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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Haunted Places in China....an inspiration for my next book in The Beijing Family book series. Lots of comedy and drama.








Friday, December 19, 2014

Little boy showing off his kung fu in Shanghai

Little boy showing off his kung fu in Shanghai (Photo credit: http://people-imeet.tumblr.com/)





Stay special!


I saw this single flower by itself in a twine of leaves.  Dare to stand out!  We must not forget how special and beautiful we are!  



Miranda Lambert and writing at the library

Went to the San Marino public library to write Book 4 of my book series titled, "The Beijing Beauties". Opening scene of a chapter involved sitting across a beautiful blonde sorority girl and I was struggling with it.  The ideas were there but I couldn't get it all together.  Suddenly, I looked up... and saw Miranda Lambert gracing the cover of a magazine on a shelf directly across from my PC and the ideas came to me. 

Thankful for inspirations and feeling blessed! #china #Beijing #amwriting 







Thursday, November 13, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Not All Chinese look "Chinese"



Not all Chinese look “Chinese." 

This girl is Chinese. She is Uyghur from the Western province of Xinjiang whom are mostly European and Asian ancestry.

There are 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities in China and some of them are genetically Turkish, Central Asians, Europeans or even Russians. Here is a photo of Uyghur Chinese girl.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy Mid-Autumn Moon Festival!


Happy Mid-Autumn Moon Festival!  The Moon is full tonight.  Enjoy your yue-bing or moon cakes!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bruce Lee's endearing note to his wife when they were dating



Written by Shannon Lee: 

This is a note that my father wrote to my mother on the back of his picture when they were dating. They would go on to get married in August of the following year. Yesterday would have been their 50th wedding anniversary!

The note says: "Linda, To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In other words, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. Bruce Oct. 20, 1963."



(Photo and description credit: Shannon Lee, daughter of Bruce Lee - Office Bruce Lee Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/BruceLee/timeline 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bao Bao is turning one!

Bao Bao will be turning one this August 23rd at the Smithsonian National Zoo Park 








Wednesday, July 23, 2014

China 2050


"China 2050" photo series by Cezard Benoit, a freelance French photographer based in China, went viral several years ago.  Who knows what will happen to China in 2050.  However, these photos are funny and entertaining to look at again.  Enjoy!  (Photo credit: We are lǎowài - 我们是老外)  





Replacing migrant workers doing construction - that's funny! 





White collar workers will entertain for money


The man in the front doesn't have the Chinese "squat" with both feet on the ground 
and he should also be smoking a cigarette.  LOL!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Author Interview: Ben Hinson, author, poet and video producer


Ben Hinson, author, poet and video producer




Tell us a little about yourself and your background?  Where are you from?

My name is Ben Hinson. I was born in Nigeria, and to date have lived in Nigeria, Ghana, England and numerous locations throughout the United States. New York City is my current stomping ground.

Your latest project, Eteka: Rise of the Imamba sounds like it will be an exciting read. Can you summarize what it is about?

Eteka: Rise of the Imamba is a novel based on global mercenary activity that takes place during the Cold War era and the 1990s. The novel falls under the literary/historical fiction genre and will be available hopefully by the end of this year.

What inspired you to write about mercenary activity in Africa, Asia and beyond?

My inspiration to write this novel came from a number of sources: my love of history, my experience with martial arts, my experience with different cultures around the world and my heritage as an African. My novel is the combination of all these elements. I wanted to tell a gritty, action packed, original story from a non-western perspective that transcends national lines and expectations. I wanted to create a universe filled with complex characters from diverse backgrounds that interact with each other against the backdrop of historic events. I also wanted to showcase the cultures of all the countries featured in my novel, and educate my readers while treating them to an exciting, suspenseful ride!   

I’m curious to know how your novel ties into Asia and vice versa. Can you shed some light on that?

Asia, specifically Indonesia during the 1950s is featured within my novel. This period, characterized by the Cold War, was an interesting time the world over. Military tensions were at play between the major western and eastern powers, fueled by differences in political and economic ideologies. Proxy wars were being fought across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The Non-Aligned Movement, which consisted of a few Asian and African member states, would make its presence known on the global political scene. It’s against this backdrop that Indonesia makes its appearance within my novel. I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a must read action sequence I created in this region that you’re not going to want to miss!

Can you personally relate to any of the scenes/experiences in your upcoming novel?

Yes. I have lived in a few of the regions featured in my novel, and I did attend a junior level military academy here in the US for three years, so I was exposed to that level of consistent discipline. I have also trained in a few of the martial art forms featured in my novel.  

