Month: January 2016

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So excited to welcome Sheena Snow to my blog.  She is the author of Sparked.

Sheena Snow, contrary to her name, lives in South Florida and has only seen snow once. But she would love for it to land on her eyelashes and sparkle in her hair. She loves painting, candle making, orchid shows, tattoo conventions, hockey games and library book sales! After college she landed a full time job but kept serving pizza on the weekends and writing stories about characters she wished really existed, characters who never gave up no matter the obstacles life threw at them. At the age of twenty-six, she sold her first book and bought her very first puppy, a wonderful Yorkie named Aladdin.


Author Interview:

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m 28 years old. I have the best little dog in the world, Aladdin. And I love reading, writing, coffee, all forms of art, orchids, and singing randomly—no matter where I am ☺ And when I speak I love to use sounds and have my hands fly everywhere (I’m super animated). And either people love me and laugh hysterically or they give me the what-are-you-on-look and think I’m secretly not from this world lol

Each writer has their own rituals – some listen to music while others drink coffee. What do you do to bring on your muse?

Coffee is a must but I’ve noticed my muse is awake and active right after I eat lunch. And playing music softly in the background, for the white noise, is a must ☺

Sparked is Young Adult Light Science Fiction. What is it about Sci-Fi that captures your imagination?

I just love going places and reading about places that we normally wouldn’t be able to experience. It’s like my mind wants to go so much farther and do so much more than we are currently capable of doing.

When it came to Sparked, what/who showed up first? The idea for the story or the characters?

A little bit of both I think. I had a dream about human-looking robot chasing me through a bookstore and he wanted to protect me but at the cost of becoming his girlfriend. I was like creeper! As the dream continued, I was continually attacked by others. Soon, I realized I didn’t really have any other choice but to take him up on his offer. So I did. And he protected me and turned out to be a nice guy-robot-human person thing. And then I woke up.

Vienna Avery is the main character. Is she the type of girl who loves shopping at the mall or would white water rafting be more her thing?

She is actually a little bit of both. She loves shopping, but wouldn’t go more than twice a month. And she loves adventure and to experience life with her friends and cousin but wouldn’t go white water rafting every week either. I think she’s a pretty good balance both.

Thinking about the cast of characters from Sparked: If one of the supporting characters could step off the page and join you for lunch, which would you choose and why?

It would have to be Alec, the human-looking-robot. I’m pretty sure I fell in love with him writing the book. Physically, he’s toned but not overly toned. He’s tall but not too tall. And he wants to be a better person, do the right thing, and be what he feels like he can never be, human. He’s lost and looking to find his path in the world that he’s been created in and little does he know that’s exactly what makes him human and what makes him so attractive emotionally.

Are you currently working on another novel? If so, when might we expect the new release?

Yes. I am working on book 2 and I am so excited about it. I anticipate it coming out late next year. I plan to take everything even further into the world building and give answers to everything that was left open in book 1 J It’s going to be awesome!

Writers tend to spend a lot of time alone.   When it comes to socializing, do you prefer a small group of close friends or large and rowdy party?

A small group of friends. And even then I really can’t handle the company for more than 5 hours. My body starts to shake and I just remind myself that I can leave whenever I want, I’m in a safe place, and everything is going to be okay. Everyone has different levels of anxiety and mine (I can’t speak for all writers) is just higher than most. And there is nothing wrong with that. Everyone is different and reacts to situations differently. For me, I find it important to listen to my body and speak to myself positively. 

About the Book:

YA Light Sci-Fi
Date Published: December 16, 2016

They weren’t supposed to have feelings.


Metal will Clash

In a not-too-distance future, robots composed of metal for bones, electric cords for veins, and synthetics for skin are now available. For purchase. Eighteen-year-old Vienna Avery’s home is going to change forever, now that her mom purchased an Italian Chef Robot to cook and reside in their house.

Secrets will Unfold

The government claimed robots were indifferent, unthinking pieces of metal and elastic—assistance for the help of humans. Vienna never believed much of what the government said. The pieces didn’t always fit. And now Vienna knows why, because she’s uncovered the government’s secret: that robots have emotions, sucking Vienna into the underground world of feeling, thinking, and sovereign robots.

Sparks will Fly

Alec Cypher is everything a robot is not supposed to be: deep, dark, and dangerously human. And for some reason, he wants to save Vienna from the government’s prying, vindictive eyes. Going forward, Vienna will have to learn to trust robots and battle the growing feelings she never thought possible . . . feelings for the green-eyed, soul-searching robot named Alec.

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3 Budget Friendly Writers Conferences in North Carolina

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”    —George Orwell

Okay.  So – maybe I didn’t find the process of writing a novel to be horrible but it was exhausting and yet, exhilarating – kinda like how I imagine a mountain climber would feel when they reached the summit Mt. Everest.   Seriously, I was on the top of the world!

While I love writing, it requires solitude – a lot of it – and that can lead to a creative drain. When we don’t recharge our batteries, our writing will suffer.

One way to avoid this is to periodically surround ourselves with like-minded individuals. A writers conference is the perfect event to make these connections.  Not only do we get the benefit of learning from the experts, we have the opportunity to forge relationships with other writers – people who get us and our struggles.


For many people, attending a week long conference is out of the question due to work, family, and monetary considerations.  However, smaller conferences are often presented by local writers groups.  These are typically one or two days long and very affordable.  If you’re in the North Carolina area, you might be interested in attending the following:

February 27, 2016:  Book’em North Carolina Book Fair and Writers Conference  This conference is held at Robeson Community College in Lumberton, N.C.  FEE:  FREE

March 18-19, 2016:  Pamlico Writers Conference is held in Washington, N.C.  at the Turnage Theater.  FEE:  $49.00 non-members $39.00 members

April 16, 2016:  Carolinas Writers Conference is held at the Lockhart-Taylor Center in
Wadesboro, N.C.  FEE:  $30.00 and includes a catered lunch.

Both the Book’em NC and Carolinas Writers Conferences are short drives from northern South Carolina.  And for those writers in south eastern Virginia, the Pamlico conference is only a two hour drive.

Thanks for stopping by and if you know of a budget friendly conference, please feel free to add it in the comments.