Interview with T.C. Kemper: Winter 2024 Flash Fiction Contest Runner Up

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
T.C.’s Bio:
T.C. Kemper is an American author of sparky kidlit and speculative fiction. When she’s not lost in a great story, she spends her days hiking woodland trails with her rescue pup, doodling cartoon ghosts, and chasing her adorable, highly opinionated toddler. She is represented by the fabulous Amy Giuffrida of Belcastro Agency and is on submission with what she hopes will become her debut novel. You can find T.C. across all socials under @tckemperwrites, and on her website, tckemper.com

If you haven't done so already, check out T.C.'s award-winning story "Wings" and then return here for a chat with the author. 

WOW: Congratulations on placing in the Winter 2024 Flash Fiction Contest! What excited you most about writing this story? 

T.C.: Usually when a story idea pops into my head, it’s like a splinter that has to come out. With “Wings”, the inspiration came from the public’s ongoing focus on bodily autonomy, especially in our current social climate. Once Amelia arrived in my brain, her big, beautiful wings shining in the sun, I knew I had to get her onto the page. But to be honest, I wrote this piece from a place of sadness and frustration rather than excitement. This story shines a spotlight on how so many people are quick to focus on and criticize differences, rather than accept the whole person. 

WOW: I love that image of a story as a splinter that needs to come out, and pairs well with the frustration you felt with the social climate and this topic. What did you learn about yourself or your writing while crafting this piece? 

T.C.: I usually write full-length books rather than short stories, but I’ve fallen in love with flash fiction! Flash fiction, I’ve found, is immediately cathartic—these stories are brain bursts: POP! Here’s a whole tale, in bite size! I’ve learned that flash fiction can be so many things in so few words: blunt, feathery, brutal, heartwarming, wickedly honest, kind, cruel. I’m impressed beyond words at the other writers who have mastered this craft. I absolutely haven’t gotten there yet, but I’m getting better: this is my third piece to earn recognition in this contest, and second to earn Runner Up, which is very cool! 

WOW: That is very cool! I’ve found that writing flash stories improves the line-by-line writing of my longer work, so it’s both a pleasure and a useful tool for other types of writing. And speaking of your full-length books, that’s exciting news that your novel is on submission right now! Can you please tell us more about it? 

T.C.: Right now, I have a middle grade spooky sci-fi out on sub— it’s a kidlit take on The Stepford Wives, with A.I.-powered mind control, a friendship breakup, and suspiciously well-dressed children. My agent, Amy Giuffrida, is the absolute best champion I could ask for, and she’s been incredible throughout my writing journey. 

WOW: Good luck with the publishing process, and it’s so wonderful that you have an agent that you trust in your corner! What are you reading right now, and why did you choose to read it? 

T.C.: I live on audiobooks the way other folks live on caffeine! This month, I’ve blazed through Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s Chain Gang All Stars, Jessica Khoury’s The Dark Refrain, Hannah Nicole Maehrer’s Assistant to the Villain, Paulette Kennedy’s The Devil and Mrs. Davenport, and I’m currently on TJ Klune’s In the Lives of Puppets. I read across all genres, and if someone enthusiastically recommends a book, I do everything I can to get to it! 

WOW: Audiobooks are amazing, and so is this list! Thanks for sharing it with us. If you could give your younger self one piece of writing advice, what would it be and why? 

T.C.: You’ll get there one day, just keep dreaming. 

WOW: Anything else you’d like to add? 

T.C.: Just a big thank you to the WOW team! You all are always fantastic. 

WOW: Thank you for sharing your story with us! Happy writing!


Interviewed by Anne Greenawalt, founder and editor-in-chief of Sport Stories Press, which publishes sports books by, for, and about sportswomen and amateur athletes and offers developmental editing and ghostwriting services. Connect on Twitter @greenmachine459.
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Blink and Glow by Raven Howell: Blog Tour & Giveaway

Monday, July 22, 2024
 
Blink and Glow by Raven Howell

I'm excited to announce that Raven Howell is returning with another blog tour. This time, it's with her newest book, Blink and Glow. This beautiful picture book is perfect for young readers to appreciate wildlife and our natural environment. Join us as we celebrate the launch of her blog tour! We'll be interviewing Raven as well as giving away a copy of her book.

Before we get to that, here's more about her book:

Lilly and Leo think it's super to catch fireflies and salamanders—and even more exciting, as they plan to bring their glowing nature finds to show-and-tell the next day. They have a change of heart when Grandma's wisdom guides the children to respect the freedom and light of the natural life in all living things.

Publisher: Tielmour Press
ISBN-10: 173821933X
ISBN-13: 978-1738219339
Print Length: 32 pages

You can purchase a copy of Blink and Glow on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Bookshop.org. Make sure you also add it to your GoodReads reading list.

About the Author, Raven Howell


Raven Howell writes stories and poetry for children. Having published several award-winning picture books, she enjoys sharing her joy of reading and literature by visiting classrooms and libraries. Raven serves as Creative & Publishing Advisor for Red Clover Reader, writes The Book Bug column for Story Monsters Ink magazine, and is a Collaborating Author for Reading is Fundamental and I am a Promise Books.

She writes for children’s magazines including Ladybug, The School Magazine, Highlights for Children, and Humpty Dumpty. She’s a storybook writer for educational publisher, Reading Gate, and aims for every child’s opportunity to blossom.

You can find her online at:


--- Interview by Nicole Pyles

WOW: I'm so excited to have you back with us for another blog tour! I love your newest picture book Blink and GlowWhat inspired this idea?

Raven: Climate change and in general, care for our environment, has been on most everyone’s radar in recent years. It made me wonder if, and how, children are tuned in to nature and its beauty and wonderment these days. BLINK AND GLOW explores the magic of our natural world, and the storyline demonstrates how a child has the power to respect it and treat it with tender loving care. My wish is that kids will see this caretaking of all living things in a kind, considerate and fun way.

WOW: I think that's so awesome you wrote the book with that intention. It's important for our future generations to care about our environment! I love the names of your characters. How did you come up with them?

Raven: I originally named the main characters, Maurice and Mimsy. I wanted names that were a little unique in addition to wanting to play with alliteration. In the book, they’re portrayed as brother and sister. 

Ann Pilicer, the book’s illustrator, and I have worked together for years. We respect each other’s thoughts and opinions. Ann worked with “Maurice and Mimsy” for a while as I recall, but then suggested a rename. It may have been that she knew someone named Maurice and it had less than happy implications in some way. Ha! I don’t recall specifically, but I was flexible in renaming the characters, so subsequently and happily, the names Leo and Lilly were adopted.

