Tuesday, December 3, 2013

An Alluring Interview

Hi everyone. I wanted to share with you the first interview I've ever had regarding Across the Wire. It was with Jenni, the book blogger behind Alluring Reads.

1. Describe your book to us twitter-style (140 characters or less).

A former Marine finds herself on a parallel world where she must train a group of ex-slaves to defy a dictator’s stranglehold on the country.


Wow, that was tough.

2. What made you decide that dual POV was the right way to tell this story?

I told this story in duelling POVs because I really felt this story couldn’t be voiced from just a woman’s perspective or a man’s. It needed both. Mia and Eben bring their biases to the table in their own captivating ways. One is a woman from Earth, the other a man from Gaia. What I found fascinating as the story progressed was that while these two people were opposites in so many ways they also had so much in common.

3. A lot of people say that a world run by women would be a better run world, why did you decide to make Gaia so crooked under the rule of women?

That’s a great question, and one I’ve argued with fellow writers and beta readers. I believe women are capable of all the great and terrible things men are—that we are equals. I was especially horrified when a beta reader implied that a particularly heinous crime was exclusive to the male gender/biology. I was outraged by this sort of illogical and judgmental view of men when for years irrational conclusions have been made of women.

While some may think that the matriarchal dystopia in my novel is a nod to feminism, I’d say there is much more at play. It is my hope when the reader learns of the twists in this parallel world, it makes them consider things a little differently.

4. Did you struggle with writing Eben’s (male) POV at all? How did you overcome any obstacles?

Writing Eben was a challenge for me, but not because he’s a male POV. What I struggled with was making him dysfunctional enough. In the first drafts, I felt he was much too normal and that someone with his background would be much more damaged. Through multiple revisions I really tried to layer his character into this sort of tortured, exploited, and lonely person. Well, at least I hope I did. LOL! Eben’s character went through the biggest evolution as I worked on this novel.

5. There is a unique style in the world of Gaia, where did you come up with all the elements that define it?

The unique style of the world of Gaia is a combination of Asian and Middle Eastern architecture and clothing with a lot of tech layered over a law of the jungle approach to life. The Middle Eastern, Asian themes came from the idea that the culture would be a Goddess worshiping society. There are scores of ancient Goddesses in these areas of the world so I thought it appropriate that these influences be present. To rule the way they do, I envisioned the women being these fierce sort of Amazons whose technology is less disruptive to the environment than ours is. Nature is their Goddess, and it takes different forms (names) for different characters.

6. Did you have more fun writing Mia or Eben’s perspective?

Ugh, that’s like picking a favourite child! There were aspects I really loved about writing from either character’s perspective.

I really felt a kinship with Mia. She was so interesting to share with readers. She really has a life of her own and at times she would not obey me. She’s so stubborn! LOL! Eben, on the other hand, grew so much during this novel. It was great to see him find himself and for once in his life make decisions for himself and suffer the repercussions of it. His experience of freedom is so different than what I would know from my personal one, so it was really eye opening writing from Eben’s POV. 

7. What part of writing Across the Wire was the most fun for you as an author?

I loved writing the dialog. I love dialog. I really hope the audience can read the conversations, and without the aid of any dialog tags, know who is saying what.

8. Are any elements or characters in your book based on real life? Or is it all entirely fictional?

All of the battles Mia speaks of in the chapter The Crucible actually happened in Iraq. The rest is pure fiction, but all writers draw from their own experiences and from people they know. I think each character has a split personality of mine in them. Poor souls. Mwah hahahahahahaaa!

9. How many books do you plan on writing for this series?

It’s my plan to make Across the Wire a three book series.

10. Do you remember the moment when you came up with the concept for Across The Wire? If so, describe it for us!

I don’t remember the exact moment I thought of the concept; after all, I have made up stories running through my head all the time. What I do remember is the moment I realized I had to write it down. As time passed, the story became bigger and longer and more complex and I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. I decided to start writing it out if only to get it out of my head, but the story continued growing and I discovered my passion for writing.

11. What are you reading right now?

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. I like to toss some literary fiction into the mix every so often. I love genre fiction though. Who am I kidding? I’ll read cereal boxes. I’ll read anything! LOL!

12. Do you have a writing room or routine?

I do have a writing room. I call it my library and I love it. I used to travel a lot for my job and I used to write all night in hotel rooms and airports. Now I prefer silence when I write. I choose to sit on my couch or chair with my feet propped on an ottoman with my laptop, well, in my lap. So comfy. I cannot write fiction at a desk for some reason.


Friday, November 29, 2013

What news through yonder window breaks?

The physical copy of Across the Wire is now available on Amazon and Black Friday deals apply! YAY!!!

Isn't the jacket great? My friend Alex, a graphic designer, made this for me. He's awesome! If anyone is looking for help creating their cover/jacket, let me know and I can pass along Alex's info to you.

I have also created some swag that will be given away in upcoming blog events such as the Book Blitz on December 2-8 hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.


The Swag:

Proverbs from the novel Across the Wire as spoken by the character of Mia.

Feeling unmotivated? Need a pick-me-up? How about an old-school chew-out military style? Just the thing to put the twitch back into your step.

These are all available on Zazzle.com.
I will also be giving away a Goddess pendant from the novel. Much like the one I'm wearing in this picture.
So exciting!

