Creating a Story (from bones to tuxedos)

Secret Keepers by Charissa StastnyYea! The sequel to Eyes of Light is out…in ebook. The print version will be out in another week or so. Sorry for the wait. But I’m really excited about Secret Keepers. I absolutely love the story (and that’s saying a lot since I’ve read it a bajillion times). Some of my sisters have hounded me about why this has taken so long. Today’s post is a simplified explanation of all the writing phases so you can understand why.

Phase  1- Building the Skeleton Continue reading

Winner, Sequel, and Hoar Frost

CongratsCongratulations, Vicky Ostler!!! You are the winner of Taylor Dean’s two books–Lancaster House and Middle AisleYEA!

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I’ve given the author your email so she can contact you about whether you want those in print or ebooks. Thanks to everyone who entered a comment last week. I wish Continue reading

Birth of an Author

babyWhen I wrote my first book, I thought being an author would be fun. All these people would buy my book and love it…and that would make me feel all warm and fuzzy. I’ve learned since that being an author isn’t easy (nor warm and fuzzy).

The hardest thing for me was admitting that I was an author. I’m shy and quiet by nature, so it was excruciating to market my own book…and heaven forbid I tell anyone I knew that I was an author. Suddenly, that seemed too braggy and grandiose. So I minimized myself and my book. Continue reading

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop (Week 21)

There are books like Twilight and Hunger Games that everyone has heard about; but what about all those books written by people you’ve never heard of? Some of them are treasures, just waiting to be found, and that’s what this blog hop is all about–the books you might NOT have heard about, but that you might end up loving.

This blog hop is like a game of tag. One author posts and tags other authors who link back to their website the next week and tag new authors. If you follow the blog hop long enough, you’re bound to find some books you’ll love–maybe even one that ends up being the next big thing. Continue reading

Giveaway Day

Get your commenting fingers ready, because I’m giving away 5 digital versions of Eyes of Light.   All you need to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite book of all time (I love books).  And if you want an extra chance at winning, click the Facebook LIKE button on the side.  On Sunday, I’ll throw all names in a hat and draw 5 winners (I’m not a techno-savvy internet guru who uses fancy machine logarithms to choose winners).

That’s it!  Easy, huh?  This giveaway is ONLY for e-books, so if you don’t have an e-reader or know someone that does, you might want to pass.  Sorry.

Here’s a short teaser and character sketches Continue reading

Yippee! It’s done!

EyesofLightWEBv2Maybe you already noticed, but my book is finally out!  Sigh!  Finally.

It’s taken a lot of work and editing and revising (about a gajillion and four times), but it’s done.

Eyes of Light was fun to write.  To read more about it, you can click on My Books to see a summary of it, links to both printed and digital versions, etc.  But for this post, I wanted to share a few pictures that go with scenes from my story.

On my 100thPost, I have a picture of the painting the ‘real’ Suvi painted, which was the catalyst for my story.  Suvi was social, talkative, and super bubbly.  I liked her a lot, which is why I didn’t send her on her way when she came door-to-door selling her paintings.  Continue reading

100th Post—Eyes of Light

P1030076Today is my 100th post! YEA! I remember starting this blog and trying so hard to get to 10 posts so that the WordPress ‘motivator’ would stop hounding me! Now look!

10 x 10 (Take THAT WordPress!)

In honor of this amazing day in history (just kidding), I thought I’d talk about my book coming out in the next week. It’s taken 3-1/2 years to get to this point…and I’m pretty excited.  [Yes! It really took that long. I’ve felt each and every one of those 3-1/2 years too.  Sigh.]

Eyes of Light began as a little seed in my mind when I was taking an online Creative Writing course.  I had to come up with a short story, and was having trouble.  I’ve always loved to write, but had convinced myself that I had no good plots in my head, and therefore no stories.  [sidenote: Don’t do that to yourself!] Continue reading