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Ideas can come. And then, they can go.

Ideas can come. And then, they can go.

One of the most common questions folks ask authors is where we get our ideas.

Recently I received a packet of letters from a fifth grade class who had read my books as part of their book club/literary circle. The letters were truly a ray of sunshine as was the supportive letter from their teacher.

And, there was that question. Where do you get the ideas for your stories? My books are a mystery series for the young reader, Annie Tillery Mysteries.

Having spent many years in the classroom, I wanted to give the best answer I could, so I gave it more serious thought that the pat answers I could have given. Your motivation to writer might be just to tell a good story. That’s the easy one because you know the details of the story. I make up my stories. It’s pure fiction. How do you explain where that comes from to a ten year old.

Where, for instance, did the ghost come from in The Madonna Ghost? How did I come up with the solution to the scene on the Brooklyn Bridge in Girl with Pencil, Drawing? How did I fit the reality of Istanbul and Cappadocia with the plot in The Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys?

Annie Tillery Mysteries The Series

Annie Tillery Mysteries
The Series

My explanation involves the obvious. Most authors read a lot, do a fair amount of research, observe people and situations. All of this is stored in the file cabinets of memory. But then what provokes the combination of memories to coalesce into an idea?

This was my answer to the students, “When you write a book, you should write down all your ideas, your research and, pictures that might inspire you. And then all that stuff rattles around in your brain, and eventually something connects that really makes sense.”

Sometimes it’s an odor, or the weather that day, or a song you hear, and in some unexplained mysterious way the right synapses connect nerve cells and an idea is produced. We’ve all experienced it. You’re stuck. You’re stuck! Writer’s Block has taken hold. How to end that chapter? And then, while you’re staring out the window at the guy dragging out the garbage, BAM, it comes to you.


THE NEXT BEST THING.

Here is an opportunity to market your books in an exponential way for FREE.

The point of this is to get your book on as many blogs as possible. You start by putting my information on your blog, and then sending your information to FIVE other authors and asking them to do the same, substituting my name and info with yours.

Using your blog, or a guest blog you use, follow these instructions.

1.Use what you see below as the headline of your blog.

 

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A Marketing Opportunity for Us All

I want to thank LOIS W. STERN for this neat marketing idea and pass it along to all of you. Here is a way to help market yourself while helping your fellow authors. The basic idea is to respond to ten questions about something you’re currently writing, a book or story you just published or are about to publish.


Would you like your newest book and URL link added to this AUTHORS’ HALL OF FAME?

________________________________________________________________________________

2. Put AUTHORS’ HALL OF FAME as a heading in your blog. This is where you will put the authors name, photo of their book cover(s), and a link back to their blog.

3. Post your responses to the interview questions about your book on your own blog page.

4.  Add my name and my book cover montage (image) to your blog page and link them both back to the owner by whatever means they provide. A link to their blog, or for me, my email, lmf217@hotmail.com.

5. Send me the URL of your completed blog page after completing steps 1 through 4, above, along with an attachment image of your newest book or book montage. I will put it on my hall of fame.

4. Send this blog to five or more other writers.

5. Each time you forward this message to someone, start with: “I want to thank  . . .” sentence as seen above, substituting my name, Linda Maria Frank, for the one currently appearing in that first sentence.

4. Ask them to substitute your name for mine as they send out notices to their circle.

5. Tell them to post this same content on their website or blog, adding their book image and URL link, and to answer the questions below about their book.

6. Ask the writers you invite to answer the questions on their blog, substitute your name in the “I want to thank” sentence at the beginning of this posting and include a link to your blog.

7. They, in turn, link to five other writers, and the cycle continues.

For the review questions, and to see sample answers, use the two links below. 

https://annietillerymystery.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/the-best-new-thing-hall-of-fame/

See more at: http://tales2inspire.com/?p=1617

 


the next best1

A Marketing Opportunity for Us All

I want to thank LOIS W. STERN for this neat marketing idea and pass it along to all of you. Here is a way to help market yourself while helping your fellow authors. The basic idea is to respond to ten questions about something you’re currently writing, a book or story you just published or are about to publish.


Would you like your newest book and URL link added to this AUTHORS’ HALL OF FAME?

________________________________________________________________________________

AUTHORS’ HALL OF FAME

LOIS W. STERN

Lois W. Stern's heart warming and inspiring stories from around the world.

Lois W. Stern’s heart warming and inspiring stories from around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINDA MARIA FRANK

 

 

 

LINDA’S INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

1. What is your working title for your book/story?

I write a mystery series aimed at girls of all ages, Annie Tillery Mysteries. The three books in the series are: The Madonna Ghost, Girl with Pencil, Drawing and Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys.

2.Where did the idea come from for your books?

The idea to write a mystery series came from my experiences in my teaching career. I  taught forensic science, and I wrote case studies for my students to solve to pique their  interest in the course. I loved the Nancy Drew Mysteries when I was a kid. I combined the two ideas, took some writing courses, and I call my endeavor, Nancy Drew meets CSI.