Stella out!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Acorss the Wire is at Kobo!

Hi everybody!

I have been trying to get my novel available to readers by having it carried by every seller I can. My title just went live on the Kobo site today! YAY!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Featured on Xpresso Reads

My novel Across the Wire is featured by Giselle on Xpresso Reads today. *squeal*

In all the excitement yesterday I forgot to mention both Jenni at Alluring Reads and Giselle at Xpresso Reads will be giving away ten digital copies of my book EACH! That's twenty books up for grabs! Click on the links to go to their sites and enter the draw.


Stella out!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Can you spare a few stars?

Hi Everybody!

If you don't already know about the awesomeness of Goodreads, I urge you to click on the link and check it out. Goodreads is a site dedicated to books and book reviews. When I'm in a bookstore or at Costco and I'm debating whether to buy a book or not, I always check its Goodreads rating and reviews. It's the go-to site to find out about the buzz surrounding a book. You can friend people and see what they are reading and what they want to read.

It's like Facebook for books!

Do you hear that? It's the sound of angels singing.

The great thing about the site is you can rate and comment even if you haven't read a novel. It creates interest in a novel. One can rate a book with a 1 to 5 star rating system based simply by how interesting the synopsis sounds. You can add books to your "Want to Read" list. Often I've found interesting novels I want to read, but when I'm shopping for books weeks or months later I can never remember the title or author of the jem I'd found. Goodreads keeps track of them for you!

Freaking sweet! Book Minions!

If you have a moment, drop by. If you have two moments, friend me and share some stars with my novel Across the Wire. Add it to your "Want to Read" list. I'll love your guts forever if you do.

Stella out!

Monday, November 4, 2013

It’s Official!

The unimaginable has happened. My novel is available for purchase on Amazon for Kindle eReaders.

It's even on Goodreads.
 Epub format, PDF, and physical book versions to come. I shall update here as they become available. I have to keep this short because the excitement may give me a heart attack and I can’t even type coherent sentences right now.


After over five years since I started writing this novel, it is a real book now. This is surreal.


Check it out!


Monday, October 21, 2013

Everybody Needs a Cool Jacket

I’m so excited I need to share. EBook editing master, Jeff K. Hill (if you need someone to edit your work or format your eBook, drop this guy a line) and I are in the midst of working on formatting my novel for eReaders but also for physical book copies. You heard right.

 I’m so excited I might be foaming at the mouth.

*wipes at mouth*


I’m working on putting together the jacket cover myself but I would love/need/murder someone for some feedback.


What should I add/change/delete?

You guys/gals are the bestest!

Stella out!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Dresser Madness

I wish I had taken more before pictures of this dresser I found in an antique/consignment shop. It was very red and uber shinny. It made the dresser look cheap. The piece was stamped.


Gibbard is one of, if not the oldest, Canadian furniture companies in the country. The dresser is probably from the early 50s and was in great condition, but the finish had seen better days. Even at 60 years old, this dresser was built well. Gibbard is also synonyomus with quality. You can find Gibbard furniture for sale for $500+ dollars a piece. I got this dresser for such a steal! Woot! Woot! :D

Stripping is a dirty job. LOL! But hello, Mahogany!




A lot of work but completely worth it!
Remember that steel tanker desk from a few posts ago?

It's finally done! Pictures to come. Until next post.
Stella out!


Friday, October 4, 2013

Fear, The Other Four Letter Word

Fear is a very powerful thing. I think it, more than anything else, has stalled work on my second novel. The fear that lives in my mind is also a cancer whispering into my ear.

“No one wants to read this.”

“This scene doesn’t work.”

“You are a terrible writer. What business do you have creating a novel?”

“You are just wasting your time.”

Yeah, it sucks. It kicks the motivation I had, when I sat down at my laptop, right in the gonads.

One of my favorite You-Tubers, Ill Doctrine, has aptly named his fear as The Little Hater and has done a few videos about it. These videos are on the mark.

This next video is especially on the money. When going deeper into the Little Hater voices, I’ve realized there is more than just one. One voice is telling me, “You’re story is too simple, you have to make it more complex and ground breaking and believable.” But the other voice is saying, “It’s cute that you think you’re smart and stuff, but this is not entertaining! Where’s the action?”
Beating the fear isn't enough on its own. We need a song. Yeah, a song! Take that, Little Hater!

So what does your Little Hater/fear sound like? Don't let them win! Keep on keeping on!

Stella out!!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Pictures Are In!!

I just got my hot little hands on my author pictures I told you about a few posts ago. I’m sooooo excited! They turned out so well.

 If you live in Edmonton and you need some photography done, I would recommend NareStudio Photography. They were great and really listened to my ideas and shared their own.

My problem is that so many of the photos turned out well, I don’t know which one I should use. They all have a different feel. Would anyone care to help me decide?

A note about this photo with the gun, I remember seeing a horror author's photo where she was applying her lipstick while looking at her reflection on a cleaver. I thought it was so cool. There are guns in my novel so I wondered if I could do something similar. Is it funny or ridiculous? BTW, it's really just a BB gun.

And there were so many other nice ones but I think these were the best.
Leave me the picture number you like best in the comments.
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