural. The story captures the frustration of a young adult who’s life seems out of control and does a marvelous job of showing us how his feelings change as the book progresses.” – Daniel Wang

Want the story in another format? Through the Paper Wall can be found in various other formats by visiting the following links:

Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Through-Paper-Wall-Heidi-Nicole/dp/1481093819/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1379794008&sr=8-1

UK Paperback: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Through-Paper-Wall-Heidi-Nicole/dp/1481093819/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379691744&sr=1-2

UK Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Through-the-Paper-Wall-ebook/dp/B00BF1MNT4/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1379691744&sr=1-2

UK Audible: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Through-the-Paper-Wall-Unabridged/dp/B00DYXFQ9A/ref=tmm_aud_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1379691744&sr=1-2

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/285576

Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781481093811

Sony: https://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/heidi-nicole-bird/through-the-paper-wall/_/R-400000000000000988139

Barnes and Noble Paperback: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/through-the-paper-wall-heidi-nicole-bird/1114573007?ean=9781481093811&itm=1&usri=9781481093811

Barnes and Noble Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/through-the-paper-wall-heidi-nicole-bird/1114573007?ean=2940044365230

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/through-the-paper-wall

Itunes ebook: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/through-the-paper-wall/id619423758?mt=11

Heidi Nicole Bird has been writing for as long as she can remember and it is her favorite thing in the world. Heidi is a regular NaNoWriMo participant and is mostly a young adult fantasy writer, but also likes to write juvenile fiction and other genres. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Brigham Young University and she looks forward to exploring the genre of historical fiction. Heidi lives in Utah with her family and four dogs, and loves working as both a writer and an Archival Digitization Specialist for Ancestry.com. To learn more visit www.heidinicolebird.com

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THE 2013 NaNoWriMo SURVEY

THE 2013 NaNoWriMo SURVEY

I got this off the forums on the NaNoWriMo site. They have their new setup, which is sweet and more modern. This year’s theme is video games.
If you want to add me as a writing buddy . . . http://nanowrimo.org/participants/rebekah1213

– What age range are you? 30’s (31 in December)

– Male, female, other? Female, the last time I checked.

– If 1 is 100% Masculine and 10 is 100% Feminine, what number would you rate yourself for your country/background? 6.5 (This is a very bizarre question; I have pieces of me that is tomboyish, and pieces of me that are girly. I am just me!)

– Country and/or Ethnicity (if you are comfortable telling this)? United States/ I’m a Caucasian German/Slovak/English/Scottish

– Myers Briggs Typology? I retook the test and it said that I am an ISTJ, which is so different from what I was in my school days ENTP. (Take test here: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp)

– Are you a Highly Sensitive Person? Semi-sensitive (14 or higher was extremely sensitive. . . I was 12) (Take test here: http://www.hsperson.com/pages/test.htm)

– What number of years have you participated in NaNoWriMo? 3: I won all 3

– Do you write books outside of NaNoWriMo? Yes, I am always writing.

– Did you write before you participated in your first NaNoWriMo? Yes.

– How long have you been writing fiction for? Give or take 20 years
And if before NaNoWriMo, what forms? Diaries, poetry, short stories, blogs, scripts, and eventually novels.

– Are you published officially (non-local magazines) and books (non-self-published/POD)? I have several interviews on blogs. I have two short stories published in some other works, but I do not have the links yet.

– What genre(s) do you usually write? Horror: paranormal/occult or paranormal-thriller

– What genre did you write for NaNoWriMo? Paranormal/Occult or Mystery/thriller

– Do you treat your characters as real/do they talk to you? Yes, my muses and characters fight a lot.

– Are you an Improviser/Discovery Writer, a Milestone writer (set out certain important events to hit without the detail), an Outliner, or mixed (if so, how?)? I created a basic outline for smaller projects. I will use larger and more detailed outlines and character profiles (sketches) for bigger projects.
b. What method did you use for NaNoWriMo? I start with an outline and then I write notes out before I do my daily word sprints.

– Do you believe in event-driven, character-driven or story-driven?
Event-driven- Events move the story. (Often misnomer as Plot-driven)
Character-driven- Characters move the story.
Story-driven- All aspects of the story are important in turn and can move the story.
90% of the time I am character driven; I feel without the characters you will not have a story.

– In what order do you write? Forwards, backwards, skip around or mixed? I usually start with the scene that is boiling in my head, just dying to get out. Then I work around that. (My vampire series has one book down and pieces of other books right now).

– Do you determine the ending first, later, or when you get there? I usually have a general idea where the ending is going. Ending a story is really hard for me.

– What do you feel is your weakest and strongest point in writing? Middle scenes are my strongest, endings are my weakest, and grammar is my kryptonite.

