The Process by Minnette Meador (Plus Win a Kindle or $100 Amazon Gift Certificate!!)

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Today we have a special guest: Minnette Meador, discussing her writing process and her new release, A Ghost of a Chance. Let’s give her a special welcome:

THE PROCESS

By Minnette Meador

As I sit here, trying to figure out what exactly my writing process is like, it makes me wonder; do I have a process? Do I write by the seat of my pants? Am I a plotter, who has to have everything written down to the last kiss? Am I a combination of both? Well, I have to admit it; I’m all of the above.

A Ghost of a Chance came about when I took my own experiences and asked myself a couple of “what if” questions. What if there were thousands of disembodied people around that none of the rest of us could see? What if one guy, one poor luckless guy, through a twist of chromosomes and a little interference from the angels, could see all of them? The rest took off from there.

I did plot this book (i.e. I wrote down what I wanted to happen when and who it should happen to), but the characters had minds of their own. For me that’s often the case. You’re writing along, perfectly happy, when your hero decides to go over there. Sometimes you pull him back and lecture him on the assets of clean writing, but sometimes you realize he was right; that was a much better place to go. So now, you have to reorganize your plot, go back and make changes to things he did earlier, and tell him this better be worth your time. It usually is.

Writing for me is a combined process of organizing my story, creating characters that are perfect and then roughing them up some (i.e. give them flaw, idiosyncrasies, petty foibles, and the like), creating the world they live in, whether fact or fiction, building giant outrageous stumbling blocks that are almost impossible to get through by asking, “How could this get any worse?” (I call that the never challenge “worse” equation), and then writing it all down.

The rest, as they say, is history. I would like to tell you that I am in complete control of my stories. In fact, I’d like to tell you that the creative process is a kitten who only wants love and a saucer of milk. The fact of the matter is that creatively for me can be a snarling monster, bigger than my imagination and twice as mean as a charging bull. It keeps me up late at night, interferes with my fun time, and is the most satisfying things I’ve ever done.

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Blurb:

Keenan Swanson is your typical, everyday graphic designer. Well, except for the hundreds of pesky, prank-loving poltergeists that make his life interesting (in a Chinese curse sort of way). He finds his situation precarious yet manageable—until witty, smoking-hot coworker Isabella enters the scene and Keenan decides he wants her all for himself. With a horny succubus who has other ideas, a burly city cop determined to lock Keenan away, and an evil entity who’s hell-bent on using Keenan’s seed to create a living demon, the reluctant psychic realizes he just might not come out of this alive—or with heart intact.

Excerpt:

The dream was so real.

Hands slithered over Keenan’s body, but they were detached somehow. It was hard to describe. Starting on his scalp, the hot tickling sensation sent tendrils of pleasure down his gut and directly into his cock. It was painfully erect, aching for a good hard squeeze, but he couldn’t reach down to touch it.

A weight pressed down on his body, holding him to the bed. Keenan could actually feel his body sinking into the mattress. Something heavy, like invisible clay, pressed against his face. He couldn’t move. He wasn’t scared at all…just horny as hell.

The hands massaging his scalp moved down to his face, pressing his eyes closed with what he could only assume must have been thumbs. They moved down his face and found his lips, parted them, and thrust a slender finger into his mouth. There was no taste, but the soft, warm texture electrified his senses. He sucked on it instinctively. It was deeply sexual and made his cock throb in anticipation. To his utter dismay the finger slipped from his mouth and trailed down his chin.

Keenan opened his eyes. Light from an outside streetlamp illuminated the foot of his bed and half his dresser. When she appeared in a wisp at his feet, he had to struggle to lift his head enough to see her.

Naked heaving breasts came into view; the nipples were long, slate hard, and the areolas black against dark skin. Her waist and hips were slim. Stretched fingers pinched the nipples, making them longer, more rigid. The triangle of her pussy was bald, the slit dark and inviting. Hazy clouds covered her face, making it soft and featureless, but billowing tendrils of black hair twisted out from around it, flowing in a wind Keenan couldn’t hear. It moved in a watery dance.

The covers glided slowly down his body. The soft touch of the silk made his cock twinge in agony and he gritted his teeth to hiss his pleasure. Electric shocks ignited the nerves in his neck, shoulders, and arms. When Keenan was completely exposed, he wasn’t cold. His cock sprang into ready position. The hair on his arms and legs snapped with static.

