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mandyevebarnett:

A worthwhile read to maximize your widgets to improve your blog.

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

Whether you’re just starting a blog or have had a site for several years, you’ve likely heard the term “widget” thrown around at one point or another. A widget is simply a tool that you can use to add or remove content from various areas of your site.

There is a widget for almost anything you can think of. You can alert visitors where the conversation is happening on your site using the Recent Comments widget, introduce them to popular topics on your site with the Category Cloud, or even point out your popularity using the Blog Stats widget.

With so many options, it can be hard to figure out where to start. Here are some of the more popular uses of widgets around WordPress.com to get your creative juices flowing.

What have readers missed on your site?

The Top Posts and Pages widget is perfect for showing off…

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I grabbed this from Jackie over at To Breathe Is To Write – a great idea. Why not do your own answers?

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What do you think you can do but can’t?

Be all things to all people – but I do try! It is a female’s dilemma to nurture, protect and create an all encompassing loving and creative environment for her family and friends, and if there is time or space a little something for herself.

What’s a difficult word for you to pronounce?

I’m told I say ‘demons’ – wrong! Sounds like ‘demonds’ so I’m told. 

What are your favorite TV shows from your childhood?

Wow now you have me thinking. Robinson Crusoe, White Horses, Animal Magic, Dr. Who, Crackerjack,  Steptoe & Son, Dr. Finlay’s Casebook (Dr Finlay (man on right of photo beside little lady- was my first crush) Steptoe & Son – tag line “You dirty olde man.  The White Horses – I can still hear the theme tune.  I grew up with Dr. Who from the original Doctor onward. There are too many to name and they weren’t all in black & white!. 

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What are your virtues and vices?

Virtues: Fierce loyalty and love to family and friends.

Vices: Can be selfish with my time when the Muse speaks.

What’s more important: love, fame, power, or money?

Love of family, money to ensure they are looked after.

If you could live in any era/time period, when would it be and why?

1960’s – life was seemingly simpler but probably because I was a child then. There was respect for our elders, less technology and childhood innocence.

If you had to redo your entire wardrobe with 2 stores, what would they be and why?

I regularly do this anyway – thrift stores allow me to change everything cheaply. I tend to avoid clothing stores because of the mark-up they make.

Can you recall what you were doing a year ago on this day?

Exactly  what I’m doing now, sitting at work wishing for the workday to end so I can work with my publisher, Dream Write Publishing this evening, as I do every Thursday.

Do you have reoccurring dreams? If so, explain?

I rarely dream now-a-days. My only recurring dreams were when I was struggling with emotional fears of one sort or another. One was being paralyzed in a hospital bed with blood dripping until it filled the room. The other when my children were young and the three of us were trapped under an avalanche. (which in itself is odd as I lived in England at the time!) To protect them I cut my stomach open, empty the contents and place them inside the void to keep warm…gives you an idea how my mind works when I’m writing now doesn’t it!!!

What’s your horoscope?

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For a while now, you’ve been wanting to do a certain something, but haven’t quite been able to give yourself the necessary nudge to get going — until now. This push may come in the form of someone else’s inspiring story, a sudden influx of cash, or maybe it’s just that little voice inside of you getting louder. Whatever the cause, you will finally get that needed push out of the nest. Hit the ground running and move forward with this fun and exciting adventure!

What does your dream bedroom look like?

I would need to morph these three into one – I’ve always wanted a round bed – don’t ask me why I just have! Earth tones are my favorite as well as large windows, which have to overlook Rome or the Italian countryside and let in the golden Italian light .

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What position do you sleep in?

I always slept on my front but after my back injury it is not as comfortable so mostly I lie on my side now.

What are your all-time favorite films?

Another difficult question. There are so many and my answer varies depending on my mood. I love Julie & Julia, Thelma & Louise, Lucy, Carrie – is there a theme here? I also watch multiple genres.

What makeup are you currently wearing?

The usual – Compact powder, eyeliner, mascara and lipstick.

Do you have neat handwriting? Show us!

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promptsI came across this post and loved the use of the prompts.

http://vanessa-chapman.com/2014/11/24/contrived-story/

As a frequent prompt user myself; some of which I successfully morphed into novels, I am always contriving stories in my head. As writers we have the ability to create ‘something from nothing’ a good deal of the time. This is one of the reasons writing is such fun. No matter what our minds construct as a character, circumstance or environment, it is feasible within a narrative.

