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Good morning! Everyone please give author Francene Stanley a warm welcome!

1. What’s the title of your latest release? Link?

Karm Currents, released on March 16 th is the fourth and final novel in the paranormal Moonstone series. set in the little village of St. Ives, Cornwall, England. Each book is a story that stands alone. In Karm Currents, Liliha continues her telepathic sojourns where she whispers advice to strangers. But, Liliha is an ordinary woman, separated from her teenage daughters in Australia. Her youngest daughter, Alissa, arrives to live with her, and brings her grandmother. As if that interference isn’t enough, Liliha’s ex turns up to take their daughter home. And then there’s the love interest, Harry.

https://www.amazon.com/Karm-Currents-Francene-Stanley/dp/162526349X

2. Why do you like writing in this genre?

I love the work out possibilities that lie beneath the surface of everyday life. Perhaps we’ve lived before. If we have, we might have known each other in a previous life.

3. What do you like to read?

I read everything I can, although some of the novels are not as engaging as others.

4. Favorite movie?

Movies that contain hidden possibilities fascinate me. Labyrinth with David Bowie, all The Lord of The Rings, Chrysalis with the bunch of old-uns who moved to a higher plane … so many. However, I watched The Bourne Conspiracy Four last night and thoroughly enjoyed the plot, the action, and the way the characters assisted each other against the bad guys.

5. What are your writing habits? Music or silence? Daily regimen or spurts of creativity?

I like total silence when I’m writing. At the moment, I’m working on the first section of my memoirs, which covers the forties to the seventies. Any noise distracts me from my train of thought.

6. What was the most surreal moment you’ve had as an author?

My most surreal moment came when the local paper sent a photographer after the launch of my first book. What shocked me was my change. Instead of the calm woman who took everything in her stride, I became a shaking wreck, unable to speak without a quiver in my voice or form a proper sentence.

7. How can readers find you?

My author page at Amazon shows a little about my varied life experiences and lists my books. Link: http://amzn.to/1ljAdMf

8. Look at your writing area…what’s the item you keep to inspire you (piece of artwork, figurine)?

On the shelves above my writing desk, I can gaze at photos of my three children (two deceased), an embroidery of wildflowers, my singer/songwriter brochure, photos of myself and my sister as children, my grandmother’s bible, a woven Indian headband and some preserved ginger in a jar from my German co-writer. They remind me of who I am and how far I’ve come.

Thanks for stopping by, Francene! Best of luck with your writing!

BB

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Hey!

Yeah, it’s Tuesday and not Monday. There’s so many levels of chaos still at play in my life that I’m picking and choosing my battles in some ways. It should be calmer soon, I hope, and I’ll be back on track.

There’s something I want to touch on today. It’s important, and a lot of authors today don’t realize it. And that’s making a good first impression with a potential agent or publisher.

No, this isn’t an old topic I’m simply recycling. It’s important. That first impression really does matter!

In my position with Solstice, I sometimes get random emails from authors wanting to know more about our House. Love to read those, to be honest! It gives me a chance to encourage the next generation of writers to gather their courage and hit send on that email! Every now and then, though, the email makes me cringe.

When you can’t be bothered to write a proper salutation…or you decide to insert text speech or don’t correct a misspelled word…it makes the publishing executive in me cringe. Why? Because I hold out little hope for your manuscript if you can’t be bothered to spell out ‘you’.

This business is built on words. The proper usage can evoke images of beauty and horror. There is immense power in a broad vocabulary. By using shortcuts, you undermine that power.

It also cuts into your credibility. You want to be a writer but can’t use the correct version of their/they’re/there in a query letter? Or be bothered to actually use punctuation? 99% of the time, the EIC will decide against you before they even open your manuscript. If you can’t take the time to make sure your email message is great, we hold out little hope for the story itself.

Do yourself a favor. Don’t use your phone to email the query letter. Sit down and treat it with as much care and attention as you did your story. Reread it. Edit it. Polish it until it gleams. Then and only then send it off. Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up to climb a mountain with nothing more than a foot of twine.

BB

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Hi.

I know, I didn’t do a post last week. Things have been…chaotic.

My dad died on the 21st. We didn’t expect him to go that fast after my mom. We thought we’d have a few more years.

He went quickly, which gave me comfort. Time will make things better. So will writing.

I’d already decided my next book would be dedicated to him. That decision was made months ago, partially because of an aspect to the story. It took me more than a week to be able to move it forward, though. Too much pain, grief, to put words to paper.

Hades, I’m tearing up now as I type this.

I’m not going to tell you to hug the people you care for, or say I love you to them, because they could be gone tomorrow. We were on good terms when he went, each knowing the other loved them.

I only ask that you give a moment’s pause each day and spend 5 minutes doing something you thought of but have been putting off. Don’t let things slide. It’s the small things that take little time but we don’t do that matter. The thank you’s, the courtesy, the words that should be said and aren’t.

Don’t regret not taking time to do something small. You may think it’s insignificant, but it may not be. Because the person you do it for may think it’s huge.

BB

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