Interview with Heather Kindt

Today I’m over on Heather Kindt’s website for an interview! We talked about my latest book release, Stolen, my novella, The She-Wolf of Kanta, and about what inspired me to start writing. It’s amazing what all you remember when you think back to what first inspired you to pick up the pen and put it to paper. It was a lot of fun!

Click here to check out the interview!
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Writing Emotional Scenes

Working on a really emotional scene right now and it always takes a lot of focus and prep time to really get into the right feeling. It takes prep work, it takes listening to the right music, it takes planning and being willing to dive into your emotions. For people who write, they understand how difficult this can be. It’s taken me about a week to find the time and ability to dive into this scene again because it can be so taxing. When it’s done though, that feeling of relief is amazing.

Project: Broken

A land has fallen. An escape was made. It’s a victory of sorts, but at what price?

Shaleigh has made a terrible mistake, one she may not ever be able to fix. Lost and in a strange land with anger and death all around her, she must navigate her way through treacherous lands on her quest for redemption. Along the way she’ll have to negotiate with the mercurial Queen of the Fae, survive the dangers of the Masked King’s realm, and seek out a terrifying fire dragon.

With two powerful beings hot on her trail, Shaleigh has no choice but to keep moving, or else face the dangerous magic of the Madness that has already caused so much pain and heartache. With her sights on helping her friends and her heart longing for home, Shaleigh is determined, but will it be enough?

BROKEN is Book 2 of the Stolen series

Words Written:
2/10 – 2,441

Current Word Count: 56,131

Progress:
Sometimes things don’t go at all like you plan. In fact they turn so much worse just when you think things will get better. The shock is tough to adapt to.

Next Up:
A journey to a very dangerous place with a very horrific companion.

Commentary:
Yay, I hit that 70% mark on my wordcount! This was easily one of the most intense scenes of this book, which is right where it needs to be in around the middle of book 2 of my trilogy. I always feel like my first drafts suffer from too little detail, but I’ll be coming back through in later drafts to add more meat to these scenes. This one in particular almost has all the detail it needs, but I’m sure I’ll see more when I come back to it with fresh eyes

I wanted to have this book done by the end of January, but that hasn’t happened. I want this book to be as powerful as I have it in my head though, and sometimes that takes time – more time than we expect. I’m pleased with where I am for now, but I can tell it’s going to take longer than I anticipated.

I know folks who have finished Book 1 of the Stolen series are clamoring for a Book 2, but I want it to be right too. Oh, the struggles of being an author! I think you all with enjoy this one though! It’s definitely darker than Book 1 though, so just be prepared!

A Cute Short Story and 2019 Plans

It’s been a heck of a week so far! I wrote a lovely little short story featuring Mawr from my novel, Stolen, and the Lady Sphinx. It’s a cute little piece that talks about his live before the events that take place in the book. Seeing as how many people love reading about him, I thought it would be cute to do a little Valentine’s Day special for the adorable guy.

You can read the full piece here at the Parliament House Press website!

Today is also the kick-off day for my YouTube channel! Each Friday I’ll be releasing videos about writing books, author life, and documenting events that inspire my work. My first video chronicles all the events I’ll be at this year and where you can find me. If you want to chat with me about any of my work, that’s a good time to do it! I hope to see some of you this year, especially since I’ll be doing a couple of out-of-state cons!

It’s gonna be a busy year!

Enter the Stolen Giveaway!

I’m in the middle of a number of bookish projects right now, but I wanted to remind folks that the Giveaway for Stolen is still going! You have until the end of February to get your entries in to win a number of potential prizes – and yes, this is open to international fans!