I set a prompt every Saturday on my writing groups calendar, to refresh and inspire. http://www.wfscsherwoodpark.com – why not try one or two, just scroll backwards until you find one that appeals. Some use pictures, others are a list of words or a sentence to incorporate.

Has a prompt inspired a story for you? 

Care to share it here?

I enjoyed this prompt – limited to 300 words or less from the starting paragraph.

It wasn’t like that before, Andrea thought to herself. The previous night’s storm had caused the tree to topple over like it had never been rooted to the ground. The hole it left in the wake of the storm-induced tragedy was enormous, bigger than she could possibly fill in on her own, especially with nothing but a broken shovel. Andrea walked to the large pit that was now the center of her front yard and peered in. What was that she was seeing? It looked like a…

skeletal hand pointing upwards. Andrea turned her head as she vomited on the grass. Wiping the back of her hand across her mouth she looked down again. Bile rose but she managed to swallow it. A body under the old tree? How long had it been there? Who was it?The shock of her discovery numbed her mind. What should she do first? Call the police? Call Dan? 

A cloud moved away from the sun brightening the scene, a sparkle caught Andrea’s eye. There on one finger was a jeweled ring. Could she manage to climb down and get it? Wasn’t there a ‘finders keepers’ thing for buried treasure?  Determined to reach the ring Andrea used her shovel to steady herself into the hole. Gritting her teeth she gripped the ring and pulled, it came off the bone easily. The gem was a large sapphire in a gold setting. There were words engraved on the inside. Andrea read them and everything was dark.

Dan called out as he entered the house. Andrea did not respond. He searched the house, the garage and the garden – no Andrea. A missing person’s report was filed. Andrea was never found. Underneath the tree roots the darkness slithered over the new body – a welcomed feast.

Did you like my interpretation?

Want to use it and share?

If you want a unique prompt book try this one.

http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/writing-prompt-journey-road-your-creativity

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mandyevebarnett:

A hero of mine – David Attenborough. Take heed for your sake and that of your children and grand-children.

Originally posted on GarryRogers Nature Conservation:

GR:  As the human population and impact grows, wildlife is declining worldwide just as in the U.K. The National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat program covers basic ideas.  Start there.  Then, look for opportunities to recommend other sites.  As Attenborough says, many other places that we modify and use can be habitat.

“Broadcaster calls for radical new approach to conservation, urging people to use all spaces from gardens to roadside verges to help wildlife.

“Speaking at the RSPB’s Conference for Nature in London, Attenborough said it was now understood that British wildlife was in grave peril of disappearing. “50% of the hedgehog population has gone in 25 years, 90% of the wildlife meadows have disappeared in 100 years; 60% of all wildlife is diminishing and in danger, with 10% doomed to disappear in the next decades. Nowhere in Britain is unsullied, is unaffected by human action. We now have a…

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Karen McGill

What inspired you to write this book?

I have had multiple sclerosis since June of 2000. It took me thirteen years, but I got rid of my cane in 2013 and I thought it was time for people to hear my story. Maybe I’ll be able to help someone.

How did you come up with the title?

On the Right Side

I believe that as long as you aren’t six feet under, you are on the right side and anything is possible. The title is On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success.

Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)?

This was my fourth published book, I have five books available. The other four are fiction.

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Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

People are stronger than we think and we can conquer most anything. We are not victims.

How much of the book is realistic?

The entire book!

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Since this is nonfiction, the whole thing is based on my life.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I don’t think I would change anything in it.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

On The Right Side is an inspiring story

What is your favorite part/chapter of your book/project?

That would have to be the poem at the end. There is a special story to it but you have to read the book to find out! LOL

What is your favorite theme/genre to write?

I enjoy writing paranormal, exploring the unexplainable.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t write on. If I get inspired, I will write on the topic.

What book are you reading now?

The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane and Set Your Voice Free by Roger Love.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Unfortunately, for the last few months, I have been buried in technical books and working on speeches. I haven’t had the time to explore any fiction or new writers.

Do you see writing as a career?

Most definitely!

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself as a highly successful motivational speaker with both nonfiction and fiction books available and selling well.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Getting started! I have tons of ideas but getting them on paper is sometimes difficult.

Have you ever hated something you wrote?

No, I have abandoned many projects, but I have never hated anything. They are all a part of me and to hate them would be to hate myself.

What book do you wish you had written?

I can’t think of any. Not to say that I don’t admire other works because I do but they are part of that writer, not me.

What is your best marketing tip?

