Angela Ford and I had another lovely chat together. While we didn't discuss the unicorn drink from Starbucks (like we did last time), we did talk about how to keep a writing schedule, how to promote your book, and what makes a good author website.
Do you dream of having wings or visiting invisible cities? Zara Quentin writes about a world where these things exist in her latest release, Spirit Woman. I was lucky enough to chat with her about writing a fantasy series and navigating the publishing process.
Want to check out Zara's first book, Airwoman? You can grab it from these places:
Amazon US: bit.ly/airwomanUS
Amazon UK: bit.ly/airwomanUK
Amazon AUS: bit.ly/airwoman AUS
Do you want to read her second book, Spirit Woman? You can grab it from these places:
Amazon US: bit.ly/spiritwomanUS
Amazon UK: bit.ly/spiritwomanUK
Amazon AUS: bit.ly/spiritwomanAUS
I had the honor to chat with USA Today bestselling author, Zara Keane. We discuss how she became a writer, what her publishing process is like, and her tips for aspiring writers.
Want to learn more about Zara and her books? You can find her at these links:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/zarakeaneauthor/
Goodreads Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7729304.Zara_Keane
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Zara-Keane/e/B00KEA23XS/
I had an amazing chat with Danielle Randall about the writing, editing, and publishing process for her book, I Met God in a Nightclub: The Unconventional Truth. Tune in for insights on inspiration, working with an editor, and sharing your story with the world
I sat down and met with the lovely, PollyAnna Brown, to discuss how to get your book in front of your readers. We discuss what public relations is, why it is important, and how to do it properly. If you want to get more readers, this is the interview to watch!
Warnings: There is cussing, and we do discuss sexual assault (in the context of sharing your story).
Want to learn more about PollyAnna? You can contact her and get great tips and information on her Facebook page.
Lady Bird won a Golden Globe last night, and I was far from surprised. I had seen a lot of hype on Facebook about it (based on the ads I see, Facebook clearly has my number), and when one of my closest friends raved about it to me, I knew I had to see it.
So one snowy day, I dragged my best friend to see it with me (my husband opted for The Shape of Water instead, which is a post for another day). I fell in love. I laughed and, well, I didn't cry, but I laughed. A lot. My friend and I were astonished that the rest of the theater wasn't laughing as much as us, but I think they simply didn't get it.
Besides all the nostalgia the movie invoked (I am sorry, but "Crash Into Me" was not a good song then, and it isn't certainly good now), it taught me some awesome writing lessons.
1. The Protagonist Doesn't Have to Be Likable
Lady Bird isn't going to win Miss Congeniality. She plays (an admittedly hilarious) prank of a nun, is mean to her mom sometimes, and is a self-absorbed friend. Yet we all still root for because we can see ourselves in her. Nobody, especially in high school, is perfect. If she were the pretty, popular, perfect student, we, as viewers, would probably hate her guts because that isn't relatable. Which leads nicely to...
2. Keep It Real
I cringed so much and laughed so hard during that movie because it was so much like my high school experience. I had stupid pretensions like Lady Bird did (okay, I didn't change my name, but you get the idea). I had fights with my mom (the dressing room scene was so real to me). I fell for the wrong guys. I wore clothing that was pretty hideous. What the movie does so well is that it doesn't present a Freddie Prinze Jr. view of high school: everyone is rich, beautiful, and put together. It presents the teenage experience in all its acne glory.
3. You Don't Need a Neat Ending
We don't really know what happens next at the end of Lady Bird. And that's okay. Life doesn't work that way. There is never a moment where Sixpence None the Richer starts playing and we think: "I've made it." No. We are always on a journey. It is okay to have your endings reflect that.
Have you seen any of the Golden Globe winners? Tell me what you thought in the comments below.
P.S. The winner from last week's giveaway is Jennifer S. You should have gotten an email from me. Thank you so much to everyone who participated. You all are the wind beneath my wings. You have helped me create better content and services for you.