Guest Author to Know: Colleen Chesebro. Inspired by Fairies. @ColleenChesebro

Colleen Chesebro

Hello, everyone, it’s me – Colleen, AKA Silver Threading. Ronovan has graciously asked me to share some of the most intimate details of my journey as I write my first novel, The Swamp Fairy.

First, I would like to thank Ronovan for featuring me as a guest author. I am honored to have this opportunity! Thank you, Ron, for your friendship and guidance.

You know, I have wanted to write a book since I was six years old. I read voraciously as a child, and I still do today. Reading and writing have always been what makes me the absolute happiest person in the world.

In college, I discovered a hidden talent for being able to write about other writer’s works. There is a special kind of thrill I get when I read a book and review it. It is a special connection I feel with the author. It’s the best feeling ever when the author realizes that you “get them.”

With all the reading I have done through the years you would think I would have written tons of books by now. The truth is, I never knew how to start. The passion was there but I had nothing that really spoke to me. I had a million ideas, I just did not know how to focus my writing energies.

When I started blogging, it was with the intention of writing and publishing a book. I decided that I would learn everything I could about writing, plot structure, and outlines. My main goal was to network and learn from others. It has been the most fulfilling endeavor I have ever undertaken! After I was blogging for about five months my creative juices were so fired up I was brimming with ideas.

Here was my inspiration:

Fairy Swamp
Fairy Swamp

When we lived in Florida (we live in Colorado now) I walked each morning down a country road near our house. It was a foggy autumn morning that changed my life forever. That was my first experience seeing the swamp fairy fluttering in a bush at the edge of Fairy Swamp. Every time I think about that first meeting, I have to slap myself! What an experience!

True Story

I began to write posts for my blog about my walking experiences. I literally looked at nature and the real life occurrences that were affecting the reality of Fairy Swamp. I watched as the natural landscape was scarred by the construction crews who began to build a massive housing area on the edge of the swamp.
That gave me my first clue of what I wanted to write about. I wanted to write a young adult fantasy novel that at the heart of the story talked about what we are doing to our native habitats.

Construction Land

Construction land next to Fairy Swamp

Little by little, I developed a basic plot for my book. I even enlisted the help of my talented daughter, Tabitha who is going to draw the swamp fairy for us since I could not capture her in a photo. That fairy moved as quickly as a hummingbird!

Nevertheless, I still struggled with the outline of my novel. One day, while searching Google I stumbled upon The Better Novel Project.com. Christine takes best-selling novels like Harry Potter & The Sorcerers Stone, The Hunger Games, and Twilight and deconstructs them chapter by chapter. She shares how to study the different elements, from word counts to character archetypes. She also shares how to identify why the best sellers share a common element. I had hit pay dirt!

I am using Christine’s Master Outline to write my novel. I have plans to use it for the series, too. It is an excellent source for writing YA fantasy. Your characters and events will always be different even though you will use many of the same elements that are found in most fantasy novels. Her outline takes you through step by step how to write a trilogy story arc.

Here is the synopsis for The Swamp Fairy, Book 1 of the Heart Stone Chronicles to be published in late summer or early fall 2016:

Fourteen-year-old Abbigale Forester, recently orphaned and a Ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative.

Aunt Magnolia becomes Abby’s Guardian and together they claim an ancient inheritance of land that has been in Abby’s mother’s family for generations.

Abby wears her mother’s most sacred possession – a stone pendant in the shape of a heart forged from a giant mystical stone found on the very swamp land that Abby now owns.

However, Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, has other ideas. He wants Abby’s land for himself and he is willing to stop at nothing to own that land.

All Abby wants is to be part of a family again and to learn to ride horses with her two new friends, Savanna, and Blake.

The swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets and Abby is summoned by a primeval nymph who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the primeval nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.

Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?

I want to share one other exciting aspect of my blogging experiences and how because of my participation in these events I am adding more creativity to my novel.

Ronovan hosts a Haiku Challenge with prompt words each week. I love haiku! There is something about the brevity of the words in haiku structure (5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) in each line that tells a mini story.

I decided instead of naming the chapters in my novel I would use those Haiku I had written each week to enhance the beginning of each chapter. Here is one of my haiku from the challenge: (I don’t know if this particular haiku will find its way into my novel for sure)

Star is Foretold

My two loyal muses, Sugar, and Spice spend countless hours with me in my creative room as I pound away at the keyboard.

Spice and Sugar

Spice and Sugar, worn out from helping Mom write all day.

Now, I don’t know if all of this will knock your socks off when you read my book but I sure hope so! Somehow, it all feels right to me.

In fact, I can hear my fairy nymphs whispering in my ear again. Time to get back to novel writing!

Hugs

 

Thanks for stopping by and please stay tuned to silverthreading.com for all the upcoming information on my book. I am so excited! ❤

Would you like to connect with me? Find me on Twitter @ColleenChesebro, and on Facebook at my page Silver Threading. Stop by anytime and share your thoughts!



All information, images, and content provided by Colleen Chesebro of SilverThreading.com.

 

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Silver’s Coming Attractions – “Amber Wake – Gabriel Falling,” by @PSBartlett & @RonovanWrites

Check out the Five Star review of Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling from Colleen Chesebro of SilverThreading.com

The Faery Writer

Every once in a while you meet people on WordPress that really touch your heart. Today, I want to share with you, two such people. P. S. Bartlett and Ronovan Hester, who have made a huge impact on my writing life.

