Launch Giveaway Winners Announced

On October 1, 2015, Our Write Side officially became. We enticed you to become a subscriber to our site with three fantastic prize packages we only had you do a few things to earn points to win.

And you did. Thank you for making our launch a success. We are really glad you’ve joined our community.

Here’s a reminder of the prize packages we offered in our launch party giveaway:

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8 autographed paperback books written by 5 different authors

(Jaded Tides by P.S. Bartlett, Til Death Do Us Part by Stephanie Ayers, Damselfly Inn and Buck’s Landing by Cameron Garriepy, Blackfern Girls and Wilderness by Elizabeth Yon, The Marriage in the Rue Morgue and The Case of the Red-handed Rhesus by Jessie Bishop Powell)

1 custom design package by Genie Girl Graphics (see website for packages)

1 surprise gift basket from Crab Apple Books

1 handmade bedside book holder

Broken Ero ebook by Jen Wylie

Author Promotion Package by A.L. Mabry

and 1 Author Slot on eBook Bargains by the Master Koda Select Publishing (must have discounted book)

Second Place Text

7 eBooks and 3 signed paperbacks by 7 different authors

(the Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales trilogy by P.S. Bartlett, Til Death Do Us Part by Stephanie Ayers, Reckoning by Katheryn Avila, Blade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin, Saga by J.A. Campbell, The Marriage in the Rue Morgue and The Case of the Red-handed Rhesus by Jessie Bishop Powell, and Enter the Moon by Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson)

5,000 w0rd short story edit by Wendy Strain, Editor

1 author slot on eBook Bargains by the Master Koda Select Publishing (must have discounted book)

and A copy of Valentine Wolf’s “The Nightingale” CD

3rd Prize

5 ebooks and 2 (1 signed) paperbacks from 6 different authors

(Tainted Energy by Lynn Vroman, Hope from the Ocean and Fireflies by P.S. Bartlett, Til Death Do Us Part by Stephanie Ayers, Crystal Unicorns by Nancy Millers, Enter the Moon by Jennifer Fusch-Ferguson, and Blade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin)

and a stationary kit from A.L. Mabry

AND NOW…

It’s time to announce the

The subscriber with the MOST POINTS and winner of the GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE IS: Kirsten Piccini!!

Congratulations, Kir, and a big thank you for your support. Please make sure we receive your information to pass on to the authors and other prize donations.

The subscriber with the second most points and winner of the 2ND PRIZE PACKAGE IS: Rebecca Yager

Congratulations, Rebecca! Please check your email for our announcement so we can get your preferred contact info, or please email us: editors@ourwriteside.com with your mailing and email addresses to receive your prizes.

Our last winner was so close, only 1 point difference between 2nd and 3rd prizes! Our 3RD PRIZE PACKAGE goes to: Amanda Croushore!!

Yay for Amanda!! Thank you for your support and I hope you find lots of goodies on #ourwriteside to help you with your writing endeavors.

We are so very grateful to all of the subscribers who participated in our giveaway. You are the reason why we built this community. Thank you.

Did you know? We now have our own FORUM right here on the site. If you subscribe, you are already registered. Why not start a conversation today?

Launch Day Giveaway!

Welcome to Our Write Side! Feel free to poke around and get to know our crew. You will find lots of resources and there will be much more to come. We feature a variety of writing prompts, lessons, and creative story-telling to inspire and motivate you. Also, be sure to join our forum (Our Write Side Cafe) to chat with us and each other. Before you go exploring, use the form below these slideshows to enter for your chance at one of three fabulous prize packages!

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Are you excited yet? Each follow equals one entry. Those with the most entries wins! Note: If you already subscribe via email or reader, you don’t have to resubscribe and you are still eligible to win. Use the form to gain extra entries, and/or leave a comment for an extra entry.

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October 2015 Author of the Month: Elizabeth Yon

We call this site “Our Write Side” because that’s what it really is. We want you to meet and mingle, find great new reads, a new author, maybe even a guiding light. We want to pay it forward to the same writing community that has treated us with such love and support.

This is why every single month we will host one author; one outstanding writer to showcase for the whole month.

