Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Years a time for reflection

It seems hard to believe but we are once again at December 31st, New Years Eve for most of us. For me this is a time of reflection on what I have accomplished and what I want to accomplish. Unlike some, I don't make a New Years resolution - frankly I'm not awake at midnight so what would be the point?

Too often people make these resolutions with all the best intentions but how often do we see them through. Not too often. I'm one of the those guilty parties - make a resolution and then when it comes time to actually do something constructive that would give me the resolution, well I'm busy. So for me, this time of year has become about reflecting on where I am.

Where have I been? What have I done? Have I finished everything I wanted or needed to be successful? If I can answer positively to these questions, my year is ending on a positive note. Yes, I am a writer, but my reflecting doesn't always apply to my writing. Nope its only a part of it. I look at everything in my life and reflect on the bigger picture.

For the most part I'm happy with 2012. There were a few things I missed on but hey, that's where 2013 comes in lol. Professionally, I did amazing this past year. I got out four books - all full length and one novella and next year is looking to be pretty good as well. I do need to work on setting time aside for the dreaded marketing/promotional aspect of the business but overall that's something anyone with a business to run needs to do. I made some really great friends connected to the industry and got some awesome and amazing help from them - you know who you are lol.

Managed to get some time spent with family - more than I had anticipated but not as much as I'd have liked so I'm going to work on that next year. Though, some family is simply too far away to spend time with but a call never hurt anyone lol. I know this coming year, I do intend to spend a heap more time with my son - he's growing so fast pretty soon hanging with mom won't be cool.

Personally, the year was good and will get better next year. So I can't complain on that front at all. Its great to have the love and support of the people in your life.

2013 will be my year professionally though. This I have decided and I know what I need to do...and how I am going to do it. So here's to the New Year and its many blessings. Now, what about you? What are your resolutions or reflections? Did 2012 do everything you wanted it to? What about 2013 - what do you plan/hope for in the coming year?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Special Guest Melissa Kendall

Good morning everyone, please welcome our special guest Melissa Kendall who has taken a few moments out of her busy schedule to share some insight into who she is and her writing.
1.When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I've always been a writer I guess but I made the decision to give being a published author a go about eighteen months ago.

2. How long does it take you to write a book?
Far longer than it should. When I have a good flow going I can get about 1000-1500 words written an hour.

3. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I don't really have a schedule I have to work around my four year old so my writing is very sporadic.

4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I write my best after midnight when everything is quiet and it is just me awake in the house.

5. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Ideas come to me in the strangest places. I remember one time I was watering my vegie garden and an idea hit me out of the blue. As soon as I got back to the house, I had a 3000 words story outline.

6. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I love to read and spend time with my family.

7. What does your family think of your writing?
They are supportive for the most part but no one wants to read my works I think they are a little too sexy for them.

8. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written 6 novella's 3 which have publishing contracts and one 75000 word novel. I don't really have a favourite but my current release Fall In Love is probably closest to my heart as it is set in my home state and contains a little more of me than my works usually do.

9. Do you have any suggestions to help aspiring writers? If so, what are they?
Just do it. You never know unless you give it a try. Oh and get yourself some good critique partners they are lifesavers.

10. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Not really I am very new to this whole thing doesn't mean I wouldn't love to hear from them and see what they think of my works.

11. Do you like to create books for adults?
Oh most definitely one of the genres I write is erotica.

12. What do you think makes a good story?
A boy, a girl, some sexing and a whole lot of what will happen next.