Character Questions Part II

cover thingy cropppedAs you may know, the facebook party was a lot of fun (the last of the prizes are even going out today!), though I know some of you couldn’t make it. Because of that, I wanted to share some of the fun with you!

One of the games we played was to ask characters questions. There were some really good ones! So many that I had to break this up. If you missed it, check out Character Questions Part I.

And now for part II: (note there are some spoilers in this one if you haven’t made it through book 7 yet)

Sorino: What are you really after?

Sorino: “To complete my collection, of course. You should see what I have amassed already. Gleaming and glittering under display lights – it is beautiful.”

Sorino, Why do you collect things ?

Sorino: “Why, to keep every one else from having them, of course!”

Sorino, Is Kai part of your collection?

Sorino: “Kai was a whim – a spur of the moment decision. I will keep him so long as he is interesting.”

Verchiel: What kind of women would you settle down with?

Verchiel: “Settle down? Hmmm. How settled?And how long? A week? A month? A year? The answers are different for each. Call it different requirements.”

Verchiel, have you ever killed children? Did you have to feed off more than one to get enough energy?

Verchiel: “When you say ‘children’ it makes it sound bad. I mean, I didn’t *kill* them. And they weren’t toddlers. They were maybe twelve…and I was really starving… I just had a snack to give me enough strength to find a full sized person… It’s a long story.”

Verchiel, you’re a mind reader. What’s Micah secret?

Verchiel: “Let’s see… Micah. For one thing he can’t swim. For another he doesn’t like me because he thinks I hit on Kately and that pisses him off – not because he’s interested in her, but because he has this weird honor code thing.”

Jorick are you ever going to get to know Verchiel?

Jorick: “What’s there to know? He’s suspicious, sneaky, and even I can tell that his cheerful friendly show is just that – a show. He’s up to something. I just don’t know what.”

Across the board question!! Before your turning what was your favorite food?

Verchiel: “I don’t remember.”

Jorick: “There was a meat I enjoyed…I don’t recall the name.”

Micah: “F*** that not remembering s***. Cheeseburgers, man, with everything on them. And fries.”

Loren: “Pizza!”

Oren: “Bread with jam, actually.”

How about what did you do before you were turned for entertainment?

Micah: ” I used to work on bikes. I still do when I’m home, but I ain’t been there in a while since I’ve been with these morons.”

Loren: “Hey, who you calling a moron? I used to hang out with my friends on the beach and watch MTV and eat. I miss eating still.”

Torina: “I enjoyed dancing and buggy rides with young men.”

 

This is for anyone if you were human for one day what would you do

Micah: “I would have a mother f***in’ cheeseburger.”

Loren: “I’d spend the day at the beach.”

Verchiel: “I think I’d try food and see what all the fuss is.”

Oren: “I would watch the sun rise.”

Jamie: What are you looking for in a mate? What does your apartment look like? Are you neat or messy?

Jamie: “Um…I wouldn’t say I was looking at the moment. I suppose she would have to be able to deal with my duties. My apartment looks like everyone else’s I suppose. I’m not as neat as Beldren but it’s certainly cleaner than Verchiel’s dump. There’s a sword collection displayed in the extra room – it’s supposed to be a human bedroom installed for the human guard dogs some time back, but the fad is long gone and I’m using it to store overflow items in.”

Oren are you ever going to man up and confess your love ? Are you that afraid?

Oren: “What? No. Why would I be… Ahem.”

Verchiel: (interrupts) “You mean why would you be afraid of falling in love after what happened to your wife? I’m not a psychology major, but…”

Oren: “But nothing. You don’t know anything.”

Verchiel *taps side of head* “You’d be surprised what I know. Besides, I read that Tales from the Island story that’s in your point of view.”

Oren: ” What’s your point? “

Verchiel: “So I got a good look in your head! Besides, I’ve also read that conversation coming up in the next book between you and Jorick about both of your ‘feewings’ and-“

Oren: “Be silent, you annoying monkey!”

Verchiel are you ever going to tell Katelina (Kately) your real feeling for her or are you that afraid of Jorick?

Verchiel: “Afraid? Nah. I’m not afraid of Jorick. I think I could take him, if it really can’t down to it, but I’d hate to. I think it’s Kateesha’s fault but I’m actually sort of fond of old cranky boots.”