 

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You Can Stalk Minnette at these Sites:

www.minnettemeador.com
http://minnettemeador.blogspot.com

http://tinyurl.com/3r6tqap
Resplendence Publishing Books Link

Buy Link for A Ghost of a Chance:

http://tinyurl.com/3qkyzqx

Minnette will be giving away a Kindle at the end of her blog tour!! Anyone who comments here will be entered into that drawing. One randomly drawn commenter from the tour itself will– in addition– win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. Follow her tour and comment for more chances to win! Tour information and dates can be found here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2011/05/virtual-book-tour-ghost-of-chance-by.html.

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59 thoughts on “The Process by Minnette Meador (Plus Win a Kindle or $100 Amazon Gift Certificate!!)

    Minnette Meador said:
    July 8, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Good morning all! Thanks for joining me at this beautiful blog and a special thanks to our hostess Lario! I thought today we’d open it to questions… What would you like to know about writing? Thanks again for joining us! Minnette :o)

      Minnette Meador said:
      July 8, 2011 at 9:35 am

      I don’t think I’ve had enough coffee this morning… What I meant to say was, a special thanks to our hostess Rosalie! Sorry about that… ~blush~

        Rosalie Lario responded:
        July 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm

        So glad you could drop in today. Love the sound of your story, love your cover. Can’t wait to read this one! 🙂

    MonaKarel said:
    July 8, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I have many artist friends who control their work, especially the sculptors. They don’t understand when I tell them my characters refuse to do what I say. But I’ve found the important step is developing characters with complete personalities who are capable of making their own decisions. The story grows from their responses.

      runtrunt said:
      July 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      Thats funny how it works. You would think that artists would understand! Their art work, especially sculptors, whose work would take control of them! My pottery, when I was in school, usually did. Id want to make a bowl, and the clay would form itself into a plate or bowl, and start making itself into something different.

      ~Nichole

    Leanne said:
    July 8, 2011 at 9:56 am

    How do you get your MS edited and how many tries did it take you to get published?

    brigitte said:
    July 8, 2011 at 10:14 am

    when writing the first book i finished it with no problems. now the second one i am having problems with writing. brain keeps blocking out .. what can you do to help the road blocks? thank you for your help here…

      runtrunt said:
      July 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      I always wondered that too!! My teachers told me to sit down and just write. Whatever is in your mind. Even if it is “i don’t know what to write. I hate writers block. Why can’t I think of anything” over and over or something like “they sky is cloudy. Really cloudy. Wonder if we’ll have a storm?” and sooner or later you’ll start writing parts that can become a story 🙂

      ~Nichole

      Minnette Meador said:
      July 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      Brigitte – You need to go over to the Sugarbeats blog… There’s a special message for you! M:o)

    JeanP said:
    July 8, 2011 at 10:28 am

    When you sit down to start writing for the day, is there a routine you go through, favorite cup, favorite knickknacks surrounding you?

    Chelsea Rafferty said:
    July 8, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Hi Minnette! *waves* I’m supposed to be at work but I can’t find my car keys so I’ve been home while I’ve been searching and decided to stop in and say hello! 😉 I think the writing process is interesting.. I like how you ask “what if” questions.. I’ve always wondered how writers get their ideas and it kind of makes sense if you start asking “what if” questions… it kind of gets my creativity going 😀

    My question for today.. do you think its better for writers to be indie authors where they self publish their work on Amazon/Barnes or do you think its better to have a publisher? I think Amazon the writer would get more but I’m curious on your thoughts! 😀

      runtrunt said:
      July 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      😉 Hi Chelsea!! did you “Loose” your keys on purpose so you could stay here all day and chat! lol I’m tempted to…. just call work and say “I lost my keys! sorry…no apts today, they’ll have to live without me”

      ~Nichole B

        Chelsea Rafferty said:
        July 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm

        LOL Nichole, no I really did lose my keys ROFL! I’ve found them since then but there’s no point going in with only a few hours left 😦 not worth the gas… and you should totally call in lol 😄

    wyndwhisper said:
    July 8, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Good Morning Minnette,
    I am just starting out in my writing and i have read alot that i should have a critique partner. is this very important when you first start or can it wait and where would i even find someone to do this? i have also heard alot about the RWA, do you suggest new writers join?

    thanks for the info. and congrats on the great book/blog tour i’m having fun following you.
    Tammy R.
    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

    Lori said:
    July 8, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Great excerpt! Can’t wait to read it.

