A Character Talks To Her Author

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SM: This may sound a little strange, but I’m going to interview my author, B. Lynn Goodwin about the book she wrote before mine.

You see I’ve been learning a few things about care giving since I met a girl named Tessa. You’ll meet her when you read Talent. Her sister came back from Afghanistan with some kind of a brain injury. She’s still in a coma, but Tessa’s keeping a journal for her to help her when she wakes up. So, Lynn, my first question would be is Tessa’s journal like your book?

BLG: A little bit. In both cases caregivers are relieving stress by writing their stories one incident at a time and one feeling at a time.

They are processing their thoughts as they write them down. There’s something about slowing down and putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard that makes what’s happening more manageable. You don’t deny thoughts the minute they flit into your brain. Instead you deal with them.

SM: Cool. That’s like my journal for English class, except I try not to say anything too personal there.

BLG: You can be as personal as you want when you journal for yourself. So who else would this journal be good for?

SM: Maybe my mom. Maybe even my dad. They can’t get over what happened to my brother, Bri. Not that I blame them. But it totally sucks—I mean it’s totally hard—to be me right now. They hardly even know I’m around.

BLG: So they could process what happened to Bri and how they are coping?

SM: Wait a minute. I’m supposed to be asking the questions! Do you have to journal every day?

BLG: Write when you want to. Write as often as you want to. Some people set a timer for 10 minutes. Some people keep going long after 10 minutes.

SM: Where did those 200 sentence starts come from?

BLG: Good questions, Sandee. I’m not sure anyone ever asked me that before. I first wrote them for my students. They were tenth graders who kept saying, “There’s nothing to write about.” So I started saying, “Finish that sentence start on the board and just keep going.”

SM: Did it work?

BLG: Would it work in your English class?

SM: It would for some people.

BLG: Exactly. When I used sentence starts with more motivated people, like drama students developing their characters or my free writing group, people used them to start. They let one idea lead to the next.

SM: So are journaling and free writing the same?

BLG: Free writing is a form of journaling.

SM: So I think I might like a copy of the book for Tessa, and I think I should get Mom and Dad separate books. So how do I get it?

BLG: Go to Amazon. I know you know about Amazon because they sell your story, Talent too. The Amazon page for You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers is You Want Me to Do WHAT? The page for Talent is Talent.

SM: Thanks for letting me interview you. Maybe I should take up journalism.

BLG: It’s okay with me, but you’ll have to wait until I get my newest book published before I can tell more of your stories, Sandee. I’ll tell you more about that book in our next interview.

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Blog Hop

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We’re going to be part of a blog hop on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. I, Sandee Mason, will be interviewing my author, B. Lynn Goodwin, about a book she wrote before Talent. It’s called You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers.

It’s hosted by Brandi Kennedy and Jodie Pierce and will cover many genres. Here’s all the information minus the book covers. Sorry about that. They didn’t copy:

About Brandi:

Brandi Kennedy is a romance novelist who is finally living her childhood career dream. As a child, books were her world and through adulthood, that love of words has never changed. Brandi is now a contemporary romance novelist and poet with a deep love of writing and a curiously adventurous desire to someday write in several other genres.

A woman of varied interests, Brandi loves photography, music of all kinds, knitting, crochet, and of course, mothering her two young daughters. Currently, she finds her home in the heart of Knoxville, Tennessee, among the mountains and the members of her extended family, where she spends her days at the computer, bringing fresh and incredibly real characters to life.

Bibliography:

Fat Chance: The Kingsley Series #1

Amazon Link

Prescription for Love: The Kingsley Series #2

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Wrestling Harmony: The Kingsley Series #3

Amazon Link

More than Friends: The Kingsley Series #4

Amazon Link

Selkie I

Amazon Link

Selkie II

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Fighting for Freedom

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Courageous (a short standalone novella)

Amazon Link

Where to Find Brandi:

Blog: www.authorbrandikennedy.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brandi.fields.kennedy.923?fref=ts

& facebook.com/authorbrandikennedy

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6861198.Brandi_Kennedy

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BrandiKennedyAuthor

Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/brandikennedy84/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandi-kennedy-a2916990

Twitter: @brandikennedy84

Instagram: @authorbrandikennedy

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt7nmTKO2K_fH4jAWWB4V3A

Snapchat: @brandikennedy84

Amazon Author Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Brandi-Kennedy/e/B00AQIJJ5S

**For some exclusive fun, different and exciting new information as well as an extra monthly flash fiction, join her for as little as $1 per month at:

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/authorbrandikennedy

Now, hop on over to the other blogs hosting Brandi for the entire month of February:

