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Finally back on track…

Published April 6, 2015 by S. E. Myers

Seriously, it has been a while. Moving to Lexington took a lot longer to settle than I initially believed.

Today is the first day that I am back to writing. It feels good. I am currently compiling my writing playlist. As the music plays the images run rampant through my mind. They unfold the story and I can see Andie react to her surroundings and other characters that she has a relationship with.

I’ll write more about that another time. I’m just glad to actually publish a blog piece considering that the last one I posted was forever ago. Luckily, I still have readers that follow my blog and follow my facebook page. Thank you for being so dang patient!

Lexington is beautiful! The air is clean, the grass is green and the people are so friendly. I love my new home and my neighborhood. We were very blessed for this opportunity to pop up in our life at the exact moment it was needed. It has been quite and adjustment. Staying home full-time is a lot more difficult than I remember. I was a stay-at-home mom years ago when my children were little. I assumed that since our children were older I would have more time on my hands to write full-time, boy was I mistaken. There are so many  more things that I have to accomplish and get done throughout the day. But, I am making it work. There are still several projects that need to be completed around the house, however, I am going to put those on the back burner until I have my first draft completed. Most of my day is dedicated to writing this first draft.

It feels good and I can’t wait to share it with you!

This is short and sweet, but I wanted to take the time to let people know that I am still here and still alive and working!

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It is my pleasure to introduce…

Published May 13, 2013 by S. E. Myers

Arlene O’Neil!  She is a fellow indie author and MSKP’er.  Her book Broken Spokes  has a 4.9 star rating on Amazon.com and is hailed as being “…an incredible story.” 

Please, sit back, relax, and welcome Arlene today!

Thank you SO much for stopping by Arlene!  Please, describe yourself in one word.   Kind.

 If you could have any super power, what super power would it be? 

 The ability to heal animals would make me feel complete. I am such an animal lover that it kills me to see something in pain. I am the one who patrols for frogs instead of running them over with the mower, who would hit a pole to avoid a cat, and the one who rescues Luna moths from drive – through windows. I’ll twist an ankle to avoid the cricket, stop traffic to pick up a turtle, and slam on the brakes to avoid a squirrel. Children have many organizations to fight for them. Animals have few.

 

What compelled you to write this book?

 I never felt as though I “fit” in life. That I was different – someone I should not have been. I began to write “Broken Spokes” as a way of discarding negative childhood messages that told me what I could not do instead of what I could. Hampered by a childhood injury, I was over protected. Although well-meaning at the time and with the best of intentions, these messages caused me to become someone I would not have been had the accident not occurred. I know that is a double negative, but it is the only way to explain myself.

 

What do you do to keep yourself going when you aren’t motivated?

 If I go back and read articles I’ve written previously, that will usually inspire me and help me out of a slump. Something else that helps are comments from readers. People don’t truly understand that remarks and reviews are a writer’s most motivational tool.

 

Which comes first the chicken or the egg…  I mean the plot or the characters?

 I start with a thought, add a plot, and the characters join in by themselves.

 

How do you create your characters?  Do you When do you use character biographies, sketches,  or do your characters just land on the page?

 As my characters are real, they need little work. Oh, I may embellish some, or detract from them, but anyone who knows me will know my characters to be fairly true to form.

 

How old were you when you finished your first book?

 I was somewhere in my 50’s. I’ll just leave it at that, which proves you are never too old to begin. As my late husband used to say, “Begin…the rest is easy.” 

 

How long did it take you to write it?

 My book took a total of three years to complete. I had finished writing it when one of my main characters died suddenly and I had to rewrite the ending. It took over six months to be able to emotionally change the end.

 

If you could do everything over (writing your book, or publishing, etc.) would you change anything?

 I would devote more time to the end of my book. When I read it now, I feel I rushed the last few chapters. There are gaps in time that I should fill in and things I forgot completely. I am happy with the book as it stands, but did miss a few key events that should have been included.

 

 

Thank you, Arlene, for being such an awesome guest!  I had a great tim and I am so glad that you were able to join me today! 

Biography of Arlene R. O’Neil

 

Writing is what lights me up,” states Arlene R. O’Neil. “Being a visual writer, I love seeing my work come to life: to take the reader with me on a journey word by word: to touch a reader whether through laughter or tears.” Her current book, “Broken Spokes,” refers to broken bones, broken bike, and broken spirit. It speaks to the reader of determination, of survival, of inspiration.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Mrs. O’Neil moved to South Carolina to work on her second novel, which will relate the roller coaster life of being the parent of a Soldier on active duty. O’Neil says, “My son, SGT Tanner O’Neil, is a member of the United States Army and the joy, pride, and love of my life. After five tours of duty to active war zones, I feel the need to share my experience with other parents in hope of lessening their fears.” SGT O’Neil recently returned from his 5th combat tour.

Currently Arlene lives with her two Labradors, Holly and Bruno, and her adorable pet goats, Paxton, JaeJay, Rupert, Patches, and Frosty. “These amazing characters have helped me through some incredibly difficult times and I love them dearly.” 

Aside from writing, supporting her son while deployed, and caring for her animals, Arlene lives on 3 ½ acres of land that her and her beloved animals enjoy.

