The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest: Aurora Whittet
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Sixteen-year-old werewolf princess Ashling Boru is different from other wolves—she was able to shift to wolf form at birth. Rather than bringing pride to her family, it brings fear, and as a result, she is forced to live in seclusion in Ireland’s countryside. Ashling’s reputation is further blackened when she refuses her betrothed and defies the ancient laws. When her pack’s oldest rivals begin hunting her, she finds herself in the small town of York Harbor, Maine—far from everything she’s ever known.
In Maine, she crosses paths with the dark and rebellious Grey Donavan, and something ignites within her soul. There’s just one problem: Grey is human. Their instant connection turns into a passionate romance, and Ashling begins to believe she can create her own life outside of wolf laws. When she begins to uncover long-buried pack secrets—secrets that threaten to destroy all she holds dear—Ashling’s courage and tenacity are tested. Will she choose her deep and enduring love for Grey, or will she follow Old Mother’s path to her destiny?
Aurora Whittet started out as a wild red-haired child in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read. Today, she has completed the first of three novels in the Bloodmark Saga. She is a national award-winning graphic designer in her day job. Aurora lives with her husband and son in Minnesota.
“It wasn’t until my mother was diagnosed with cancer for a second time in 2009 that mortality finally brought me to reality. The reality that time is not guarantied and frankly no matter the longevity of your life, there is just never enough time. I realized if my heart still wanted to write, that there was no time like the present. I hadn’t intended that day I started writing to put my mother in my novel, but that is exactly what happened. As we fought for her life day after day, doctor appointment after doctor appointment, chemo injection after chemo injection, I must admit the fear of losing the most influential person in my life, fueled my need to connect with her on the page.
So I made her immortal on the page, a place which no one and no cancer could ever steal her from me. A place in which she would always be strong and healthy and I could always seek her out.
I spent the next three years doing research, character development, outlines and writing before Bloodmark ever saw another person’s eyes. With the help of my amazing and supportive friends and family I received their constructive criticism and was able to start the self-editing process, both frightening and exciting.
My beautiful mother lost her battle with cancer on March 28, 2013. We are still healing from the wholes left in our hearts but her amazing spirit pushes me forward and surrounds me with her love. I have never been more proud of someone in my life. My mother is and always will be my best friend.”
1) If you are stuck in your work – the novel isn’t moving along, or you’re in the middle of a story and the middle is sagging a bit – create something entirely different and wacky and just drop that scene into your struggling story. If you are writing romance, drop in a dragon. If you are writing mystery suspense, create a scene at a children’s playground or Disneyland. Place your well known characters into an unknown or crazy situation. Just to see what happens.
2) When have you been extremely late to something?
Then came what allot of people call the chutney, chutney is when you mix a few ingrates up and mix it and eat it with some food, it is a comman expression that is equivalent to melting pot..
Word of the week:
From Arlene Miller – our guest in March 2014
And author of the new The Best Grammar Workbook Ever
This is from Arlene’s Miller’s Weird and Wonderful Words Series found on her blog http://bigwords101.com/
kalon – noun – Beauty that is more than skin deep.