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Letters from Korea

Book is coming out in July! If you have a YA reader who would like to learn more about life in the early fifties in US and some info about the war, check out this book–also a romance–Does Sal love Gina as a little sister or romantically? Is the girl he meets in Korea a rival to Gina?



Bolg-Hop–Previewing New Work!

Ok, fellow bloggers, here is my part of the Alice Osborn Blog Hop–I’ve tagge fellow blogger and writer JoAnn Matthews and will be hosting her on this site next week as a guest blogger.
1) What is the working title of your next book?

Letters from Korea

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

It’s a continuation of the series, Legacy of Honor. Book One came out in July 2012 (Giulia Goes to War)

Letters from Korea deals with the love and adventures of Giulia’s little sister, Gina and her love interest, Sal who is off to Korea

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Historical, Sweet, Romance–also suitable as YA

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Hmm, hard to think of modern actors for this one–I am going old school for the woman–Maureen O’Hara or Rosalind Russsell for Gina and new school for the man David Boreanz

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Girl wonders if boy loves her or thinks of her as a sister, while they are separated by war, her work and his injuries.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It’s already under contract to Desert Breeze Publishing an ebook publisher

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

6 months and it is taking  longer to work the kinks out with my editor–a wonderful, helpful woman.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

More like a Hallmark Channel story–I see things in action sequences. Consequence of being a performer.


9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?My own family.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Set in Pittsburgh during the 1950s, discusses the development of Salk vaccine.

Two real Korean vets provided information that is used to develop the storyline in Korea, complete with Red Chinese “raiders”.

11) When you find yourself feeling lazy or ‘blocked’, how do you force yourself to get past it?
Settle down and work, give myself a deadline
12) Where do you find your inspiration? How do you overcome writer’s block?
Get up and walk
13) What’s the one piece of advice you would give a new writer?
Write and don’t stop. Challenge yourself. Work for excellence.
14) 1. Which author inspired you to become a writer? 2. How do you choose the subjects of your books? Varied interests. I write non-fiction, poetry, crime, short stories and memoir as well

15) Here’s one: What is your daily writing schedule? 2-3 hours daily

16) How did you find the courage to let people see your personal inner thoughts?

Poetry is that and performing personal tales. Need to share, hoping to make their lives better by doing so–a desire to serve and well, I just don’t worry about being foolish

17) How frequently do you write (hours per day or whatever)? How many drafts do you work through before you are satisfied?  Number of drafts differs with each item

What is most difficult to write about, and why?  Our son who died

Do women writers face any different challenges than men writers?

I don’t think so any more–sometimes we are not accepted in certain genres

Be sure to check out Alice’s blog –now. I’ll give you the link to JoAnn’s blog next week! blog:

Deadlines are Great!

Nothing revs up my creative juices more than a deadline! Right now I am behind my self set deadline on my second book in the Legacy of Honor Series, but I still on track to meet my publishers deadline–deadlines within deadlines. Just a bit more to go to finish up the story of Sal and Gina, “Letters from Korea”. (Set in Pittsburgh in the 1950s)

Do you use deadlines to help spur your creative juices? Last year I participated in the poetry segment of Na no mo. I wrote a poem a day–some of them were pretty awful but several have made it to publication after much revision. Others are still in the  notebook, waiting for revision or to be passed over as simply a thought, tho even those might someday become a part of something larger.

This year I am going to try the na no mo for a young adult novel that has been on my mind and heart.

I’ll use this blog to keep you posted–but meanwhile I had better get going on “Letters”

Sorry I skipped the food blog this week–gearing up again after the break .