Friday 5 – Five Questions for Eileen Cook (and a giveaway)

Today I have the fabulous Eileen Cook here to answer five questions. Also, I’ll be giving away an ARC of her new book With Malice. See below for info on how to enter.

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Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV.  She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her newest book, WITH MALICE, will be out in June 2016. You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

Have you ever gotten up in the middle of the night to work on your book? Yes. I thought everyone did this. Now I’m left wondering if I’m weird.  Most of the time if I wake up I’ll make a short note of whatever feels brilliant at 2am and then go back to sleep, but there have been a few occasions when I’ve sat down at the keyboard and written because what was in my head was perfect.

Would you fight me for the chips and guacamole or take the chocolate I’ve set out as a decoy so I can eat them all myself? I would grab the chocolate for later and then fight you for the chips and guac.  However, I am a good person so I would share the chocolate later

Have you ever used in your own writing something you overheard someone say? All the time.  One of the best things about being a writer is the chance to listen to conversations in coffee shops and parks and figure out how you might be able to use them. Observing not only what people say, but also more importantly- what they don’t say is a critical skill for writers.  One line I am still waiting to use was overheard at my local Starbucks. It was the holiday season and a couple was arguing about the real reason for the season. The woman yelled at him “I hope you realize that Santa is nothing more than the clown at Jesus’ birthday party.”  I actually got up from my table and asked the clerk for a pen so I could write that line down before I forgot it.

What do you want to be in your next life (real or metaphorically speaking)? I’m having a pretty good life this go around. If I could do it again a bit wiser that would be great. Also, based on how cushy my two dogs have it being a dog who belongs to people who spoil them is pretty good

Could you type one handed if you have to (like if you lost the guacamole fight)? Yep- if I had no other way to get it down I’m pretty sure I could type with my huge honker of a nose! Anything to get the story down.

malice_coverNow that you’ve got the scoop on Eileen, it’s time to read her new thriller, With Malice. I’m giving you a chance at an ARC and all you have to do is leave a comment below. If you tweet and/or FB about this contest, you can have an extra entry. Just let me know in your comment (it’s the honour system). Sorry to say to all you international readers I’m going to have to limit it to the US & Canada due to postage. The contest goes until May 3rd.

 

Kick Off Your Week Writing Prompt

air freshenerI thought it would be fun to kick off each week with a writing prompt. Whether you’re a professional writer, an aspiring one, or a dabbler, why not join in? Every month I’ll pick a random winner from the comments I collect. The prize won’t be a trip to Disneyland or a new car, probably more like a bar of chocolate or possibly a new-car air freshener, but hey, having written a story you weren’t planning to write should actually be reward enough, right?

Stories shorter than 200 words can be left in the comments section. Longer than that, please just leave a comment saying you participated and I’ll put you in the monthly drawing, too.

Most importantly, have fun!

Today’s prompt: I really have to stop reading while I walk, I thought as I lay in a crumpled heap at the bottom of the stairs, my book closed, my place lost.

Friday Five – Five Authors I Love That You Might Not Know About

A Town Like AliceIf you haven’t read these five, and maybe you haven’t because they’re not exactly publishing right now, you should probably check them out. They’re all famous, so I’m not really saying anything new, I’m just reminding you about them.

  1. Nevil Shute
  2. John Rowe Townsend
  3. Mary Stewart
  4. Mary Norton (the Borrowers)
  5. Maud Hart Lovelace

Who is on your list that you want to remind me about?

Kick off Your Week Writing Prompt

air freshenerI thought it would be fun to kick off each week with a writing prompt. Whether you’re a professional writer, an aspiring one, or a dabbler, why not join in? Every month I’ll pick a random winner from the comments I collect. The prize won’t be a trip to Disneyland or a new car, probably more like a bar of chocolate or possibly a new-car air freshener, but hey, having written a story you weren’t planning to write should actually be reward enough, right?

Stories shorter than 200 words can be left in the comments section. Longer than that, please just leave a comment saying you participated and I’ll put you in the monthly drawing, too.

Most importantly, have fun!

Today’s prompt: The fiddler tuned his instrument, plucking a string, running his bow over them in a sing-songy way.

