Friday, February 1, 2013

Seducing Avery

 Welcome Barb! We are so glad your
tour stops here today.
Not only is Barb here to discuss her new book, Seducing Avery, she also has some excellent advice and insights for high school age writers.

Barb is also awarding a $10 or Amazon GC to one lucky commenter during her tour.
A bit about Barb
Barb Han lives in North Texas with her husband, has three beautiful children, a spunky Golden Retriever/Standard Poodle mix, and too many books to count.
When she’s not writing, researching, or otherwise getting lost in a story, she volunteers at her children’s school, is in the kitchen ‘creating’ dinner, or can be found on or around a basketball court.
Writing contemporary romance and romantic suspense has been a dream come true for Barb—something she’s wanted to do for as long as she can remember. She left her corporate job, at her husband’s urging, and has been happily playing with her imaginary friends ever since.
In her down time, she plays video games and loves reading with her children. She also enjoys traveling with her family. Many of the places she visits end up in her books.

The Blurb
Avery McAdams believes in order to truly be herself she needs to keep her head down, her guard up and her focus on her career. Until she’s hired by sexy, charismatic Ryker Li to pull off the event of the century, and he shows up personally to convince her to handle his next party. When she meets him face-to-face, she realizes a piece of her wants him to see her as attractive, which goes against everything she’s convinced herself she believes.
Rich, powerful Ryker has made an art form of getting what he wants, when he wants it, and then moving on. But something about Avery makes him want to stick around.
When he finds everything he never dreamed to look for in a woman, can the billionaire playboy commit to the biggest deal of all? Or will a lifetime of mistrust and suspicion turn them forever into rivals?
 And now for a delicious taste...

"When you despise something, you'd be surprised at what you're willing to do to avoid it." She picked up the blanket, noticing how the air in the room had gone thin. Avery couldn't swallow. Her throat dried up and her stomach quivered. Being near this man made her pulse thump at the base of her throat. Because when his gaze landed hard on hers, it spoke pure sex.
Thick, sooty lashes framed the most intoxicating shade of exotic brown eyes. His high cheekbones framed hard planes on his face, anchoring perfectly full, perfectly formed lips.
Looking at those lips almost made her forget he thought himself too important to attend the charity event he lent his name to. She quirked an eyebrow at him, curious as to why he really stood here in her office? After all, he'd been too busy or too good to show last night. Then again, why would a man like him waste an evening on orphans when he could have any supermodel he wanted at his side, and in his bed?
Coffee. She needed caffeine. She gripped the Styrofoam cup and took a sip.
His thick lips curled. "What is it now?"

Today's Topic

What advice would you give a high school senior who wants to become a fiction writer? What one thing should they start doing immediately that could impact their career?  What would you tell them was your most difficult challenge as a writer?
First of all, thanks so much, Christy, for having me here today. The best thing any new writer can do for their career is to write. I know this sounds obvious, but people make all kinds of excusing for not perching their back sides in a chair and pounding the keyboard. Writers write. It’s that simple. Practice is the best way to develop and improve their craft.
If they don’t think they’re ready to tackle a novel straight out of the gate, start small. Write a short story or an article. Flash fiction is really popular right now, too. They may feel more comfortable beginning there.
Still daunted? Afraid of sharing their work? Journaling counts. Every word they get on the page, every day they continue to process will make them a stronger writer.  
Once they commit to writing every day, they should reach out to others. Look up local writer’s groups and visit. Find one that fits with the genre they want to write. Make time to go to the meetings every month and be mindful of common courtesy. Be polite. Ask questions. Most groups invite a published author to speak on a writing- or marketing-related topic every month. There’s so much to be gained by listening to published authors speak whether the topic is writing craft or general information about marketing. Agents and editors are frequent guest speakers as well. They should meet industry people and network even before they have a manuscript to submit. It will make the submission process much less scary when the time comes. And who knows? One of those people they hit it off with might just end up representing their manuscript. 
It’s important to read. Read every book and in every genre they can. Writers learn from each other. Every book, good or bad, can be a teacher. Pay attention to how the author handles dialogue, setting, narrative, etc. They should ask themselves questions like, what works? Why did it work? Why didn’t it work? Did the opening hook catch their attention? Was the pacing right for the kind of book? Then use the lessons to make their own work stronger.
There are fantastic online courses available to hone in on one aspect of craft. They should find at least one to sign up for this year. If they need help plotting a book, there are literally dozens of great classes out there to help with the various methods. Online workshops are a great way to ‘workshop’ their project. Most of the classes cost around $30 and they’ll gain access to a published author as part of the deal.    
Another way to help their career is to read books on craft. Stephen King’s On Writing is a great place to start. I like Story by Robert Mckee as the ultimate guide for craft. The book was originally written for screenwriters but many novelists consider it their bible. There are other good resources at the library and local bookstore.
Be ready for the journey and prepared for the long haul. Very few authors hit big with their debut book. These are outliers. Most work for years before their first book ever sees the shelf. When planning for their career, they should expect the latter.
That being said, this is a great time to be a writer. Go for it!
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 Follow along on the remainder of Barb's tour. Be sure to comment and leave your email address for prize notification.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

Mary Preston said...

Great advice. Just keep writing everyone, I do love to read.


MomJane said...

Really love this excerpt. You are so correct. Just write and keep on writing.

Barb Han said...

Good morning, Mary! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the encouragement.

Barb Han said...

Hi MomJane! *waving wildly* It's simple but true...writers write.

Barb Han said...

Thanks so much for having me here, Christy!

Catherine Lee said...

That's good advice for students. I work in a library and I know that we have King's book, On Writing, but we don't have Story by McKee. We'll have to add that one. Thanks for the tip.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Barb Han said...

Hi Catherine! Thanks for stopping by! Story by McKee is amazing! I'm so glad you're going to add it to your library. It is the most significant book on craft I've ever read.

Jerrie Alexander said...

Hello Barb, great interview. I loved Seducing Avery and your newest release GONE!

Barb Han said...

Hi Jerrie! You just made my day! I'm so happy you enjoyed the books!!

Christy McKee said...

Welcome Barb. Looks like a busy stop for you today!

Regina Richards said...

Great advice and not just for high schoolers!

Barb Han said...

Thank you, Christy!! I'm so glad to be here!

Barb Han said...

Thanks so much, Regina!