It's is my pleasure to have, Tierney James, as a guest on my blog. I met Tierney on our publisher, Black Opal Books, Yahoo Chat Group.
After deciding to give up teaching World Geography
for a nearby college, I plunged into pursuing a writing career. My first
novel, An Unlikely Hero was written
because I moved to Northern California where people kept mistaking me for
someone named Melanie. I even got questioned by the DMV about who I really was.
This resulted in a number of interesting encounters. After seeing a sign on a
man’s fence several miles from me that read in giant letters, REMEMBER THE USS LIBERTY, I decided to
find a new story.This led me to the
only surviving Marine of a government cover-up. With the creation of Winds of Deception, I’m now working
toward obtaining the Medal of Honor for him. He was my resource and warned me
to be careful. You would think that was all pretty innocent until I caught a
black sedan taking pictures of my house then speeding off. So when my phone
clicks, or no one is on the other end, I just smile and know I’ve hit a nerve.
(http://amzn.to/1dxkHOoon Amazon.) Rooftop Angels is the third in
that series and due out in about six weeks. I’m also working with Mission K9
Rescue to create a children’s book about four-footed soldiers that save lives.
as a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and attending Space
Camp for Educators, I’ve traveled across the world. From the Great Wall of
China to floating the Okavango Delta of Botswana, Africa, I tie unique
experiences into other writing projects such as my first paranormal
romance/thriller, Dance of the Devil’s
Trill, to be released this summer. With living on a Native American
reservation and in a mining town for many years, I have an abundance of characters
that keep me awake at night.
Tierney's Response to my question on what are the benefits of being a hybrid author?
I am a hybrid author meaning that I do both
traditional and indie publishing. There are advantages to both for sure. The
cost is the biggest one I see. With a traditional publisher they take care of
everything; cover art, editing, formatting, etc. They open doors for you both
in bookstores and conferences. My publisher got me in with Thriller Writers of
America. Not too shabby. I will continue to seek out traditional from time to
Going indie or indie assist you have to have
help and that comes with a price. Having said that I love the control I have
with indie and I make more money. I don’t have to wait as long to get my novel
into print so I start making money faster. You do need to find a good editor.
That is the magic word! Don’t count on your buddies, relatives or even writing
group to do what needs to be done. It’s impossible. There will be times you get
your work back and it looks like the editor opened a vein over your wonderful
words. Remember they are making it better. I didn’t do that at first and I’ve
paid dearly for those mistakes. It’s worth it to find the editor with a Vlad
the Impaler complex.
If you can
imagine Romancing the Stone meets True Lies then you have a good idea how Tessa
Scott feels when her world is turned upside down after a Libyan terrorist
decides to pay her a visit. Thanks to Captain Hunter she is rescued but dragged
into a conspiracy to change the world as we know it. How does a soccer mom get
into so much trouble? Enigma is trying to find that out even as we speak.
Armstrong is a Canadian author of several immensely popular series, including
Women of the Otherworld, The Darkest Power, the Cainsville
series, The Blackwell Pages trilogy, and more, as well as several
stand-alone novels. She writes both fantasy and crime novels, and writes for
adults, middle-grade, and young adult readers. Her newest book, City
of the Lost, is now available.
This is the second workshop for writers that I’ve attended of Kelley’s, and I recommend
anyone flirting with the idea of writing as a career or those currently in the
business to register for future workshops.
Kelley’s informative and entertaining discussion touched on many aspects of traditional publishing:
·Names of the five big publishing houses
·How to get published
·Best seller author rankings
·Book cover art
·Television and movie book contract options.
you’re sitting on the fence about exploring the business of being a published
author – roll the dice.It might be a gamble
Describing these tells of character emotions can be a challenge.Especially, since they occur so often in
dialogue tags. My research on this amusing subject is outlined below.
Oh, Those Smiles
A Natural Smile
Produces wrinkles around the eyes.Insincere people smile only with their mouth.A false smile may appear stronger on
one side of the face than the other.
A Tight-Lipped Smile
The lips are stretched tight across the face to form a straight line,
and the teeth are concealed. It suggests that the smiler has a secret or a
A Sly Smile
This type of smile shows opposite emotions on each side of the face and
often depicts sarcasm. ADrop-Jaw Smile
This is a practiced smile where the lower jaw is simply dropped down to give
the impression that the person is playful. A Coy Smile
With the head turned down and away while looking up with a Tight-Lipped
Smile. Portrays the smiler as playful, secretive, and sometimes, sexy.
A Belly Laugh Someone not embarrassed to show feelings. A Scaling Laugh Hits several chords. A Wheeze Laugh
The vocal chords compress so instead
of a chuckle or loud outburst, the sound emerges as a quiet wheeze. This
suppression of mirth could be shown by a character bending down and doubling up
to control their outburst.
A Boisterous Laugh
A disruptively loud noise that’s contagiousto others. The laugh seems to start with a catch in the back of the throat before
emerging as a rip-roaring guffaw. This expression depicts down-to-earth
qualities. See #10 below.
A Snort Laugh
A push of air through the nose
to express amusement.
A Mirthless Laugh
Appears rehearsed rather than genuine.May be utilized as an expression of
politeness when someone else’s attempt at humour bombs.
A Series of Staccato Laughing Gulps
A partly nervous kind of laughter with mouth pulled down at the edges
before the laugh emerges in gulps that mimic the cries of an irate baby.
An Explosive Laugh
This kind of laughter starts out quietly then
explodes into a boisterous laugh sometimes to mask one’s embarrassment.
Smiles & Laughter Definitions from an English Dictionary (Kuhn, 1994, as adapted by Berk, 2001)
Slight, often fleeting upturning of the corners of the mouth,
completely voluntary and controllable;
Silent, voluntary and controllable, more perceptible than a smirk; begins
to release endorphins;
Silent, controllable, but uses more facial muscles (e.g., eyes begin
emergence of sound with facial muscles, but still controllable
(if you hold in a snicker, it builds up gas);
Giggle: Has a
50 percent chance of reversal to avoid a full laugh; sound of
giggling is amusing; efforts to suppress it tend to increase its strength;
Involves chest muscles with deeper pitch;
originates even deeper in the chest and involves muscles of torso; usually
provokes laughter in others;
Involves facial and thoracic muscles as well as abdomen and extremities;
sound of barking or snorting;
involuntary stage; pitch is higher and body begins to rock, spine extends
and flexes, with an upturning of head;
body response; feet stomp, arms wave, thighs slapped, torso rocks, sound
is deep and loud; may result in free flowing of tears, increased
heart rate, and breathlessness; strongest solitary laughter experience;
Volume and pitch rise higher and higher and body becomes more animated;
Greater intensity than howl; sense of helplessness and
individuality; i.e., the audience roars!
is completely out of control in a fit of laughter resembling a
seizure; extremities flail aimlessly, balance is lost, gasp for breath,
collapse or fall off chair;
laughing: Instant of total helplessness; a brief, physically intense,
transcendent experience; having died, we thereafter report a refreshing
moment of breathlessness and exhaustion with colors more vivid and
everything sparkling; everything is renewed.