Weekend Writing Warriors Excerpt #24

The Weekend Writing Warriors is an awesome website that allows writers to share published or unpublished 8-sentence excerpts with the blogosphere. If you’d like to join or would like to read wonderful talent, please visit the WeWriWa website on Sunday ( http://www.wewriwa.com )

Here’s my excerpt:

Kenley grabbed her friend’s hand again, “You ready?”

Sequoia took a deep breath. It wasn’t really the paparazzi she was worried about.  This magazine article had managed to rip her a new one, and there was nothing she could do. Just like she couldn’t do anything to prevent photos being taken of her or her words to be taken out of context. No, she didn’t worry about them. She didn’t know how Perry would treat her. That scared her the most.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Weekend Writing Warriors Excerpt #23

Weekend Writing Warriors is an awesome site that allows writers and authors to share their 8-sentence excerpts, published or unpublished, to the blogosphere. It’s a fun way to communicate with other writers and find new readers. If you’d like to join or would like to read excerpts from talented writers, please visit the WeWriWa website on Sunday ( http://www.wewriwa.com ).

Here’s my excerpt from my celebrity scandal story. The cast of Remember Me is at the airport, ready to go on their international promotional tour. Sequoia is nervous because she hasn’t seen her Hollywood family in a while and a magazine just ripped her to shreds. Here goes:

“Holy shit, are they all here for you? They act like you’re the Royal family or something.”

“You’re dating a Queen; it’s about time you realize it,” Kenley teased while shifting her body to peak at her boyfriend.

“You want me to walk you two to the gates?”

Sequoia and Kenley shared a look, “Please baby,” Kenley answered.

Her boyfriend nodded; Sequoia ran her fingers over her ponytail ; she hadn’t recognized Diego through the flashing lights, but she caught a glimpse of another TMZ paparazzi–a female. She’d probably rip Sequoia to shreds. It was definitely a good idea that he was tagging along as a bodyguard.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Why Do I Write?

In celebration of the National Novel Writing Month (November), Webucator is asking authors about their writing careers. Here’s my responses:

1.  What were your goals when you started writing?

For the longest time, writing was just a hobby for me. I’d create my stories in notebooks for my eyes only. Then, a few years ago I decided to take writing seriously. How cool would it be to have a career as an author? Being a writer or author was my dream in elementary school, so why was I stopping myself?

My goals became: publish books and interact with readers. Social media has been a huge step in connecting with readers. I’m a shy person, but Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads help bring my personality to the forefront. I’ll admit that I have to work on a better publishing schedule. Releasing one book a year is too slow in this fast-paced industry. Everyone knows the more books an author produces, a better chance they have in gaining a readership.

2.  What are your goals now?

I’m proud of myself for releasing three books so far on Amazon and having my short story published in a literary magazine. I’m still pursuing my self-publishing journey, but I also want to see my stuff on the shelves in bookstores. In order to do that, I’ll have to look for an agent or publishing house someday.

I would love to be able to make writing full-time. That’s my ultimate goal, so I’m also looking at doing some freelance opportunities for newspapers or ghostwriting. Screenplay writing has also interested me.

3.  What pays the bills now?

Unfortunately, my book sales don’t cover my bills, so I still work part-time at a regular 9 to 5 job.

4.  Assuming writing doesn’t pay the bills, what motivates you to keep writing?

My motivation is my imagination, my daydreaming. If I didn’t jot everything down, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. I keep writing because it puts a smile on my face to know that someone has taken the time to leave me a message of what they thought of my book or character. I love connecting with readers and other writers. I love calling myself an artist, and life would be boring if everything was so serious all of the time.

5.  And optionally, what advice would you give young authors hoping to make a career out of writing?

My advice: research, research, and research. Watch out for scam artists trying to weasel money out of naive writers. Trust your instincts. Play nice. If someone leaves you a negative review, don’t respond. Vent to your family and friends in private, but don’t say anything online. Writers must develop a thick skin if they’ll make it in the publishing world. Believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will?

I love Stephen King’s advice of “Don’t write in fear.” Write the story that speaks to you. Don’t be afraid to write unlikeable characters or have your plot so twisted that it’ll make a reader’s head spin. Once you write what interests you, then you’ll be able to find the right market or genre for your book.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Weekend Writing Warriors Excerpt #22

The Weekend Writing Warriors is an awesome site that allows writers to share their 8-sentence excerpt, published or unpublished, with the blogosphere. If you’d like to join or read wonderful talent, please visit the WeWriWa website on Sunday. Here’s the link: http://www.wewriwa.com

In celebration of my new release, I’ll share the very first 8 sentences of my suspenseful short story:

Sensing eyes watching her from behind, Mackenzie’s body tensed up. Who was it? She hadn’t heard any footsteps. The downfall of keeping The Loft’s door open–anyone could interrupt her at any given time.

She paused mid-stroke of the brush painting a moon on the canvas, then spun around. A strong smell of maple invaded her nostrils. “Are you lost? A new artist?”

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Local celebrity painter Mackenzie knows better than to talk to strangers. But, he seems to know so much about her already…

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Plenty of Fish Is Finally Published!!!

Some people believe authors only have one story to tell. Well, I’m happy to prove them wrong. I’m beyond excited for publishing my third book on Amazon!

Since Plenty of Fish is a short story, it’s only 0.99 cents.

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Local celebrity painter Mackenzie knows better than to talk to strangers. But, he seems to know so much about her already…

EXCERPT

He approached her, extending his hand. “It’s nice to finally meet you.”

Hesitantly, she shook it. “Do I know you?”

He laughed. “You’re funny and pretty.” He held on a few moments longer than necessary before releasing Mackenzie’s hand.

She wrapped her arms around herself, scanning the area. Her bag was placed on the table against the back corner wall. She’d have to find an excuse to make her way over there to grab her cell phone.

Heart thumping, she faked a smile, wondering if he was looking for a hook-up. She wasn’t interested in finding out and just wanted him to leave.

She faced her canvas, keeping the guy in her peripheral vision. How should she play this out? Play along like she knew him? Ask for his name? He must be a commenter on her blog who happened to live in the area. On Mackenzie’s ‘About Me’ page, she revealed the city she was from. Maybe that was a mistake?

“I’m sorry.” He frowned. “I know I’m early, but I really wanted to meet you. You don’t have to be bashful with me.”

“I’m quiet with everyone until I know them.” She kept her voice steady even though he was creeping her out. She loaded her brush with more paint and dabbed the canvas.

“But you know me.”

She looked at him, and studied his face, but still didn’t recollect anything. “I’m sorry, but I don’t.”

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Weekend Writing Warriors Excerpt #21

Weekend Writing Warriors is an awesome blog hop that allows writers to share 8 sentence excerpts, published or unpublished, with the blogosphere. We comment on each other’s posts every Sunday. If you’d like to join or would like to read wonderful talent, please visit the WeWriWa website on Sunday, November 9th.

Here’s a continuation of my celebrity scandal story:

“…I will never appear in their magazine again for any interviews or scoops. I can see other celebrities following suit. We can start a campaign or something–say no to derogatory terms in magazines.”

Sequioa squuezed her friend’s hair and looked at her. “Kenley, thanks for trying to make me feel better.”

At the airport parking lot, a swarm of paparazzi, some with cameras and some with video camcorders, circled around Kenley’s parked car. She said, “Hey baby, wake up; we’re here.”

Her boyfriend grunted in the back seat but woke up, yawning and stretching.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby