Let’s Play Villain, by Melissa Foster

THURSDAY 28th FEBRUARY 2013

Let’s Play Villain, by Melissa Foster

Melissa FosterHow fun would it be to throw caution to the wind and do all the naughty things you have only thought about or worried over? Wouldn’t it be fun to tell off those that anger you without any need for restraint? How about pummeling the bullies who are bothering your kids? Bank robbery could be fun for some. Or maybe you want to dress the part, too. Throw on leather and chains and pull up on your Harley, smokin’ a doobie and drunk off your butt? To each his own, right? Obviously we cannot go around doing all of those things…but our fictional villains can. And where are villains born? In our clever little minds. So, let’s play villain.

What do you wish you could do? Who do you wish you could be? Would it be cool to be as cunning as Hannibal Lector? How about as badass as the Terminator? Or maybe your villain would go all Shades of Gray and their whip might be used for other things. Whatever your pleasure, don’t fret over being a hated villain, try being an empathetic villain! Maybe you’re misunderstood and you’ve gone over to the rough side of town because of that. When I create villains, I always give them some redeemable qualities. I like to be conflicted over my hatred of their evil doings. How about you?

Our dear readers are so precious to writers, because you are the ones we try to entice, excite, and surprise. Your enjoyment is a writer’s motivation and inspiration. So share your fave villains with us! Who did you love to hate? Who could you simply not get past?

Here’s a fun (and weird) game for you to take away with you. Find a close friend and play VILLAIN. No, don’t go out and rob banks or pummel people in real life, but come up with who your villain might be, what they might look like, then combine them with your friend’s villain and see what you come out with. I think you’ll be surprised at how complex a villain can be, and brainstorming with friends only makes the villain more interesting.

My villain in TRACES OF KARA was derived from many sources and conversations with friends and readers—and I adore him.

Ready to play? Ready? Set? Go!

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of three International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. Melissa also hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC.

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Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catchup – An Author Interview with…Rachelle Ayala

WEDNESDAY 23rd JANUARY 2013

I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Rachelle Ayala, who has just recently released her novel, Hidden Under Her Heart, (A Story of abortion and courage)

Author Bio:

Rachelle Ayala Author PicRachelle Ayala was a software engineer until she discovered storytelling works better in fiction than real code. She has over thirty years of writing experience and has always lived in a multi-cultural environment.

Rachelle is an active member of online critique group, Critique Circle, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has three children and has taught violin and made mountain dulcimers.

Visit her at: http://www.rachelleayala.com or follow @AyalaRachelle on Twitter.

Hidden Under Her Heart Synopsis:Hidden under her heart

Hidden Under Her Heart is a story about abortion and courage. Maryanne Torres tries to gain validation and love by giving more in each relationship than she takes. Lucas Knight believes his reason for existence lies in becoming a triathlon champion. An unwanted pregnancy forces Maryanne to examine her past while Lucas is torn between concern and bitterness. Meanwhile, a tiny life hangs on the balance. Is it worthless because it is unwanted?

 

Now get nice and snug and cosy on this snowy winter’s day with that cuppa as we catch up with the lovely Rachelle Ayala…

Hi Rachelle and welcome! It’s great to have you here and congratulations on your new book!

 Thanks Gemma, I’m glad to visit with you and chat about my book. Thanks!

Where did the inspiration behind Hidden Under The Heart come from?

Two of my friends, Matt Patterson, author of My Emily, and Melisa Hamling, author of Twenty Weeks, inspired me to write this book. I had shared with both of them that I had a premature son who had passed away. Matt suggested that I write a story in his memory, much like he wrote a memoir, My Emily, about his daughter. Melisa wrote a book about a teenager deciding about abortion. We talked about the unborn, the value of a human life, and I decided to write a fictional account using elements of my son’s life and spin it into a romantic suspense. I upped the stakes by having my heroine raped and decided to make her a nurse so she would have knowledge of the procedures.

How would you compare writing this book with writing your previous books; Broken Build and Michal’s Window?

Michal's Window Hidden Under Her Heart was a difficult book to write. The challenge was to experience to the depths Maryanne Torres’ emotions without having firsthand knowledge of everything she went through. I needed to balance her beliefs with the feelings going on inside of her that were tearing her one way and another. Since I immerse myself into my character, I had to live through her anguish as best as I could. The first half of the book was extremely difficult, but the second half was much easier since I was able to draw from my own experience.

Writing Michal’s Window was the most enjoyable. Although her life was tragic, I got to make up happy moments for her, handsome men for her to fall in love with, and exciting adventures for her all without being hemmed in by David. I had to cut quite a few fun frolics just to get the wordcount down from Gabaldon levels.

Broken Build was easy to write from a technical point of view. What was difficult was the amount of grief the main Broken Buildcharacters experienced from senseless violence. Unfortunately, during the writing of Broken Build, a friend of mine was gunned down at her workplace. I had already finished revising, but the fresh grief validated the way I wrote the brokenness of both Dave and Jen.

Ultimately, all my stories have happy endings. My reward is to write the epilogue and bask in the journey my characters traveled to get there.

 I am really sorry to hear about your friend.

I like your thinking in regards to the epilogue and I may have to adopt that approach myself.

I see that you were a software engineer before you joined the storytelling world. How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurred you on?

Michal, princess of Israel, spurred me to write. So many books and commentaries are negative about her, yet she was the only woman in the Bible who dared to stand up (or disobey) two kings, her father and her husband, and also the only woman of whom the Bible says loved a man. Every sermon I’ve heard was negative on Michal, yet her great faith saved the line toward Jesus Christ, and she cared about worshipping God in a proper manner, but no one seemed to recognize it. I could go on and on, but she was the impetus.

How do you organize your writing time?

I am not a steady-eddie when it comes to writing. I write in spurts during my first draft. I daydream a lot and method act the character’s emotions to the situations they’re in. I don’t take a lot of notes because it breaks the flow of my daydreaming. Once I start writing, it just flows. Revision is hard work, and I pace myself with the help of my critique partners.

 Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

I can write anywhere I have my laptop. It’s usually on the sofa, but I do not have a quiet environment because I have a noisy boy and two noisy birds who are constantly demanding attention and interrupting me.

 And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know

I put a twenty dollar bill into my Ph.D. thesis inside the graduate library. Someday I’ll go back and see if it is still there. If you find it, please keep it, buy my books, and drop me a line 🙂

 Thank you for being here today Rachelle

Michal's WindowSynopsis for Michal’s Window:

Michal’s Window (A Novel: King David’s First Wife) is a powerful and emotional journey as lived through the eyes of Princess Michal, King David’s first wife. Married as a prize, abandoned as a wife, Michal fights to claim her rightful spot next to King David, the man she loves with all her heart.

 

 

Synopsis for Broken Build:Broken Build

Broken Build (Silicon Valley Romantic Suspense) is a story of redemption and healing. Can a man love a woman who caused the greatest calamity in his life? Mix in a huge dose of chemistry, an unsolved murder, a missing child, and a relentless adversary. Can Jen and Dave’s budding romance survive or will her secret tear them apart forever?

 

 

Visit her at: http://www.rachelleayala.com or follow @AyalaRachelle on Twitter.

Buy your copy of Hidden Under Her Heart here – a must read that I thoroughly recommend as I’m reading my copy now!

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