THREE BOOKS ON KINDLE!   Leave a comment

 

Greetings All!

I have three new books (one is a novella) on Kindle/Amazon available.

CYRANO AND ME-a YA Rom Com

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ZOMBIE CRUSH-A YA fantasy humorous novella

LORE OF FAE-a YA Fae fantasyZOMBIE

Lore of Fae

https://www.amazon.com/Kathleen-S.-Allen/e/B004FRU0ZO%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Thanks!

Best,

Kathleen

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Posted March 14, 2019 by kathleea in Uncategorized

NEW YA ROM COM ON WATTPAD!   Leave a comment

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Here is my young adult rom com on Wattpad!

Enjoy!

Best,

Kathleen

Posted December 7, 2018 by kathleea in books, fiction, young adult

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Sensitivity Reads   Leave a comment

Now offering to read your young adult manuscript for appropriate mental health representation. Expertise as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for six years (no longer practicing). Focus on secondhand knowledge of depression/suicide, other mental health issues. Degrees in psychiatric nursing, social work, education and Children’s Literature. Contact for fees. gaelicfairie@gmail.com

Posted November 13, 2018 by kathleea in Uncategorized

Putting the Science in Fiction: Expert Advice for Writing with Authenticity in Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Other Genres: Dan Koboldt   Leave a comment

Putting the Science in Fiction: Expert Advice for Writing with Authenticity in Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Other Genres Paperback – October 16, 2018
by Dan Koboldt (editor)SCIENCE IN FICTION COVER

Posted August 6, 2018 by kathleea in Uncategorized

Writing Process-Prewriting Steps   Leave a comment

Greetings All!

So to continue my writing process blog, last week I talked about getting ideas. So, let’s say you have a great idea for a story. How do you get that idea out of your head and onto the laptop/paper/computer?

WRITING WITH PEN

There are many different ways to plot a novel. You can use plotting worksheets, beat sheets, Post-It Notes, a notebook, your laptop/tablet etc. Remember a story needs these:

-A character or characters the reader wants to care about. Who is your protagonist? Your antagonist? Secondary characters?

BACALL ASKS ABOUT STORY OF HER LIFE

Find out all there is to know about your main characters, their likes, their dislikes, their personalities. This isn’t something you put in your story, but it’s backstory you, as the author needs to know.

-The story needs a beginning, a middle and an end. Some like to plot out the entire story before writing, others (like me) prefer to “pants” it, meaning start writing and see where the journey goes.

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I usually know the beginning and the end but the middle is a surprise to me. Of course, if you are doing a fantasy you need world building first! Make sure to flesh out your world including political, socioeconomic and cultural issues, what the flora and fauna of your world looks like etc.

Although there is advice on the internet, be wary of those that tell you THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO WRITE, there is no “one way” and your process is not the same as my process. It’s okay if you don’t make a certain word count every day or even if you write every day. I am a binge writer, meaning I write in short bursts over several days.

CHUCK SAYS HIS LATEST BOOK IS WEIRD

Robin LaFevers (Grave Mercy series) has resources for writers on her blog I find quite useful!

http://www.robinlafevers.com/tag/writing/

Susan Dennard (Truthwitch series) also has many writing resources on her website.

http://susandennard.com/writing-resources/

Now, go forth and write! Or pre-write in this case.

Best,
Kathleen

TOOTHLESS PICTURE DAY

Posted July 9, 2018 by kathleea in Uncategorized

WRITING PROCESS-Step 1: Getting Ideas   Leave a comment

Greetings All!

A question I often get asked is: where do the ideas for your stories come from?

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When a writer declares themselves to be a writer, an elaborate map with an iron skeleton key arrives on their doorstep.

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The key opens an antique steamer trunk found in an abandoned Victorian mansion you find by following the clues on the map.

Inside the trunk are Ideas written on scraps of fabric. Each one is written in an elegant scrawl tinged with gold or silver by your muse.

