Tag: Thriller

Writing News

This fall has been a blast in the writing world. I blogged earlier about the Writers of the Future Finalist short story, but I also have another short story that earned Silver Honorable Mention in the 3rd Quarter Contest! That means it made the top 50 of those entered. I’m thrilled with that! And of course, I’m anxiously anticipating the results for the new quarter. Fingers crossed!

In September, I had an awesome weekend teaching at the Roanoke Writer’s Conference. Meeting new writers–both aspiring and published–is always my favorite part of conferences. And hanging out with old writing friends as well. The best part was hearing some of the participants in my scene building workshop tell me they were inspired and had new ideas to add to their novels. 🙂 Thanks to the Roanoke Library and all those who made this event possible. Looking forward to next year!

So, now, I’m busily writing and submitting more short stories, as well as finishing up the rewrite of my WIP novel, #FeedWar. My goal is to finish that project over NaNoWriMo rather than start a new one. If you don’t hear from me much in November, don’t worry…I’m a writer lost in a story world. 🙂

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Pikes Peak Writers Conference, 2015

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This year’s Pikes Peak Writers Conference was a great experience for me. Not only did I meet a group of amazing, dedicated writers, but I got to visit one of the most beautiful places in the world. With top notch teachers, authors, editors, and agents, the conference was A+. The keynote speakers were all inspiring, especially R.L. Stine. (I thought he might be a scary person since his books are scary, but he was the complete opposite. One of the funniest keynotes I’ve heard! Loved it and was so inspired.)

I always try to share something I’ve learned from these events. The theme was Choose Your Writing Adventure. To me, that captures the essence of writing, and how you can share your adventure with your readers. As a writer, I’m on a journey to share my stories and my experiences, while I’m still living them and figuring out how to get them on paper. This theme was exactly what I needed to hear and think about for my writing journey.

“Sometimes what you’re most afraid of is the very thing that will set you free.” ~Anonymous

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (or write what you’re afraid to write!)

My work in progress, #FeedWar, definitely fits those quotes. I’m a pretty normal person with an ordinary life, so writing an adult thriller about futuristic cyber crime syndicates has definitely stretched me as a writer. From riveting readers, page after page, to expressing my character’s deepest thoughts and emotions…writing this has been a challenge. The revised draft is done, and now I start a final round before sending it out on submission. Sure, it’s scary sending those pages out but exciting at the same time. Hopefully, it won’t be long before you guys get to read this story.

#FeedWar won best Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Novel in the Zebulon Contest this year. I was honored to accept the award at the Conference.

Thanks to everybody at the Conference. I look forward to going again! I’m inspired and ready to revise!

 

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Accepting the award from PPW President, J.T. Evans

Photo by Jared Hagan

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2015 Zebulon Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Winner

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I’ve had some more exciting news on the writing front. Earlier this week that my new book, #FeedWar (in revision mode right now) won the Zebulon Writing Contest for Mystery/Thriller/Suspense!

That means I get to go to the Pikes Peak Writers Conference this April in Colorado Springs. Yay! I’m super excited! I still have a lot to do on this novel (it didn’t have to be completely finished to enter the contest). So hopefully, this one will get some interest from agents/editors. 🙂 Maybe a little closer to getting out for you guys to read. I can’t wait!

If you’re interested in #FeedWar, here’s the short blurb.

#FeedWar

Reef Gibson’s life sucks, what with her mother dying in the hospital and having no money to pay the bills. Not to mention she lives the secret life of hacker and Eraser for the Feeders, America’s most deadly cyber-crime syndicate. Feeders use data intimidation to grow their empire and to control their victims. With a few strokes of the keyboard, Reef can change anyone’s identity to whatever her boss wants: murderer, rapist, serial killer. Erasing them from their normal existence.

When Reef learns there’s an experimental cancer drug that can save her mother, she seeks a seller. Only trouble is, the seller turns out to be Thorn Davis, her former lover turned rival gang member. His Digger boss’s price is steep—hack into the most secure database around, Feed Tower. After Reef accepts the job, she discovers a deadly secret. The data contained inside the impenetrable fortress is enough to control—or destroy—millions of people. And both gang leaders want it. If Reef doesn’t succeed, her mother will die…but if she does, countless others will instead. Either way, time is running out, and Reef must decide before it’s too late.

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