Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Lipstick & Danger

Thanks for being so supportive the last few years. I've started a website where you can find many new things, as well as some of the old. Hop over to http://www.tierneyjames.com for some Lipstick and Danger and see what is going on in my world. I hope you'll sign up so we can get better acquainted. I will no longer maintain this sight and will soon take it down.

If you're a writer you'll enjoy the tips, tricks and joys of writing on my blog "Every day is a new page."  Maybe you are an avid reader! Then be sure to check out Speed Dating for Readers under The Scoop. I try to feature authors that might have written your next favorite book.

There is plenty to look at so do stop by! I'm still planning on having a lot of fun as you can see by these pictures.


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Gifts for Writers

If you are a writer or hope to be one someday you understand the desire for all things creative. I have a big family and none of them think of this as they shop for me during Christmas, birthdays or special occasions(like during a new
book release!).  Walking through Staples, Best Buy and even Target can be a religious experience for a writer. So this week I’m going to toss some ideas out there that will push you to the top of the “They really get me,” list. You’ll be smiled upon fondly and remembered as the one who always comes through. The picture of Daryl from The Walking Dead is just on my wishlist, not really something every writer wants. Or is it? You decide.

*Starbucks Coffee Gift Card

*Cups or Travel mugs with clever sayings like “Pay no attention to my browsing history. I’m a writer not a serial killer,” or “Need a hero, invent one, better yet, be one.” You get the picture.

*Pens, pencils, sticky notes, fancy stapler, YOU know DESK STUFF. It’s like candy to a writer.

*Amazon or other book stores gift cards.

*Warm socks or house shoes. I don’t wear shoes when I stay home and write.

*Teas, coffee (I love Ganoderma!), specialty creamers, with a fancy spoon rest. You can find Novel Teas which contains 25 teabags individually tagged with literary quotes from the world over from Bag Ladies Tea on Amazon. Very cool.

*Manicure. Every time the writer sits down they’ll think of you when they notice their pretty nails.
*Journals, notebooks, tablets (for their purse or car when the next inspiration strikes).

*Charm bracelet for writers. My writing group started me one. Different charms and colored beads for my successes in writing just blew me away. I love it.

*New laptop or tablet

*Hire a website designer for your writer. They need one and can’t afford it.

*Vista Print gift card. Trust me. They’ll know what to do with this.

*Thumb drives (flash drives) that are funky and fun. I recently saw one that looked like a Star Wars character and another that was one of the ships. Leopard print and a variety of other themes are available.
*The Writer’s Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Inspiring the ‘Write’ Side of Your Brain by Jamie Cat Callan

*Comfy Pants. Use your imagination here.

*Writing guide books or magazine subscriptions. I use Southern Writers, Writer’s Digest & The Writer. All help me keep up with trends, conferences, contests and how to be a better writer.

*Literary Passport or Luggage Tags – I travel a great deal. Great ideas! I bought my own.

*Literary T-Shirt

*Scrabble Magnets for the refrigerator. I wouldn’t like this because I like a clean surface, but I know plenty of writers who could really get into this.

*Write a review for an author’s book. Remember if you can’t say anything nice then skip this one. Amazon really pays attention to reviews. It pushes the writer’s book further out into the public so that others notice. Have your friends write one too if they’ve enjoyed the book. You have no idea how this makes us feel! 

So there you have it. I would love to hear about some other gifts that you plan to give your writer friend. Maybe you are the writer. What gift would you like to see under the tree?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Write Stuff for Writers

So where do you find good writing advice? Facebook? Twitter? Writer's Digest? What about Pinterest? There is a wealth of tips, advice and testimonials from people in the know. Seminars, webinars and websites are all at your fingertips. One that I recommend is The Publicity Hound with Joan Stewart. I subscribe to her website and any other things she promotes. She often times will offer free webinars that are extremely helpful.

Today I watched one on using Pinterest to increase sales of my books. I snagged a few ideas for my Write Stuff Pinterest board


I hope you'll go there and look it over. You might be able to find something that can help you in your journey.

Please go to https://www.pinterest.com/ptierneyjames/ and follow me on Pinterest and together we will create new worlds.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

On The Road With NaNo--Not Willie Nelson

I'm on the road a great deal these days. This month is extremely busy. I feel like I should be singing Willie Nelson's song On The Road Again or at least make it my ringtone. St. Louis, Boston, Tulsa and Springfield. These are my destinations for the upcoming weeks. Traveling exhausts me while at the same time makes me crazy with ideas for another novel with dark, mysterious characters. Since some of these places I won't be taking a computer I make sure I have a notebook that will fit in my purse. Then there is my work in progress which is my first science fiction piece.

Besides writing, traveling and getting ready for the holidays an author friend who is recently published, has asked me to go through his terrific novel. I enjoy his work so much that I just have to make time for it. I noticed several of my other New York Times Bestseller authors have new books so they are also on my list.

