Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ask me Anything, Round Two (#pitchwarsAMA)

I'm excited to be sharing more about myself thanks to being tagged once again for #pitchwarsAMA by the lovely @EmmaleeAple. If you don't know her, get going to her twitter page and say I sent you. Go on, right now! Then come back and read my second and much funnier round of "Ask Me Anything" answers.


@JennyleeSD asked: What's a book you absolutely hated, but taught you something very important about writing?



I don't know that I've ever HATED a book... let me think on this a bit.

Okay, I'm back. The only thing I could come up with is Jane Eyre. I eventually came to love it, but it took three attempts to read it all the way through. It made me realize that concise writing will hold the reader's interest longer then beautiful, drawn out prose and long, fancy sentences.



@LiseFrac asked: Do you like peas?



The short answer: Only fresh or frozen ones.

The long answer: I like peas a lot! We grew them in our garden when we lived in Washington. There is something to be said about eating sunshine-warmed peas literally right out of the shell. When I use frozen peas, my favorite dish is Risi e Bisi, which is an Italian dish with peas, rice, parmesan cheese, and nutmeg. Mmmmmm, so good.

I do NOT, however, endorse canned peas in any way, shape, or form. They destroy any dish they're put in with their mushy texture and awkward metallic taste. Ew, ew, ew! Same goes for spinach. Popeye has issues.


@liseFrac asked: What are your thoughts on chapter breaks? I've read that breaks should be natural, chapter should be self-contained unit, but that never works for me.



In all three of my manuscripts, chapter breaks have come easily for me. With both my first and second manuscript, I intentionally wrote each chapter break with a  cliff hanger. In my current work-in-progress, chapter breaks are just change in POV, but I still try to leave a subtle cliff hanger. In my opinion, that is the best way to do it.

I've never had a problem with a novel whose chapter lengths are varied, as long as the reader's age is taken into consideration. Remember, the main purpose of a chapter break is keep the reader interested enough to read the next chapter.


@raballard asked: How long have you been crazy? (I.e. how long have you been SERIOUS bout writing, like dead serious)



I got serious about writing April last year. I had some serious depression going on, and anger issues with my children. I decided to see a therapist. Once I spewed my story in blubbering fashion, she asked me a simple question: What was I doing for myself? I just looked at her funny because it had been so long since I'd even thought about it. Then she asked me what I loved to do. And writing was the first thing that came to mind.


Within a week, I'd started to novel drafts and began researching freelancing work. The rest is a very short history of rewriting, querying too soon, and online writer contests! :~D


And the most important question asked was....

@EmmaleeAple asked: Alright,what would you do with a fedora,a red velvet jumpsuit, marshmallow fluff, a donkey, three bicycles & a desert island?



In real life: I'd wear the fedora and ride one of the bicycles pulling the rest to Washington State, where I'd visit my friend Jeff who loves marshmallow fluff, and dress the donkey in the red velvet jumpsuit before sending him to a desert island as far away as possible.

If I wrote a novel: I'm pretty sure it would be about a very early circus, with velvet clothed clowns falling into marshmallow fluff, and fedora wearing donkeys riding bicycles. Not entirely sure where the desert island would fit in. Maybe the talented high wire-ist would be from one.

 

 And then....


#pitchwarsAMA has been a wonderful way to really get to know the other contestants, so I hope that it will keep going all the way to September 3rd! I'm going to pick the next lucky person to take part. (If you need a place to post, I'd be more than happy to host you on my blog.)

Without further ado, I tag.......

@liseFrac!!!! :~D

Looking forward to your answers!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Always truth, never dare, except today! (#pitchwarsAMA)

You know, I sort of avoided playing truth or dare as a younger person. I could handle dishing out the truth, but I always shuddered at someone forcing me into a dare. I wasn't always afraid, just liked controlling my own crazy.  But today's post is a touch of both because the fabulous @ELWicker tagged me for the Pitchwars Ask Me Anything (#pitchwarsAMA) challenge. But this dare will reveal the truth about me as a writer and dreamer.

