Time Flies

This month is racing by. I can’t believe that it is already 2015!! The holidays were wonderful, but not much time left for writing. Now that January is half over, I’m still trying to get back into my rhythm of daily writing. I’m also trying to get the sequels to ‘After the War, Before the Peace’ into print. Love writing the novels, dislike the administrative work to get them in print.

Our writing group is probably experiencing one of its best periods. The writers these days are top quality and doing the critiques after each session is a joy. Also, we have a new location. Our old location, our local public library, treated us like step-children and frequently put us in rooms far to small for our size. I don’t understand why our group wasn’t more welcomed. Would there be a library without writers???? Anyway, Karen VanerJagt, one of our local writers, has access to a large meeting room in her family’s business location. The place is fabulous. So large, bright, cheerful and conducive to creativity.

In addition to my daily writing, I’m putting together my material for our town’s local Spring Frenzy. A week of jillions of class on every subject imaginable. I’ll be teaching journaling and fiction writing. The dates of my classes are Feb. 2 and Feb. 4. Drop me an email if you are interesting in attending either class. A writer friend, Paul Bailey, will be conducting a class on book publishing.

So, I’ll sign off with a thought on time. “Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.” Horace Mann

MCC Art-A-Fair

Yesterday and today I was lucky to be included in my alma mater’s annual Art-A-Fair. It is open to current and past students of Mohave Community College. The room was filled with amazing offerings created by artists of many genres. There were beautiful paintings of every subject imaginable. The jewelry consisted of spectacular creations of metal and stone that were truly one of a kind. The pottery was uniquely creative and could be used as decoration or daily use. These artists were truly talented, amazing people.

My table consisted of an array of six of my seven novels. I did make some sales, but the best part of the past two days was in the interesting people I met. Many of my friends came by for support and I do thank them for that. There were several from the Chicago area. It was nice talking to folks who grew up in that great city with its plethora of museums, amusement parks and theatre. I also met an Australian who has travel widely, but does so love our little Lake Havasu City. I so enjoyed both days, both visiting with attendees and presenters. I am so looking forward to the 2015 MCC Art-A-Fair.

Now, I’m really jazzed about Nov. 15th when I will be showing my books at the WNEA Sales Extravaganza at the Lake Havasu Convention Center. Many local artists, of every genre, and local businesses will be there to showcase the wide array of art, culture and business products this lovely, little, desert community has to offer. Hope to see you there.

As I sign off today, I’d like to share some advise from author Isaac Asimov that keeps me motivated. It speaks to manuscript drafts, but even after your book is published his advice of persisting is so true. “You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on antoher one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success- but only if you persist.”

New Book Cover in the Making!

Had a really fun day today! A local couple, Alena & Nick, volunteered to pose for the cover of my reprint of my novel ‘After the War, Before the Peace’. The president of our local writer’s group, Paul Bailey, agreed to take the photos. We took them at a local restaurant and bar called ‘The Golden Horseshoe’. The pictures came out great. Who know Alena & Nick had such a great modeling talent. Paul and I are going to look at all the photos and come up with one for the book cover that will attract readers.

We had a fun time. Friend, Joanne, joined us and gave us some great suggestions for the shots. When we had finished with the photo shoot, we had lunch at the restaurant. Great food, great service. I highly recommend it!

Now for my quote of the day – My dear friends made this wonderful day happen, so when I read this quote by Robert H. Goddard, I felt it was an omen about what is possible for the models, the photographer, the friend and for myself. “It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”

New Book: “Just For You”

Just For YouAuthor Sharon Poppen has put together a collection of her short stories Just For You, her readers. Some are funny, some are sad, some are sweet, some feature the dark side of human nature and some are just plain eerie. While most are pure fiction created from Poppen’s imagination, some are fiction based on fact. Several of the stories have won writing awards for the author. For the most part, they are quick reads for the busy reader during a work break, commuting or while sitting in a waiting room or for the reader that enjoys a late night read before slipping off into the land of Nod. So sit back, relax and treat yourself to the variety of people, places and things in this book of many stories.

For information on how you can order your copy please Click Here.

Welcome to the New Website!

Welcome to my new website at www.sharonpoppen.com . It’s all new thanks to the great creative work of Paul at Easytime Services at www.easytimeservices.com.

Been a little lax in my postings lately. I could blame the holidays and they did take up some of my time. However, been working on my book of short stories and at getting the sequels to ‘After the War, Before the Peace’ edited and ready for publication.

Remember, I certainly try to, “Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Edward Young, ‘Night Thoughts’

Sharon Poppen’s Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?

‘The Band’ is the sixth in a series of books about the Farrell Family which started with my novel ‘After the War, Before the Peace’ which takes place shortly after the end of the U.S. Civil War.  The time frame for ”The Band’ is the 1950s and 1960s.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

At the end of book 5, titled ‘Stephen’s Boys’, the main character is a wounded WWII vet who is trying to raise four sons on a ranch in Maui, Hawaii. When I ended book 5, J.J., the oldest son, stayed in my mind. Being a child of the early rock and roll era, I decided to take the Farrell family into the wild and crazy world of teen idols and how they approached being teen idols, touring, fame and drugs.

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s Contemporary/Romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Channing Tatum could be J.J., Justin Bartha could be Johnny, Bradley Cooper could be Steve and Justin Timberlake could be Mikey.

What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A genuinely good man copes with the challenges of fame and fortune.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I have self-published one of my four novels and will not self-publish again. I have two potential publishers that are interested in the Farrell family series.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About one year. I would have liked to spend more time on it. In fact, if a missed a few days, my characters would invade my thoughts and lure me back into their realm. I was working on marketing my third novel ‘Abby-Finding More Than Gold’ and doing the final edits and prep for the release of my fourth novel ‘Regardless’ which was published in September of this year.

