Looking Skhye-ward today!

Hello, hello! I always feel like it’s been such a long time between blogs! Keeping up was challenging enough before the busy (paperwork) time of the school year; now those evaluations and new students are rolling in as fast as the boys and young guys are flying down the ramps of the skate park where my son is hanging out and trying to peddle his bike! (I’m multi-tasking on a Saturday afternoon as I write this—how else would I get anything done? This after wrapping up and sending a blog out to our guest, reviewing an upcoming, very special interview with Rachel Simon and sorting through my favorite: tax papers. As my busiest cousin (Hi Maria!) would say though, “It’s all good.”)

Okay, I know I’m supposed to be introducing the guest; I’ll get there—I promise! I just have to share the most wonderful response I’ve gotten to NO MATTER WHY so far, from my husband’s friend—who’ll go by Ray (and very similar to that of a co-worker who’ll go by Joe). Both men assured me they’re not fiction readers and definitely not romance readers. Both, however, read my book in four and just under four hour timeframes! Joe immediately asked about a sequel and Ray gave me strict orders to inform him the minute one becomes available! (I’m getting there, guys!) So how cool is that!

By the way, Joe is walking down the aisle at the end of this month—wish him and his sweetie well, please! And Ray—bless his soul—has been married to his lady love, Agnes (who provided quite a few of the photos from my booksigning) since 1997 (or sometime very close to that). Though Ray ushered at our wedding, he turned down my husband’s request that he be best man. Why? Every couple for whom he’d been before went separate ways so he didn’t want to take a chance with us. Now how’s that for a friend?

Okay, gear shift:  “Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~Ghandi

And with this I introduce author Skhye Moncrief.

Tell me about your writing roots: what got you started and what gave you the confidence to persevere? I’m certifiably geek. I took notes when watching documentaries as a child–at home! And I wrote a novel for 3 years in high school English for my journal work. So, I have no idea where it comes from. I just started back in grade school and kept with it. I’ll give my hard-headedness the credit for my perseverance. I’m really really stubborn. 😉

Editing has made me a much more focused speaker. How has your writing impacted other aspects of your life? I can’t profess to be a more focused speaker. My rising sign is Gemini, and those twins just chatter and debate all day long… Hence, my ability to set off on tangents when talking. I didn’t master typing until wanting to write novels. I found a place for my love of geology and anthropology in worldbuilding. And I’ve learned to appreciate the things I never cared about in college, religious studies and literature courses. I had to delve into both to build my time-traveling Time-Guardian story world. [Political Economy was the best anthropology course I ever took. It gave me the strongest tools to tackle creating an ideology as well as a culture.] 

Are you sure you didn’t say you’re certifiably Greek? (My mind can’t keep up with all the amazing things that must go on in yours; made me feel as if I were listening in another language,  lol! Talk about current, past and future projects, upcoming releases, maybe your ‘dream novel’? I deleted my dream novel. It was over 1000 pages and unfinished. Why bother, I rationalized. So delete can be your friend. I’m currently working on a were-wolf space opera. I have another Time-Guardian novel ready to submit.

I just need to do one thing…     And my latest Time-Guardian novel has a release date, July 6, 2010. Check the series out.

A war wages among the Gods. Two Celtic time-travel Orders from the future intermarry as soul mates to safeguard history. Paradox is but a stolen heart away. Open the door to a new reality where legend becomes history and destined love defeats timeless evil. http://timeguardians.com

Please tell our readers how you juggle work, time to write and all that goes along with it, especially as a published author. I multi-task well, but writing is a whole different animal. Writing requires serious devotion. If you don’t write, you may not pass go or collect $200… I just tell myself I’m going to focus on a project for a month or until I finish and do it.

Three of your easiest, favorite and/or most effective ways to promote your work please?  (1) Volunteer to be on anyone’s blog if they send out the call for guest bloggers. This is a chance to connect with their subscribers. Subscribers are potential readers; (2) Aside from a Myspace, Facebook, Bebo, etc., set up a yahoo group for your newsletter like mine. The amount of work you do for it will be much less than what you would do working from a website. You can offer contests and announce contest winners there as well as announce your publishing news. It’s free. Do not allow chatting. If you do, you may turn off members with all the individual posts or digests. Don’t irritate your potential readers; (3) Blog every day. Blog about your stories. About your writing journey. About things that fascinate you. I love reference books. I blog about reference books at http://blog.skhyemoncrief.com/. I have guests on Fridays who tell us about their research for their novels. This is a great place for writers to find new resources. Come to think of it, Joanna, you’ll be there a week from tomorrow, talking about how you handle research. 