WOW: Ha, I imagine that may have been the case! Are your characters based on anyone you know?

Raven: The child characters in BLINK AND GLOW were developed from how I interacted with nature in childhood. Some of the scenes are based on those summer nights, catching fireflies, and searching for salamanders in streams and deep woods. Only in hindsight did I realize that Grandma is based on my own mother. My mother instilled in us love of nature and gentleness with all living things, and I passed that on to my own sons. Now I see my grandnephews and grandniece experiencing that same kindness and respect for nature. It’s such a valuable thing to learn and adhere to. I’m grateful for my mother’s teachings.
 

WOW: Oh, I love that. I'm so glad your mother passed along the love of all living things, and you are seeing the same in your own grandnewphews and grandnieces. Is there a scene in the book in particular that resonates with you?

Raven: I love the scene where Grandma points out the incredible Luna Moth in the garden to the children. The Luna Moth is a sight to behold with its bold patterns and Ann’s illustrative rendering of it is incredible. It symbolizes spiritual enlightenment and connection to nature. The Luna only lives for one week. It’s fascinating - it never eats. In fact, it has no mouth or digestive system. 

The Luna Moth ends up being the perfect example of beauty, joy, and freedom as the children consider their own decisions on how to handle the firefly and salamander they have jarred for show-and-tell.

WOW: I love it! I don't think I have asked you yet, but who or what ultimately inspired you to become a writer?

Raven: In one sense, I suppose writing may be in my genes. My father was a poet and storyteller. My maternal grandmother, a schoolteacher, also wrote verse, some of which I have tucked away in my memory box. 

As far back as I can remember, I enjoyed words, songs, stories, and composing. My writing career morphed from song writing and music publishing (in my teens and early twenties), to composing greeting card verse, to publishing children’s poems in magazines, to writing picture books. In addition, I work as a freelance children’s writer. I’m a contributing writer for several kids’ magazines, literary organizations, and educational publishers. It’s been an adventurous journey over the past few decades.

I continue to be inspired by the things that captured my heart as a child: nature, kindness, humor, and love are keys to my creativity. I hope I pass on that spark and wellspring to the younger generations through my written word.

WOW: I think you have! What other books have you released lately?

Raven: I’ve had such a blast taking my spring release, KEEP TRUCKING (AMInk Publishing), out to schools to share with students. The picture book is about our truck community – learning about various trucks and how transportation works across the globe. 

Inevitably, in each class, the little truck lovers will somehow gravitate toward me as I’m reading and by the end of the story, they practically have their noses in the book! What I love to see is that boys who are normally bored with “story time”, are wide-eyed and full of comments and questions. After reading, I share a children’s activity using different types of toy truck tire wheels dipped in paint to create interesting patterns on poster board. 

WOW: That must be such an adorable site to see! You have so many publications under your belt, I imagine that you have many experiences. Any you can share? And what is next for you?

Raven: As a freelance children’s writer, I’ve had many wonderful opportunities this past year. I had the pleasure of meeting actor and author Matthew McConaughey to discuss his new picture book. 
Another memorable interview and feature I wrote this year was with the multi-talented Jamie Lee Curtis. Both are passionate about their literary contributions for children.

For me, up next is THE FISHERMAN AND THE FRENCH FLOUNDER, published by Wild Cape Press. It’s an offbeat, humorous tale of a fisherman who has the misfortune of having a greedy wife. The fisherman’s luck turns when he hooks a funny-looking fish with a French accent. I cracked up when one book reviewer said, “This is not a story children will soon forget!” It’s based on Grimm’s "The Fisherman and His Wife." 

I’m looking forward to connecting and meeting with readers in my upcoming book events. My schedule has book stops in various Barnes & Noble stores and I’m participating in several fall children’s book fairs. And my favorite visits are to schools! So, here’s to celebrating books!

WOW: I can't wait to see what you publish next! Thank you so much for your time today. Best of luck on the blog tour! 

Blink and Glow by Raven Howell Blog Tour and Giveaway

--- Blog Tour Calendar

July 22nd @ The Muffin
Our tour begins at the WOW blog, The Muffin. Join us as we celebrate Raven Howell's newest book, Blink and Glow. We'll interview the author and give you a chance to win a copy.

July 23rd @ Pages and Paws
Join Kristine who shares a guest post by Raven Howell about how her tomboy childhood inspires her writing today at 60.

July 24th @ Pages and Paws
Visit Kristine's blog for a review of Blink and Glow.

July 24th @ Lisa Haselton's Book Reviews & Interviews
Join Lisa for an interview with author Raven Howell and her book Blink and Glow.

July 25th @ Words by Webb
Visit Jodi's blog for her review of Blink and Glow.

July 28th @ Boys' Mom Reads!
Visit Karen's blog for her review of Blink and Glow.

July 31st @ Carole Writes
Visit Carole's blog for her review of Blink and Glow as well as an interview with author Raven Howell.

August 1st @ AJ Kormon's blog
Visit AJ's blog for a review of Blink and Glow.

August 2nd @ Little Squirrel's Bookshelf
Visit Veronica's blog for her review of Blink and Glow.

August 3rd @ Boots, Shoes, and Fashion
Join Linda's blog for a special recipe by Raven Howell. You'll learn how to make easy firefly brownie bites and butterfly cupcakes.

August 3rd @ The Faerie Review
Lily will be spotlighting Blink and Glow on her blog.

August 7th @ Chapter Break
Visit Julie's blog for a review of Blink and Glow. You can also read a guest post by Raven Howell about whether audiobooks really promote literacy skills.

August 10th@ Michelle Cornish' blog
Stop by Michelle's blog for a guest post about the highest-paid authors and how they make it happen.

August 14th @ BookBunnies
Join Caramel for a review of Blink and Glow.

August 15th @ Choices
Visit Madeline's blog for a guest post by Raven Howell about today's most popular children's book themes.

August 16th @ A Storybook World
Visit Deirdra's blog for a guest post by Raven Howell, who has a chat with her publisher about the impact of books on young minds

August 17th @ A Wonderful World of Books
Visit Joy's blog for a review of Blink and Glow.

August 18th @ What is That Book About?
Join Michelle to read an excerpt of Blink and Glow.

August 20th @ Rosh's Reviews
Visit Rosh's blog for a review of Blink and Glow.

August 22nd @ World of My Imagination
Visit Nicole's blog for her review of Blink and Glow. You can also win a copy of the book!

