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I've been Spotlighted!


Lovely fellow author Lisa Rayns has spotlighted me on her blog!

You can find it here: http://lisarayns.blogspot.com/2015/01/welcome-zoe-ambler.html

I’m so excited! Thank you so much Lisa! My own interview with this talented author will be coming shortly, so look out for it! 😀

Author Spotlight: Anne Conley

Anne Conley

WEBSITE / BLOG – www.anneconley.com
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/anneconleyauthor
Facebook (for friending)
TWITTER – @anneconley10
GOOGLE+ – https://plus.google.com/u/0/100235866752242897291/posts
PINTEREST – http://www.pinterest.com/anneconley/

Anne has written her entire life and has the boxes of angst-filled journals and poetry to prove it. She’s been writing for public consumption for the last four years. Currently she is writing two romance series. In Stories of Serendipity, she explores real people living real lives in small town Texas in a contemporary romance setting. In The Four Winds, she chronicles God’s four closest archangels, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael, falling in love and becoming human. She lives in rural East Texas with her husband and children in her own private oasis, where she prides herself in her complete lack of social skills, choosing instead to live with the people inside her head.

Q&A, Zoe Style:

  1. What is your writing process? Typically, I think about a story for months before I outline it. Then is sits for a while, so I can work on other things. Then I go in and write the rough draft, and let it sit. When I revise, I read through and make notes on my manuscript, then let it sit, then go back and fix the notes and things I see. I do this several times before sending it out to beta readers for their notes, then I do it again before sending it to my editor. A full-length novel typically takes me about 9 months to go from outline to completion, using this process. And I usually have about four projects going at once.
  2. What do you read for pleasure? Anything romance. I used to read a lot of horror/thriller/suspense, but now it’s all about the romance. <3
  3. What is the greatest joy of writing for you? Getting feedback from readers is the best. It never fails to put a smile on my face, whether it’s a review, or a Facebook message. I love hearing what readers think.
  4. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m thirty-nine years old, have been married for fifteen years, have two kids, and live in rural East Texas. I used to teach high school, until I realized I wasn’t cut out for that. At all. So I stayed home with the kids for a while, but that was incredibly boring, as they were in school all day. So my husband encouraged me to write for public consumption.
  5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing? Strengths: I’m a quick writer. I can pump out stories like a machine, but most of them aren’t really relevant, or commercial. Weaknesses: Facebook. When I’m writing, I take constant fb breaks, and waste a lot of time.
  6. Do you have any strange writing habits? Not really… Unless you consider early morning writing strange, some people do.
  7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process? Time management. I can market myself and sell books, or I can write. Apparently, I can’t do both.
  8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point? No point whatsoever. I make it up when I’m expecting the in-laws, but that’s about it.
  9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before? Ireland
  10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies? Zombies

Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered? On a scale of one to ten? Eight.

Books by Anne Conley (just click the pic!)

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Thank you so much Anne for this opportunity! Happy writing!

Some inspiration from Literary Journal Editor/Publisher Marcella Simmons…


Some inspiration from Literary Journal Editor/Publisher Marcella Simmons...

Creative Writing Comes from the Heart
by Marcella Simmons
Writing can be taught. It can be learned. But the best writing comes from a person’s heart and soul. The ability to express ones’ emotions in words can only come from within. Every person has a writer-self within themselves, like it or not. It’s just that some people have no desire to utilize the God-given talent they were born with while others utilize it to its fullest extent. A writing class is good but the creativity must come from within your soul.
I have read stories written by English teachers – stories that made me cringe. They were dry and dull, without any emotion. Sure, they were grammatically correct and not a punctuation out of place anywhere. It was apparent these teachers had the God-given, but the desire to apply the heart and soul emotions weren’t visible, giving way to a story that left the reader dissatisfied and longing to quit reading. I know because I was one of them. I’d give anything to have a degree in English – oh what it would do for my writing. Some of the stories I have read lacked in merit because they were nothing more than a list of details about something about the class or something they did. The stories written and presented by the student I have had the pleasure of reading were funny or sad and showed more feeling in a child-like way than any of the teachers that sent things to me to read.
Without the desire, a person who writes is nothing more than that – a person who writes something. Every person has a certain amount of creativity but if emotion and feelings are not embedded, it’s not creative work at all, be it writing or art or anything for that matter.
I am a writer – my work isn’t always the best as it could be, but I try my best to instill feelings and emotions in my work, especially fiction. It may not win a Pulitzer prize or be the best piece you ever read, but if you read long enough you’ll notice a few of my heart strings attached every now and then. And sometimes, you even see the tears and blood and feel the pain… or share the laughter…
My six year old grandson loves to draw and he ‘gets down with it’ when he is creating pictures for me, for his mommy or anyone else who is the recipient of his heartfelt gifts. I always say he is going to be the next Pablo Picasso because he puts his heart into every picture. I’ve seen real paintings in galleries that were dry and tasteless, with no feeling whatsoever. Yet, there are those that stand out and say, “Take me home!”
Jyoti Arora couldn’t have said it better … pick up your wand and let magically words flow forth… “Creativity is a magic wand that works two ways. When you set it in action and seek to create something, it does not just brings into existence that object or work, it also raises in your heart a dream, a hope, and a will to achieve that creation. And when all else seems lost and steeped in hopelessness, the magic of creativity can still keep you going. For when all else seem dark, an urge to create something would still give you an aim to look forward to. And if you just take hold of this urge, it will take hold of you and see you through even the darkest times. Like it did to me.” ― Jyoti Arora
My point is simple. If you are a writer, don’t worry about spelling and grammar – edit later. If you have a story in your heart and it must be told, only you can put it out there. Don’t worry about the syntax or usage until the editing stages. Just write and get every word out of your heart and onto paper, before you let the emotions and feelings fade. Grammar is not that important in your first draft. That’s what revision is for. That first draft is what comes out of you, from your heart, your mind and your soul.
Nine times out of ten, if your story doesn’t grab your reader from the first two or three paragraphs, then they’re likely to quit reading and move on to something that is not boring, dry or dull. Don’t try and force your feelings into your story either. Relax, and let the words flow naturally, and freely. Remember, the best stories are found within you and come from within. Share your message to the world and let your sun shine in….
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