Archive | December 2013

No, I’m not Just Typing… I’m Writing.

closedDo any of you have this issue? You go to your bedroom, den, small corner of the house to write and mere minutes later someone is next to you pulling on your leg, asking you to help them with something, or simply standing there to randomly chat about something mundane? This is my writing life. I have done nothing the past month but beg and plead with my family for personal space and I simply can not get it. And frankly, I don’t think it’s fair that the only way for me to get it, is to leave the house.

The usual intrusion is when I am in my bedroom with the door shut and the family knows just fifteen minutes before I went inside to write. It is usually at this point someone walks into my room “to get something in a drawer” or “just use the bathroom” (uh, there are two others in the house) or “just to ask a quick question” that they already know the answer to. And then, they have the gall to get mad at me when I get mad at them for intruding. They really think “it’s no big deal – come on, you can just start again when I leave!”

I won’t lie – I’m starting to go postal when this happens. I get this intense frustration that no one respects what I’m doing in the least. The fact is, maybe they really don’t get it. Is what we’re doing just too intangible for them to comprehend? Do they think all we do is sit at a computer and make up stuff? Do they think it’s not hard? I’ve tried to explain that every single time I’m interrupted, for whatever reason, I’ve irrevocably lost that particular train of thought that I was striving for. I tried to explain it this way:

Let’s say you’re watching a football game for two hours straight and I walk in front of the television screen RIGHT at the crucial moment the field goal kicker, with zero seconds left to the game, is attempting to make the final winning kick. I blocked your view and you completely missed the kick and what happened. That adrenaline rush you had is GONE. Does that mean you can’t rewind the tape/moment and watch it again? Of course it does, but that feeling you had has disappeared, never to be recovered.

It’s like that for authors, but worse. We are not just typing, we are writing and it’s absolutely destructive to us when you interrupt. The “infinite” number of outcomes that could have happened, had we not been interrupted, is GONE. NEVER, EVER, EVER to be reclaimed the same way again. The difference between us and a taped sports game though is this: That game, no matter how many times you rewind and replay the tape, that game will ALWAYS have the same ending. BUT, when you interrupt a writer, that outcome becomes an impossibility. You will never have the same outcome you would have had moments before.

One of my very good author friends said it this way: “We have to enter something called ‘headspace.’ We have to call up our fictional worlds and enter them. That’s not a trivial task. It takes effort, and time, and when the process is interrupted, it must be restarted.” Not to mention coming down from the sheer frustration and anger we have to then calm down enough to start writing again.

My husband came in yesterday with a sign he purchased from a store. One of those big, red, restaurant/store signs that say “Come in, we’re open” on one side and “Sorry, we’re closed” on the other. He wants me to tape it to the door every time I’m writing so they physically know to stay away.

I guess a verbal declaration and a closed door is not enough – we need a sign, too. But hey, I’ll give it a try. Oh, it’s been fifteen minutes… is that a knock on the door?

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Author Interviews and Highlights – Setting yourself up for your new book launch

Besides getting your website up, your author page up, your blog up, Twitter posts, ads and the multitude of other things you need to do for a book launch, you should try to get exposure on other people’s blogs and on book websites. It’s so important to branch out from your own fans and see if you can reach readers in different ways. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to be included in a host of different venues over the past few weeks and on different sites to promote my novels, most recently, THE HUNT FOR XANADU.

I have to say, I loved doing every interview. Some of them were really challenging with their questions, some of them were funny and all of them really made me think. Here’s a few really amazing blogs to check out. And you may want to follow these folks as well:

If you want to find out why I stopped writing in the 9th grade and didn’t pick it up again until college, check out Frank Tuttle’s Blog here (think evil nasty English teacher and you’re on the right track!): http://frank-tuttle.blogspot.com/2013/12/foothot-five-first.html

Want to see what authors have inspired me and what my writing process is like? Check out Clive Eaton’s blog here: He does AWESOME interviews and writers should contact him for their own. http://www.cliveeaton.com/elysesalpeter.html

Want to learn something most people don’t know about me? How adventurous an eater I am? Check out Gwen Choate’s Blog here: http://www.gwenchoate.com/blog/

Want some great writing tips? Check out Bob Nailor’s tip site – excellent tips for writers: I learn something new every single week. http://bobnailor.com/tip_template.php?type=a&i=99

My updated Pinterest page with videos, covers and links. Click here: http://www.pinterest.com/elysesalpeter/elyse-salpeter-author/

Other places to check out?
Bookmamablog: http://bookmama2.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-hunt-for-xanadu-release-day-post.html
e-Reader Recon: http://ereaderrecon.com/
CleanIndieReads (for my cute short story): http://cleanindiereads.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-sun-and-star.html
GreatBookDeals: http://greatbooksgreatdealsnr.blogspot.com/2013/12/new-release-hunt-for-xanadu.html

These are just a few places to see where I’ve been promoting my work and where they live on websites. Get your lists together, and start promoting. And follow these great blogs and networks – they have a wealth of information!

THE HUNT FOR XANADU is now live – come check it out!