August 24th @ Wildwood Reads
Visit Megan's blog for her review of Blink and Glow

August 25th @ Jill Sheets' Blog
Visit Jill's blog for her review of Blink and Glow. You'll also have the chance to read an interview with the author herself.
 
 
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Friday Speak Out!: A. S. Byatt’s “A Stone Woman”: A Primer on Making Magic Realism Work

Friday, July 19, 2024
by Cynthia Reeves

One story I never tire of reading—indeed, it affects me ever more deeply as I age—is “A Stone Woman” by A. S. Byatt, a wondrous example of magic realism. The story concerns Ines, an elderly woman who, after her mother’s death, confronts not only the grief brought on by that profound loss but also by her own aging and the peculiar sense that the last barrier to her death has fallen away. The story’s heart is an exploration of the psychology of aging and facing death, or, quoting Byatt, “the way the body intrudes increasingly as it goes about its dying.”

Broadly defined, magic realism is a story in which a detailed, realistic setting merges with the irreal. The most successful magic realist stories deploy certain strategies; “A Stone Woman” presents a case study in which to examine these strategies.

Above all, the “magic” shouldn’t be used merely for effect—it must underpin the character’s psychological metamorphosis. The central supernatural element here is Ines’s transformation from flesh to stone, which functions as a metaphor both for the bodily changes that occur with aging and the ultimate transfiguration from life to death.

Structurally speaking, magic realists can either establish the magic up front and then continue as if all other laws of realism apply or begin with the ordinary and proceed to the extraordinary. Byatt chooses the latter method: a conventionally linear story that moves gradually away from the ordinary. She opens (confidently) with, “At first she did not think of stones,” a matter-of-fact sentence that only in retrospect hints of something strange afoot. Lavished in concrete details—an older woman tending to her mother’s death, her job, and her own aging—the story fools us into believing a realistic story will unfold. That is, until the first inkling that Ines’s body is becoming decidedly unflesh-like.

Little by little, we understand that Ines is turning into stone. Engaged in the world Byatt has created, we suspend disbelief and follow Ines on her mission to find a place where she can rest after she completely solidifies. She discovers an old graveyard where the sculptor/stonecutter, Thorsteinn, lives. Their friendship builds in increasingly spellbinding scenes that culminate in Ines finding the courage to unveil her stony body:
Hot liquid rose to the sills of her eyes and clattered in pearly drops on her ruddy hematite cheeks. He stared.

She thought, He is a man, and he sees me as I am, a monster.

“Beautiful,” he said. “Grown, not crafted.”
Here, human psychology—Ines’s need to be seen for who she is but fearful of revealing herself—grounds the magic in realism.

Finally, recalling that magic shouldn’t be exploited merely for effect, ghosts ought to appear “human.” Byatt concludes with the most supernatural (but inevitable) scene of all, when in death, Ines joins her fellow stone women “spinning and bowing in a rapid dance on huge, lithe, stony legs, beckoning with expansive gestures, flinging their great wide arms in invitation.”

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 Cynthia Reeves is the author of three books: the novel The Last Whaler (Regal House Publishing, 2024); the novel in stories Falling Through the New World (2024), winner of Gold Wake Press’s 2023 Spring Fiction Award; and the novella Badlands (2007), winner of Miami University Press’s Novella Prize. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared widely. Most recently, her short story “The Last Glacier” was included in If the Storm Clears (Blue Cactus Press, 2024), an anthology of speculative literature that concerns the sublime in the natural world.

A Hawthornden Fellow, Cynthia has also been awarded residencies to the 2017 Arctic Circle Summer Solstice Expedition, Vermont Studio Center, Galleri Svalbard, and Art & Science in the Field. She taught creative writing at Bryn Mawr and Rosemont Colleges, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson’s low-residency program. In August 2024, she will circumnavigate Svalbard aboard an icebreaker carrying a hundred artists, scientists, and crew.

Find out more at cynthiareeveswriter.com.
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Interview with Winter 2024 Flash Fiction Runner Up, Liz Chang

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

 

Liz Chang was the 2012 Montgomery County Poet Laureate. Her poems have appeared in Verse Daily, Exit 7, Breakwater Review and Stoneboat Literary Journal, among others. Her 2023 chapbook Museum of Things from Finishing Line Press includes the Pushcart Prize-nominated work “On Jolly Holiday.” Chang’s flash fiction has been published internationally in Oxygen: Parables of the Pandemic and Opia no. 2. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Moravian University. More information on her forthcoming work and appearances can be found at lizchangpoet.com









----------Interview by Renee Roberson 

WOW: Your story, The Ghost of Louise Gluck Takes Persephone Apple Picking for the First Time, pays tribute to Averno, a crater lake in Italy that also serves as the entrance to the Roman underworld. What was your process like in getting the details down on paper, and then polishing and shaping them until you were happy with the final result? 

Liz: I’m pleased you noticed that, but in this case, I can’t really take credit. Averno is the title of Louise Gluck’s collection that has a bunch of poems about Persephone. In the series I’m working on, I use bits of inspiration from the poets or authors whose voices I’m creating. In this case, though, I didn’t use many of Gluck’s exact lines–more like images and settings from the character she created and the speaker in Averno’s reference to growing up near an orchard. I had also recently gone apple picking with my family, so that’s where some of the physical details came from. As an aside, I have been to the cave in Slovenia that Dante visited just before he wrote The Inferno. I crawled about six feet in, on my hands and knees in total darkness, and then instinctually threw my body into reverse to move back out toward the entrance. I’ve discovered that caves are not for me. 

WOW: Ha! I can understand that about caves--they've always struck me as quite unpredictable. What is your favorite line from “The Ghost of Louise Gluck” and why? 

Liz: The one line I did use from Gluck here was the bit about “...in the way one expects of a lyric poet.” I tried to kind of pull off a cheeky self-own, as a lyric poet myself, with the set-up about Persephone comparing apples to pomegranates and how they’re only vaguely alike in a sort of superficial, romantic way. In general, I’m having so much fun with these little flash pieces because I get to pay homage to some of my favorite, departed artists, but also I get to move them around on a little stage in my brain. One of my writer-friends teased me recently, saying, “Your brain must be a strange place to be!” …but that’s the joy that I’m trying to tap into with this project. Even the more somber pieces are fun to craft because they feel like stolen moments with the people I most admire. 

WOW: How did you first discover your love for reading and writing poetry? 

