Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Please Welcome My Guest...


Please welcome my guest, Romance Author Terri Rochenski. Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling. 

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open. 

Interviewing your characters

I’m a true planner and couldn’t be a panster for any story but flash fiction. Every novel I write starts out as files, notebooks full of notes, and binders with sheet protectors. Notecards. Timelines. Outlines.
Yes. I’m extreme.

The best part of being so organized? The character interviews. With a premade sheet (three actually) of questions, I imagine myself in a comfy chair across from each of the main characters of a story.
I’ve been surprised more than once by a side of a character I never expected to see. Secrets that make them who they are. Often these instances bring about sub-plot ideas, conflict and tension beneath the surface of what would have otherwise been a shallow story. 

We banter back and forth, and along with their answers, I make sure to jot down every mannerism and reaction. Every telling twitch I can use to flesh them out on paper, and make them seem real for my readers.

I’m a firm believer in that if you’re going to commit to telling a character’s story and getting their arc right, then you need to know them like you do your best buds. Even if their favorite color or most embarrassing moment has no impact on the story, knowing such things brings a closeness between us and our characters. This makes it easier to hear their voice and be consistent.

Am I nuts, or do you interview the voices in your head?


Blurb:
Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed.

Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow's unrelenting waves of grief.


Purchase Links:
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Createspace (Best Option)
Amazon

eBook
Amazon
Bookstrand
Smashwords

Link for Love’s Sorrow on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21455386-love-s-sorrow

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Celebrating

For everyone who celebrates Easter... Happy Easter Monday!




Friday, April 18, 2014

This I know for sure...

Like pretty much everyone else who's suffered through the harsh winter, I'm anxiously awaiting spring. Monday we had 80 degree temperatures. On Tuesday, it was in the low 30's and it snowed. I've been feeling a bit blue and have been blaming it on the fact that winter keeps hanging on.

Yesterday after work I went out to bring in the mail and noticed something that made my day.  I have crocuses blooming in spite of the snow and cold weather we had on Tuesday and Wednesday. Our grass hasn't fully come back yet, but I have flowers!



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Sorry with quarterly taxes due at work and the deadline looming, I've been working crazy hours and not doing much reading. Instead I thought I'd share our Easter brunch recipe. My mom has made this every Easter for as long as I can remember.

Breakfast Quiche

One Single Pie Crust (Recipe below or you can buy a ready made one)
4 beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups half and half (you can also use whole milk)
1/2 cup diced onions
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Dash ground nutmeg
3/4 cup chopped cooked ham (I've also used chopped chicken and bacon)
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheese of your choice (I've used Cheddar, Swiss, and Monterey Jack at different times. All of them work well.)
1 tablespoon all purpose flour

Prepare and roll out the pastry for the single pie crust. Line a 9 inch pie pan with the crust. Line the unpricked crust with double thickness of aluminum foil. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 8 minutes. Remove the foil. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes more or until the pie crust is set and dry. Remove from the oven and reduce the oven setting to 325 degrees.

While the pie crust is baking, stir together the eggs, half and half, onions, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in the chopped ham. In a separate bowl mix the cheese and flour together. Add this to the egg mixture and mix well.

Pour the egg mixture into the pie crust and bake at 325 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 6 wedge size servings.

Single Pie Crust Recipe

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening (I use Crisco)
4 to 5 tablespoons cold water

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Using a pastry cutter (also called a pastry blender) to cut the shortening into the flour until it resembles pea size pieces. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of water over the pieces and gently toss with a fork. Push the moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat this step using one tablespoon of water at a time until all of the flour mixture is moistened. Form dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten the dough. Roll it from the center outward to form a circle about 12 inches in diameter. Transfer the dough to your prepared pie pan, fold under extra dough, and crimp the edges of the pie crust as desired.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Blatant Promo

Hi Everyone --
My debut novel, Impetuous, is being featured on Sunday April 13, 2014 at eBookSoda, a new readers' site where they'll send you ebook recommendations tailored to your taste. The link to their site is www.ebooksoda.com. I realize this is a day late, but you can still get a copy of the book at the sale price of $2.99 for a limited time at any of the links below:
The Wild Rose Press
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Thanks.

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Favorite Hero

I'm visiting JM Stewart's blog today as part of her Favorite Hero Friday series. I'm talking about one of my favorite heroes from one of my favorite books.  I was also asked to talk a bit about one of a favorite hero from one of my own books. I hope you'll stop by and see who these heroes are and share one or two of your own favorite novel heroes. Link: http://jm-stewart.blogspot.com/