Friday, October 14, 2011

Pay It Forward Blogfest AND Author Spotlight with Ciara Knight!

Two great tastes that taste great together. Yep, I'm smashing two posts into one. I couldn't pass up the Pay It Forward Blogfest because it's 99.9% pure extract of righteousness.

I'm always plugging my buddies Laura, Deb, Sarah, and more recently, Julie. But I would love it if you could get to know these other gals a little better. You won't be sorry!

Krispy/Alz at a Nudge in the Right Direction
. Kooky stick drawings? No-holds barred book reviews that will make you spew soda out of your nose? Little bits of culture/food/whatever that are always entertaining? They've got it all. I love them. Cyber hugs to my girls.

Olga at Artful Nuance. I am NEVER disappointed when I visit Olga's blog. She is an artist, and her photography always takes my breath away. Can red be made to look any redder in a picture? I don't know how, but Olga always does it. She's thoughtful, introspective, and a wonderful person.

Rachna Chabria at Rachna's Scriptorium. Rachna has the kind of blog about writing where you want to pull up a chair, grab a steaming mug of chai, hang out and talk with her forever. She tackles all things writing-related with depth, gentleness, and yet a keenly sharp eye. She always gets me thinking.

There you go. Meet this ladies. You won't regret it! Thanks Alex and Matthew for hosting the blogfest!

Okay, now on to our Author Spotlight. Please welcome the lovely Ciara Knight!

How do you plot, if you’re a plotter, and how do you revise?

I have a strange writing process but it’s what works for me. I will brainstorm while driving or hiking because I can’t stand looking at a blank page without a story. It’s too intimidating. After I have the entire plot worked out in my head, I’ll write an outline. This will include setting, who’s POV (If writing multiple), goal, conflict, motivation, and disaster. Then I’ll open up a word document, close my eyes, and type like a crazy person. This is my rough draft that no one should ever see. After that, I’ll go through and just clean it up. At this point it is more of an extended plotline with dialogue. The third pass I’ll start layering more emotion, internal thought, ect…. I’ll usually send this version to critique partners. Once it is back in my hands, I’ll incorporate their changes and clean up sentence structure, repetitive words, etc…. Then it is ready to see the light of day.

How do you manage to do so much in 24 hours?

Caffeine. Seriously, I’ve always been a workaholic. In college I worked full time, went to school full time, and worked on a scholarship project. I’d work all week from 5:00AM – 11:00PM then sleep all weekend. I still do this. Caffeine up all week then crash and sleep in on Saturday morning. With three boys in the house, I know there won’t be any writing that day.

(OMG, this has become my new schedule too! Saturday morning sleep-ins are kind of sacred at my house now. :) )

Is there a different genre you might like to try and write someday?

I’d love to write sci-fi but I’m way too intimidated. I’ve always been in love with all things not of this world. Maybe one day I’ll give it a shot, but right now, I think I should keep my feet firmly grounded.

Favorite season of the year?

Fall! I’m a diehard hiker and there is no better time to hike in the southeast then in the fall. The sound of leaves crunching under foot, brisk air carrying the sounds of birds flying south for the winter, and the fact people aren’t so cranky now that the heat wave has ended, makes fall a fantastic time of year.

Sammy Lorre was cast from Heaven for conduct unbecoming an angel. Living in a demon-infested small town with no memory of her previous life, she faces never-ending purgatory until Boon saunters into her life with a promise of angelic love. But is he an angel from Heaven or a minion from the underworld preying on her human emotions? To discover his true identity, she must risk eternal damnation and her heart.

Love’s Long Shadow is Available at: Turquoise Morning Press | Amazon Kindle | Smashwords | Bookstrand | All Romance Ebooks/OmniLit

You can find Ciara on Twitter and at her Blog!

96 comments:

salarsenッ said...

Great choices for the blogfest! Thanks for sharing them. And here's a big 'Hello!' to Ciara! She's awesome!

Enjoy your weekend.

Matthew MacNish said...

I love how you combined these. Thanks for taking part in the fest, Lydia!

Miranda Hardy said...

Can't wait to visit these sites and great author spotlight, too. Have a good weekend Lydia.

Suze said...

'Two great tastes that taste great together. Yep, I'm smashing two posts into one.'

Not surprised you're a multi-tasker. :)

Ciara said...

I'm going to hop over to the sites. I also incorporated my shout out to being on your blog with Pay It Forward. :)

Ciara said...

Lydia - Thank you so much for having me here today. I'm so excited to be here!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Double bonus today!
Ciara, you should try science fiction. You've read my book, so you know it's not that difficult if I can manage it.

shelly said...

That book sounds like a real reader and a keeper.

Old Kitty said...

