A peek into the world of Justice K Chambers

Hello readers!

I had the chance to catch up with a fellow author, Justice K Chambers, recently and asked her my five author questions.  **Check out her interview here and be sure to one click your copy of her book, today! **

 

*Tell me a bit about one of your favorites that you wrote.

“Shattered Living” is the first book I wrote. It took a lot of courage to write. I wrote “Shattered Living” in hopes that it not only brings awareness to mental illness but that it also will help others by knowing they are not alone in this battle.

*Writing is a difficult endeavor. What makes you continue to write?

The words live inside me. I would describe it as an itch you have to scratch. I have to set the words free or they haunt me. Each idea I have I must turn it into something because it seems to have a life of it’s own.

*What do you look forward to every day?

Spending time with my family and of course any chance to write.

*How do you define success?

Success is accomplishing your dream. Weather you make money or not. Money does not make someone successful. It is living your dream and taking it all in.

What makes you successful?

Never giving up and believing in myself even on doubtful days.

*Any tips for a newbie writer?

I am a bit of newbie myself so I am still learning along the way. The most important thing I have learned is to never stop writing.

Follow Justice K Chambers here:

https://www.instagram.com/justicekchambers_author

https://twitter.com/JusticeKChambe1

https://www.facebook.com/justicek.chambers

 

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One click her book today~ Shattered Living:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LB6RLJL

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Have a project that needs editing? Don’t panic. Read this first..

A big thanks to author and editor, Steve Soderquist for his time in sharing several invaluable tips for writers of every kind.  Read his answers to the five questions I posed to him and then check out his book to help you with even more invaluable advice for your own manuscripts.

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  1. For most authors, the word ‘editing’ elicits a fight or flight pattern, most preferring to flee. Why did you bravely decide to tackle this field?

I believe everyone–not just writers–carry the burden of uncertainty when it comes to the English language. Writers tend to feel this more intensely as the pressure is high to produce written work that hopefully, folks will like. It’s important to note a well-written manuscript isn’t the same as a well-told story. The difference is, when the work is ‘clean’ and is as free of grammatical and punctuation errors as possible, it allows the reader and/or acquisition editor to see the story that much clearer. Average stories still sell, and at times very well, however, badly written stories are much rarer.

The reason I got into editing was my love of the language. I found I had an almost idiot savants understanding for the rules that govern English and for me, the hardest part was understanding why I understood what I did. I say ‘almost,’ as no one is born with the ability to know what a dangling participle means or why two of them shouldn’t be back-to-back, but when I look at it, (and many other rules) they seem to jump out at me, and my fingers do the rest when correcting. This didn’t come to me when I attended school, but much later in life. In my high school years, I got below-average marks in English, but loved to read. As a fact, the first few times I even attempted to write short stories were a complete mess. The actual ‘when’ it all came together is a bit fuzzy, but I remember having an urge to learn what made English tick, and soon found myself devouring every rule and grammar book from William Strunk and E.B. White’s ‘The Elements of Style’ to Stephen King’s ‘On Writing.’ I was fascinated with the way words, in certain positions in a sentence, could change the very tone and inflection of the meaning of that sentence, and thus, the story itself. Most writers tackle manuscripts in a linear time-frame, and I spent a large part of my learning time studying the nuances of reflection in the prose and tense as the feature. I began to understand that while we live in a linear world, our minds are forever moving either backward in reflection or forward in expectation. This enables me to help a writer greatly in rounding out their characters in situations when things get perhaps wooden, or boring, or lost, or a combination of those and many others. The bottom line is, I edit because every manuscript to me is a puzzle, and helping a writer achieve the best of their story is extremely pleasurable.

2. What is the hardest part about editing a manuscript?

I would have to say the tedious act of correcting easy-to-know punctuation rules. Every writer should have a strong grasp of basic English 101, and if not, take the time to study and learn. As I mentioned, proper English isn’t something anyone is born with, it’s a skill that needs to be honed. The basic elements need to be in place if a writer ever hopes to be published by a traditional publishing company, and if independently publishing, I always hope the author did their due diligence before uploading their files. I won’t go into all, or even a few of the basics, but do note that when they aren’t there, they stick out like a sore thumb to the reader. One doesn’t have to hold a degree in English to know when something is off. We spent our whole lives reading as we grow up, and most of what we’ve read has been properly proofed and edited, especially if it was for sale. We get used to reading correctly, so when it isn’t, even though a reader may not know that comma should be there in that compound sentence, you can bet a paycheck it will still read wrong to him or her.

3. Most publishers require authors to ‘tighten up their manuscript’ by doing their own self-editing.  With this in mind, what would you recommend a new author do first?