This month we would be remiss if we did not honor one of our favorite dark fiction writers. It is the month of Halloween, after all.

Our Write Side is pleased to introduce you to the Authoress, Elizabeth Yon.

Elizabeth Yon

Elizabeth Yon lives in rural Bedford County, Pennsylvania. She is the author of two story collections: Wilderness, A Collection of Dark Tales; and Blackfern Girls. Her short stories have been published in the anthologies Precipice, Vols. II and III; Echoes in Darkness; and the Bannerwing Books showcase Open Studio. More of her dark fiction can be found on her WordPress blog, The Palace of Night.

Name: Elizabeth Yon

Latest Book Released: Blackfern Girls

Contact Info: elizayon1@yahoo.com

Preferred Genre: horror

 

We are so honored to have you as our Author of the Month! Thank you for sharing your words with the world! Let’s talk about your latest released book. Tell us a short blurb about the book, please? Blackfern Girls is a collection of four paranormal stories linked by setting and by the exploration of girlhood in that setting. These are coming of age tales, and like most tales of that sort, they are adventures – but adventures shadowed by the haunted Johns Woods in eerie Blackfern County.

image1 (3)Where did your idea for the story come from? The stories began as a combination of bits of my own girlhood, the beauty and mystery of the Pennsylvania countryside that somehow gets in your blood, and my love of everything creepy. With that as a base, they just took off.

How long did it take you to write it? Roughly a year. I didn’t work on it exclusively, and I picked it up in fits and starts for a while until it began to really become cohesive.

How did you come up with the title? I wanted to model my setting on rural Pennsylvania, but I didn’t want to use a real county. I wanted to make a sort of composite of different places I’ve lived in the state. So, Blackfern County was born, and it seemed right to title the book after it. Each story tells the tale of girlhood struggles, so the title became Blackfern Girls.

What is your favorite line from the book? That’s a hard question. I think it’s the first line of the story, The Skeptic. They are going to wreck Sparrowgate. That line came to me in the narrator’s voice so clearly that the rest of the story just tumbled onto the page with very little effort. Sometimes, when I’m lucky, it happens that way.

image1 (2)There’s a lot of talk in the writing community about “writing what you know.” Does that apply to this book? It definitely applies. I mined my memories and experiences for my characters and my setting. Blackfern County is significant enough in the stories that it really becomes a character in its own right. This is the soil of my upbringing, rich and dark, the way I saw it as an imaginative and lonely girl.

How did you find “your voice?” I think I stumbled over it. When I first began writing, I experimented with different voices, trying them on the way you might try on hats. Was it comfortable? Did it sound authentic? I wanted to emulate my favorite authors, but I always missed the mark. The key, of course, wasn’t to “put on” a voice, but to develop one. Then, one day, it was just there. I realized I’d been using it unconsciously, naturally, and with ease – for better or worse, I’d found it.

Do you stick to one genre or do you dabble in others, too? I’ve been pretty faithful to what I term “dark fiction”, a hybridization of paranormal/horror/fairy tale/fantasy. I have trouble categorizing my work, and I don’t like the idea that a label can become like a skin – something you can’t get out of. I’d like to experiment with other genres, or more likely, graft them onto my dark sensibility.

What are you currently working on? I have several short stories on the table, and I’ve begun roughing out a novel that I’m finding rather exciting. Another story collection is taking shape.

Which manuscript did you have the most fun working on? In Blackfern Girls, the story Local Honey is really a novella. I didn’t intend for it to reach such volume, but as I followed the thread of it, it grew and grew. Beta readers would come back with more questions about what happened to the characters, and it was fun to see them excited about the story. I enjoyed building that big one.

image1 (4)What is your best one sentence advice to other writers? Read everything you can, no matter what the genre, fiction or non, classics and new releases.

Let’s talk about you, the author, now. What do you do when you aren’t writing? I read, of course! I hike, kayak, and garden. I do a bit of sewing, and I always have a variety of art projects lying about.

If you had to sum your life up in 3 words, what would they be? Deep, quiet, anticipatory.

