Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What a Character with Aubree Taylor

What a Character is here with you again.
This month we have Leesa giving us an insight into a character in her manuscript

From: Winning the Player by Leesa Bow

Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance/Sport

Character: Aubree Taylor

Age: 20 years old.

Set in Adelaide, South Australia.

1. What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you?

Two things have impacted my life.

The first when I was twelve, my father died in his sleep, resulting from an overdose of prescription drugs mixed with alcohol. He was an alcoholic but not the abusive type. It was a difficult time, especially seeing my Mum extremely distraught so I threw myself into basketball and trained everyday to block out the pain.

The second incident happened when I was seventeen. I injured my knee playing basketball for South Australia in a National tournament. It wasn’t just any injury. I’d ruptured my anterior, medial and lateral ligaments, after going up for a rebound and landing off balance while my opponents knee crashed into mine causing it to buckle and hyperextend. I remember crumbling to the ground screaming in pain.

The damage snowballed from physical to life changing.

Everyone believed I could make a come back and return to an elite level. It was my physiotherapist and surgeon who yanked me back to reality, emphasising how tough it would be and how I’d have to work three times harder.

The devastation wore down all my mental strength and I didn’t see the point. Swamped by so many positive people believing I could make a come back only pushed me further away. To disappoint myself was one thing but let down those who loved and believed in me a whole different ball game. So I pretended to be over basketball with a new interest of seeing the world, creating new adventures, and finding out who I really was.

Subsequently I took off overseas for the next two years.

2. How would you describe yourself in one sentence?

Tall, slim, long brown hair, and green eyes like my mother; lacking self-confidence like my father.

3. What makes you laugh out loud? 
My best friend Maddy. She has a great sense of humour and claims it’s her Irish heritage. I think it’s her temper and having a smart mouth along with not being afraid of anyone.

4. What is your greatest fear? 
To have my heart broken.

5. What do you hate? 

Especially arrogant athletes like some football players.

6. What is your idea of happiness?

Being surrounded by family and close friends.

Finding inner peace and a sense of belonging.

And of course true love! Secretly I’ve always enjoyed reading the steamy romance books under my mother’s bed. They have kindled a yearning for happy-ever-after.

You can find Leesa on Twitter and on her Facebook page.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Southern Speak - Online Resources

At SARA's October meeting, Emmeline Lock presented some great online resources for authors to help with various aspects of writing. We thought we'd share all her hard work with you!


SARA/RWA links
SARA website
(static info)
SARA blog
(dynamic news)
RWA website

RWA blog

Online resources – like an encyclopedia, only more exciting.
One of the places that knows everything, but is littered with writer’s license.  Written by civilians.
Encyclopedia Mythica
Myths from around the world
Behind the name
The meaning of names
British Library
Online gallery
Fashion Era
Clothes throughout the ages
Bookish places – online libraries and the like.
Fantastic Fiction UK
Great for checking continuities.
Library Thing
Book database – record what you are reading
Book database
Book database
Another database.  For books. 
International Movie Database (IMDB)
Um, movie database.
Civilian-uploaded videos.  Book trailers, music, and more.
Amazon (to buy)
Buy books print/kindle (app)
The Book Depository
Buy print books
Abe Books
Buy print books
Project Gutenberg
Free eBooks (check laws)
Craft – getting down to the business of writing
Show Me the Money – Brenda Hiatt
A table of what authors earn where
Kristin Nelson’s Pub Rants
Agent extraordinaire
Predators & Editors
Is your editor a predator?
Gabrielle Luthy
Articles for writers
Martha Alderson – Plot Whisperer
Martha writes books on writing books
Marg McAlister
Writing teacher and author
Writer’s Digest
Articles for writers

Trish Wylie
Articles for writers
Romance University
More articles for writers

Erotica Readers
Resources for erotica writers
Rachel Aaron
Author of spec fic and craft books
Great for visual story boarding
Picasa Web Albums
Great for creating album for blog – Helen uses for the DSDU book covers.
eHarlequin Community
Reading challenges/craft info/forums/authors and more
Spec fic specific markets
Now a member service of markets
Fiction Factor
Online magazine for fiction writers
Anne Gracie
Look for the ‘about writing’section
Paula Roe
Harlequin author, lots of craft help
Blake Snyder
Save the Cat/Beat Sheet
Popcorn Dialogues
Watching movies to write better novels
Podcasts on writing
Argh Ink
Jenny Crusie’s blog
Grammar Girl
Grammar tips/podcasts
Writer Beware Blogs
SFWA info on the business of writing
Dear Author
Romance review blog
Stephie Smith
Articles for writers.  Look for the contest page. 
Charlotte Dillon
Articles for writers
Alicia Rasley’s Writer’s Corner
Articles for writers
Elements of Style
Classic writers reference
Inspiration – when the well is dry…
Deviant Art
Inspiring images, especially paranormal
Fantasy Art
Fantasy Art Design
Stock images

Google images

Miscellaneous helpful things
Web colour fonts
Useful when looking for safe web colours that would be seen on all monitors
Tiny URL
Great for shortening those long links. You can even customise them.
Great to use for giveaways
Beauty and Lace
Online magazine with strong links to Aussie romance authors

iTunes Podcasts

Go to iTunes on your device.
Write or Die – Putting the ‘Prod’ in Productivity.
Encourages writing by punishing the tendency to avoid writing.  Online, iPad or desktop.
Twitter feed
Links all your tweets to other social networking accounts