Friday, July 13, 2012

Lucky Friday the Thirteenth Links to Author Interviews

Who says Friday the thirteenth is unlucky? Not me.

Today, after I received e-mails directing me to two blogs with author interviews, I felt very lucky--and smart--after reading the authors' answers.

* If are the superstitious type, or if you like paranormal suspense novels, check out author Sandra Carrington-Smith's interview over on Sheree Nielsen's Warm Fuzzies blog. Sheree asks Carrington-Smith five questions, including her thoughts on what it takes to be a good writer.

* If you're feeling really lucky, you could win a copy of a middle-grade historical fiction novel. Over on From the Mixed Up Files you will find an interview with historical fiction writer Clara Gillow Clark. If you leave a comment, you have a chance to win an autographed copy one of Clara's books. I've read Secrets of Greymoor and thoroughly enjoyed it! Reading Clara's interview can also make you feel smart. Today I learned that if you're writing about your childhood, if it occurred before 1970, it's considered historical fiction. That means my entire childhood and teen years are historical fiction. Who knew?

So, take a chance; learn from some successful writers--and you might win an entertaining book!


  1. I'm not a triskaidekaphobe. But apparently, I AM historical.

  2. Oh my, I am "dated" too!!! I heard two young gals going on about a flea market booth. They loved the vintage dishes and decor. Oh they were so excited! I peeked around and saw it was Fiesta Ware and JFK pictures. So I am not just dated, I am vintage!

  3. My childhood stories are considered historical fiction? That's hysterical.

    Today Jennifer H told about her kids asking if there were cars and streets around when she was a kid. If they think that about their young mother, they would probably ask ME if there was fire and the wheel around when I was young.

    Thanks for the links, Donna, and thanks for helping out today. One of the kids noted they loved getting the "professional" help. Well done.

  4. Hi Val,
    You're not alone. I'm way ahead of you in the historical department.

    Hi Claudia,
    I like the term vintage.

    Hi Sioux,

    Hysterical, historical. I like that.

    Thanks for letting me help today. It was gratifying to listen to the words of a new generation of writers. You and the rest of the crew did an awesome job (and I don't use the word awesome often).


  5. Yep, we're oldies but goodies. If you've noticed the clothing styles, you may have been reminded of historical reproductions :)

  6. Donna,
    You're inspiring words planted seeds in my mind that brought me to this point in my life. Thank you for posting a link to my blog Sheree's Warm Fuzzies.

  7. All I have to do is enter any antique shop to be reminded of just how old I am. Sigh.

    Critter Alley

  8. Hi,

    Donna, I like the friendly and supportive tone of your blog. Writers cheering other writers.

    And, yeah, that “old thing”. I am going to pass on collecting Social Security when I am eligible this year because that is for old people…Wait, I am old people! Why do we diss and ridicule the date on our birth certificate? I seem to be chasing my ever elusive relevance in this world.

    I agree that this last Fri the 13th is lucky. That is the day I sent a query to a small press in California. The managing editor has offered me a book contract! I am excited yet feel over my head with decision making. Go figure. Working on it for many years and now, can’t believe my possibility is here.


    1. Congratulations, Patt. Sounds like the 13th was your lucky day!

    2. You are quite welcome, Donna. Know any intellectual property attorneys with book contract experience?
      I checked online, and found none who indicate that or specialize.

    3. Saturday Writers had a speaker last year who specializes in intellectual property rights. He also spoke at the MWG conference earlier this year. His name is Paul. You could check the MWG website for his name and contact info.

    4. Yes, Donna. Now I remember. I will contact him. Thanks.

  9. Hi Pat,
    I just wish I'd held on to some of those "antiques" when I was growing up.


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