Kai are you ever going to tell your master where to go?

Kai: *stares uncomprehending through his bangs.*

(Author’s Note: Call it Stockholm Syndrome if you want, but poor Kai doesn’t see anything wrong with his life.)

Hey Lunch you are at last a vampire and I know you are loving it after all!!

Katelina: “There are definitely some plusses. This not having to pee is nice, but I miss food and I don’t know how I’m going to deal with my mom!”

Jorick, do you think your author will ever tell us the story of your making?

Jorick: “Since living it again would be torturous, I imagine she’d love to. I also imagine she’d be happy to tell you about my first wife.”

(Author’s Note: I am actually considering a Jorick book after book 9 is completed.)

Xandria what are you going to do? Something bad??

Xandria: *looks innocent* “Hey, I’m just happy to be away from that old guy. I’ll tell you, though, I am a bit worried about my master – former master. He was a twerp but he wasn’t bad.”

Micah how does it feel to have beat Jorick changing Katelina and now being her Master ?

Micah: “Ha ha! About time someone appreciated that! I hadn’t actually planned on it, but I think it’s the best option. Those other guys would all be too soft. It’s about time someone listened to me, whether they wanted to or not!”

 Weren’t those some great questions? Do you have a question of your own for someone? if so, post it in the comments below and I’ll try to make them answer it. signature for white

 

Smashwords Interviews

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Smashwords introduced author interviews several days ago, but being the pokey puppy I am (does anyone else remember that children’s book?) I’ve only just gotten mine done.  You can check out my Smashwords interview here.  And, for the sake of some meat in this potato-style blog, here’s one of my answers.

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up in the south west corner of Iowa in a tiny pocket of unreality; a place that time literally had not caught up to (and still has not). Everything was a little slower, a little smaller, and a little quieter. Farmers with withered sun tanned skin woke up at five in the morning and had coffee in the small cafe at seven. Carhart and coveralls were the fashion, the county fair was one of the big events of summer and the volunteer fire department still had dances in the street. I dreamed of escaping to a metropolitan area that was “like TV”, but moving doesn’t matter. Those kind of places aren’t only around you, but in you, and you can’t run from what’s inside. It oozes out in my writing; in my settings and my descriptions. There is nothing creepier to me than a dark field of corn or an abandoned barn. The backdrops of my books are small towns, slowly dying, with grass choked parking lots and rain striped motels. My monsters lurk in the woods and live in the abandoned farm house. They drive down old highways and shop in the local chain stores. And why not? There’s a subtle beauty in the Midwest; in old gray barns and rusted windmills. I only hope I can capture it.

I promise the rest of the answers aren’t as long winded.

And while you’re there check out DM Yate’s interview. I loved her answer to “What do your fans mean to you?”

“Readers of my work are precious to me because they’ve taken the time to read what I’ve written. I enjoy introducing readers to my new world and waiting for their reactions.”

and Roger Lawrence’s interview. His answer to “What is your writing process?” is similar to what mine would be:

I just get it all down as it comes out and edit much later, since the majority of my books are written with no planning. I just begin with a sentence, or perhaps a line of dialogue and see how it goes. This often results in dead ends and frustration, but for me is the only way to write. That includes my newest book about the potentially eternal man. I knew how it would begin and even knew what would happen in the middle, but I let the end take care of itself. In fact I have two endings written and shall let my wonderful beta readers advise as to which they think is the better.
There are hundreds of other interviews, so take some time and browse around. You might find a new favorite author.
if you’re an author and you’ve done a Smashword’s interview, leave us the link below.
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Ashes of Deceit – Get Your Copy!

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Yes, it’s official, book 4 of the Amaranthine series, Ashes of Deceit is out! You can get your copy from:

For all the information on the book – check out the cool Ashes of Deceit page!

To celebrate the release of the book, I am going to do Ten Days of Giveaways. Starting tomorrow, I will post a small excerpt and a (semi) related prize. To enter, all you have to do is comment. It’s that simple!

