Friday, 25 October 2013
Anywho! I've had a crazy couple of months! Exciting ones at that! I've been busy editing, submitting and yes, as some of you may have heard, signing! I've signed my second contract with Secret Cravings publishing! Deceive Me in Ireland will be released in ebook in January 2014 and between March and June in paperback. As you can imagine! I'm super excited!
And speaking of signing, look at what the postie delivered! I swear I just sat there looking at them, not wanting to touch them for fear of marking them. There's nothing quite like seeing your book in print!!
I was terrified to sign them. My handwriting is dreadful. I know kindergartens with better flourish than me hehe. But at last, I signed them all. :) Good practice for a signing event I am planning in January in Newcastle. But I'll tell you more about that in the future.
What Happens in Ireland has been doing fabulously! And since it's paperback release, it's been popping up around the world.
Here it is in Scotland, so close to the Emerald Isle:
And in Perth with its good friend, The Hostage...
And it joined me and a friend for dinner!
If you yourself have a copy, I'd love to see where it has ended up. :)
So, you may be wondering why I've titled my post "As Long as the Coffee is Strong and the Whiskey Stronger"? Well, I have some busy months ahead of me. This month, I will get my first round of edits for Deceive Me in Ireland (a blessing or a curse, who's to know), I will start my new job, sit my final exams for my Uni year and of course, try squeeze in some writing time (not as easy of late).
To be honest, I'll be waiting for December, as crazy as that sounds!
Other things for you to look out in the coming months is the launch of my new blog and website. I've decided to start over. This blog will still be at your fingertips if you ever feel like backtracking and there will be some re-blogs. :)
Well, this here is my update. A little rushed as I must run off to work, but I think it's about time I broke my blogging hiatus.
Thursday, 10 October 2013
Sunday, 6 October 2013
I’ve always been a big fan of mysteries so that’s always a big part of what I write. I’m a music junkie, with tastes that range from jazz, blues, classical, soul and rock. So whether I'm writing or cooking, it’s not uncommon for music to be accompanying me. It seems that I’m always writing or thinking about writing, whether at a party, working out or taking a hike through the woods. Sometimes I will work on dialogue out loud, which can be unnerving to some people when the see me talking to myself. I’ve been married to my sweetheart for almost thirty years and we have two adult sons who are our pride and joy.
While I would write the occasional short stories in elementary school, I didn’t seriously begin writing until I took a creative writing course in college. The instructor kept encouraging me to submit some of my work to a literary magazine. They accepted a short story and that was like tasting your first piece of chocolate. You always crave more. What is difficult for me is finding the time to write, with a full time job and family commitments. There’s just never enough time.
I hear you! Time is always the hardest thing to find. :)
I write because I’ve got stories to tell and want to share them with others. It’s the reaction I get from readers that proves to me I can entertain you, even for a little while, as the characters I’ve created stop by for a visit. My favorite part is when my characters take the idea I have for a story and run with it in a different direction, something I may not have realized would work so well. I don’t work from an outline. I start with some basic ideas and my main characters and just let the ideas flow from there. Of course, it’s always a blast to hear from someone who has read my books and enjoyed them.
I love it when characters do that!
News articles about the amazing things ordinary people often do can inspire me. Many of the novels I read growing up, such as the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald, inspired me to write. I devoured all of his work as a kid and still read them. There are also great authors like Elmore Leonard, James Rollins, Robert Crais, Harlan Coben, Greg Iles and James W. Hall. Their works can captivate you. Recently I’ve also discovered M S Spencer, John Sanford and Morgan Wyatt. They are great storytellers. I want to get the readers so engrossed in the story they don’t want it to end because they are enjoying it so much. When the readers can identify with the characters, you know you’ve done well.
I published a number of short stories in small press magazines years ago, but getting a novel published was always an elusive dream. In 2009, my son Travis told me about a new eBook publisher looking for novels. I submitted one and they jumped at it. Unfortunately they have since gone out of business but that encouraged me to keep writing. I found a new publisher (Secret Cravings Publishing) for two romance/mysteries and self published two mysteries on Amazon. In July this year, “Devious” became available in print. Seeing one of my books in that format was definitely a dream come true. So that’s motivating me to keep writing.
Mark, funny you should mention the reality of paperback. I just received 50 copies of my novel and just to finally hold my book in my hands... it's amazing. My sister was even more excited than I was! And I must congratulate you on your achievements. :) Seems like you've been able to find some time after all hehe. Well done!
Marketing and promoting. It’s not enough to write a good story and get a publisher to accept it. You also have to constantly promote your work, with blogs and websites and social media. It takes away from the time you have to write, but it is an important part of the process. The more people you reach, the more chances you have of someone buying your works.