Why do I mention all this? Do I want you think I'm Wonder Woman? Nope. I want you to understand that we all have busy lives during this month of NaNo writing. Will I get done? Duh. Probably not. But I will make a huge dent in the project. I'm getting my groove on the project as of today. (Seven chapters in--about time!) If I can do it so can you. I believe this can be done one sentence, one paragraph and one page at a time. Keep working. You have an amazing story to tell. So stop squawking and get busy.

Retail Therapy vs. NaNo

Just an update on my NaNo project. I'm now working on Chapter 7. I didn't get to write yesterday because I was too sick. Finally went to the doctor in a nearby town to get checked out and a dose of antibiotics. It's a sinus infection that makes me feel like I've been run over. I don't get sick often so when I am I become the biggest baby ever. So while I was in the big city of Springfield I decided to do a little retail therapy to make myself feel better. After hitting Macy's, Kohl's, Charming Charlies and a few other places that were having sales I began to feel like a new woman.

Don't believe for a second I wasn't writing in my head though. I have a method when I'm not at my computer.

1. Play music (without words) that both excite and weave stories.
2. Talk to my characters. (In my head of course.)
3. Think about what mischief they might get into while I'm away.
4. Jot down important moments in a notepad I carry while I grab a bowl of soup & an ice tea.
5. Plan out other scenes in other projects I have on the back burner.

When I got home I'll admit I took a nap. Sinus, remember? So to give myself a pass on not working I listened to a Jeff Groins webinar on creating a supportive tribe. This keeps me working while recovering. I never have down time from my imaginary friends. Keep writing folks! I'm on it today! 

Monday, November 2, 2015

No No NaNo or Desserts like Raisins

Do you NaNo? Doesn't that sound like an advertising campaign for a new kind of dessert or fitness craze? The truth is it is for writers of all genres to write a novel in the month of November. I'll have to admit this is my first time to jump in the swirling waters with thousands of other people across the world. You can go to the website and sign up. Let others keep you accountable. Have a writing buddy to compare notes or use as a sounding board. I'm not doing any of that.  http://nanowrimo.org/

The month of November is very hectic for me, especially this year. I will be traveling to Boston for the Mission K9 Rescue Gala with many other thriller and mystery writers. It's a great fundraiser to rehabilitate warrior dogs home from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. With help they are put up for adoption or reunited with their handler/buddy. It's all very touching and so worthwhile. 

My son also has a birthday this month. So we have to fit that in along with celebrating Thanksgiving with the Oklahoma kids. They go to their in-laws over the actual holidays. Then my parents also expect us to travel to their home for the turkey day. 

So between promises of participating in other community events and the day to day things I usually do I've committed to writing each day. It's not a big stretch. I've been doing this for months now. I'm in the habit. My hope is that I don't let the word November distract me from my novel.

What will I do to prepare? I actually have written the first four chapters so I'm on my way. Today I wrote Chapter 5 which made me feel successful. I think that is what it takes. Just getting the words down. Let them flow through you. If you don't get 1500 words down then write what you can. It doesn't affect world peace the last time I checked. Order pizza for supper and open a bag of salad and some frozen fruit. Easy. No one is going to starve. Another thing I won't do is let everyone else know how much I'm writing in a day. That makes me feel like I'm competing with myself. I'm not going to share that time I should be writing.

 I realize sometimes that is exactly what others need to get a fire built under them to write. I also know some of you will have planned out every meal for a month. (Over achievers.) I hear peanut butter is very nutritious. A box of raisins will be the dessert at my house. However you make the words happen, I applaud you. I believe in you. You go, girl (or guy). See you at the end of the month. I won't be on social media much. If I am I'm stuck or made my word goals for the day. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Never Let Fear Win

S.J. FrancisI am not easily impressed these days. Then along comes S.J. Francis and makes me hang on every insightful word she says. Her words of wisdom really touched me. I hope if you are a writer or want to be, you'll read this interview, top to bottom. There are pre-buy links of course, but also a chance to win her new novel, Shattered Lies. So let's get to it. 

What moment in your life did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Product DetailsSJ: At 18, I complained to a close friend of mine how many story ideas I had in my head and what I should do with them. Except for book reports and school papers that I loved writing, I had no idea what to do with them. She suggested I begin writing them down and sending them out for publication. At that time I didn’t consider myself a fan of writing, though, I always had a gift for doing so. I thrived on it. After a few seconds, I realized she was right. I had to write. That was when I decided I was a writer.

Where and when do you write?

SJ: I do have a home office my spouse set up for me and I do use it. However, I don’t necessarily need my office to write in. I write everywhere and anywhere every chance I get. Whether I’m in the shower or walking the dogs, I’m always writing something in my head. Later, I write it down in longhand, put it on my word processor or onto my laptop.

Do you have any special routines you MUST do as you write?

Product DetailsSJ: My routine for writing is to force myself to write, which isn’t always easy when life gets in the way. Then, I need some kind of background noise to keep me writing. I watch TV or listen to music, usually music that somehow feels like the piece I am writing about. This might distract other writers, but for me it keeps the ideas flowing. In fact, I don’t think I’d be able to write without this background accompaniment.

