Monday, 25 November 2013

Girls With Books: Author Spotlight/Interview: D L Richardson

In this edition...

Interview, review, and giveaway for Little Red Gem,
Girls With Books: Author Spotlight/Interview: D L Richardson: Author Bio.:  Music first captured the creative interest of young adult author D L Richardson. From choir, to her first acoustic guitar a...



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Tips for writing and editing dialogue

When I edit an novel, I do about 6 to 8 edits, each focusing one one particular area.

The main areas I work on are: dialogue, descriptions, showing not telling, taboo words, chapter beginnings and endings, and backstory. It's important to edit this way so you don't get swept up in the reading. Much of what we read is skimmed over. When we edit, we shouldn't skim over anything!

 
Here’s are some tips on how I go about editing dialogue:

Conversation

Are you paraphrasing what could be said? Dialogue is important, especially in YA fiction. If there is a conversation between characters, it is preferred that this be told through dialogue instead of paraphrasing.

Watch for lengthy prose that can be broken up with dialogue. And the opposite is true. Watch for too much dialogue that can be broken up with prose.

Informal Contractions/Catch phrases/Slang/Jargon/Accents/Native tongue

Is the dialogue natural? People say ‘cause, instead of because. They say ummm, yeah, dunno, gonna, wanna, whatchya... things like that. Information contractions are not used outside of dialogue or internal monologue.

Some people use slang, catch phrases, special words, jargon to convey their emotions. Be careful not to have too much. While this is fine for a sub character, it can be taxing to the reader to be always interpreting words. The Secret Garden is a classic example of how an accent is used throughout the book by one character and it can slow down the pace if a reader has to re-read.

Internal monologue

If it’s told in first person, you don’t need to use …I thought. You can simply italicise the internal thought.  Example: He’s kidding me, right?

If you use third person you can use … he/she thought. Some publishers like both. Example: He’s kidding me, right, she thought.

Watch for characters having one-sided conversations. This is probably best told using internal monologue. We often think things in front of a mirror, but we don’t often say them, that is why some characters get dogs to talk to. Sidekicks work well for this purpose, too.

Action

Most characters do things while they talk. However, this can slow down a scene if there is too much action, but not enough action between dialogue can be like a Ping-Pong game - it's all back and forth.

Add things such as Bob fidgeted to convey nervousness, or Bob lifted his jaw to convey defiance.

Add a bit of internal monologue to break up ping-ponging because not everyone says what they think and this can make for interesting character interaction.   

Arguing

It’s natural. We all do it. Characters can do it, too. Even if you have a character that is shy or nervous or afraid to argue back, they will still do it internally, so make sure you include this internal monologue in the conversation. It will add spice and realism to the dialogue.

Emotion

It’s okay to have characters stumble to convey emotion. Example: “I cant…I just can’t.” or  “Wait. No, it’s okay. Ooh, I’m gonna regret this.” This also stops very stilted, formal dialogue from taking place.

Tags

Most people just glance over he said/she said so it’s fine to just use these.

Better to use the said tag than to pad the writing with adverbs such as exclaimed, gasped, screeched, argued. Use then when and if they are called for.
 
At the same time, watch for too much he said/she said, and watch for adverbs used in dialogue tags.  Instead of “Enough!” Bob said angrily. Use Bob slammed his fist on the table. “Enough!”

I hope these dialogue editing tips help with your manuscript. Subscribe to my newsletter if you'd like to receive more tips. I'll be posting more editing tips soon.

Thanks for dropping in!
D L


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Friday, 22 November 2013

Book trailer for Little Red Gem YA novel by D L Richardson featured on USA today

Friends,

Writing is as much as about connection and promotion as it is about writing. Writers are followers of other writers, and sometimes this "followship" is for support, other times it is to keep up with promotional and writing tips and tricks.

Brinda Berry writes YA paranormal romance and when she provided a connection on her blog about where to submit a book trailer for a romance novel I said to myself "great". Then I said to myself "hang on, I don't have a romance novel to promote." Never mind. I stored that little nugget of information into my diary because I knew I was planning on writing a YA paranormal romance very soon. 


D L's writing tip #1
Keep a notebook or diary or file on your computer to store bits of information that you think you might need in the future. It is time consuming, if not impossible, to track this information down later. Writers often have many ideas floating around inside their head, so you can create a folder or file with working title, basic plots and outlines, things you want to research, things you overhear, and links to sites or information that might come in handy when you eventually turn that thought into a work in progress.


D L's writing tip #2
Don't forget to write down the name of the person who gave you a certain tip so you can thank them for it later. This works two-fold, it keeps you connected, and it might open up an avenue for you to talk about your success on their blog or newsletter.

So this leads me to how I followed a tip from Brinda Berry and how it paid off to keep this information stored someone handy. I submitted my book trailer to USA Today's Robin Covington and success!! She liked it and featured it. Here is what Robin had to say as well as the book trailer for you to check out.

