Meet Kelee Morris, author of the new book ‘Goddess’

Meet Kelee Morris, author of the new book ‘Goddess’

Hi everyone,

Today I have the pleasure of having author Kelee Morris guest blog. She has just released her new book Goddess.

                          
Check it out at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015JVAF54

Here is Kelee:

I’m honored to kick off my Goddess blog tour with a post for writer Melanie Moxon. I love supporting other writers, especially when they’re on the other side of the world. Good luck with your debut novel, Melanie!


Back in my screenwriting days, one of my favorite gurus was Hollywood story consultant Jen Grisanti. Her book Story Line: Finding the Gold in Your Life Story taught me a great deal about locating and utilizing a central dramatic question as the backbone of a story. Now, I don’t believe in formulaic writing where you plug in a some boilerplate structure and out comes your story. But I do find it useful to use structural tools when I’m writing my initial outline and more importantly, when I take the mess I call a first draft and attempt to shape it into a compelling, coherant narrative. To me, it’s like wordworking. If I use the proper tools, it allows my imagination to run wild and results in something beautiful.

One of the key things Jen taught me was to put my main character between a rock and a hard place. That’s particularly useful in writing for television, where Jen does most of her work. In a television episode with a limited amount of time, it forces the writer to stay focused in every scene. While the structure of a romance novel is looser, that focus on a central dramatic question is still vital. Too often I read romance novels that get sidetracked by pointless dialogue and scenes with little connection to the main dilemma. The result is that I often skip ahead to the good stuff. (And I don’t mean the sex!), or I just give up and go on to a more interesting story.

Putting your character between a rock and a hard place means giving her a choice between two alternatives. Each of them has a reward, but each also has serious consequences. Since this post is part of my blog tour for Goddess, allow me to use my book as an example.

Julia Nelson seems to have a perfect, settled life. but when she meets hot archeologist Ashland Stewart, her world is turned upside down. He awakens a sexual longing in her that she’s suppressed since adolescence. If she gets involved with Ashland, the rewards are obvious: hot sex and a chance to explore her inner sensual goddess as represented by the tattoo on her ankle.

But there’s a downside to getting involved with Ashland: her family, the most important thing in her life. If their affair is exposed, she risks losing everything. Her rock and a hard place deilmma becomes even more constricted when Ashland falls in love with her. Being with Ashland means giving up everything she currently has. But what makes this dilemma resonate with readers is the character growth that Julia goes through. In trying to make her choice, Julia learns more about herself and the amazing power that lies inside her. 

Julia fully awakens her inner goddess. She won’t completely resolve her dramatic dilemma until the end of book three of the Goddess trilogy, but how she deals with being between a rock and hard place in book one will define who she is as a character, and give her the tools to deal with all the conflicts that come her way.

Best wishes,

Kelee

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Are you an author or a writer?

  
What do you call yourself? A writer or author? 

I call myself a writer and an aspiring author. As I don’t believe I am an author until my work is actually published. When my booke are brought in print or electronically and on library shelves. Even though I’m currently writing a story on wattpad and writing this blog! Until I get a book in print or sold online I cannot call myself an author.

Let’s discuss the definitions!  

Writer: a person who has written something or who writes in a particular way.

Author: a writer of a book, article, or document. “he is the author of several books on the subject”

 

Feedback as a writer;

The other day I had an acquatance tell me that she loved my writing and would buy my books. I was taken aback because the story I’m writing on wattpad is a very short story, 12 chapters and a first draft. So to me the work is ordinary not amazing as she was saying!     Planning on sharing my wattpad experience in a future blogpost.

I did suddenly feel like maybe I am a good writer! We all have doubts and I’ve set my goals in becoming a published author in the next few years. But I’ve set my expectations low. I know it may take time, so I’m being realistic I believe.

I was happy that they could connect with the characters, picture my scenes and yearning for more. It was a boost to my ego. I then realised though that an editor at a publishing house needs to love it. Will they? I don’t think they would see it as amazing!

Last year when I submitted my first manuscript and it got rejected I got a polite no thanks. Then when I asked for feedback it came back!  It was heartbreaking, but constructive and the editor was honest in areas I needed to improve.  This helped to build up my resilience in a tough industry where all of us writers are dreaming of becoming authors.

“It takes quite a few submissions and rejections before you are published” established authors tell us.  

What’s your thoughts on the subject? Comment below! 

Book review: The Patterson Girls by Rachael Johns

  
Hello everyone,

Been a little slack this week with not posting since last Saturday! 

I have had a very unproductive week with my work and writing due to my daughter getting sick and then me catching her illness.

I wanted to share with you all a fantastic book I haven’t been able to put down. ‘The Patterson Girls’ by Rachael Johns.

This book isn’t one of her usual hot and steamy romances. It is about four sisters that return home for Christmas six months after the death of their mother. They then find out about a family curse which causes chaos in each of their life’s in a different way. Each sister is very different and have secrets of their own that unravel throughout the story.

I could not put this book down and purchased it for a friend for her birthday. I only buy books for others I have read and loved.

What did I like about the book?

I loved each character for each of their different qualities. But my favourite was Abigail, the musician living in London as a violinist. I loved her innocence and it reminded me that life is like a roller coaster, not boring. I could also relate to Madeline, the obstetrician as being a career woman myself. I related to Lucinda as a married woman and Charlie reminded me of when I was in my early twenties. Each character I connected with and loved. 

I didn’t want the story to end! I would highly recommend you check it out! 

Rachael Johns website link: http://www.rachaeljohns.com

Here is a harlequin link where you can read a sample chapter and read the full blurb about the book!

http://www.harlequinbooks.com.au/product/9780857994332

Should you hire a freelance editor? 

 

I brought the book ‘Self-editing for fiction writers’ by Renni Browne and Dave King after a published author told me it was the best book to help you self-edit your manuscript. 

I saw on Rachelle Gardners website a great post in should you hire a freelance editor! It reminded me of this book that I found very helpful! 

She lists 5 Things to Do Before Hiring a Freelance Editor. See link below! Great post! 

Link: http://www.rachellegardner.com/hiring-a-freelance-editor-2/

30 blog posts in 30 days!

  
Wow I have done it, met my goal of blogging everyday for 30 days!

How did I do it?

I did Google for some ideas after my second post and made a list of things I felt I could write about.

I set time aside everyday after my family had gone to bed. 

What have I learnt? 

That blogging everyday was fun!

I did not plan or schedule any post. All of them were thought about and planned each day.

I did enjoy thinking about what I would post about everyday during my drive home from work or running around on the weekends.

I actually learned quite a lot too while sharing things with you all on writing. 

Where to from here? 

I have neglected my WIP writing a little to ensure I do my blog posts. So I’m planning on posting two to three times a week instead of everyday.

I hope you have enjoyed my blog so far and I hope to continue to share things on everything to do with writing. I will also share snippets of my creative writing too.

Dreams

   
We all have dreams and aspirations in life!

Mine is to one day be a successful author!

It is hard to keep focused at times when your life is so busy with your job, family and friends.

Today I found this wall hanging with the quote ‘Everyone who is successful must of dreamed of something’ in a little shop hanging up and knew I had to buy it.

It’s a reminder that success comes to those that have had a dream! 

What’s your dream in life? Comment below!