Catherine MacKenzie interviews Diane Lynn McGyver at the Writing Wicket

Today I’m at the Writing Wicket as Diane Lynn McGyver, my alternate ego who writes fantasy novels. Catherine MacKenzie interviews writers every Wednesday on her blog, so if you’re interested, drop her a line.

You can check out my interview here: Writer Wednesdays – Diane Lynn McGyver.

Also, since it’s my birthday, I made all my Castle Keepers Tale short stories free for the day. These short stories tie in with my fantasy novels, Shadows in the Stone and Scattered Stones.

Catriona Wheatcroft

stars in Destiny Governed their Lives

Destiny Governed their Lives short story fantasy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bronwyn Darrow

stars in Blade of Truth

Blade of Truth fantasy short story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alaura of Niamh (pronounced ‘Neev’)

stars in The Pledge

The Pledge short story fantasy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Free eBook: Conflicted Hearts by D. G. Kaye

Kaye, D. G. - Conflicted HeartsAre you looking for, “a book that makes you think, reflect, understand and most of all is a book that shows you that with the right attitude and beliefs, you can forgive and move forward”? (Quote from 5-star Amazon review of Conflicted Hearts by D. G. Kaye)

Then today is your lucky day. Kaye’s book Conflicted Hearts is available for free for 24 hours. The promotion runs only today, Friday January 10th, and ends at midnight tonight, 11:59 pm Pacific time.

More about Conflicted Hearts: a daughter’s quest for solace from emotional guilt

Somehow I believed it was my obligation to try to do the right thing by her because she had given birth to me.
Burdened with constant worry for her father and the guilt caused by her mother’s narcissism, D.G. Kaye had a short childhood. When she moved away from home at age eighteen, she began to grow into herself, overcoming her lack of guidance and her insecurities. Her life experiences became her teachers, and she learned from the mistakes and choices she made along the way, plagued by the guilt she carried for her mother.

Conflicted Hearts is a heartfelt journey of self-discovery and acceptance, an exploration of the quest for solace from emotional guilt.

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Meeting Author Laura Best

Best, Laura - Flying with a Broken Wing coverFor the past two and a half years I’ve followed the blog written by Laura Best, author of Bitter, Sweet. We’ve exchanged many messages during this time, and I’ve interviewed her twice, the first time regarding Bitter, Sweet and the second for her latest novel Flying with a Broken Wing. On October 23rd I posted a review for the second book.

Although I’ve attempted a few times to connect in person with Laura, our paths never crossed…until Saturday.

Laura was at Chapters, Mic Mac Mall, Dartmouth, NS, signing copies of her book. I had to work that day, but fortunately I was only about five minutes away and my shift ended 45 minutes before Laura’s signing engagement finished.

So here we are…

2013 11 02 Laura Best and Diane Tibert Chapters Dartmouth edited

Laura signed the copy of Flying with a Broken Wing I already owned. We chatted for a few minutes, and then the signing was over.

For your chance to meet Laura Best and pick up a signed copy of her book (they make great Christmas gifts), she has two upcoming engagements this Saturday November 9, 2013. They include:

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm: Coles Bookstore, New Minas, NS

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Coles Bookstore, Bridgewater, NS

If you’re in the area, stop by and say hello.

**The picture was taken by a friend of Laura’s using Laura’s camera.

Author Interview: Laura Best

5x5Author InterviewNova Scotia author Laura Best generously agreed to answer a few questions about her brand-spanking-new novel Flying with a Broken Wing.

Basic Details: Nimbus Publishing; September 2013; Paperback; 216 pages; 7.75 x 5.25 inches; ISBN: 9781771080385

The novel is available at many fine retailers including your local books and online at Chapters/Indigo and Amazon.

1) What inspired you to write Flying with a Broken Wing?

When I’m writing a story, a line will often come to me right out of the blue. It was the case with Flying with a Broken Wing. Years ago, my mother and I had a conversation about reincarnation. She made the comment that, as a child, she always wondered what her next life would be like. Her words stayed with me, and years later sparked the idea for the first sentence of the book. “From as far back as I can remember I’d lie in bed at night and wonder what my next life would be like.” Although I immediately knew the character wasn’t speaking about reincarnation, I was interested in knowing why a young girl would even be thinking about a brand new life. What was so terribly wrong with the one she had?

I was also inspired to create a character that is visually impaired since my mother is visually impaired.  I wasn’t sure there were many books out there with a visually impaired protagonist, so I decided to create one. It was important to me. Many years ago I wanted to write my mother’s story, but I soon discovered that creating fiction from fact is not as easy as it sounds. I eventually gave up the idea. But once that first sentence came to me, the character of Cammie quickly emerged all on her own. As I continued to write I began to learn the details of her life; not only was she visually impaired, but she’d been abandoned at birth and was being raised by her bootlegging aunt. It was easy then to imagine why she’d want a brand new life.

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Self-publishing Consultant

DianeTibertSelfPublishingConsultantMy self-publishing journey was like many others. Although I’ve been published thousands of time in magazines and newspapers, I have never had an acceptance letter from a traditional publisher (except when I was 18 and the publishing company folded before my story actually went to print). I’ve had many great comments from editors that made me believe I was very close, but in the end, close didn’t count. I’ve spent years waiting and hundreds of dollars on paper, ink, envelopes and postage trying to convince an editor to accept my fiction.

I was waiting for someone else to say my stories were good enough for others to read.

Eventually I gave up waiting and learned how to do it myself in 2010. There was a lot of information for self-publishing writers three years ago, but there’s a whole lot more now. And there are many more people/companies who are lined up to take my money to help my dream of publishing come true.

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Writing an Author Biography

I recall the first time an editor asked me to write a byline for a magazine article. It was a frantic time. What could I say about myself in a few short lines?

After much thought, frustration and drafts, I came up with something like this: Diane Lynn Tibert is a freelance writer living in central Nova Scotia.

I know…pretty boring. I honestly didn’t know how to write a byline or create a biography. From the examples I seen in current newspapers (this was 1998), most of them were this simple. Being new to publishing, I was a little weary of being too different from the rest.

After having a few articles published, I added another line: Her work has appeared in Saltscapes, Canadian Gardening and East Coast Gardener.

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Calculating the Price of Ebooks

The publishing world is changing quickly, making it difficult for authors and publishers to accurately judge the value of an electronic book. When ebooks first became available, there were no numbers to crunch to calculate their price. Should they go for free because they’re not permanent (in the same sense as a printed copy), or should they be priced the same as their paper counterparts?

Now with several years of ebooks behind us, a general pricing by publishers is taking shape. It’s aided by the facts more readers have devices to read ebooks and ebooks are becoming more popular. Have you looked at the price of the ebook version of the recent paperback you just bought? I did. The paper copy cost about $15.00 whereas the ebook cost $10.99.

Browsing Chapters online, I found many ebooks selling for more than ten dollars, some more than $30. Wow. I never thought electronic books would sell for so much, but then, this is a whole new world for books, authors and publishers. They—we—are learning as we go.

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