Robin recs trailers for 'Little Red Gem,' 'Just Like Heaven'

 
What I love about the book trailer for Little Red Gem by D.L. Richardson is the fact that the author performs an original song for the video. As a singer myself, it really impressed me that she combined all of her talents — writing, songwriting and singing — to bring this poignant YA paranormal to life. Well done!http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2013/11/21/book-trailers-dl-richardson-caryn-moya-block-clarissa-carlyle/3659357/


Robin Covington writes sizzling contemporary romance. Her stories burn up the sheets ... one page at a time. She loves her family, tasty man eye candy and comic books. Her website is RobinCovingtonRomance.com.


 
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the book trailer. If you want any tips on how to record and make a book trailer, just let me know.
D L


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Spellbindings: Rebecca Ryals Russell: Little Red Gem YA Paranormal Romance

In today's edition...

How a sprained wrist inspired this author guest post. Is it just me, or is it getting too unbelievable that characters can walk on broken legs? Read the full post here. Spellbindings: Rebecca Ryals Russell: Little Red Gem YA Paranormal Romance: Love can make you do crazy things as Ruby Parker discovers when she dies and returns from the grave to unearth how much Leo ...





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Sher A Hart: Written Art : Feedback Review

In today's edition...

Christmas is fast approaching. It's time to start compiling a list of books you want from Santa.  Here's a tip! Consistently good reviews make for consistently good reading. So here's one good YA title to add to your list.

Feedback gets reviewed on Sher A Hart blog. 3 out of 5 stars. Follow the link to read the full review. Sher A Hart: Written Art : Feedback Review: Feedback by D.L. Richardson Ethan James, Florida Bowman, and Jake Inala are three teenagers who receive much-needed org...






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Saturday, 16 November 2013

A_TiffyFit's Reading Corner: {Book Review} LITTLE RED GEM by D.L. Richardson

A_TiffyFit's Reading Corner: {Book Review} LITTLE RED GEM by D.L. Richardson: Title: Little Red Gem Author: D L Richardson Publisher: D L Richardson Number of pages: 196 eBook | 250 print Cove...




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

The first of the informal book club meetings

It's 9pm and the family is gathered around the dining table. We're here to celebrate an 83rd birthday and we've just had a feast of seafood. We've caught up on what's been happening in our lives. They all know I'm a writer but I try to avoid talking about my books because I'm deathly afraid of becoming one of those people who stand out front of supermarkets and won't let you pass by until they've told you what they have to sell you.

The conversation leads to talk of books anyway. Don't you just love it when you have a table full of people who enjoy reading. This is how we ended up having an informal book club meeting. These are sort of like the minutes.


The conversation started with Game of Thrones. Lots of good recommendations to read the books. I haven't read them yet, but I've seen the first series. Books are always better so I'll add these to my list. The greatest tip I got about this series was - don't fall in love with any character because they can end up dead at any minute.

We moved onto a book by Danielle Steele which is apparently a tear jerker from page one about a girl who used to be a world class skier. Not my cup of tea since I can't read Danielle Steele anymore since I threw down Malice in disgust. It's the worst book ever! But a writer needs to read many genres so if I found this latest Steele novel in a cabin with no other books I'd probably give it a go.

We moved on from books to TV shows, which is just like the intermission where you top up on candy. TV is the sugary kin to books, but I love TV shows too so I'm no snob when it comes to TV shows. We talked about how we loved watching Supernatural and Being Human, though some in the group hadn't seen Being Human yet. Revolution got a good rap which I haven't managed to catch on TV yet. But all roads lead to books and that was how I came to recommend the novel Warm Bodies. I hadn't seen the movie but some at the table had. The book is great.

That led to my recommendation for a group member to read Robocalypse. I guess this is what they mean when they talk about word of mouth advertising. We talked for hours about books and TV shows and it was great to have this informal book club meeting at a family gathering. Usually we talk about renovations and work. We ate great food so why not enjoy food for the soul?  In the end I got a recommendation to read Children of the Dust. So I'm off to find a copy to hand in my verdict at our next family gathering.

How do your informal book club meetings go? Do they sound anything like this?




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Friday, 15 November 2013

GeekeryDo: Book Review: 'Little Red Gem' by DL Richardson

Review by Geekory Do - Little Red Gem is a nice little read with plenty of interesting characters, teenage blundering, and in the end, some solid life tips - particularly for young women. The tone is overall light (maybe a little somber) despite the dramatic theme, so it won't be too heavy for younger readers.

GeekeryDo: Book Review: 'Little Red Gem' by DL Richardson: [ Thanks for stopping by for my stop on the Little Red Gem blog tour! This book review is also joined by an interview with the author! B...

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Writers tip - writers need to read many different genres

Writers should be reading many different genres. Much like we can't really live on bread alone - as delicious as bread is our bodies do need other nutrients, and our brains need other nutrients too. Besides, reading othe genres expands our characters and settings and makes us better writers.

As a reader, I purposely choose to read a book that is different to the last. As a writer, I purposely choose to read a book that is different to the last

Here is a list of books I've read so far this year.

