Contest Finalists

This morning the finalists for the 107 word contest (starting with the the exact words/sentence “Every word he spoke was a lie.”) were announced on the Go Teen Writer blog: 
And there were more, they just didn’t fit on my screen…
Yep, no Aidyl Ewoh on there. Oh well though. I’m fine with that. I know I did a good job and it was fun, stretching and worth-while. Do I wish I’d won? Totally! But I’m happy for the other finalists. Great job, y’all! 
You can click here to see my original ideas I posted. I asked all y’all to vote for which one I should submit, and I ended up deciding on number one, which is this one: 
Every word he spoke was a lie. I tried to get mad at him, but I couldn’t, seeing how every word I spoke was one, too. A team of liars. That’s what we’d end up being. How was it possible? We had started out so promising. So full of dreams and hopes. And now we were stuck in the middle of Boston, lying harder and faster than a hamster going around on his little wheel. I knew it had to stop, but how could I suggest such a thing when we were about to make it big? When our break was just around the corner? 
Then, with a lot more editing, it evolved into these two snippets: 
Every word he spoke was a lie. She knew it too, but would never admit it. A team of liars, that’s what they were. She rummaged around in her purse; he never took his focus of the swaying chandelier. 

Jake leaned his head back, an air of tranquility hiding his anger. This wasn’t the first time he’d encountered the pair, although he prayed it was his last. Somehow they always went free. The thought grated on his nerves, sending a deep resolve over him that today would be different. 

Then she laughed. The smirk lighting up her face, “Ah, so you’ve been bit by the bug, too.”

And then… 

Every word he spoke was a lie. I knew it, and he knew it – but I couldn’t get mad at him, every word I’d spoken was one, too. A team of liars. That’s how we’d ended up. 

I sank into the chair, glancing around the cold, sparse waiting room, mind flashing back to when Gemma handed me the locket. “Do our family proud”, she’d whispered. But here we were, stuck in the middle of Boston, lying harder and faster than a hamster on a wheel. This was the last lie, that’s what Jake said. We both knew it wasn’t though. The door opened. Rising, I steeled myself. 

I ended up sending in this last snippet. Again, it was fun and I’m glad I took part in it. I can’t wait to hear what everyone else posted and especially the winning snippets! 🙂 Which one of those three snippets of mine do you like the best? 😉 I’d be delighted to hear your view! 
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Also, I’m hoping to host a writing contest on Noveltea sometime during the next few months (I’ve done it the last two years, too). And here’s my question: Do y’all like the idea of a free whatever-you-want kind of contest with just a word-count guideline, or would you rather have a beginning sentence, theme or something like that to go by? Your ideas are greatly appreciated! 

GTW 100 Word Contest – Vote

Hey peoples! Over at Go Teen Writers, they’re having a contest. Yea! 🙂 It has to be 107 or less and it has to begin with this exact sentence: Every word he spoke was a lie. Each person is only allowed to summit one entry, so I thought y’all could help me narrow down which one I should go with. I have to enter it tomorrow, so vote today! There’s a poll over on the side, < and you can also write ideas in the comments. Thanks, y'all! 

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#1
Every word he spoke was a lie. I tried to get mad at him, but I couldn’t, seeing how every word I spoke was one, too. A team of liars. That’s what we’d end up being. How was it possible? We had started out so promising. So full of dreams and hopes. And now we were stuck in the middle of Boston, lying harder and faster than a hamster going around on his little wheel. I knew it had to stop, but how could I suggest such a thing when we were about to make it big? When our break was just around the corner? 

#2
Every word he spoke was a lie. This man I had loved and trusted, this father of mine, turned out to be a fake. A heart-rending, bone-crushing, soul-destroying counterfeit. A forgery of all I had wished for. 
Looking down at my hands, my sobbing breath caught in my throat as I wondered what atrocities I had innocently committed while doing the bidding of this lunatic. How could I have been so deceived? So beguiled? Had I been so desperate for my dream to come true that I had been oblivious to the fact it was actually a nightmare? How many lives had I ruined? 

#3
Every word he spoke was a lie. Funny lies, but lies none-the-less. And it was my job to teach him a lesson. Rarely have I been less apt to do my duty; but being an older sister isn’t all about fun and games. At least that’s what they tell me. 
While lies about flying cupcakes, earthworms the size of garden hoses, corn turning into soldiers and houses talking might entertain me, they freak Grace out. And, if I don’t want Grace sharing a bed with me until she’s 18, I needed to put a stop to Jamie’s lies. The question is, how?

#4
Every word he spoke was a lie. And I had believed him. Now it’s my time to get back at him. To repay him for the suffering he’s caused me. If there’s something I can’t stand it’s looking like a fool and having people whisper about me behind my back. 
But now is Jake’s time to suffer. I am an expert at plotting revenge. My childhood assured me of that. My revenge makes people’s hair stand up on the back of their necks and mothers cover their children’s ears. They don’t know me here, since I’m new. After Jake though, they won’t forget me. Ever.

Interview With Author Stephanie Morrill

Ok, y’all! I’m totally thrilled to have one of my writing mentors, Stephanie Morrill here today for an interview! She’s the one who started the much-talked-about-by-me blog/Facebook group, Go Teen Writers. So, without further ado, here the interview is! 

