Oh-Da-Lolly, Golly, What A Day!!
Are you hangin' in, hangin' out, and hangin' on, TLN'ers?! Well, rest easy, because the weekend ain't more than a hop, skip, and a sashay away!
Let's get in the groove and welcome this week's Featured Author, Jacquie Rogers!
Known to many and respected by all, Jacquie is the author of Down Home Ever Lovin' Mules Blues and Faery Special Romances. When not saddled up at the writing desk, she's helping to man the helm of 1st Turning Point.
It's my pleasure to have Jacquie here today. So, snake a cookie, top off your cup, and we'll get down to the nitty-gritty!
1)If you were a book, what would your blurb be?
Country girl escapes into the exciting metropolis of Seattle, then spends the rest of her days writing about the country. Even she has no idea why. She lives with her knight in shining armor and is protected by a ferocious lioness named Annie.
2)Using three words, describe your voice.
Heartwarming, whimsical, fun.
3)Novice writer to Published Author: How has your writing grown?
As a novice writer, I tried to do everything correctly and follow all the rules. This is good training, but doesn’t make for a very fun story. Once those craft rules were internalized to the point that I could use them, bend them, and break them as if I were playing a violin concerto (I wish!), then I could let my hair down and write the stories the way I envisioned them. And as a side benefit, I’m more engaged in what I’m writing because, well, it’s more interesting to me.
4)Tell us a little about 1st Turning Point. What was the driving force behind launching the site?
Ann Charles wanted to start a blog about marketing and promotion because we both had been studying these subjects and wanted to learn more. There’s a ton of information out there but no one put it together in a way we could digest and apply to our careers as fiction authors. I didn’t want to get involved with another blog, though, because I have several of my own plus I contribute to Texty Ladies and Unusual Historicals. Besides, the idea seemed too big for a blog. So I said I’d buy in only if it were a full-service website, thinking she’d bow out and that would be the end of that. Instead of bowing out, she got all excited about the things we could do. So we came up with the nautical theme—charting the course and all that. I found a graphic of an old map, and we came up with the name 1st Turning Point.
1st Turning Point seemed to be a good name because in a manuscript, often the easy part is the setup, but once you hit the 1st Turning Point, that’s when the ship can hit choppy waters. And on the business side, once you hone your craft to the point where you could make a sale, then you’ve hit the 1st Turning Point in your career. Hence, 1st Turning Point. By the end of that fateful day, Ann had secured the domain name and I had sent out a bunch of emails to savvy writer friends who could contribute interesting and informational articles to be published on Wednesdays. I figured two or three people might bite. Ann would write an article for each Monday and I’d do Friday’s article.
But every single person I asked on board agreed!!! So before we even launched, we had eight columnists. As of this writing, 1st Turning Point has a staff of nearly 50columnists, deckhands, and reviewers. Our site’s first birthday was May 1. And yes, we were pretty flabbergasted that the site took off the way it did. Now we have a Forum, a Featured Artist spotlight, we do website reviews, book video reviews, and we launched the first class of the 1st Turning Point Campus. We’re looking to do a series of webinars this fall with PIVTR, and I host a podcast every month called Meet the Parrots, which features knowledgeable guests on topics pertaining to marketing and promotion. And we have other things in the works.
Next time, I'll tell you about how the Parrots were born. By the way, there’s a contest on the home page, so you might want to check that out.
5)What is your favorite aspect of writing?
Story. All that other stuff is necessary busy-work to get me where I’m going. I remember as a kid, we’d go on family drives, and Mom would make up the first paragraph of a story, then each person in the family would make up a paragraph to add to it. Those were the best stories ever! So I guess my favorite part of writing is getting to use my imagination to go where I can never go, in a time out of my realm of existence. I love letting my mind transport me from this world to the story world, and it’s all that much better when others can come along for the ride.
6)What's up next for you? Any news you'd like to share?
1st Turning Point has taken a huge amount of chunk out of my fiction writing time, so I don’t have any new releases this year, although I’m going to advertise Faery Merry Christmas, a Kindle novella, later on. But there’s another venture I’m really excited about right now. I’m co-writing a non-fiction book with Ann Charles and the working title is Nail It! The Secret to Building an Effective Fiction Writer’s Platform. We hope to submit the proposal in the next week or two.
Faery Special Romances is still effective in giving us a platform to raise neurofibromatosis awareness. And Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues has an awesome cover that attracts attention wherever it’s seen. If you like cowboys, mules, skunks, and fun with a little danger and a lot of romance, you might wanna give this book a try.
Thank you, Sarah, for asking me to be on The Lovestruck Novice today. I enjoy reading your blog and visit often. So, in gratitude ...
Contest!!! One commenter will win a signed copy of her choice: Faery Special Romances or Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues, as well as Justin Saragueta’s new CD, gueta. (USA mailing addresses only) Winner will be announced Monday, June 14.
Huzzah! Another awesome prize up for grabs! Talk about a fine and dandy way to kick off the weekend!
I'd like to thank Jacquie for dishing up some fabulous advice and for offering up such a killer giveaway. If you'd like to learn more about Jacquie Rogers, head on over to her website! http://www.jacquierogers.com/index.html
Here's a big ole THANK YOU to you, TLN'ers! I'm feeling a little country-ish this week. So, slip on your rhinestoned jacket and let's hang out with MEL TILLIS and a few of his friends singin' COCA COLA COWBOY!! I just love this song! It's sure to waltz across your heart, too! See ya Monday! ((hugs!))
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