Hello Ciara!! Good luck with your book and all the best! I love how you have your stories all mapped out mentally first before setting them all down on paper! Yay!

Enjoy your bloghopping, Lydia! Take care
x

Ashley said...

Love your site here. Especially Medical Monday - very cool. Can't wait to check out the other links now.

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for the links and the intro to Ciara! Have a great weekend! :)

kirstenlopresti said...

Great interview! I loved hearing about your process. I wish I could get the Saturday sleep in thing going here, but my six-year-old is always up by 7am.

LTM said...

I jumped off to go "fix" me not following LBD, and then I remembered why I'm not following LBD... where is her button? Manual input to Reader... but I almost didn't come back to say Whoot to Ciara! I've been seeing her around, and here's wishing her all the best~ :o) <3

Bee said...

What a brilliant way to pay it forward than by a blogfest? I'm checking those girls out.

That cover's kinda unusual.

Bossy Betty said...

Thanks for all the goodies here!

Pat Hatt said...

Great combination today here at your way, will check your picks out.

Stephen Tremp said...

I also have Rachna highlighted on my list today. She has a great bog and I'm glad to see her getting more exposure.

Laila Knight said...

Hey there Lydia and thanks for more great blogs to follow. I also love the book and the interview. That book is right up my alley. Have a great weekend! :)

Susan Oloier said...

You and Ciara are both awesome, Lydia!!!

Christina Lee said...

Hi Ciara--I know what you mean by sci-fi (and coffee)! Okay Lydia, off to click!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Lydia...thanks for the shout out. You are too sweet. I just love you and your blog, especially the medical mondays (which do make me queasy sometimes, but I am addicted.)

Hello Ciara...your book sounds simply awesome. I am hooked and would love to read it. Good luck.

Ciara said...

Hi, Sheri. *waves madly.

Matthew - You did a fantastic job with this blog fest. Thank you.

Nice to see you here, Miranda. I've run across your name on several blogs lately. :)

Nice to meet you, Suz!

Olga said...

Dear Lydia,
Thank you for this wonderful introduction of me in your blog. It's an honour.

Krispy said...

Squee! Thanks for the shout out and the kind words! We are not worthy! *hugs hugs hugs*

Also, Ciara's technique for getting all that stuff done makes me tired just reading it!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Those blogs are new to me--but not Ciara!
Enjoyed hearing about her writing process!

Emily Rose said...

Wonderful interview! Love this Blogfest.

Angela Felsted said...

Great list. And it's so nice to learn about Ciara. Where he relies on Caffeine, I rely on chocolate.

So, you see, we're not so different.

Sue R (Lauracea) said...

Perfect choices for the Blogfest - I'm following!

Ciara said...

Alex - I might give it a try. My mind is always working like crazy. :)

Shelley - Thanks so much! I hope you get a chance to enjoy it.

Old Kitty - Thanks so much for stopping by.

Ashley - Lydia has the best Medical Monday posts.

Kirsten - I know what you mean. It is only recently that my boys can take care of themselves in the morning for an hour.

Nice to meet you, Karen.

LTM - I've been seeing you around, too. It's nice to meet you.

Bee - Thanks, I hope to see you over at my blog. I'll be by yours soon.

Ciara said...

Bossy - I hope to see you around the blogging world.

Pat - Don't you just love this blog hop? I'm looking forward to stopping by.

Stephen - Thanks for the recommendation. I'll try out the blog.

Laila - I'm glad it sounds good to you. Let us know what you think if you read it.

Susan - Thanks so much. I can't wait to stop by your blog this weekend. :)

Christina - Yes, Coffee is a must!!!

Rachna - Great! I hope you win a copy. :)

Ciara said...

Olga - I went to your blog for the first time today. It was great.

Krispy - LOL, it does sound exhausting but it isn't bad.

Hi, Jennifer! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading about my writing process.

Emily - Glad you enjoyed the interview. I'll be by your blog in a bit.

Angela - I have a weak spot for dark chocolate myself. :)

Sue R - I'll be by your blog soon. I'm so excited to check it out.

Angela Brown said...

What a wonderful smash up. I've heard some great things about Love's Long Shadow.

Here as a new follower from the Pay it Forward blogfest.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Caffeine can be the great equalizer. lol

Kelly Polark said...

Your blog is chock full of awesome again today! Thanks for the links, and great interview!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm a new follower. Heard great things about your site and have seen you on ones I follow.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Thanks for stopping by Sub Radar and taking part in the Blog Fest! Great to get involved. Following and supporting!

Clarissa Draper said...

Great blog choices and great interview. I'm not a workaholic...well, I am but I can't stay up and work late into the night so I applaud her for her endurance.

Nancy Thompson said...