    Mary Carroll said:
    July 8, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I’m definitely signing up to follow you. And will be purchasing Ghost of a Chance. 😉 Keep writing.
    Mary

    tianadawn said:
    July 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Good Morning Minnette, Don’t feel bad, I have yet to have a cup of coffee, the mere fact that I can type is a miracle to me without it.

    As always a wonderful and insightful post, and you know I can’t resist commenting, LoL.

    RWA- is a valuable resource for any writer in the romance field. Whether your a new writer starting out, or an experienced hand, it’s nice to have a group of people you can talk to who have both been there, and done that to help you get through those long days/weeks/months of waiting, and encourage you as you progress. Plus there are numerous other resources you can find out more about RWA at (http://www.rwa.org) and while I won’t say yes you should or no you shouldn’t join, I wanted to give a bit more information about RWA.

    For me, writing is a process. One I enjoy, but also at times, can love to hate. There are days when I type faster than my computer can keep up, and then there are days when I contemplate banging my head into the desk because nothings coming out right. Three things are needed when I write- Coffee (yes in my special writing mug,) Music (classical, rock, metal, I like a nice eclectic mix), and jelly beans (yeah yeah I know I should avoid the jelly beans, but really I can’t resist them.)

    As long as those three items hold out, I’m usually able to work my way through things. So, here’s my question Minnette, What’s your go to snack when writing?

    ~Christiana~

    runtrunt said:
    July 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Ive heard often that stories take a mind of their own. I need to sit down and actually start working on mine to get somewhere!! I randomly wake up from a dream and go…oh thats PERFECT, but then forget to write it down and forget the whole thing. I got a book, “on writing romance” to go through to get ideas.

    Whats your favorite things to write guys? Do certain stories take minds of their own more often than others?

    ~Nichole nelsnr2010(at)gmail(dot)com

    Mary Nguyen said:
    July 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Hi Minnette!
    Name is Mary! This place is nice. =) I wanted to ask you how long it took you to write your book? It interesting enough that to put your words down and let others read that fantasy that your mind imagine and are able to share with us the amazing mind of yours. =)

    Cori said:
    July 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Minnette,
    Just wondering. Do you ever use personalities of people you know in your novels?

    Cori
    Justcorismail@yahoo.com

    Minnette Meador said:
    July 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Just a quick flyby! Am swamped at work today, but I will answer questions a little after 5pm today (PST) – Wonderful stuff so far!!! :o)

    Bina P Knight said:
    July 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Minnette

    Good Afternoon, I was wondering what words of wisdom you would give to first time writers, and how hard or easy it was to take that first step into the world of creative writing?

    Chelsea B. said:
    July 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Minnette! I’m always interested in reading about author’s process 🙂
    Wishing you much success!

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

    Kathy Lane said:
    July 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Minnette. It sounds like our Muses are related. I often have trouble reining in my characters. Outline, what outline? Who said anything about sticking to an outline? Jeeze, the things your characters get into when you aren’t looking. Like you said, however, it’s usually worth it. Your book’s definitely on my TBR list!

    Kanya Chhet said:
    July 8, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Minnette,
    I have a question for you. Once a book is written, what steps do you have to follow before its release?
    Thanks!
    Kanya

    Melissa Jarvis said:
    July 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I plot the same way–a general outline or bullet point list, and then I get pulled into different directions by the characters. The one thing I find difficult is abiding by the rules I’ve set up for world building, in this case my time travel organization. My heroine kept wanting to interfere in situations the “laws of time travel” didn’t like. Have you had that problem? 🙂

    Na said:
    July 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Minnette, I love your explanation of your writing process. I think to sum it up, I would say it is organizing chaos and I say this because your process is similar to mine, hard to explain, better to demonstrate. For me, there is the incorrigible muse, then the abundance of inspiration, then the sorting it out into a semblance of an outline, the fleshing out, the fleshing out and somewhere along this process, the writing has transformed into storytelling.
    It is amazing how everyone has their unique process, their own quirks, muses and strengths and limitations but the result is a wonderful story.

    When you are writing a story, do you decide on the characters’s traits
    first and then create situations to showcase them or plot out the scenes first, traits decided accordingly?

    Maria D. said:
    July 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Interesting post on your writting process. Thanks for the excerpt – it’s very good and full of details. Are you planning to revisit any of the characters from this book in another story?

    junegirl63(at)gmail(dot)com

    Vonnie Alto said:
    July 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Minnette,

    I always enjoy hearing how you craft your books. I do have some questions for you. While I have a detailed outline including a 15 page synopsis, it seems that it’s not detailed enough. I keep hitting plot holes or plot problems or plot questions because I have a lot of plot in my paranormal. Hence, my book is probably more plot driven than character driven. When this happens, I stop writing and work on solving the plot problem because if I don’t, I’ll have to rewrite what I wrote.

