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Posted April 3, 2019 by kathleea in Uncategorized

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

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

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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
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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?

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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?

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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.

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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

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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

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