by Haley Fisher
I'm Haley Fisher, a college student in Kansas, and I've just signed a contract with a company called Silver Tongue Press to publish my first book!
For as long as I can remember I've been an avid reader and an aspiring writer, but the step toward actually getting a book published is an enormous one for me. This is a big deal. And, as I've been told, the next step to being successful is getting the word out that my book exists.
So, though it's not in print yet—it's coming out February 14th—I'd love for people to keep an eye out for Rising Calm. It'll be the first in a series of books about a young girl who finds out her life and her fate are far bigger than she ever realized. At the risk of giving too much away, the most I can tell you for now is that there is magic, prophecy, new worlds, and a cast of characters who I love to write.
I'll keep this updated as Rising Calmgets farther and farther along on the path to being published. Until then, I don't have much else to say but thanks for reading!
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Silver Tongue Press
Release Date: February 14, 2013
On Cara Weaver’s first day at her new high school—merely the next in a long line of new schools—she meets two senior boys: James Sable and Crispin Calaway. They’re new too; they’ve been at the school just longer than she has, and they’ve never made an effort to reach out to anyone. Until she comes. When her friends find out, they’re awed. But Cara can't shake the feeling that there’s more to James and Crispin than the two are telling.
Days later, when a stranger accosts her outside a small shopping center, Crispin and James arrive just in time to help her. But they seem know the attacker. And instead of running him off, Crispin and James take Cara away, for her own protection.
GUEST POST by Haley Fisher.
Writing Process or How to make a great plot.
First, I think I should say that how people write is totally up to them. I can’t tell someone else the best way for them to write, any more than I would expect them to tell me. Nobody is the same, which means that no one has the same processes. So my process is probably unique to me: I write out of order. Really out of order. Whenever I get inspired for a scene, be it for Chapter Three or Chapter Twenty, for the sequel or for the final book in the series, that’s the one I write. I put them all together later, connect them all, and set them in their proper places. I think that it helps make a plot great when you’re writing the scenes you most want to be writing.
Make sure you have tension. Not only when you get to the climax and the grand finale of your story, but all the way through. Surprise the reader, constantly. Keep people on the edge. That’s one of the things I have trouble with. It’s so much easier to describe what is happening and give your characters a break than to have them be on all the time. But on is what keeps people reading. Going from a small lull straight into action will keep what you’re writing interesting and it will even make it flow better. It also gives people a better sense of your characters, because it makes it all about how they think and feel and react when things are unexpectedly thrown their way.
Also you have to be sure you want to be writing what you’re writing when you’re writing it (if you can follow that). It will make a difference. Scenes that I loved writing are some that people have most enjoyed reading. And, just as you have to enjoy what you’re writing, your story also has to be something you’d want to read. Not only something you have fun writing, but something that, as a reader, you would be happy to pick up and lose yourself in.
For it to be a great plot, you have to do something unique. I feel like a lot of YA books today follow the same general plotline, so what makes one of those books really stand out to me is when the author does something completely original. Don’t just repeat the same outline of every other book you’ve read. Make it different, in any way that you can. Try something new; even though the standard format sells books, unique books sell more. Those are the books I buy, at least.
5 Copies of Rising Calm – US/Canada have choice of ebook or paperback, International Winners will receive an ebook.