My first guest is Jackie Gamber and her book Redheart, the first in her Leland Dragon Series is available in hardcover, trade, and eBook format.
Enjoy Jackie's guest blog and make sure you check out her books. Maybe they will appeal to you and Jackie will get some new readers! Also make sure you enter the contest. Jackie has put together an amazing prize package which includes a copy of her book, Redheart.
By Jackie Gamber, Author of Redheart
I’m a writer. Which means I’m an artist, and words are my medium. As a painter takes oils or watercolors, and expresses her world through the end of her brush, or as a musician combines this note with that one to convey his world through his instrument, I use verbs and adjectives to articulate my world into my stories.
Some days, I wake up, put my feet on the floor, and smile. I am living my dream job, my great calling. My medium is ready and waiting, and all I have to do is plunge my hands into it. Those are the best days.
They are usually the days when my tablecloth is freshly cleaned, the dishwasher is empty and ready to collect soiled plates, and there is no laundry on the living room chair, awaiting folding. My smiling days are when I have communed with my characters while I slept, and have awaken ready to write them. When the day is empty and ready to be filled with my words.
Fiction is no easy task. There are rules these days (well, at least guidelines) for appealing to readers, capturing attention of publishers, and making stories resonate with “a fresh, new angle”. Being relevant. The next big thing. Fiction is no longer (if it ever was) a simple act of storytelling.
One of my most difficult challenges, being the artsy, eccentric, gypsy soul that I am, is managing the pressure of the “have-to”s. Those business aspects to the industry that are deadlines, starred reviews, and sell-through. The shaking of the right hands, the collecting the right business cards, the making of the right connections. Add all that left-brain anxiety to my over-taxed right brain language centers, and let me tell you. It can all add up to one heckuva dreary wake-up call.
That day when I know I nailed it.
That’s why I’m a writer. Because on those days, I know I could never be anything else, could never live anything else. Those blissful, surprising days are the ones that again remind me: oh, yeah. It’s this.
This, in the world, is what I am doing.
Jackie Gamber is an award-winning freelance editor, as well as award-winning author of the fantasy novel Redheart, available now through Seventh Star Press and ebook at a special rate of $1.99!
A veteran of the USAF, she is now, among other things, a rosarian, a professional BookTaster, and an avid believer in imagination. Visit Jackie and her BookTastings on the world wide web
If you are a dragon love then you will love this prize package! The winner of this weeks contest will get a softcover copy of the Redheart, full size poster, book marks, set of 5X7 prints and set of 3 magnets! All that is open to international entries as well!
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Do you have a favourite dragon? It could be from a cartoon, book or movie. It will be interesting to see which dragons you all mention! ;)
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The contest will stay open until Sunday 22nd of May 2011 4pm CET and the winner will be picked by a randomizer. Entrants should check back to see if they have won. I do not hunt down winners and will pick new winners for any prizes not claimed within 7 days.