Read it out loud. Nothing will help a writer catch their own mistakes in a more clear and definitive way than simply doing this. Check for inconsistencies in time-lines, plot-holes, names, dates; avoid the deus ex machina whenever possible, and research, research, research! We live in a world that has Google now, so there is never a reason for the alerion of an airplane to ever be called, ‘that flappy-thingy.’
I’ve told many writers and still do, “Edit until you just about hate the thing.” Also, ironically, don’t fully trust an editor to catch every mistake. I mean that, too. We’re human, just like you, and we make mistakes. The difference is, that’s your name on the cover…not the editor. So when you get that final copy back to read over, actually read it, don’t just blow through it. Once it’s in print or ebook, whether you pull it back to make corrections or not, (which looks very unprofessional) those initial copies are still out there. Be diligent, patient and get the job done right the first time.

4. What is one ‘rule of thumb’ to always remember when editing?

Never assume you’re right if you feel that little tickle in the back of your mind that something is off. Double-check it for accuracy and correctness.

5. What is the most common editing blunder you’ve found when editing an author’s work?

That’s a good question but hard to pin down, as every writer has their own unique style and flow of writing. Each manuscript I’ve worked on is as individual as the writer themselves. No two have ever been alike. All that being said, the most common error I run into is punctuation, such as putting a period at the end of a terminal sentence in dialog that proceeds an incomplete past participle, as in:
“We have to leave now.” Jane said.

I won’t go into a lesson, but if you read that sentence and don’t see a problem, please go over the basics of English.

Thanks for the opportunity to share! My email is always open, and I hope to see all of you out there in print. Stay upbeat and focused!

Peace

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Sensational Scarlette Rayne

Are you itching for a new book to add to your Kindle?  How about one from Author Scarlette Rayne?  But first, check out my author interview with her.

 

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  1. Tell me a bit about one of your favorites that you wrote.

I enjoyed writing ‘Sinister Little Overture: Book I’ of my Symphony Noir Collection. It was fun to write because I explored situations that are considered taboo, and I got to let my imagination run wild in regards to how far I can push the envelope with some of the scenes. Creating the sexual tension between the main characters made it thrilling and exciting because, come on…. some of us have been in those types of circumstances before!

 

  1. Writing is a difficult endeavor. What makes you continue to write?

I don’t make lots of money, so it’s not that. I’m barely a blip on the radar in regards to my author brand and name, so it’s not the fame. The answer is simple: The love of writing is what makes me continue on.

 

  1. What do you look forward to every day?

Waking up nearly every morning before everyone else, making some coffee and doing my edits and writing. It sets the tone for the day, although I try not to let a missed session dictate how my day is going to be.

 

 

  1. How do you define success? What makes you successful?

Sure, success would be making a six-figure salary off of one’s books, doing tours and signings around the world, meeting millions of adoring fans. But that’s someone else’s success and would be mine one day. But for now, success is getting up in the morning and writing. And what makes me successful is not only committing to my sessions on paper by scheduling, but mentally preparing for them as well. Having that discipline takes practice and time. When I tell people, I have four books published, they’re like, ‘wow, that’s awesome!’ And to me, that’s success.

 

 

  1. Any tips for a newbie writer?

I’ve been a published author for nearly three years, so it’s safe to say I’ve been there done that. So, for anyone looking to join this endeavor, just start writing! Get it out of your head and onto paper! This was the advice given to me back in 2010 from a great friend of mine (who still is), and I did just that: I started to write. Therefore, my current books were years in the making.

 

It doesn’t have to be perfect, just get it down on paper. If you don’t like it, delete it then start over. You can always change things later. Even if the writing is just a bunch of notes, start with that. You can build upon it later. In the words of Ernest Hemingway, my favorite author, “There is nothing to writing. All you have to do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

 

Follow Scarlette here and check out her books on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Scarlette-Rayne/e/B01F094WKE

 

Brand new PNR Available now!

Hi Readers,

I am happy to announce Shifter Shorts is Live!  Grab your copy today, from Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R1Q6HGT

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Love shape shifters? These whimsical tales are sure to captivate!

Six stories in one amazing book.

All shape shifter paranormal romances waiting to entertain you!

 

Elorah can’t seem to shake Rowan’s amorous advances. In their cat and mouse game, there is no question who has the advantage.

The statue atop the bank building fascinated Terra from day one. But was it truly inanimate or was it alive?

Lorena awakens to a room in Hell but when the alpha Hellhound announces she belongs to him, can she escape his watchful eye?

