There is an interview with Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. at the Parallels site today!
Please welcome author Roland Yeomans!
ARE YOU BOOK TOUR INTOLERANT?
When you see another book tour gobble up all your favorite blogs, do you suddenly feel a wave of nausea, a blog-bloated feeling, and cramps in your brain?
Then, my friend, you are Book Tour Intolerant!
Have no fear, I, Roland Yeomans, am here to lay your discomfort to rest.
This is yet another installment of my legendary “Don’t You Hate Book Tours?” Book Tour.
Remember how the massive community machines pushed books like Kiersten White’s PARANORMALCY, Elana Johnson’s POSSESSION, Beth Revis’ ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, and Lisa & Laura Roecker’s LIAR SOCIETY out into the world?
What with the tsunami of books overwhelming the internet because of Indie Publishing, those days belong to the dinosaurs. And like the dinosaurs, they ain’t coming back.
But the magic is still out there. You just have to set sail in a new ocean to reach your dream.
WE are still out here, rooting for one another. We just have to be approached in a manner that entices us not pushes us away.
You have to be amusing, engaging, writing posts that writers want to read. Make each one different, yet always fun and light-hearted. Each person you meet is fighting a battle no one knows about. And you don’t want to further burden their shoulders, do you?
Joss Whedon wrote:
"You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, and then you find out who they really are.”
That is what my The Not-So-Innocents Abroad does -- that is what our own journey of becoming better writers does as well. Do we know ourselves well enough to write convincingly of others? Does each of our characters have a reason to live, a perspective that justifies their actions to themselves, to say the words we put in their mouths?
Everybody has a perspective. Everybody in each of your scenes, including the assassins flanking your hero, has a reason. They have their own voice, their own identity, their own history.
If anyone speaks in such a way that they’re just setting up the next person’s lines, then you don’t have dialogue: you have soundbites.
In our novels, we must have something to say. That gives us something interesting to say of them in our various posts along the blog-verse.
My own The Not-So-Innocents Abroad talks about the hidden agendas in the world circa 1867: the war crimes of the Civil War, the ethnic cleansing of Native Americans by successive U.S. presidents, and the lies told to the endangered public by every political official involved.
It ties in to the hidden agendas of the political scene of today … but since Mark Twain is a main character, you are assured it is all done with plenty of laughter.
Since this is Steampunk, I add the spice of aliens among us, global vampire wars, and the first Air-Steamship, the Xanadu. Also I add the mystery of love between two lonely souls: one no longer human and the other an alien Empress used to having her way. No chance of sparks there, right?
What I think of as the Xanadu Theme for The Not-So-Innocents Abroad:
Then, there is the WHERE’S THE BEEF portion of novel writing:
If in writing your novel, you don’t know where you are going, then odds are you won’t get there!
Where are the jokes? The thrills? The romance? Who knows what, and when? You need these things to happen at the right times, and that’s what you build your structure around:
The way you want your reader to feel. The growing or dying of the core romance. Charts, graphs, colored pens, anything that means you don’t go in blind is useful.
The LOOK INSIDE FEATURE to my book is now live, go to its Amazon Page and use it. Take advantage of the SURPRISE ME link at the bottom of the offered pages to read even more pages further on in my book!
Give it a chance for the adventure of a lifetime.
And coming May 31, 2016 from Stay Classy Publications, and anthology that features Roland, myself, and dozens of other authors - The Thing That Turned Me.