Both Peggy and Ronovan have guided me and inspired me to become a better writer. Ronovan has become a mentor and a teacher. No matter what question I ask him, he is always there to offer me kind, concise information, and positive feedback. You can’t ask for a better friend than that.

Author, P. S. Bartlett

It is my great pleasure to share with you the release of Ronovan’s debut novel, Amber Wake – Gabriel Falling, along with co-author P. S. Bartlett. This book is part of the series, The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales. You can find the links to these books on Amazon by clicking here

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Eddie Cantor-Slow down and enjoy life.

Eddie Cantor Quote about Enjoying Life.“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going to fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” -Eddie Cantor (September 21, 1892-October 10, 1964)

During research for a book I’m writing, I ran across details of a man I knew of, but did not know about. A great many people don’t know the man I’m about to mention. But they know something he’s responsible for. Something I was surprised about.

Eddie Cantor was an entertainer in the first part of the 20th Century. A star above stars. With his own radio show, hit records, and was an actor, dancer, musician, and comedian. And don’t forget, author. His autobiography Take My Life went through multiple printings in the first six months of its release alone.

He was a member of everyone’s family back in during his days. He was that type of a man. Some of you will remember his hit songs.

  • Yes! We Have No Bananas
  • If You Knew Susie
  • How Ya’ Gonna Keep ‘em Down on the Farm

But why I mention him today is something completely unrelated to entertainment. There used to be a newsreel program shown in movie theaters called The March of Time. Eddie Cantor decided to create a campaign to fight polio in America. He called it The March of Dimes. He asked people listening to his radio show to send President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a polio sufferer, dimes at the White House. 2,680,000 dimes later in 1939 the first March of Dimes was a success. $268,000 in 1939 would now be $4,370,112.22 today.

Eddie Cantor Quote about Success“It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.”



For more Writer’s Quote Wednesday posts, visit Colleen Chesebro’s bewow-network-badgeSilverThreading  post for this week by clicking HERE. This is also for my #BeWoW campaign of Writers writing positive and encouraging articles each Wednesday. Links of a #BeWoW nature can be shared in the comments below and tweeted with the obvious hashtag.



Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out in December of 2015. He shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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#BeWoW & Writer’s Quote Wednesday is Tomorrow.

BeWoW Network BadgeTomorrow is #BeWoW.

You’ll find a prompt and inspiration below.

And remember, if you have Twitter, RT those #BeWoW Tweets.

 

The Why & What & How

And that means “Be Writing on Wednesday to Be Wonderful on Wednesday and make the world a better place to visit.” You do this by sharing your inspirational and positive posts, books, poetry, even favorite get you movin’ music videos. You use #BeWoW as a hashtag on Twitter and as  tag, if you like, on your post so people can find all of the offerings in the WP Reader if they want to go that route.

Put the URL link back of my #BeWoW post (Found below and not life until posted.), which goes out at 00:01 New Your City time on Wednesday, or put a link to your post in the comments of my post so as people begin visiting us more and more, they can find your inspiring work. Link backs and links in comments should not be over done, in other words, No Spamming. I doubt this will be a problem, but we don’t want people visiting a whole string of one person’s posts that really aren’t geared for the idea of #BeWoW. Let’s keep the experience positive.

https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/a-haiku-perspe…-rochelle-aben/

And to Make the Most of Your Post, make certain to see if you can make your article work with Colleen Chesebro’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday over on SilverThreading.com Click that link and see the general idea. Visit the Make the Most of Your Post article link above for details of what I mean by making the most.

The facebook Group

If you’re on facebook, you can join our #BeWow Network of Writers group and share your post there. For now, it can be individual posts. In the future it might end up being under a dedicated Update for the given day. I’m still looking at all

the options to make it work the best. Also, if time permits, I’ll even share those updates through my own facebook, blog page. Why if time permits? I’m working on a novel and really want to get it done. I know a lot of you feel my pain there.

Prompt and Suggested Inspiration

Now for a suggestion or prompt of what you can do for a #BeWoW post. My post is titled “A Haiku Perspective-Annette Rochelle Aben”. Okay so this one is a little different. The quote I will be using is a little bit selfish of me to do, it’s from her latest book that came out last week, A Haiku Perspective 2015. The idea for all of you would be to talk about a worth while project you know about that helps people. Perhaps one that is a little lesser known.

Not working for you? You might also visit my Haiku Challenge for some inspiration, although it’s a bit of a real challenge this week. Sometimes they are like that.

Share what you got. Make the most of what you got. And make new friends while making the world a better place to visit.


Ron_LWIRonovan is an author, and blogger who shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.WordPress.com.

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A Cheer Full Life.

Maeve Binchy Happiness QuoteFor an interview with author Claire Fullerton, whose writing about Ireland has been compared to Maeve Binchy, click HERE.



Cheer is to behold

The day of a released heart,

Gives call to renew.



Happiness does not gather in a corner of the home for cobwebs to cover.
Glow in the warmth of the joy within to burn away the dust of a world’s grousing.
Cling to your determination and do not waver in your efforts for completion.
Unity is at your fingertips once you overcome that which blocks your way.


Check the comments for other #BeWoW posts, click HERE for more Haiku Challenge entrants for the words Cheer & Call, and visit SilverThreading.com for more Writer’s Quote Wednesday offerings.
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Ronovan Hester is an author, with the debut novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out in December. He shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com with the hope if inspiring others to overcome and continue on. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.WordPress.com.

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@RonovanWrites

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