 Below are the questions posed to me by 2014 #pitchwars mentees:

 

@ELWicker asked: How does it make you feel when you finally (and completely) finish writing a book?


 
If you mean in a completely edited and squeakily kind of finished, the truth is I've never done that. Writing is an ever-changing process. But when I finished both my middle grade novels' rough drafts, I allowed myself a crazy, I-rocked-this-thing-out sort of jiggle before the reality of editing sank deep into my stomach. Then I sat down. And started to read what I wrote.


@Aightball asked: What must your writing environment be? (I.e. Quiet, music, special place, etc...)



Funniest thing ever. What is a writing environment? I have two adorable and ridiculously rambunctious girls under the age 7. I write between tantrums, hunger cries, and little person crises. I don't even know what quiet is. Sometimes I play music on my laptop when I manage to stay in my 2x4 office space for more then twenty minutes. Please don't take this as complaining. It's just the way my life is. Thank God for nap time!

I will admit that if I had the 'write' equipment and lived in a place that got more then a month of sunshine a year, I'd spend more time writing out-of-doors. I feel more grounded there, and my creativity has the room it craves.

 

@Hayley_stone asked: Growing up, what books or authors would you say had the most influence on you and your writing?


This is a fun question! My love of fantasy and historical fiction started at such a young age. Bruce Coville, Madeleine L'engle, C.S. Lewis, Tamora Pierce, Jane Austen, and Shel Silverstein all played a major part in showing me the unlimited reach words have on the imagination and my life. I would disappear into forgotten times and strange lands, only to submerge when my mom forced me to.

 

@Twin_Lotus asked: Who is the weirdest character you've written about?


Weirdness is so subjective. I think the pukulats, or stone spirits, in my first manuscript (now shelved until I can rewrite it) were the weirdest and most fun to write. I describe them as men that emerge from a sacred rock. They guard the way to a hidden fortress. Their joints clank as they move, like puppets made of stone, and they speak in rhyme, all the time, even as they climb!

 

@winellroad asked: Who would play the characters in the movie version of your book? 


I am not very movie, actor(ess) minded, so this is a hard question for me. Plus, my #pitchwars book is based on my upbringing, so I see a lot of my characters as the people they are based on.

If I had to choose, Dom would be played by Theo Holm. Reed, Dom's brother, would be played by Lincoln Lewis. Emma would be played by Elle Fanning. Taylor, Dom's rival, would be played by Kenton Duty.  Bad guy China Jin would be played by Wallace Chung.

 

@alisonwhipp asked: Do you have moments where you feel like giving up (WIP or writing)? If so, how do you push through that? 


Okay, first off, I gotta say that I have had these moments both mid-rough draft and in the editing process. But honestly, I'm a major optimist. When I have a give-up thought, I try really hard to nip it in the butt quick and focus back on what I love.

Sometimes, that means going back to a portion of the novel that I love and rereading it a few times. I've sent an email to a critique partner and told them I needed some cheering up. I'm also a christian, so sometimes I'll pray about it.

But my best tactic is time away. I'll step back for a few hours, or up to a few days. And it seems like I always come back refreshed and excited about the story again.

 

Duck, duck, duck...


Thanks for reading this post and all the great questions! Now its my turn to tag one of my question posers. So its duck, duck, duck, duck, stone! @Hayley_stone that is!

I loved your question and I really want to get to know you better! Be sure to tell me when and where you post your answers.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Why you want to mentor me in Pitchwars (#pimpmybio)

Welcome!

 

(For all my regular readers, bare with me as I post this bio for my most recent writing contest.)
Everyone else, and especially any mentors checking me out and wondering if I am the person they may like to work with, welcome to my #pitchwars #pimpmybio post! I'm glad you stopped by. I hope this gives you a taste of who I am and helps you decide in my favor as your lucky mentee. And if not, we can still be friends.