Many people struggle with the new marketing age. No one is alone in that boat. :)
Learn to accept constructive criticism. Find a group of other writers that you can workshop with, or take a creative writing class. Feedback from others can be very helpful, particularly if they are serious about writing. Submit your work and don’t let rejections get you down. It’s like dating. You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince (or princess) as the case may be. Don’t give up and don’t stop writing.
Now that, is some quality advice. You've got to have a thick skin in this industry and an open mind.
Jamie’s best friend is kidnapped by a stalker. Game on.
Malone is the man in Jamie’s life. They are still getting to know each other and he takes a stronger role in their romance. There is still some mystery about him, which adds to Jamie’s confusion about their relationship. And he’s still trying to come to grips with her stubbornness. But the man has soul and can be just as stubborn if the situation warrants it.
I have finished the first draft of a mystery about a serial killer, whose victims are all found in room 319 of different hotels around a metropolitan area. I’m hoping to find a new publisher for that one. I’m also working on the third book in the Jamie Richmond series, which will involve priceless art work, rekindle old love interests and have a bit of intrigue and suspense.
How exciting! Can't wait to hear more. And now, we get to the fun side of our interview...
My muse is female. She is a blend of two young women who I dated many, many years ago. She has a musical laugh, which is similar to glass wind chimes on a gentle breeze. She has an inquisitive nature and when I’m working on a story, she will poke me with a comment like “a real woman wouldn’t do that” or “the carpet and drapes are supposed to match”. And she’s a bit of a smartass, poking fun at me when I’m trying to be serious.
Haha, bet she's always right too hehe. I love what you've said about her. She sounds like a girl I'd like to meet. :)
Warning: This novel “Vanishing Act” contains numerous romantic scenes, including a May-December couple, intrigue, danger, touches of violence, a stubborn redheaded heroine and a flash of the risqué.
Now, for all writers, there’s something magical about creating a novel. What is your favourite part of creating a novel? Are you a Happily-Ever-After kind of writer, a cheeky black moment maker, or a first-sight-and-first-kiss kind of writer?
Since most of my writing is in the mystery genre, my favorite part is when the protagonist figures out ‘who done it’. While they may not have all the answers to the puzzle, there is something magical when it comes together. Since I don’t write from an outline, I’ve actually changed the villain a number of times in my stories, based on what’s going on with the characters. Sometimes, even I’m surprised at who the villain is.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Thursday, 12 September 2013
And lucky Tamara! You've got your sunny day! Welcome. :)
I love to read and cook.
I am basically a really shy person.
I write contemporary romance.
We are kindred hearts haha.
Saturday, 7 September 2013
And now, for the interview to begin :)
Interesting stuff, Robert! :) Typical or not, your welcome here haha. :)
When did you first start writing? Was it just an unbridled urge to write or had it been a matter of ‘it’s now or never’?
I think I’ve always been a writer. Going back to when I used to beg my mother to let me “play” with an old typewriter, to creative writing in high school. Something inside me always drove me to write.
Is there a reason as to why you write? And what’s your favourite part about being a writer?
For me I think writing represents a healthy fantasy life. I’ve used myself in a number of the books I’ve writen and can see myself in the role of the character I write about. It’s a way to send myself off to another world where I have different problems to deal with. Usually fun and strange problems. *chuckle*
I agree. I love my fantasy world. :)
What inspires you? The novels you read? Other authors? Life itself?
Life itself inspires me quite a bit. I can find inspiration from all kinds of places. One of the stories I’ve just had published called Beauty and the Bet was actually inspired by the owner of a new publishing company doing an internet radio interview. She was speaking about how the publisher was looking for “something different” and my mind just went wild. *chuckle* I’ve been inspired by women I’ve known. I doubt they even realized they’ve inspired stories, though. I can find inspiration all over.
When did your writing dream become a published reality?
I self published my first book in 2007 and it’s still for sale. A rough title called Adventures in Casino Security. It’s not for everyone. *chuckle* But it does still sell a couple copies a month both in print and digital. As for being published by a professional publisher, that first story came out 3/21/2012 and is called Kiss the Darkness. It was published by Secret Cravings Publishing and is the story of a U.S. Air Force Sergeant who is blinded in Afghanistan. He ends up falling in love with the nurse at the rehab hospital in Germany. Not your typical love story, it does deal with a few rough topics such as survivor guilt, and some of the horrors of war. Not really a happy ending, the main character is blinded for life.
What was the hardest part of the publishing process for you?
