Author Newbie Tag 2.0: Secret Flames

Hey everybody! A few of my writer pals and I have been challenged to take part in #AuthorTalkTuesday. Since I’ve been slacking here in the writing community due to some personal issues, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to get my butt back into gear. If you’d like to take part please leave your links in the comments section below 🙂

1. WHAT’S YOUR BOOK’S PITCH? IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE WORKS, CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE!

Well, I’ve never written a pitch for my book yet so this should be interesting:

A Secret Betrayal She Can’t Tell Anyone About. An Attraction They Can’t Deny. Is This History Repeating Itself? Or Is He The Spark She Needs To Feel Alive Again?

Tessa was doing just fine before her parents hired Danny Montgomery. It’s her senior year and she doesn’t need any distractions. Why would she want anything to do with him anyway? He’s arrogant, impassive, and infuriatingly charming. He’s everything she needs to stay away from.

Or maybe he’s not.

Danny ignites a fire inside her, one she can’t escape or hide from. Soon enough, she’ll find she doesn’t want to.

Except she’s hiding a huge secret. She’s still reeling from a devastation that rocked her to her very core. Only Tessa knows the ugly truth about what really happened. Nearly a year later, the memories still haunt her whenever she closes her eyes.

When trust is broken that badly by someone who you thought loved you, how can you get over that?

2. IF YOU WERE A BOOK, HOW WOULD YOU PITCH YOURSELF?

HAHAHAHAHA

Sometimes She’s Sweet. Sometimes She’s Psycho. You’ll Never Know Where You Stand.

Jessie has BDP. Borderline Personality Disorder. Although, it may just be full blown multiple when Vanessa, her drunk alter ego decides to rear her beautiful but twisted head.

Jessie constantly wakes up to to discover she’s covered in bruises with no idea where they came from. No one else that was there the night before has any clue either. Jessie sets on a mission, full of humiliating twists and falls to find out exactly what Vanessa was up to the night before…

But what will happen if Vanessa shows up again before Jessie can solve the case? We may never know… or will we?

3. WHAT DO YOU USUALLY WRITE?

My current WIP is a women’s fiction series with a romantic subplot. I find this genre endearing considering the main plot is centered around women’s personal growth journeys. I’m really bored with all the stories out there that center around women only finding themselves through a partner.

I do plan on experimenting with fantasy one day. I already have an idea that I plot out in my spare time (which there has been none as of late.)

4. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU’LL NEVER WRITE?

Probably Historical Fiction to be honest. I have nothing against the genre I’m just not enough of a history buff to want to write it myself. That genre I will leave up to my good pal Danielle Apple.

Check her out! https://www.danielleapple.com/2019/06/18/author-newbie-tag-2-0-when-pigs-fly/?fbclid=IwAR15ULgjLCh-ZY3i3EKzsXhcKMkg7BQ1y63Af0szgRwWsyyf_WQe1Ej5UH8

5. WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START WRITING?

I didn’t get an “Aha this is what I want to do” moment until later in life. I always made up stories but I started putting them to paper when my fifth grade teacher was teaching us about hooks. One sentence was all it took for a story to form in my head and I kept writing it.

From then on whenever an idea came to me I just wrote it down, but of course when you’re a kid you don’t know about outlining so I never finished any story I started. Until now.

Fear kept me from pursuing this dream. Fear that I would never be good enough. Fear that I would ruin anything I started. Fear of failing something I’ve always wanted.

Well I told fear to go screw itself this past winter and I finished my first book. Now comes the worst part: editing.

6. WHAT’S YOUR PUBLISHING PATH? (SELF PUBLISH, TRADITIONAL PUBLISH, HYBRID, HAVEN’T DECIDED YET, OR JUST WRITE FOR FUN?)

So far my plan is to self publish but I have thought about querying agents and may do it just to see if I get a response.

7. WHAT CONTENT DO YOU BRING TO THE WRITING COMMUNITY?

Some dark stuff. Some very real stuff. Vague right?

We all have scars we’re ashamed of. Some are just more visible than others.

I want to bring things to the table that most people have been afraid to talk about. The darkest ugliest things we hold closest to our hearts. No one is perfect and that’s what I hope to bring out with my characters while avoiding to be problematic. The darkness isn’t glorified or romanticized but it’s realistic and I hope my readers will feel that.

8. WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST WRITING STRUGGLE?

I’m an overwriter and infodumper by nature. I put in unnecessary details concerning people, places, things. Basically everything. A struggle for me is figuring out what things to keep and what to delete in the editing stage.

9. WHAT’S YOUR BEST WRITING SKILL?

I’ve been told I write with a lot of emotion and people can feel it when they read my work. I can’t think of a better skill to have. You know other than editing lol.

10. IF YOU’VE BEEN WRITING FOR AWHILE, WHAT’S YOUR BEST TIP?

Be brutal when it comes to the editing phase. Cut your darlings. Your adverbs, your filler words, the unnecessary details. Even traditionally published writers skip this crucial phase and you absolutely can’t.

Trust me, your writing will be stronger if you’re brutal.

11. WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED FOR DURING THIS NEW FRESH START IN THE WRITING COMMUNITY? TAG SOMEONE!

Developing relationships with other writers in the community and supporting one another. I’m tagging fellow writers, Danielle Apple, Samantha Wright, and Crystal Santoro! Check out their links in the comments and feel free to post your own!

COMING SOON!

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