There is so much to learn. This is just an abbreviated post. I spent 4 days at Author 101. Marketing. Learned a lot, but so much was geared toward Non-Fiction - "Let me help you with your life." Not saying people don't need help, but I write fiction. I do have a "message" - theme - that shows up in my books, but I won't tell you what it is. Hey, buy the book. I mean books!
Reviews of My Short Story Book
Hi there. Thought I'd share the three reviews I have received about my book "Distorted."
Tania is in my writers club and Jessica and Autumn I do not know. All three readers won my book in a giveaway.
Tania says: Loved the last story best. Talk about what in the world was going on in her head that day. Kudos to the strange, crazed imagination of Roberta Smith. Book for anyone who loves short stories in the fashion of Poe...but modern and completely amazing.
Jessica says: This book is made up of a few short stories that entertain and surprise - not ghost stories, more like short thrillers. The theme of the entire book is a little on the dark side, which made it fun because you got to escape reality for a few minutes at a time. The entire thing is only 79 pages which makes it a quick read, and the chapters are each around 20-or-so pages which provides frequent stopping points as each story is completely unrelated to the last.
I enjoyed the first story, Bed of Thorns, the most. A rich woman getting caught up in crime - can't go wrong. The second story, In His Shoes, provides my favorite quote from the book: "Yes, my thought was uncomplicated: You hurt someone, you shouldn't be out to do it again. If sophistication meant believing that was wrong, okay, I'd be a simpleton."
There are a few distracting typos, and I found the second to last story a little too strange. These stories aren't so scary that they will keep you up at night, so feel free to read in bed! It's a good book for Halloween-time, or any time you want to get your mind off of something for a little while.
Autumn says: This book was a quick and easy read. I would recommend it for those looking for scary, psychological, and creepy stories.
Because I Write Paranormal Novels
Because I write paranormal novels, I'm interested in connecting with Spirit. So I went on a ghost hunt a couple of weeks ago. We seem to have captured an EVP. For sure, we caught pictures of a lot of orbs. My friend Mary Scott is a spirit magnet and when she calls for the spirits to come near, they do it.
Just participated in a show over the weekend. Loved hanging with my fellow writer buddies. Tania Ramos won my new book, Distorted. She wrote a great review on Goodreads. Thank you Tania.
Serendipity or ESP?
This is the kind of thing I find interesting and why I like to write paranormal stories.
My three-year-old granddaughter Sophie was at our house over the weekend. While playing in the backyard she picked a dandelion from our lawn and gave it to me. I told her I would make a wish on it. Of course, my wish had to do with book sales, but I didn't say a word to her. I made my wish and blew on the yellow flower as if it were a candle. Then I asked Sophie, "Do you think my wish will come true?"
She didn't say yes and she didn't say no. She said, "Books." As she turned away I asked her why she said that, but she made no reply.
I think she was reading my mind.
Here goes . . .
I write novels. I've written screenplays, short stories, newsletters, business communications and articles. I'm not great at thank you notes. My sister is, but she doesn't know it. I'm not much for blogging. Don't have something to say worth reading everyday. But this is a blog and we'll see what turns up.