Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Secret Dreams of Readers.....

By Glenys O`Connell
In my last blog I offered a print copy of my Canadian set romantic suspense novel, Judgement By Fire, to a reader who posted a comment that I liked the best.
Unfortunaterly, I loved all the comments about how you survived winter, and I'd love to send a book to all of you. Not possible, of course, but I did choose two winners instead of one, McKenzie Crowne and Kerry Schafer - congratulations! Please send your snail mail addys to me at RomanceCanBeMurder @ hotmail. ca (without the spaces) and I`ll get your books in the mail. Doing this contest reminded me of the wonderful relationship between readers and writers - one thing a writer must never do is lose sight of who we`re doing this for: You, the reader. Without you, we writers would be lonely indeed!
So onto the long list of people and things I am thankful for, I`ve added all the wonderful folks who buy and read my books.I am truly grateful for your support and encouragement.
I`ve taught a creative writing class for many years - initially in the classroom at third level, and mopre recently online. You can read a little about the Naked Writing: The No Frills Way to Write Your Novel at www.glenysoconnell.com.
Whenever I receive a note from one of my students, announcing that they`ve received a publishing contract and praising the course, I am just thrilled. But I also know that this has been a symbiotic relationship - I`ve learned lots about the craft of writing while working with the students taking the course.
One thing I do know is that many readers harbour a secret dream to write their own novel. So, in honour of that dream, and readers everywhere, I`m offering an ARC - an Advanced Reading copy of my new creative writing book. No Frills Way to Write Your Novel is a compilation of the lessons from the writing course along with some of the wit and wisdom I learned while working with new writers. I`m told it`s a great read, and this is your chance to grab a copy before it is actually published in the New Year.
Just leave me a comment here on the blog about your writing, or dreams of writing.Good luck!

Glenys O`Connell writes romantic suspense and comedy, award winning plays, and non-fiction books on subjects such as depression and PTSD. She has also been known to stop traffic on the busy TransCanada Highway to help turtles cross safely. You can read excerpts of her fiction at www.glenysoconnell.com


Jannine Gallant said...

No frills - I love it. That's how I like to write. Tell the story with plenty of action and not a lot of baggage to clutter it up. Dare I say the flowery language of the classics I read in English Lit class were an ordeal for that very reason. I'd love to hear your insights on the subject, Glenys.

Colleen Connally said...

Do you have a No Frills Way to Promote your book once you've written it...?

Barbara Edwards said...

Makes me wish I could win the ARC of your new book.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

When in the New Year will your book be out? I have a feeling several Roses might want it. Wishing you great sales.

Unknown said...

No Frills? Sounds like a lot less work, and I'm all over that.

Christine Warner said...

My debut novel comes out with TWRP in March and one of the main things I've learned on my journey of writing, is that you never stop learning...lol. Your books sounds like it'd be another lesson in making my writing stronger.

Viola Russell said...

I also have taught creaetive writing. It's wonderful. Sometimes, creative writing brings out amazing things in even quiet students.