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WGP Ep 55- The Charm Bracelet, Viola Shipman

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VIOLA SHIPMAN

is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, which is a tribute to all of our elders. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. To date, The Charm Bracelet has been translated into nine languages. He is at work on his second “heirloom novel,” which will be published in 2017.

In this episode, we discuss:

Show Notes

  • Book launches and how checking the numbers is sort of universal
  • The author’s book list and how this one is different for him (memoir to fiction)
  • Inspiration: he talks about how he was inspired and how author’s should write what calls to them
  • Insider details: how reading got his writing really going (structure, flow etc.)
  • How writing a prologue meant a lot to this book and how they can be effective and necessary
  • Information: Details about what/whom The Charm Bracelet is based on and the true human experience that inspired the writing of it
  • The important things in life that helped to write the book ie. setting, characters, etc.
  • The truth factor of fiction and how much of our life ends up in our books
  • What’s coming up next for Wade in the “heirloom” series.
  • How long it took to write The Charm Bracelet and how he went about writing it
  • How his agent helped the writing of it
  • His AHA moment during the writing of this book
  • Editing and how he loves that part of writing and how long he spends during that process
  • What other writing he does that helps in the editing process
  • What his best advice is for an aspiring author
  • AND SO MUCH MORE

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    WGP Flyby-How to get books written while working

    So, you can’t quit your job just yet to pursue that writing career? You are just not ready to let go of that bit of security? Don’t worry, you are in good company. That’s why I am posting today. Well, aside from the fact that I am still hoarse!

    You don’t have to quit your job to start writing books and making money from them. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend it. You can do so many things these days, and keep the job at the same time. If you discover after an attempt at writing books that it isn’t for you (and it’s not for everyone!) then you can easily stop and go back to your normal routine with little or no setbacks.

    Over on my blog, Kim Smith, Author which you should read religiously, I share many of the same ideas. If you do your due diligence, make smart choices, and not get in a hurry – you will ultimately be much wealthier as an author. This is how I started selling books, all while I was still working 8 to 5.


    Where To Find the Extra Time

    You wake up early, go to work on time, and come home late. How the heck are you supposed to find time to write a book? If you’re single, maybe you can spare a couple hours each night to work on your manuscript, if your social life will wait. If you’re married or have children, finding even a glimmer of free time can be near unthinkable.

    Five ways to find time

    Notice Your Free Time.

    Even though you work long days, you do have some free time. There are times like your morning drive. Use that podcase or voice recorder on your phone to dictate the book and type it in later. On your morning break, or your lunch break, on your afternoon break, or on your drive home, your time at the gym, and some of the free time you have at home (after the kids are in bed), you might find an extra 2 to 4 hours in there to write. TRY IT!

    Compound your Activities.

    We often don’t realize how to best use our time. Make use of those moments when you are not able to type a book out by listening to educational podcasts. There are a bunch out there. They will help you to understand how to publish and market once the book is done. That will motivate you to DO the writing. This is what I do as I work my job.

    Stop Watching So Much Television.

    If you stopped watching television, you’d free an extra 750 hours a year! Imagine what you could do in 750 hours. Now, I’m not saying you should quit watching T.V. forever, but you have to admit, you probably watch a lot of television. I did. I tried really hard to cut down and I stuck with just my few favorite shows (The Big Bang Theory, I admit). I used my extra time to read, learn, and do. That’s why I have about 11 things published.

    DON’T Combine Your Day Job With Your Book Writing Life.

    If the rules at your 9 to 5 job include: don’t use the Internet for anything non-business related, know that your book writing efforts do not count as a business related item. If you can use your breaks to surf the net at your leisure, go ahead and use that time to do some research or read some articles – but don’t use any supplies or print anything related to your writing. IT can and often does monitor the network and yes, the boss is watching, and you will get caught. It could cost you your job, or a least a lot of explanation and time. Just be smart and use your common sense.

    DO Combine Your Day Job With Your Writing. Wait – what? Let me explain. What I mean here is to think about how writing a book can relate to your 9 to 5 job. Think about the things you do at work. Is there something that could be improved with your knowledge? Could you use your writing talents at your job?

    I am sure there are a bunch of other things…but I am out of time. We will have a wonderful podcast guest next week!

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    WGP- Flyby Episode – Fan, Follow, and Like Us

    Welcome to Writer Groupie Podcast! Also known as WGP.

    This is a quick flyby episode done in text, as I am still sort of froggy-throated, so I am not recording yet.
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    So, think of it this way–with the blog post here at www.writergroupie.net and the iTunes feed and the Youtube account, people get the content that they want in the way that they like to consume it. I try to feed it out to a variety of place as well, so if you are a Facebook fan, go to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/writergroupie and like our page. We also have a Twitter account @wrtrgroupie and we tweet up all of our guest and blog info.

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    WGP Episode 54 – JD Rhoades, hardboiled mystery author

    Born and raised in North Carolina, J.D. Rhoades has worked as a radio
    news reporter, club DJ, television cameraman, ad salesman, waiter,
    attorney, and newspaper columnist. His weekly column in North Carolina’s
    The Pilot was twice named best column of the year in its division.
    Author of The Devil’s Right Hand, Good Day in Hell, Safe and Sound,
    Breaking Cover, and Broken Shield, he lives, writes, and practices law
    in North Carolina.