Hey Lydia! Thanks for coming by, commenting, and following me! I really appreciate that! It's nice to get to know you a little better. I loved our pukey hamburger soup exchange the other day on Twitter. That was fun. But it was just too gross! Well, anyway, thanks for sharing your friends with us. I'll be checking them out.

Carrie said...

Great choice of blogs to follow and wonderful interview.

Alz said...

Thanks for the link! I love the author spotlights--always love getting a peek into how differently minds work when writing.

Shelley Munro said...

Good idea to combine the blog hop with a guest. I should have done the same.

Ciara, it's always fascinating to read about other writer's processes because everyone is so different. I enjoy hiking too. We have spring down this end of the world, but I have to admit that autumn is a great time to explore.

M Pax said...

PIF, Lydia :) Have a great weekend.

Yea, for Ciara. She is fab.

Doug Stephens said...

Good questions all, but you failed to ask her about her love life and whether she is a dog or cat person. These are the things readers want to know!

Kidding aside, I actually did enjoy this post.

catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com said...

Thanks for sharing the blogs, Lydia they sound great.

Awesome to hear Ciara's work practises. I sure do fancy that book. Hope it shows up in my local bookstore soon :)

Laura Eno said...

It's great to see Ciara featured here! I'd be so scared of typing with my eyes closed like a crazy person-I mean, what if my fingers shifted over?
Awesome picks for blogs to visit, Lydia!

Wine and Words said...

Awwww. Your friends are so lucky. It's obvious you are a sweet and loyal lady. Interesting spotlight! Thank you for stopping by my blog :)

Robyn Campbell said...

Excellent post, Lydia! You are genius. Great picks too. :-)

Ciara, loved reading about your writing process. Thank you.

Betsy said...

wow...what a great and interesting blog! I'm so glad to come over and meet you today!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Hi Lydia.
Thanks for dropping by for blogfest. I'll be checking out your recommendations too.
Be well.

Melissa Sugar said...

I am visiting from PIW. I am off to check out all of the blogs you recommended

Melissa Bradley said...

These are some terrific blogs you mentioned. Thanks for sharing them.

Ciara is a great writer and I'm looking forward to reading her story.

Em said...

Ciara, your hiking to think reminds me of Mary Oliver. In an interview I just read about her (O Magazine) she says something to the effect that if the people in her town see her walking in the woods, then stopping to write something down, they know it's been a good walk for Mary.

Lydia: you're one of my 3 blog mentions for the bloghop, which I joined at the last minute because of you. Thank you!

Wendy G. Ewurum: Blog Author said...

Hi Lydia, Thanks for coming by my blog and the follow. I loved reading about Ciara and her book sounds so interesting.

Donna Hole said...

I like Rachna too, and am just getting to know Ciara.

thanks for mentioning these two ;)

.......dhole

Crystal Pistol said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today! so very nice to meet you. :) I will have to check out the ladies in question. :)

Lindi said...

Lydia--thanks for stopping by my blog. Great interview with Ciara.
I marked the blogs as one of my favs when I first saw it. ;) I love the title!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Great interview with, Ciara, I enjoyed it! Now I'm off to visit the blogs you listed.

DL Hammons said...

I was just introduced to Ciara on Brinda Berry's blog a couple days ago. Nice to see you again Ciara! :)

Alison Miller said...

Awesome recommendations!

And I love fall too, but not because of hiking. Fall makes for great football weather. :)

Have a great weekend!

Medeia Sharif said...

Thanks for introducing me to Ciara and those are great picks for the blogfest.

Have a great weekend.

Heather said...

I love the blogfest, and great interview with Ciara!

J.L. Campbell said...

Checking out the ladies, Lydia. I already follow Rachna.

Ciara, jeez, I'd love to have the sort of energy you do.

Hoping for good things with Love's Long Shadow.

Tony Storm said...

who could know that this would turn so big in no time haha

Munk said...

Well done again Lydia... Where do YOU find the time?

Leslie Rose said...

Love to hear about a writer's creative process. They are like snowflakes, no two are alike.

Angela said...

Nice to meet you! Looking forward to more of your posts.

Jeremy Bates said...

i missed the pay it forward hop, so stopping by fashionably late! nice to meet u :)

ps: and i thought alex had a lot of followers! lol

Tracy Jo said...

Hi Lydia, Great post and I am off to check out your favorites. It is so nice to "meet" you through the blogfest!

Ciara said...

Angela - You just made my weekend. :)

Donna - right?!

Kelley - Glad you enjoyed the interview.

Natalie - You found a great blog here.

Sub-Rader-Mike - Glad you found Lydia's blog. It is aweseome.

Clarissa - We all make time when we can.

