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Exclusive interview with Angela Roquet, USA Today bestselling author of Flesh & Blood

Angela Roquet, USA Today bestselling urban fantasy author

Angela Roquet, USA Today bestselling urban fantasy author

If you haven’t yet read anything by USA Today bestselling author Angela Roquet, you’re in for a real treat.

At the moment I’m posting this, her brand new book, Flesh & Blood (Blood Vice #7) has 5.0 stars on Amazon. This is urban fantasy you can really sink your teeth into. ; )

Here’s Angela to tell you, in her own words, what inspires her, what she loves to read, and why urban fantasy is her favorite genre to write. Continue reading

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Where does Neil Gaiman get his ideas?

Where do you get your ideas?

Need inspiration? Think small. The monster in my next book was inspired by an electron microscope.

Every writer gets asked about ideas. Where do they come from? How do you find them? What inspires you?

Uber-cool author Neil Gaiman suggests that you should ask yourself questions and start filling in the blanks:

– What if ___ ?
– If only ___ .
– I wonder what/why ___ .
– Wouldn’t it be interesting if ___ .

A classroom full of seven-year-olds once asked him, “Where do you get your ideas?”

Here’s what he told them:

“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.”

Finding ideas in weird places …

I often find ideas in images. Last night, I realized that my new novel needs a super-creepy H. P. Lovecraft-ish creature. You know, something with flailing tentacles and far too many eyeballs.

But where could I find something like that, and still be fresh and original?

Try an electron microscope. I’ve found that its images often have a creepy, otherworldly look to them. So I browsed through an archive of super-magnified pictures of bugs (not something I recommend doing just before bedtime).

Eventually, I hit paydirt. An image of a wolf spider’s foot. Unlikely, maybe — but freaky!

So where do you get your ideas?


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How to Write A Novel a Year

Think you don’t have time to write? You’re probably right. Between a day job, a family and all of the obligations of modern life, the goal of finishing a novel is clearly impossible. Much less writing a novel every year. And yet, though common sense tells you no, the truth is that you can do it. Continue reading

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Your Very Own Custom Erotica — for Charity

Erotica author Tiffany Reisz

Here to prove that you can write a novel about even the most risque of topics is author Tiffany Reisz, who has a two-book deal with Harlequin Spice and three erotica novellas either out or coming out in the next year.  She has also graciously donated a truly unique item to Brenda Novak’s online auction to benefit diabetes research:

A ten to fifteen page personalized love scene between the winner and the celebrity (or two) of their choice. Author will send the winner a questionnaire and then write out their fantasy for them.

Wait a second, is she really saying . . . personalized erotica?

Yes, she is.  And lest you think I’m making this up, I contacted Tiffany to get the scoop.  Here’s the true story that prompted her donation, in her own words:

“When I was twenty-nine I dated an eighteen-year-old (don’t hate me – I’m an erotica writer – it’s my job to seduce teenagers) who was a Type One Diabetic. I left town and for three days I didn’t hear from him. When he finally called, it was from his hospital bed. He’d gone into diabetic keto-acidosis while I was gone and nearly died. I raced back to his side and after getting to second base with him in his hospital bed in the pediatric ward (you can’t make this stuff up), I made him swear to me he’d start monitoring his blood sugar better. Most people think diabetes is just a nuisance illness like allergies. But it’s not. It can kill. I almost lost someone I loved to diabetes. So what’s a better tribute to my sweet (and now happily married junior ex-boyfriend) than a personalized love scene between the winner and the person (real or fictional) of their choice. If they want, I’ll even set it in a hospital. Adjustable beds, you know.”

So there you have it.  Intrigued?  Better hurry, because this fundraising auction ends in just a few days!  Here’s a link:

Kristin Nelson Literary Agency Presents

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Brenda Novak runs this auction every year in honor of her youngest son, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at five years old.  All proceeds go to the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami to help find a cure.  How great is that?  We’re in the last few days of bidding, so come on and help out!

By the way, Tiffany Reisz wants you to know one last thing:

“THE SIREN comes out September 26, 2011. Incidentally, one of the main characters in THE SIREN is a type one diabetic. Coincidence? Not really. ;)”

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How To Make A Disastrous Booksigning Event A Success by J.A. Konrath

Author J.A. Konrath

I happened across this writing article by J.A. Konrath recently at  Backspace, The Writer’s Place.  I remember reading it years ago, probably in Writer’s Digest somewhere.  Joe really knows his stuff when it comes to literary agents, publishers and how to write a book.  So check this out; it’s a great piece from a guy who is no stranger to the slings and arrows of self-promotion.  And whether you already have a book out or you’re just learning how to write a novel, this article has some excellent tips for any kind of meet-the-customer situation.  Read Joe Konrath’s article here.

