Click here to see Nothing but Trouble after Midnight listed as “More Great Teen Reads” on Free Book Friday for Teens. This is a great site to visit: They give away autographed copies of books every week. With four channels—fiction, teens, indie, and romance—there are lots of books…and lots of chances to win.
FYI: Read an E–Book Week is this week: March 6-12, 2011.
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What I’m Reading: I am reading through the True Colors series by Melody Carlson. This series deals with adolescent issue from a Christian perspective.
What I’m Writing: I’m on page 173 of Book #2 (tentatively titled Light after the Storm), and you can read the rough draft of Chapter One here.
In April, I turn the blog over to poetry, and my goal is to spotlight poets throughout the month. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being featured next month.
On Thursday, I received incredible news: Nothing but Trouble after Midnight will advance to the next round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. And yes, I cried happy tears!
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What I’m Reading: I am finishing Joan Bauer’s Best Food Forward, a sequel to Rules of the Road. She is a very prolific YA writer and has just released Close to Famous. (Someday I hope to be prolific.) Next I’ll be tackling a book for my “Weekend with a Writer” post and sharing my review on here!
What I’m Writing:
I’m on page 164 of Book #2 (tentatively titled Light after the Storm), and you can read the rough draft of Chapter One here. After being stuck in one chapter for two weeks and suffering from acute writer’s block, I now see the “light after the storm.”
While I was working on this post, I clicked back to my email, something I do numerous times in one day, and a link to this review was in my inbox:
Nothing but Trouble after Midnight
by Mindy Fulton
An example of excellent teen fiction that’s not just for teens. This book addresses what has the potential to be a very difficult subject in a mature, thoughtful, and ultimately uplifting manner. I have taught this book in my 9th grade English classes, and they have devoured the book each time. It provides parents the opportunity to discuss with their son or daughter important aspects of growing up, making decisions, and maintaining relationships, while reminding them what it is like to be 17. For teachers, it offers opportunities to teach characterization, conflict, themes, allusions, and rich vocabulary. Whether you are a teen looking for an enjoyable read, a parent looking for a good book for your teen (13 and up), or a teacher looking for a high-interest book that still affords you the opportunity to teach critical thinking and literary analysis, this book is a great choice!
Mindy is amazing and I only wish there was—and maybe there actually is–a place to review friends. (I’m only kidding, you know?) She would get five gold stars and a long, glowing recommendation. Thanks for everything, Mindy! 😉
I will be discussing my novel and the writing process on a live author chat tomorrow night at 9 P.M. (Eastern) on Gather. Follow this link to join the conversation and have a chance to win an autographed copy of Nothing but Trouble after Midnight.
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What I’m Reading: I just finished Even Now by Karen Kingsbury. She delivers the best in Christian romance and never disappoints. Right now I am reading Joan Bauer’s Best Food Forward, a sequel to Rules of the Road, and after five chapters, I give it a thumbs up. She is a very prolific YA writer and has just released Close to Famous.
What I’m Writing:
I’m on page 153 of Book #2 (tentatively titled Light after the Storm), and you can read the rough draft of Chapter One here. This week’s writing could be summed up with the following line: “One step forward, two steps back.” And yes, I’m quoting Paula Abdul’s “Opposites Attract” and showing my age in the process.
Romance novels are often about opposites attracting and what eventually pushes the characters apart—and sometimes what pulls them back together again. Well, I am working on the “pushing apart” scene in the book. And every morning this week, I get up and write the scene, and then the following morning, I read it, delete it, and begin again. It’s a rotten cycle for any writer, and I hope next week goes better.
Recently, Jonathan Clay teamed up with Zach Chance to form Jamestown Revival, and you can vote to put them on the front cover of Rolling Stone—making them the first unsigned band ever to be featured! Click here to vote!
Oh, and don’t forget to enter my giveaway for Lindsey Kelly’s CD. You have the opportunity to win one of three autographed copies.
Nothing but Trouble after Midnight is climbing the ranks in eBook sales. Thanks to all of you!
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What I’m Reading: I just read Hate List by Jennifer Brown, and it’s a really poignant YA novel. I highly recommend it, since it deals with bullying and an extreme case of retaliation. I’m finishing up Even Now by Karen Kingsbury. I enjoy Kingsbury: she delivers the best in Christian romance and never disappoints.
What I’m Writing: I’m on page 148 of Book #2, and you can read the rough draft of Chapter One here. The book will go to editing on March 21. In addition to finishing up the novel, I’m working on a program for the Souled-Out Women’s Conference; the workshop will be on writing, and it will be my first all female audience.
Thank you for following along with the blog series on Lindsey Kelly, and now comes the best part: We will be giving away an autographed copy of All I Really Want.
How to Enter: Post one comment below and describe all the ways you entered the contest. The deadline is March 10th or 50 entries, whichever one comes first.