Liz: I was very fortunate to have a lot of support early on as a reader (in second grade) and a writer (in third or fourth). I know not everyone has that. In college, I took a class with Hettie Jones, and even though I felt lost in my major coursework, I always looked forward to writing for her workshop. I would hold off poetry writing until the night before I had to produce something–it was like I got to savor a reward. Living in New York City was rough on me, so I think having the mental space to shut out all of the noise and try to distill my hidden self onto the page was really tied to my weathering that time. 

WOW: Your chapbook “Museum of Things” has such a unique concept—the poems are structured to resemble artifacts in a museum with each piece focusing on a specific item from your past. What advice would you offer other poets and writers looking to find a personal concept such as this one to immerse themselves in? 

Liz: I studied visual art as an undergraduate, and I’ve heard readers mention they generally see a lot of fine art influence in my writing–mostly in terms of color and pattern work, which I have always really enjoyed. 

In this case, I was writing some little micro memoir pieces for a poetry workshop I’ve been in for the last thirteen years. We meet monthly, so I always aim to have something to show them. I was scraping the bottom of my mental barrel, certain that no one would care about these little stories behind all of my accumulated “things” except me. It was my poet-friends who recognized that these were worth revisiting. In fact, my one friend Susan suggested re-conceiving them as ‘museum tags.’ I really enjoy finding an idea’s natural form–both in visual art and writing. I threw myself into the challenge, and I eventually let them be poems. …

But I suppose I’m backing into the advice part here. I would say that the best advice is (and I’m sure I’m paraphrasing someone important here) that the personal is universal. Strong writing moves outward from purely individual experience to connect with a larger audience. If you pay attention to your craft and distill your work until it is as strong as it can possibly be, then readers out in the world will respond. As a poet, I seek to create an emotional experience for the reader on the page, but I am also committed to being a storyteller and to communicate with my reader. If you value that relationship, people will notice. 

I can’t tell you how many times audience members have found themselves in just one line in a piece during a reading–that’s all it takes. For instance, I describe my grandmother wearing “one black shoe and one blue” to teach her kindergarten classes and a gentleman came up to me at a library reading to quietly confess he’d done the same. When someone noticed his shoes, he replied, “I have another pair just like it at home!” 

WOW: In addition to being a poet and writing instructor, you are also a beekeeper. What drew you to this pastime and what do you love most about it? 

Liz: My husband jokes that it was my destiny after I played a honeybee in my second grade play. Also I used to teach an essay that had the line, “what is it about poets and bees?” I still don’t have an answer to that question. But I’d be lying if I didn’t mention that I love the backyard honey. I’m a miserable gardener, so this is the closest I get to appreciating the garden the previous homeowner put in. I also really enjoy having something in my life that’s less about words and more about instinct. This is one of the only spaces where I can quiet my mind and tend. When I’m working to make their lives easier, I don’t narrate what I’m doing in my head. I try to be their guardian instead of their “keeper” (although I do use that shorthand term to refer to myself–I mean that I find the action to be more like protecting and supporting them over owning them). 

WOW: It sounds like such a fascinating hobby and I'm glad you discovered it! Liz, congratulations again for placing in the contest and we appreciate you sharing these insights on the writing life.
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Ask the Book Doctor: About Author Intrusion

Sunday, July 14, 2024
 
By Bobbie Christmas
 
Q: Someone online the other day inquired about a quick, easy way to look up questions about writing. People suggested The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, as well as The Chicago Manual of Style. Those are well known. I suggested Bobbie Christmas’s Purge Your Prose of Problems.
 
Now I’ve just looked through that book and your other gem, Write in Style. I think I remember reading something in Write in Style, where you said when writing in third person, the writer’s voice should not have opinions about the story or characters that they impose on the reader. I hope I'm remembering this correctly.
 
I want to be sure I’m not advising a client wrong about her story. If the main character says someone’s a jerk, that’s fine, but the narrator should not be calling that character a jerk. Right?
 
I’d like to quote you (if that’s your position) but I can’t find it in the book.
 
A: You're absolutely right. The issue is one of author intrusion. If the narrative calls a character a jerk, it reflects the author’s opinion and is therefore author intrusion. If a character calls someone a jerk, that’s the character’s opinion, and it’s fine.
 
Example of author intrusion: The jerk who stole Marie’s purse threw it in a trash bin.
 
Example of character’s opinion: Marie looked at her battered pocketbook and said, “The jerk who stole it threw it in a trash bin.”
 
Although I may have covered the issue briefly in Write In Style, I covered it more in depth in Purge Your Prose of Problems. Here’s what Purge Your Prose of Problems says about author intrusion:
 
Strong writing shuns author intrusion, which can happen when a portion of a novel is not written in the viewpoint of a character in the book.
 
Minor author intrusion can be a word choice that implies personal feelings, rather than using a true description.
 
Example: The weather was beautiful. (Beautiful is a personal opinion.)
 
Better: The weather was perfect for kite flying because a slight, steady breeze blew through the treetops. The sun peeked through thin clouds, imparting a warm glow to the vast green slopes of Rocky Top Park
 
Sometimes a one-word intrusion occurs when an author chooses adverbs that reflect a personal opinion. Examples of minor author intrusion: Luckily, the car was unlocked. Hopefully, she would heal quickly. Better: He found the car unlocked and breathed a sigh of relief. She hoped she would heal quickly
 
We also sometimes see the two-word intrusion, of course. Of course the door was locked. Delete it in narrative. The door was locked
 
Sometimes thoughts not attributed to a character can sound like the author’s opinion and therefore constitute author intrusion.
 
Example: (author intrusion) He had better hurry; someone might catch him breaking in
 
Better: (action) His hands shook, even as he tried to hurry. (thoughts) I’d better hurry, he thought. What will I do if someone catches me breaking in? 
 
Example: (author intrusion) She shouldn’t have yelled at him. Now he would be angry
 
Better: (dialogue) “I’m sorry. I know I shouldn’t have yelled at you. Please don’t be angry.” (thoughts) Why did I yell at him, she wondered. Now he’s going to be angry with me
 
Major author intrusion stops the action and dialogue and goes into an explanation.
 
Example: Junior Sol wept into his hands. He felt bad because even though he was a doctor, he couldn’t do anything to save his mother.
 
Better: Intern Junior Sol wept into his hands. A nurse patted his back. He turned to her, almost shouting. “What good were all those years of medical school and all this training? I still feel like a little boy.” He pointed to the body in the hospital bed. “I can’t even help my own mother.”
 
All that said, creative writing has only guidelines and no actionable rules. If an author wants to express a personal opinion in a novel, no police officer will come and make an arrest, but in fiction it's wiser to let those opinions come out of the mouths of characters, rather than the author. Nonfiction is the place where we can express our personal opinions without going against any tenets of creative writing.
 