What motivates you? As a writer, the idea of readers. Just the idea of them out there, waiting for the tale I can tell them. As a person, the satisfaction of making things. Creative expression becomes a compulsion. Sometimes it’s an agony, and it’s always a joy.

Tell us about your favorite cause. I don’t really have a cause. The things that are deeply important to me have to do with respecting and communing with the natural world, with building empathy between myself and other living beings, human or not. Compassion is important to me, and community, and I try to combine those two things whenever I can. I try to be available when I’m needed.

Identify your superpower. Invisibility. It really comes in handy when I’m eavesdropping!

What’s your favorite quote? Book? Movie? Song? Food? I don’t have a favorite quote, I have hundreds! My favorite keeps changing. Favorite book might be Dracula. Again, there are so very many. My favorite movie is Jaws. Isn’t that a hoot? I watch it every time it’s on TV, and I have it on DVD, too. Favorite song, Gloomy Sunday. A lot of artists have done it in grand style. I love Billie Holiday’s rendition, but my favorite might be Sarah Brightman. Favorite food, Mac and cheese, the baked homemade kind with the crusty cheese topping. Mmm, comfort food!

image1 (1)Are you coffee or tea? Coffee with lots of sugar, cream, and a dash of cinnamon.

And lastly, what is the one thing you wish people who DON’T write would understand about writing? That it takes a great deal of time for which the writer may never be paid (in monetary terms); time to think about it, to research, to write, to edit and rewrite, to dream – and none of that is wasted time.

Thank you for answering our questions.

To find out more about this fabulous writer, please follow her social media and author pages below. 

Goodreads  |  Amazon | WordPress | Personal Blog

Introducing: Our Write Side Cafe

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One of the dreams that we have is to create a forum where writers of all ilks can mingle, chat, share, and more. We have created such a place, and are ready to present it to the world.

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With warm colors, a cuppa hot tea or coffee, and plenty of sugar, we welcome you to Our Write Side Cafe, the Starbucks of the world wide web. Pull up a chair and have a good time. Start a conversation and meet new writers, perhaps an agent or two, and make friends in the writing community. Let our forum become your new home away from home while improving your writing skills and making friends, too.

Our Write Side Cafe is now open. Won’t you see what the buzz is all about?

Wednesday Writers Wisdom: The Face of Fear

Last week, we had an incredible interview with author Jessie Bishop Powell. Her debut mystery, Marriage in the Rue Morgue, came out today!!

At the end of her interview, I asked “What’s your worst writing fear?” I ended up going to Facebook and asking there, too.

And the answers are today’s

 

The answers varied across the internet:

Stacey of Stacey’s Mothering Moments says: “That I suck. Plain and simple.” (She doesn’t.)

Dominique Goodall describes her worse fear as “losing all my creativity in describing new worlds.”

“My biggest fear is the thought of my characters not coming to life for my readers like they do for me. I hope my writing does them justice.” A.L. Mabry

Carrie of The Muse Unleashed had this to say: “Biggest fear: that I will never finish my damn book!” (I know this fear!)

“Screwing up the plot line in a series and leaving readers going WTF that isn’t what you said two books ago!” Shannon McRoberts of  My Epic Lore.

Renee says: “That everyone else will think my writing is as terrible as I sometimes do.” (It’s not!)

“My greatest fear is readers hating the work. Or worse, being indifferent to it. It’s all for them, you know. If they don’t like it, then … what am I doing?” Elizabeth Yon.

English teacher Eric Moore says: “After polishing something and sending it off, full of pride and confidence, getting it back all slashed up in red ink. That or losing a large body of work to technical error.”

“To look foolish. In anything I do my greatest fear is appearing foolish….which is pretty stupid when you think about it.” Lydia Harris

And finally, from Kimberly Rues, who blogs at Rubber Chicken Madness says her greatest fear in writing is “That I won’t be able to adequately communicate what I’m trying to say.”

I take from this that our greatest fear as a writer really seems to come from within. Self-doubt is a big one.

Now that you’ve seen ours, won’t you share yours?

And next week, we have a guest post from the inspiring Cassidy Frazee. You won’t want to miss that!!

Tell us what you think! Don’t be shy!

And thanks for stopping in!

 

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