Ways to enter the contest: (Remember to post once in the comment section, but in that post, tell us the different ways you entered the contest–up to five. Good Luck!)
Once when I was a little girl
I was so shy, so scared
So afraid of everyone
I could not believe
Why anyone would put me down
Cast me out, make me hide
Oh, what a lonely child
In a dream we walk
Along the same path
Though we separate
Together we make it back
Don’t say you don’t hang around anymore
I still see your car outside my door
Don’t say you won’t touch me anymore
I still feel the pain come again.
Listen to the entire track of “Don’t Say”: 05_Don_t_Say_hifi.m3u
Or visit Lindsey Kelly’s website to hear the entire album:www.lindseykelly.com
Thank you for joining me for the second segment of “Weekend w/a Writer.” Please return tomorrow to find out how to win an autographed copy of All I Really Want.
This edition features singer/songwriter Lindsey Kelly and her debut CD, entitled All I ReallyWant. Read her interview today, the review tomorrow, and most importantly, check back on Sunday to find out how to win an autographed copy of her CD!
Interview: Lindsey Kelly
Lindsey Kelly, originally from McHenry, IL, now resides in Tampa, FL with Ken Kelly, her husband and writing partner, and their two dogs. She describes her family as “loving, supportive, and super hilarious,” and while contemplating her favorite color, Lindsey says, “It changes; right now I am enjoying purple.”
One thing that never changes about Lindsey Kelly (in the 25 years I have known her) is her fun creative side and her overwhelming desire to write. This release, even though it is her first album, is not her foray into the music industry. Her journey, however, began several years ago…
Q & A:
When did you first know that you wanted to become a writer?
It was in middle school that I began journaling with you, Kim. We had these silly notebooks we’d pass between classes with a few friends and we’d write silly stories and comments mostly. Then when my mom divorced my stepdad of 13 years, I really began to write as a form of releasing my upsetting thoughts. I also began writing poems more often and enjoyed English classes in high school the most. Kim and I ended up becoming best friends through journaling. But the main reason I became really interested in writing was that I had a huge love-crush on a really hot guy who was an awesome writer, and I wanted him to notice me more. Hey, I’ve got to tell the truth, right?
What is your writing routine? Do you write every day? Do you have a certain place you like to write?
I journal quite a bit, practically every day. There are many times, especially with a song idea, I just have to get the idea out of my head because it keeps running over and over like a loop. The only way it stops is for me to record it or write it down. It’s a relief and a cathartic release all at once!
Do you need quiet or music to write? If you listen to music, which genre or artist evokes the muse?
No, it comes like a leaky faucet— turn it on, turn it off, but it still drips. I am grateful for the drips; that’s when the best stuff comes—the pretty words, as I like to say. (Not like these words that I am hammering out, because it is super late and Kim’s got deadlines for me. :0)
Since becoming a writer, what is the most exciting thing that has happened to you?
I co-wrote 4 songs with the drummer for Sister Hazel and my writing partner/husband Ken. Three of them are on two different albums. The first song I ever wrote was “Better Way.” That’s an interesting story, I suppose. It was post 9/11/2001, during a period of reflection and contemplation in my life, past and present. I was actually putting a poetry book together when the first song I ever wrote came about. Ken, who had just tour- managed for the band SISTER HAZEL and was out on another tour with another artist, called me up and asked me to listen to a bare-bone track (a song idea without lyrics or a bridge). I remember playing it the first time and getting “the chills.” I remember being compelled to listen to it over and over, with this inspiring energy moving through me, singing to me the words that ended up being the song, “Better Way.” For six hours straight, that “chills” feeling stuck with me while I wrote out the lyrics and recorded my ideas. The rest of it was co-written with Mark Trojanowski and Ken Kelly. “Better Way” went on to be recorded by SISTER HAZEL and released on their successful 2009 album, RELEASE. It also opened up the creative flood gates of lyrical and melodic composition. That’s when I had a feeling I was supposed to be a songwriter, and so I’ve been writing ever since, both songs and poetry.
Which comes first, the chorus or the verses?
Isn’t this the same as asking which came first? The chicken or the egg? Well, for me, it is anyhow. It can begin with the ending or end with the beginning—if we are speaking of inspiration. Structurally, I tend to stay with the pop culture style of open musically with a few bars of the chorus (no lyrics) and go right to the verse, keeping it relatively short, then into a pre-chorus to chorus to verse 2, to pre-chorus, to chorus 2 into a bridge to chorus 3 and out. 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 minutes are usually the range I like to stay in. Really, brevity is an ideal thing to have when writing a song; otherwise you bore your audience to death and come off looking quite indulgent and ego-maniacal. Well, there are exceptions of course, bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin and Queen got away with it. So, forget everything I just said and let the song flow out naturally; then let it go! Share it and let it go. Too many writers are so afraid of sharing their songs because of fear that someone will steal their idea. Well, this is a good way to never get your songs heard by anyone other than yourself and your few friends and family. Share, share, share…it keeps inspiration flowing, soon you may discover the secret, that giving and receiving are the same. It’s never “to get.” Once it’s about “getting,” look out here comes some good blocks to the inspiration. Let it out and let it go, this lets the inspiration extend through your heart to touch another’s heart. There is nothing more gratifying in this world then extending your heart.
