Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! This is a forum where we’ll feature either an author or someone in a position related to publishing, promoting or a service that is writer related. I will only be offering this forum on occasion, and if anyone wants to participate, email me to set up a date 🙂
For 10 – 4 Tuesday I will ask our guest to share 10 things about either their book or what service they offer and then 4 questions for fun 🙂 So let’s get started.
Today I’d like to introduce you to author Shelly Bell! She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book at the end 🙂
First the 10:
To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a married mom of two children and we reside in Metro-Detroit Michigan. I’m a practicing attorney specializing in business law and I work for my family’s scrap metal business along with my father, brother and cousin. Last year, I was looking for a creative outlet. Friends suggested knitting or scrapbooking. My husband gave me the idea to start writing. I began writing a paranormal romance, until the idea for A Year to Remember came to me. I finished that and now a year later, it’s available for purchase. I’ve gone back to my paranormal and pretty much had to start from scratch. I’ve learned so much about writing this year.
It’s incredible what a difference a year can make 🙂 What’s genre (s) do you write?
Currently, I write both Women’s Fiction and Paranormal Romance.
Share your blurb!
When her younger brother marries on her twenty-ninth birthday, food addict Sara Friedman drunkenly vows to three hundred wedding guests to find and marry her soul mate within the year. After her humiliating toast becomes a YouTube sensation, she permits a national morning show to chronicle her search. With the help of best friend Missy, she plunges head first into the shallow end of the dating pool.
Her journey leads her to question the true meaning of soul mates, as she decides between fulfilling her vow to marry before her thirtieth birthday and following her heart’s desire. But before she can make the biggest decision of her life, Sara must begin to take her first steps towards recovery from her addiction to food.
Tell us the moment when you it first sank in that you were an official author!
The morning it was available for sale on Amazon and I bought it for my Kindle Fire. But even now, I have trouble believing it. It’s kind of like motherhood. Sometimes I look at my kids and wonder when they got here. My son is seven and it’s still surreal. Maybe someday it will sink in.
What time of the day do you feel most motivated to write?
Usually during the day, while I’m in the middle of doing something else! It’s hard to find the time to write, but I tend to wake up each day excited to add something to my WIP. If I could, I’d start the day writing. Too bad things like brushing my teeth and getting dressed get in the way!
LOL…you have to keep up on those other mundane issues. Plus, you are a busy lady 🙂 Choose five words to describe your book.
Funny, touching, relatable, hopeful, neurotic
What was your favorite part about writing this book?
Finding out what was going to happen to each of the characters! I had a general outline, but the characters determined what would happen in each scene. For example, I knew Sara, the book’s protagonist, would have a falling out with her best friend, Missy. Until I wrote the scene, I wasn’t sure why. Later in the book, Missy drops a bombshell on Sara, which led me to realize Missy deserved her own book. I’m excited for everyone to learn more about Missy. Her book will focus on motherhood.
Do you find it more difficult to write characters, emotion, description or conflict?
Description is hard for me. I can see the scene in my head, but sometimes, I have trouble putting it into words. In my WIP, I’m going to have to go back and add some description. I spend a lot of time on characters and both internal and external conflict. In fact, I took a couple of classes on writing fight scenes since my WIP has a lot of action. Now that I can choreograph the moves, I need to add the description to it.
I find that I write in layers, so adding the in the description or adding in internals or deeper POV is usually something that I do after that rough draft. What inspired you to tell this story?
The book was inspired by my friends’ and my experiences in our late twenties. I’ve been in recovery from food addiction for more than two years and I wanted to write a book that didn’t end with the girl losing weight to get her man. At the same time, I didn’t want to convey that all you have to do is accept your weight and you’ll be happy. It’s a lot more difficult than that. I wanted to educate the public about food addiction and do it in an entertaining way. I hope I accomplished it with this book.
What’s your current WIP?
I’m working on the first in a paranormal romance series. I actually started it before I wrote A Year to Remember. Because I’ve planned seven for the series, I’m laying the groundwork for all the other books and it’s taking a lot of time to write. I’m hoping get the attention of an agent with it.
Now the 4:
If you had the chance to be any animal for the day, which one would you choose and why?
I’d be some kind of bird (even though I don’t like them), so that I could fly. I’d love to know what it felt like to have that ability.
If you wrote a book about our life, what would the title be?
Slow descent into Madness.
Are you a shower singer, car singer or do you belt out a tune openly?
I love to sing. I almost got my degree in Musical Theater. I sing everywhere I go, to the embarrassment of my children. I don’t have a very good pop singing voice. My voice is more suitable for Phantom of the Opera than Britney Spears. But that doesn’t keep me from singing!
Now this is a 2 parter, so get ready. 🙂 What’s your favorite color? Okay, now let’s say Crayola contacts you and asks you to come up with a fun name for your color of choice. What would you choose?
I’d normally say black, but that doesn’t sound very exciting does it? I’m wearing this awesome nail polish right now that looks navy, purple and black depending on the light. It’s called Russian Navy. I’d add a little neon blue to it and call it Bruised Ego.
LOL…love that answer Shelly 🙂 Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4. Please share an excerpt of your book.
The door opened and someone entered the room. I assumed it was Missy coming to rescue me once again.
“I can’t find the light switch, Missy. Do you know where it is?”
Without warning, someone yanked me tightly against his warm, solid body. I heard his slight intake of breath and then he kissed me.
I know I should have fought against it, but whoever he was, he kissed sinfully well. At first, his soft lips whispered lightly against my own, seeking permission. When not only didn’t I stop him, but made a little moan of approval, his tongue caressed my lips until I opened my mouth. Only then did he allow his tongue to touch mine, first tentatively exploring the hidden depths of my mouth, and then hard and passionately, as though he’d never get enough of me.
He tasted like a heavenly combination of whiskey and cake. His tongue teased mine in sweet caresses, heating my blood to a fevered pitch.
Desperately needing to learn the identity of my mystery man, I lifted my hand to touch his face. He grabbed it away, nibbling on each fingertip then gently brushed his fingers across my cheek. I licked my lips in preparation of more kisses, but instead of kissing me, he spun me around in circles, confusing my sense of balance. As the world tilted on its axis and I tried to regain my bearings, he silently left the room.
For a few minutes, I stood rooted to the spot, attempting to recover from the encounter and craving more from my mystery kisser. Blushing from my response to him, I knew although I’d never seen his face, I would have made love to him if he’d asked. Before him, no one in twenty-nine years had made my body burn that way.
Suddenly, I remembered the room’s two floor lamps. I floundered around the room until I smacked into one. After finding our coats, I left the synagogue with Missy.
Ending the evening of my twenty-ninth birthday with a kiss from my mysterious suitor should have thrilled me. Instead, I wondered why he (as drunk as I was, I was pretty sure I would have noticed if it was a woman) didn’t unmask his identity.
Was he married?
Fifteen or eighty-five years old?
Or even worse, embarrassed to be discovered kissing me?
Tired of being alone and bringing Missy as my date, I learned one important lesson that night. I ached for what my brother had found with Emily. I yearned for my soul mate.
How would I find him?
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