Giveaway Rules

To get some free Stolen swag:

  • Follow me at @authorlenafrank on Instagram OR on my Facebook page MarlenaFrankAuthor
  • Order a copy of Stolen and email me a screenshot of the receipt at: MarlenaFrankGiveaway@outlook.com

Make sure you include your:

  • Name
  • Your Instagram or Facebook handle (I’ll be posting thank-you messages in my story!)
  • Postal Address

I’ll confirm these as they come in! Once received, you’ll get:

  • A Stolen bookmark
  • A hand-stamped bookplate, signed by me
  • Entered into the Stolen Grand Prize Giveaway

Stolen Grand Prize Giveaway!

🎉 One Grand Prize Winner will receive: 🎉

  • A hand-felted, custom Mawr plushie by @louisalings – these are all unique pieces complete with a stack of books and golden spectacles. Only 5 of these exist!
  • A magnet of Stolen’s cover
  • A signed copy of Stolen

🎉 2ND Place Winner will receive: 🎉

  • $10 Barnes and Noble gift card
  • A magnet of Stolen’s cover
  • A signed copy of Stolen

🎉 3RD Place Winner will receive: 🎉

  • $10 Starbucks gift card
  • A magnet of Stolen’s cover
  • A signed copy of Stolen

🎉 4TH Place Winner will receive: 🎉

  • $10 iTunes gift card
  • A magnet of Stolen’s cover
  • A signed copy of Stolen

Official Rules:

  • Winners will be announced and tagged on Instagram or Facebook on March 1ST.
  • I’ll give 48 hours for the winners to reply back to me to confirm their information before shipments are sent. Otherwise the award will pass to the next random choice.


Intense Scenes

It’s amazing when you finally get to write a scene that you’ve had rattling around inside your head for years. It’s also terrifying because you hope that you’ve done the scene justice to what you see in your head. It’s definitely a love/hate relationship because on one hand you can’t wait to share with people what happens, but on the other you’re nervous the whole time.

I guess I’m going to have to get used to these sorts of conflicts as I write books, cause more than likely they’re only going to get more common haha. Slowly coming off a writing high this evening where I tore through a ton of words. I’m very proud, but I also realize that there’s still the rest of the scene to go. It’s nowhere near done yet, and the roller coaster has just gone over the highest peak. This book is going to be all downhill from here, and hoo boy, what a ride it’ll be!

Project: Broken

A land has fallen. An escape was made. It’s a victory of sorts, but at what price?

Shaleigh has made a terrible mistake, one she may not ever be able to fix. Lost and in a strange land with anger and death all around her, she must navigate her way through treacherous lands on her quest for redemption. Along the way she’ll have to negotiate with the mercurial Queen of the Fae, survive the dangers of the Masked King’s realm, and seek out a terrifying fire dragon.

With two powerful beings hot on her trail, Shaleigh has no choice but to keep moving, or else face the dangerous magic of the Madness that has already caused so much pain and heartache. With her sights on helping her friends and her heart longing for home, Shaleigh is determined, but will it be enough?

BROKEN is Book 2 of the Stolen series

Words Written:
2/2- 3,08

Current Word Count: 53,166

Progress:
Everything just got a lot hotter, and um, not in a good way.

Next Up:
There is definitely going to be fall-out here. There is so much to finish with this scene, so much to explain, so much detail to go into. But that’s for tomorrow.

Commentary:
I really wanted to continue this scene, but I’ve been writing for a good 2-3 hours now and I’m feeling cramped and tired. It’s after 1 AM here at the moment, but the creativity just kept flowing. A few days ago I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to figure out how to continue this scene properly to give it justice, and yet here I am halfway through it. I’m leaving right in the middle of the action for now because that’s the best way to make sure the words come just as smoothly tomorrow as well (I forget who I got that trick from).

At this pace it’s not going to take me long to hit 60k words, and I’m really pleased about that. I didn’t hit 55k words like I wanted today, but it’s close. Sometimes the important part with writing is knowing when to take a break, knowing when to let your mind rest for a bit, and knowing when you should probably come back with fresh eyes. This is definitely that time.

Wish me luck for the next scene! Er, you may want to wish my characters luck too… they’ll probably need it more than me…