Promotion. Definitely promotion. Writing a book is easy, getting people to read what you’ve written is a bit more of a challenge. A lot of times I don’t even know where to start. If you’re a really popular author, getting your books noticed is easy. If you’re a bit less popular…well...you’ve really got to work. And even with a lot of hard work sometimes your books just don’t sell. There is no secret to what makes a best selling book.
You're not the only one! In this new day and age with digital publishing more and more books are hitting the shelves. It's hard to stand out in such a big crowd. :)
Do you have any inspirational words for aspiring writers?
Keep writing! Don’t think just because your first book wasn’t accepted by a publisher that you’ve failed! Or if you’ve gotten a book published and it isn’t selling well, or isn’t even selling at all, don’t think you’re a failure! People just haven’t noticed your book. Keep in mind there are a few hundred thousand books coming out every week! Amazon has millions of books for sale! Keep writing! There is one quote I like that goes “You only fail if you stop writing”. So if you want to have things published, keep working!
Can you pitch you current/upcoming release to us in ten words or less?
Ten words? Robert meets Katie’s parents and finally proposes. Katie’s very happy.
That’s awful! Just awful! *chuckle* How can you describe a story in just ten words? I have enough problems trying to write blurbs for my books, let alone being limited in word count. And this next release is the second book in a three book series. So how do you only use ten words to describe the upcoming release while getting readers up on what went on in the first book? *chuckle*
It's not easy haha. I struggle with blurbs myself. I think it's because you want to tell readers so much. I have always battled with word counts haha.
Who is your favourite character in A Writer’s Wedding?
First, let me say that A Writer’s Wedding isn’t scheduled to be released until around December 2013 I think. It’s the third book in a romance trilogy. My favorite character is Matt Smith. The character of Matt is based on my real life friend Matt and after writing his parts into the book I would send excerpts to him to make sure he felt the character was true to life. Matt’s character is crude, rude, and just the guy who makes the Best Man role at a wedding fun! An example of Matt’s character would be this: In the book the main characters have a Catholic wedding. When Matt sees the priest in his formal wedding outfit and papal hat, he says “Are you the Pope now? Robert, you’re being married by the Pope!” Matt was really fun to write!
Haha, I have a few friends worried about what I'm going to do to them in my novels. My characters aren't them per say, as Matt is for you, but they have similar traits and my attachment to the fictional characters and my real friends are much the same. :)
So, what’s next for Robert Wacaster?
I’ve actually been working on (dragging out working on…*chuckle*) a series called The Mailroom Series for Front Porch Romance Publishing. The first book which was just released is titled Beauty and the Bet. The stories are kind of Twilight Zone type things and are a bit hard to describe. The first story has an aging executive who thinks if she had the looks of a young intern, she could easily flirt and sleep her way to the top. She ends up in the intern’s body, but things don’t work out the way she thought they would. *chuckle* The characters are guided through the stories by a mailroom manager named Earl who will appear in the sequel books. The publisher said they wanted “different” and these stories are definitely different! *chuckle*
They certainly sound so! Love a good body swap haha.
My “Muse” is not so much a person as a thing. Mine would be a projector. It shows little scenes in my head. And if I don’t write out the scene or story, they just keep running through my head over and over. But once I write out the scene, the projector will move on to the next scene. Strange, huh? *chuckle*
Connecting it with you love of making films, I would not say so. But definitely a very unique Muse. :)
An Irishman? He probably wouldn’t charm me at all. I’m not an easy person to impress. *chuckle* An Irish woman however…well, that’s a different story. I’m not sure I’d have much defense against a charming, sweet, Irish girl. Like most American men I think her accent would draw me in and then if you were to add some charm on top of that, I’d probably be putty in her hands! *chuckle*
Haha, fair enough! :) You might like one of my sub-characters Jen then. She is a force to be reckoned with. :)
Mountain Dew and Pepsi.
Wow, that’s a tough one! I think for my romance series Robert should probably be played by Luke Wilson.
And for Robert’s love interest Katie, I think she would probably look like a news reporter named Katherine Whaley. Though she’s a reporter and not an actress, I do think she portrays the look that Katie would have.
The favorite part for me would be the characters. Seeing how they react to the situations I put them in, how things don’t go quite as they thought they would. *chuckle* My favorite part would be creating the characters.
Well, that's the end of our chat for today. Thank you, Robert, for joining me. It's been a pleasure and definitely a very interesting chat.
And here's the cover and links for Robert's novels! Happy Reading!
This sequel is scheduled for a release soon, so I don’t currently have any buy links. But it’ll be out soon!