Friday Five – New to me Authors

Here are five authors I’ve discovered in the last year or so. I know some of them have been around a while and I’m behind the rest of the world, but in case you haven’t found them…here you go. You’re welcome!HypnotistsLoveStoryAUS

  1. Liane Moriarty (adult) – I’ve read four of her books, and I think The Hypnotist’s Love Story is pretty much a perfect book. And unlike her others, it’s not quite so dark. All the others I checked out from the library, but I got this one for Christmas and as soon as I was done reading it, I wanted to read it again, so I’m happy to own it!Jacky
  2. L. A. Meyer (YA) – I’m working my way through the Jacky Faber books, which quite honestly, I didn’t think would interest me at all. I got two pleasant surprises. The first was that I LOVED the first book so much I couldn’t wait to try the rest, and the second was that we have the same editor! I didn’t even know this until I noticed one of the books is dedicated to the lovely and brilliant Karen Grove at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. So far, In the Belly of the Bloodhound is my favourite, but you have to read the ones before it to get to it. I’m pacing myself so I don’t run out. tiny
  3. Beatriz Williams (adult) – Someone on Twitter recommended her book The Secret Life of Violet Grant when I asked for “episodic” stories. I loved it so much that I devoured A Hundred Summers. I’m not such a fan of that book, but the second in the Schuyler sister trilogy, Tiny Little Thing, blew me away. Also, it has a stunning cover. I’m currently reading the third, Along the Infinite Sea.
  4. Stacey Lee (YA) – She’s got a contemporary YA coming out this year, but it was her book Under A Painted Sky that caught my attention. under a painted
  5. Karin Akins (YA) – I think time travel’s a hard sell at all times for me (and lots of other people), but her books Loop and Twist really work for me. I couldn’t wait for the library to get Twist, so I bought it. Now I’ll have to buy Loop to complete this duology because I’m pretty sure I’ll want to read it again. twistOther writers have decided to join me posting their lists of five on Fridays. Check out Alexa Barry’s Friday Five. If you’re doing it too, leave a link in the comments. Next week’s theme is “Five Authors I Love That You Might Not Know About” if you want to play along.

Kick Off Your Week Writing Prompt

air freshenerI thought it would be fun to kick off each week with a writing prompt. Whether you’re a professional writer, an aspiring one, or a dabbler, why not join in? Every month I’ll pick a random winner from the comments I collect. The prize won’t be a trip to Disneyland or a new car, probably more like a bar of chocolate or possibly a new-car air freshener, but hey, having written a story you weren’t planning to write should actually be reward enough, right?

Stories shorter than 200 words can be left in the comments section. Longer than that, please just leave a comment saying you participated and I’ll put you in the monthly drawing, too.

Most importantly, have fun!

Today’s prompt: I stared at the crusty oatmeal burned to the bottom of the pot…third time this week…was it me, or had that damn faerie come back?

Friday 5 – Quotes I love

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Get up every day and try a little harder than the day before. – Emeril Lagasse

The educated Southerner has no use for an “r” except at the beginning of a sentence. – Mark Twain

Start anywhere and don’t stop. (in regards to writing) – Richard Marcus

Wear the old coat and buy the new book. – Austin Phelps

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book. – Henry David Thoreau

Other writers have decided to join me posting their lists of five on Fridays. Check out Alexa Barry’s Friday Five. If you’re doing it too, leave a link in the comments. Next week’s theme is “5 New (to me) Authors” if you want to play along.

News Flash

happy-new-year-2011-clip-artI’m excited to report that I’ve been invited back (or my alter-ego has) to Vancouver Public Library‘s Kids Bookcamp in August. I’ll be one of the workshop leaders for teens this time. I went a few years ago and it was great fun. One of the best parts is that I get to spend a week with the wonderful and lovely Eileen Cook.

In other news…I’ve sold a new Middle Grade novel to Second Story Press. Read all about it here.

What’s your news this week?

Kick Off Your Week Writing Prompt

air freshenerI thought it would be fun to kick off each week with a writing prompt. Whether you’re a professional writer, an aspiring one, or a dabbler, why not join in? Every month I’ll pick a random winner from the comments I collect. The prize won’t be a trip to Disneyland or a new car, probably more like a bar of chocolate or possibly a new-car air freshener, but hey, having written a story you weren’t planning to write should actually be reward enough, right?

Stories shorter than 200 words can be left in the comments section. Longer than that, please just leave a comment saying you participated and I’ll put you in the monthly drawing, too.

Most importantly, have fun!

Today’s prompt: Unwilling to face the morning, James rolled over intending to snuggle down under the comforter but his foot hit something heavy sitting on the end of his bed.