Friday, February 22, 2013

Blog Ring of Power Presents: P.T. Dilloway

Wait for it... wait for it... Okay! 
It's that time again! That time where I rant about stupid things?  No no no. 

It's Blog Ring of Power time! 

When five blogs stick one author in the spotlight for a week and make them shine.  
 (Um Terri, the glitter isn't working in this light, tell Irene to quit messing with it.  No no, Dean, the computer wants a makeover, that's why it's messing with you.  Sandra... wait, what was that in the shadows?  T.W. um can you time warp this to work right? No?
Don't worry, it's all good. I think I've got it. The glitter has to go though. Now where is that super hero cape... Don't worry P.T.  this will look great on you.)

 Okay, all joking aside.  I'd like to introduce you all to P.T. Dilloway.  Welcome to the Realm. This is Part 5 of the five part interview.  I hope everyone gets a chance to check out the other four parts.

Part 1 @ Sandra - Monday, February 18th
Part 2 @ Dean - Tuesday, February 19th
Part 3 @ Terri - Wednesday, February 20th
Part 4 @ Teresa - Thursday, February 21st

P.T. has never climbed Mt. Everest, never fronted a rock band (or played a musical instrument), never played on a pro sports team, never dated (or even seen up close) a supermodel, never been linked to any celebrity (A, B, D-list or otherwise), never walked down a red carpet, never had anyone discuss a "baby bump," never been featured on reality TV, and never been the star of a YouTube video. However, Pat has spent many lonely evenings (early mornings and mid-afternoons too!) reading and writing, and that has resulted in the publication of this novel.

Words of Wisdom

BRoP: What are the most important elements of good writing?
P.T.  I think if history has taught us anything, it’s that people will forgive most anything as long as the story keeps their interest.  Books like The da Vinci Code or Twilight I don’t consider to have very strong writing from a technical standpoint, nor do they have very well-rounded, interesting characters.  (I would argue the opposite is the case with Twilight.)  Yet lots of people read those and made them successes because the story maintained their interest.  So if you have a good story that will usually cover up any other deficiencies.  Conversely, there are a lot of beautiful writers whose stories are as interesting a soup can label.  A great story can make up for dull prose but great prose cannot make up for a dull story.

BRoP: What tools are must-haves for writers?
P.T.  These days you need to have a computer with a word processing program on it.  I just use the same copy of MS Word I’ve had for pretty much 13 years now. I think you can still download OpenOffice for free if you don’t want to spend much money. You also need a printer, which laser printers are pretty cheap these days; I got mine for about $50.  And never underestimate the value of a good red pen when editing.

BRoP: Do you have any advice for other writers?
P.T.  I think the best advice is to read a lot, especially early on.  It’s important to see what’s out there in the world before you try to make your mark on the world.  It’s good to read in your genre of choice, but it’s even better to read in a variety of genres.  That way you can experience more styles and techniques to get a broader view of the literary world.  The worst thing you can do is just read one book and decide you want to write a book just like it.  All you’re going to be doing then is parroting that other author instead of making your own book.

BRoP: What are your current / future project(s)?
P.T.  Current and future is releasing all eight volumes of the Tales of the Scarlet Knight series.  The first one is already released, the second is dropping February 12 and the rest will follow with one in each successive month right on through August.  I think the series goes in some unexpected directions that I hope will take readers by surprise.

BRoP: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
P.T.  I would just like to thank Sandra Ulbrich Almazan and the whole Blog Ring of Power gang for letting me take up space on your blogs.  Thanks a lot and good luck in your own writing endeavors!

Contact Information:

Is your book in print, ebook or both?  
My books Where You Belong and The Carnival Papers are available in print.  The rest are ebooks only for now.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Blog Ring of Power Presents: Juli D. Revezzo

Hey guys! It's that time again.  That time that we drag another victim... Um, I mean author, through our questions and learn a whole new side of writing.  The one that involves the author themselves. So pour yourself another coffee, (While you're at it, pour me one too.) sit back and relax as we let you into another persons brain. I know, it's squishy in here, but don't worry, it gets comfy. 

