Rather than doing a traditional interview-filled blog tour, Denise Jaden is celebrating the release of her new nonfiction writing book, FAST FICTION, by dropping tips about writing quickly at every stop of her blog tour, and offering some awesome prizes for commenting on any of these posts (including this one!)
The more you drop by and comment, the more chances you have to win these great prizes:
Denise’s Fast Fiction Tip: Find a variety of creative outlets.
All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win (at the bottom of this post, I’ve included links to all of the other blogs where you can comment for more chances to win).
Bringing a book into the world is a strange process. You spend months, or years, writing. Then there are edits and cover designing, and then the nail biting time of waiting for reviews. Then one day it shows up on the shelves (or digital shelves). It’s finally real.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to everyone who helped me with this book. To DH who made meals when I lost track of time. To all my friends who listened to me as I hashed out plot ideas or occasionally whined about how hard it is to make things up for a living. To my family who has always believed in me. To the entire publishing team, my agent, editor, cover designer, sales and marketing, copy editor and everyone at Simon Pulse who work so hard. Most of all I need to thank readers. I know how many great books there are to read (I have a huge stack of my own) so I appreciate every time someone chooses to read one of mine.
Here’s a recent review that will tell you more about the book.
What Others Are Saying:
“Cook combines friendship drama, boy troubles, romance, family conflict, and college application stress with a protagonist trying to understand who she really is in the wake of tragedy.” Publisher’s Weekly
“Cook delves into some interesting questions about what is really important in life as well as the challenges associated with self-discovery and determining how far you’ll go to get what you want.” Booklist
“An insightful, entertaining exploration of the impact of a suicide” Kirkus
“Eileen Cook returns with Year of Mistaken Discoveries, a romantic tragi-comedy from the perspective of the most popular–often most hated–girl in high school: the cheerleader… Year of Mistaken Discoveries is provoking, fast-paced entertainment, and Cook successfully tackles some tough issues with a very light touch.” Readerly- The National Reading Campaign.
“Given the choice between contemporary and paranormal YA, I will almost always pick contemporary and Eileen Cook is the perfect example of why.” Nerdy Book Club- Kelly’s Top 15 Books for 2014
This past week I had to go to the dentist. Those who know me, know I loathe going to the dentist. This seems normal to me. Why anyone would want to go someplace where the other person jabs sharp metal sticks into your gums is a mystery.
I had to have some old fillings replaced. Apparently my childhood dentist didn’t use something that lasted, but instead used old Play-Doh which finally was giving up. Since I am a bit “sensitive” (read freak out over the smallest twitch) in the dental department my new dentist loaded me up with novocain.
My dentist’s office is right next to a grocery store. When I was finished, I decided to just dash over and grab a few things for dinner. As I wandered the aisles I noticed that people seemed to be staring at me. I told myself I was being paranoid. Then I went to cash out and the cashier kept shooting me these odd glances. Finally the cashier pointed at my shirt and said “Did you know?….” I looked down. I was DROOLING all down my face and onto my sweater.
That’s me- keeping it classy.
I had a great holiday. It was the perfect mix: I saw a lot of friends, ate great food, napped, saw some good movies (You must see American Hustle if you haven’t) and read. To me a holiday always means books and long stretches of uninterrupted reading. One of the books I read was Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and it was a case of love. One of those books where you can’t wait to read one more chapter and at the same time dread reading too much because you know the book will end.
One of my goals for the year is to work in a more focused way on the craft of writing. To push myself to be better. As a part of that goal I am looking to see what I can learn from other writers. I’m making a list of books to read where I can stand in awe of another’s talent.
So tell me- what should I read? What are some of your favourite books? The books that you can’t imagine not on your shelf, the book you want to give other people as a gift, the book you feel you’d never get tired of re-reading?