First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

Sure! I live in Overland Park, Kansas with my husband and two kids. I’m the author of five books for teens – The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft Into a Published Book, and The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet. My sixth book, The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet, comes out this November. I have samples of all my books on my website, http://www.StephanieMorrill.com

Writing… 

1. How old were you when you began writing? 

I started writing stories in first grade. We were given writing time everyday in class and could write about whatever we wanted. When we finished our stories, we turned them in and someone (a teacher or volunteer parent, maybe) would type them for us. We got to pick the color of our cover and binding, and then they printed out our “book” for us to illustrate and read to the class. I loved it and from then on I started telling people I wanted to be a novelist when I grew up.

2. Who would you consider your writing mentor? 

Jenny B. Jones. We don’t talk very often, but she’s totally been there for me with her support, encouragement, and kindness in my confusing career moments.

3. How much time do you devote each (day or week, whichever is easier for you) to writing (including proofreading, marketing, etc…)?

It fluctuates as my children grow up. My daughter is in kindergarten now and my son is in preschool two days a week. With my parents and my husband’s parents living in town, I also regularly have babysitters one morning a week. I use that time for writing (and writing related stuff) and nothing else. I don’t meet friends for lunch or stop by the grocery store – I write. And I work most evenings for at least an hour after the kids have gone to bed, but I’m trying to get out of that habit now that their school schedule allows me more time during the day. So probably about 25 hours a week?

4. Do you snack and/or drink while writing? If so, what? 

I don’t snack a lot, but I do always have something to drink. Mostly coffee and water, but iced tea (or hot tea) from time to time as well.

5. What was your best “author moment”?

I had a book signing for So Over It, which is the third book in the Skylar Hoyt series, two weeks after I gave birth to my son. I hadn’t slept well, I felt gross, and I just really didn’t want to do it.

But I was really glad that I did, because about halfway through it a teenage girl stepped up to my table. She seemed rather shy, and I was trying to draw conversation out of her. Fortunately, her parents were with her because her father told me that they lived in a small town that didn’t have a bookstore, and when So Over It came out, they’d driven an hour to go get a copy. And then she had seen I was having a book signing and begged to come.

When I got home, I looked it up on a map and saw they lived over two hours away from Kansas City. I felt so humbled by that since I’d been a bit grumbly about doing the signing in the first place. It reminded me that I’m very lucky to have writing and that because of it I get opportunities to meet lots of wonderful people.

Random…

6. Which season is your favorite? Why? 

I’m an autumn girl. I love getting out my jeans, taking walks in crisp air, and busting out all the soup recipes I’ve collected over the summer. And the leaves. I adore the changing leaves, even more now that I can play in them with the kids!


7. What is one of your favorite quotes? 

“Be a voice, not an echo.” I’m not sure who said that first, but I first heard it a month ago, and I’ve been dwelling on what that means ever since.

8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why? 

I’ve lived in California, Florida, and Kansas, and I love it here in Kansas City the most because it’s a great combination of affordable city life, great schools, (I’m at the age where I have to think about those kinds of things), and great culture. Plus both our families are here in town, and that’s hard to beat.

But if I didn’t have to factor in family or affordability, I think I’d be pretty tempted to move back out west. I visited Sonoma, California a couple years ago and totally fell in love with it. Great food, great weather, great culture. Loved it.

9. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be? Why? 

Funny story. My parents recently told my husband and I that for our tenth wedding anniversary (which is next May) they’ll fly us anywhere we want to go, so I’ve actually been thinking about this question quite a bit! Right now it’s looking like we’re going to tour Italy. Other places we contemplated were New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland, and Greece.

10. You have a ebook sampler that can be downloaded for free right now, can you tell us about it?


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Featuring some of today’s strongest indie author voices, this fall teen reads sampler is sure to connect you with your next page-turning read. Perfect for fans of Sara Zarr, Meg Cabot, Jennifer Hubbard, Melody Carlson, and more.

Download the drama before it’s too late! Offer expires September 17.

For even more of today’s best indie teen fiction, visit PlaylistFiction.com.

Thank you so much, Stephanie, for joining us! I had so much fun learning more about you! 

Free Book, Y’all!!!

You know how I like telling you about the blog, Go Teen Writers
Well, I’ve got some pretty cool news.
Stephanie Morrill, the amazing person who started the blog has one her books,
Me, Just Different, for free on kindle right now! Isn’t that great?
 
Instead of telling you what the book is about, I thought I’d show part of one of the reviews: Stephanie’s writing is fresh, relevant, and fearless. She tackles tough subjects, and asks the tough questions. Me, Just Different strikes at the heart of being a Christian teen in an un-Christian world. Skylar’s struggles at the crossroads of faith and life are spot-on. 
 
Sounds great, doesn’t it? Why don’t you check it out!
 
 
Those of us over at GTW’s are trying to move her book up on kindles free top 100 list as far as possible. When we began working on it less than twenty-four hours ago, it was book number 1,259. Now it’s all the way up to number 61! Isn’t that amazing? So why don’t you download the book (you can do so on devices other than an actual kindle), and pass the word along! I mean, who doesn’t want to get an interesting, engaging and free book???

If you do blog about it, why don’t you leave a comment so I can check the post out on your blog? Plus, I’ll publicly thank you in a blog post on here, because seriously, it would mean a lot!

{Note: While I do think this was a great book, I don’t recommend it for everyone. Use discretion while reading it.}