Archive for January, 2013

When a Book Turns into a Movie

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

As an author, it’s my dream to write a book that becomes popular. I want to write something a lot of people enjoy; a book that evokes emotions from my readers. And maybe even one that gets so big, I get offered a movie deal.

BUT HOLD ON! Not every author likes that idea. Most writers are heavy readers, and as readers, we get to see our favorite books get turned into movies. Unfortunately more than half the time, the movie transforms the story into something completely different than the book.

For example: Twilight. I loved the books (don’t judge), but hated the movies. I thought the acting was shallow and nothing like the characters I so cherished reading about. But not all books-turned-movies are bad. The Harry Potter series did well. They captured the story with excitement and action.

It’s a big risk authors take letting their books get turned into movies. If you were put in that position, would you do it?

Ciao

-Cat

Makeup Makes all the Difference

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Hey Guys,

It’s been crazy busy lately, and although I’d love to say that’s in part due to something writerly related, it’s not. Just your general life getting in the way. (I still need to find the time to jump back on that author-horse. And hopefully soon.)

On another note, I’ve noticed something extremely peculiar around the “watering hole.” You see, I’ve been too lazy these mornings to style my hair and put on makeup when I leave for the office, so I’ve been a bit disheveled to say the least. And as if it came with the territory, most folks have been almost ignoring me or weren’t as chatty as usual. I want to say it’s because they’re just as busy as I am… BUT when I DO style my hair and wear makeup (nothing dramatic, but enough to make a difference), it’s like night and day—folks actually want to talk.

WTF?

They compliment my clothes (the same ones I always wear—boots and a t-shirt), they say good morning, they ask how I’ve been, if I have plans, yada yada yada.

Umm, excuse me? Where were you yesterday? And I also noticed it more with men than woman (yeah I know, big surprise).

The Anthropologist in me yearned to come out and explain the situation: even though humans have evolved past the caveman days, it is still hardwired in our brains to notice beautiful things (not that I’m beautiful. HA). Or at least, humans respond better to those who are put-together.

Unfortunately, I’m the same way. When my husband dresses in a button-down and nice shoes (versus a 5-year-old shirt and scruffy tennis shoes), I’m more responsive to his needs. I want to be around him more (not that I don’t always want to be around him) and listen to his thoughts. And he vice versa.

So next time you want to win an argument or fight a ticket or get the best deal, I suggest wearing clothes that fit well and doing something about those bags under your eyes. It sounds extremely superficial (and it is), but looking clean and put-together goes a long way.

Ciao

-Cat

Author Interview: E.B. Black

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve done an interview, but here’s another author who recently published her book. Reading the book’s begining entry on Amazon, it sounds so freaking interesting. I can’t wait to buy my copy!

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I know E.B. from AQC (I know, that’s where I’ve met everyone I interview). That place has helped me meet so many people, and E.B. is one of the nicest gals on there. She’s only got the best things to say to you and gives the greatest advice. Here’s a little backstory:

E.B. Black is a fantasy romance writer who lives in California with her boyfriend and two Rottweilers. She daydreams about dressing up like a necromancer for Halloween and the worlds she will throw her characters into next.

Now for the questions!

1 – What is the name of your book and where can we buy it?

Medusa’s Desire  on Amazon

2 – Can you give us a little blurb of the story of your book?

When Medusa was beautiful, finding a man to love her was easy. Poseidon fought for glances from her heavy-lidded eyes against hundreds of suitors who proposed whenever she left her house. Even goddess’ weren’t treated with such worship.

Athena grew jealous. She allowed Medusa to be violated in the Parthenon and turned her into a monster for her indiscretion.

Now when she stares into the eyes of men, they scream as their skin hardens  into stone. A caress against her cheek will be rewarded with the poisonous bites of the snakes that slither on her head.

No man is brave enough to approach her, until Perseus is ordered by the gods to kill her.

When they meet, desire sizzles between them. They are willing to risk it all-death, the wrath of the gods, the destruction of their families-if it means they can spend one more night together.

3 – When did you start writing and has it always been your passion?

I loved reading and writing from the moment I first learned how, but I didn’t start pursuing it seriously until I was an adult. It also took me years to realize that writing had to be worked on every day for novels to be completed in a timely manner.

4 – Is this your first book? Or have you written others?

I wrote two other novels before this one. One was a fantasy romance and the other was a paranormal romance novel about necromancers. I learn more about writing with every novel I complete. I didn’t feel ready for publication until I finished Medusa’s Desire.

5 – What is the genre of your book? Are you going to follow the same genre with later books?

It’s a fantasy romance novel. I love world building and romance, so it’s very likely all the novels I write will contain those two things. Although I might write science fiction and paranormal romance as well.

6 – What do you like to do in your spare time (other than writing)?

Watching television and reading books are two of my favorite hobbies. I also participate in my boyfriend’s hobbies, which include playing Dungeons & Dragons, Heroclix, and Magic the Gathering. We also sometimes read comic books together.

7 – What is some good advice for new writers striving to be in your place?

Be patient and persistent. If you write regularly and are willing to do anything to see your dream come true, eventually it will.

8 – Do you ever get writer’s block? And if yes, how do you fix that problem?

I don’t run out of ideas, but sometimes I get stumped as to how to write down something that I can picture in my head. Usually, if this happens, it means I didn’t plan well enough. I have to imagine, in more detail, what the characters’ personalities are like, what kind of dialogue I want to have, or any number of things. Once I figure that out through daydreams, the words come easily.

9 – Which character from a book do you most relate to, if any? And why?

I can usually relate to the main characters in a lot of young adult novels. I was the nerdy and shy teenager who got picked on a lot.

10 – And finally, where do you envision yourself five years from now?

Hopefully, I’ll have several books written down for the Fate of Eros series and am still writing every day.

And that’s it folks! Many thanks to E.B. Black for doing this interview. You can find her on blog, Death Author, WebsiteTwitter, and Facebook. You can also find her author profile and book on Goodreads.

2012 in a Nutshell

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

How did your 2012 go? Did you meet all your goals? Did you overcome obstacles?

Mine was a bit up and down. There were family health issues, my own health issues, struggles with work, and being bit by the funk bug. All in all, it was a year of change. I learned quite a lot about writing. I’d published Zombie Whisperer in February and since then have written book#2, another WIP, and half a new WIP.

I’m so tired. I actually got sick over the weekend with a sinus infection. WTF! I’m trying to fight this off with Advil cold and sinus and might even have to get some antibiotics. UGH!

Anyways, hope your year was a lot better than mine. Here’s to 2013.

Ciao

-Cat