A unique mix of two species, Draco seeks more from his best friend, Esma. He will stop at nothing to prove to her she is the one.

Jax howls for his delectable Harlot- Ivy- but pursuing her is too dangerous for both of them.

Walker seeks forever with the gorgeous scuba diver; however, instead of treading water, she is swimming away.

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The fantastic JM Worthington

Hi Readers,

You know I love to share with you works from various authors, especially the ones I particularly like.  I had the recent pleasure of interviewing another fascinating fellow author recently and would like to share with you my interview with her.  Check out her featured book, too!

Author JM Worthington:

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* *Tell me a bit about one of your favorites that you wrote? My true feelings about being broken concerning having MS in Tiny Dancer. Putting your true heartbreak down on paper for the world to read is comparable to birthing a child.

**Writing is a difficult endeavor. What makes you continue to write? It was what I was born to do. I write to get the crazy thoughts out of my head and down on paper for my kids and future grandkids to read.

**What do you look forward to every day? Waking up

**How do you define success? Happiness, being truly happy. What makes you successful? I am able to find joy in the simple things in life.

**Any tips for a newbie writer? Never give up and be willing to make a fool out of yourself.

 

 A Paranormal Romance with a Quirky Take on Good and Evil!!!

His Hope by J.M. Worthington

Release Date: February 18, 2019

 

This isn’t your typical vampire story. It’s actually not a vampire story at all…

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A boy. A secret. A death.

 

Hope

I only wanted one thing: a good guy to love me.

What I didn’t want: to find out his soul was too dark ever to be good.

Guess which one I got?

 

Samael

The thing I wanted: her.

The thing I didn’t want: to feel.

But here we are…

 

If you’re a fan of epic love, then you’ll enjoy this captivating story of a love that defies logic. Get your copy today!

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The Edge of Night

Hi Readers,

This author never ceases to amaze me.  He has written so many wonderful books with very little time to spare, it seems.  If you haven’t checked out one of his books, I urge you to do so.  He loves to hear from his fans, too.  If you love his books, let him know.  He will be so happy to hear from you!

 

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The Edge of night by Author Jeff Botzenhart:

The apocalypse ended years ago. From the carnage of war, rival societies influenced by misunderstanding have sought refuge in the sky above Earth’s devastated surface. Having grown up in constant sunlight, never seeing traces of night, Sage, a daylighter, wonders why his dad is scared of the dark. Years later after a violent solar storm cripples his skyjammer, he briefly encounters exiles from Earth’s dark side. When captured by Nightdwellers, people who only live in the darkness, he’s held prisoner in an unimaginable place. Sage learns why his dad was afraid, as escape may be futile from those who lurk on the edge of night.

 

Author Bio:

Jeffery is the author of 24 published stories in multiple genres. When not writing or spending time with his family, he’s involved with Special Olympics sports and is an avid painter.

One of Jeffery’s incredible paintings~

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The incredible Christine King**

Hi Readers,

I met an author recently and I am so excited to share some info. with you about her.

She has just signed on with Foundations Publishing, LLC (an amazing Indie Publisher) and she will be writing  a series of six children’s books with Foundation books in July, with her nine year old daughter as co author.  Yes, you read that right- her nine year old daughter.  Isn’t that amazing!

~*~ In the meantime, check out my Interview with her and more about Christine on her website ~*~

http://christinekingauthor.wixsite.com/mysite

 

** 1. Tell me a bit about one of your favorites that you wrote.

I guess my new book will be my favourite, it is due out in July and called ‘Gem masters and the search for the unicorns tears.’ I love it as I wrote it and its sequels with my nine year old daughter. It is a fantasy story with a strong female lead, which is important to me as I want my daughter to have positive role models to follow that are her age and her gender. Keep watching Foundation books website for updates.

 

** 2. Writing is a difficult endeavor. What makes you continue to write?

I love it, writing with my daughter has been a new and exciting experience. The ideas in my  head need to be written down or else those stories and those characters are gone forever.

 

** 3. What do you look forward to every day?

Being alive, every day is a gift. I try to remind myself every day that I am a miracle, we are all miracles. Every one of us has beat the odds and are lucky to have been given this chance to live, we shouldn’t waste it.

 

** 4. How do you define success? What makes you successful?

I hope one day to be a successful writer, it would be lovely to have a few best selling books, but I feel I am a success in other areas. I juggle my responsibilities and I am proud of my husband, my daughter and my life. I am happy and I have a wonderful life, that is success.

** 5. Any tips for a newbie writer?

Keep writing. Listen to feedback, develop and grow. Don’t give up, be positive and just keep writing.

 

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