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tears in the sun cvr 32As you know I’ve listed my latest short story “Tears in the Sun” on Amazon. The reviews have uplifted and encouraged me. Thank you  everyone who has purchased and left a great review.

I had a private message from a friend of mine and I wanted to share it. She writes:

“messaging privately so if you don’t want it to go world-wide, it won’t. Your book wasn’t necessarily my personal cup of tea….but the line about scrubbing out a stain because her family already had enough stains made me cry. That line alone was worth the 99 cents I spent for the book.”

I sat there with my mouth open. My first reaction was feeling bad that I made her cry and then I stopped…what? That one line struck her so deeply she cried!

I wrote her back and apologized for making her cry, sent her a bit hug and then said, “Stirring someone’s emotions that deeply, that’s why I write.”

There are so so so many factors and contributors to writing, but when you know you have conveyed emotions to your reader…that’s huge.

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tears When a book causes tears to run down your cheeks due to emotional turmoil involving the main character, it’s obtained one of its goals. A good goal. A book needs to grab the reader, pull them in, and not let them go until the last page.  A well written book evokes emotions in its readers.

I just read “Point of Retreat” by Colleen Hoover. My emotions flew all over the board. I became so angry at the main character I wanted to choke her. I cried, and I don’t mean a tear welled in my eye, I mean they streamed down my face, in more than one place in the book. And, right when I felt I couldn’t take anymore and neither could the characters, I got smacked with one more thing not going their way. I actually cussed at the author! Then, I smiled, and said “Well done Colleen Hoover, well done.” This, to me, is an excellent example of evoking emotion in your reader.  (Note: If you’re interested in reading this book, read “Slammed” first. It’s the beginning of the storyline.)

We all know there’s a lot of information concerning writing, some good, some not so good. There are blogs, articles, books on outlining, plot, characters, genres and non fiction. What surprises me, is that I haven’t seen much information on creating emotion. I believe this is an extremely important key ingredient to the recipe.

What do you think?

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Our writing group had an interesting conversation a few weeks ago concerning emotion in a novel. I got a bit irritated at the situation because I thought I had enough emotional bait to hook the reader. My friends said no. The fact that Janelle, my main character, watched her parents die in a house fire wasn’t enough. I countered stating it would evoke sympathy in readers. Or maybe I’m just a softy? If that scenario occurred in a suspense/thriller novel you were reading would you connect with that character and continue to turn  pages? Or would you put the book down? Needless to say this isn’t the only piece of emotion, just at the beginning.

Please feel free to comment especially if you read this genre.

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Oh yea, I said it…Vampire. I’m tired of the same ‘ol vampire books, but this series is different.

My kids tease me about reading young adult books, but sometimes I need a change in pace from the mystery/thriller books. I’ve found there are some good young adult series available. I also like to know what is interesting the teens these days. There is certainly no shortage of Vampire books to choose from. For the most part I burned out on Vamps and Werewolves, but this series promised something good.

I picked up book one “Vampire Academy” while I was looking for something light and fun. I read it within a few days and honestly, I liked it, but wasn’t completely sold. I decided I’d try the second book, “Frostbite” and within the first few pages I knew that I’d finish the series. Two weeks later I finished book six. Three days of the two weeks I spent painting so maybe it was technically one and a half weeks. I had to ask myself why. Why were these books so good that I ignored my family and for a brief time lived in the story world? One word: Emotion. The storylines are thick with emotion.

There are six books in the Vampire Academy Series written by Richelle Mead. You have the common teens in school theme, love and good versus evil.  The “Vampire Academy” books are all told from the point of view of Rose Hathaway, a young damphir (part vampire part human)  that’s training as a guardian. Her goal is to graduate and become her best friend’s (Lissa a Moroi princess) guardian.

The story line grows with love and friends, unexpected twists, good action scenes and overall real page turners. This series had several differences than other teen books I’ve read. I’ve noticed that a lot, not all, young adult novels contain a snarky, rude, disrespectful teen. It might be realistic, but it’s a turn off. Rose also has those qualities and I often wanted to smack her for being so snarky. BUT, these characters also believed in something other than themselves! They genuinely cared about each other and others on a whole. They sacrificed themselves, fought for their morals and beliefs, had convictions and still remained teens. They had goals and ambitions, weaknesses and strengths. It was refreshing to see something other than teens defying responsibility, authority and always blaming someone else for what they need to take responsibility for. It was refreshing to read.

I won’t go into detail concerning the books, but if you enjoy reading I recommend them. Richelle Mead is a great author, she taught me some things for my novel. They carry her books at Barnes and Nobles and Amazon. If you decide to read them let me know what you think.

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