Sunday, October 28, 2012

Booksigning

Had a booksigning yesterday at The River’s End Bookstore in Oswego, NY.  If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend stopping.  It’s a quaint, cute little store that’s 100% devoted to indie books and very supportive of local authors. 
I signed copies of Nathan’s Return and Wicked Redemption, both paranormal romances which feature both ghosts and demons and a little bit of time travel.  Signing their own books were authors Alycia Ripley, Holly Gaskin, and Joseph Sweet, also writers of paranormal. 
We did a Q&A panel discussion answering questions from the audience about each of our unique paths to publication.  It was pretty cool, because we each arrived at the same destination:  publication, yet we each took very different paths to get there. 
Our talk quickly led to royalties and distribution and how online purchasing is so easy, yet it’s hurting independent brick-and-mortar bookstores.  We talked about the closing of Waldenbooks and Borders, and well as the hundreds of smaller bookstores and how we’re all contributing to it by purchasing books from the big chains.  I’m guilty of it myself.  Bottom line is we all want to save a buck, and sometimes we don’t even want to leave our homes.  Let’s face it:  if it’s snowing or pouring outside, I don’t want to get in my car and drive to get that latest release.  I can download it to my reading device from the comfort of my living room.  Yep.  I’m guilty as charged. 
It’s an interesting discussion, but I have no answers.  Other than I’m going to buy my books from The River’s End Bookstore.  It’s local, and they have wonderful coffee.  Perfect for warming me back up after I’ve driven through a snowstorm to get there!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Working writers

I made these yesterday.  They came out pretty good and were quite yummy.  Funny…I got directly off the treadmill and went to the kitchen and made cookies. 
I’ve been thinking a lot about what the difference is between being a hobby writer and a working writer.  Writing is work, hard work, no matter if you’re submitted to publishers or sticking your work in a file cabinet.  For me, I have to work outside the home.  I think I would go batty otherwise.  Getting out provides fodder for story ideas.  I think the creativity well would run dry rather quickly if I were to rely on just news and internet. 
So I hear this a lot.  The “Working Writer”.  Does a working writer work all the time?  If I’m not physically writing, I’m usually thinking about writing, about character ideas, plotting, etc.  Sometimes I bit of dialogue will run through my head as I’m driving to the store.  I’ve actually had to pull over and write it down before.  Does this make me a working writer? 
There are so many tags out there for writers.  What are some you’ve heard?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Blackbird

My next book will be released in early 2013.  Blackbird is a historical romance set in Colonial New York during the Revolutionary War.  I wrote this in 2003 when I was working full time and going to college.  I don’t know how I found the time to crank out a novel much less work and go to school, but I was younger and I was working my tail off night and day to pull off the schedule I was under, and I slept a lot less back then.  I wrote Blackbird in about six weeks—the entire thing long hand, having since spent more time editing it than I ever did writing the story.  Funny how that is, that the editing takes longer than getting the story out. 
Anyway, I remember sitting in class one night thinking about documents.  What if a collection of ledgers were worth a person’s life?  That’s when the idea for Blackbird came about.  That and I’d been reading a lot of Sherman Alexie’s work for my Native American literature class.  (Sherman, I still adore your work!)
Anyway, I’m excited for Blackbird’s release.  

Up early working on promotional stuff for the booksigning next Saturday.  I’ll be signing books at The River’s End Bookstore in Oswego, NY with fellow authors Joseph Sweet, Holly Gaskin, Marcus Mastin, and Alycia Ripley. 
Drop by if you’re in the area!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Happy Monday

Thanks so much to everyone who gave me their feedback on my new website and blog.  With two booksignings coming up this fall and a pretty full schedule as far as new writing that needs to be done, I'm excited to start fresh and see what the new look will bring. 

Just finished edits on my upcoming historical romance, Blackbird, which will release in early 2013.  I really love this book and am so excited to see it published soon. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

What do you think?

So I have a new look.  My blog here, and my brand new "official" website here.  To my blog, I've added a book buying page, link pages, and contact pages.  I'm all over the place on the web, but I've been told it's difficult to find me. There are actually quite a few Nancy Hendersons out there.  Who knew, right?

My domain name has changed again.  My website address is: Always-A-Story.com (don't forget the dashes)  I've been contemplating getting this domain name for years now.  Always A Story has become my tagline for awhile, and it's really becoming how readers are recognizing me, so I figured it was time to bit the bullet and make the change. 

So what do you think? 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Today whipped by at the speed of light.  I had a morning meeting which turned out to be a valuable training session, worked the day job, then came home and crashed.  We’re supposed to have a wide spread frost tonight, the first of the fall, so I pulled out the flannel pjs and thick wool socks.  Tomorrow we’re closing the pond up, pulling out the pumps, turning off the outside water, etc.  Sad to say…winter’s coming.
And here I sit in my pjs fighting it every step of the way.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

When my husband bought me a Kindle Fire last Christmas, I never thought I would become such a necessity in my life.  Not only do I read more now, I’ve discovered new e-book authors I like that I would have never known about when I read solely print books.  I also download cookbooks—one with just muffin recipes.
I use my Kindle’s Pandora app to listen to all 80s music with a cardio beat when I exercise.  I take my Kindle with me to the grocery store and use the calculator app for tracking my spending before I head to the checkout.  The horoscope app gives me my daily “future” fix, and last night I downloaded a free app to track my daily calorie count.  I also use the app for “Post it” notes and jot down story ideas, bits of dialogue, etc. when they come to me.  Lately, I wonder how I did without this devise for so long. 
I see they’ve just come out with a Kindle HD.  I’m not sure of the difference in features.  I’d be interested in learning more.  Not that I want to upgrade right away, but you never know.  The other day, someone asked me if you could buy a keyboard for the Kindle Fire.  This is something I’ve been meaning to investigate. I think if I could find a way to write with the thing, I’d be over the top in Kindle bliss.
So that’s my take on the Kindle Fire.  I’m not up on my latest electronic gadgets and frankly would never have bought one on my own (I still use a prepaid cell phone), but I love the Kindle Fire and couldn’t imagine life without it.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Mermaids

The Discovery Channel aired a two hour documentary called “Mermaids:  The Body Found” on Sunday night. In 2004, a group of whales beached themselves on the US coastline as well as in a few other countries.  Among them was supposedly the body of something very human looking.   
I have to say I was skeptical, but after watching it….I believed.  I couldn’t sleep.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  The very existence of humanoid sea creatures.  Mermaids.  The stuff of legend.  Could it be possible? 
Because I couldn’t stop thinking about it, I Googled it, wanting to learn everything I could about mermaids, their history, if any eye witness accounts were credible.  Turns out…
Sometimes I’m so na├»ve.  The producers of the special called it a “documentary-type science fiction”. So it’s the work of fiction.  Not real.  The product of someone’s imagination.  Fiction.
I’m very disappointed.  I wanted to believe in mermaids, I really did. It gave me hope in some small way. Hope that stuff of dreams are real.  They still are real, dreams, that is.  Maybe they come in smaller, more subtle packages, but they’re there.  We just have to look harder for them.