What other books would you compare to this story within your genre?

None come to mind at the moment. I started with a character who was a genuinely, dependable young man and took his character on a descent into wine, women and drugs, then tried to make my readers like him again. It will be interesting to see if this will pass the believable test with my editor.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Like I said earlier, the Farrell Family have always been almost ‘real’ people to me. In fact, one readers told me that he feels that the characters are so multi-dimensional real that he thinks I may have actually been a part of this family in a previous life. So, when book five ended, the oldest son basically said ‘My turn. Now tell my story.’

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The background story of the life, times and culture of the 1950s-60s as to interests, morals, locations and attitudes of the Baby Boom Generation.

Thank you for stopping by to read my blog! Your interest in most appreciated.

Now, if you’re still reading, I have two requests to make:

1. Drop by the blogs I’ve listed below to discover some really good and interesting writers.
2. Leave me a comment about my Next Big Thing post and on Nov. 22nd, I’ll put the names of all commenters in a hat and draw out one to win the $10 Amazon gift certificate.

Blogs to Visit:

www.regantaylorsworld.blogspot.com

www.christinelondon.blogspot.com

www.reginaandrews.wordpress.com

http://www.books-writing.com/interview-with-author-sharon-poppen

www.tracyriva.com

Up to Date, at Last

 Lots of Exciting Things Going on these days. January and February are always busy months for me.

January consisted of several trips down to Quartzsite, Arizona for the Reader’s Oasis Book Fair hosted by book store owner and entertainer Paul Winer. Met so many interesting folks and sold lots of books.

February I moderated three classes during the annual Lake Havasu City Spring Frenzy. I had full classes forNovel Writing, Short Story Writing and Journaling. Had lots of fun and again met so many interesting people and future writers.

Our local writer’s group The Lake Havasu City Writers Group hosted a booth at the annual Havasu Winterfest weekend downtown. Met some new readers and had the thrill of folks dropping by to tell me they enjoyed one of my books so much, they wanted to buy another!!

A new monthly author’s event was initiated last fall at The Book Exchange, our local used book store here in Lake Havasu City. Anywhere from 6 to 15 authors set up tables on the second Saturday of each month from 11 am to 3 pm for the opportunity to chat with potential readers dropping by to pick up some reading material. One of the incentives for the readers is the chance to win a $25 gift certificate just by talking to at least five authors. We’re finding more and more folks are turning out with each passing Saturday.

As for my writing, despite the hectic schedule, I’ve completed book six of my Farrell family saga that started with my first novel After the War, Before the Peace. And, I’ve started on the seventh and final book of the series about someone from the Farrell clan venturing out into space.

I reckon I’ve rattled on long enough now. When I experience these busy times and so much of my energy must be spent on marketing my name and novels to the public, I find that I come dangerously close to losing focus on the love of my life – writing. So, I’ll sign off with this little gem from Albert Einstein. “When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledg

Over 7,000 folks have my book!

Such an exciting week! We put Hannah up on CreateSpace a couple weeks ago. We gave it away free for a few days and 6,904 folks downloaded the book. Yahoo!!! Since the free period ended another 165 books have been purchased and I’ve received 2 five star reviews. I repeat, YAHOO!!!

Still no word from my agent on After the War, Before the Peace and Mama played for the King. But, there’s always tomorrow.

Been having some book signings and have met some interesting folks, but only sold a few books. Nothing like what’s happening at Amazon with Hannah.

Started a new book club at The Book Exchange, our local used book store. We discuss an author rather than a particular book. Last month it was John Grisham and next month it is my hero, Leon Uris.

My quote for the day comes from the movie Home Run. I just saw it last Friday and I highly recommend it. A little boy at bat for his Little League team get this advice from his coach. By following it, he hit a home run. The quote: “Nothing great happens when you hold back.” Cory Brand, character in the movie Home Run.

Thursday at Hastings

Today was my day with my fellow writers and friends at Hastings Books and Music. What a fun group! Every Thursday morning nearly a dozen of us gather, order coffee and such, then sit and discuss movies, books, life in general and quite often sex talk sneaks in, all PG rated of course. One of the things we discussed today is that while we are all eligible for senior citizen discounts, there was not one mention of a doctor appointment or medications we are taking. We all commented on the fact that many of our conversations with friends and relatives seem centered around our deterioration. Not so with this dynamic bunch of creative folks. So Stimulating!

We did have our sad moment though when we all had to say farewell to Ann. Her primary home is in Colorado, but she spends the winters here in Havasu. This very talented writer publishs under the name A.E. Connors and is the author of Anzac, a novel about the relocation of English children to such far away places as Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It’s available at Amazon.com . I suggest you check out this often warm, sometimes sad fictionalization of an actual chain of events.

My sales of Hannah are keeping me so jazzed. Right now I have 249 ebook sales and 2 print books. Yahoo! I can only hope this sales buzz lasts a few more days.

Got an interesting bit of observation from a fellow writer today. We were talking about a rather famous author and how he is so good at character development and yet some of his books seems to fall below his talent level. My fellow writer, Jim, made the comment that he felt I was on the verge of a ‘break through’ in my writing. I’m not sure exactly what he meant, but I felt complimented.

Had a woman show up today who heard about our writer’s group and decided to drop in for a visit. Laurie fit right in and seemed to enjoy the stimulating conversation. I didn’t get a chance to talk with her before she left, but I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of her.

Guess that’s it for tonight. I’ll close with this bit of wisdom about aging – “To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.” Oliver Wendell Holmes