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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Guest Post: Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

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Welcome to the Darkness of Light Blog Tour. Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown is a mature YA/New Adult Paranormal Romance that I am personally dying to get my hands on. Enjoy the guest post below which details Stacey's writing routine and how sometimes writing in your penguin flannel pajamas is not the way to go. There is also a generous blog tour giveaway below.
Summary
Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.

Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.

When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for trouble teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.


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My Writing Routine
By Stacey Marie Brown

A writing routine—every writer has some form of one. The A-Type personality out there would find my process more of a “hot mess” rather than an actual method, but even I, at closer inspection, have one.

I learned quickly that if I was truly serious about writing, I had to leave my house. Yes, I said leave the house. I just heard an outcry of pajama-clad authors around the world rejecting this scenario. Leaving the house means having to get dressed. The horror! I know that half the point of being an author is the fact you can stay in your pajamas and fluffy slippers all day.

It’s the little things like hearing the doorbell ring and having no pants on that gets the author's blood pumping. My UPS man is convinced I’m a hermit who doesn’t own any real clothes besides my favorite penguin flannel bottoms my mother made me. I know guys—shocker—this girl is still single. But, some days this is just my life, especially if I’m focusing on the marketing aspect of my job. Two o’clock comes around and I haven’t even brushed my teeth yet. Ah, yes, the glamorous life of a writer.

If I want to concentrate on writing, I found being home consists of very little writing and more of my money being spent buying books on Amazon. I am also vastly creative on finding distractions. I mean, seriously, how many times do I need to pee in 20 minutes? I certainly don’t go that much when I’m out at a cafĂ©. And, how many times have I sat at my computer to write when I decide I have to clean my desk. Now, I hate to clean and find every excuse not to do it; but, suddenly, when I should be writing, it MUST be taken care of NOW. 

The Internet is the biggest seductress. She is an alluring temptress who could put a Siren out of a job. She certainly has led me down the endless labyrinth of diversion. The hours an author spends “researching” a day, especially on topics that probably have them on some FBI watch list, is astronomical. The Internet is another vice that, for me, must be left at home. Every once in a while, when I really need to know something to carry on a scene, I will break my rule. This is one part of my process, however, I actually try to stick to. I have to—the internet is just so sparkly!

Carrying around a notebook is not really a process but more of a must for a writer. Ideas come at the most inconvenient times:  showering, right before falling asleep, driving, or standing in line at the post office. My mind loves doing this. It finds it funny to mess with me. It comes up with those brilliant ideas that only flutter there for a moment before vanishing from my memory forever. If I don’t write it down right then . . . well, tough. I will spend the rest of the day driving myself crazy trying to remember that mind-blowing, hilarious comment my character was going to say. Evil, evil brain.

All writers have different ways in which their characters speak to them. Some authors say they have full control over their characters and what they’re going to say. I’d like to say I was the one in control of the voices in my head. I’m not. Mine seem to have a mind of their own and usually tell me how a scene is going to come out. I’ve gone into a scene wanting the outcome to be one way and, by the end of my writing session, they have taken it in a completely different way. Most of the time they make it better. Maybe it is my acting background that allows me let my “actors” improvise. As their director, I allow them to play out a scene organically, and if I have to pull them back, I do. Most of the time I just let them go. The characters have their own way of speaking each with their own little quirks. I see them playing out the scenes in my head like a movie. This, I’m sure to an outsider, makes me look nuts. Years of having these voices argue in your head . . . is there a writer out there hasn’t become a little nuts?

A new author first feels every word they compose across the page is literary gold and cannot be cut or the entire novel will suddenly make no sense. The truth is that barely half of the words in your first or even fourth draft will make it into the actual novel. This was a hard lesson for me, like being thrown into a gladiator pit. You fight valiantly and brutally for every scene and character and then some editor comes along and mercilessly guts your novel. I felt like giving a funeral to those I had to kill off or cut from existence.

When writing for yourself you can keep every tedious detail intact. But, if you want the story to be published and enjoyed by others, you need to understand that your editor and B-readers are only trying to make your story better. They are not saying you suck, well, at least not directly to your face. Once I let go and got over this, cutting and editing was easier for me. Then I became obsessed with changing, editing, and cutting. I could have continued to work on my book for the next two years, altering and re-writing every line.

There comes a time, though, you have to let go and put it out into the world. And that is like standing naked on burning coals in front of millions of people. Scary, exhilarating, can hurt like hell, and you’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Author Bio

Stacey Marie Brown works by day as an Interior/Set Designer and by night a writer of paranormal fantasy, adventure, and literary fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.


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21 comments:

  1. 'standing naked on burning coals in front of millions of people'?! That does sounds scary! Best of luck with your book :)
    I would choose light!

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  2. In the middle. One always need balance, and as attractive as darkness is, we all sometimes need light.

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  3. Congratulations on the publication of Darkness of Light! It sounds like an exciting book. I would choose somewhere in between darkness and light. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I would definitely choose light.

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  5. Great interview! This looks like a good read :)

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  6. Loved the guest post, I would be in my pjs, I really hate to leave the house for any reason..LOL

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    1. I know, that's how I am. PJs are sooooo comfy, why leave them? Hehe.

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  7. I choose to be in between.

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  8. I would love to be light, but I'm always dark.

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  9. I always try to live in the light, but I think none of us are perfect and we sometimes stumble into the darkness and have to battle our way back to the light :)

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  10. Light all the way :D but who doesn't have a bit of darkness? I am sitting here in my penguin pajamas giggling about this post. Yes I can stay home in them all day on the weekend without changing too and the pizza delivery guy gives me an odd look sometimes. Yes, I'm also single - shocker there as well.

    It is fantastic :D It all boils down to getting rid of the distractions and letting the inspiration out. It's this way for me with art since I'm not a writer, but I do get it. Thank you so much for sharing! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

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    1. Hehe, us and our PJs. We are sad but happy women.

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  11. Probably the Light, but who doesn't want to dabble in the dark every once in awhile.

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  12. Light, but Lord knows I don't always make it in time, lol.

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  13. Definitely somewhere in between ; )

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  14. I Always Want The Best Of Both Worlds, So Somewhere In Between Of Course! Thanks For The Giveaway!

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