Episode 68 – Accidental Affairs and Australia Day!

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Episode 68- The Newbie Writer’s Podcast

Special Guest: Leslie McKelvey


Accidental Affair


Leslie McKelvey has been writing since she learned to write. Her mother still stores boxes of handwritten stories in the attic. Leslie read her first romance at 12 and was hooked. When her high school Creative Writing teacher told her she needed to be a novelist, she decided to give it a try. Finally, at the ripe old age of…forty-something…her debut novel, Accidental Affair made it into print through Black Velvet Seductions Publishing. The publisher has also contracted two more manuscripts, which will follow Accidental Affair shortly. The next story slated for release is Special Agent “Bear” Bristol’s, so for all who fall in love with Jack Vaughn’s best friend, get ready. The 6’8″ FBI agent saves wildlife photographer Beth Drummond’s life and loses his heart to her in the process, a dangerous journey that tests the boundaries of loyalty, friendship, and love.

Leslie is a war-veteran who served with the U.S. Navy during the Gulf War, and she was among the first groups of women to work the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. During her five years of service she was stationed at NAS Miramar (yes, Miramar used to belong to the NAVY) and was an F-14 Tomcat mechanic. While in San Diego she spent time on the carriers USS Independence, USS Ranger, USS Lincoln, and the USS Nimitz. The final two years of her enlistment were spent on Guam and her squadron frequently deployed to Japan and the Middle East.

She learned everything she knows about firearms and tactics from her police officer husband, who is a weapons expert and firearms instructor for one of the most highly-respected law-enforcement agencies in the world (and one he wishes her NOT to disclose). He is her biggest supporter and her unpaid consultant on everything law-enforcement and weapons related. She has three boys, the oldest of whom will soon be wearing the uniform of a United States Marine (SEMPER FI!). She spends her off-time (kidding…WHAT off-time?) reading, taking pictures, and sending lead down range (that’s shooting, for those who are unfamiliar). One of her favorite scents is the smell of gunpowder in the morning….

Author of Accidental Affair

Summary of the book:

Jack Vaughn is sure his life is over as he tumbles down the wooded hillside onto the deserted two-lane stretch of asphalt. Years of work ended with a single gunshot. Yet, it’s not over. A good Samaritan stops to help him, despite the danger he poses to her Laine Wheeler knows better than to stop for strangers on the rural Montana highway near her home, but her conscience won’t allow her to leave an injured man behind. What she doesn’t know is the man is an undercover ATF agent tasked with infiltrating a domestic terrorist group. His cover has been blown and helping him will put her life in danger. Though there is an instant attraction, Jack knows that beginning a romantic relationship with Laine would be both unfair and unwise. Yet the farther they run, the harder it gets to ignore the feelings that are surging between them.

Leslie tell us about how you write, and how you do your research?

Catherine helped you get the books to the finish line, tell us about that experience. And what would you recommend to the Newbie Writer?

Word of the Week:

from wordsmith.org

Xanthippe or Xantippe

noun: A nagging, ill-tempered woman.

After Xanthippe, wife of Socrates (c. 5 BCE) who has been portrayed as a nagging, quarrelsome woman. The name Xanthippe is from xanthos (yellow) + hippos (horse). Also see xanthodontous. Earliest documented use: 1691.

Socrates is said to have advised, “By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.” It’s not known what Socrates thought would happen if the roles were reversed. Also, there’s the question of which came first: philosophizing or being ill-tempered. Would being married to a philosopher turn a woman into a shrew?

Mistress Foster is a grasping shrew, a Xanthippe, who bosses her husband about.”
Jean Howard; Theater of a City: The Places of London Comedy; University of Pennsylvania Press; 2009.


From Wise Ink Last weeks’ guest Dara Beevas:

This past fall, the Guardian posted a great little article in which they featured 21 well-known authors using a Twitter post to write a novel. The challenge proved to be very provocative, funny, and interesting! A few of our favorites:

Ian Rankin:
I opened the door to our flat and you were standing there, cleaver raised. Somehow you’d found out about the photos. My jaw hit the floor.
Jeffrey Archer:
“It’s a miracle he survived,” said the doctor. “It was God’s will,” said Mrs Schicklgruber. “What will you call him?” “Adolf,” she replied.
Helen Fielding:
OK. Should not have logged on to your email but suggest if going on marriedaffair.com don’t use our children’s names as password.
Rachel Johnson:
Rose went to Eve’s house but she wasn’t there. But Eve’s father was. Alone. One thing led to another. He got 10 years.

I (Amy) got to thinking…this is a pretty useful little exercise in writing the first line of a really great novel. To be utterly enticing in 140 characters is a lot like writing a really fantastic first line, isn’t it?  The theory: If you can’t be intriguing in one sentence, how are you going to do it for an entire book?
So I tried it. Here’s mine:
Crawling, clawing, staring, sighing. Lick. Open eyes. Oh good, you’re up. Let’s eat.
OK, so mine wasn’t great. It was my dog in the morning, by the way, in case you didn’t notice. The alliteration was alright though, no?
We’d love to hear your 140-character novels, Wise Ink followers! Post them below! You never know the potency of your creative juices until they start flowing…

Tortured Sentences:

Rita The Knight by Renus Berbig

“She knew that a pinch of cumin was a spicier that a noisy fight”

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