What to Write About Wednesday?

Hello Tuesday Readers,

Here I am again! *waves*

I drew the long straw so I get to be the one to move us into T-giving together! Yay!!!Tomorrow you’ll hear from all of the Tuesdays about what we are thankful for. But for today it’s all about me. And my gratitude for one group of people….my readers.

Readers are the people I write the books for. They are the ones I try to reach. Sometimes I do that, and they reward me with an email or a shout out on Twitter. Sometimes they give me stars on Goodreads. Or Amazon. Sometimes they simply tell their friends. Whenever any of those things happen, I’m ridiculously thankful.

And then there are those readers that, for some reason, my books have fallen flat or they missed the mark completely. And I’m even grateful for those readers as well. Books are very personal things. If mine aren’t for you, I hope you’ll keep looking for the ones that are. Because, when it comes down to it, the readers have the final say. And for that I’m grateful. Because without them, there is nothing.

So, rate on, readers. Read on.

You are the reason for all of this.

And we, writers, will keep doing what we do to please you. Because when we match up, when we hit the right notes, your love of the written word sustains us. True story.

So from the Tuesday Writers to all the readers out there: thank you, sincerely. Please keep reading (even if it means ignoring your relatives for T-giving!). .

Tell them Stacie said you could

You’re welcome.

Tuesday: Best Day of the Week

Dear Tuesday Readers,

I’ve always said that Tuesday is the best day because when I started writing, that’s when my class met. Hence our class name: The Tuesdays. So creative, right?

But Tuesday Readers, our faithful blog followers, now there’s an even better reason to love Tuesdays. Wanna know why? Because, my dears, Tuesdays are when books are released! I know! I found this out when my first book (The Sister Pact) was released on the first Tuesday of November, 2015. So fun.

And every Tuesday there is a new batch of books to choose from. Here a few highlights of great reads released/releasing this November:

R.I.P. Eliza Hart (Scholastic Press)

When Eliza Hart, the most popular girl at Ventana Ranch boarding school, is found dead, Ellie Sokoloff is determined to figure out what happened to her. After all, Eliza was Ellie’s childhood best friend.

Never mind that ever since Ellie arrived at school Eliza has spread terrible rumors about her, calling her a liar and a stalker, when all Ellie wanted to do was rekindle their old friendship. Or that Ellie’s claustrophobia limits where she can go and what she can do. Or that Ellie’s suitemate, Sam, is the only one who will help her . . . because to everyone else, Ellie looks like the top suspect.

Can Ellie clear her name and solve the mystery behind Eliza’s death? Her hunt for the truth will uncover secrets she never imagined, sending her deep into her own memories of her childhood with Eliza Hart.

 

Kat and Meg Conquer the World (Harper Collins)

Kat and Meg couldn’t be more different. Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to people. Meg hates being alone, but her ADHD keeps pushing people away. But when the two girls are thrown together for a year-long science project, they discover they do have one thing in common: They’re both obsessed with the same online gaming star and his hilarious videos.

It might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship—if they don’t kill each other first.

 

 

 

The Temptation of Adam(Skypony Press)

Adam Hawthorne is fine.

Yeah, his mother left, his older sister went with her, and his dad would rather read Nicholas Sparks novels than talk to him. And yeah, he spends his nights watching self-curated porn video playlists.

But Adam is fine.

When a family friend discovers Adam’s porn addiction, he’s forced to join an addiction support group: the self-proclaimed Knights of Vice. He goes because he has to, but the honesty of the Knights starts to slip past his defenses. Combine that with his sister’s out-of-the-blue return and the attention of a girl he meets in an AA meeting, and all the work Adam has put into being fine begins to unravel.

Now Adam has to face the causes and effects of his addiction, before he loses his new friends, his prodigal sister, and his almost semi-sort-of girlfriend.

 

Oh, are you guys still here? Shhhh #amreading.

Comment below to tell me about your November reads.

Naming Things – Characters, Towns, and Files

I suck at naming things.

Okay, maybe not everything. I think we found the perfect name for our son. However, my husband, who I think is a genius at naming things was heavily involved.