I leave you with Lindsey’s favorite quote, written by Henry Miller: “The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
Yes, Lindsey, you are aware of life, fully aware, and you capture the essence of it with such beautiful words. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions—and thank you for 25 years of friendship. Here’s to many more…years of friendship and songs!
Find out more about Lindsey at: www.lindseykelly.com.
Here are the liner notes for “All I Really Want”:
ALL I REALLY WANT: LINER NOTES
by Lindsey Kelly on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 6:45pm
ALL I REALLY WANT
–Lindsey Kelly’s Album 2/11/2011
Produced, Mixed & Engineered by KEN KELLY
Co-Produced by MARK TROJANOWSKI
Mastering by BRAD BLACKWOOD, EUPHONIC MASTERS, Arlington, TN
All Songs Words & Music by LINDSEY KELLY & KEN KELLY
Additional writing on “Don’t Fall” & “Embrace the Fear” by MARK TROJANOWSKI
LINDSEY KELLY: Vocals
KEN KELLY: Guitars, Piano, Keys,
Strings and Programing
MARK TROJANOWSKI: Drums (All songs except tracks 5 & 9)
SCOTT BANNEVICH: Bass (Tracks 1, 2, 8, 11)
BELA WURTZLER: Bass (Tracks 3, 4, 6, 10)
Drums by Drums On Demand (Tracks 5 &9)
Photography & Make-up by GLENN SWEET
Mastering by BRAD BLACKWOOD, EUPHONIC MASTERS, Arlington, TN
ALL I REALLY WANT ALBUM RELEASE 2/11/2011
How the album came about:
“The songs on this album were inspired between the years 2002-2006, post 9/11/2001 during a period of reflection and contemplation of my life, past and present. All songs, words and music by Lindsey Kelly and Ken Kelly, Ken contributing the most in the writing, recording, producing, engineering, editing and mixing of this entire album. He is absolutely the most talented songwriter and musician I have ever known and I am so grateful to him for all his creative, technical and moral support throughout the creation of this album. I am so greatly thankful to our friend, Mark Trojanowski, from SISTER HAZEL, for his openness to have me co-write on several of his tracks for SISTER HAZEL and being such a huge part of my very first album as co-producer, writer and performer. I am so honored by the massively impressive musical skill of everyone playing on this cd. I’d like to thank Scott Bannevich, formerly Edwin McCain’s bass player, and Bela Wurtzler for adding their masterful bass parts to this cd. Also, a huge thank you to Brad Blackwood for the beautiful job he did mastering this album and really sweetening up the sound to the highest quality. This musical team’s synergistic, raw, natural groove carries throughout the entire cd and I hope inspires and evokes the senses within all those who listen.”
I’m a huge fan of Trivial Pursuit, and the Know-It-All edition is my absolute favorite. So here is a quiz with only the most obscure tidbits from Nothing but Trouble after Midnight. Best of luck–and even I had to flip through the pages to find some of these answers. How many can you answer correctly? (If you have to know the answers, they are posted somewhere on this blog.)
NBTAM: The Know-It-All Quiz
Before taking requests from the audience, I closed Friday night’s Barnes & Noble reading with this paragraph:
A rush of words poured out of my heart and filled my head, and I knew I might never feel the same inspiration again in my entire life, but as a writer, I would always remember my first time, the first time the words flowed effortlessly onto a page, and how those words consumed me and time held no importance. I was in a world without minutes, and when the porch light went on, I brought my legs up to my chest and rested my journal on a knee. I couldn’t keep up with the words in my head, and the feeling inside my heart was invigorating. It was like a runner’s high, and I had reached the covetous plateau where my pen scrawled effortlessly across the blank lines of the page. And when I emptied the last words from my head, I heaved a sigh of satisfaction and closed the journal. (Nothing but Trouble after Midnight, 197)
It was a perfect ending, and I placed my book on the table, feeling like I had given closure to the evening. But that night–along with so many other aspects of my Tallahassee trip–was more about beginnings than endings.
Previously, I had taken a hiatus from book promotion as well as writing. Life–and not “words”–had consumed me, and months went by without visiting my “world without minutes.” This morning, I found my way there again, and without thinking, the words appeared magically on the page, filling huge gaps in the pivotal Chapter6.
My inspiration has–and always will be–the students, and I know that now more than ever before. Without students and their words of praise and encouragement, I would have no desire to write. Every time I step into a classroom, I am reminded of why I became a writer and why I will continue to write. My thanks to the students at Leon High for inspiring me once again…