Saturday, December 9, 2017

Weekend Warriors, #amwriting

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write!  Sign up on the and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday.

No one likes it when their family life changes.  This is particularly hard for the Radtke's.  A troublesome girl named Tracey enters their lives and the children are an endless journey to make sure this girl doesn't get into any further trouble or cause their parents to lose their fostering license.  This is a snippet from my second novella in the series, "Oh Tracey."

Ms. Ames-”
“Miss? Now, that’s a new way to say it.”
“Look, I’m here-” she coughed, “Because I’m looking for your foster sister, Tracey.” She seemed frustrated that the introduction was taking so long.
My face fell. “Oh gosh, what has Tracey done now?”
The screen door screeched as Ms. Not-a-reporter opened it wider and looked under my arm inside the house as if she’d find Tracey somewhere behind me.
She straightened herself and then put her hand into her coat pocket and took out a card, “This is my business card.”

Saturday, December 2, 2017

#WewriWa #amwriting #amediting

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Interview with @CDGallantKing #amreading @amjoy

Joining me today is author, C.D. Gallant-King. C.D. was born and raised in Newfoundland and currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.

C.D. has written eight novels you haven't read, because they're still locked in The Closet. The Closet is both a figurative and literal location - it is the space in his head where the stories are kept, but it's also an actual closet under the stairs in his basement where the stories are also kept. It's very meta.
He has published two novels you can read, Ten Thousand Days in 2015 and Hell Comes to Hogtown in 2016. He has an ongoing series of dark comic fantasy stories called Werebear vs. Landopus, which is available on Kindle Unlimited. His work will also appear in Mystery and Horror’s upcoming humour/speculative fiction anthology, Strangely Funny IV.

And onto the interview....

So C.D, what have you written?
I’ve written I believe ten novels and dozens of short stories, but most of them are still sitting in the basement in the little room under the stairs I affectionately call The Closet. I’ve self-published two of those novels - Ten Thousand Days and Hell Comes to Hogtown. Both are technically urban fantasy, but Days leans more toward fantasy and romance while Hogtown leans (really hard) into comedy and horror. I’m also self-publishing a dark comic fantasy series of short-stories called Werebear vs. Landopus. The second installment, “Revenge of the Lycanterrancephalopod,” was just released. I also have a story appearing in Mystery and Horror’s Strangely Funny IV anthology of humorous speculative fiction.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
My writing career is a series of baby steps and experiments. Each time I release a book I try a little more, to see what works and what doesn’t. I’ve done blog tours and podcast interviews. For the last book I did a video trailer. I’ve given away more free copies each time, hoping for reviews and feedback in exchange. I’ve done a few small promotions and a little advertising.

Has any of it worked? Maybe a little. I haven’t spent a ton of time or money on these things, so I didn’t get a huge return on them, but a little promotion will give you a little response. Maybe one or two sales. It may not seem like much, but do you know what no promotion will get you? Zero sales. So a bare minimum of shilling your work is required just so people remember you’re alive.

You're right about that one C.D. I find that the more an author publishes the more they get noticed. And it can't be a huge time span between each book. I look at how many books Amanda Hocking has published and say, "Now that's a woman who knows how to market and write at the same time!"

I haven’t put a ton of effort into marketing because what am I marketing? Two books and a couple of short stories? That’s what I currently have on Amazon. And they’re all very different in tone and style. So even if I convince someone to read something and they like it, there’s no guarantee I have anything else they’d like, so what’s the point? If I turn them off as quickly as I win them, I haven’t gained anything. But if someone can read two or three of your books and enjoy them, they’re more likely to become a fan, and more likely to tell other people about it, who may buy even more books. The marketing will pay off a lot more than just making one or two sales.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I proofread and edit, everyone should and you need to be able to do at least a cursory revision of your own work. Authors should be their own worst critic, and not be afraid to cut out anything that doesn’t serve the greater purpose of the story.