Nancy - It is great to meet you.

Carrie - Glad you liked the interview.

Ciara said...

Alz - It is crazy how we all have a different process.

Shelley - Fall is the best time to Hike.

M Pax - Good to see you again. Hope your release is going well.

Doug - You are the life of the party, aren't you?

Catherine - I'm afraid Love's Long Shadow is an ebook only. Book I, Rise from Darkness, will be in print, as will the rest of the series.

Laura - Did you just call me crazy? LOL

Wine and Words - I'll be at your blog soon. Anything that starts with wine...:)

Robyn - Glad you enjoyed.

Mommy Bags said...

Hello from the awesome blog fest I swear this has been so great I have been exposed to so many new blogs. Thanks for coming by and visiting

Ciara said...

Betsy - Glad you found Lydia's blog. It is awesome.

Rawknrobyn - Lydia is great. You'll love it here.

Melissa S- I'll be around to your blog in a bit. ;)

Melissa B - Thanks so much!

Em - Oh, I can so relate to her. :) Thanks for sharing.

Wendy - Great. I hope you give it a try.

Donna - I'm so glad to see you here. It is great getting to know you.

Crystal - I look forward to visiting your blog, too.

Lindi - *waves*

Nicole - Great to see you here. I'll be by your blog sometime today. :)

DL -Great to see you again!!

Alison - You are so right!

Medeia Sharif - It's so nice to meet you.

Heather - This is a great blog fest, isn't it?

J.L. - Great to see you here. I'm usually run down though.

Tony - This blog hop is crazy, right?

Munk - right? She is amazing.

Leslie - It is amazing how different the writer process is for everyone.

Angela - Lydia's great. You'll love it here.

Jeremy - It is all weekend, so you didn't miss anything.

Tracy - Great to meet you. You'll love Lydia's blog. I know I do.

Milo James Fowler said...

Cool take on the blogfest!

Briane P said...

I'm not sure how much redder red can get, but I bet red can get much more red than it has yet.

This bit of doggerel brought to you by my desire to not only go on reading your blog, but to check out the three you named here.

Gina said...

Hi there! So glad you found my blog - yours looks like fun! Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

Green Monkey said...

okay.... I'm clicking in from the blogfest. enjoyed your 3 bloggers and your author spotlight.

Stephanie D said...

Wonderful blog. Thanks for following me. Following right back.

Stephanie D said...

Whoo Hoo! I'm follower number 1,000!!!!!

Lydia Kang said...

Stephanie, thank you so much! I think you may have to get a special something for that landmark...
:)

Cate Masters said...

Thanks for the follow! I'm now 1,001.

Ninja Girl said...

Looks like you picked some really great ones, can't wait to go check them out. And the author interview (and her book, Love's Long Shadow) was very interesting. The book seems like it's right up my alley :) Thanks for the rec!
Following you,
Ninja Girl

Laura said...

Hello - lovely to meet you through Ciara's post - new follower here and congratulations on going over 1000!
Lx

Sara Fowler said...

Thanks for stopping by by blog. Great interview and recommendations! New follower and look forward to reading more about your YA and Middle Grade novels and process.

Em said...

Woot! 1000 followers! Congratulations Lydia!

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks for the great links! And the author feature on Ciara - it's always interesting reading about how plotters work, being a dedicated pantster myself.

Sangu said...

Great interview - loved how you combined these!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

LOL That's my regular schedule, which allows me to sleep more than I did in grad school. I was probably living on 4-5 hours a night at one point, and it wasn't because I was partying.

I'm off to check out those links. :D

Wanton Redhead Writing said...

I am always amazed at your blog. How do you find the time? It demonstrates a dedication to blogging I will never possess. (sp) Eh, you get it.

I'm checking out your first suggestion. Thanks.

Murees Dupé said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and following my blog. I truly appreciate it. Also thank you for the great interview on your blog.

Eve.E said...

Hello there,
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog via the PIF Blogfest. It's good to "meet" you. I think your blog is great. It is a great way of meeting people in the same boat. So "hi" and I'll pop by as often as possible :)
Eve :)

Matthew MacNish said...

I just wanted to come back to say: 1000!

Michael Offutt said...

Congrats on 1000+ followers Lydia. And Ciara is so amazing.

lbdiamond said...

Great post! Lovin' the blog links. Congrats to Ciara--busy, busy lady!!!!!!

Shannon said...

Excellent choices for the blogfest and congrats on the 1k mark! :)

Linda Gray said...

Whoa! It was a loong scroll to the bottom of the comments to get here. Sorry I missed it Friday, but thanks so much for the interview and for those great blogs you mentioned. I'll be checking them out.

Claire said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Glad to be a new follower :)

 
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