Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Advice & Giveaway with Laurie Faria Stolarz

Please welcome Laurie Faria Stolarz, author of Deadly Little Lessons. Here's her writing advice. Leave a comment to win a copy of her new book! 

What's your best advice for fellow writers?
My biggest advice is to persevere.  There are many talented writers who give up after 5, 10, or even 50 rejection letters.  Be open to learning and to getting better in your craft.  If more than one person criticizes the same point in your work – i.e. your main character whines too much – chances are you need to look at that point again.  Never pay reading fees while trying to get published – ever.  Do your homework.  Know to whom you’re sending your query letter, who that person’s clients are, what that person’s track record is (i.e. the details of his or her most recent acquisitions), and what that person is looking for.  Every letter should be personalized and reflect that you’ve done your research.  And, lastly, consider joining a writers group. There’s nothing better than being in a group of like-minded writers who can help inspire and cheer you on, and who can provide constructive feedback that can help to strengthen your work. 
What popular writing advice do you never follow?

Write what you know.
Where do you do most of your writing?

I'm lucky to have an office space in my home.  But I can really work anywhere - in the car, in a waiting room, at a coffee shop, or sitting at the kitchen island.  I carry around a notebook, ready for when inspiration strikes.
What's the best book you've read lately on the craft of writing?

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott


About The Book:

Camelia Hammond's trying junior year of high school is finally over...but her troubles aren't. After she discovers a painful truth about her family, she escapes to a summer arts program in Rhode Island. Determined to put family - and boyfriend - drama behind her, she throws herself into her artwork.
At the arts school, she gets caught up in the case of Sasha Beckerman, a local girl who is missing. Even though all signs suggest that the teen ran away, Camelia senses otherwise. Eager to help the girl, she launches her own investigation. Meanwhile, Camelia realizes how much she misses Ben, despite being committed to Adam.
But time is running out for Sasha, and Camelia will have to trust her powers if she's to save her. Will the lessons Camelia has learned in the past give her the strength to do so?

Wanna sneak peek?  Go here:  http://www.lauriestolarz.com/dllessons.pdf                    

About The Author: 
Laurie Faria Stolarz is the author of Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, Project 17, and Bleed, as well as the bestselling Blue is for Nightmares series.  Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Stolarz attended Merrimack College and received an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston. Checkout her website for a fun contest:  www.lauriestolarz.com.

Leave a comment to win a copy of Deadly Little Lessons!

12 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE her stories! The Touch Series is by far my favorite, but I also loved the Blue is for Nightmares collection!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am a librarian whose main genre is teen fiction. I always recommend your books to teens who are looking for a good read!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great post! She really inspires me. Now I can't wait to read her latest novel. If this contest is international, please enter me :) If not, it's ok, I will definitely buy her book!

    ReplyDelete
  4. That's great advice! Even if one does not want to be a writer, perseverance is something everybody can take away from it. My little sister dislikes reading but when I introduced her to the Blue is For Nightmares series and this series, she couldn't stop reading. I can't wait to read Deadly Little Lessons.

    ReplyDelete
  5. My favorite author ever! I just love this series! She is the person who has inspired me to become a writer :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. I can't wait to read this book!!! I'm a librarian who reads a lot of YA.

    ReplyDelete
  7. LOVE this series, the characters' situations have reflected my own life & made them really relatable. Thanks for the writing advice, I'm an aspiring writer hoping to be published some day!

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is a fantastic post!! I want to read this so badly! Even if I don't win, I will definitely be purchasing this book. Can't wait!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I've been a fan for years, since I found White is for Magic at a bookstore while waiting for friends.
    Laurie Stolarz gives me the ambition and joy to read many novels, and write my own works.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're the winner of DEADLY LITTLE LESSONS. Please email me your contact information to sydneysalter AT mac DOT com

      Delete
  10. I just read Deadly Little Secrets and really liked it! Looking forward to continuing on with the series!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm going to have to read the book she suggested on writing; I've never heard of it.

    ReplyDelete

Widget_logo