What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* I was born and raised in Sunny San Diego, California. A creative writing class in junior high sparked my desire to tell stories; however, Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles was my true inspiration to sit down a write a novel. Interview with the Vampire was published in 1976 and has gone on to become one of the best-selling novels of all time.
* After reading the chronicles of Vampire Lestat, the driving passion to write my own vampire legend tingled in my fingertips. In 1996, I completed and copyrighted Immortal Kiss. It sat patiently on a shelf for 14 years. In 2010, while packing to move, I stumbled upon it tucked away in my closet. I dusted it off and sat down to read. I fell in love with the story all over again; though, being 14 years old it needed some modernizing. I set forth on the journey of reviving Immortal Kiss. In 2013, 3 years later, Immortal Kiss was off to the publishers and agents. In 2014, it found a home with World Castle Publishing, and 1 year later, Immortal Kiss, was hot off the press and available to the public. Currently, I am modernizing and reviving its sequel, Bound By Blood, that I completed and copyrighted May 2001. Other completed works in the queue to modernize and revive are The Vampire Within (2004), A City of Vampires (2007), and The Soul Collector (2010). Future works for creation are The Ten, The Old Ones, and Vampire Amon.
* When I'm not writing, I hang out with my 5 Basset Hounds, Edie, Lucy, Stuart, Morgan, and Dexter. I love pizza and shoes. Can't live without either.
Today Laura Daleo will be talking about writing advice.
* What is the best and worst pieces of writing advice I've ever received? Well, any kind of advice would have been welcomed, but truthfully, and it may sound unbelievable, but I've never received any kind of writing advice either way. I started from scratch and on my own. I had no idea what an inciting incident or hook was, that things couldn't just happen there had to be cause and effect, and what a character's point of view or character emotion was. Don't even get me started on the meaning of scene and sequel, and how about the intimation of show don't tell?
* I knew none of these things, but was bound and determined to learn. I mapped out a plan of attack. First on the agenda, gather information. I started purchasing tons of writing reference books. I learned fairly quickly that these types of educational books were not what they were cracked up to be. Some were so boring I could barely keep my eyes open. Others were way to complicated to keep my interest. Then I found the Write Great Fiction series. Hallelujah! They had a book for very part of a novel, were easy to follow, and I didn't need several cups of coffee to get through them.
* Second on the agenda, start studying. I muddled through the writing exercises, watched a few YouTube videos, and did countless rewrites to improve my craft. Finally, after all the blood, sweat, and tears, I felt I had a great novel in hand. Third on my agenda was send it off to the publishers and agents. And last but not least, get published. We all know how that turned out.
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