    1. What do you do when you encounter plot problems?

    2. Do you revise as you write and circle back over things to fix errors or do you revise after the book is written?

    3. How can my plot heavy books be more character driven or go deeper into character?

    Thanks for letting us ask you our burning questions.

    Marianne Stephens said:
    July 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Your process seems to work fine for you…the book sounds fascinating. To be a person who sees others no one else can see and chased by some because you do, makes for an exciting plot.
    Good luck with the book!

    Minnette Meador said:
    July 8, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Oh, man! I have so much to catch up on! Thanks for being so patient today… work was interesting in a Chinese Curse sort of way…

    Hi, Mona! My husband is a sculptor and he’s the same way, but since I read everything to him, he does see the light from time to time. I think I’m with Nichole (Hi, lady!) – His stuff doesn’t always turn out the way he envisioned it. :o)

    Hi, Leanne! I do my own editing first, which is pretty intensive. I go through it at least a dozen time. Then I have a marvelous critique partner who goes through it and then a group of beta readers (people who just read the book and give me input). Then, my marvelous editor does her changes and after her copy editors go to work on it. It is a grueling process, but hopefully, the book is perfect when it gets to you! :o)

    Hi, Brigitte – BTW, congrats on winning the necklace today! Are you writing a sequel? Hi, Nichole! I had the worse time with the second book in my Centurion series and it take determination. The third book I just finished was a lot easier. Also, after seven full novels, I’m finding it easier to set up routines and exercises that get me out of my ruts. I’m a marathon writer, that is I write 5000-10,000 in one or two sittings and then take time off to work out the next section. I find I write better in spurts rather than a steady routine. Just me though… my brother is Roland Smith (YA award winning author). He gets up at 4am religiously everyday no matter what, writes until 8am, tours (he speaks at schools all over the world) and get another 4-5 hours until 8pm. If you get stuck on a phrase just keep going. You can always come back and give it inspiration later. The trick is to keep going. Just skip those things that bog you down. :o)

    Hi Jean! Here is a link for my little office. I collect dragons and elephants. Don’t know why, my kids just started to give them to me one day! Coffee is always my beverage of choice – I’m a bit of a fiend, though I can only do about 2 caffeinated per day. I write and edit, write and edit, back and forth until I get it all down, then re-edit (see above). That’s a really big question and one every writer I know is thinking about. It’s a lot of work to promote your own books; I spend more time on that than I do on writing. If you self-publish, you will self-everything else and it can be very expensive. Now, you have to do that as a published author no matter who you publish with, but I like the idea of someone else taking care of those background items you don’t have time for. Also, there will be literally millions of self-published books out there, multi-millions. I like having someone at my back to help me out. My 2 publishers are both small, but I love them both. They are always there for me with ideas, promo, book covers, isbn legalities, etc., etc. If I already had a million people following of course I would self-publish; those are almost guaranteed sales. Maybe one day… :o)

    Hi, Tammy! IT IS ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE! Did I say that loud enough? Join your local Romance Writing group or other writing group, join Gather.com, Critters.org (I think), other writing groups in your genre. Get involved. My local Rose City Romance Writers has taken me from a silly naive innocent to publish 7 books (plus a children’s book, and three anthologies). They have been the single most invaluable thing that I have been involved with hands down… Not to put too fine a point on it, get out there and get involved with your writing community. :o)

    Thanks for joining us, Lori!

    Yeah, Mary! I really hope you like it! :o)

    Here, Here, Christiana! You see, Tammy? Collaboration! :o)

    No matter how fine tuned my plot line is, the characters always have a mind of their own! They are often right, but when they are wrong I punish them by getting them into MORE trouble! Ha~! :o)

    Hi, Mary! I’m so glad you could join us! It depends on the book, but usually 3-6 months. I am trying to get 3-4 books out per year, but sometimes, especially when you are researching, it takes a little longer. Gladiator Prince has taken me about six months.

    Hi, Cori – All the time, but I think most of them are a conglomerate of many people. Like I’ve said before, I make them perfect, then I rough them up with foilbles, imperfections, quirks, and kinks.

    Thanks, Chelsea…

    Thanks, Kathy – I hope you’ll like it. And yes… those damn pesky characters anyway! Especially the men! If I don’t build in enough libido, they find their own!