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Send your questions to Bobbie Christmas, book editor, author of Write In Style: Use Your Computer to Improve Your Writing, and owner of Zebra Communications. Bobbie@zebraeditor.com or BZebra@aol.com. Read Bobbie’s Zebra Communications blog at https://www.zebraeditor.com/blog/.
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Go With the Flow in Life and Pitching Your Work

Thursday, July 11, 2024

The author at the peak of Grandfather Mountain in Linville, N.C.

I’m on vacation with my family this week. Instead of our normal trek to the ocean, we decided to rent a mountain house near where our son will be attending college and appreciate the cooler weather and fun outdoor activities. We had everything planned out, and a lot of our itinerary was based on the advice of my husband, who also attended college in this area thirty plus years ago. 

Our first adventure was tubing down the New River with nothing but the current to carry us and a few drinks packed in a cooler. A shuttle van took us to the drop-off point and we were basically told to “have fun!” We settled in for a lazy two hours in the water, until we noticed we were approaching a bridge that looked—what’s the best way to describe it?—sagging in the middle? We were supposed to just float underneath the bridge but as we got closer, we began to panic. Did we have enough room to clear it? 

We could have tried to stop, drag our tubes out of the water and walk along the riverbank beside the bridge. But instead, we flattened ourselves like pancakes and prayed. We made it underneath the bridge, barely, but we were wondering how the large group of thirty or so people floating a good ways behind us were going to tackle the situation, seeing as how they were all attached to one another and hauling Bluetooth speakers, coolers, and even a charcuterie board in an airtight container! 

The next day we decided to check out a local waterfall less than half a mile from where we were staying. Based on the map in the parking lot, there were three different ways to get to the waterfall and they were labeled by difficulty. We picked one path and headed in. While the ground was full of roots and mud, you can imagine our surprise when we found the waterfall less than a half-mile into our hike. My son, an Eagle Scout, was pretty underwhelmed. We were back out of the park and to our car within an hour all in. We laughed and told ourselves you just must roll with it sometimes. 

Back in May I wrote about putting together an agent checklist for my suspense novel. I selected five different agents and discussed what they requested from writers pitching their books. They were all different I sent out my first batch of queries and quickly noticed something was missing from my submission package. I had a short synopsis as part of my query letter, but I realized some agents also want a longer synopsis where you hit all the main plot points of your book, from beginning to end, in no more than 800 words. 

I pulled my submission package document out again and got to work. Whittling down a synopsis of an 86,000-word-book to only 800 words isn’t easy. But I have a completed draft to send to my next batch of agents. 

My submission package now includes: 
• A one-sentence logline of my book. 
 • Both a short and longer author bio. 
 • An 800-word synopsis of the book, covering all the main plot points. 
 • A brief description of the potential target audience and other comparative titles to mine. 
 • The most polished version of the book, where I can pull the first 10 pages, 25 pages, or 50 pages, depending on what/if the agent wants. 

I’m sure just like our vacation excursions, these different pieces of the submission package will continue to evolve, when and if agents respond. The bright side of continuing to work on these various pieces means the book will have a great marketing package already put together when and if it sells. 

Renee Roberson is an award-winning writer and host/creator of the true crime podcast, Missing in the Carolinas. She’s currently seeking representation for her suspense novel “It’s a Miracle I’m Alive,” which was inspired by her experience podcasting.
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Interview with Sara Siddiqui Chansarkar: Winter 2024 Flash Fiction Contest Runner Up

Tuesday, July 09, 2024
Sara Siddiqui Chansarkar is an Indian American writer. She is the author of a short fiction collection Morsels of Purple and a prose chapbook Skin Over Milk. She is currently working on her first novel. Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and journals including the Best Small Fictions 2022 and 2023. She is the winner of the National Flash Fiction Day Micro Contest and the runner-up for the Larry Brown Short Story Prize. Outside of her day job as a technologist, she is a submissions editor for SmokeLong Quarterly. More at saraspunyfingers.com, Twitter:@PunyFingers Instagram:sara_siddiqui24

---interview by Marcia Peterson

WOW: Congratulations on your top ten win in our Winter 2024 Flash Fiction competition! What prompted you to enter the contest?

Sara: I’ve seen friends’ posts on social media about winning the WOW contest. That combined with the fact that this contest is always open propelled me to submit my story to the Winter call.

WOW: Can you tell us what encouraged the idea behind your story, “The Rest Area at Chautauqua Lake?”

Sara: I know the setting well. My husband and I used to stop at this rest area after dropping our son to college. Sometimes, I peeked into the cars parked beside us and wondered about the people inside them. Those thoughts came to mind one morning and took the shape of this story.

WOW: What do you enjoy about flash fiction writing versus the other kinds of writing that you do?

Sara: Flash fiction is quick and effective for both the reader and the writer. With my full-time job, I am hard-pressed to find time to write. That’s where Flash comes to the rescue. I can write the first draft in one sitting and then complete the story in three or four revisions and that leaves me with a spurt of writerly satisfaction.

WOW: You mention that you’re working on a novel. Can you tell us anything about it, and what your novel writing journey has been like so far?

Sara: My novel is a story of a girl growing up in the backdrop of a loss in the family. She tries to emerge, crystallize her beliefs, and determine her identity and place in the world.

With an unrestricted word count, I have the freedom to build the characters with more depth, expand and detail the scenes, and interrogate internal thoughts with more clarity. On the flip side, it’s hard to maintain the focus and energy throughout the chapters. I have to constantly rein in my thoughts which tend to wander in different directions.

WOW: Thanks so much for chatting with us today, Sara. Before you go, do you have a favorite writing tip or piece of advice you can share?

Sara: Take breaks but don’t give up. It’s alright to not write anything for some time, but please return to the keyboard. We need to keep reading and writing alive in this age of AI and robotics.

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Interview with Anne Walsh Donnelly, Q2 2024 WOW! Creative Nonfiction Contest Runner Up

Sunday, July 07, 2024
Anne Walsh Donnelly lives in the west of Ireland, writes prose, poetry and plays and loves to experiment with form in her writing. She is the author of the poetry collection, Odd as F*ck. Her fragmentary novel, He Used To Be Me, was published by New Island Books in February, 2024. Anne is currently working towards her first personal essay collection.

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interview by Marcia Peterson

WOW: Congratulations on placing as a runner up in our Q2 2024 Creative Nonfiction essay competition! What prompted you to enter the contest?

