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How did you choose the genre you write in?

*I don’t think I chose it. I feel as if it chose me. Believe it or not, even back in the day, as a little girl playing Barbie’s (don’t laugh .. stop it .. I can hear you) I was creating very mature storylines. I never cared about buying the next trendy doll, so that I could pretend to be her, or treat her like a precious collectible item … I was, literally, writing stories in my mind, in elementary school.

Why did you feel you needed to write Like Shards of Glass?

*I was inspired by a number of things, some very personal to me: Addiction, dysfunction and co-dependence, stonewalling – a very dangerous form of emotional abuse, depression, and a recurring theme with me, blurring lines between monsters and ‘heroes’.

As I said above, I wanted to educate people about another form of emotional abuse: stonewalling. This can drive a person out of his/her mind, cause them to lash out, and make them look as if they are the one with “the problem.” Sadly, Monroe experiences this throughout her marriage, and comes to accept and thrive off of the pain her husband causes. Up until, and after, his death

In Like Shards of Glass, you tell the story through the viewpoints of multiple characters. Which characters were forthcoming with their story? Which characters were a bit more stubborn about telling their story?

*Oh, excellent question. Taking me a minute. My most stubborn character was Karter, the husband. I actually couldn’t too much stomach him, because of what he did. It was difficult for me to want to get into his head, and so, I described who he once was, instead of what he did. Also, Dominique, Monroe’s young lover, left me stumped every now and then, because I wanted to create someone who appeared to be one thing, and by the end, he was something completely different. Read More >> Lusty Penguins Review Interview

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And in the beginning, there was Monroe, her husband, and her sons. This was a family unit which was broken to begin with. No, I don’t mean broken in an obvious way, but in a way that is felt, never seen, and at times, not heard.

The home is described as a glacier. There are signs and signals, such as Carter, Monroe’s husband’s appetite. These signals make it clear to Monroe whether or not she exists, for in Carter’s mind, she is a poisonous masterpiece. He loves her, yet distances himself without explanation. And as many mothers/parents do, Monroe does not realize that this deeply affects Karter, her oldest son.

I was inspired by a number of things. Some very personal to me. One of them being, wanting to educate people about another form of emotional abuse: stonewalling. This can drive a person out of his/her mind, cause them to lash out, and make them look as if they are the one with “the problem.” Sadly, Monroe experiences this throughout her marriage, and comes to accept and thrive off of the pain her husband causes. Up until, and after, his death.

Even thinking about the way Carter took the lives of innocent people, and the lives of his own (younger) children, is sickening. I know I wrote the book, but I was a bit skittish about the way I approached this aspect of the book. It was in the room, always present, hovering, ominous, but no details leaked into the atmosphere of the story. It just wasn’t on my heart to include those details. The details I did include, where the fragile, horrifying state of mind, of a woman who’d lost everything she had. Read More >> Like Shards of Glass Guest Post

 

C’mon. Won’t you give a (somewhat) new author a try? Download a free sample? Here >>Like Shards of Glass (Amazon)

Download a free novel >> Just Beneath the Surface (Amazon)

 

Hello, all!
Thanks for joining me in day four of my week long re-release shenanigans! I will start by sharing an excerpt from a guest post with nextgenmilspouse, which I am very excited about :

Toward the end of 2004, one year after becoming a military spouse, I had begun to adjust to a new city: Abilene, Tx. I had my daughter at the end of 2005. I knew instantly, that I would be a stay at home mother, and I dedicated my life to my family. And although seeing every first step, hearing every first word, has been a blessing which I am forever grateful, I realized that I was missing something — I had forgotten about taking the time to daydream.

One afternoon, I sat down at our computer, turned on some music, and that year — 2005 — I completed my first novel. After writing my first novel, I realized that that for me, writing and storytelling are the essence of me. Despite my aversion to sharing what I had written to anyone outside of my immediate family, I knew deep down, that I was cultivating a piece of me, that deserved to be fostered.

Eight years and two children later, I have learned, that taking the time to do something that I enjoy, the sense of completion, writing something that could potentially touch someone’s life, became my driving force. I am learning to balance the military lifestyle, marriage, the demands of parenthood, my insecurities, writing, keeping up with my websites, and school.

Check out the rest of the article I had the pleasure of writing for the lovely folks over at nextgenmilspouse

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With finding balance and finding peace, comes knowing yourself and being comfortable with those things (even the silly things) that make you you.

Here are a few of those things:

1. I published and unpublished my novel, Where were you, (the prequel to Fountains) maybe 4 or 5 times, before taking it offline. If you ask me why, I could only shrug and say: “I really don’t know. It just made me nervous.”

2. Poor sense of direction. Actually none. I have no sense of direction.

3. Between the hours of 11 pm and 3 am, I am wide awake, and at my most creative.

4. When it comes to writing, I am a bit scandalous, unable to be faithful. For me, there’s no such thing as writing one book at a time.

As I’m writing, my wandering eye leads my heart elsewhere (to start or finish writing other books) and I am likely going back and forth to avoid writer’s block. I am going back and forth because this (somehow) really helps me delve into what I am doing.

5. Umm .. I “liked” my own facebook author page  ..

.. And that’s about all I can think of, for now. Oh, one more thing!

6. Tomorrow, Just Beneath the Surface will be free on Smashwords, for 1 day only.

So please, join me, tomorrow, the last day of my week long re-release celebration, and pick up your free copy of Just Beneath the Surface!

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On Darlene’s Book Nook, you will not only find a book giveaway, but I will also share 13 intriguing facts about the plot and characters in Just Beneath the Surface I.

Take a peek:

8)  Diamond is facing loneliness like never before. She only wants the relationship she once had with her mother back. But with her new marriage, Kendall hardly notices or has time to truly see how much her daughter misses her.

http://darlenesbooknook.blogspot.ca/2012/05/guest-post-and-giveaway-with-rh-ramsey.html