Thursday, January 31, 2013

A blog hop post. January 31 2013

What is the title of your next book?

Where did you get the idea for the book?
I had a short story I had written previously about a single female who is faced with the stunning realization she going to die, now!

What genre does your book fall under?

What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie  rendition?
Meg Ryan and Bradley Cooper

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A single woman's jouney from a contented life in a small town to the chilling road on the run after a dear friend has been killed by a "murderer for hire, and finds out she is next!

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
Self published and presented by Gabriel's Horn Press.

 How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Over a year after I decided to take the plunge and just keep on, keeping on.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I met a beautiful young woman who is a manicurist in real life and she fit the persona I wanted to create for my characater, then I did what I love to do and embelished.

What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
Realizing some of the characters motives might also be ours as well.

Now please follow these links to some other very gifted writers I know.

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Lindy Lewis Diaries: What's next?

The Lindy Lewis Diaries: What's next?: I always feel a lull from writing come over myself at this time of the year.  In the past, I used to go to Hilton Head SC and spend a month ...

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Lindy Lewis Diaries

The Lindy Lewis Diaries
Take a minute-

What's next?

I always feel a lull from writing come over myself at this time of the year.  In the past, I used to go to Hilton Head SC and spend a month by the ocean each winter, and about now in the midst of our artic freeze I would be excitedly making my plans to exit town soon. However, due to a bout of illness this spring (2012) I am staying put and staying warm right here in my own house. However, I will not allow myself to wish for warmer days as then I would be rushing and wishing my time away. And as we age, the time has a way of sneaking by so swiftly it's always a stunning revolution to see another year has disappeared right before our eyes.
So this year, I'm changing up my routine to include things that excite me right here. I'm buying green plants like succulents and cacti that I would see in the southwest and deep green palm like ones that we see in the south to decorate my house. I might also renovate something and add new accessories to a room. Also, I've taken an oath to toss things I've always put away for those "in case" occurrences and I can smile now as I empty some more hangers in the closets.
In the past, I've taken up painting and this year I'm going to refresh my abilities and continue learning and of course relearning. Best of all, I've finally done something I''ve always wanted to do with my watercolors and that was to mat and frame my work. Now I have one whole wall in my library holding all of my pictures. Some are not so good, but then they're all mine, and its okay.
This morning as I sit at my computer working on Moonbeams Too, (second in the Moonbeams series) and look outside, I could say its pretty dismal and dreary, and below zero degrees.  But I choose to say the snow is clean and pearly white and the occasional patch of ground peeking out is resting for now in preparation for its glorious uprising in a few months. When the sun comes in through my blinds I open them further and feel it's restorative rays warm me and brighten my soul. So, I'm okay here right where I am.
PS;  But, I just might brighten my hair!


Friday, January 11, 2013

When I started-

 I pondered for days on how to put down on paper how I feel about writing, then that magnificent

need to have my say kicked in.  (Referred by some as my “soapbox.”)

            Over the last forty years, the only things I had written were grocery lists, checks and an occasional note on a greeting card.  Who had time to be creative!  I was a single parent raising four kids, sometimes working three jobs and always tired.  Although, I realize now decades later, stretching menus, clothing the crew, keeping a home and trying to keep the wolf away took a hell of lot creativity.  Beyond imagination at times. 

            I remarried and had some wonderful years, but after eight month of struggling with an illness my husband died.  Looking back now, I realize I had been creative again in my care giving, creating healthy meals, exercise and continually searching for positive re-enforcements.  And for awhile, believed we had beat the inevitable.  

            Later, out of loneliness I joined a grief group and learned the strength and health of journaling.  I was on to something!  I wrote volumes using yellow legal tablets and a blue Pilot pen.  I felt close to God and his workings and started writing spiritual poems.  Then I saw an ad for “The Center for Developing Writers” at the Hennepin Technical College.  I attended that first night on shaky legs, my poems gripped in sweaty palms.  Maureen LaJoy met me at the door and in her sweet voice welcomed me to her class.  I looked at her with awe!  A real writer!  I studied her clothes: her long skirt, belted over blouse, boots and dangling earrings.  So this was how a writer dressed.  I was smitten.   I was going to change my sweat-shirts and jeans and become glamorous just like her!

            That first night I read my poems and she gave me the encouragement I needed.  After a while, I thought I’d try my hand at some contemporary prose, and remember the time I read a piece in class that ended with the f-word, as Maureen gasped at my reversal of genre.   Then urged me on with a twinkle in her eye. 

            Writing does not come easy for me,  I graduated in the fifties and what I did learn back then, seems to have been washed away with time.  But I enjoy it as it has opened up a new world for me, although sometimes I can just spend hours looking out a window and daydreaming.  I have to feel settled and have things in place.  I need my house in order, and my teeth brushed.  I can write my “tales of woe“ and sometimes even get answers.  I can write down my plans and elaborate to my hearts content.  Sometimes, I have to smile at my greatness.  I can cover pages with nothing but chatter.  But the great thing is, its mine! 

            I have written fifteen short stories using bits and pieces of my life, people I’ve met, places I’ve been to, and of course embellishing.  I’ve bravely taken on the challenge of starting a novel using a character I’ve created called Lindy Lewis.  I’ve been published five times, but alas haven’t made much money, but the largeness of seeing my name in print is certainly a ego-boaster.  Wow, people really read my work.     

            This summer I sold my house and settled into a condominium and have began to enjoy life without the struggle of mowing grass, shoveling snow and trying to keep up with the endless decay of things.  I have a pond and a little bit of wilderness right in my back yard where ducks swim by silently with only an occasional squawk of protest.  I wonder, what do they think about in their duck-world.  I’m told writers are sometimes weird.

            I thank the wonderful friends I’ve made, and appreciate their support.  Their encouragement to send out my work for publication.  So like the ducks in my pond, I’ll glide along serenely and only squawk when the rejections come too fast, or too often.  
Lyn Miller Lacoursiere
(Written some years ago)


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

How to start?

Now that we've  started the new year, I have so many things to do. Things I want to do, need to do, and then that bitchy thing I'm forced to do.  Not that I hate it, its just that I don't know how exactly to go about it. I just like to sit at my computer and write, but that's the easy part of being an author.
You see, now that I have these six books written and published and many sold, how do I keep the momentum going?  At this time I've got them all as e-books for Kindle and Nook too as well, but at 2.99 they are not flying off Amazon's shelf.
Is there anyone out there, (a mentor,) who knows where I should first start on this humongus task to gain entry into a more profitable arena?
Ideas would be great.
Thanks, Lyn