Friday, December 9, 2011

Coral Russell - Amador Lockdown - Author Interview & Guest Post

Author Interview

1. Who is the plot based around?
Father and son – Hector and Darren

2. What is the main idea of the plot?
Doing the right thing even if the end result doesn't end well.

3. When does the plot take place?
Contemporary time. Age of the iPhone and all.

4. Where does the plot take place?
El Paso, Texas

5. Why did the plot develop the way it did?
I tried to make an outline and had a general one going and then things had to go in different directions so I had to make changes on the fly. Luckily I had wonderful crit partners and people who could steer me in the right direction when I panicked. Then I started getting inspiration from different little things around me. I jotted them down on my iPhone and when I got to that scene, I would look over my notes to see if anything good popped up. Now, is this the best way to go about it? No, I think I wasted a lot of time and I think you can still have a good outline for a story that's flexible enough to allow for inspiration. My next story I'm taking this into account and using a much stronger outline before writing the story.

6. How did you come up with the idea for the plot?
I went to a real Amador Lockdown in Las Cruces, NM and had a great time. I knew it would make a great fiction story. I started writing Amador Lockdown that week.

Guest Post

The secret to a good plot did not originate from me. Jim Butcher wrote about it in his journal and it sounds like some awesome advice that I haven't fully utilized. Ha, just imagine how good my stories will be when I do! First you have a story question that goes like this – When something happens your protagonist pursues a goal but will he succeed when the antagonist provides opposition? For example, in Amador Lockdown, Hector runs a successful ghost hunting group who is called to investigate the Amador Hotel and either debunk the haunting or get rid of whatever is causing the disturbances. The spirit haunting the Amador Hotel wants to live again and will use whoever is available to get what he wants. From here all your scenes and sequences (scenes=actions, sequences=your characters reactions to the actions) move toward the conclusion of your story question otherwise known as the climax. I love Jim Butcher's saying, “Yes, it is that simple, but I never said it was easy.”

Book Summary

Something has moved into the Amador Hotel. Hector, Marcos, Bev, and Tony of the Paranormal Posse are called in to either debunk the haunting or get rid of whatever is causing the problems. With the surprise arrival of Hector's son, he tries to keep his professional and personal lives separate, but whatever is haunting the Amador Hotel has other plans.

Price: $0.99
Format: ebook
Pages: 154 pages
Genre: horror
Publisher: alchemyofscrawl
Release: 10/24/11
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Author Bio

Coral Russell runs the blog alchemyofscrawl
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Ms. Russell won the 2003 McCaleb Peace Initiative which produced the non-fiction articles Peace on the Peninsula (proceeds from this eBook go to benefit rebuilding Joplin, MO). You can also find various articles written by her on Technorati and BlogCritics.

Want more Hector and Marcos ghost hunter stories? Check out Playing with Fire Anthology of Horror for Devil of a Ghost Tour and Key to a Haunting. Also available The DIY Guide to Social Media Marketing and eBook Publishing.

Look for Cube in the Twelve Worlds Anthology for Charity which benefits Reading is Fundamental.

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