Though I don’t adhere to the practice–which I agree is one I should adopt at some point–daily blogging, Skhye, is quite an undertaking. In a nutshell, blogging daily is the only way to increase traffic to your blog. Traffic equals potential readers.

Care to share some of your best feedback?

“Arthur is a masterpiece…” He of the Fiery Sword’s King Arthur ~Diane Mason; The Romance Studio

“The Spell of the Killing Moon offers the best of spine-tingling suspense. The setting is perfect… Moncrief’s ability to wield magic and emotion are without compare. Her words twist together emotions and visuals until you experience this tale as if the trap were set for you. Some lines blend a kind of poetic magic: “Moonlight wove a special kind of magic, a spell so vacillating that a person never knew if reality were anything other than a dream.” Darkness and premonitions and deadly intent fill these pages… a unique blend of mystic Medieval Gothic and romance…and a true blood-curdling thriller. 5 books” ~Snapdragon, LASR

“Intense, original, suspenseful, and dramatic… an unpredictable topsy-turvy romance… the suspense builds with every page in SACRIFICIAL HEARTS. In a world where symbols mean everything, magic is the way…” ~Snapdragon; LASR

And your books can be purchased at…? 

    HE OF THE FIERY SWORD available at:

www.thewildrosepress.com    www.timeguardians.com   www.skhyemoncrief.com

Best wishes, Skhye. Having you here and writing for your blog have been very much the enlightening experiences! Thanks so much for stopping by! Skhye will be checking in throughout the day to answer questions so make sure to ask away!

Don’t forget, friends, I’ll be at Skhye’s blog next week! Drop in and learn how I walk the research beat to bring a (hopefully) authentic fictional world to all of you so kind and generous enough to spend your time reading and supporting my work!

Cheers,  Joanna

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15 thoughts on “Looking Skhye-ward today!

  1. Hello Skhye and Joanna

    Fascinating interview as always, Skhye, I really don’t know how you manage to do all you do – and to delete a 1000 page novel? That would reduce me to tears. After investing all those words I’d just have to find some way of finishing it LOL!

    You know I’m a great fan of your ‘Time Guardian Series. I’m looking forward to the release of your next one. Good luck in all you do, Skhye.

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  2. Mornin’, Joanna! Oh boy. Even I got dizzy reading that post. LOL Sometimes I need to not say so much!!! The day I answered your interview questions must have been a day I wolfed down too much candy. *snicker* Thanks so much for raking me over the coals.

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  3. Hi Skhye, great interview and even better answers and advice. I especially like the upcoming were-wolf opera story! Keep us posted on that. Best of luck with all future projects and all that you do!
    Sharon

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  4. Morning Ladies – wish I had Skhye’s perserverence in blogging, hard to keep up. The promotion end of things is so confusing and time-consuming, but we all have to do it. Good luck with sales.

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  5. Hi, PL! Trust me, Patsy. The blogging is all I get done these days during Lyme treatment. I was just thinking “STOP blogging and write a novel”… But, ahhhhh! Blogging is easier. 😉 Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Hi Joanna – Hi Skhye!
    Super post!
    I am always impressed with Skhye – she seems to be so at ease with all of her balls in the air at the same time.
    🙂
    Hugs –
    G.

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  7. First Skhye, I agree the best way to promote online is to blog and get your name out there as much as you can!
    Joanna, if you are getting guys to read your book, honey you’re there!

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  8. It’s been a busy day, here! Always a good thing! Thanks to all of you who’ve let us know you dropped in–so appreciated! And Mary, the best part was I never asked the guys to read–they said they would and followed through! Guess this romance stuff reaches farther and deeper into male hearts than we give them credit–after all, our heroes should be relatable to the opposite sex since they’re half of the species is represented in the majority or stories that involve romantice relationships. (I’ll bet most don’t want to admit they’re ‘manly’ enough to read our genre!

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  9. LOL, Genella. Haven’t you noticed those balls keep knocking me upside the head? And HI, Andrea! I hope you’re feeling better this week. 🙂 Thanks to both of you for swinging by to drop me a comment. 🙂

    Joanna, every time I go to write at Barnes&Noble, there are a few older men sitting around with their noses stuck in romance novels! So, you go girl! I always want to say something about how great the author’s work is. But just leave them to hide behind the sexy cover! ROFL

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  10. Aw, thanks, Lyn. Yes, I just hit delete. Talk about closure. It was all TELLING anyway. Who’d want to rewrite 1000 pages? EVERY LINE? Delete was my friend.

    Thanks, Sharon. You know, that spooky cover you have coming out has me wondering what kind of story you wrote! 😉 Can’t wait to read it. After all, you are the queen of description!

    Thanks for stopping by.

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