About Me

 

Hi there. *Waves*. Most people participating in the Pitchwars writing contest know me as E.G. Moore, but my friends call me Emily. I'm pensive, but loud. I'm thoughful, but tactless. I'm hardworking, but know when to take a break. And I know that pitchwars isn't that time.

My family includes my husband, a recent U.S. Navy veteran who can make me laugh no matter the circumstances, my two daughters Mikayla and Brylie, two hyper doggies, and a very vengeful cat.

My love of telling stories goes back forever to the "owl that says ruff my mom recorded on a cassette tape. But I didn't start really taking my writing seriously until a bout with depression had me grabbing for the things I loved most. And I haven't stopped since.

My day jobs include waitressing, chauffering, nanny-ing, cooking, cleaning, errand running, accounts receivable and payable, researcher. Oh alright, I'm really a mom and in between all these faucets of motherhood, I freelance blog and web content, and ghostwrite cookbooks. 

Determined as the Wind

 

The subtitle above isn't just pretty words. My commitment to a cause has served me well over the years, including top jerky saleswoman in junior high school, Miss Trinity 2004, U.S. Navy Family Readiness Group Coordinator, and Moms of Preschoolers Group leader. When I want something, I go for it skull, center, and soul. Pitchwars is no exception. I've not just entered, I've participated in both the learning part and the neurosis twice, as well as half a dozen other query and pitch contests. I want to be a published author, and if you are willing to work with me, I can guarantee that desire will make me the hardest working mentee you've ever helped.

Six More Random Reasons, Just in Case You're Not Convinced Yet


1. I've moved almost a dozen times in my 28 years. Sometimes by plane, sometimes by car. Once or twice alone, and always with a smile. These experiences have created fodder for my stories.

2. I'm semi-fluent in Spanish and know a tad of Italian. If you need an interpreter on ANY trip to Spain or Italy, please call me ASAP. My schedule will open up.

3. I've never really been into music or television. But let's talk about books because I guarantee we will find at least six first loves to talk about for hours.

4. I'm native to California, and no I didn't walk the beach every day of my childhood. I'm from a small mountain town in Northern California. I don't mean San Fransisco. The state capital is further north than that, just so you know.

5. My concern for the earth we live on and our impact on it is real. I'm very aware and careful about what my family eats, wears, and uses on and in their body. I love reusing and recycling. I'm not a tree hugger, I just believe in a cleaner, safer world and I am more than happy to tell you about it.

6. I have a fascination with cultures. You'll especially notice Native American elements in most of my works, even if subtle.

My Novel's Inspiration

 

Just like in LITTLE WOMEN, I've found that writing what I know is the key to authenticity. My entry for Pitchwars stems very much from that. ROWDY DAYS OF DOM SANDERS is a contemporary middle grade retelling of THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER based on my husband's scarce upbringing and our friendship growing up. (And in case any of my romance writing friends are wondering, no we weren't high school sweethearts.) I've been told it feels real with punchy MG voice and the perfect country setting. All I know is that I feel transported to my childhood when I edit it or relive a scene. And that is the sort of reading experience I want to give to young readers with all my books.

Pick me, Pick me!

 

And here's where I beg. I really want to experience Pitchwars as a finalist and find an agent for DOM. I love this book and I want a mentor and agent as crazy about it as I am. I'm not afraid to shred up the manuscript and bolster its full potential from the ground up. I am open and ready for criticism in all its forms. I'm looking for a mentor who will obsess with me, become a friend all the way to publication, and maybe, just maybe even meet in person some day. Feel free to check out my social media from the links below:

www.facebook.com/emilygmoorewriter
Tweet @egmoorewriter


And if all this doesn't convince you, well then I'm not above bribing. Just kidding, just kidding, just kidding. But seriously, I have tequila floats and dove squares. Ask any of the other #pitchwars contestants. They'll tell you.