– What are you best and weakest at: beginnings, middles, endings? Best—middle; Worst—ends, after several weeks, month, even year my projects are like my babies.. . I get scare to see them stand on their own, just causes me to procrastinate my endings.

– What materials/programs do you like to use when writing? Black ball point bic pens, Spiral notebooks college rule if possible, and whatever computer I have it has to have some music and some program that I can save my work as a doc (word friendly).

– How many writing project do you have at one time? Usually I have at least three projects going at once.

– Where do you get your ideas? (The dreaded question writers frequently get.)
I get them from all kinds of places. My boyfriend and I broke up the first time, I got the vampire idea. My mystery book was caused by one of my fears: car accidents.)

– Why do you write? (The other frequently asked question to writers)
I am a story-teller first. (A writer like 8th, and editor 157th). To paraphrase Stephen King: I write version A for myself. I write version B for everyone else. I write a story that I think I would want to read. There is much of me in several of the characters . . . and other people I know in other characters, so it about expression as well. (Note: You will see more of me in “A” version of the story if you can get pass all of the grammar errors.)

– Do you research? If so when? before, during or after? If so, how much time will you spend on it? I have to say I do my majority of research before I write the scenes that need it. I also research while writing . . . all I know is that I usually have hours, almost days of research by the time the project is done. Then I continue to research when I edit and rewrite to make sure I got my fact right.

– Do you use primary (people who were there/experienced it), secondary (People who heard about it) or third-hand research (usually books, etc)? or mixed? If so, how much and how do you do it? Well, it depends on the subjects. I am writing a mystery novel that deals with car accident so I have talked to those who have been accidents, friends who are mechanics, and even watched other accidents on TV shows/documentaries and movies.

– For the Speculative Fiction/ Historical Fiction Crowd: If you world build, how much, when and how? I think that whether you make your own world or use history that you main character is in the center of that world. I really angle around the character and how they see the world.

– Are you a hobbyist, or doing this for publication? Or in the crowd of if you get an edited book that you’ll try to publish it? Would you like a career as an author? I do have a few of my book self-published through amazon and createspace.com just search the name Rebekah Wolveire. (These are first editions, because I plan to edit them again.)
I would like to get a main stream for my vampire series and several other book of short stories I am working on.

– Would you publish your Nanowrimo for this year if you got it cleaned up? I do have a version of two of my books through createspace.com because of NaNoWriMo. (Links to my books are at the bottom.)

– What books do you read inside of your genre? (Include authors please)
Genres: Horror: Occult/Paranormal
The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
The Fool’s Journey  by Kay Darling
The Shinning by Stephen King
Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King

Genre: Mystery
Ten Little Indians (And Then There were None) Agatha Christie (It goes by either title)
b. How many do you roughly own/read in your genre in a year? Less than I should. . . I know I should read more. I hate to admit this, but I have read more short stories than I have read novels.
c. What is the oldest book (as in publication date) you’ve read in your genre? Dracula by Bram Stoker
d. What is the one book/author you would recommend to a newbie reading your genre? If you are a true vampire fan Dracula by Bram Stoker and the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. (I have several blogs on how I am annoyed and against Twilight.) If you want to write about ghosts or working with devil, then I would suggest at least one of Stephen King’s books or short stories. (The Shinning, 1408, Riding the Bullet, The Stand etc)

– What Classics have you read and enjoyed and disliked (inside and outside of classes)? Include author please.
Liked
1984
Ten Little Indians By Agatha Christie
Diary of Anne Frank
The Miracle Worker by Helen Keller
Romeo and Juliet, Caesar, Mid-Summer Night Dream by William Shakespeare

– What books do you read outside of your genre? (include authors)
Shakespeare’s works
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Stories from Reader’s Digest

– Would you have written this novel without NaNoWriMo? I’ve started several novels. I have written several novellas.

– And what does NaNoWriMo mean to you? One of the many reasons that I have two finished books: I believe that if I didn’t have the rewards and the extra push from NaNo, I would have not gotten two of my books done. It has allowed me to find groups of great and talent writers whom I can chat with and sprint with. They have been great support.

– What have you learned from NaNoWriMo (so Far)? I can’t just say what I have learned from NaNoWriMo in just a few sentences. (I have a writing blog my link is below. There are a lot of tips and things I have learned from NaNo and having beta readers.)

– Has writing a novel changed how you view authors and read novels? I now understand that a novel is not written overnight. You really need to love, because there are times it feels like work. (There are many times where I would rather soak in the bath or play Sims, but I tell myself I need to finish that scene or chapter. My boyfriend usually has to push me to end my projects.)

