What inspired me to write my book
I have always wanted to write a good YA novel, especially since they are so popular these days with readers of all ages. I was questioned why I would spend the time and effort to write a novel on what some said was a washed up genre: vampires. However, I didn’t believe it was washed up, as there are many readers that still would love to read about these fascinating creatures of the un-dead. I felt it just needed a new twist: a new world completely controlled, populated and ruled by vampires. Now I’ve got your attention?
Finding your voice: Writing in third or first person:
Many readers have asked me why I write in the first person instead of the third person. My answer is simple. I believe writing in the first person allows the reader to relate to the character easier than the more distant third person. You can experience the characters thoughts, feeling and desires more clearly when the story is written in first person because you are closer to them. For example, in Vampire World, you really get a feel for what Janice is thinking when she first steps out of the grueling orphanage and discovers Vampire World for the first time, or when she kisses Brett and wins the Fireball tournament for the first time. The only negative to writing in first person is that you are locked into to that character. But if the character is interesting and relatable, it does not matter!
Authors that I have admired:
Reading is very important to becoming a better writer. Some of my favorite authors include Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Ernest Hemmingway, James Patterson and Patrick Rothfuss. Recent books that I have read include The Stand, by Stephen King, Along Came a Spider, by James Patterson, The Divergent Trilogy, by Veronica Roth, and The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. Remember to find time to read while your writing!!
Tips on becoming a better writer:
Read every day! Write every day! Don’t procrastinate! Don’t forget that the writing process is more than writing! It includes editing, marketing and reading as well! Learn how to market you books on the internet! Find a publisher like Great Minds Think Aloud (GMTA) that can help you market your books on the internet! Then you should be good to go!
Introducing Rich Douglas
Rich Douglas is from New Orleans, Louisiana where he has lived the majority of his life. He loves teaching, storm chasing, Nintendo Wii and drinking orange soda while he writes young adult fiction, urban fantasy and science ficton.
The First book of the The Eliza Felding Trilogy, The Magical Tale of Eliza Felding, is available now in paperback and kindle. Set in New Orleans in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina, and influenced by Harry Potter, Twightlight and other exciting books, the first book combines a mixture of action, romance and of course magic to set the tone. Also available is The Secret of the Dogs, a tale of four very different dogs set on a quest to save a young boy from being abused.
Thanks to Dark Feed Press, I have 5 ecopies of Vampire World to give away!
From ruling the school to Vampire nobody!
Marissa, aka Janice loses everything when a one night make-out session turns into a nightmare. Turned into a Vampire, and tossed into an orphanage in their world she finds herself struggling to adjust and make something of her new-found life. Adventure abounds as she begins to figure out there’s no one she can truly trust; and just who, or what is TriFang? Who would have thought the truth could turn out to be so bloody?
Competition ends on 9th August 2014
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