Prizes are:

  • Day 1 – 2 “Bloodsucker” t-shirt transfers
  • Day 2 – 3 sets of Character Bookmarks, collection I
  • Day 3 – 3 vinyl “Beware of Vampire Hypnosis” sticker sets
  • Day 4 – 2 “All my black clothes are at the cleaners” t-shirt transfers
  • Day 5 – 3 sets of Character Bookmarks, collection II
  • Day 6 – 2 “Got Blood?” t-shirt transfers
  • Day 7 – 3 large “Vampires are More Dangerous than they Appear” Vinyl stickers
  • Day 8 – 2 “Vampires and Glitter Don’t Mix” T-shirt Transfers
  • Day 9 – 3 sets of 16 Executioner Trading Cards
  • Day 10 – 1 cross necklace

Winners will be drawn June 4th via Random.org. Remember, to be eligible for a prize, you must comment on the blog the prize is featured in.

Thanks for stopping by and look forward to seeing you at the giveaways!

Lots-O-Links #22

This is the twenty-second edition of Lots-O-Links, posts where I randomly share links. Fun, huh? I can now call it the weekly post that two people have gone on record as liking. Pretty cool!

Writers – have a tough time with punctuating conversation? Donna has a great breakdown of the right way to use quotation marks on her blog Quoting your Characters.

For the manga fans out there, an article sent to me by Sharon S (of I Smell Sheep fame!) discusses why the manga industry is dying. Surprise, it’s the same reason all the print medias are in trouble including traditional book publishing, the music industry, etc. I really think the time of entertainment corporations controlling the media is on it’s way out – it’s just not economically feasible anymore with all the middle men the labels/publishers have to pay when an indy can do the same for peanuts. (end of mini rant)

and while discussing publishing, Stephannie Beman has an interesting post on self publishing: Writing Hobby or Career – Does it Really Matter? My opinion? nope. The story is what matters and it’s the same, no matter what “criteria” you’re meeting for being a “‘real author”.

And also in independent entertainment, The Art’s Web Show is back for season two. last month saw episode 1 and now we have episode 2. Go check it out!

Other things worth checking out: Photobotos.com promises one amazing photo posted a day, and form their archives they seem to be keeping that promise!

In vampires, Lariats and Lavender has an interesting article on real life vampirism; no, not the blood drinking, arrested for breaking into someone’s house kind, but Strigoi Vii. if you want to know more, go read her post!

And finally if you have two hours to kill, check out Star Wars Uncut, a fan made version of Star Wars. I haven’t made it through the whole thing yet (when do I have two hours to kill at a shot!?!) but I’m a third of the way through and it’s fun!!

If you have any links to share please mail them to me at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor (dot) com or else post them in the comments! And that’s all I have right now. Have a great week everyone!

To $.99 or not, That is The Question!

Sharon S. (whom you may recognize as one of the fantastic reviewers from I Smell Sheep) posted a link to an article from the Huffington post – Are E-Books Too Cheap? The article discusses the pros and cons of pricing your ebooks cheap and asks whether low prices devalue the authors work.

Ho hum hem ha.

The problem is that authors talk about two different value systems interchangeably and with no distinction. One, the value of the finished product; the story itself. Two, the value of the time and effort spent to create the product. In many cases, those two values have little to do with one another. A great book might only have taken a month to do, meanwhile a horrible book might have taken three years. It’s the same for all of the arts.

For example, music. I’ve never written/composed/recorded music, but I know it’s a long, arduous, agonizing process to achieve quality. However, I’m not buying that song or album because of the process (time, effort, etc) I’m buying that song for the product.  It’s the value of the song itself that I, as a consumer, care about, not the value of their time.

The same goes for a painting, a movie, a cartoon, a drawing, etc. etc. Consumers pay for the end result – the product – or the name signed in the corner – still part of the product. They don’t care if it took you six months or six years to complete it. They aren’t reimbursing your time.

This leads me to a conversation I had a few days ago on the Self Published Author’s Lounge. I commented that I’ve been told before (and I have) that I’m not a “serious” writer because making money is not my first concern. Another author commented that there should be a distinction between being serious about writing and being serious about making money.  Yes! I agree completely. There’s a reason that the “starving artist” stereotype exists. They are the ones who are serious about their “art”, not about the money, while the business minded tend to churn out what the market wants and what will sell because their goal is to make money. Personally, I chose indy publishing to avoid that mindset.