One thing you might not know about Stacie is that she hates it when you decide to change a character’s name mid-book. So of course, The Tuesday try not to do that. I have done it though. C’mon, we’re all trying to find the next Katniss, right? In my current WIP my main character has been named Ana, Abra, and Fia. In the current rewrite, I’m thinking of changing it – AGAIN. (Please don’t kill me, Stacie.)

I have resorted to name generators. Google them. They’ve got fantasy name generators or ones where you can pick the nationality of your character. It can be helpful or a time suck.

There are some great old books like this one:www.tuesdaywriters.com Nicknames and Sobriquets of US Cities, States, and Countries. Sobriquet? Fancy work for nickname! (Try and use that in a sentence this week, and let me know what happens!) Published in 1979, this book gives nicknames of cities all around the US. Delray, where is where I live, is also known as, Florida’s Dissimilar Resort, The City in Florida with a Difference, The Island of Distinctive Resort Life, and the Luxurious City of Traditional Simplicity. Or how about this book? www.tuesdaywriters.comHandbook of Pseudonyms and Personal Nicknames published in 1982. Here’s an example: Lippert, Thomas Ray (1950?-) American Kidnapper – The Love Kidnapper. Just looking through these books can give a lot of story ideas.

Now for the real reason for this post. I rewrote the plot for my current WIP, shared it at critique group over a month ago, and now I can’t find it on my computer. What you need to know is that I work in Google Docs. Everything is automatically saved. However, Google lets your start a new document and saves it for you without requiring a name. You know what? That doesn’t really matter though, because I wouldn’t have named it something as easy as Plot – Flying Blind. Nope. I’d name it something like – trying out a new plot – or – amped up test.

This is where the genius of my husband comes in. Every time we are working together on the computer, he doesn’t move forward without saving the document and placing the document in the correct folder. I’m thinking, can we just hurry up? But he’s going to name it in such a way that he will be able to find it in less than three clicks. Why hasn’t this ability rubbed off on me yet? If we are working on a publisher document, he saves each version along the way: bookmark001, bookmark002, etc. (Sigh.) Maybe someday I’ll get it. Until then, I’ll be here searching through my Google Drive. Ugh.

The Books We Want to See Made into Movies

Cathy Castelli

Cathy: I think the obvious answer is a book that I’ve written! However, I will choose Disclaimer by Renee Knight. It’s a thriller where a woman receives a book in the mail. When she starts to read it, she finds out that it’s about her, and it’s something she hasn’t told anyone.

Faran Fagen

FaranI️ Will Save You by Matt De La Pena. It’s such a touching love story from the perspective of a heavily troubled teen, and it’s pretty much a thriller due to the suspense. De La Pena includes a clever twist, and I’d love to see how they pull that off on the big screen.

Melody Maysonet

Melody: The book I’d most like to see made into a movie (besides my own) is Justin Cronin’s The Passage. It’s one of those meaty books with lots of characters (also the first in a trilogy), so maybe a television season for each book would be better.

Joanne Butcher

Joanne: I’d like to see A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles made into a movie. In it, an aristocrat finds himself as a waiter after publishing a poem against the Russian regime in 1922. The historical shots of the old hotel and the city would look great on screen alongside a great tale of personal growth while Russian supremacy ruled.

Jonathan Rosen

Jonathan: My obvious response is my own, but putting that aside, I would love to see The Mysterious Benedict Society made into a movie. It was a fun book, dealing with smart kids, a mysterious school, and lots and lots of puzzles for them to solve, in order to get to the bottom of things. Would be a movie that I’d be buying tickets for already.

Wrap-It-Up Wednesday: When I Get Stuck

I’m on the third rewrite of my WIP and I’m just about to write the lowest of the low points, where it looks like everything my main character has been working toward is falling apart. But when I sat down to write the scene (which takes place over Thanksgiving dinner), I had the worst writer’s block ever. 

I’d written this scene before—twice actually—in two previous drafts. But neither of them had the emotional impact I was looking for. They were either too dramatic or too all-over-the-place (which is what happens when I try to accomplish too much in a scene). This third rewrite of my book is going well, so I wanted this key scene to be right.

But I couldn’t write it. 

So I decided to go back to my outline and look at what happens after this scene, not just in the immediate scene after, but in all the scenes until the end of the book. That helped a lot. It helped me hone in on what, exactly, this scene needs to accomplish. And it also helped me realize there are some details I can plant in the early chapters that will make the low point scene resonate even more.

