Grass grows and daisies
where the earth is left unturned.
In a single season seeds set
shoots uncoil and stretch
and breath a soft green mist
glows pink and white with petals.
Let’s leave the earth unturned
The grass untrod
because nothing grows on concrete.
I was invited by Annie Edmonds to take part in the writing process blog tour that was started by author Regina Puckett. It’s purpose is to showcase different authors methods all over the world.
Annie is an amazing woman and a wonderful author her books are; Second Chances Sammy’s story available on Amazon. And she writes her blogs on WordPress, http://aedmonds315.wordpress.com and http://naplesmarketreport.wordpress.com/. If you get a chance you should check out these books and blogs.
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It was a pleasure to interview indie author Chris Tucker. As a zombie fan, I was entranced by “One Shot One Kill” (The 5280 Diaries, Volume 1), and “Sanity’s Edge” (The 5280 Diaries, Volume 2) However, Chris is talented in other writing genres as well! Here is a peek at his current novel, “Lost Voyage.”
In 1857, a steamship carrying a valuable cargo vanishes during a storm. For well over a century her whereabouts are unknown until one day she is discovered lying beneath the forest of the Nicaraguan jungle. Sean Mercer, along with NESA (National Environmental Security Agency), is in Nicaragua studying the effects of water pollution that have wreaked havoc on local communities. What they uncover is more sinister and deadly than just the threat of tainted water. Mass genocide, brutal dictatorship, and a country living in fear of its own leaders is just the beginning of what Sean and his team must put an end to before it’s too late. When knowledge of a ship with a priceless cache surfaces, two sides struggle to uncover the mystery of how and why the lost ship came to be buried so far from sea, and what exactly it is that lies beneath the dense forest floor. Now, it’s a race against time to stop the bloodshed, find the ship, and retrieve the valuable cargo before Mercer and NESA become victims themselves.
When did you start writing books?
I’ve always done some form of writing, whether it was lyrics for songs, or just little stories here and there. I started writing actual books around 2002.
Who are your favorite authors?
Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy
What advice would you give to new authors?
Please, for the love of God, Allah, Satan, or whoever you may worship….PLEASE use a good editor for your manuscript.
Where do you find inspiration to write?
I usually come up with a storyline based off an actual event that happened. Then I twist it around to make it my own. I came across a book on tape called “Ship Of Gold”, and that’s how I came up with the basis of the story for my own novel.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Playing guitar, golfing, hiking, camping, taking my pup to the park, and most importantly – hanging with my son.
Who inspires you to become a better person?
What is your current writing project? When can the readers expect it?
I am currently working on my second novel. There is no date set for release at this time, but I would like to have it published by the end of 2014.
Do you use an outline for your books?
I actually do quite a bit of outlining for my books. I envision what will happen in future chapters and I jot it down in chapter format, but I find that even though I stick to the outline pretty good, the story takes on its own shape as I’m writing it. The outline may still be used, but sometimes I’ve gone off in such a completely different direction.
Where do you like to write? Do you have a favorite place?
I usually write from home, on my couch, preferably while watching a Red Sox game.
Do you have pets, kids, etc?
I have the best son in the world and I have an amazing Pit/Beagle mix named Bailey.
Explain your writing process. How does your book “happen,” from start to finish?
Once I have an idea, I usually outline the majority of the book. I do a ton of research before doing any writing when it comes to where the story is taking place, and about anything in the story itself. For example, before writing my novel, I researched 18th century steamships so that when I wrote about the ship, it would take on a more real feel to it. The same with studying maps and using Google Earth to research Nicaragua. Then I just start writing. Some days the flow comes really well and others I come to a standstill while trying to figure out certain plot twists and such. I try to balance suspense, drama, intrigue, and even comedy within the book to make it appealing to a wider mass of readers. Hopefully the reader has as much fun reading it as I did writing it.
Thank you for your time, Chris!
let the inspirations mingle and stir my soul
Within me you come
as my divine light
on high, shines
melding with my very soul
you are the divine
and presence of the past
evolving into the now
we are joined as one
yet we are two
connected by loves power
as we bring awareness
to this earth.