  1. The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan (currently reading)
  2. Robocalypse- Daniel H Wilson
  3. The Husband - Dean Koontz
  4. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
  5. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
  6. Mockinjay - Suzanne Collins
  7. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson (partway through)
  8. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larrson
  9. The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larrson
  10. ABBA The Name Of The Game - Andrew Oldman, Tony Calder, &Colin Irwin (non fiction)
  11. The Mystery Of Mercy Close - Marian Keyes
  12. Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz
  13. I Am Number Fore - Pittacus Lore
  14. The Power Of Six - Pittacus Lore
  15. I Am Memory - Ann Brasheres
  16. The 600 Pound Gorilla - Robert Campbell
  17. Linger - Maggie Staifvater
  18. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  19. Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
  20. Quentins - Maeve Binchy
  21. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - William Kotzwinkle
  22. One For The Money - Janet Evanovich
  23. Glitches - Marissa Meyer (short story)
  24. The Girl Who Could Talk To Zomibies - Rusty Fischer
  25. Blood, She Read - Sara Hubbard
  26. Various writing and marketing tips text books and ebooks
That's just a little over one book per fortnight. Not bad for someone who also works 22 hours per week at a day job and writes about 20 hours per week.

Reading list for the rest of the year looks like this:
  1. Gone - Barb Han
  2. Amped - Daniel H Wilson
  3. Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
Any suggestions on what I can add to my 2013 To Read pile? Just drop me a line in the comment box.
Catchya
DL



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

GeekeryDo: Book Review: 'Little Red Gem' by DL Richardson

I'm starting to think my books are curses. I fell over today and sprained my left wrist. My character Ruby breaks her left wrist. Coincidence? I don't believe in them. Anyway, here's a review to check out.


GeekeryDo: Book Review: 'Little Red Gem' by DL Richardson: [ Thanks for stopping by for my stop on the Little Red Gem blog tour! This book review is also joined by an interview with the author! B...





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

5 things that aren't in this book


Movie makers and actors aren't the only ones who get to reveal what happens behind the scenes. Sometimes book blurbs provide only the back story and the book picks up where the blurb left off, so a reader would never know more than what is contained within the pages.

There are so many behind the scenes books available, it's a wonder why things are left out of books and movies. But only so much can go into the final product.

It's obvious then that what isn't included in a book is often as interesting as what is. Here I take a look at five things that aren't featured or explained or included in Little Red Gem.


Welcome to this behind the scenes look at 
Little Red Gem



1. What happened to Audrey while she was trapped in limbo.

Audrey never tells Ruby what happened while she was trapped in limbo while Ruby took over her astral projection. And because it wasn't relevant to the story, the conversation between Ruby and Audrey while walking from the hollow to the psychic shop is never revealed. Audrey will get her chance to tell all soon in her very own novella.

2. The location of Providence. 

It is never mentioned in which country or state this fictional town is situated. It was developed purely to suit the story line, nor is it based on any photos of any town. This town felt as if it was born from the gold rush with its Victorian buildings and woodland surroundings. It has  two main roads that lead off to the neighboring town and to the woods, and it has a landscape that is possibly geographically impossible, but I don't care. Let the movie makers worry about finding a town that fits the descriptions in the book if it ever comes to that.

3. Sex.

The story is based around 17 year old Ruby and what happens inside her head when she discovers she is pregnant. Growing up the product of a broken home, she begins to analyse everything - her life, her boyfriend, her future. But nowhere in the book does she and Leo actually have sex. This is because a) it is a young adult fiction novel and there are boundaries I dare not cross, and b) Ruby's pregnancy is what is known in movies as "the inciting incident", i.e without this incident there is no story. So the story really isn't about Ruby being pregnant, but how she changes her views and actions when something hugely profound happens to her.

4. The song William sings the first night he meets Ruby.

In the afterword, I explain how two of the songs have music set to the lyrics, "Side of the Road"  and "A Million Miles" but what I don't tell you is that the song William sings the first night he meets Ruby was originally a poem I wrote in order to set the tone of autumn for when I was writing Feedback, a novel in which the Santa Ana winds play an important role. I needed to have the wind as a constant reminder throughout the novel, so each day I would read through the poem to get the feel of the wind. This is the first time this poem is published.

5. Reach For The Stars.

No doubt readers might be able to guess that the talent show Ruby enters to communicate with Leo, Reach For The Stars, is based on reality TV shows such as X-Factor and Idol. The talent show comes to Providence to hold auditions and Ruby and her two friends enter and win with the song "A Million Miles". These auditions are held in a shopping mall, instead of a giant auditorium, because it suits the book. Providence is a small town and it would have seemed weird to have a giant auditorium as the venue for a talent show. Is there an actual show called Reach For The Stars? Not that I can tell. There is a video game, though it is space based.

I really enjoyed sharing these five behind the scenes secrets with you. Let's see if I can find any more.

D L


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Friday, 1 November 2013

The Cover Contessa: Book Promo: Little Red Gem by D.L. Richardson

Looking for love? Don't like dating agencies or night clubs? How about a love spell like the one that features in Little Red Gem? This spell is under the spotlight today at The Cover Contessa. Read all about it here. The Cover Contessa: Book Promo: Little Red Gem by D.L. Richardson


 
 
 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1