October 17, 2011

You Haven't Got an Appointment!

'I say. Look here. You stick to us in a devil of a manner,' said Barnacle Junior, looking over his shoulder.

'I want to know--'

'Look here. Upon my soul you mustn't come into the place saying you want to know, you know,' remonstrated Barnacle Junior, turning about and putting up the eye-glass.

'I want to know,' said Arthur Clennam, who had made up his mind to persistence in one short form of words, 'the precise nature of the claim of the Crown against a prisoner for debt, named Dorrit.'

'I say. Look here. You really are going it at a great pace, you know. Egad, you haven't got an appointment,' said Barnacle junior, as if the thing were growing serious.

'I want to know,' said Arthur, and repeated his case.

- Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit

Some days I feel about like Barnacle Junior with my heaps of books and papers, but I like to think I'm not quite as scattered and brainless as the people of Dickens' Circumlocution Office. And unlike Barnacle junior, I like to be asked questions and to have people wanting to know, you know (so long as they have an appointment). Therefore, I thought I would follow Jenny's example and gather ideas for posts by asking you lovely readers to post your questions about my stories and writing. Naturally questions like "Does the main character of Wordcrafter die?" are taboo and I shall reserve the right to not answer any questions that would give away spoilers and other such nasty things, but anything else is quite open; you can ask about

the soldier's cross
the white sail's shaking
tempus regina


sunshine and gossamer

So feel free to come into the place saying you want to know - just post a comment with whatever you would like me to answer. And have fun!


  1. Oodalolly! :) Lovely lovely topic! I might just have to have one of these things myself! But for the questions:
    Do you look back on the Soldier's Cross now and see mistakes you made that you've learned from since?
    Does Tip have family? If so, who?
    Do you disagree with Sarah Stanley from the Story Girl in the thought that if you're going to the trouble to make up a character, why not make them good-looking? :D
    Can't wait to read the answers! :) ~Rachel

  2. So I have a question (or more ;) about 'The Soldier's Cross' (kind of).

    Firstly, with Ambassador International, do you have to pay them anything up front for them to publish a book (assuming they accept your manuscript, of course). Or, do they get a percentage of every sale?

    Second, do you get a lot of people buying/reading The Soldier's Cross?

    Third, is there anything you wish you did differently with any of your books (in the story-lines, or in the publishing process, or anything)?

    Fourth, is there any general advice you can give to young author-wanna be's, who may be on the brink of setting out on the adventure of publication?

    I'm excited to read your answers, too!

    I might come back with more, if I think of any. ;)


  3. What is the plot idea of Tempus Regina? I tried looking around here the other day when you posted "The Dragon's Eyes" but I couldn't find much about it.

  4. I have a question regarding the Soldier's Cross (kind of). When you wrote the scenes in which Fiona mourns the loss of her brother: how do you write a sad, emotionally scene without making it seem sappy or forced? I have a couple of sad scenes in Within Danger's Core and I want the reader to fill sad and possible bring tears to their eyes as they are reading the scene or chapter. But I'm not sure how to go about that.

    Also in regards to Ambassador International, did you send the allotted chapters that the requested via email or in the mail?

  5. Melody Joy - Yes, right now there isn't much about Tempus Regina on Scribbles because I've been leery about writing out a proper, catchy plot synopsis for it. However, I'll be glad to write a good rambling post on it for you!

    I'm enjoying the questions, everyone! However, in regards to the publication of The Soldier's Cross, I'd rather not answer direct questions about Ambassador's methods. But if you would like to find out more about how they work, you can check out their website, emeraldhouse.com. They have a fairly lengthy section on how to submit queries, etc. I hope that helps.

    Keep the questions coming!

  6. Well I have a question about Wordcrafter, more or less, but having had the delight of being able to read it, I fear my questions concern my two favorite characters and things that (may?) happen at the end or past. I would like to know more about Justin, only I fear this might be spoilerish. I suppose I would also like to know more about Terra and Ethan and maybe his mother?

    I was also going to ask about Tempus Regina, but I am not sure what to ask. The mysterious stranger in story segment post piqued me? What can you tell us about him? Why is the house abandoned and why shouldn't she temp the house?

  7. As a female, how do you craft your male characters in a way that is true to the male perspective? How do you know if you have their viewpoints right and are not carrying feminine elements into their characters?

    Where do you get your ideas from? Things you read/watch? History? Random incidents in your life? Dreams? Just daydreams? What inspired each story?

  8. Oh, okay. Sorry! =)

    Okay, so I thought of another question. Do you have any good how-to books on writing that you could recommend? On how to write well, or create characters, or anything like that?


  9. I have a question: How do you know when your manuscript is ready to be shipped off to a potential publisher?


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I am a writer of historical fiction and fantasy, scribbling from my home in the United States. More importantly, I am a Christian, which flavors everything I write. My debut novel, "The Soldier's Cross," was published by Ambassador Intl. in 2010.
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published writings

The Soldier's Cross: Set in the early 15th Century, this is the story of an English girl's journey to find her brother's cross pendant, lost at the Battle of Agincourt, and of her search for peace in the chaotic world of the Middle Ages.
finished writings

Tempus Regina:Hurled back in time and caught in the worlds of ages past, a Victorian woman finds herself called out with the title of the time queen. The death of one legend and the birth of another rest on her shoulders - but far weightier than both is her duty to the brother she left alone in her own era. Querying.
currently writing

Wordcrafter: "One man in a thousand, Solomon says / will stick more close than a brother. / And it's worthwhile seeking him half your days / if you find him before the other." Justin King unwittingly plunges into one such friendship the day he lets a stranger come in from the cold. Wordcount: 124,000 words

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