3. What genre does you book fall under?    YA mystery.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This is a very difficult question to answer. Since most of my characters are young, I would have to choose very young talent. Or someone who can look very young. I think Emma Stone could be Annie Tillery. Maybe Tristan Wildes for Cedric Zeeks. The most difficult one would be to find a match for Ty Egan, Annie’s boyfriend. Let’s try Kevin G. Schmidt. The twins I leave to central casting in Turkey.

5.What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

I’ll give you a one sentence synopsis for the Annie Tillery Mystery Series.  If you love a mystery, great forensic science or a ghost story, you can grab some pure entertainment by entering the world of “Nancy Drew Meets CSI”., where girl detective, Annie Tillery,  navigates her way through intriguing plots with a great supporting cast , narrowly escaping the dangers that keep those pages turning.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I am an Indy published author.

7. How long did it take you to writer the first draft of your manuscript?

The Madonna Ghost and Girl with Pencil, Drawing took a year each.

Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys took two years.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Believe it or not, Nancy Drew still sells. A more modern mystery series is The Gallagher Girls.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I was motivated to write this series by a combination of life experiences;

teaching forensic science, wanting to inspire my female students to aim for challenging careers, and my love of mysteries.

10. What else about the book might pique the readers interest?

My books have intricate plots with good forensic science and a cast of young, smart, and engaging characters. They are page turners, and just pure fun. If you like a FUN MYSTERY, try Annie Tillery Mysteries.

 

 


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Follow Annie and Ty, and their new friends Cedric Zeeks and Ahmet and Yelda Atsut as they discover the secrets at  a mysterious archaeological dig in Turkey

Follow Annie and Ty, and their new friends Cedric Zeeks and Ahmet and Yelda Atsut as they discover the secrets at a mysterious archaeological dig in Turkey

These interviews are great fun. Check out http://www.authorsshow.com

THE NEXT BEST THING


Fellow authors: Here is an interesting idea for a promotion that spreads like a geometric progression. Check out this website for The Next Best Thing. http://tales2inspire.com/?p=1617

 

 

the next best1

A Marketing Opportunity for Us All

I want to thank Lois W. Stern for this neat marketing idea. Here is a way to help market yourself while helping your fellow authors. The basic idea is to respond to ten questions about something you’re currently writing, a book or story you just published or are about to publish.


Would you like your newest book and URL link added to this AUTHORS’ HALL OF FAME?

If so, just follow the directions below ‘My Authors’ Hall of Fame’.


Whoops!

Whoops!

When I’m writing my teen mystery books, I sometimes could really use help. It’s been said that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That special effect works really well in writers’ groups where writers read their stuff, and the group does a constructive critique.

What is a constructive critique? Hint: Nobody likes to hear only the negatives, or how you should rewrite the whole thing.

  • Say something positive.
  • Ask a question about character, plot, setting, or motivation, for example.
  • Ask, “If you could change one thing . . . “
  • What is the next sentence you would write

Those of you who are already in writers group know the value of this activity because writing is a solitary business. When you get stuck,taking it to the group can sometimes give you the key to unlock that door. At times, the support and commiseration you can get from a writing circle is all you need to move on.

The exchange of information as well as thoughts on your writing can lead to a published novel rather than an unfinished manuscript. Try a Meet-Up, a library writing circle, or one of the many on-line writer’s workshops, forums, or blogs. Look for the ones that allow interaction. If you get one that is not the support you want, move on. There are plenty out there.

Inspiring!

Inspiring!


I just started to write the fourth book of my Annie Tillery Mystery series. The enjoyable part of writing the book is now at hand because I have laid the groundwork I need to help me navigate through the plot of a mystery novel.

I guess I’m old-fashioned. I need an outline. Once I get the basic idea for the story I write a list of chapter titles, even giving the chapters the most clever names I can think of to remind me of what I want to put there. Then, I go back and fill in the details. This helps to clarify the plot. Some of the original ideas just don’t fly when you put them in writing. Next, I make a flow chart of where I introduce the clues used by the characters to solve the mystery. This helps me to take care of every clue and tie it all up at the end. Then I go back and mark where I need to do research. I make a list of possible research terms and sites for my Google search, etc. The list of characters emerges from the chapter outline, and I make a separate list of them, choosing their names, traits, and role they play in the book.

This gives me a good matrix around which I can write the story. Even if I must leave the writing for a period of time, I can go back to this work and pick up where I left off.

Lastly, I start a writing course in a few weeks. I do this every time I write a book, because it reminds me of all techniques, and introduces a few new ones to help move the action along, home descriptions and make the characters come alive.

The next book brings Annie into contact with the life of her great grandmother who played an interesting role in WWII.

Rosie the Riveter

A plane built by women at the Grumman plant on L.I. during WWII

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