– If you were at a book signing and a person said to you, “Hey! I have a great idea for a book–you write it, edit it and all of that and then we go 50/50 on the profits. So what do you think?” What would you say to that person? (This does happen.)
I’ll be honest 90% of the time, I’m usually in the middle of at least 2-3 projects at a time (some my own, some are my boyfriend’s projects). Over half the time, I usually put too much on my plate, so I wouldn’t have time to do more projects.
However I would suggest that they try NaNoWriMo, or Camp NaNo, because they may find writing groups that will work with them. (Hint: when you want to work with someone else or a group, you need to make sure that you don’t have too many “A” personality types. . . aggressive leaders, because there will be too much arguing and not enough process. You also need to agree on a voice and a style and try to be constant or at least do so when editing.)
I also work better by myself. (I tend to get frustrated working with others. My boyfriend and I bump heads all of the time.)

– What’s more offensive to you: prejudiced slurs or the 4-letter and one three-letter swear words? I’m more offended at someone calling someone stupid or saying that they can’t when they haven’t even tried. (I use cuss words, as for prejudiced slurs, we all have some like of slur . . . it’s

– If Chris Baty (who started Nanowrimo) and Chris Angotti (who currently runs the Program Director portion) got into a brawl with each other over an authentic flying pig, who would you vote to win? Keep in mind Heather Dudley (Forum Moderator) is your local electorate… I’m sorry, I didn’t play favorites when my friends or brothers would fight, I am not picking a side now. I’m playing Switzerland.

My links

My Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/RebekahWolveire
My
writing blog (I have a lot of tips for writing and NaNoWriMo on this site.) http://RebekahWolveire.wordpress.com
Twitter
: http://www.twitter.comRebekahWolveire
Tumblr
: http://Rebekah1213.tumblr.com
The
Whispering Path E-copy https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/207547
The Whispering Path Paperback http://www.amazon.com/The-Whispering-Path-Rebekah-Wolveire/dp/1463674309/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347202676&sr=8-1&keywords=rebekah+wolveire
Or

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-whispering-path-rebekah-wolveire/1111604749
(If
you want to beta read and/or edit my first vampire novel Melzela, please message me.)
Or
https://www.createspace.com/4262311  (Melzela first edition)

 

Blog Hop: Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing

 I’d like to thank author, K.D. Emerson, of Digitus 233 for tagging me in the Next Big Thing Blog tour. Her blog is (http://masterkoda.com/category/master-koda-blog-tour ) Check out the latest events with Master Koda as well.

 

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing: Rebekah Wolveire author of Crimson Shadow Collection: Book 1 Melzela

 

What is the working title of your book?
I am writing a seven book series I’m calling Crimson Shadow Collection. There are about 75 vampires and this is the series is about their lives. I have been working on the set-up of this series since 2008-2009. The title of the first book is Crimson Shadow Collection: Book 1 Melzela. (It can be shorted to just Melzela.)

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Well, it’s a really long story, but I thought of the idea when I was sick with mono and my boyfriend and I were on a temporary break. I missed him and he always had a love for vampires and it was my way of being close to him. However once I was well and we got back together, the series took on a life of it’s own. Melzela is just the main vampire from which all of the many descendant come.

What genre does your book fall under?
The entire Crimson Shadow Series is about vampires, so it is horror and occult: vampire.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Melzela would be played by an young actress that has similar features as to Angelina Jolie. (I would love to Ms. Jolie, but my characters is permanently 20 years old.)
I actually have actors inspired for each of my characters.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Melzela was abused and neglected by her family, in which she finds determination, and hope in herself to seek true love and after a blood ritual back fires, she is made a child of the blood lust.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I hope to find an agent and get this book mainstream published. (If anyone knows any agents or publishers that are interested in monstrous vampire novels, please leave a comment on post me a message on facebook.)

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took several years, because I was afraid of someone stealing my ideas. This year wanted to get a push so I made sure I finished it with NaNoWriMo 2012. I started it in 2008-2012, that is about four years. I hope to work on a vampire novel, one per year now; if I need NaNoWriMo as push, I will use it.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I will first stay, yes Melzela is looking for love, but this is nothing like Twilight.
Melzela was created at the time of Christ, which when the families would tell you who you married. She was fighting against that.
She was a woman of street; she needed to make a way to survive. This has a lot of adult themes.
The entire series is more like Anne Rice’s vampires and true blood mixed together. I also believe that my vampire would take a nightly stroll with the great Dracula himself.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My best friend from high school was always into vampires (she was a Rice fan.) My boyfriend also showed his passionate and love for the children of the night. How could I not want to embrace them too?

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This is just the first book out of seven: I honestly think there is at least one vampire everyone would be interested in. Melzela was young woman who just wanted the fairy tale love to be true.

 

I am tagging the following people.