Hi Everyone! My Contemporary Fantasy Thriller, THE HUNT FOR XANADU has launched. It’s about “a girl, the Buddhist devil and a mystical world…. all tied together in ways unimaginable…” I made a little video for you to check it out!

Here’s a recap of the novel:
Twenty-two year old Kelsey Porter has dedicated her life to avenging the death of her parents, murdered in their quest to find the mystical land of Xanadu. Before she can locate the murderers, she has to discover their motives for the brutal crime and finds herself at the epicenter of a Buddhist mystery as old as time. With the help of her companion, Detective Desmond Gisborne, she hunts the killers across the globe and discovers a darkness in her spiritual past that tests the very limits of her soul. Soon she realizes that it is not she who is doing the hunting, but the one being hunted. Kelsey must find a way to survive, while ancient demons attempt to destroy her.

To purchase the novel on Amazon please use this link. http://amzn.to/1esu69u

Book Trailer for THE HUNT FOR XANADU … launching Dec 20th!

The Hunt for XanaduWe are nearing the December 20th launch for THE HUNT FOR XANADU. So excited to present my book trailer, made for me by the very talented Laura LaRoche from LLPix Photography/BZ Hercules.

“A girl, the Buddhist devil and a mystical world, tying them all together in ways unimaginable‚Ķ”

Want to chat about THE HUNT FOR XANADU on Twitter? Include this hashtag in your tweet and I’ll respond: #huntforxanadu

You can also reach me on twitter at @elysesalpeter

Lastly, feel free to come on over to my newly revamped web page at http://www.elysesalpeter.com (still a work in progress but I’m learning) and follow me on FB at http://www.facebook.com/elysesalpeterauthor for updates.

Love to hear what you think of the trailer… exciting? Spooky? First impressions? Thanks so much!

Book Launch for THE HUNT FOR XANADU Coming December 20th!

The Hunt for Xanadu

The Hunt for Xanadu

This is it! I’m so excited to announce that my adult contemporary fantasy thriller, THE HUNT FOR XANADU, is ready for release on December 20th. It will be available in print and ebook versions. This is the first book in the Kelsey Porter series. Book #2 is halfway done and I’ve a working outline already for book #3.

A girl, the Buddhist devil and a mystical world, tying them all together in ways unimaginable…

Twenty-two year old Kelsey Porter has dedicated her life to avenging the death of her parents, murdered in their quest to find the mystical land of Xanadu. Before she can locate the murderers, she has to discover their motives for the brutal crime and finds herself at the epicenter of a Buddhist mystery as old as time. With the help of her companion, Detective Desmond Gisborne, she hunts the killers across the globe and discovers a darkness in her spiritual past that tests the very limits of her soul. Soon she realizes that it is not she who is doing the hunting, but the one being hunted. Kelsey must find a way to survive, while ancient demons attempt to destroy her.

This morning I woke up to this awesome email from one of XANADU’s ARC readers: “About 3/4 of the way done… please continue writing books like this…” (SQUEE!)

If you’d like to learn more about me and my other works, Clive Eaton conducts amazing author interviews. Here is one he just did for me. Writers, please inquire about your own! http://www.cliveeaton.com/elysesalpeter.html

What I’m Thankful For….

thankfulThis Thanksgiving someone tried to get folks to go around the table and say what they were thankful for. It fell rather flat. Someone said “my good looks,” another person said, “my health,” and then it simply morphed into an eating frenzy that left everyone in a deliciously happy food coma.

I have been thinking about this. If you say you’re thankful for personal things, some think you’re being selfish, but if you say you’re thankful for the typical things, you’re copping out. So I decided to say what I’m thankful for, by category, because I really am thankful for so many things. Life is tough, but when you break it down, it’s a wonderful thing.

#1) “I’m thankful I’m 46.” So many times I’ve been frustrated about aging. But then I read a quote that changed my thinking. It said, “Don’t fret about aging… it’s a gift denied to many.” How true. I’m alive and healthy and on this earth, so I am thankful I’ve been given the gift of time.

#2) “I’m thankful my family is healthy.” It’s true. Is life hard at times? Sure. But I’m thankful my son, who has Asperger’s, is as high functioning as he is. I’m thankful he tells me he loves me and hugs me and is back in the middle school with his twin sister. I’m thankful my daughter is a great athlete. She loves it and her passion is something that is wonderful to see. I’m thankful my husband is healthy and takes care of himself so he can be there for all of us.

#3) I’m thankful I got the guts to put my fiction novels out in market. So many times I believe we stunt our spiritual, emotional and professional growth because we’re scared of how we’ll be perceived by others. I’m thankful for the maturity I’ve finally developed that has allowed me to overlook my fears (or at least ignore them for the moment) to try this dream.

#4, #5, #6 and #7) I’m thankful for budding flowers in the spring, for Facebook, that my ferret is litterbox trained, and I’m thankful for lactaid pills so I can eat all the yummy foods out there.

So, when times are tough, make a list about what you’re thankful for. I think you’ll be surprised that there are so many things you can put down that you didn’t realize. And, hopefully, they’ll make you happy and fulfill you through tough times.

How about you? Give me one thing you’re thankful for – would love to hear it.