Keep an open mind. What works for someone may not work for you and often the thing that worked for you in the past may not work again. And don’t give up.

What genre is your next project? What is it about?

Presently, I am working on speaking career and investigating other markets for On The Right Side.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

I am not working on one at the moment though I am playing with ideas for the third in the Julie/Santoro (Missing Flowers, A Little Poison) series.

How do we find your books, blog and bio?

www.karenmagill.com

Vancouver Vagabond blog: http://karen-magill.blogspot.com

Twitter: @KarenMagill https://twitter.com/KarenMagill

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6436248.Karen_Magill

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KarenMagill/posts/p/pub

Face book: http://goo.gl/1VL3f

FB Fan page: http://goo.gl/ulvSy

Author/Speaker fan page: http://goo.gl/SjnsrW

On The Right Side group: http://goo.gl/LWZKme

Amazon page: http://goo.gl/0LrRK

Karen’s last interview with me -http://mandyevebarnett.com/2013/01/13/interview-with-karen-magill/

 

 

 

 

 


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What inspired you to write your first book?  My dog, Sadie who was saved for a reason. Her mission is to have children with special needs to focus on what they can do and not what they can’t do. Also Sadie is teaching others to break the cycle of abuse.

How did you come up with the title? As we were writing, the name Superstars seemed natural.

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Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)? First one, working on Sadie’s memoir.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes, as mentioned in the first question.

How much of the book is realistic? Sadie is a real dog, and Joal is also real, so 90%.

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Sadie is real and I am real.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Just the messages that Sadie has mentioned.

What is your favorite part/chapter of your book/project? Many emotions that readers can relate to in the book.

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What is your favourite theme/genre to write? Dogs, obviously.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it? Things that I am not familiar with.

What book are you reading now? Angel Come Home by Stuart R. Wisong

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? None off hand.

Do you see writing as a career? Not as a career, but as an inspirational story of hope to share.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?  Helping other animals with special needs.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Writing Sadie’s memoir is more difficult than I thought.  Sadie and the Superstars was relatively easy.

Have you ever hated something you wrote? No

What book do you wish you had written? I am thrilled to be writing Sadie’s memoir and I know that I would be deeply disappointed if I hadn’t.

What is your best marketing tip? Just get out there and talk to people who will give names of others for you to contact.

What genre is your next project? What is it about?  Saving Sadie. How a dog that no one wanted ended up inspiring the world.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book? That is what it is. How a dog who was shot between the eyes and in the back after she had puppies and left for dead, ended up not only surviving but thriving. Sadie was urinary and fecally incontinent and couldn’t walk when i saw her at the animal shelter and asked the volunteer what Sadie’s story was.  I took her to a few doctors who urged me to do the kind thing. But I saw something in Sadie’s eyes that told me differently.  The third doctor, who is holistic said that we should give Sadie a chance and so we did.  Now known in 15 countries and across the United States, Sadie teaches acceptance of people and animals who have special needs.  This true story of inspiration deals with Sadie’s trials and tribulations and all of the people around the world who have sent their love, support, prayer cards and messages of love to Sadie.  Sadie’s story is so large that it will attract a large audience.

How do we find your books, blog and bio?  Working on some of it, but the children’s book, Sadie and the Superstars is on Amazon or at 2foreverfriends.com or there is a link on Sadie site,  http://savingsadie.com/

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Bianca

What inspired you to write your first book? 

I had a story idea that started to play out in my mind like a movie and I began writing it down. I found myself writing all day because the story just kept coming. I wrote at work, at home, while I ate, at night, in the middle of the night and first thing in the morning. I did this for about two weeks when I had my first rough draft of my very first novel I had ever written Hamster Heaven. I know that sounds crazy, just two weeks, but I don’t think the manuscript was full novel length anyway, in its first draft. Then I had the brilliant idea to add the boy character’s point of view, alternating with the girl character’s point of view, for each chapter. Once I added that in my manuscript was twice as long and at that point I think it was actually novel length. I edited Hamster Heaven on and off for about ten years. It is still my favourite novel that I’ve written. Since then, I’ve written a few more novels and my writing style has changed a lot. So I suppose my inspiration was just a great story idea that insisted on being written.

How did you come up with the title? 

The title came to me during one of my early edits when I reached the part where Kati’s beloved hamster dies. The hamster is just a small part of the coming-of-age story, but it is Kati’s breaking point, when everything goes from bad to horrible, and she finally cries. Sometimes it takes a separate incident from all the pain you’re going through, to unleash the emotions and tears, like a sad movie or the death of a gold fish, etc. Once the title, Hamster Heaven, came to me it stuck.

Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)?

The novel I’m highlighting today (The Virgin Diaries) isn’t my first book, it is my fifth. Prior to The Virgin Diaries, I wrote Hamster Heaven, Moonlight Shadow and Emodroids and Boy Charming. They are all quite different.

-Hamster Heaven is a teen fiction novel set in the mid-1990’s.

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-Moonlight Shadow is a Young Adult Sci-Fi (aliens) novel that takes place in the future, available to read at: http://www.wattpad.com/story/26524414-moonlight-shadow

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-Emodroids is a Futuristic YA Dystopian Sci-fi novel about cyborgs that have developed emotional A.I.

-Boy Charming is a teen drama about a girl who becomes homeless. Available to read at: http://www.wattpad.com/story/14359883-boy-charming

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-The Virgin Diaries, which is currently my most successful Wattpad novel (with over 5,200 views) is a contemporary Romance about Abby Blosym, who is still a virgin and about to be turning thirty. She is desperate to start living her adult life; marriage, a house, kids, etc. possibly with her boyfriend Ben. But when he proves to be the wrong one for her she leaves to ‘chase the sun’ and falls for Jade, who is considerably younger than her.

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Available to read at:

http://www.wattpad.com/story/21580986-the-virgin-diaries

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

Yes. I did research on a little known condition known as Vaginismus, a muscle spasm, which makes it difficult and sometimes impossible for women to have intercourse. This is not an uncommon problem and yet it is not talked about or understood, even by doctors, because the condition is caused by psychological factors such as fear and anxiety. This is what my character Abby has to work through in this novel. Even for those who don’t have a condition to work through, having sex for the first time is a life milestone that can be intimidating, like a rite of passage into adulthood. This can be especially intimidating for women who have waited until they are older.

I decided to take the challenge of writing about a character who is making this transition, in conquering her fears and inhibitions so she can move into the next chapter of her life. I’ve heard it said that to be a successful writer you must write about something that makes you uncomfortable, or challenges you to delve into the difficult things of life, or about something that scares you. So with this novel, I took that challenge.

How much of the book is realistic? 

Realistic? It’s a contemporary novel, with locations that really exist and situations that are relatable. One of the main locations, Penticton BC, is a place where I myself have vacationed, and I use descriptions in the novel from my recollections of my visits there; the S.S. Sicamous Museum, Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake, the beach front, etc. Abby’s hometown is a small city in Southern Alberta, which is also familiar to me. The main character, I feel, is a realistic representation of women who are still trying to leave their parents’ overprotective influence over their lives create a life for themselves.

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Abby is a combination of character traits based on friends of mine that are not married yet, as well as character traits from my own self, before I was married. One of the things I find interesting is the powerful emotional impact that overprotective (or overbearing) mothers can have on their grown children’s lives. My mom doesn’t get too involved in the details of my life, but there are many women whose mothers try to control their decisions with emotional manipulation. I wanted to make Abby a woman with a  mother like this, thereby putting her in a situation where setting up age-appropriate boundaries between parent and grown child would be essential in order for her to become independent and make the transition into adulthood. I love having a wide variety of friends in my life. My fictional characters can be as diverse as the personalities of the friends I’ve grown to know personally.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

Always the beginning, maybe the first 1/4th of the novel. It’s where I always have the most difficulty, where I do the most editing, where I can never seem to be satisfied. So with The Virgin Diaries I’d want to tighten up the beginning a little in order to get to the first meeting between Abby and Jade sooner in the novel. I tried rearranging the order in which the chapters occur (with flashbacks, etc.) which was a nightmare with Wattpad, back before they created more user-friendly chapter editing options for writers who use Wattpad to publish their work.