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The ideas are infinite. When one is used, the writing on the fabric fades to nothingness and the fabric turns to dust but another new, shiny idea (often called a plot bunny because of the softness of the fabric which hardens in time if not used) takes its place.

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My trunk is still quite full so anytime I need a new idea, I open the trunk and one appears!

 

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If you haven’t gotten your map/key yet you might want to contact your muse to see what the hold up is!

 

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So now you know where my ideas come from! Don’t be surprised if I see you at a Con/Signing and ask you what your trunk looks like! Make sure your key is around your neck!

Best,

Kathleen

Posted June 12, 2018 by kathleea in Uncategorized

Getting An Agent   3 comments

Greetings All,

Yes, I know it’s been a while. I am notorious for not blogging much unless I have news. It’s been a rough few months for me after a fall and a badly bruised tailbone but the good news is I’m healing!

I wasn’t able to write much but I have been querying.

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And waiting.

And waiting.

And waiting.

GG PARIS ASKS ABOUT BEING A PATIENT PERSON

I’ve been querying for a while now.

I DID MY WAITING SIRIUS BLACK

I’ve entered pitch contests on Twitter like #pitmad, #kidpit #darkpit to name a few and off Twitter like #pitchwars #querykombat #nightmareonquerystreet #authormentormatch and others.

I got into some and some I didn’t get into.  At times it felt like being a hamster running around on a wheel getting nowhere.

HAMSTER RUNNING ON WHEEL

But I kept going.

I learned not to take rejection of my writing personal, for whatever reason, the agent didn’t connect with my story so I moved on. I wrote more stories but I kept going back to my young adult Frankenstein reimaging. I worked on it with a mentor from Author Mentor Match and queried it again but even though I got requests, I had no offers.

I put it away for a time.

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But I couldn’t let it go.

SHERLOCK READS A PIECE OF PAPER

I decided to revamp it and rewrite it for the gazillionth time! Each time I did a rewrite I changed the title. I ended up changing the title twelve times! Yes, I did twelve complete rewrites. I wrote the story from the main character’s point of view, from the POV of the creature, from the POV of the love interest, from the sister’s POV, from the father’s POV. Each time I learned something new about the story.

But this was the book of my heart. Okay, it’s a bloody heart but still.

BLOODY HEART

I’ve been enamored with Victorian literature since I was a teen and loved all the classics including Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley when she was only 19 on a stormy night when Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, along with Mary’s stepsister, Jane and John Polidori and she were staying at a villa in Switzerland. Lord Byron challenged them to write a ghost/horror story and Frankenstein was born. So to speak. It was published in 1818 by an anonymous writer. Mary was 21.

FRANKENSTEIN BOOK COVER

I wanted to do a young adult reimagining of Frankenstein for a long time.

For the latest revision beginning in January, 2018,  I sent out:

Queries: 50

Full Requests: 5

Partial Requests: 2

I sent a query to an agent in February. At the beginning of May she asked for a partial, six days later she requested a full, three days later she sent an email saying she wanted to call me. I don’t know how I slept that night but I did.

When the call came, she said hello and pretty much led right way with the words every writer wants to hear: I’M OFFERING YOU REPRESENTATION or something similar because my brain was in overdrive and I couldn’t remember what exact words she used.

Suffice it to say, I let others know who had my full/partial and at the end of two weeks I signed with Lindsay Leggett of The Rights Factory!

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Please follow me on Twitter (since I am there the most) for updates! @kathleea

I want to thank my CP’s/beta readers who helped me get this manuscript in shape including a copy editor who rocks! Thank you!

THANK YOU CAT

 

My advice to writers: KEEP GOING! Perseverance and determination will get you far! Along with learning your craft too, that is.

Until next time,

TOOTHLESS PICTURE DAY

Best,

Kathleen

Posted May 25, 2018 by kathleea in Uncategorized

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