So here’s what I learned this week. Sometimes you have to step back and look at the big picture in order to move forward. Sometimes I get so lost in trying to write the next scene—in trying to get words on the page—that I lose sight of the overarching story. Now that I’ve reviewed (and edited) my outline, I feel much more sure-footed in writing this critical scene.

Eclectic author in it for the thrill

By Faran Fagen

When he began writing “Painted Beauty,” Mark Adduci knew he wanted the antagonist to be a serial killer. He began by researching everything he could get his hands on about the psychology of serial killers.
Just a day in the office for this author of thrillers from Royal Palm Beach.
“I’m an organic writer, meaning I don’t write from an outline and I have no idea where the book will go or how it will end when I start,” Aducci said. “The rest of ‘Painted Beauty,’ like all of my novels, happened because that’s where the characters took me.”
Adduci, writing under the name J.M. LeDuc, is a native Bostonian, who moved to South Florida in 1985. He’s a proud member of the prestigious International Thriller Writers (ITW) as well as the Florida Writers Association (FWA).
His mother, who loved the written word, passed that passion on to him. It is in her maiden name he writes. J.M. LeDuc’s first novel, “Cursed Blessing,” won a Royal Palm Literary Award in 2008.
Since then, he’s written a titillating plethora of thrillers, including “Cornerstone,” which became a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon in November 2015. “Spirits Collide,” the second book in “The Kiche Chronicles,” will be released in January 2018.
As a fiction writer, Adduci’s main objective is to entertain readers. But he also hopes they come away having learned something.
“Most of my novels have a social issue at their core,” Adduci said. “I never want to hit the reader over the head with the issue, but I think it’s important to have a thread of truth, whether it be historical or contemporary, weaving its way through the fabric of the story.”
Adduci always loved to read thrillers, which led them to his genre. He credits the many writing critique groups he’s come across in Palm Beach County, as well as writing conferences, to honing his craft.
He’s on the board of directors for the Cream Literary Alliance, a group of writers from varied genres whose primary focus is to bring literary awareness to South Florida.
He’s grateful for the support of his wife, Sherri, and daughter, Chelsea.
As far as his day job, Aducci, who practiced as a chiropractic physician in Boca Raton for 27 years, is now the Assistant Academic Dean at the Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations in West Palm Beach.
“Research shows that those types of professions are mainly left-brained, whereas writing, or any of the arts, tends to be a right-brained activity. I think keeping both sides
For more, visit his website at maa0043.wixsite.com/jmleduc.
Q & A
Who is your hero?
In my personal life, my mother, the original J.M. LeDuc. I write under her maiden name. I would also add my wife and daughter. They are all remarkable women.
What is your favorite movie?
I like cheesy movies. My wife would tell you that it’s “Armageddon” because I’ve seen it so many times. I would say, “Eddie and the Cruisers.” It’s just one of those films that left a lasting impression on me.
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy going to the gym, but most of the time, if I’m not writing, I’m reading. I love to read.
What do you do to get away or take a break?
My wife and I love to take cruises, although it’s been a while. It’s the only vacation I know where you can actually escape real life for a few days and do as much or as little as you like. We also like to visit historical cities. In my adult years, I’ve become an avid history buff.
What’s your favorite author/book and why?
Overall, it would be a toss-up between Dostoevsky (historical) and R.J. Ellory (current). Dostoevsky for his brilliant portrayal of the psychological thriller in “Crime and Punishment”; Ellory for his ability to write riveting thrillers with a literary, almost poetic structure. I love all his books, but “A Simple Act of Violence” is probably my favorite.
If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be?
I’ll answer it in two parts. Dinner with Jesus. I want to see unconditional love in action. Drinks with Hemmingway. I just think that would be an amazing conversation.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Never give up on my dreams. In today’s world, it’s easy to give in to mediocrity, or to give up on your dreams. I’m still striving to make mine a reality, but that’s what makes waking up each day invigorating.
What event in history would you have liked to witness?
I would have liked to have witnessed the building of the pyramids and I wish I could have walked the Library of Alexandria before it was destroyed.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Spending time with my grandparents. They are immigrants from other countries and were just incredible people. I wish I could go back and ask them all the questions I never did when I was younger.