That being said, getting someone to help you edit or proofread is non-negotiable. You have to do it. No matter how good you are, someone else will always point out errors and typos, and more importantly, they will tell you when something is stupid and should be changed. You need a second set of critical eyes on your work (sometimes three or more sets). If you can’t afford a real editor at the very least find a friend or family member who is well-read and/or an academic (preferably both) who is willing to help you out for beer and pizza. A well-read reader should be able to pick up plot holes, weird pacing, bad tropes and clichés, and other story errors. An academic will help you with grammar.

I’ve had the pleasure and good fortune to work with freelance editor Amy Allen-Macleod on my last two books. If you’re looking for an editor, be sure to check her out at:

Which writers inspire you?
Terry Pratchett, Kurt Vonnegut, Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, Ken Follett, Chuck Palahniuk. I'm currently really digging PG Wodehouse. My first book, Ten Thousand Days, was my take on Gaiman. Hell Comes to Hogtown is my Christopher Moore. I have other unpublished works that are takes on Pratchett and Palahniuk. I suspect (at least hope) my author voice will end up being some unholy combination of all of those, I’m still working on it.
Last question C.D., do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
Don’t do what I do?

Seriously, I really don’t have a plan. I’m winging it and playing it by ear, trying different things to see how they work. I don’t have a serious career path in writing at the moment, so I don’t have much to lose. But if you do want to make a serious go of it, you have to make a plan. Know exactly what you want and find some way to measure it. Do you want a review in X magazine or website? Do you want to gain 10,000 new followers? Do you want to increase your sales rank to top 100 on Amazon, or sell X number of copies per week? Pick a target and then figure out a logical way to get there. Talk to professionals and people who have done it before (definitely not me) to make a realistic action plan. I think a lot of writers put out a book or two and then kind of float nebulously, wishing they got more sales but not really having a plan to get there, and then they are disappointed when nothing happens. Don’t do that. Pick a road and stick to it.

That's all the time we have today folks. Thanks for joining me C.D.

Thanks for having me.

How to get in touch with C.D.


Readers, if you have any questions or comments for C.D. please comment below.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

#California @Writer_MDNeu #amreading #amjoy

MD Neu is with me today to discuss his writing and love for books. Neu is a Fiction Writer with a love for writing and travel.  Living in the heart of Silicon
Valley (San Jose, California) and growing up around technology, he’s always been fascinated with what could be.
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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Midwest writer:Jessica Fishman @amreading @amjoy

Writer, Jessica Fishman is here with us to talk about her writing and her newest novel Chutzpah and High Heels. 

 Having grown up in calm, dreary, and cold Minnesota, Jessica decided to give up the comforts of American life in the Midwest and move to a land in the Middle East that is full of idiosyncrasies, terrorists, and beautiful, olive-skinned men.

When she arrived in Israel, at twenty-two years old, she was a wide-eyed immigrant hoping to survive on idealism, ideology, and optimism.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Oklahoma/Alabama #Comedian @AmandaCostner #minneapolis

Amanda Costner pictured above
Comedic Musician Amanda Costner,joins me today. Amanda spent her early childhood in Alabama and her teenage years in Oklahoma and bases out of the Twin Cities.  Amanda has performed at Second City, Brave New Workshop, Looney Bin Comedy Club and bars and theaters throughout the modest.  Her comedic songs range from acoustic pop ballads about being a gay preacher’s daughter, to soul-comedy pieces on the war of sexual frustration.

And onto the interview...

All the songs I write come from real life experiences either from my past, or things I'm going through in the present. One of my favorite songs to play is called "Are You Impressed?", it's always relevant for me to sing that song to audiences because I've always been someone constantly trying to impress the people around me. I spent most of my 20's roller blading in a Fedora through busy intersections of Chicago because I thought I looked cool (I look ridiculous in a fedora and I probably could have been killed without a helmet). That line is in the song because it's just something I did you know?