But I don’t allow myself to look at the novel anymore because the moment I do I will begin editing again, wanting to change everything. I’m the type of author that is never satisfied with any draft, as happened with Hamster Heaven, which I edited over and over for ten years. It gets to the point where I realize I like my old drafts better than the new ones and I start putting old scenes back in. That’s when I know I need to stop editing and make a final copy. Whether or not the novel could have been better, at this point, doesn’t matter. There’s a time to finally let go. Wattpad helps me to do that. Once a chapter is published I let it go. I have to. Because if I keep making changes my poor followers will keep getting updates in their newsfeed alerting them that my chapter has been “updated”, and I don’t want to clutter their news feeds. This is one of the reasons I love Wattpad. I love connecting with the readers and it helps me build a platform of followers for the future when I will be selling novels or e-books for a cost.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

First of all, I’m SO grateful for those who have read, left comments or voted for my novels on Wattpad. It is always such a great feeling to know that someone has connected with my story or my characters. Any encouragement or nice comments can make a difficult day into an awesome day! But I also appreciate constructive feedback, which I got lots of in the comments section for The Virgin Diaries on Wattpad. I did make changes to the story due to some of the reader suggestions. And lastly I want to say to readers that if you enjoy a story, and it has made you feel, think, cry, laugh, see things in a new light or the story has entertained you, then please suggest the book to your friends! Word of mouth is one of the best ways to promote anything, including novels J it is a great way to show appreciation to the author for his or her endless hours of work in making a novel for others to read.

What is your favorite part/chapter of your book/project?

My favourite part… right off the top of my head I would say when Abby meets Jade in the waters of the Okanagan lake. It is a pivotal point in the story and Jade is the catalyst that propels Abby into one of the biggest and most difficult transitions of her life, and yet the whole scene is so unassuming and casual.

What is your favourite theme/genre to write? 

There is always an element of romance in all my novels, whether it’s sci-fi, contemporary adult or teen fiction, and yet I wouldn’t say my favourite genre to write is Romance, but rather, Young Adult or Teen Fiction. As for theme, whether the story is about Alien conspiracies or a girl running away from home, my favourite theme is always ‘boy meets girl’.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

Horror or war memoirs, the holocaust, rape, psychological thrillers, or satanic cults and human sacrifices.

What book are you reading now? 

I’m not one to read just one book before grabbing another and starting that as well, so currently I am reading the following books:

-Midnight In Austenland by Shannon Hale

-Scott Pilgrim Manga Series by Bryan Lee O’Malley

-Venus in Love Manga Series by Yuki Nakaji

-Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I’m really enjoying this one)

-The Academy Ghost Bird Series by C.L. Stone (e-book)

-Conquering Shame and Codependency by Darlene Lancer

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? 

Yes, new to me at least. Ally Condie who wrote Matched is a really poetic author that packs so much meaning and depth into every sentence, and yet her writing style is easy to read and flows seamlessly. I LOVE her book Matched.

Also, C.L. Stone, an indie author who offers the first book of her book series for free as an e-book! It isn’t so much her writing specifically that grasped my interest but the fact that she was able to engage so many readers and grow her audience to such huge proportions with just a simple teen story.

Do you see writing as a career? 

Yes, but with screenwriting more than novel writing. I see myself selling screenplays, before any book publishing deals come along. Book publishers are very picky, they are buying the product that they hope to make money on so it has to be perfect. When you sell a script, most likely it will not be your script that will be used for the movie; rather, your script is given to a better known screenwriter who is paid $1 million to rewrite it.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself having sold one or two film scripts and possibly publishing a novel, whether through traditional publishing or self-publishing one of my novels (in a printed book format, for sale, not free online as I’ve done on wattpad). I also see myself doing a lot more self-promotion. With my daughter being out of the house in ten years, I imagine I will be attending more writer’s conventions and festivals where I can promote my work and do readings, like I had the privilege of doing at last year’s Word On The Street festival in Lethbridge. I did a reading from my (still yet to be completed) novel Boy Charming in the Young Adult festival tent. It was a nerve-wracking experience! I’m also planning to attend the World Screenwriter’s Conference this year for the first time and hopefully get my foot in the door in the screenwriting world and sell a script or two, in the next ten years.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

The beginning. I know how important it is to capture the interest of the reader right from the start and I find that creates a lot of pressure on an author to write a compelling beginning. When I write a first draft I don’t worry too much about structure or rules, but once I get into the editing I do worry about these things, especially capturing the reader’s attention at the beginning and moving the action along fast enough yet still taking time to do world building and character building. In The Virgin Diaries for example, I was told that I should move the action along faster at the beginning because it takes too long for the main love interest (Jade) to be introduced. But I didn’t feel the reader would be invested emotionally enough in Abby’s character or have a sufficient enough understanding of her life situation and state of mind, if I skipped those beginning character building chapters.

Have you ever hated something you wrote? 