Fun Friday: Looking for Your Next Good Book?

I’m an avid reader, finishing about a book a week, so for this week’s Fun Friday, I thought I’d share three of my favorite reads from the past few months. And, hey, if you read any of them (or have already read them), let me know what you think!

  1. The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey. Set in the same post-apocalyptic world as The Girl with All the Gifts, this prequel centers around a team of scientists and military personnel (plus a very clever boy with autism) who set out to find a cure for the monster plague that’s infected their world. Unlike The Girl with All the Gifts, the main character in this book isn’t the title character. Instead, it’s the scientist who most believes in the boy’s genius. It was her who convinced the authorities that the boy with the odd personality should be part of their mission–and now he has to prove himself, because no one else on the team wants him along.

 

  1. The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson. True crime at its finest, Larson is a master storyteller, interweaving the true stories of Daniel Hudson Burnham, the brilliant architect of the 1893 World’s Fair, and Henry H. Holmes, a psychopath masquerading as a charismatic doctor who built a “World’s Fair Hotel” that he then used to trap and murder dozens of people. This is one of those true stories that’s definitely stranger than fiction.

 

  1. This is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel. An overworked but happy couple decide to keep it secret that their youngest child is transgender (born a boy but presenting as a girl). They’re doing this, not because they’re ashamed of their daughter, but because they’re afraid of how other people might treat her. And of course the secret comes out. Beautifully written with equal doses of humor and heartbreak, this is a story that will stay with me for a long time.

Do you have a favorite book you’d like me to read? I’m up for the challenge!

Library Memories

Do you have a favorite library memory from your childhood? The Tuesdays share theirs.

Melody Maysonet

Melody: When I was very young, I remember my mom taking me to the public library and getting to check out–not just a few books like we did at school–but stacks of books. When I got them home, I spread them out around me to decide which one I’d read first. Among them was The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell. I loved the book so much that, as an adult, I went on a quest for it and finally found an old copy in a used book store.

Cathy Castelli

Cathy: I loved the La Salle public library. The children’s library was downstairs, but if you went upstairs, that was where the main books here kept. It was said that you couldn’t check out books from the upstairs library until you were in eighth grade. I remember the day I went to the upstairs library for the first time. It was magical, but now that I’m a real adult, I know I don’t have to restrict myself to the adult section of the library.

Faran Fagen

Faran: At my local library, every Wednesday they showed clips about mythology. I really liked those, especially the one about Medusa. Her snake hair and ability to turn things into stone left me both scared and excited. I couldn’t get enough.

Joanne Butcher

Joanne: My favorite library memory as a kid was when Mum took me to the city library for the first time. It was summer, school was out. I’d read all the middle-grade books we had at home. I was amazed, walking through the stacks, at how many books there were. After I picked out the ones I wanted to read, I asked Mum if she would take me through the adult side of the library too. I loved the smell of the books and that the people talked in hushed tones. I asked Mum why people whispered. She said it was out of respect for those who were trying to read. It seemed to me that it should be out of respect for the knowledge held in all those books.

 

I am not a salesperson, but will you buy my book anyway?

www.tuesdaywriters.comThis is where we find ourselves as authors these days. We set out to write the best novel that we can. Isn’t that what the publisher is for? Aren’t they the ones who are supposed to advertise for us?

Sadly, no.

Ironically, I did work in a bookstore years ago. First I worked at B.Dalton Bookseller in the Peru Mall. I loved the job and the 40% discount. There was never an aspect of the job where I felt I was being pressured to sell. I loved books, and I could sometimes suggest a book for someone to buy, but mostly I helped people by ringing up their purchases. Later, I had a job at the college bookstore, but we were selling textbooks.

So while I don’t have an agent or a book contract (yet!) my job right now, besides revising to write the best novel possible, is to sell myself and that book to an agent.

In one of the SCBWI conferences, an agent pointed out that the query letter we send, is often what she uses when she queries publishers.

In the mean-time, I’m bombarded with various types of advice on social media about how to market advertise, organize a fan base, and generally sell more books! How exciting it will be when I get to that point. And a little nerve-wracking.

What’s your advice for promoting your book?