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    There is a lot more info about JD Rhoades and his books at his Amazon page also, at:

    http://www.amazon.com/J.D.-Rhoades/e/B001ITYJKE

    In this episode, we learn about:

    Show Notes

  • JD’s writing life and how he broke into the trad pub market (St. Martin’s-Minotaur) and subsequently went hybrid
  • Information about his covers which truly do brand his genre and books
  • We talk a bit about Jason Pinter and Polis Books
  • Insider info on the hardboiled PI genre and how it appealed to JD
  • The explanation of redneck-noir and how it came to be and how Ice Chest was a departure from his norm in genre/book
  • Insight into his southernistic point of view (JD is a North Carolina man) sometimes encouraged by what he reads
  • Details about the writing of Good Day in Hell and how he makes the setting and character step off the page
  • Info about what JD thinks will happen in the industry as we go along based on the changes that have already occurred (ie. Joe Konrath and how he has led the way for indies)
  • His opinion about how indies need to make their work indistinguishable from trad pub books
  • How Polis Books took publishing in a new direction by giving authors like JD a new opportunity and how social media became a part of it
  • Insider details: JD offers a few new authors to try that are with Polis YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!
  • Virtual reality, Oculus Rift, and JD Rhoades (totally funny)
  • Insight: If JD went wide, or stayed exclusive with Kindle and his opinion about both
  • AND SO MUCH MORE including his best advice for aspiring authors!!!

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    The latest Jack Keller novel:

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    You can find him online at his website http://www.jdrhoades.blogspot.com and on Twitter @JD_Rhoades
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    How to come up with story ideas

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    I hear quite often how a writer cannot quite come to grips with their story ideas.

    “What do I write about?”
    “How do I write it?”
    “Is there a right or wrong way?”

    If you have to ask what to write about, you haven’t fully examined the wealth of ideas abounding around you. If you have to ask how to write, you haven’t grasped all the information poured into your head during your school days. If you have to ask about a right or wrong way…well, you have listened to too many people telling you HOW TO DO it.

    Stop listening to the voices in your life telling you how to write your story and start listening to the voices in your head telling you HOW TO WRITE THEIR STORY.

    Here is an exercise you can try that may free up your writing muse and get you going on the page. No one can tell a story about your life or from your life like you can. And if you were as lucky as I was to have storytellers in your life then you already have a fertile field from which to pluck stuff. Ideas really do come up from the ground like dandelions.

    Believe me, you know WAY more than you think you do.

    So, today,

    write a story/use ideas that someone has told you.

    Sit down, tap on the keys, or write in longhand something from your own existance. Did someone tell you about their grandfather stealing a horse? Write that scene from your grandfather’s perspective. Do you like the perspective of the horse’s owner? WRITE IT. Hey, remember Black Beauty? You could write it from the HORSE’S perspective!

    What if your mother told you how she and your father met? Embellish it and make it into a romance. What about that time you were convinced someone was hiding behind your door, only to discover in the first light of dawn that it was your bathrobe hanging on the hook back there.

    You see? Anything, ideawise, can spark a story. It’s up to you to write it. And for now, you have my permission to NOT write it by the “rules”. You can bury dialogue, use all the tags you want, and head-hop every which way but right.

    Just get the story out. We will figure all the wherefores and whatalls at a later date.

    I hope this helps someone out there find their courage. It helps me too!

    WGP Episode 53- Interview with David Wilma, historical fiction

    Continuing my interviews with authors of all types and genres, this is the interview with David Wilma. I met David through the podcast, and Twitter, and when he sent me a contact form telling me about his work, I agreed, very excitedly. This is a fun and informative interview that you will LOVE!

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    David Wilma is a writer and historian in the Pacific Northwest with seven books, the script for a video documentary, and hundreds of encyclopedia essays to his credit. In prior careers he was a federal law enforcement officer, a policeman, and a volunteer advocate in court for foster children. He splits his time between a home in the city and one on an island where he has a wood shop and an amateur radio station.

    Show Notes

    • David tells us about himself and his writing life, including how he left his day job in the federal government and started writing full time
    • Insider details about his book, Down the River which is based on actual events
    • Information about writing history and how much research is needed
    • We learn why David decided to write from the first person perspective of an illiterate slave and who this storyteller is
    • What he tried to accomplish in the dialect of his subjects
    • How he felt as he wrote through scenes of brutality and terror
    • We discuss who he used to be when he was in law enforcement and how it has affected his writing
    • How he believes racism has always been a part of our society and the undercurrent that is beneath everything having to do with slaveholders
    • We discuss the followup book to Down the River called The Guardian, and how it is based on events surrounding the Underground Railroad
    • David tells me what he thinks the most difficult part of being a writer is today
    • He gives his best advice for an aspiring author

                                        Down the River by David Wilma (click on cover to purchase)

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    The Guardian by David Wilma (click on cover to purchase)

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    You can also find David Wilma at:

    Website: http://www.davidwilma.com

    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/David-Wilma-Books-1041396969244452/

     

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