Please welcome: Juli D. Revezzo, author of The Artist’s Inheritance and Caitlin’s Book of Shadows.
JuliDRevezzobJuli is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, so much so she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature. She loves writing stories with fantastical elements whether it be a full-on fantasy, or a story set in this world–slightly askew. She has been published in short form in Eternal Haunted Summer,  Dark Things II: Cat Crimes (a charity anthology for cat related charities), Luna Station Quarterly, The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth, and Twisted Dreams Magazine. She recently released her debut novel,The Artist’s Inheritance.
She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.
Part 1 — Monday, February 11@ Sandra Ulbrich Almazan’s site (
Part 2 — Tuesday, February 12 @ Dean C. Rich’s site (
Part 3 — Wednesday, February 13 @ Terri Bruce’s (
Part 4 ~ Thursday, February 14 @ T.W. Fendly (
Part #5: Words of Wisdom

BRoP: Tell us about your route to success – how/when did you decide to self-publish? Did you query an agent first? How did you handle the editing, proofreading, cover design, etc.
Juli: I queried so many agents and editors over the years I’ve lost track! The self-publishing naysayers kept me from that route for decades. When that stigma died down, my friends who’d self-published in the past finally convinced me to give it a shot. I don’t know if I’ve found success yet. I’m still working on that part.  As for the design and editing I am very lucky to know quite a few very talented people. I only needed to put a call out to them and like I said, they did a great job.

BRoP: What are the most important elements of good writing?
Juli: This is likely to ruffle a few feathers, but I’d say take a few classes in the classics, first and see what came before. But not everyone’s going to be willing to do that. It’s just the route I took. Then try writing for yourself, and try again and again. Really the only way to learn is to read, and try writing yourself.

BRoP: What tools are must-haves for writers?

Juli: A computer, pen and paper, a good dictionary or two (I have three), a good thesaurus, and some good books on editing. And a command of spelling doesn't hurt. Never trust spell check.

BRoP: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Juli: When in doubt, trust yourself. It’s your story. You know it best. Do what you feel is best for it. Be aware: sometimes you can edit in mistakes as much as edit them out. If it feels like you've done too much editing….stop. Don’t foul something up because some beta reader still doesn't get it. No one’s perfect, after all.

BRoP: What are your current / future project(s)?

Juli: I just released a “side story” in the series entitled Caitlin’s Book of Shadows that tells of Caitlin and Trevor as they put their relationship back on track, and Cait’s struggles with her new view on life. I am also working on the initial edits of Drawing Down The Shades, (Antique Magic, book two) which will follow Caitlin and Trevor on their continued path, and how they deal with the imps and bad vibes that keep dogging them. If all goes well I’ll have that out this spring. Meanwhile, I’m waiting on edits for a paranormal romance novel I’m working on with a small press publisher, The Wild Rose Press.

BRoP: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Juli: Just thanks for having me, and I hope your readers will give The Artist’s Inheritance a try and like what they see. :)

Is your book in print, ebook or both? The Artist’s Inheritance (Antique Magic, Book One) is available in both ebook and Print, from Amazon and Createspace as well as Smashwords and Barnes and Noble. The connecting story Caitlin’s Book of Shadows is currently available in eformat at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Please let us kntheartistsinheritbjdr700ow where can your readers find you:
My webpage is at:
My author pages are: Amazon:
and Smashwords:
I’m also on Facebook:
Manic Readers:
Twitter: @julidrevezzo
THE ARTIST’S INHERITANCE: Trouble only a witch can solve…Settling into a new home, Caitlin notices changes coming over her husband. When nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking–Caitlin knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair her husband’s carving, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces–the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?
Armed with a handful of allies–a coven of helpful witches–she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Blog Ring of Power Presents: Cathrine McLean