In your blog, you've gone into great detail regarding the history and cultures of all the countries featured in your upcoming novel.  How many countries will be featured? Why so many countries?

My blog has been a project in itself (smile), which I created to give you and my audience the best reading experience possible. There will be a total of 14 countries featured in my upcoming novel. The simple answer as to why I wanted to feature so many countries is that I wanted the challenge of mapping two timelines across multiple locations. It felt like I created and solved my own puzzle! I also love the concept of diversity. The world is a very large place, filled with many different cultures and tons of great history to pull from. I wanted to create a gritty story that would both entertain and educate on not just history, but on the global melting pot that is our world.

What was the research process like for this project?

The research behind this project was very extensive! To give you a small disclaimer: every novel I write in some form or another is research based. This is why they take so long to create! For Eteka: Rise of the Imamba, my research involved collaborating with various university professors here in the United States and in England, reading through countless research journals, reading through books written on various themes featured in my novel, pulling from my past experience living in a few of the locations featured in my work, and spending many nights and afternoons in libraries all over New York City!

How long did it take you to finish writing this novel?

I started writing the first draft of Eteka: Rise of the Imamba in 2009, and we are wrapping up final edits as I type this. So, approximately five and a half years, rounded out to six if we take research into consideration.

How do you want your readers to walk away after reading your work?

With their mouths wide open and their brains overworked with literary pleasure! I guarantee that you and everyone who reads Eteka: Rise of the Imamba when it comes out will not be able to put the novel down and will beg for more when they are done!

For an author who is not out yet you seem to already have quite a following in social media. How did this happen?

One reason I believe people have responded positively to my project is that I take them along for the ride that is my publication journey. I get their feedback on the various parts of the project that I create, so they know they are taking the journey with me. It’s a beautiful thing because I know they are supporting me based on the projects potential. Another reason for the positive support is because I provide a lot of rich content around my novel, a lot of which you can find on my blog.

When are you most creative?

I am creative all the time, 24/7. If an idea crosses my mind I do my best to save it and go over it at a time in the day when I am free.

What are your hobbies besides writing?

Video games, swimming, basketball, drawing, and martial arts training when time permits. I also enjoy writing poetry.   

You mentioned poetry, how do you approach writing poetry and what are your influences?

I write poetry whenever I am moved to do so. True poetry I believe is an emotional impulse, and the best time to write is when the feeling and idea comes to mind, so the originality stays intact. If writing your thoughts is not possible when the impulse comes, say for example if you are working, in a meeting or driving, then I recommend jotting the idea down in a notepad or phone or committing it to memory so you can act on it later when time permits. This is a great habit for any idea you have, whether it be poetry, a new business idea, whatever it may be. I get inspired from experiences I have, things I have observed, teachings I learn from and faith in an unseen future. I write lyrical poetry, and I am convinced that connecting words lyrically with catchy punchlines in a format that makes sense is an art form in itself. Even more admirable is the ability to connect words lyrically in a mosaic that has a simple outward appearance yet timeless inner meaning. This is lyrical alchemy at its finest.


You have short poetry videos that you put together.  Can you share with us how you produced these videos?

First I selected which poems I wanted to visually illustrate, and then narrowed my selection down to as many poems as would fit within my budget. Then I went over the costs regarding camera equipment, editing software, talent and so on. Next came scouting the right locations across New York City to shoot the videos, obtaining permissions wherever applicable, shooting the videos themselves and then editing the videos.

"Wanna Be Rapper" 
Actor: Jennifer Robayo 
Shot in SoHo, New York City

"King" 
Actor: Isaiah Clifton 
Shot in SoHo, New York City



"Do You Believe" 
Actor: Paul Thomas Ryan 
Shot in SoHo, New York City


What do you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for your support and for considering my work out of the thousands of other options you have! I promise to give you the experience of a lifetime with my upcoming novel, Eteka: Rise of the Imamba!

Where can readers find your books or learn more about you?

You can learn more about me on my website, www.benhinson.com. I also encourage you to check out my blog at https://medium.com/@BenHinson/publications where I’ve given great overviews of all the locations featured in my upcoming novel, recipes from these places and so much more! Finally I invite you to follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OfficialBenHinson to stay updated regarding my activities!