I especially like the part about bringing pizza and donuts for the bookstore staff.  Which reminds me, when Joe came to my store, he didn’t bring pizza — but he did give me an autographed bottle of Jack Daniels, so I’d say that makes up for it.

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Behind the Bestseller: Robert Buettner

Ever wondered what it feels like to hear that hordes of people will buy your new book just because your name is on the cover?  Well, who hasn’t?  With a lot of hard work and perseverance, it can happen — and here’s the man to tell you about it.

Joining us on You Can Write A Novel is Robert Buettner, author of the bestselling Jason Wander series, as he kicks off a brand new series with his latest book, Overkill.  I met Robert Buettner a few years back when he came to my bookstore to sign some autographs.  But I had to break the bad news to him: we’d completely sold out of his debut novel.  I ordered more, and promptly sold out of those, too.  And I wasn’t alone.  His first book, Orphanage, was so insanely popular from the moment it was released that it went into its second printing in a mere 17 days.

Now, the unstoppable Robert Buettner gives us a glimpse behind the scenes, talking about starting a whole new book series from scratch, how ebooks are changing the landscape and what it’s like to read your own reviews.

Laurence MacNaughton:
For those who haven’t heard of Overkill yet, how would you describe it?

Robert Buettner: 
Overkill is a new, stand alone novel somewhere between Military Science Fiction and New Space Opera.

There’s this guy, and this girl, and this gigundous alien monster. And cool stuff happens. Seriously, the cover blurb’s about as descriptive as I dare to be, without spoiling things for some readers. Plot surprises, at least I hope they’re surprises, come early and often.

Though Overkill stands alone, it incorporates something old (it continues the “future history” that follows the decades-long mankind-vs-the-Slugs War. Jason Wander fought that one, rising from private to general, over the five books that began with the best selling-Quill Award nominee, Orphanage), something new (new worlds, new characters) something borrowed (from two 1940s A.E. Van Vogt short stories) and nothing blue.

Overkill begins a new series, with the second book, Undercurrents, to be released July 5, 2011. The new series is less rigorously “military science fiction” than the Jason Wander series was.

LM:  So the new series is military science fiction, too?

RB:  I would call it “Military Science Romantic Fantasy.”

LM:  Mili-what?

RB:  The Czech SF magazine Pevnost did a profile of me and the Jason Wander books in an all-military SF issue that also focused on [James Cameron’s movie] Avatar. Pevnost pronounced Avatar a new sub-genre, “Military Science Romantic Fantasy.”

LM:  Catchy.  So what are the elements of “MSRF?”

RB:  Ex-military/paramilitary protagonist, preferably a smart ass; military hardware and panache; strong, independent female characters; a prominent love story, and alien worlds and creatures; all unstifled by NASA-level rigor.

LM:  My personal favorite kind of book!  Come back next week for more with the inimitable Robert Buettner, who answers a few of your burning questions about what it’s like to write a bestselling book! 

Robert Buettner’s best-selling debut novel, Orphanage, 2004 Quill Award nominee for Best SF/Fantasy/Horror novel, was called the Post-9/11 generation’s Starship Troopers and has been adapted for film by Olatunde Osunsanmi (The Fourth Kind) for Davis Entertainment (Predator, I Robot, Eragon). Orphanage and other books in Robert’s Jason Wander series have been translated into Chinese, Czech, French, Russian, and Spanish.

In March, 2011 Baen books released Overkill, his sixth novel, and in July, 2011 his seventh, Undercurrents.  Find out more here:

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Amazon’s Orphanage page:

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Greatest American Hero creator Stephen J. Cannell dies

A moment of silence, please, for the passing of author and producer Stephen J. Cannell.  He wrote a ton of 70s and 80s action TV shows: the Rockford Files, the A-Team, Hunter, Hardcastle & McCormick and others. All favorites of mine.  He was also the bestselling author of the Shane Scully novels.  As cheesy as it sounds, that little film clip at the end of his shows, with him typing furiously on a typewriter, helped inspire me to become a writer.  He’ll be sorely missed.

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