An author, editor and proofreader, Arlene R. O’Neil may be contacted at arleneoneil@aol.com

Broken Spokes

Broken Spokes on Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Spokes-ebook/dp/B00507FRGU/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&qid=1315320072&sr=1-1

 Broken Spokes on Paperback:  http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Spokes-Arlene-R-ONeil/dp/1897512163/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354381348&sr=1-1&keywords=Broken+Spokes

 Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arlene-R-Gallo-ONeil/271244249572408

Swirling Memories

Published November 19, 2012 by S. E. Myers

It’s always the same. The road I’m on. One foot in front of the other. Blisters burning, heels cracking, and chapped lips licked by my dry tongue.

The dust continues to swirl around me chaffing my skin.

When you think of the end, you don’t imagine this. A dust bowl filled with the remnants of shattered memories. All wasted moments end up here. All in the swirling sands of time.

Grabbing a handful of sand, reflections of a childhood long forgotten sifts through my fingers. Shards of forked roads swarm my vision with what could have been and what was instead.

Too much regret and indecision.

I press forward in my journey, taking a refreshing gulp of air filling my lungs with a renewed sense of hope.

Shimmering mirages of tomorrow whisper promises of adventure. The sand takes shape and lush meadows birth beneath my feet. The wind cools the harshness of the heat my skin endured. With one thought, a change takes place, and endless possibilities replace the hopelessness. I breathe a sigh of relief with the realization that nothing is written in stone and destiny can change with a blink.

The road lays before me untraveled. One foot in front of the other, I continue to tread. One foot in front of the other, the road may be the same, but the scenery has changed.

The Next Big Thing Blog Chain

Published October 27, 2012 by S. E. Myers

Thank you to Jeremy Bates for including me in this!

Awesome!  This is my first real Blog Hop thing.  If your name is listed at the bottom of this blog post, copy and paste these ten questions into your blog, answer them referencing one of your works, either a book or WIP.  Then whomever reads this post will hop on over to your blog and so on, and so on, and so on…   And if you want to hope aboard –just contact one of the bloggers at the bottom of the post and they will likely add you to their five-author list.

My TEN questions are going to be about the next book in the Revelation Series.

TEN QUESTIONS:

1. What is the working title of your book?

Dark Inhibition.  I think the title really delves into the psyche of Ryleigh and where she is after her battle with Finar.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

It is the second in the series.  Originally, I wanted to write a stand-alone YA novel.  But then, this story I have brewing has become pretty large.  I’ve semi-outlined the third and final installment, but I’ll talk about that another day.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

YA Supernatural (Paranormal as it is written) OR under Amazon guidelines, Children’s Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’ve actually thought about this.  Is that weird?  I love love LOVE, Emma Stone.  I think she would make an awesome Ryleigh, but my children think she might be too old.  I think she is just right to be honest.  I also like Alex Pettyfer for Tristan.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

It’s time to fight the darkness inside.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Hopefully through Master Koda, they’ve accepted the first installment for re-release and will hopefully not pass on the 2nd.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’m still working on it.  I want this completed by Christmas or shortly after.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Beautiful Darkness-ish.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My children.  My family.  The support of my small fan base.  I love you guys!  And the support of all the indie author’s I’ve connect with ❤

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

If you liked the first one, you’ll love the second.  More romance, more turmoil, and … you-know-who is coming back, bigger and badder than ever!

YAY!  Now, five awesome writers that I am tagging in this tour!

Todd Brown

Nicole Storey

Donna Dillon

Rich Meyer

Ey Wade

Sleep? What is sleep?

Published August 11, 2012 by S. E. Myers

Life has been so busy lately.  I feel as if there is just not enough time in the world to complete all the tasks I need to complete.  I am working, going to school, taking care of my children, and working on another book.  I almost need to eliminate sleep.

I have become a clock watcher.  Big time.  I count how many minutes it takes me to put mascara on in the morning.  If it delays me from my dealings with traffic (traffic is terrible depending on the time I leave in the morning), I will not put make-up on in the morning.  I watch the clock when I am on the computer and have noticed that I am not on Facebook or twitter or even my blog as much anymore.  Needless to say, my sales have decreased as well.  (insert sad face here)

I will start using my tweet deck more to help out my #Tweet4Authors group.  I must.  They help get the word out about “Dark Revelation” and soon to also be “Dark Inhibition.”

Speaking of the next book…

I was working on Camp NaNoWriMo and to be honest, I just can’t squeeze in 2000 words a day to catch up.  Besides, while I am working on “The Body Thief”, Inhibition scenes start coming through.  So, I am redirecting my thoughts and brain toward the next book.  Besides, I want it out by Christmas.

Things are getting a little darker at the moment for Ryleigh.  I am liking where things are going and I am sure that those who liked Revelation will enjoy this new path.  There is a set up for the third book in the series.  I am sure it will stop with three but we’ll see what happens.  I don’t want this to dredge on and on and on.  I want there to be much more quality than quantity.

Also, this second one is going to be a lot larger and contain a lot more information about the Fae and Ryleigh’s purpose.  I am so excited!

Random picture:

Awwwwwww, aren’t I cute?

That’s my Punky!  One of my beloved Chorky’s.