Anne: Thanks. I’ve entered the contest several times and have been placed in the top ten five times, coming 2nd last year. It’s lovely when judges ‘get your work’ and obviously the WOW judges get mine! So that encourages me to keep submitting. I also love the critiques they give, they are always very constructive and have helped me improve my essays in the past.

WOW:  Love to hear that! Your entry, “The day you decided not to kill yourself” is quite moving and while it’s very personal, a lot of it will be relatable to others. What inspired you to write this essay?

Anne: It took me seven years to write this essay, it’s about a particular day when I had suicidal feelings and I’ve been trying to write about that day for the last seven years but it wouldn’t come. Finally in January of this year it landed on the page which was a release. It's one of my favourite essays and I'm so proud to have gone through what I've gone through and am now able to write about it.

It’s an important story to tell and I wrote it to give other people hope, even in your darkest moments you can turn your life around. It’s difficult but it’s doable with support from others. All you have to do is ask. The turning point for me was my love for my children and not wanting to leave them without a mother. There’s sometimes a lot of bad press about antidepressants but they saved my life and continuing in therapy while I was on them helped me recover from my depression.

WOW:  You’re also currently working a personal essay collection. Can you tell us anything about it, and how it’s going?

Anne: It’s going well. I’m on a bit of a roll at the moment and am writing a good few essays, thankfully. There’s a lot of ideas and themes floating around my head so I still need to decide on an overarching theme for the collection as a whole but that will evolve during the writing process.

For me craft and form are as important as content when writing a personal essay, so I’m having fun experimenting and trying out new ways and new forms to tell my story.

WOW: What are you reading right now, and why did you choose to read it?

Anne: I tend to have a few books (poetry, fiction and non-fiction) on the go at the same time. One of the books I’m reading at the moment is Seaborne by Irish author Nuala O’Connor. It’s a novel loosely based on the life of 18th-century Irishwoman, Anne Bonny who was an Irish woman tried for piracy in Jamaica in the 1720s. Nuala is a fabulous writer, one of Ireland’s best (in my opinion), and her prose is a delight to read. I’d highly recommend the book to any reader.

I’ve just discovered Melissa Febos’ writing. I’ve been reading some of her essays online and have ordered her book ‘Body Work, The Radical Power of Personal Narrative.’ So I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it when it arrives. Her work is inspiring me to write about different themes in my own creative non-fiction writing.

WOW: Thanks so much for chatting with us today, Anne. Before you go, can you share a favorite writing tip or piece of advice?

Anne: Write for yourself first then edit and polish with your reader in your mind.


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Is the Party Over?

Thursday, July 04, 2024
“I’m always late to the party,” I told a writing colleague the other day. Sometimes it’s physically late to be at the place I promised to be. More often it’s not quite so literal: late catching on to a new trend, mastering a new skill or learning about a development in the writing industry.

Once I was early.

We all have a book (or two…or three) in the proverbial drawer gathering dust. Some are what I like to consider practice books. Yes, they’re bad but that’s OK. They showed us what we were doing wrong and give us the knowledge to do better next time. But some get stuck there for reasons that have nothing to do with our writing.

Years ago I attended my first writing conference, armed with my elevator speech and appointments with agents. One agent seemed like my dream agent. I was beyond excited. It’s a miracle my head didn’t just detach from my body and float away. Then came the moment of truth when I pitched my historical novel.

“It’s an interesting idea but can you switch it from World War II to World War I? World War II doesn’t quite qualify as historical fiction so I’d have trouble placing it. I would be interested in seeing it in World War I.”

I smiled. I nodded. Inside I was screaming, “But the premise this book is based on didn’t happen in World War I. I can’t just change 1942 to 1918 and call it good.”

So even though I continued to polish my novel it seemed futile. She was the agent. She knew the industry better than me. Her words kept echoing in my head. I shoved my novel and reams of research in the drawer and moved on to other things.

Unless you’ve been living in the drawer with my abandoned novel you know that World War II historical fiction is everywhere and has been for over a decade. There are authors that specialize in ONLY World War II historical fiction. I toy with the idea of taking out my old novel – focusing on an event I haven’t seen in a novel yet – and polishing it up. But I see agent calls begging for historical fiction NOT from World War II since so much has come across their desks. Can you be too late to the party?

Have you ever been at odds with what the writing industry told you? How do you balance advice from the experts with your belief in your writing project?

Hope everyone's enjoying a fun day full of picnics and fireworks! Stay safe.

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Interview With Winter 2024 Flash Fiction Runner Up Winner, Jordan Bass

Tuesday, July 02, 2024
 

Today, I'm excited to interview Jordan Bass, one of our runner-up winners in our Winter 2024 flash fiction contest. Before you read our interview, read her story "Sea Monkeys," then come on back!

But first, here's more about Jordan:

Jordan Bass is a fiction writer who specializes in comedy, adventure, magical realism, and surrealism. She is inspired by fancy coffee drinks and watching her dogs sleep peacefully in the sun. For more of her work, follow her ongoing short story series, “Monomyth,” on Medium.

--- Interview by Nicole Pyles

WOW: I love the strange attachment that Brad has for this creature that came out of him. And I felt like this was a metaphor for something not quite being said out loud. Am I right about that? If so, can you elaborate? 

Jordan: Sea Monkeys is written as a critique of the patriarchal view of the pro-life movement. When Brad sees the creature, he very quickly takes on the responsibility of caring for it, while professing his love for it unconditionally. However, when the creature becomes too hard to take care of, he dumps it in a river, completely backtracking on the responsibility he promised. His promises to care for the creature were only words in the end. Some in the pro-life movement who are free from the burdens of reproductive ability make these same promises: that they will care for the child, that they will support a family unit, etc., but in reality they can leave when things get too hard without major consequences. Ultimately, it is the pregnant person who has to go through a changing body, possible medical complications, and being used as an incubator for a child that, for whatever reason, they cannot support.

WOW: Aha! I had a feeling that was the underlying message. So, I loved your story! It was so unusual and creative. What inspired this idea?

Jordan: The first thing I began to think about was a scene from the second Harry Potter movie, in which one character begins to barf up slugs as a result of a spell gone wrong. I thought it would be interesting to take that situation, but apply it to newly adult college fraternity brothers in a realistic world, where partying is frequent and barfing slugs is not something that should ever happen. From there, the hungover main character has to navigate this unheard of situation while trying to care for a creature he knows nothing about. 

WOW: I think it's awesome you used something from a scene of a book to inspire your own work! What is your approach with writing flash fiction? 

