Saturday, December 18, 2010

Work-In-Progress: 40,085

Apparently I've got more in common with my dog than I realized... I wonder how many dog biscuits it would take to get him to finish my novel?  Here's this week's vlog post (

Next week I plan to sneak in some writing along with holiday fun!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fictional Characters Showing Up In Real Life...

 I always tuck a small notebook into my purse so I can record story ideas, interesting tidbits, strange human behaviors, cupcake places I'd like to try... But I especially collect potential characters.

(You can see why I did not pursue illustration!)

A cute grocery checker turned into a love interest in one of my stories, so did a teenager sipping a strawberry frappuccino that matched her hair... My next WIP idea sparked after a few random encounters with intriguing strangers (but I have to finish my current novel first!).

And it's no secret that a neighborhood skateboarding hottie inspired the character of Xander Cooper in Swoon At Your Own Risk.

But I was a little surprised when he showed up at my daughter's soccer game on Saturday. I did know that his little sister played on my daughter's team, but he's away at college now, and no longer skateboards down the street.

No one in his family knows that I've written him into a novel, and I really only borrowed his mop of curly hair and graceful skateboarding. Xander Cooper is a completely fictional character. Still--it felt so strange to sit close to someone who looks so much like the character I created...

But it was nice to see him cheer so sweetly for his little sister. (Nice guys DO live outside of books!)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Work-In-Progress: 34,700-ish

I'm not really a superstitious person, but Chapter Thirteen... Ack! I'm still working on the right words, erasing the wrong ones. Here's this week's vlog post:

Next week if I make it to 40,000 words I'm buying myself a Peppermint Mocha! That's motivation :)

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Work-In-Progress: 32,045 words

So it turns out that sitting in front of one's laptop for several hours a day actually does increase word count!

Here's this week's vlog:

* Also starring Minnie and Otis

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Relationship Advice from Caridad Ferrer

Please welcome Caridad Ferrer, author of When The Stars Go Blue. Leave a comment to win your own copy! Here's Caridad's advice:

1. What is the dumbest or smartest thing you've done after a breakup?

Well, it's embarrassing as all get out (which is why it was dumb), but after a college boyfriend broke up with me, I punched my car's windshield.  Didn't break anything, but my hand swelled up to the size of a grapefruit. Not one of my better moments.  I have since learned to control my temper a great deal. Punching windshields HURTS.

2. It's your turn to play Miss Swoon--give us your best relationship advice.

Well, make sure you set aside a drawer for the takeout menus and make sure your partner knows which drawer it is.

3. If you could go on a date with any fictional character, who would it be?

Boy, this is kind of tough-- I'm torn between Sebastian St. Cyr, the lead of C.S. Harris' mystery series (tall, dark, and brilliant) or Richard Castle (he's ruggedly handsome, you know-- as well as being brilliant and witty and incredibly devoted to the people he cares about).

About the Book:

A dancer driven to succeed.

A musical prodigy attempting to escape his past.

The summer they share.

And the moment it all goes wrong.

Dance is Soledad Reyes’s life. About to graduate from Miami’s Biscayne High School for the Performing Arts, she plans on spending her last summer at home teaching in a dance studio, saving money, and eventually auditioning for dance companies. That is, until fate intervenes in the form of fellow student Jonathan Crandall who has what sounds like an outrageous proposition: Forget teaching. Why not spend the summer performing in the intense environment of the competitive drum and bugle corps? The corps is going to be performing Carmen, and the opportunity to portray the character of the sultry gypsy proves too tempting for Soledad to pass up, as well as the opportunity to spend more time with Jonathan, who intrigues her in a way no boy ever has before.     
But in an uncanny echo of the story they perform every evening, an unexpected competitor for Soledad's affections appears: Taz, a member of an all-star Spanish soccer team. One explosive encounter later Soledad finds not only her relationship with Jonathan threatened, but her entire future as a professional dancer.

About the Author:
Caridad Ferrer is a first generation, bilingual Cuban-American, whose young adult debut, Adiós to My Old Life won the Romance Writers of America’s 2007 RITA® for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance as well as being named to the 2009 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list, awarded by the ALA. Her second novel, It’s Not About the Accent was released in 2007 with Publisher’s Weekly stating, “…this twisting book amply rewards readers.”

She has also contributed to the anthology, Fifteen Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and Other Quinceañera Stories. Her newest young adult novel, When the Stars Go Blue, is a contemporary retelling of Bizet’s Carmen, and will be released by Thomas Dunne Books in November 2010. Booklist calls it, “Beautifully written, with contemporary characters and an engaging story line.”

To win a copy of When The Stars Go Blue: 
please leave a comment by midnight, December 7, 2010. 
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