Click Here to go to Eteka:  http://www.benhinson.com/Synopsis.html


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Authors Amy Tan and Stephen King perform Rock Bottom Remainders rock group. Bangor, Maine, 1998. #stephenking #amytan #amwriting



Authors Amy Tan and Stephen King perform Rock Bottom Remainders rock group. Bangor, Maine, 1998. #stephenking #amytan #amwriting

"Arab Labor", an Israeli hit TV sitcom on PBS resonates The Beijing Family


I watched "Arab Labor", an Israeli hit TV sitcom on PBS with English subtitles. It focuses on the family and work situations of Amjad, an Arab-Israeli journalist. Much of the comedy derives from the paradox of Amjad's love-hate relationship with his Arab identity and his simultaneous wish to integrate comfortably into Israeli society. It pokes fun at the cultural divide, Kashua's characters play on religious, cultural and political differences to depict the mixed society prevalent in Jerusalem.  It kind of resonated with my book series - The Beijing Family, focusing on the family and work situations of Simon Wang, a Chinese billionaire and his family living in Beverly Hills filled with comedic cultural and life adjustments. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

The growth of China in 15 photos



Beijing parking lot 1979

Check out this article on the massive changes of China in 15 photos.  The comparison of the metro rail system between Rio De Janeiro and Shanghai is unbelievable!  I've ridden the Shanghai Metro and it's safer and cleaner than the LA Metro. 

Click on link below:  

Cool video of Beijing shot with a quadcopter. Nice shots of the Forbidden City!


Cool video of Beijing shot with a quadcopter.  Nice shots of the Forbidden City! 






Monday, June 16, 2014

Author Interview: Jade Lee - Sexy, Sassy Romance. Multiple Award Winning, USA Today Best Selling Author


Jade Lee - Sexy, Sassy Romance  


Multiple Award Winning and USA Today Best Selling Author of over 30 romance novels

  

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?  Where are you from?

I was born and raised in the middle of Illinois. My mother was from China, my father from Indiana. They met while getting masters degrees at the University of Michigan. Dad was getting an MBA, Mom got a MS in psychology. As for me, I went the all-English route. Undergraduate in English, MPW (Masters of Professional Writing).

So that’s the educational background. I know, boring. I had planned to write great screenplays mixing fantasy and romance. But when we moved back to the midwest (out of LA) I ended up switching into novels. I started writing historical romance (regency era) and just kept branching about from there.

What are your books about?

Sexy romance. (I’m not talking 50 shades sexy, but definitely explicit) My mainstay as Jade Lee is sexy historical romance. (search Jade Lee at amazon or bn or your favorite outlet. I’ve always got at least one book up for free). What the Groom Wants is the latest. The feed in novella, The Groom’s Gamble is free right now!  I also write sexy contemporary romance as Kathy Lyons. Newest one coming out June 30 is Two Week Seduction. I also try very hard to add humor to my books. If you can’t laugh while falling in love, then there just isn’t enough sense of the ridiculous in you!

February 2014

January 2014

What inspired you to write these books?

Romance at its core is: Love Conquers All. My life—and everyone else’s—hasn’t been a piece of cake. It’s been hard with traumas and difficult places. And what has gotten me through? The love of my life. He’s my husband and today we celebrate 30 years. OMG, where has the time gone?

Who are the primary readers of your books?

Romance fans. The demographics of the romance genre readership is varied. Mostly women. My audience tends to skew younger, but I’ve got fan mail from every demographic (including men!). If you like to fall in love, laugh, and have hot sex, then my books are for you!

How long did it take you to write them?

That varies widely. The fastest I’ve ever written a book was 3 weeks, but it was a shorter contemporary. My historicals are double that length. The longest – well, there’s this one book that took over 2 years and never was released. Sometimes you’ve just got to say, nope. That’s not going anywhere.

How did you come up with the titles? The covers?

I’m TERRIBLE at titles and at covers! That’s the publisher’s job. On my computer, the titles usually the heroine’s name. Or the hero’s name. Or something that happens in the first chapter. My current work is titled CLOSET because something happens to the heroine as she opens her closet door. And when they ask for cover advice – I say, I like a clinch. Manchest, maybe. I don’t know. Whatever works.

See, I’m terrible at marketing!

What was the hardest part in writing your books? How did you resolve it?

Sitting down and doing it. I’d much rather read. ABCD – Apply Butt to Chair Daily.

What was the easiest part in writing your books?  

When the idea is funny and the scene just spools out in my mind, the writing is a joy. Sadly, that doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. Almost never. *sigh*

What is a typical writing day for you?  When are you most creative?