Jordan: I tend to think of individual lines within my chosen plot first, and then write the story itself around those lines. In this case, I knew what my concept was and the major story beats around it. However, much of the story itself was written around the line “I feel something, I think it’s unconditional love”. This helped me develop the personalities and motivations of my characters. My ultimate goal was to avoid making the story too complicated or adding too many characters/scenes. There’s a setting, an inciting incident, a climax, and a resolution, but each can only be contained in a few sentences. 

WOW: What a great approach. What inspires you to write magical realism? 

Jordan: While in college, I took a course in magical realism in which we studied works from popular authors in the genre (such as Franz Kafka and Gabriel García Márquez). I began to love the idea of framing stories in a way that is based in reality and adds a fantastical element, instead of rooting a story in the fantasy genre entirely. It helps to shift focus to how the humans in that scenario react to that fantastical element, generally with a more cynical approach towards humanity interacting with what we don’t understand. That blur between fantasy and reality is what I want to incorporate within my own writing, while taking a more humorous approach to the cynicism that magical realism often portrays.

 
WOW: I love that combination too! What are you working on now that you can tell us about? 

Jordan: I am writing a series of short stories in the humor/magical realism/adventure genres, under the overall title Monomyth. Each story will be published on my Medium account: https://medium.com/@monomythcompany. Monomyth is based within a world in which mysterious “veils” have begun to open out of thin air, releasing magical artifacts and animals into our world - or taking something (or someone) into theirs. In response, individuals from America (along with the U.S. government), start a company called Monomyth, which employs “adventurers” from around the country to find the veils and document their findings in order to study magical elements unknown to our world. Sometimes these investigations are harmless, but other times they’re exceedingly dangerous. A part of these stories will be standalone occurrences, while others tell the overarching story of four Monomyth employees and their adventures discovering otherworldly phenomena across a fairly realistic world.

WOW: That s sounds so amazing and creative. Thank you so much for joining us and congrats again on your story.
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Raising Jess by Vickie Rubin: Blog Tour & TOUR-WIDE GIVEAWAY

Monday, July 01, 2024
Raising Jess by Vickie Rubon
We're excited to announce the blog tour for Raising Jess: A Story of Hope by Vickie Rubin. This book is perfect for anyone seeking insights into the path of raising a child with disabilities. Whether you're a professional seeking to enhance your understanding of the families you support or a reader searching for a hopeful, heartwarming, and humorous memoir, the award-winning memoir Raising Jess offers invaluable perspectives and experiences. 

Don’t miss the tour-wide giveaway! Vickie is giving away a Grand Prize of Raising Jess and a $25 Amazon gift card as well as three other copies of her book. Enter to win at every stop along the blog tour. 

About the Book:

Raising Jess: A Story of Hope is the powerful story of one family’s survival when faced with adversity. Written with compassion, honesty, and humor, it tells of a family changed forever by the birth of a child with a rare chromosome deletion and their courageous decision to choose hope. Facing the challenges of caring for her daughter, marriage struggles, and the question of having more children, Vickie Rubin gives a glimpse in the world of her family and transformation while raising Jess. This beautiful, gripping memoir will delight and leave you wanting more.

PUBLISHER: Page Publishing
ASIN: B09BNYKK8N
ISBN-10: 166246052X
ISBN-13: 978-1662460524
Print Length: 250 pages

You can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop and Apple Books
Be sure to add it to your GoodReads reading list.

About the Author, Vickie Rubin

Vickie Rubin
Vickie Rubin, M.S Ed. is a three-time award-winning author of the inspiring memoir Raising Jess: A Story of Hope. The memoir encompasses overcoming marriage struggles, having more children, and the sibling experience. Vickie's debut memoir won the 2022 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Award for Non-Fiction and was a Finalist in the Best Book Award and Books Excellence Award for inspirational memoir. 

She is an experienced public speaker and passionate advocate for families of children with disabilities. Vickie's essays are published in Newsweek and featured in the Buffalo News and guest blogs worldwide. She is a frequent Podcast guest sharing information about raising a child with a disability, inspiring hope, family dynamics, education, and advocacy. Her blog, Vickie's Views, gives a heartwarming and humorous view of everyday life, including raising a child with a disability, observing daily life, family, marriage, and RV travel. 
 
Before writing her book, Vickie was the director of the Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) for Oishei Children’s Hospital, Kaleida Health, a New York State Education Department grant-funded program. Vickie and her husband Mitch celebrated their 44rd wedding anniversary in 2023. They have three children, three grandchildren, and two very active dogs.

You can find her online at: https://vickierubin.com
Twitter/X: @vickierubin
Instagram: @vickierubin.author

---- Interview by Jodi Webb 

WOW: Congratulations on the release of your memoir Raising Jess: A Story of Hope. What was
the thing that finally made you decide to dive into writing a book?

Vickie: Jessica’s story, our story, was always in me – when I started writing, it just flowed every day; I wanted to share our story that even through all the challenges, we made it work – I think that is why it’s so hard for me to write a second book. Raising Jess is our story. (But I haven’t given up on the possibility of a second book.)

WOW: You mentioned that your mom spent decades bugging you to write your family’s story. After you got started, how long did it take you to actually write Raising Jess?

Vickie: The entire process took close to four years, which included daily writing. Once my draft chapter was complete, I set it free to my family members for feedback. This is also my husband’s story; I wanted him to check it for accuracy, humor, grammar, and authenticity. Next, my son gave his astute opinion. Once it passed my son’s stringent test, I felt confident to start the next chapter. When the book was complete, I hired a professional editor before sending it to a publisher. My book debuted during Covid in August 2021.

WOW: I admire anyone who can faithfully keep up with a daily writing schedule. Can you tell us a little about your writing habits?

Vickie: When writing the book, my alarm went off at 6:00 AM each day, even though I am considered retired.  I wrote for approximately two hours. The inspiration or fire inside me kept the words flowing, but once the fire receded, I stopped for the day. Now that the book is complete, I still get up at 6 A.M. to write my bi-weekly blogs. The laptop is my primary method, but I always have paper in the car or my purse for quick jots. Unfortunately, I often get an idea when my husband talks to me about softball (the idea is never related to softball) – yes, my mind wanders! And then I must sneak a text to myself….

I have participated in online writing courses and learned many strategies for creating new content, but once an idea strikes, it flows. Occasionally, I would wake in the middle of the night with a prompt and email myself under the covers to not awaken my husband.  Many ideas often interrupt my shower, which is a problem since I can’t write anything down. The other activity of inspiration is walking outside. I will frequently text and email myself with blog titles. I'm hoping I don’t fall since I am not paying attention to the path. Although that would be fuel for a new blog!

