Our awesome guest today is Craig Stone – author of The Squirrel that Dreamt of Madness. He is telling us about his new book, Life Knocks. Amber and I can’t stop laughing because Craig is funny and so are we (I know, I know but I have to convince you). Don’t just take my word for it, rush on over and download episode number 10, quick, now!
Thanks as well, to all the Tweeps who listen to our podcast, we appreciate that you are as crazy as we are. http://www.newbiewriters.com/tweep-nation-podcast/
Ok, so I’ve been tagged by Tonya (my fantabulous editor). This is kind of like a chain letter, which I never do, but this one actually looks fun (and there are no unfortunate consequences like, ‘you will grow a moustache overnight’ or ‘you will be banned from Twitter for life’ if you don’t participate). And since I get to promote my new book (that’s out in a couple of weeks) I thought I’d jump in. So, what do I have to do? These were my instructions:
- Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
- Go to line 7
- Copy down the next 7 lines as they are (no cheating)
- Tag 7 other authors
So here we go, from Shadows of the Realm, page 7:
“This morning had started the same as any other for the olive-skinned, young woman until her aunt had changed everything. Without ceremony or tact, which was usually her way, Avruellen had told her niece they would be leaving home indefinitely – Bronwyn had understood that to mean they were never coming back. Her aunt wouldn’t tell her where they were going. Well,” (I’ve stopped there, so I didn’t cheat and my ‘well’ is dangling in the breeze, waiting to be joined by its friends).
This is where Bronwyn’s adventure starts. She could never anticipate the things she sees in the wider world – some of them quite gruesome. And before the end of the book she may be wishing she never left home. I wonder what happens…
So who to tag? Please forgive me but, eenie, meenie, minie, moe:
- Trish Nicholson
- Charity Parkerson
- Justin Bog (Ok I know you’re double tagged but anyway)
- Amber Norrgard
- Melissa Craig
- Ciara Ballintyne
- Jane Isaac (you have a second one in the works, I know you do)
Ok, so that’s seven people I’ve now annoyed. Do I get a prize?
Ah we’re at it again but this time with technical difficulties. Amber talks too much to I tied her up and locked her in a cupboard. Our guest, Barry Crowther didn’t seem to mind so all’s good. He’s a successful noir crime/thriller author and his book covers are amazing (so are his books Amber assures me). Join us to hear some rational, informative conversation for a change – well it was for a while anyway. http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tweep-nation-amber-dionne!/id499120247
For those of you who don’t know, I’m doing a creative writing degree at the moment. Every week for our ‘Genre’ subject I have to do a short written exercise and this week’s was on food. I’ve written a kind of food memoir, I suppose you’d call it, and it’s the first really personal thing I’ve posted on here. Hope it doesn’t bore you.
My Nonna kneads the dough, stopping every now and then to sprinkle some flour on the orange kitchen bench. My sister and I watch enthralled, from our positions on two stools, as we are too short to stand and clearly see what magic is being conjured in my grandmother’s domain.
When the dough is rolled flat and round, she places it on an oiled, silver coloured pizza tray, pockmarked from years of service – the symbol of many family dinners where the excitement started as soon as the cheesy, tomato aroma escaped the oven.
When I sprinkle oregano on my dough, cover it with peeled tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and slivers of anchovies, I am thinking of my Nonna and how much I miss her. When the pizza comes out of the oven, the taste is heavenly but it never seems as good as hers, and I miss her even more. At these times I wish I could knead my memories and sprinkle on my nostalgia, generously layering on my love for her, as if this would be enough to bring her back. When I take my pizza out of the oven it is like she is there, smiling that I have remembered something of her, but it is fleeting and is gone too quickly – just like her pizza when I was around.
Today on Tweep Nation Charity Parkerson and Melissa Craig, two fun gals, joined us to talk about the stuff they write – romance and erotica. I don’t need to tell you we talked about penises (oh no, not again I hear you say), twitter and yurts, yes yurts. Hopefully you are slightly curious as to how they actually go together, so come and listen :).
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Damien from Newbie Writers podcast joined us today and told us what “grates his gears,” but it wasn’t what Amber thought. We discussed Twitter, fanny packs, front bums and even what we think priests get up to in the confessional. If you even remotely care what we had to say, then join us for today’s show at http://www.newbiewriters.com/tweep-nation-podcast/.