Saturday, November 9, 2013

Blog Ring of Power Presents: PK Hrezo

Welcome to this week’s Blog Ring of Power guest, PK Hrezo, a native Floridian whose life could easily be a Jimmy Buffet song. She shares her home with her firefighter husband and their two children. When not creating characters and their worlds, PK can be found at her other job of rearranging passenger’s itineraries for a major international airline. The only hobbies she loves more than traveling, are reading, writing, and music, and when the four are combined she exists in total bliss.
Don’t miss the rest of P.K.’s interview:
Part 1 @ Sandra - Monday, Nov.  4
Part 2 @ Vicki - Tuesday, Nov. 5
Part 3 @ Terri - Wednesday, Nov 6
Part 4 @ T.W. - Thursday, Nov 7
Part 5 Is here, take a seat and let's check out out PK
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Section #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.

PK: I do have an agent, and she’s read Butterman Travel, but I told her upfront I wanted to self-pub it. I have other stories that I hope to go the traditional route with, but I felt BT was better suited for indie. It’s book 1 of a series that I plan to crank out fairly quickly (if possible,) and I didn’t want to go through the waiting and subbing process. Plus, there are some scenes in BT that some editors may have issue with, and I didn’t want anyone to tell me I had to change them. I’m trusting my instinct on this one, and it may be wrong, but at least I’ll only have myself to blame. 

BRoP: What are the most important elements of good writing? 

PK: Good writing encompasses so many things. The prose and sentence structure are vital to keeping the reader engaged, but the story design must absolutely be top-notch. The voice has to captivate the reader from page one, and if the characters fall flat, it doesn't matter how riveting the plot is. Readers fall in love with characters—the characters are what bring readers back for more. If the reader doesn't care about the character, they lose interest. Every character must have a goal and motivation, and they must be clear throughout the entire story.
BRoP: What tools are must-haves for writers? 

PK: Confidence and authority. Research your topic and own it as only you can.
BRoP: Do you have any advice for other writers? 

PK: If you’re not fully invested in your stories, your readers won’t be either. You have to believe your characters are real people so your readers will also. That being said, writers have a responsibility to the craft. Read bestselling novels in your genre, and read books on craft in between. And make it a point to critique other writers’ work as often as possible. I've learned so much from critiquing others. Also, as writers we have to accept that not every project will become something great—but write it anyway. Those unpublished stories are a necessary step in making us great writers.
BRoP: What do you feel is the key to your success? 

PK: Perseverance and dedication. Athletes don’t make it to the Olympics by giving up and saying it’s too hard. In order to persevere, we must believe in ourselves. Even when no one else believes in us, we must believe in ourselves. But that means working hard.
BRoP: What are your current / future project(s)? 

PK: Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. is book 1 in a 3 part planned series. However, I also have a memoir/life story book I’ve been asked to write for someone else, so I’ll be a very busy writer this next year. 
BRoP: Is there anything else you’d like to share? 

PK: Rock music and rock heroes are a big part of the Butterman Travel story. My other main character, Tristan Helms, is from a popular boy band and he’s searching for his solo niche. As a new adult myself, music was a huge part of my identity, and I had the pleasure of revisiting the music from my new adult years while writing this story. About halfway through my first draft I realized I wanted to dedicate the book to my own rock hero, Layne Staley of Alice in Chains and Mad Season. He passed away in 2002. I contacted his mother and got to meet her this past August. I’ll be sending her a copy of the book. So that, including this book being my debut, is all very surreal for me. Time travel and rock music = PK in heaven.

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