Blog Ring of Power
Cathrine McLean

Catherine McLean writes “Women’s SCEM Writertarscape Fiction” because she likes a story where characters are real people facing real dilemmas, and where their journey (their adventure-quest, with or without a romance) is among the stars and solar systems, and where there’s always a satisfying ending.
Writing as C. E. McLean, Catherine has sold short stories in science fiction, paranormal, and contemporary to hard-copy and online anthologies and magazines. She had two novels published in 2012–Karma and Mayhem and Jewels of the Sky.
Don’t miss the rest of her five-part interview at:
Part 1 – Wednesday, January 30 @ Terri Bruce’s (
Part 2 – Thursday, January 31 @ T.W. Fendly (
Part 4 – Monday, February 4 @ Sandra Ulbrich Almazan’s site (
Part 5 - Tuesday, February 5 @ Dean C. Rich’s site (

 Section #3 The Creative Process

BRoP: Do you have a specific writing style?

Cathrine: I write in deep third person Point of View and Viewpoint.  In other words, the character narrates.  This is a way of getting the reader up-close and personal with the characters and with the story.  This style is one of the very best ways to accomplish reader satisfaction, but it's certainly not easiest to write.

BRoP:  How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?

Cathrine: I don't believe in formulas but in guidelines and big, brush-strokes. That's because every decision or choice made depends on what kind of story dump I get.  However, there are genre specifics, especially for romances, that must be included in a story for there to be reader satisfaction.

BRoP:  Are you a "plotter" or a "pantser" (do you plan/outline the story ahead of time or write "by the seat of your pants?")

Cathrine:  I began my first novel as a pantser and hated that extremely frustrating method because rewrites wasted so much of my time and energy. Over the years, I've met a lot of writers and came to the conclusion that there are ten types, or styles, of how writers output a story.  Another observation of mine is that although many writers start out as one type, usually a pantser or a plotter (which are the two most well-known styles), a writer often evolves into one of the other eight types becase that writer sought to become a producing storyteller.  What's a producing storyteller?  It's a person who can output, from draft to sending the story out for publication: a minimum of one 100,000 word novel a year, or two 55,000 word novels a year, or a short story every one to three months.

BRoP:  Do you use critique partners or beta readers?  Why or why not?

Cathrine:  When I do run into a story problem, which is maybe once a year, my Pennwriters groups are very helpful in brainstorming.  I will also bring final copy of a short story to my groups for a last look before sending the manuscript to a publication.  In the case of novels, when I have revised, edited, and polished them to the very best of my abilities  then and only then, do I take the opening to a group for feedback to find out if it hooked them into wanting to read on.  However, I then use readers who have the time available to read the entire story from start to finish.

BRoP:  How much time do you spend on research?  What type of research do you do?

Cathrine:  It all depends on what the story is about.  Karma and Mayhem dealt with Japanese martial arts, samurai, and katanas. So, once the story dump came to me, I spent roughly three months (and many trips to the library) for research.  What I learned, I noted and put in a file folder I titled "martial arts." (It's now about two inches thick!)  I even watched a number of martial arts films and documentaries.  For Jewels of the Sky, it was different.  Over the course of thirty years, curiosity had me investigating, garnering, and accumulating information about North and South American Indians and the idea that aliens once visited Earth.  However, rechecking facts took a few weeks.

What formats are your books available? KARMA AND MAYHEM: Only as an eBook; JEWELS OF THE SKY: As an eBook and a paperback
Where can readers find you?
Jewels-of-SkyJEWELS OF THE SKY: Being a direct descendant of the captain who massacred the Mayans, DARQ is a Wysotti woman and a duty-oriented, pragmatic interstellar fighter pilot.
 She doesn’t believe in miracles or forgiveness, or that J’Hi-inti (god) would ever rescind the death curse on her people for what happened to the Mayans. Only J’Hi-inti hears one compelling plea for reconciliation and decides to let chaos rule–and test Darq. After all, she’s a wild card like her nefarious ancestor. What will she do when she faces the ruthless alien fleet commander who spearheads the blitzkrieg that is to finally destroy her homeworld, and who she once witnessed murder her cadet comrades?
 Blinded by hate and survivor guilt, all that stands between survival and extinction, heaven or hell, for Darq and her people is mercy–or a miracle.