I’d like to say I leap out of bed, grab a nutritious breakfast and start banging out words. That has happened…um…never. Coffee comes first, food eventually. Email, games, social media, blogs and interviews, all of that can eat into my morning. But eventually, I have to force myself to get going. My most productive day was when I wrote before I even opened my email. OMG, that was discipline! You’d think I’d do it again. Huh. Maybe I should try that…after I finish this other thing…and I just got another email in…and… See? SQUIRREL! It’s my personal motto. Or curse. Or just…oooh…Shiny!

What are your hobbies besides writing?

I play a lot of racquetball. I went pro for 2 weeks before blowing my knees. *sigh*

Do you have any advice you’d like to give to aspiring authors?

It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Write, write, write every day. ABCD (Do what I say, not what I do). Network with other writers. And eventually, you’ll get better and better and better. And then I’ll be asking you for cover quotes!

Where can the readers find your books or your works?

Everywhere! And be sure to search for my books. There’s always something free!  My website is: www.jadeleeauthor.com or www.kathylyons.com All my links are there.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Check out this blog: iLook China I Looking at China from an outsider's point of view.


Check out this blog: iLook China - Looking at China from an outsider's point-of-view.






Just got an awesome review for The Beijing Family Book 1 on Amazon from a reader. Thank you for reading and supporting! http://amzn.to/1nJ5RIC ‪#‎amazon‬ ‪#‎amreading‬ ‪#‎goodreads

Author Interview: James Paddock, novelist, writer of mystery and suspense

James Paddock, novelist, writer of mystery and suspense




Tell us a little about yourself and your background?  Where are you from?

I was born and raised in the Big Sky Country of Montana. Once of age I joined the Navy and said goodbye to my home state, for places like Illinois, Rhode Island, Virginia, Florida, the North Atlantic, The Mediterranean, and a tour around South America, eventually marrying and settling in South Carolina. In 1985 I left the Navy, built a business and raised a family. It was from the little town of Goose Creek in the Low Country of South Carolina that I began playing with the notion of writing. Twenty-plus years and three states later I retired and settled in beautiful, sunny Florida, playing pool and golf, and of course, writing the next series of great American mysteries.

So, South Carolina is where you began writing. How did it evolve?

I think the notion of storytelling–making up stuff and sharing it with others–started way back. I am a daydreamer and apparently, from what I’ve been told, I was that way as a lad, running around the streets of Great Falls, Montana, making up stories for my cousins. For the next 30 years I continued to daydream, though as I got deeper into adulthood I stopped sharing. I thought something was wrong with me. In '82 and '83 I had duties aboard Navy Merchant Ships that provided me with a lot of free time, and a typewriter... yes, the old fashion kind with ribbons and a bottle of whiteout. I started a novel. Today I have rather foggy recollections of what it was about, not even sure it had an identifiable plot. When I returned to the states I let someone close to me read it, someone whose opinion I thought of highly. The facial expressions and lack of any verbal encouragement or criticism, told me all I needed to know. Forty or so pages of manuscript went into the trash and I figured that writing novels was not in my skill set.

Ten years later, 1992 to be exact, the notion resurfaced. Why, I don't remember, but I did enroll in a creative writing class at a community college. The final for the class was to submit a short story to a publisher. An anthology publisher shelled out $25.00 to publish my first story. It was like I’d won the lottery. That is truly where it all began. This year, 2014, marks my 22nd year learning the process of fiction writing. There is still a lot more learning to be done. I hope it will never stop.

What are your books about?





I have nine novels at this point that span a variety of plot lines including:

·  Terrorists entering the US through Canada with a WMD (weapon of mass destruction). Elkhorn Mountain Menace - previously titled Angels in the Mist
·     The use of DNA to recreate Smilodon, the largest of the sabre-toothed cats. They find their calling in Montana in a trilogy. Smilodon, Sabre City, The Last Sabre
·    An accidental time-travel. Imagine being pregnant in 1987 but giving birth in 1943, and then in book two finding the daughter 20 years later wanting to know what the hell happened. Before Anne After, Time Will Tell
·     A suspenseful, heart-pounding story of twins separated and then looking for each other in LA 20+ years later. Lost & Forgotten
·     A heart-warming and inspirational story of a young woman finding a new path for her life in the Nevada desert. Hot Roast Beef with Mustard
·   A Tucson, Arizona ex-cop, now private investigator with family and relationship issues, winds up the prime suspect in a serial killing rampage. Deserving of Death

What inspired you to write these books?