I price my books cheap. Why? Because my goal is to have readers, not make a fortune. Sure, I’d like to make money, but mainly I want to entertain people. Does that make me a vanity author? Is there any other type? Only someone vain enough to think their words have meaning would attempt to be an author or expect someone to pay for their work. YES! We’re all vain! Just like the painters are vain, and musicians are vain and photographers are vain! We want to show people the word through our eyes because we think that our version of it is spectacular! And despite what some people lip service, there’s not a damn thing wrong with that. If you don’t have that ego, then you’re not pushing your work out there in the first place.

This is where determining the value comes in. We’re pretty much all vain, selfish people (I can admit it!). We poured hours of our soul, spirit, tears and sweat into this work of art; we put a part of ourselves into it, and we deserve compensation! The problem is, that your soul, tears and sweat can’t really BE compensated. I have greedy moments where I start to think “I’m worth more than this!”.  Then I stop, sit back, and think about when JK Rowling sued the Harry Potter Lexicon – whom she’d previously supported – because *she* was going to put out an encyclopedia and theirs would infringe on hers. The funny thing is, as a Harry Potter fan, I’d have bought both. After that, I now refuse to buy any more of her books.  I’m not stupid enough to think my one or two sales are going to matter to her, but they matter to me.

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be paid, because we should. There is a product to be paid for. The problem is how much do we “deserve”? How do we determine the value of the finished product? By the hours we spent on it? (in that case each of my books is worth less than the one before because I’m getting better and need less hours of editing) By the monetary investment you put into it? (That makes my entire series worth 55$) Or is it by the enjoyment people get out of reading the story? Call me idealistic and childish, but that’s how I like to think people value my book. Not as something that took me six months to do, but as a good story that they enjoyed and want to read again.

And so long as they think that, I really couldn’t care less how much they paid for it.

9-10-11 Ties of Blood is officially available on e-book!

Despite my being sick and out most of the week, Ties of Blood, book 3 in the Amaranthine series, is now officially available on Smashwords – just barely squeaking in at the last minute!

Don’t want to read it on the PC? No problem! Smashwords sells copies for Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, and others! Just download the appropriate version.

Wanna wait? no problem! Go here to read sample chapters and more!

The paperback will be following along – I have to wait for the proof to arrive (yes, again) so I can double check it before I approve it. Look for it in roughly four weeks.

Instead of putting the book description in here, I thought I’d take a moment to thank some people instead!

My husband, who is just as twisted as I am and maybe more so. I love you.

My mother, who knows the books better than I do and continues to re-read every time I re-write.

My brother, who happens to be one of my favorite people in the world. Also, to my father  – hey, vampire books are way more fun than politics! . And, of course my “UK representative” Rick and his miniature zoo.

Carolyn “Mighty Ed” Cason for once again stepping up and attempting to smack this manuscript into shape.

Jonathan Harvey for all of his bazillion distractions. If you want to waste time he’ll find you a million ways to do it. He also has a book (though there are no vampires in it).

My beta readers extraordinaire: Sharon, Julie, Steve, Super Schnurpel and Kathy.  Good beta readers are hard to find and you guys are worth a million!

Paul V. Montesino, PhD, fellow author and all around standup guy for his Spanish translation. He saved Jorge from being a victim of online translators!

Ruth Anne Nordin, fellow writer and friend for her encouragement to me and so many others.

Daniel Kennedy who pops up now and again, and who is to blame for this whole series.

 Susan “The Ever Delightful” Koenig way up there in Canada for her great suggestions and the smiles she brings.

The awesome gals at Indie Authors Unite, even though I have been absent lately.

And to everyone else who’s encouraged me over the last year. You have no idea how much a kind word can mean!

Lastly, a special thank you to God. Who says he doesn’t love a good vampire book?

*whew*  Look for website updates sometime this week, too, and maybe even a newsletter! *gasp*

Win Shades of Gray collector cards…

a free ebook and more swag than you can shake a stick at! 

To directly copy from the I Smell Sheep blog:

What will you win?

1. A cool doggie tote bag filled with swag from our featured authors as well as some surprise stuff, including Sheep Swag!

2. Three of these books (depends on which ones are new to you) I have read all these books. You can’t go wrong with any that you pick. I have signed a singed copy of Afterlifeand Nightwalker, and ARC of The Iron Duke, and a paper copy of Demon Slayer. You will have to receive ecopies of Along Came a Demon and Shades of Gray, Devil Without a Cause can be paper or ecopy.

Those collector cards I mentioned are part of the free swag – but there’s lots more stuff from authors like Lisa Hendrix, Anne Elizabeth, Sophia Jordan, Jennifer Estep, Colleen Gleason,  and more!