2/2 www.barbara-custer.livejournal.com

2/3 www.facebook.com/sallyssneakypeeks

2/4 www.authorbrandikennedy.blogspot.com

2/5 www.jenniferzamboni.blogspot.com

2/8 www.blynngoodwin.com

2/9 www.barbarawinkes.blogspot.ca

2/12 www.jenniferzamboni.blogspot.com

2/17 www.jodiepierceauthor.blogspot.com & www.thevampirequeen1.blogspot.com

2/19 www.www.jenniferzamboni.blogspot.com

2/23 www.margobondcolling.com & www.bookiaimfortheheart.blogspot.com

2/24 www.authorgeorginahannan.blogspot.co.uk

2/25 www.authorbrandikennedy.blogspot.com & www.jenniferzamboni.blogspot.com

2/26 www.sandiewill.com/blog

2/28 www.debbieherbert.com/blog

Stop by these blogs and leave a comment…there may be a prize for the person who’s visited and commented on the most blogs (other than the blog participants…aw shucks)!

 

The Role of M&Ms in Talent

 

 

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My author was asked to take some refreshments to a book signing. She’s stapled these quotes to muffin cups, and she’s going to put M&Ms in them. Her business cards will go under them.

What do you think?

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“I slide my hand into my backpack and pull out two red M&Ms. The chocolate melts on my tongue and soothes my stomach.”

~~Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin

 

“I’m so nervous I grabbed a whole handful of M&Ms without even thinking.”

~~Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin

 

“I can’t control it [auditions] any more than I can control how many M&Ms go in my mouth when I get nervous.”

~~Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin

 

 

“No way I’ll let anybody see the tears in my eyes. It’s not my fault that I don’t sing bass or tenor. I slide my hand into my pocket and sneak three M&Ms.

~~Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin

“I grab a handful of M&Ms, but a second later, I drop them back in the bag. Candy can’t solve this problem.”

~~Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin

 

“I’ve opened a fresh pack of M&Ms, which are still stashed in the left pocket of my corduroy jacket. I didn’t buy any today, and I hope I won’t tomorrow, but I don’t want to waste the ones I have.”

~~Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin

“I reach into my jacket pocket for my M&Ms, but I slide my hand back out without taking any.

~~Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin

“I excuse myself, head for the bathroom, and on the way, I stuff a handful of M&Ms into my mouth.

“Do they help?” a girl with a husky voice asks.

~~ Tessa Kwan to Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin

 

“She’s challenging me just like she did last night when she saw me consuming the M&Ms. She catches my look and says, “You can’t avoid your feelings, Sandee. You have to face them.”

~~Tessa Kwan to Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin

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What happened? There were a bunch more. Three pages. I guess you’ll have to read the book and find them yourself.

https://www.amazon.com/Talent-B-Lynn-Goodwin/dp/1629293350/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450916910&sr=8-1&keywords=9781629293356

If you click on that it should take you right to my page–okay the page for my book. I want you to read my story, now that drama teachers are casting the spring musical. M&Ms are only a small part, but refreshments have to be food, and the food was supposed to be related.

Got it?

Thanks!

Happy New Year

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Coming Out From Behind the Curtain

I don’t understand why New Year’s is such a big deal. Am I being a party-pooper? That’s what Rob said when I told him I wasn’t going to his party for all the performing arts kids. You’d think he would know better after rehab.

 

A year ago we were waiting for the Army to tell us that Bri had been found in an Army Hospital. Or any hospital. Or even that he’d been found with amnesia and he’d have to learn who we were again. Anything would have been better than the news we dreaded and feared. But it came.

 

The amazing thing is that life went on after we got the news. The principal asked me to make a presentation about him in the assembly and one thing led to another, and hear we are. It’s been nearly a year.

 

Mom was kinda weepy earlier. She got that way on Christmas too, so Dad said that tonight was just for the two of them. He told me about it before he told Mom, which made me feel very grown up. So Diego and I are going to watch movies tonight. And eat popcorn and maybe M&Ms. Dad made me promise I wouldn’t have a party, but he was fine with my having Diego over. He said he’ll trust us and we’d better not give him a reason to change his mind.

 

What would you watch on TV if you were with your boyfriend? Am I leaving myself wide open with that question? Sure hope not. I guess I’ll find out how well you know me by your answer.

 

Whether you respond or not, I hope you have a wonderful New Year. 2017 has to be better than the first part of 2016.

Ending on Wednesday…

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Not this blog…

Not TALENT

Not our editing services

Not Writer Advice

Not interviews or book reviews on Writer Advice

Not my writing practice or yours

Not the world as we know it

What’s ending at the end of the day on December 1 is Writer Advice’s Fifth Scintillating Starts Contest. 

Have you shared the first 1000 words of your memoir or novel with us? You should. We are known for our great feedback, and you have a chance to win a cash prize and have your work published in Writer Advice, http://www.writeradvice.com.

Grab and hold us with your opening paragraphs. We’ll read from works in progress as well as finished manuscripts. Submit up to 1000 words of any unpublished memoir, novel, or creative nonfiction by 12-01-16 to Writer Advice’s Scintillating Starts Contest.