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Author Interview: Behind The Scenes with Terri Rochenski

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Joining us today for this edition of Behind The Scenes is Terri Rochenski. Secret of the Souls, Book 2 of her adult fantasy series Pool of Souls, was released on October 6 and she’s celebrating it with a giveaway!

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1. Tell us a bit about your writing journey. How did you get started, and how did you get to where you are now?

I met and became friends with Anne Tyler. She encouraged me to write the story I had brewing in my mind, so I took the plunge. I was blessed to have her mentor me through the entire manuscript, but it would take almost twelve years of critique forums and cyber-bud be-friending before I got published.


2. Anything you would’ve done differently if you could do it all over again?

I wouldn’t say that Donald Maass didn’t know what he was talking about when he critiqued my first chapter of Love’s Sorrow. Yeah. That was before I knew WHO the man is! The memory always brings about a giggle nowadays.


3. What advice would you give to new and aspiring writers?

I’ve said it countless times in interviews – keep writing, and don’t give up.


4. Is there any book you’ve written that is particularly special to you? Which one and why?

Although fantasy, the Pool of Souls series was inspired by real-life events – mine and other friends and family members.


5. Who would you say is your favorite character(s) from your books, and why? What is it about this character that makes him/her tick?

I love all my characters, but in the Pool of Souls series, Jadon’s charm swayed my focus more often than not.


6. Tell us about your new book. What can we expect from it?

I’m hoping the twisted ending will surprise yet satisfy my readers. It’s one of those ‘for the greater good’ ethical questions. fingers crossed!


Secret of the Souls Blurb:

Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.

For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.

To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.

On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.


7. Are you self-pubbed or traditionally published? What made you go for this model? What advice/tips can you share with writers working towards the same goal?

I have six publications with indie pubs, and I’ll probably continue on in the same way. The thought of self-pubbing scares the you-know-what out of me.

My advice to other writers, is keep subbing. Keep honing your skills. There’s a market for just about everything out there, and your voice is as unique as you are.


It’s a great pleasure to have you over in my blog. Thank you!


Tracey Hanlon Photography Author Bio: Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling. Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

Where to find Terri:    Website     Blog     Facebook     Twitter     Goodreads



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Ten Things I’ve Learned Since I Started Writing – Guest Post by Elsie Elmore + Giveaway

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I’m happy to hand over my blog today to Elsie Elmore, who is celebrating the release of her debut novel, The Undead: Playing for Keeps, with two giveaways!

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I was thrilled to be asked to do a guest post on Just Get it Written. Caffe Maggieato has a great blog that hosts awesome interviews and provides great tips for writers. (There’s even a Linky Tool for the Celebrate the Small Things weekly post if you want to join.)

Photo Credit: Flickr by Angie Torres

 Ten Things I’ve Learned Since I Started Writing

  1. I’m not alone…per se. There are a lot of writers out there facing the same struggles, doubts, and milestones. Reach out and find camaraderie.

  2. Practice and time will improve your skills. Read, write, and repeat.

  3. Creating your cover with a graphic artist is mind blowing at times. Colors, fonts, perspectives, all have to be factored in. It’s a far more complex task that I initially thought.

  4. Self-doubt is a demon that knows no bounds… but that demon can be tamed by keeping it in check. Believe in yourself.

  5. We’re all a Work-in -progress. (I wrote a post about this.) It’s important to cut yourself a break sometimes and step back to see your growth.

  6. Writing scenes in different perspectives is helpful. Changing POV gives you insight into a characters mind or what’s happening externally. Writing in different perspectives is also great practice.

  7. Critique partners are very important. And they are definitely partners, so be kind, choose well, and reciprocate with the same energy and effort they offer you.

  8. Writing is easier some days than others. If I’m stressed over something personal, I cut myself some slack and work on different aspects of writing so I can let myself settle.

  9. Staying organized will help you manage your time better. Scrivener has been the best tool I’ve discovered since I started writing. This program allows you to plan, rearrange, create character sketches, and more.

  10. Everyone has their own set of goals and their own definition of success. I just need to focus on mine.

The Undead CoverGenre: YA Paranormal Romance

Release Date: September 3, 2014

Where to Buy:

Amazon      Amazon UK      B&N

Don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads


ElsieElmoreElsie Elmore lives in North Carolina with her husband and two kids.

With a science education degree from NCSU, she never imagined she would someday write stories that challenge the laws of nature. She loves the color red, has an appreciation for chocolate and coffee that borders on obsession, and wishes fall temperatures would linger year round.

Elsie is a member of several writing organizations: RWA, SCBWI, and WSW. The Undead : Playing for Keeps is her debut novel.

Where to find Elsie:    Website     Faceboook     Twitter     Goodreads



Celebrate The Small Things with Melissa + Giveaway

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Time again to Celebrate The Small Things with our host VikLit.

Unfortunately, I don’t have much to celebrate for the week. I’m sick again and stress levels are up, mostly due to work. This has made it harder to focus on the small things, which is the point of this blog hop. I should try to make more of an effort so in an attempt to be positive, here are my celebrations:

  1. I’m alive

  2. I have a job

  3. Melissa Maygrove’s debut novel Come Back is due for release on May 12. Yes, it’s really her celebration rather than mine but I saw the awesome trailer she posted on her blog a few days ago and just have to share. She’s also celebrating the release with a rafflecopter giveaway!

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Contest starts May 5th and ends at midnight on May 19th. Winners will be announced May 21st.

The two prizes are:

A $50 gift card to your choice of Amazon or Barnes & Noble (Book Depository for international entrants)

A signed paperback copy of Come Back for winner living in the cont. U.S. or Authorgraph + e-book copy (international entrant)


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