Wow! We've already been doing this for 10 weeks! Awesome job guys!
This week's judge is first time winner, Laura Hughes (Mittens Morgul). She's very excited to judge and I'm very excited to have her be a part of Flash Factory!!
Congratulations again, Laura!!
Here are her answers to the first four getting to know the judges questions:
If you are currently querying right now, please tell us about your book. (If its a WIP, tell us about it too!)I was querying, but a few weeks ago I had to park that roller coaster with the maintenance department. A couple of the wheels were falling off my manuscript, and the safety inspector closed us down. :) Sorry, it's summer time, and I'm thinking about theme parks.
I'm currently revising the first book, and trying to keep up with the writing schedule I set up for myself on the third. The series is urban fantasy, where shapeshifters have been allowed to stay in the U.S. in exchange for their loyalty to the government. They use their skills to handle military operations and criminal investigations that are beyond the abilities of the human soldiers and cops they work with. Thalia Drake has been hiding her true identity to blend in with the shapeshifters. If anyone knew she was a dragon instead of the werewolf she pretended to be, the shifters could lose everything. Her mother's disastrous attempt to convince the world that dragons were a force for good only convinced Thalia that it was safest for everyone to keep her secret forever.
When a murder investigation uncovers a possible threat to shifters, and an ancient dragon relic, Thalia's first instinct is to stop the killer at any cost. Revealing the truth could prevent a shifter genocide, but it's equally likely to doom them to her mother's fate. History is repeating itself, and Thalia must unravel the killer's motives before she crosses a line that could turn the entire world against her.
And just writing out that description makes me want to burn my old query. Wow! I like this version better!
How long have you been writing?Since I learned my ABC's. Well, I've been writing seriously for about a year. I tried writing when my daughter was an infant. I mistakenly thought I had a unique insight into new motherhood, and a witty take on raising a child. Turns out, you actually need sleep and mental coherence to write books. I didn't get any of that with a newborn in the house. It didn't occur to me to try writing again until I had a recurring nightmare last summer. Out of frustration, I decided to write the bad dream down in the hopes that if I worked through the issues on paper, I might banish the bad dreams. To my immense shock, it worked. Also to my immense shock, I really enjoyed the writing itself. Now I'm afraid to stop, just in case that bad dream comes back.Tell us about your writing style. Are you a plotter/outliner, or do you fly by the seat of your pants?I guess that first book I wrote (which is sharing space in a locked drawer with the sequel I wrote for it) had an outline of sorts. I was just writing out the dream, fleshing out the characters and giving them a purpose for good instead of evil. Since then, though, I start writing with a definite beginning and ending in mind, and then pants my way from point a to point b.
What is one piece of advice you would give new writers?
Don't listen to writing advice. No. Find writing advice that helps you. You don't have to buy into every contradictory piece of advice. Find what works for you, and then write write write write write. You can't be a writer if all you do is plot and plan and read advice. Just start writing. And then edit. And then edit some more. And keep reading, too.
FLASH FACTORY FRIDAY #10
Laura's 3 Word PROMPT:
jar, swoop, fracture
A PICTURE PROMPT!
***YOU MUST USE ALL THREE WORDS
Ready ... set ... FLASH!
PROMPT (varies each week)
50 word minimum / 350 word limit
The full rules are HERE
*Remember, post your entry right here in the comments, please! Don't forget to include word count AND Twitter handle! (Or another way for me to reach the winner!)