Writer’s block started for me after the book was complete; online courses have helped spark new topics and strategies to relight the fire. During Covid, I wrote daily about all the mishaps and experiences; again, it flowed. They were usually funny anecdotes; I often consider compiling those stories into a short book.

WOW: What was the most unexpected thing you discovered while writing your book?

Vickie: An unexpected occurrence happened when I completed the book. My Mom, who always said I should write a book, developed Alzheimer’s while I was creating Raising Jess. Mom, who lives 1300 miles from me, and I were no longer able to communicate on the phone due to her declining speech. As each raw chapter was completed, I sent the piece to my dad, who read the chapter to Mom. At the end of the book, Mom got on the phone and, in her halted speech, said, “Love….Your…. Book…” At that moment, I knew that she recognized her dream for me to write “that book!” was accomplished. It was an unexpected and heartwarming moment because Alzheimer’s takes away so much, but Mom could still communicate that she knew writing my memoir had come true.

WOW: Well, now I have to take a minute to cry a bit....I'm back! How about the rest of your family? I always wonder about the people portrayed in memoirs. How did they feel knowing they’d be the “stars” of your book?

Vickie: YES! A memoir differs from an autobiography because it is my memory, perspective, and portrayal of individuals and experiences. Whereas autobiography is a factual and historical account of events. I wanted my story to be accurate and authentic (and have humor). 

My first beta reader was my husband, Mitch. Mitch dislikes being in the spotlight, so I had some concerns. As I finished each chapter, he would read and provide feedback about his perspective of events (and his stardom; I assured him that he was not going viral!). There were moments when he considered whether he was comfortable with me writing about our marriage struggles. Mitch finally approved because he recognized that our experience is like other families, and knowing we got to the other side gives hope and encouragement to others. 

I also spoke with family members and friends, highlighted in the memoir, and received their approval. Jessica’s siblings and spouses all had the opportunity to read and comment before I published it.
 
Everyone was supportive and helpful. My son, Alex, was one of my editors before I sent the publication to an official editor. Alex is a tough critic, so when he said he loved the book, I knew I was heading in the right direction.

WOW: Can you tell us a little about your journey to publication?

Vickie: UGH! Writing and publishing were easier than promoting. There are millions of books published each year. How do I get Raising Jess noticed? I have stellar reviews on Amazon and receive emails and communications from readers about their love for the book. But it is hard for an unknown author to get the word out. One strategy is keynote speaking engagements. I am a frequent podcast guest and talk about topics related to my book. My blog often has companion pieces to the book, and some of my essays are featured in newspapers and national publications such as Newsweek. Another strategy is guest virtual appearances in book clubs.

Finding a publisher was less stressful. A fellow author had a great experience with the Hybrid publisher, Page Publishing. I contacted them and sent a .pdf of my story. My work was accepted, and they have been a delight to work with. However, they do minimal promotion.

Sometimes, I feel like giving up on the promotion side of things, and then (almost every time) I receive an email, a post, or a face-to-face encounter with somebody who cherished my book and its message, which keeps me going. Last night, I met a young mom who read my book and said she saw so many similarities; it helped her immensely. With tears in her eyes, she said she would read it again.

WOW: Tell us what’s next for you. Another book or some other adventure?

Vickie: Currently, I am focused on my blog and Podcast interviews, where I talk about raising a child with multiple disabilities, advocacy, special education, and the importance of planning for the future.

During Covid, our book club invited authors via Zoom to join our group. Reading the book and speaking with the writers about their work was amazing. I have virtually visited (nice alteration) several book clubs and the discussions and personal stories were enlightening and heartwarming. Recently, I developed book club questions for Raising Jess and plan to reach out to book clubs everywhere. I guess I am starting here! So, if you are reading this and are interested in inviting me to join your book club to discuss Raising Jess, please contact me.

Writing Raising Jess: A Story of Hope came so easily for me. The stories flowed. I often think about writing a second book and have many ideas, but I am still waiting for inspiration to do it!

WOW: I look forward to the results of that flow of inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

Raising Jess by Vickie Rubin Blog Tour

---- Blog Tour Calendar

July 1st @ The Muffin
Join WOW as we celebrate the launch of Vickie Rubin's blog tour of Raising Jess. Read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book

July 2nd @ Just Katherine
Katherine is bursting with questions for Vickie Rubin, author of Raising Jess. Stop by for and interview and review.

July 5th @ A Storybook World
Stop by for a spotlight of Vickie Rubin's memoir Raising Jess: A Story of Hope.

July 6th @ Boots, Shoes and Fashion
Learn more about Vickie Rubin, author of the memoir Raising Jess in today's interview.

July 10th @ Jill Sheet's Blog
Meet the author of Raising Jess: A Story of Hope during today's interview with Vickie Rubin.

July 11th @ StoreyBook Reviews
Vickie Rubin is visiting with a guest post about the importance of a Friend Network.

July 12th @ What Is That Book About
Looking for a great book for the weekend? Check out the spotlight on Raising Jess: A Story of Hope.

July 14th @ A Wonderful World of Words
In today's guest post What's Happening With My Baby?, Vickie Rubin shares what it's like to learn your child has a severe disability.

July 17th @ Create Write Now
Author Vickie Rubin writes about how her Failed Retirement led to her memoir Raising Jess.

July 19th @ Word Magic
Fiona welcomes Vickie Rubin with a guest post This Will Make You Stronger.

July 22nd @ Words by Webb
Author Vickie Rubin shares a guest post about rocking babies in the NICU.

July 25th @ Choices
Vickie Rubin shares her writing journey with the guest post: From "Gee, I should write a book" to "I'm writing a book!"

July 26th @ The Faerie Review
Looking for a new memoir? Today's spotlight is on Vickie Rubin's Raising Jess.

July 30th @ Chapter Break
Have fun with Vickie Rubin's guest post: Mh.D.: Getting My Self-Awarded Doctorate in Motherhood.

August 3rd @ Teatime and Books 
Stop by for a spotlight on Vickie Rubin's memoir Raising Jess.

***** BOOK & GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY *****

3 Winners! Enter for a chance to win a copy of the inspiring memoir Raising Jess by Vickie Rubin and a $25 Amazon Gift Card. The first winner drawn randomly will win a copy of the memoir and the gift card. Two more winners will win a coy of the book. The giveaway ends August 9 at 11:59 pm CT. We will draw a winner the next day via Rafflecopter and follow up via email. Good luck!
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