That’s a tough question. I can say I’ve hated ‘sharing’ something I’ve written, that is, sharing it with the wrong audience for the work. But I can’t say I’ve never hated the work itself. Each work is a piece of you, a creation of your creative mind. If there was some effort, some emotion, something shared, then I don’t think I could hate it, even if I am uncomfortable with the work, or unhappy with its quality. Any piece of prose can be made better and improved, and there’s something beautiful about a first draft, the emotional honesty of it. I’ve also learned that not all writing is appreciated by all audiences and that you have to know when it makes sense to be vulnerable and present your work to others and when it isn’t the right place or time or audience. I attended a self-publishing workshop given by Linda J. Pedley from Dream Write Publishing (http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/), during which Linda said something that stuck with me to this very day and I will always remember, she said ‘be proud of your work’ [not embarrassed or ashamed or secretive about it]. She said some authors don’t want their picture on the back of their books, but it should be an honour to be the writer of your work. I realized that I too felt embarrassed sometimes by my work because it had a heated romance scene in it or had an uncomfortable topic like my novel The Virgin Diaries. But after listening to Linda speak at that workshop I realized that if I write something, that I believe in and have worked hard on, I have every reason to be proud of it.

What book do you wish you had written?

Matched by Ally Condie. It really captured me. It is brilliant in its simplicity and deep in its purity. Here is a quote from Chapter Twenty Five of Matched:

“Our time together feels like a storm, like wild wind and rain, like something too big to handle but too powerful to escape, it blows around me and tangles my hair, leaves water on my face, makes me know I am alive, alive, alive. There are moments of calm and pause as there are in every storm, and moments when our words fork lightning, at least for each other.”

What is your best marketing tip?

Get involved! Support and encourage other authors by following their blogs or Facebook pages, commenting or rating their work, etc. This can really make a difference for you and your own marketing in the long run. Attend conferences if you can. Make friends. Sell yourself.

There are millions of writers out there, millions of great books, just step into a used bookstore or a Chapters store, shelf after shelf of top quality writing. How will yours get noticed? If you sell your work to Random House then their marketing team will help you get noticed, but otherwise it’s important to network and socialize. What I mean by that is ‘care’, about your work and about others’. Care about those trying to do the same thing you are doing. Comment on their posts, follow them on twitter, leave positive feedback. Particularly in the world of Wattpad, it is important to read others’ work as much as it is to write and publish your own.

But in the end the best marketing strategy is to have a good manuscript. Word will spread and people will show interest. If it is a good novel it will get noticed, eventually, and hopefully not after you’ve passed away. If it isn’t a great novel, then no amount of marketing will make people invest their time in it. So make sure you have a great product that YOU are proud of and then share it with others, while also encouraging fellow writers (and your readers too). If you have just one reader tell them you appreciate them. Reply to comments they leave and (as I like to do on Wattpad) write them a thank-you message if they’ve left a comment or voted on your work.

Don’t despise small beginnings and celebrate your achievements, even the small ones.

What genre is your next project? What is it about?

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My next novel that I will be uploading to Wattpad is Hamster Heaven (teen fiction) which will involve another read through / edit of the manuscript the chapters get posted week by week. This will be the first time Hamster Heaven is published to the public even though it was written over ten years ago.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

Hamster Heaven is a teen fiction novel about a 13 year old girl named Kati, from an immigrant family, who has never quite fit in, nor has she felt the need to. Then she crosses paths with David, also a child of immigrant parents. Before long he is the friend that she has always wanted and needed. But Kati’s sudden change of social status at school threatens to destroy their new found friendship.

How do we find your books, blog and bio?

All my e-book published novels are available on Wattpad at http://www.wattpad.com/BiancaWatson

You can also follow my Facebook Author’s Page for updates and info on upcoming book / e-book releases and of course to leave comments and contact me J  www.facebook.com/BiancaRowena

More about Bianca: 

Bianca writes teen fiction and YA (including sci-fi, romance and contemporary styles). She is the author of The Virgin Diaries, Boy Charming and Moonlight Shadow, which are available to read for free on wattpad at:  www.wattpad.com/BiancaWatson

You can also follow her on her facebook author’s page at www.facebook.com/BiancaRowena

For the first 10 people to follow Bianca’s facebook page and receive a free bookmark.

When she isn’t writing, Bianca enjoys playing the piano, reading, going to plays or the symphony, frequenting used bookstores, going out for fancy cupcakes with her daughter, high-tea social events, watching Netflix and baking banana chocolate chip muffins.

“I will always write, because to not do so would be to deny my very self”

Please feel free to ask Bianca questions.

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