Creative Update: Current Projects

I thought this week I would write a little post to let you all know what projects I’m working on.

Prohibition Story (tentatively titled Mississippi Moonshine)

Virginia is a tomboy. Having been raised by her father and seven brothers, she lacks all the grace and sophistication a woman should have according to society in 1923. But she’s a river rat, born and raised near the Mississippi River outside of Alton, Illinois. When she discovers her family’s secret distillery hidden deep in the woods, she stumbles into a horrible confrontation with a rival shiner.

Nathaniel shed his proper English gentleman persona to become the most infamous shine runner on the Mississippi. His suppliers in Illinois and Missouri provide him with the most coveted moonshine in the country. But when a gang attacks his most lucrative supplier, he finds himself saddled with more than a financial loss. He finds a river rat stowed away on his boat.

Interesting huh?

Stage play titled Confessions of a Fangirl

We’ve all had our moments of fanaticism. This play is meant to be a visual depiction of the five stages of fangirling and how the seemingly innocent obsession can quickly consume us and ruin our relationships in real life.

I didn’t want to use one specific actor…so I combined three of my favorites to depict a much broader fandom (and not point any fingers since this isn’t about shaming or blaming, just showing the reality and the consequences).

This is my first attempt to write a play. I’m hoping it will help me hone my dialog and plotting skills…even more, I am hoping it will enlighten the world to the wonders and dangers of being a fangirl/boy.

Angus’ story, Book 3 in the Shadow Guardian series, working title A Wicked Shadow

Angus has been bothering me since I started writing A Shadow’s Kiss last fall. He’s begged and pleaded for me to tell his story next. So I am. I have planted the seed of his tale in A Shadow’s Kiss. His love interest is much more…unconventional than Madeline and Evelyn, who are both unique women in their own rights.

I will be plotting his story over the next few months and plan to write it for National Novel Writing Month in November of this year. My first two books were NaNo babies, so Angus’ will be too.

A book of poetry (if anyone had an interest to read it, I have no idea)

I’ve been writing poetry since I was in 8th grade. I have notebooks full of poetry, and so I’ve debated the idea of self publishing a little book of poetry. It’s the project I have spent the least amount of mental energy on, since poetry is such an underrated creative medium. Perhaps one day I will follow through with it if there’s enough interest. I thought it might be fun to just have some printed and sell them on etsy. 🙂 Who knows…I may need a push to do that at some point in the future.

I also have some ideas started for a series of Regency/Victorian (haven’t decided which yet) stories.

There are always notes and ideas floating around for stories to write. I always find a new character who speaks to me, begging me to tell their story. I promise to update you on the status of my projects.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to post them. I love hearing from my readers.

Also, check out my blog posts at my writer’s group site The Sarcastic Muse. I focus on my writing process and romance in those posts.

Talk to you again soon! Have a great week.

❤ Kirsten

Interview with Author D.F. Kreiger

Author Interview:  D. F. Kreiger

Welcome and tell us a little about your book and what you write.

‘Ello, I’m D. F. Krieger and I have a problem. My book, Panthers and Precincts, doesn’t like to behave and fit into just one category. Oh no, it likes to stretch out so it fits Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Mystery/Thriller. My story is about a zoologist who discovers a literate panther and must correspond with a detective on a missing child case.

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Ten Questions of Torture: 

1. What motivates you to write?

If I did not, my insanity would soon outweigh my common sense and plans for death rays would shortly grace the walls of my home.

2. Top five most romantic films in your opinion.

Bram Stroker’s Dracula, Avatar, Practical Magic, Legend, The Proposal

3. Best Kiss scene in film?

The one that didn’t happen between Frodo and Sam in Lord of the Rings.

4. Top three authors who have inspired you?

Rachel Firasek because she wiped the floor with me during a crit session. It hurt, but I came out stronger for it. Piers Anthony, because reading his Xanth series taught me to write my own worlds, no matter how crazy they seemed to others. Christine Feehan, whose stories showed me love can be dark and still be enthralling.

5. What is your favorite subgenre of romance?

Uh, I do not comprehend this question. The answer must be “Magic,” then.

6. Do you have a favorite poem?

You hide behind your masquerade attire
Eyes that glitter betraying longing
Never do you utter a word

Nor give a smile more genuine then painted
Yet the conversation could never be clearer
The sway of our bodies is your voice

The light in your eyes a vivid smile
So loud, enticing amidst the color splashed world
Always at a distance am I kept

Though I yearn to see your face
Would that I could free your ties
Let you stand before me as you alone

“Hush and play the costumed monster”
Your eyes are bitter with regret
“Those here would run if they knew the truth”

My body holds you closer as I whisper my reply
“We are all monsters hidden by painted smiles”
Against gloved hand my claws dig deep

 7. What do you do in your free time, when you get it?

I kill things. Y’know, dragons, goblins, evil wizards. Oh, I also horseback ride and cross stitch.

8. Any new projects on the burner?

If I told you, I’d have to kill you.

9. What is your secret indulgence?

My husband. Oh, you didn’t mean that kind of… Okay. This is awkward…

10. If you could do one thing right now, without consequences, what would it be?  Why?

I would rob a bank and buy a horse farm where I would then run a horse rescue and pretend they were unicorns trapped in the mortal realm, hiding from humans.

 

Lightning Round:

Favorite season? The very beginning of fall, when the air is crisp, the sun is out, and the leaves are just turning.

Biggest pet peeve? Stupidity. No, seriously.

Favorite dessert? Video games! Well, if I’m a good girl and get all my work done, that’s what I get after dinner.

Favorite color? Purple! I thought everyone knew that by now.

Drink of choice? Iced sweet tea.

