Got an awesome letter from a young fan about my M&M Twins book- thanks, Alyssa! I am hoping to make it into a series!
Category Archives: My Writing
The Next Big Thing
Myself and 7 up and coming authors through Solstice Publishing: Find websites, links, and contacts for a variety of genres below! Check it out!
1) What is the title of your next book/work?
Right now, I am taking author Michael Thal’s suggestion and titling my 3rd and final book in the Linked Through Time series “Destroyed in Time”
2) Where did the idea come from for the book/work?
The whole series started with stories of my father’s childhood. He grew up on a farm, poor and with lots of siblings. It makes for stories that never die and never grow old. Plus, it was a time without rules or safety- kids drove tractors that couldn’t see over the wheel, they shot guns, rode without seatbelts and had very little supervision. But all 11 survived and are pretty great people. It all makes me smile, even the tough stories. The place they grew up, people look at me and ask, “Why would you live there?” Baudette is a beautiful place-”God’s Country.”I go there to just be me!
3) What genre does your work fall under?
My books are in the YA category, under paranormal romance. They have hints of both categories, but overall, I just wanted to tell a story about the place I call home.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I really like Jennifer Lawrence for Kate. Although he is too old now, I would probably have cast Taylor Kitsch for Travis. I would love “Coach Taylor”/ aka Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights to play Dean, the father. Just absolutely love him! Not sure who to cast for the bad guy- Dave Slater. Has to be hot, with unbelievable blue eyes! Sarah is a main character as well, but has so many parts, she would have to be played by someone very talented- and good with make-up!
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis to explain where your work begins?
Kate, a self absorbed teen, learns true life lessons when she is transported back in time to take the place of her aunt; an aunt that dies mysteriously in the local river the very summer Kate arrives.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Solstice Publishing has taken on my first two books, Linked Through Time and Lost Through Time, so I am hoping they are willing to go the whole mile with me.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
About 6 months. The third is going to take awhile since I have three kids in sports and school. Busy!
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I was obsessed with the Outlander series, which is why I brought time travel into the story. It’s not comparable by any means, but explains how I came around to this genre!
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My husband pushed me to try, and the stories came from listening to my Dad over and over again. I will never tire of listening to him!
10) What else about the book might pique the reader¹s interest?
The sequel, Lost Through Time, takes a drastic twist at the end, making the third so hard to write. I love trying to surprise the reader, without leaving them too angry at the results. So far, so good!Find the series on amazon, barnes and noble, or through www.solsticepublishing.com. Like my page on facebook- Linked Through Time, or find me on twitter @jltornese
**The following authors have multiple books/genres for you to check out! Here are their websites and book titles. Always worthwhile to stop and leave a comment, check out contests or upcoming titles! Everyone loves a great book!
Kate Marie Collins- author of Daughter of Hauk
Solstice – my book: http://www.solsticepublishing.com/downloads.aspx?categoryid=123
Amazon – Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Hauk-Raven-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B007KDWYP4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1331798695&sr=1-1
Amazon – Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Of-Hauk-KateMarie-Collins/dp/1475230338/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335468615&sr=8-1
B&N – Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daughter-of-hauk-katemarie-collins/1109546429?ean=2940014343886&itm=1&usri=daughter+of+hauk
Francene Stanley- author of Still Rock Water
Has a great blog next month on Addicted to Heroines!
Michael Thal- author of The Legend of Koolura, and Goodbye Tchaikovsky
Charles Ameringer- author of The Old Spook
Marie Lavender- pen name Erica Sutherhome-
Author of- Perfect Game, A Touch of Dawn, Ransom
Stefan Vucek- author of Cry of Eagles, All the Evils and Towers of Darkness
George Miller Jr.- Author of Line 21
Michael Thal has written a beautiful novel; a must read for those especially in middle school and up. Goodbye Tchaikovsky tells the remarkable, eye opening journey of David Rothman, a boy who suffers permanent hearing loss at the tender age of twelve. What is so amazing, is Thal’s way of showing both worlds, the deaf and hearing, and how they affect someone going through this tragedy. David Rothman struggles to accept he can no longer pursue his passion of music, and worries how he will fit in the world, when neither deaf people nor hearing people totally accept him. His future, his dignity, his sense of purpose hangs by a thread. But David has the help of a family member and friend to push him through the first difficult years, to assimilate into school and the throes of relationships. The reader travels from David’s early adolescence all the way to graduation and the beginnings of college, and they get to rejoice in his journey, stumbles and all.
Goodbye Tchaikovsky is a quick read with believable characters and snippets of other cultures- Judaism, Japanese families, and the culture of the deaf world itself. When reading this book, it really opened my eyes to the feelings and thought going on inside the mind of someone who is deaf, fighting to be recognized in a hearing world. Excellent job, Michael Thal! To read more about Michael, go to his website www.michaelthal.com
Pack 814 has a great day for a run!
After setting up in the dark, early morning hours for my book signing, it was fun to sit back and relax the runners prepare for their 5K challenge. The day was beautiful and runners competed with great spirit. It was a slow day for sales, but lots of good talks and vibes from the community on my start up as an author! It has only been a few months since Linked hit the shelves, but I have been getting great feedback from young and old! It makes me nervous for the sequel- people are always harder on the sequel!
I had beautiful bookmarks made up at Pelican Printing; now I am ready to hit the streets and find those teens out there who still love to read! Thanks to Pack 814 for letting me set up a table at the fun run- I look forward to more positive interactions with the community as season approaches! Hoping to make it out to Jammin’ Jensen one night.
Cub Scout Fun Run!
In one week (October 14th), I will be sponsoring a table at the Cub Scout Fun Run in Jensen Beach. I will be selling both of my books at 6.95 and 10.95 and signing as well. With every book sold, I will donate 1.00 back to the Pack! So show up and support local cub scout packs!
Read on to find out a little bit about me and my work! At the end, find 5 links to other authors who also want to share their world!
1. What is the working title of your book?
Linked Through Time/ Lost Through Time is the sequel
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
My father grew up on a farm with 10 brothers and sisters. They were very poor, but rich in love and stories. A lot of what happens to my character comes from my father’s life. I just can’t believe he grew up with so little. But it made him a great man.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
YA- paranormal, romance, mystery
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie
Kate- Jennifer Lawrence, Travis- Liam Hemsworth, Dave- Taylor Lautner, Dean- Dennis Quaid
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
After traveling back in time, Kate deals with tremendous hardship, a boyfriend with a dark side, and the knowledge that she is never out of death’s reach!
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Maybe a simpler version of Outlander.
9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My father and my husband-
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The sequel will take the reader to a real event that happened in my father’s home town- a wildfire that destroyed over 300,000 acres and left entire towns homeless on the brink of a Northern Winter.
Here are 5 other links to authors with something to share about their passion— Their writing! Enjoy!
Goodreads Linked Through Time Giveaway!
Today is the last day to enter the Goodreads.com giveaway to win a copy of my YA book, Linked Through Time! Response has been overwhelming- check out the site for reviews and comments!
Linked Through Time is getting 5 star reviews on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and goodreads.com. The sequel has just been signed for Solstice Publishing.
Check out Solstice Publishing’s website www.solsticepublishing.com for info on authors or upcoming titles, and check out their blog for summer drink recipes! www.solsticepublishing.blogspot.com.
Linked Through Time was released on April 19, 2012!
It is available as an ebook for $2.99 and paperback for $10.99 on major websites like amazon.