Saturday, July 20, 2013

{Blog Tour + Giveaway} The Summer of No Regrets


This was the summer that would change my life.
No more being what everyone expected. No more doing what everyone else wanted.
So when Luke came into my life, I decided to keep him a secret. Maybe he as a dead-ringer for notorious Hollywood bad boy Trent Yves. And it was possible that everything he told me was a lie. And yes, I was probably asking for trouble. But all I saw was Luke–sweet, funny, caring–someone who would let me be the real me.
But which was the real him?

You can purchase The Summer of No Regrets at the following Retailers:

Five Surprising Tips for Developing Your Own Unique Voice

1. Write secretly. Write at least twice as much content that no one will ever read as content that is meant to be read. The best way to do this is to have a secret journal, which allows you to do “off-stage” writing. Sometimes you do end up sharing your off-stage writing, but don’t plan on it. Your uninhibited voice is much more likely to come out in private. When it’s ready, you can introduce it to an audience.

2. Write for an audience. I’m not trying to be contrary. Narrative is meant to be shared, and your writing is shaped by being part of a conversation. The time from finishing a book to finding a publisher can be years; it’s important to have real readers who are engaged with your writing throughout the journey. Your audience may be a critique group, a writing class, blog readers, friends on social media, or participants in an online writing forum.

3. Write outside of your own box. Make sure you occasionally write in a genre or style that is not your “usual.” If you write mysteries, try your hand at poetry; if you write dark fantasies, try a romance. Political satire? Try a literary memoir. Don’t disdain a type of writing or feel intimidated because you don’t see yourself as “that kind” of writer. Stretch yourself so you won’t go stale. After all, it could just go into the secret journal, right?

4. Use another author’s work to create a template. Now I really sound contradictory! But hear me out; this isn’t about imitating another author—at least not for long. It’s about bumping yourself out of any “ruts” you may have got yourself into, by noticing the rhythms and patterns in another’s work. Break a scene from a book you like into its basic elements: dialogue, setting detail, etc. Then create your own scene, using those elements in the same order. Here’s an example from Janet Lee Carey’s The Beast of Noor.

5. Challenge your characters. In your secret journal, ask a character why he did a particular thing. Sometimes characters will not do something because it’s just not something they would do. But sometimes they are just being stubborn. Ask, and then let them talk. This is the difference between psychoanalyzing your characters to death and allowing them to speak with authenticity. Here are a couple of conversations I had with Luke. (But don’t read them unless you’ve read The Summer of No Regrets or like spoilers.)

If you liked The Summer of No Regrets, you will like Luke’s Journal, where Luke gets to have his say. Where did he go the times he disappeared? What was he really going through at home? The book is available as a .99 download from July 18-29.


Katherine Grace Bond is the author of THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS (Sourcebooks, 2012) and of the bestselling LEGEND OF THE VALENTINE (Zondervan, 2002), a story of the civil rights movement. She often finds herself in the woods escaping from giant cats and shadowy figures in cloaks. The creator of TEENWrite acting/writing workshops, where participants come as their characters, she lives with her husband in a dimension populated by younger people, some of whom resemble her.



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