About 5 or 6 years. I initially rejected stand-up to pursue improv in Chicago. Then after a few years immersing myself in improv I realized I really wanted to be a comedic musician. After I started getting more and more stage time I realized I needed to tell jokes in between songs to be a better performer. Now I do both standup and comedy music in my sets and I really enjoy the pace.

A few days ago I was play-wrestling with my significant other on the couch because that's how lesbians roll. All the sudden I stand up, make some bold declaration like "Oh yeah, well watch this!" and then my brain just kind of goes blank.

I don't have anything to back up my declaration but I'm already standing and I feel my body getting into spring-motion position, like my knees bend and I prepare myself as if I'm going to do a back-flip off the couch and onto the floor. But I'm a chubby 31 year old and I've literally never back-flipped so instead my body sort of lifts itself in the air and then I just belly flopped onto the wooden floor in our living room. My girlfriend was possibly panicking and trying to examine my head and I'm pretty dizzy/hurt but about 10 seconds after I get my vision back I burst into laughter. What a stupid thing to do to your body-that was probably the stupidest thing I did that day.
Amanda Costner

I was a weird combination of jock, class-clown and the kid everyone asked to pray in public (if and when that sort of thing was needed). Other kids knew I was a preacher's daughter and I always felt like I had that label to live up to. Most of my time in high school was spent playing golf and focusing on getting good enough to get a college scholarship.

I won our division's individual title my junior year and then that pretty much became what people knew me for---golf. But high school was also where I began honing my comedy skills. I had very few real friends and considered my dad to be my best friend. At lunchtime I could sit with any of the tables (the popular kids, the jocks, the nerds, the skaters, whoever) and feel comfortable, but on the weekends I never saw anyone.

I think my senior year I got invited to one party but other than that I never hung out or associated with the kids in my school socially. I think that's why I was always clowning. In my head if I could make people laugh then that might mean they'd want to be my friend. I wasn't doing it in the right way though. It took me 4 years of college to realize the difference between people laughing at you and people laughing with you.

On November 1st I'm performing at Wild Mind Artisan Ales for their regular Wednesday night Comedy Night hosted by Zak Brown. November 19th I'll be performing in two shows. The first is Mother Goose's Bedtime Stories presents: Cirque du so Goose, taking place at Seward Community Cafe. Then later in the evening I'll be at Stand Up, Fight Back! : Minneapolis, a really cool charity show which will be held at The Terminal bar and feature a panel of activists along with the comedy.

Thanks for joining me Amanda.

Thanks for having me.

Contact Amanda at the links below:


Friday, October 20, 2017

Robert @gately1776 #amreading #amjoy

Robert Gately joins me today on TheGlobalDig.  Robert was was born in 1946 in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

@AlexisSDuran joins the Global Dig #amreading #amjoy

Alexis Duran is joining me today. Duran was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At the University of Oregon, her fascination with people and relationships led her to major in Sociology, but her main love has always been creative writing. She's worked in museums, finance, film production and for several performing arts organizations. Her favorite job so far has been inventorying the collection of a haunted Victorian Mansion. She is the author of the Masters and Mages and Edge of Night m/m fantasy series as well as several stand-alone romances. Her fiction has won awards including the Rupert Hughes Award from the Maui Writers Conference. She lives with one dog and four and a half cats. She is currently working on the next Masters and Mages novel and always has several new ideas brewing.
is with me today to talk about herself and her writing career.  

What motivates you to write?  
Short answer—survival. Seriously, this is a hard question for me because I’ve felt compelled to write since I was a kid. For me, writing is kind of like breathing- I just have to do it. I guess it’s a bit of an obsession. To not write would be akin to giving up an essential part of myself. It’s not like I have a burning message I need to get out there, I just love to write and immerse myself in story. This quote from Ray Bradbury pretty much sums it up for me:  You must stay drunk on writing so reality does not destroy you.