I am inspired by my daydreams, or maybe some would call them nightmares. They usually pop up while walking the beach, the isles of Wal-Mart (think about the nightmares walking around Wal-Mart at night) or mountain trails. Sometimes, as in the case of Smilodon, the idea comes up after watching a TV program. It was a Discovery Channel special on the sabre-toothed cat that planted the seed that eventually built the trilogy. I'm not inspired to save the world or make a political statement. I simply want to entertain, take one away from the problems of the world, if only for a few hours.




Who are the primary readers of your books?

I'd like to think that my readers are anyone who enjoys fiction and a story full of suspense, edge of your seat twists and turns, with real world characters dealing with real world and in some cases, out of this world, challenges. Of course, real world characters are emotional, whether it be anger, love, fear, joy, or disappointment. If you like an emotionally charged story with lots of suspense, then you're my reader.

How did you come up with the titles?

Titles are one of the smaller stress points for an author. They, like the cover, have to be eye-catching and pertinent to the content. My first novel was titled, Angels in the Mist (can still be obtained in paperback) but it didn’t have anything to do with Angels. I just happened to use the phrase on the last page and at the time thought it was catchy. Angels confused people because it was about terrorism in Montana. One lady at a book signing went on about how she loved to read books about angels. I actually talked her out of purchasing Angels in the Mist. I have since republished it as Elkhorn Mountain Menace and am still stressing a bit over that title. It may get changed again.

Before Anne After and Time Will Tell have to do with time-travel. The first is about Anne, before and after her travel through time. The sequel, Time Will Tell, is about her daughter, Annie, nearly 20 years later. Annie has some issues that may or may not get resolved, but, of course, only Time Will Tell. Both of those titles were my wife’s inspiration.

The trilogy of sabre-toothed cats was easy to title. Smilodon is the big cat I brought back to life in Montana, Sabre City conjures up a vision of a city of sabre-toothed cats, and The Last Sabre brings to mind the possible demise of the cats.

Now, I like to think, my titles arise from the plot. With Deserving of Death, the title might have one considering who is deserving to die. Once you read it you'll realize how thought provoking the title is. Currently I have six titles listed for my work-in-progress. I keep them at the top of the first page of the Word document and periodically review them, deleting one or two and adding one or two more.

What was the hardest part in writing your books? How did you resolve it?

The hardest part about writing a novel is starting, except for maybe the starting the new chapter, which ranks right up there with the ending.

After that it’s the marketing that is probably the most challenging and the most stressful. Some would say that they hate the editing the most, that they’d rather get branded by a hot poker. For me the editing process is the most rewarding because I’ve already done all the hard work to get there; it’s the equivalent of a getting a second wind on the home stretch or going back with the touchup brush after painting the whole house. All I have to do is smooth it out, fix the typos and the she has red hair in chapter 6 and brown hair in chapter 18 kind of stuff.

What was the easiest part in writing your books?

See the last question. There is no easy part. Just when it seems like it is getting easy, another wall emerges and there I am, against the wall. There is hard and less hard. There is nothing I would call easy.

If it's not easy, why do you do it?

If we only did what was easy, we'd still be wearing tree branches for underwear while throwing long sticks with sharpened points at water buffalo because what they're wearing looks warmer than these dratted leaves. I wonder when they discovered poison ivy didn't work? We do the hard things because when we've succeeded we feel a lot more satisfaction, and pride, and a lot warmer, than if we only do the easy things.

Did you do research for your books?

I had a reader ask me one time if there really were sabre-toothed cats roaming the mountains of Montana. That made me feel good because it meant that the processes I presented to recreate the big cats must have had enough truth mixed in with my make believe world to make if feel real. That doesn't happen with magic. It happens as the result of painstaking research. For the time-travel series I researched Einstein, Kerr, Schwarzschild, Minkowski, Feynman, Gödel, Lorentz, Hawking and possibly a few more I've forgotten. Don't get the idea that I understood much of it. I only needed to be able to glean enough of their theories so that I could make the fiction I'm building believable, and in fiction believability is vitally important. If the reader (or viewer) doesn't believe it, the story loses its punch. We all know that a gigantic spaceship cannot suddenly jump to warp speed, but the writers of Star Trek made it sound as though it already existed and then the movie makers did it right before our eyes on the big screen. From my research of Einstein and the like, I created the Waring Triple Jump Deviation Theory, the Waring Four Dimensional Tube Theory, and the Hair Nuclear Tri-Generation Theory. Let’s not forget SMUDDWAGEN, Dr. Hair’s creation in Time Will Tell. Sorry, you’re not going to find those in any text book. If you do, I demand credit and royalties. I want my readers to put the book down and say, "Wow!" and then wonder if there really are people at MIT working on time-travel, or secret organizations in Montana growing Sabre-toothed cats in test-tubes.

Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?

Other than all the tidbits of trivia gathered in research, I've learned that persistence leads to results. Imagine getting up in the morning and writing 600 words. That’s not all that much when you really think about it. What if you did that every day for 6 months? That’s 108,000 words. Looks like a novel to me.

What writers do you read and who has most influenced your life?

Last question first... everything I read influences me in some way or another, but nothing stands out as saying, “This is the be all do all story that changed my life.” I’ve had books make me joyful, pleased about life, such as Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. That is one that few people have ever heard of but which I consider one of his best. It may have been psychological horror, but I felt good about reading it. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Earnest Hemingway (the audio version) left me angry and depressed for days. Stephen King’s The Green Mile is one which, after reading it, I went out and rented the movie so I could share it and discuss it with my wife. In non-fiction I’ve Recently read Married or… merry? By Kate Papas. I found it not only entertaining but a great trigger for some productive discussions with my wife. One that influenced my bucket list would have to be Dungda de Islan’ by Charles Dougherty, a true story of sailing the Eastern Caribbean for a year. I can't help but think about that story every time I see a map of the Caribbean.

Most of what I read is purely for entertainment, though everything teaches me how to be a better writer. I consciously watch what writers do right and what they do wrong and try to learn from both. Loaded in my “Now Reading” folder on my Kindle are: Siren Song: Book One of the Siren Song Trilogy by B.A. Blackwood, a humor-filled fantasy involving fallen angels interacting with normal humans; Married or… merry? by Kate Papas because I want to read it again; and Social Media Just for Writers by Frances Caballo because I really need to learn more about social media. Standing by in Hardback is David Baldacci's The Target. Can't wait to get into it.

What is a typical writing day for you?  When are you most creative?

I am strictly a morning person when it comes to mental creativity. Before retiring from the pesky day job, I would spend approximately one hour each morning in my writing craft before going to work, writing, editing, researching, daydreaming. Weekends would range from two to five hours each morning. Of course I need to knock out vacations, mowing the lawn, the honey-do list, napping, colds & flu, staring at the flat screen, more daydreaming, just generally being lazy… well, you get the picture.

Are you a pantser or outliner?

I have to say I'm a pantser. I always wing the first draft, that is I write by the seat of my pants. There is no beginning outline or character profile, often times no more than a sketchy idea for a plot. For example: What if the sabre-toothed cat was brought back to life and then got loose in Montana? That was all I had when I started Smilodon. Character profiles are buit as I go, as they tell me who they are. The only character I create is the first one. He, or she, introduces me to the next few and then the story goes organic, heading off in directions I never anticipated with new characters I never saw coming. It’s kind of like life, or at least mine.

Do you have any advice you’d like to give to aspiring authors?

The exact same advice they’ll hear from most successful authors… WRITE. That is, write until the story is finished. Seems silly to say it that way, however, there are many who when they see they are within 10 or 20,000 words of the end, start rushing, leaving things hanging here, dangling there. Kind of like being served a great meal only to be presented with a dry, stale, tasteless cookie for desert. That cookie will be the last thing I remember and may keep me from returning to the restaurant for another meal. You want to leave your reader wanting to come back and sample all your other great titles; don’t leave them with the memory of a tasteless cookie ending.

The most important thing to do after finishing a story is edit it. Whether you pay a professional, sweet talk Aunt Sally or do it yourself, it has to be done and it has to be done correctly. If Aunt Sally’s going to hold back because she doesn’t want to hurt your feelings, or can’t see the typos because she hasn't cleaned her bi-focals, or simply gets lost in the story, she is doing you no favors. Great stories with typos and inconsistencies will be read only by relatives and friends. For everyone else it will get bad or no reviews and fall into the digital dustbins.

So, write, edit, publish, market.

For me it goes like this:
          Write…edit…edit…edit…publish…market.
Sometimes following that there is:
          Unpublish…edit...edit...republish…market.

Where can the readers find your books?

The best place to find me is at Desert Bookshelf Publishing -  http://www.desertbookshelf.com or simply search for me by name at your favorite on-line eBook store.

Also, please feel free to look me up, or follow me, on:
          IAN Social Network - http://iansocialnetwork.ning.com/profile/JamesPaddock
          Twitter - https://twitter.com/jameswriter


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