    Hi, Kanya – Still thinking about your spring rolls! LOL Once I’ve finished, I sent it to my editor and she takes a couple of weeks to go through it (or more – she’s juggling a lot of writers), then I get it back all marked up in red with suggested changes. I make those (I’m no fool) and then send it back to her. We might go back and forth a few times. Then she send it off to her copy editors – they fix all the booboos (grammar, spelling, etc.). I get a final “Galley” and give my editor my “final” edits on a separate page. Then it goes off to the publisher to get put into ebook form. They send it out to all the distribution centers (Amazon, Fictionwise, etc.). Whew! :o)

    Hi, Melissa – I’ve created two complete worlds and I am religious about the rules. It keeps me out of trouble and give the characters interesting barriers they have to overcome. In Starsight (my epic duology) there was a certain science to the “Power” they used involving vocal musical tones and crystals. I found if I violated one of the rules, I had to go back and completely redo my world, which is a big waste of time. So just make sure your world is solid. I use a 30-page world creation survey that has been invaluable. If you go to http://www.minnettemeador.com I think it is under the Resources tab.

    Hi, Na! I have my characters pretty well fleshed out before I start (again, my using a character sheet that describes them down to their backstory and shoe size! That really helps the process later. I think the more organized you are with your basics in the beginning, the more time you can actually work on the actual writing. I used to be a panster (write by the seat of my pants), but I’ve work out a quick reference system using OneNote where I have characters, backgrounds, plot lines, resources, research right at my fingertips. It has tripled my writing speed. But again, that for me; this was developed over several years. There are as many writing style as there are writers… and bottom line? Whatever works for you is what works! :o)

    Hi, Maria! Glad you asked… For those of you who have gotten to the end, this is the first of three books: The next one will involve Officer Thompson, Dyna, and the new little bundle of joy they find themselves responsible. The third book is about… well, we’ll get to that later… :o)

    Hi, Vonnie – 1. If you are having a lot of plot problems, you probably have too much plot. It’s very easy to get too many plot twists, turns, backstories, etc. That is where the craft comes in; you have to know where to cut. I had to cut out 10,000 words from Starsight. Believe me, I learned how to streamline a plot like nobody’s business very fast. The question is: Does it move the story forward? If it doesn’t, toss it. Hardest thing in the world for a writer to do… Believe me, I know! 😮
    2. I do revise while I’m working. I’ll write a chapter or two, go back and revise, move forward a few more, maybe go back a few more, and keep doing this to the end. Then I go through it with my 3-time gauntlet – First time: Layering scene setting, senses, and back story – 2nd time – Clarify characters – 3rd time craft review – I do this over and over until I’m satisfied. 3. Characters talk and think. Build that in. I get inside the character’s head and let the readers know what they are thinking (but be careful – you can do this too much). Their actions are next – what do they do when something happens. And third dialogue. Use your dialogue to develop your characters. On some of the blog stops there is a scene between Keenan and Isabella in the Hot Cake House. Check out how I use dialogue to develop who they are. Also, pick up one of your favorite books and read just to see how they develop characters. You’ll be amazed how simple they make it seem. Trust me, it takes lots of practice. :o)

    Minnette Meador said:
    July 8, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks, Marianne!

    Minnette Meador said:
    July 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Forgot the link for my office! Here it is: http://tinyurl.com/6al4glj

    Dawn Cope Hagan said:
    July 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Great interview! So when did you first realize you wanted to become a writer Minnette?

    Robin D said:
    July 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I love how your story developed!

    Robin D
    robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

    Leanne said:
    July 8, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Hey Minnette 😀 Thanks for answering my questions 😀 Sorry you had such a hard day at work, hope tomorrow is better 🙂

    Na said:
    July 9, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Thank you for answering my questions (and everyone else’s) so thoroughly. I hope this tour brings in many more readers and you keep writing for a long time to come. Can’t wait for your next stop. Go get them, Minnette!

    Cori said:
    July 9, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Wow Minnette, I’m learning so much about how authors write their books by following you around the web. I bookmarked this.
    Have a great night 😉
    Cori
    Justcorismail@yahoo.com

    Shelley Munro said:
    July 9, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Hi Minnette,

    I always enjoy reading about other author’s processes. I think our processes are actually fairly similar–sometimes a bit frustrating but they work.

    Good luck with your book. I love the concept. 🙂

    Gabriella Hewitt said:
    July 9, 2011 at 6:19 am

    HI Minnette,

    I enjoyed the post very much. It’s always interesting to read how other authors tackle the creative process. ( :

    Love the concept of your book and it certainly sounds like Keenan has his hands full!