If you could talk to any famous writer, what would you say?  
I’d love to have a conversation with Tom Robbins. I’d like to tell him he saved my life by showing me it was okay to be silly, outrageous, weird and wild on the page. In other words, it was okay to be me. I didn’t have to copy “great” writers. I didn’t have to craft perfectly elegant sentences or profoundly deep, earth-shattering prose. As a matter of fact, the less I tried to do those things the better writer I became. Reading Jitterbug Perfume was a profoundly liberating experience for me as a creative person.

What have you learned the most about feedback from your work this past year?  
I've learned that characters I love are not necessarily beloved by readers! I think this might mean I have a thing for villainous heroes, or possibly my idea of a flawed hero is a bit more of a bad boy than a knight in shining armor. I do love my knights too. I think the takeaway from this for me is to be more aware of the all the different perspectives readers bring to the story. Not that a writer can make everyone happy, nor should we even try, but it doesn't hurt to really think about my characters actions from several view points, not just my own. That's another thing I love about writing. It always encourages me to grow and understand more about the people I share this world with.

What do you think of “trailers” for books, and do you have a trailer/will you create one for your own work?  
I honestly don’t think about them. I’m not saying they’re not cool or effective, I just don’t have the time or resources to branch out into that area of marketing yet, and I have to say, I’ve personally never been swayed by one. I'm the kind of person who doesn’t have much patience with watching ad videos, so there's that.

Do you think that giving books away free works and why?  
Free books, as part of a larger strategy, can be an effective means of getting your name out there and drawing in new readers. People will take a chance on an unknown (to them) writer if it’s a freebie, and lots of book promotion sites are out there to help promote giveaways. But you have to be careful—you don’t want to devalue your work for no return.  So while it makes perfect sense to offer a tie-in short story or the first book in a series for free in order to kick-start interest, I wouldn’t  recommend just putting your first stand-alone novel up for free and hoping it generates interest. Sure, people will download it, but they might not read it! Try to wait until you have a backlist so the people who do read it and enjoy it will be able to find something else by you to spend their money on. Or, you could try putting up some free flash fiction or short stories to build interest in an upcoming release.

 If you could drop in on a book you read as a kid which book would it be?  
No doubt about it—The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. I remember crying when I finished the Narnia books. I wanted to live there so badly. I still do, which might sort of explain the writing addiction.

What have you written?

Lots! I currently have eight books out in the gay romance/fantasy genre. I have two series going; The Masters and Mages books, which are high fantasy, and Edge of Night, which are contemporary fantasies set in Seattle. I recently participated in a multi-author project called Order of The Black Knights released by Dreamspinner Press. I’m currently working on a new series of gay shifter romance mysteries, which is a total kick in the pants to write, and a twisted fairy tale set in the same world as Gryffon Hall, a fantasy of mine that has been very popular.

Find Alexis at:

Readers, if you have any comments please write them below.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Missouri Writer @WilliamReyland #amreading

Writer, William Reyland is joining me today.  William is the author of Sons of Isan, Taking Refuge in a Thai Temple.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Turkey Comes to Trin Carl's Blog

Here is another expat blog, This woman is writing from Turkey. She has a montage of beautiful city pictures of Turkey in her cover page and she has a post called Ex-Pats the TV show.  I like how she describes herself in her blog A married girl married and living in Turkey for 3 years, sadness to happiness. Here you will hear about the struggles and high points of living in another culture, learning the new ways to cook, speak, make friends along with many more.  Now I really thought I heard it all when it comes to reality shows but here we go folks another show to add to your list.  She posts a link of where you can find the show on her page .

Here is another Blog from Turkey called Post Cards from Istanbul.  But the actual site can be found at and she has a cloud a list of words related to Turkey.  One phrase  caught my mind Night Life in Istanbul.  Okay readers, what do we think we'll find here? Yes, of course clubs and more clubs  One of the clubs called Quick China looks very modern and romantic, dark and cavernous.


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