Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Chase the Wind

Wanted to share the book trailer my talented niece drew the pictures for. I just love how it turned out!

Chase the Wind is out this week as an early bird!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mastering the Muse at Midnight

Alison Chambers
Why do so many good ideas come to you just as you’re about to go to sleep or when you can’t sleep? Maybe because your mind has finally begun to clear itself of the fog that’s built up during the day? At any rate, it’s important not to ignore those ideas. In fact, it’s vital you don’t. Thinking you’ll remember that great new character name in the morning or the solution to that plot point that’s been baffling you just doesn’t work. Like your dreams, these precious nuggets of inspiration are gone like a will-o’-the-wisp in the blink of an eye. That’s why it’s so important never to let any good ideas go, even if it means losing a little sleep over it. You’ll thank yourself for it in the morning. Keep a pen and pad or a tape recorder near your bedside to record any moments of brilliance that occur to you. For example, in my latest novel "The Secret Sentinel" now available from The Wild Rose Press, I wanted the main character, Savannah Rutledge, to work in a museum and have access to a treasure map and search for a treasure. But the motivation seemed weak. It bugged me for days. How could I make this more interesting, but also more true to Savannah’s character? Why would a rather shy person suddenly be daring enough to go off on a cross-country treasure hunt with a mysterious stranger? What would make her do that? Then, suddenly, when I couldn’t sleep one night, it came to me. What if (the two best words for a writer’s imagination) she stole the treasure map, not from the museum, but from her father, who always warned her to leave it alone. And what if, as a result of this hasty action of hers, he was killed? Here was the solution—to atone for her father’s death, Savannah realizes she must seek out the treasure and find her father’s murderer, no matter what dangers she would face. Here I had my motivation and my theme—atonement. When I woke up the next morning, not only did I feel refreshed, but I felt I had a lot better story than I had the day before. So don’t ignore the muse at midnight. It’s waiting for you! P.S. I originally wrote this at 12:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Celebrating with a contest

Contest! Beginning April 30th, I’m celebrating the release of my book, Sleeping with the Lights On, by drawing a lucky winner every Friday until May 21st. You could win a gift certificate to, Starbucks Coffee, or The Wild Rose Press. Or you might win a tee shirt, or an e-book version of my book, or an autographed print version. The winner of the May 21st drawing could win a combination of any of these. I’ll be announcing the winners in my announce only newsletter. If you’ve joined, you’ll automatically be entered. So visit and click join on the home page or go to the contact page to join the announce only newsletter for your chance to win a prize.