Why did you choose this genre to write the stories you tell?

SJ: I didn’t choose the genre. I think the genre chose me. I’ve actually written more than a dozen novels over the last several years, but Shattered Lies, a women’s fiction/mainstream/family saga is the first one I actively sought to publish. All my novels seem to fall into this genre and they all share the same dynamic: Families, families with secrets and lies. Not necessarily conventional families, but all families.
They say to write what you know, or write what you want to know. I write both and what I care about. I care about people, people in families, and families with secrets and lies. Hence, my genre chose me.

Where do you see yourself as a writer in twenty years?

SJ: Um….now I have to think about this one. Your other questions, Tierney, were quite easy. Twenty years from now…I think I’d l like to see myself as a better, more accomplished writer. I’d like to have touched someone and hope that something I wrote somehow made someone think, perhaps act on someone else’s behalf, especially a harmless, innocent animal, or kept a writer writing. My goal is to write twenty novels and donating part of my proceeds from each book to a cause that is close to my heart. That is where I’d like to see myself.
For Shattered Lies, I will donate ten percent of the book’s sales to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation in order to help the fight against this insidious disease that strikes both children and adults. Polycystic Kidney disease causes kidney failure in a great many patients and plays a role in Shattered Lies. For more information about this insidious disease: http://www.pkdcure.org     


Movie(s): So many, but just one, I’d have to say The Grapes of Wrath. Yes, a film about a family.
Movie Star: Spencer Tracy.
Product DetailsMusic: Classic rock, but I love everything that sounds good.
Author(s): Too many to name, but off the cuff: Jackie Collins and Heather Neff,
Travel Destination: Easy. Europe, especially London. Yes, I’m a born Anglophile.
Famous Historical Person: can I pick two? Julius Caesar and Boadicea. Two strong people that did a great deal for their people.
Restaurant: My favorite restaurant has to be El Pollo Loco. They provide healthy fast food, though I no longer eat meat.
American City: New York City, the Big Apple, of course.
Season: I’d have to say summer. I thrive on the sunshine, warmth, greenery, and abundant wildlife.

What does your family think of your passion for writing?

My family is very supportive. They are my biggest supporters without reservations. As I said, my spouse set up for me a home office. We also have a home library for all the books I read and use for research. My spouse is also my number one fan and Beta reader.

Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?

Every writer I’ve read has had an influence, somehow on my writing, including the guest authors I’ve hosted on my writing blog, but the biggest influences was the late great Jackie Collins, romance author Leigh Michaels, and Multi-Published author Heather Neff. They’re all distinctly different in their writing styles, but all are great writers that inspired me.

If your book was made into a movie who would play the leads?

Very easy question, Tierney and thanks for asking. I’d have to say that Kate Beckinsale would do a great job portraying Doctor Kate Thayer. In the role of her formidable grandmother, Katherine, I see the talented actress, Joan Collins and no one else.

Blurb: Shattered Lies

She wants to know the truth, but some secrets might be better left alone…
Kate Thayer has a good life as a veterinarian, running the family horse farm—until she uncovers an act of unimaginable treachery by those she trusted most and learns that everything she knew about herself was a lie. Her paternal grandmother, the woman who raised her, is behind a number of devastating secrets Kate is compelled to discover. But the deeper she digs, the more betrayal she finds, changing her life in ways she could have never foreseen.

Book Giveaway for Shattered Lies by S.J. Francis  

Product Details
In honor of the launch of Shattered Lies, I’m offering a giveaway for someone to win a printed copy. To all those who leave a comment here today, or those that contact me at my website, you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a personally autographed copy of my debut novel, Shattered Lies. Two copies are available giving two of you a chance to win.
     Just leave a comment here or go to my website and drop me a line with “Giveaway” in subject line at:  http://www.sjfranciswriter.com
     Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by. It was my pleasure to spend time with you. Thank you so much, Tierney for hosting me. It's always my pleasure to connect with other authors and readers.

     FYI: The drawing will take place at the end of my blog tour on Saturday, December 12, 2015. I will contact the winner at that time to request your mailing address to send you the printed copy of Shattered Lies.

Any words of wisdom to your fans?

Though, I’ve been writing since 1983, I’m still learning. Never stop learning. Never stop reading. Never stop writing. If you want to write, just write. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. As long as you believe you can write, you can. Discouragement hides behind every corner. You are going to want to quit. Don’t. Never give up. Never let fear win. Never. For the day you do, you will give up. There are so many ways to get your work published now. There’s no better time to write than now. As the late, great Jackie Collins once told me when I needed encouragement the most, “Keep your writing passion on fore.”

Of course, these words of wisdom don’t apply to just writing. If you want to do something, just do it. Don’t ever let anyone sway you. Don’t let anyone say you can’t. You’ll only regret it.

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