Entering is easy, just go to the blog and match up the authors to their pets! Fun and simple!

Hope to see you there!

Authors for DRM Free

What is DRM? DRM stands for Digital Rights Management and is a generic term used by publishers, manufacturers, etc to limit the usage of digital media or devices. In other words, it’s designed to stop ebook piracy, much the same way that protections are built into some MP3’s. Have you ever downloaded an MP3 from an online store and then, when you tried to transfer it to another device, found that you couldn’t? That’s DRM.

The problem with DRM? It doesn’t actually stop piracy, despite it’s supporters claims, and, as in the above example, it can render your content unusable at worst and hard to access at best. It also stops readers from printing the book out, can make your book cost more, and can even cause an ereader’s text to speech to be unusable on that title.

And it also makes a lot of people mad.

If you do a search for DRM on google you can get a rather quick picture that a lot of people find it annoying and even demeaning. For instance, Michael Pastore sounds off about the ebook and it’s longing for freedom, Mark Coker has done more than one post about it, including a recent one where he says:

“The biggest threat facing authors and publishers today is not piracy, it’s obscurity. Anything that makes a book less accessible and less enjoyable makes it more obscure. Piracy is an indication your content is in demand, yet it’s also an indication your content is not available, accessible or affordable to those who want it. Pirates satisfy demand not satisfied by the publisher. The best method of combat piracy is to make purchasing preferable to pirating.”

Nina Paley has gone one step further and created a set of graphics for those who want to show their non support for DRMs, including a set for authors, readers and librarians.


AAD 300 RAD!

If you support the movement then you can get links to the graphics and read more information at ReadersBillofRights.info .

Don’t know much about DRM? Don’t just take my word for it. Do some research and see how this impacts you and your work and make an informed decision.

It’s an Anniversary Give Away!

No, it’s not my anniversary, but it is the anniversary of Six Sentence Sunday, and to celebrate there is going to be a really awesome give away this weekend, including a chance to win an ebook copy of Shades of Gray and Legacy of Ghosts!

To play, come comment on participants post this Sunday ( February 27th) and you’ll be automatically entered into the drawing. But wait, what could you win?  Here’s a partial list of the prizes:

  • eBook of choice from backlist – Sara Brookes
  • eBook copy of Healing Hearts – Taryn Kincaid
  • Print copy of The Doctor’s Deception – Kathleen Grieve
  • Autographed copy of Not Without Risk – Sarah Grimm
  • $10 eBook Bucks from AllRomanceebooks.com & OmniLit.com – Jessica Subject
  • Choice of backlist – Rebecca Royce
  • Autographed copy of Damaged Cargo (see website for blurb) – Sandra Sookoo
  • $10 ebucks and an ecopy of When A Mullo Loves A Woman via All Romance – Joanne Kenrick
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card – Lisa Fox
  • $5 gift certificate at MuseItUp Publishing Bookstore – Marsha Moore
  • $5 gift certificate to MuseItUp Publishing’s bookstore – Krista D Ball
  • eBook copy of Shades of Gray and Legacy of Ghosts – Joleene Naylor

And LOTS more! To see the complete list – or to sign up for this week’s Six Sentence Sunday, please visit the blog at http://sixsunday.blogspot.com/2011/02/sign-up-for-six-sentence-sunday-227.html .

Hope to see you there!

Interview, Guest Blog & a Video!

Yeah, this post has it all goin’ on! Mainly because I’ve been behind and now have to cram it all into one post. Erm, no, no, I mean, uh, I planned it that way. Yeah. That’s right.

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Linda S. Prather, author of the Jacody Ives Mysteries, was kind enough to Interview me for her new blog.  And I’m not the only one. She’s on an interviewing roll, including Larry Enright and Al Boudreau.

Reena Jacobs, author of Shadow Cat, was also nice enough to allow me to do a guest post for her blog about turning your eBook cover into  a paperback cover. She is featuring guest posts from authors every week in her Authors Helping Authors series. There’s a lot of good information, there.

And now for the video. It’s not actually a video. I mean it is animated, and you have to hit a play button, but it doesn’t require any sound because it’s actually a collect of vampire jokes that are so, so bad they’re funny.

Aren’t you glad you stuck around for that?

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