Favorite band? I have several. Depeche Mode, Blaqk Audio, and Julien-K

Action flick or RomCom?  I’m an action girl, all the way.

Cuddling  or making out.  Can I answer with “intimate moments that aren’t interrupted by my children?”

Video games or a good book.  That’s not fair. You know I’m just as much a diehard gamer as I am a writer.

Pirate or cowboy.  Neither. 😉

Sexy or sweet? Sexy

 

Bonus: If you could meet one person in all of history, who would it be and why?

Me in my past life. To, y’know, created paradoxes and stuff. I think it’d be fun.

 

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview, D. F. Kreiger.  We look forward to having you back again soon.  🙂

How to find your books and information…

Social links:

Website 

Official Facebook

Faxfire Facebook

 

Buy Links:

Breathless Press

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Guest Author: Raven McAllan

Hello everyone!  Let’s give a warm welcome to my fellow Breathless Press Author and guest this week…Raven McAllan.

 

Hi all, so nice to be here….I’m in a dancing mood. No don’t worry, I won’t.

 

If you could do anything you wanted as a job or a hobby what would it be?

If you’d have asked me that two years ago I’d have shouted to be published. If you ask me today, it’s almost the same. With the addition of one word. Again.

And if you had asked me even two and a half years ago if I ever thought I’d be able to put author in the occupation bit of any official form, I’d have asked if you felt okay and offered you two Aspirins.

Now, oh wow it gives me goose bumps when I get asked occupation and I say I’m an author. mid you it took me a long while before I felt I could. Even now I have to pinch myself and tell myself firmly, I am an author. I have books out. That people read. And comment on.

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You know it really is a case of have mac will travel. My lovely DH bought me a MacBook Air as our old laptop was heavy, and my fibro made it hard to use. He came home with it, and daughter and her boyfriend were up.

DH—here’s a present

Me—oh wow thank you

Daughter—Do you know what that is?

Me—A laptop

At which point she rolled her eyes and told me exactly what I had. And it’s great. It’s well travelled, and used in a variety of places. On a plane, train, bus or boat. On a balcony over the Indian Ocean, or the caribbean. In a shaded garden in Australia, or by a pool in South Africa. Looking at mountains, rivers and cityscapes. Usually with a glass of wine in one hand. I love it. (All in the name of research of course)

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This time two years ago I was a nervous shivering excited wreck. I was almost a published author.

Here I am two years on and in the same state—or very nearly.

If you’d’ve told me then, that now I’d still be writing, still being published and have over fifty stories out there with my name on them, I’d probably asked you where you got the magic mushrooms from.

However here I am, and yes I have and oh how fabulous it is.

Around three years ago, I was away from work, bored, sore and wondering what on earth I could do other than read. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading, but I was rapidly running out of books.

Then someone suggested I went onto Facebook, and lo and behold (sorry dramatic or what?)I discovered a writing competition, at which I hasten to add I was rubbish. But through it I met a lot of other wannabe authors and then, became part of my crit group UCW.

The rest as they say, is history.

When I started I had no idea how I wrote, or even if I could. Let alone what. I’ve been oh so fortunate that my publisher have let me try my voice out in more than one way.

Even though I started off writing Regency, which I love, I had to try writing contemporary romance as well. And paranormal, m/m, menage, YA—well you get the idea? I needed to know what I’m capable off. I still do for that fact.

There’s nothing like the thrill of having a character shout in my ear and say write me, get on with it. So I do.

I’ve learned the hard way (I’m a member of the lone star club) that not everyone will like what I write or the way I do it. But thankfully that others will and do. Whichever, any comment means someone has read one of my books. The one I cherish most, is a third hand heard (but confirmed by the speaker only last week almost eighteen months on) that, “have you heard? Raven writes, and her books are disgusting.” To which my answer was “Books plural? Then she’s read them all?”

To celebrate my birthday, I’m dotting all over the place for a couple of weeks. For each blog I’m on (and sorry no list you’ll just have to keep your eyes open) I’m offering a mini swag bag plus an Ebook, for one person who answers my question. As well I’ll pick one commenter at random form all the comments overall and send one of my print books (winners choice)

So what shall I ask? I’m going to be cruel and ask two questions. How did I get my pen name? What’s your favorite type of shifter and why?

Stalking links can be found here…raven avatar

http://www.ravenmcallan.com

 

 

 

An Irresistible Release!

Today is the day!  An Irresistible Shadow is available for purchase.

Someone catch me, I might faint.  I have dreamed about this day for years.  I’m officially a novelist.  *runs around the house screaming with joy and jumping on the bed*

In celebration of this monumental day in my life, I’d like to share something awesome.  I had a very talented artist draw a portrait of Gabriel and Evelyn.

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Jennifer Healy did an amazing job capturing my characters, all from my descriptions.  She used colored pencils.  Freaking amazing right?  You can find her on deviant art and her personal website.

Links here:  http://jenniferhealy.deviantart.com/

http://www.jennifer-healy.com/

If you are interested in reading Gabriel and Evelyn’s story, you can purchase it directly from Breathless Press:  http://www.breathlesspress.com/index.php?main_page=product_free_shipping_info&cPath=17&products_id=478

Amazon Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/An-Irresistible-Shadow-ebook/dp/B00F5JHS6U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1379084336&sr=8-2&keywords=kirsten+s.+blacketer

You can also find me on…

Twitter: @kirblacketer

Tumblr: http://kblackship.tumblr.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/KirstenSBlacketerAuthor

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/KirstenSBlacketer

Thank you for your support and kind words!  I look forward to sharing more of my stories and my passion for romance!

In Ink,

Kirsten S. Blacketer