interview

Back On The Air

Well, my 10-part series as a guest on CUTV News Radio ended earlier this week, on April 10th. A few days later, I got a call asking if I would again be a guest, this time for an 8-part series. They liked me that much, I suppose. It’ll be fun working with Jim and Doug again. I’ll be doing one of the shows from Balticon, so I suggested that we have the theme for that show be conventions. I have no idea what else we’ll talk about–we did the The Underground and The Moreva of Astoreth during the last set of shows, so I guess we’ll just have to see. It’ll be good for me to have to think on my feet. I used to be excellent at it, and I like to think I’m still pretty good, but it’s really a matter of keeping in practice.

And now, on a different topic, I’m gratified that my readers like The Moreva of Astoreth so much that they’d like to see a sequel, or at the very least, another book set in that universe. But I really do have to finish the sequel to The Underground first. It’s been very patient with me. Between The Moreva of Astoreth and The Underground Second Edition, the sequel has been in the drafting process for about four years. Now it’s the sequel’s turn to be completed. I hope to have it out sometime in 2018–maybe in December.

That’s what’s up with me at the moment. How about you?

Goin’ Strong

I can’t believe we’re at the 7th installment of my interview series with CUTV News Radio already. These past few months have gone by so fast. I mean, it’s nearing the end of March. But then, between the day job and marketing activities, my days are full. Really, I need to start using my calendar. It’s one thing to write stuff down. It’s something else entirely to actually look at it. I have a tendency to write things down on random pieces of paper, then lose them in the piles of paper and other mess I call my office. This has been driven home to me by the delinquency notices I’ve received from NJ and MD. I have to file sales tax returns, even if I made no money. And if there’s anything I’ve learned in my career, it’s don’t fuck with the states. They’ll give you a chance, but they have no qualms about yanking your license if you don’t comply with their rules. Speaking of which, I need to check out Massachusetts…

I received a wonderful compliment yesterday. I was working, and a Face Book notice popped up that my name had been mentioned in a comment. So I clicked on it to see what it was about. Someone had alerted all of her author friends that she needed books to read, and to send her their links. Well, you can imagine how many folks sent them. Anyway, she said my books, either The Moreva of Astoreth or… Continue reading

On The Air

You know, I should have been sharing these all along, but honestly, sometimes I forget I have a blog. Am I getting old, or what?

In any event, here’s the link to the sixth installment of my 10-part series on CUTV Radio News. It’ll be airing live this coming Monday, March 13, 2017. I’ll be talking about Broad Universe (hey, had to get a plug in!). Hope you can join me, and if not, the show is archived for later listening.

Ciao!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio/2017/03/13/cutv-news-welcomes-publisher-roxanne-bland-of-blackrose-press

Dancing As Fast As I Can

Busy, busy, busy. Job. Marketing. Broad Universe. Readying The Underground Second Edition for publication. Writing.

My life has been more than a whirlwind lately–it’s been a damned tornado. Trying to prioritize has been difficult, because everything’s a priority. And I don’t multitask well. In fact, I can’t multitask at all. The only thing that has been on time are the articles for my job. Can’t miss those deadlines–my boss gets upset. And we don’t want to upset the boss…

But…I  will say the marketing has been fun. Right now I’m doing a series of radio shows, talking about life, the universe and everything, and of course about my writing and my books. They’re aired live every Monday at 3 PM Eastern until April 10th. This coming Monday, March 6th, is the 5th installment. I’ll most likely be talking about The Underground Second Edition. I do hope something comes out of this–more interviews, speaking gigs, sales and what not. Of course, one never knows who’s listening to a radio broadcast, if anyone. I really don’t know what kind, or how much of an audience CUTV News Radio has. The host and I could be talking only to ourselves. Here’s the link for the March 6th show:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio/2017/03/06/part-5-cutv-news-radio-welcomes-author-and-publisher-roxanne-bland

But if nothing else, I’ve got some hot new business cards. They have a flash drive with my interviews on it. Just plug it in to your USB drive, and you’re off! Of course, they were outrageously expensive, so I’m pretty selective about who… Continue reading

Taking It To The Next Level

It’s going to be a wild ride.

Since my marketing skills are pretty much zero, I’ve broken down and hired people to do it for me. I show up where I’m told, send them what I’m told to send, and they do the rest. It is not cheap. Oh, no, no, no. But I’m tired of spending all this money on marketing, and getting almost zilch in return. I did a radio show. It obviously met with some success, because this marketing firm contacted me, saying they’d heard the show, and thought I’d be a good candidate for them. I’ll admit, my first thought was that it was some sort of scam. Then a little voice inside my head (I got lots of ’em) said “why not give it a go?” So I did. Next week I have a video interview with their host who works with authors. They’re putting together a press kit for me. Another book marketer helped me put together a branding statement. Mind you, this is not just for the Moreva of Astoreth. It’s for all my books. I’m not necessarily looking for a best seller, though that would be nice. I just want to get a return on my investments. Doesn’t have to be dollar for dollar. I’d be happy if I just made back half of what I’ve spent so far. I mean, this is not a hobby. Writing and running Blackrose Press is what I want to do with the rest of my… Continue reading

Monica Leonelle–The SocialPunk Blog Tour

As promised, here’s my interview of Monica Leonelle, author of SocialPunk, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble now. Let’s get into it!

Monica Leonelle is a well-known digital media strategist and the author of three novels. She blogs at Prose on Fire (http://proseonfire.com) and shares her writing and social media knowledge with other bloggers and authors through her Free Writer Toolkit (http://proseonfire.com/free-writer-toolkit).

When did you discover or decide to become a writer?

Just a few years ago. But I also wanted to be one when I was a kid. I feel like I mostly write because I can’t help it. I love to write and that’s how I express myself, day in and day out. I can never understand how people want to be writers or authors when they don’t write. I always think, “Then why aren’t you writing every day?” I organically average at least 2,000 words a day writing. When I’m finishing up a manuscript, I average closer to 5,000 words a day. This is just what I do, so I never believe people who say they’re going to write something but just don’t have the time.

Is being a writer anything like you imagined it would be?

It’s hard, and no one imagines that. So I suppose that’s a yes. 🙂

Do you have any writing quirks or rituals?

While I do write all around the clock for my job, I get most of my fiction writing done in the wee hours… Continue reading

My Article at The Demon Stole My Pencil

Check out my article at the Demon–http://norabpeevy.blogspot.com/

Writing Techniques

I have two writing techniques that I routinely use to help me write my story. The first is to interview my characters, whether they play main or supporting roles. It helps me get “inside their heads” so to understand what their reactions might be in a given situation, not to mention fleshing them out for purposes of character development. For example, questions I might ask are to tell me about themselves, pet peeves and their worst nightmare. Some of their answers are quite surprising, even to me!

My second technique is to write background pieces. This is not the same as backstory. Sometimes I discover parts of my world that I know nothing about. I have to get familiar and comfortable with it so I can write a believable chapter. Here’s an example: My vampire has a number of business interests in Seattle. So, it’s only logical that he’ll need workers to help run these concerns. Many of the employees of these various businesses are his human servants. But how does he find them? Well, through an employment agency he runs. It’s a legitmate agency in that it’s not just used for recruiting human servants–it actually finds people jobs, whether it’s in one of my vampire’s businesses or not. And those that go to work for him are not necessarily made into servants. There are certain qualifications that must be met, but even if a recruit meets them, it still doesn’t mean he’ll end up a servant. And to think I just discovered this tonight!

What it means… Continue reading