Marguerite Arotin http://www.margueritearotin.wordpress.com

Mary Jo Lovallo http://rosewithering.livejournal.com

Tameka Armstrong http://pandareadingabook.wordpress.com

Amy Stewart http://500thfloor.wordpress.com

Mike Podgor http://mikepodgor.wordpress.com

Rachel Snitzer http://anrisaryn.wordpress.com

Driving lies

 Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing: Rebekah Wolveire author of Driving Lies

 

What is the working title of your book?
My latest thrilling book is called Driving Lies.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea was originally from a script I worked on high school, most of high school. I reread it and I liked the main idea, but then I realized that there was a lot of holes in my plot. I tweaked the plot, outlined it, and started to write for NaNoWriMo 2011.

What genre does your book fall under?
This book can fall under several categories such a murder mystery, thriller, and suspense.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Jake- Eric Balfour (Haven, 24); Penny (Jake’s ex-girlfriend)- Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) 
Neve- Britt Roberson (Cherry); Eric- Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous) Nick-  Taylor Kitsch (The Covenant)

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Simple version: A man, Jacob Walters, snaps and strikes revenges with car accidents killing all his victims.

Complex version: Jacob Walters had a beautiful finances, great son, and good future, but he gambled it all way on a family. Once things started to crack, Jake to revenge the only way he knew how through cars.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I want to publish, but I have a long road of editing first. I will get my 5 free copies from Create Space. I think I will put it on amazon or smash words. Keep up with this blog for the links.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I still have yet to finish a few chapters on the last section, but I know have more that 150K so far. It’s been over a year.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
In some ways, I would like to think And Then There None (also known as Ten Little Indians) by Agatha Christie.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I don’t drive. I was hit by a car (hit and run) when I was 12 scouting a paper route, since then I’ve had nightmares of getting into car accidents in and out of the car. I thought if I wrote about car accidents it would help me to get over it, but it’s different when you put it on the page and you are on the road.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I write this book in two different perspectives and I rotate using their name at the top of each section. This way you see from the victim’s and murderer’s points of view.

Another NaNoWriMo Interview

 It’s Thanksgiving and my muses are on vacation. I decided to do three things while brining and cooking my turkey.
I was reading these articles in CreateSpace https://www.createspace.com/en/community/community/resources/blog/2012/11/01/nanowrimo-2012-the-createspace-kdp-chronicles-part-1?ref=416792&utm_id=6051

https://www.createspace.com/en/community/community/resources/blog/2012/11/15/nanowrimo-2012-the-createspace-kdp-chronicles-part-2

 

So here are my answers to the their questions.

Part 1

What inspired you to participate in NaNoWriMo this year?
I enjoy a good challenge. When I was first writing, I was paying more attention to page number and I found out that publishers pay more attention to word count.

Is this your first time, or are you a seasoned veteran
This is my third year and I hope to make it 3 for 3. I gave myself an extra challenge I am doing two separate novels at the same time. I am hoping to make 50k on each.

What is your plan for reaching 50,000 words in 30 days?
Lots of word sprints. (A word war/sprint is writing so many words in a certain time). I can get so much accomplished when I write in sprints.

Anything else you want to add?
I am a plotter/planner, I create outlines, characters sketches, but I use it as a net when I write. I allow my muses and characters to direct my word count in November. If I over-write then I can always cut it down in Feb-Mar when I edit.

 

Part 2

What is your book about?
Driving Lies is written two different perspectives: one the victim and the killer; the murder kills with car accidents.
Crimson Shadow Collection: Melzela (Book 1 of 7) is about the story of Melzela and she adapted being a vampire.

Have you hit any writer’s block?
Actually, it was funny, I have let these two stories stew for a few years now. I have been very motivated with them. I didn’t plan to write Wednesday or Thursday for the holiday and sure enough my muses decided to take a break. (I hope they come back on Friday.)

This is a tough contest; what’s been the biggest challenge so far?
I sometimes I feel I am driven more on one project than another. I try to rotate, but if I know I can get a decent word count, I usually stick with that story.

Anything else you’d like to share at this midpoint of the contest?
I didn’t think I would be as far as I am. It really have to say it’s all about the word sprints. This what works for me I write twice an hour for 25 minutes at a time. :05-:30 and then :35-:00. I have gotten the most writing done that way. (Some people like longer sprints and some like shorter, 25 minutes usually works really well for me.)

I also plan to get my 5 free books from CreateSpace when I am finished and have my projects edited. (You have to pay for the prove and shipping and handling, but it is worth it.)

Happy Writing!

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“The Whispering Path” By Rebekah Wolveire

Currently until Saturday September 1st my e-novel “The Whispering Path” is FREE. Yes, I said FREE!

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/207547

Please read and write a review. I would love to know what everyone thinks.

There are some interviews and spotlights where you can find out more about me.

The Alrasub

http://www.alrasub.com/the-whispering-path-rebekah-wolveire/

Crimson Flower Review

http://spotlightauthorscr.blogspot.com/2012/08/spotlight-on-author-rebekah-wolveire.html

Tasha-Turner Coaching

http://tasha-turner.com/rebekah-woleveire/