Nanowrimo Spotlight: Kristin James

November 27, 2014

Hey everybody! I’m in a bit of a hurry to make it to a write-in tonight, so it’s a good thing I’ve got this really terse spotlight to share with you! It comes from Kristin, who blogs at missoverture and can be found on the Nano site as witchykristy.

How long have you been participating in Nanowrimo?
I’d be considered a NaNo veteran as I’ve been doing it since 2008, and won every year. 🙂 It’s fun to meet new people in the chats every year and at write ins because were all so like minded.

What are you writing about this year?
This year I have been writing about a civil war between two cursed races.

What is your favorite book – you have to pick just one!
In all honesty, my favorite book at the moment is Misery by Stephen King, though I am partial to The Hunger Games.

What advice would you give to all your fellow Wrimos?
For advice, I’ll say dedicate two hours a day to writing to hit your goal–if you’re like and type at 130 WPM, you could even just do an hour!

Sneaky Ninja question! Do you smoke? Have you ever??
I currently smoke, indeedy.

Anything else you want to say?
I have a book coming out next year called Crows among Doves–it’s a supernatural romance novel.

Thanks for dropping by!

Nanowrimo Spotlight: DJ Weller

November 3, 2014

Greetings, friends and followers. How’s your word count looking today? I had a 5k weekend, not bad at all. Let’s take a look at DJ in Florida, who has a triple threat of blogs to share with you: freelance, baseball, and diabetes.
Have you done Nanowrimo before, DJ?

This is my second NaNo. I completed my first one last year and I have a 50,116 word mess to show for it. I was planning on revising it and editing it by now, but I have had some health issues that prevented that. Then I was going to do the revisions during NaNo this year until the idea for my next book popped into my head. My favorite memory from last year’s NaNo is when my characters decided to add a plot twist. That twist is going to involve changing some of the earlier chapters, but it will make the book better in the long run.

What are you writing about this year?
I am writing a Science Fiction novel that is set on a planet with 4 moons, 2 of which have rebelled against the government and instituted their own government. The main character, Sparks, had just left the military and is applying for a job with the planetary police force. During the application process, he starts to see discrepancies in the way that punishment is meted out. His discoveries lead to big changes, both for himself and for the planetary system.

What is your favorite book – you have to pick just one!
My favorite book is the unabridged version of The Stand by Stephen King. I really like the way King develops characters that are so realistic that you feel that you know them. This book is over 1100 pages long, giving him plenty of room to develop many characters. Then, when the characters are introduced, disaster strikes and we see how each of the characters react. The changes that they go through are realistic and believable as well as drastic.

What advice would you give to all your fellow Wrimos?
My advice to WriMos is to keep writing. Do not delete anything. If you change your mind about a chapter, just move it somewhere else, but do not delete it. It was something that you wrote, so it should count when you validate. Also, listen to your characters. They come up with some good ideas.

Sneaky Ninja question! Tell us something that’s frightened you.
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Camp Nano Spotlight: Beastfire

April 2, 2013

Good morning friends, followers, and A-Z challengers one and all. Today, I’m shining the spotlight on camper Beastfire, aka Kayla.

How did you find out about Camp Nanowrimo?
I’d taken part in Script Frenzy last year, and kept reading about this Camp NaNo. It caught my interest, so I decided to go through with that.

Have you participated in Camp Nano before? If so, would you call it a success?
Yes, and yes. I took part in both sessions last year, and managed to get my word count both times.

Do you know what you’re going to write this year?
I’ve known what I would be writing for Camp for several months now.

What’s your favorite part of your Camp project?
That would have to be either writing fight scenes, or writing various parts from one particular’s POV. It’s fun getting into some characters’ heads, particularly if they tend to be kind of snarky.

Sneaky Ninja question! Who is your favorite author ever – you have to pick just one!
I have a lot of authors that I like. But my absolute favorite would have to be Stephen King.


The project I’m doing for this session of Camp is the fourth and final arc of my Hell Bent series. None of it is published at the moment, but I have been working on it ever since Script Frenzy last year. It takes place in a city in Pennsylvania called Hell Bent, the lab capital of the US. The main characters of this series are a family of genetic experiments (and one mage/doctor), and it follows them as they deal with such enemies as a serial killer, a technophobic mage, and a cyborg with a grudge. I’m hoping to get around to illustrating it after it’s edited and then self-publishing each part.

While there’re numerous characters that I like in this series, my favorite would probably have to be Travis. He’s part-monkey, has VERY long red hair, and can heal quickly from nearly any injury (and come back from the dead, in most cases). He’s not what one might call a genius, and tends to get himself into some kind of trouble on a regular basis. He doesn’t let that bother him, though, and enjoys annoying those that try to hurt him or his family/friends.

Thanks for stepping into the spotlight, Beastfire!

Campaigner Spotlight: Brinda Berry

September 16, 2011

Hi, all, and welcome to the first in my new Campaigner Spotlight series. A little bit like JC Martin’s Writer Wednesdays, I wanted to give volunteers from the Platform-building Campaign a chance to speak on their own behalf, so I’ll be asking each volunteer three completely unexpected questions, and also giving them 100 words or less to talk about themselves and convince you to follow their blog!

So, my first volunteer is Brinda Berry.

1. Are you more of an optimist, pessimist, or exactly in-between?

I’m an optimist. Writers must be.

2. Who is your favorite author ever – you have to pick just one!

My favorite author is Stephen King.

3. Where, if anywhere, are your backup files?

My backup files are in Dropbox. Hackers, please stay away.. Oh my…that was a little pessimistic.

Why follow me? I feel a query letter moment coming on now. I need you, and you need me (see optimist statement above). I need to talk to people who understand writing trials and tribulations as well as the celebration of a good story. In exchange for your undying blog-following devotion, I promise to do my best in helping you become the next bestselling author. Of course, most of the burden is on you. I’m not witty, sarcastic, or amazingly insightful, but I do post software, marketing, and technical tips on a regular basis since that’s what I know.

Thanks for volunteering to be my first spotlight, Brinda! I’m one of your followers as of now.

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