    Shauna Roberts said:
    July 9, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Like Shelly, I am fascinated about other authors’ writing processes. I think my process has improved a lot by hearing how other people do things.

    I love the idea of a succubus competing with a human woman for the hero’s love and the hero being tormented by pesky poltergeists. What a fresh take on the dark romances that I was tired of and thought had no more original places to go. Yet I’m intrigued by how that woman is going to defeat the demon and amused by the ghosts pulling pranks.

    My question is something I was just discussing with a friend this week when I critted his story. Is there a common, shared lore in Western culture for what ghosts are like and where they appear and what rules govern them? Or can people make up their own rules for ghosts without confusing anyone?

    Minnette Meador said:
    July 9, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Good morning, Dawn – I have written since I penned my first full length Star Trek episode at 8. I wrote my first novel 30 years ago and then shelved it for 25 years after a particularly cruel critique. My kids forced me to literally blow the dust off it and rewrite. It was published two years later. :o)

    Thanks, Robin!

    Leanne – You are such a sweetheart. Hopefully, one day I can sit down and just write. Wouldn’t THAT be heaven!

    Oh, Na, you warm the black corners of my heart (Hmmm… a heart with corners. Now there’s a concept! LOL)

    I am so glad you are enjoying it, Cori! Thank so much for your support.

    Hi, Shelley – I am so honored you are here… Like I said, I LOVE your books (everyone needs to go to her site and buys her books. They are amazing: http://www.shelleymunro.com/) – It is frustrating sometimes, isn’t it? Aw, but we LOVE the torture! :o)

    Thanks for coming over, Gabriella! Hope you get a chance to follow along with us.

    Minnette Meador said:
    July 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Hi, Shawna! Great question… I’ve studied ghosts from the scientific side for quite a while (trust me, as a fledgling novice!) but I also LOVE ghost stories. I think modern media has influenced our fictional concept of ghosts (i.e. Frighteners, Ghost Busters, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, etc.). Past centuries presented a very different picture of ghosts (which were, for the most part, considered demons). But I still think there is a common thread: ghosts are frightening, sneak up on you when you least expect them, and exist in our oldest stories. (Ghosts exist in Chinese, Egyptian, and Greek mythology.) Let’s face it: we’ve always LOVED to jump! :o)

    Chele Wilson Blades said:
    July 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    love your writing process…me well, just not that creative…that is why i leave the writing to you all…but process in picking a book? well romance & humor all in one

    thanks for the giveaway
    seachele71@hotmail.com

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    Ciara Knight said:
    July 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Your book sounds great. I love how your story developed. Thanks for this interview, Rosalie.

    Shadow said:
    July 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Hi Minnette! Im late! Oops.. Great post. Full of a ton of facts. wow! Very interesting stuff! My question: Whats one thing about writing that you wish you didnt have to do? When you book comes hits the shelves, do you ever get a copy and read it?

    Shadow said:
    July 12, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    wow, i screwed that post up…lets try again. lol
    When your book comes out and hits the shelves, do you ever get a copy and read it? In 10 years, do you still plan on being a writer? How many books do you hope to have out? 🙂

    Vonnie Alto said:
    July 13, 2011 at 2:27 am

    I guess I’m late, too. I just saw this blog. I like Minnette’s process of building giant stumbling blocks. I’ll have to remember that.

    Mary said:
    July 13, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Thanks Minette! That helps alot in planning! -Mary

    Bina P Knight said:
    July 13, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Oops I posted a Q number 15 and I didnt get a response,
    I’ll try again, I was wondering what words of wisdom you would give to first time writers, and how hard or easy it was to take that first step into the world of creative writing?
    Thanks Bina x

    ( schizooverjc@aol.com )

    SarahM said:
    July 13, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Sounds like a great book! Can’t wait to read it 🙂

    smaccall AT comcast.net

    Cher Green said:
    July 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Great post on the process. Your book sounds good. Love the title.

    Mary said:
    July 15, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Hi again! Q! heheehe okay. How did you decide on the genre of your writing?

    Carol L. said:
    July 20, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I’m playing catch up but love this excerpt. I ‘ ve enjoyed all the interviews so far Minnette. It’s always a pleasure knowing the Author behind the book. 🙂
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    wade2121 said:
    July 23, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Great interview. I’ve been trying to write my story the past few years but things like work get in the way. ha ha

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