#IWSG Blog Hop–Character Part of You?

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It’s that time again. IWSG hosts a blog hop the first Wednesday of every month. Writers get to discuss their doubts and fears they’ve conquered, their struggles and triumphs. Even though writing is a lonely activity, it doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through.

Showing vulnerability makes you strong. If you’d like to read more from bloggers who shared their personal experiences, then please click here.

October’s question–Have you ever slipped any of your personal info onto your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

Yes, I’ve absolutely slipped my personal info onto my characters. In fact, I tend to do it all the time on purpose. With my women’s fiction novella, Something’s Amiss, I based the female main character, Poe, off my personality. Children made her nervous, she didn’t want to become a mother, she tried to hide her pain from others, and she pushed Oliver away instead of embracing him. Totally me–that whole pushing people away thing. I really liked Poe. Unfortunately, some readers didn’t like her AT ALL. It made me think they probably wouldn’t like me in real life either 🙂

There’s a scene in Something’s Amiss where Poe was talking to Dominic on the porch. They were reminiscing about their WVU days. Those anecdotes shared between the characters were things that really had happened to me. It was fun sneaking a part of me into the story, knowing I had a secret. The only people who would know were if my readers had gone to college with me and lived in Summit Hall during my resident assistant years.

Another example of slipping my personal info onto my characters–Finia, the female main character of my novella Twisted Obsession, was an accountant. Accounting had been my major at WVU. Finia’s home and neighborhood  in the story was based off my house that I grew up in as a teenager.

It’s fun slipping in my personal information when I’m writing stories, so I’ll probably continue to do so.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

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What Writing Has Scared Myself, Wondering Where My Wild Imagination Came From

Celebrating Women’s Horror Month, I’d like to share my personal writing experience. Today I was asked an awesome question: Do you ever come up with anything so wild that you scare yourself, that leaves you wondering where that came from?

My answer–absolutely yes! I really pushed myself to the limit when I was writing Twisted Obsession. I scared myself how easily the words flowed on the page, it’s a pretty dark story. I scared myself how much fun I had writing Miki. Let me tell ya, Miki was a real piece of shit, and I held nothing back. I wanted my readers to feel disgusted by him. No leeway.

But, the most important thing that scared me while writing my suspense novella…how calmly I wrote Chapter 28. I couldn’t believe what I did to the son Jahlin. Some of my beta-readers demanded I change the ending, but I stuck to my guns. How demented and creepy Miki was, there couldn’t be a different ending.

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I remember after writing Chapter 28, I needed to compose myself. I held back tears, fearing what I had in store for Finia next. I felt like a piece of shit because I don’t condone violence. Heck, I’ve never been in a fight before. I’m a peaceful hippie. But, when you write dark fiction, you have to get out of your comfort zone and enter the mind of your villain with no apologies.

That scene was hard for me, but I’m proud of myself. I stayed true to my dark, creepy, obsessive suspense novella. I didn’t chicken out and give a happy ending to please readers.

If you don’t mind spoilers, here’s a sneak peak of Chapter 28:

Miki chuckled and looked at his son, then he scanned the area in the front, back, and sides of the boat. On the lake, they were near an open field, so he had to make sure no one else was approaching. He had gone to the least favorite fishing spot in the area for a reason. Taking a deep breath, he said, “Buddy, do you know how to swim?”

I shuddered typing that, knowing what happens next! If you want to read Twisted Obsession, click on the title. For all of February, the book is only 99 cents.

For all the writers out there, have you ever been scared of something you wrote? For all the readers out there, have you ever read a scene and felt some way about the author, wondering where that wild imagination came from?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

International Authors’ Day Blog Hop 2016

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I’m excited to announce that I’ve joined this awesome blog hop that celebrates authors and readers. Debdatta is hosting this International Author’s Day Blog Hop. She’s a blogger, reviewer, publicist, and virtual assistant. Please check out her blog–b00k r3vi3ws.

The goal is to share our favorite books, thanking the authors and/or describing our reading habits. I choose the latter. Ever since I was a little girl, I could be found curled up in a comfy chair reading a book. This was long before elementary school with rewards of free Pizza Hut after so many books listed from your reading list.

Nowadays, I binge read since I have a kindle and can download affordable ebooks. Occasionally, I still buy paperbacks from Books-A-Million. I love scaring myself, so horror is a must. Plus, I love solving puzzles, which is why I love mysteries. I’m not going to lie–if I’m reading a paperback, I’ll read the last pages first to see who the killer is. It makes the book more enjoyable, knowing this spoiler. 🙂

I love fiction novels, but I also dabble in non-fiction, especially about local ghost legends. In fact, I just went on a ghost tour in Sharpsburg (I’ll blog about my frightful experience later…)

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Do I look scared hee hee? My favorite type of books are the ones that make me scared to go to sleep at night. The ones that give me chills and stay on my mind long after I read ‘the end.’ The ones that make me think.

I hope you guys like to read, and I hope you like free stuff. With this blog hop, I’m including a giveaway:

3 LUCKY WINNERS WILL WIN AN EBOOK COPY OF TWISTED OBSESSION!!!

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I can give the winners a PDF or a gifted copy from Amazon. The giveaway runs July 14th through July 18th, so please make sure to check back in on my blog to see if you were one of the lucky winners.

Here’s the rules:

In the comment section of this blog post or on my author Facebook page, tell me the craziest thing your ex ever did to try and convince you  not to break up with him or her. The 3 most whackiest, craziest answer (I’ll be the judge. You know how the saying goes “reality is stranger than fiction”) will win Twisted Obsession, my latest suspense novella.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!

 

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby