Friday, January 18, 2013

Do you believe?

Do you believe in ghosts?  I believe very much in life after death.  Heaven, Hell, life condemned to wander, spirits here on Earth with jobs to do, assignments, what have you.  I believe. I've heard a lot about orbs over the years. Spots of energy caught on camera.  I'm not sure on those, but maybe I've encountered some.   Our house is over 150 years old.  Ever so often my camera catches something...dust, beams of light, smudge on the camera lens.  I don't know.
I have no idea.

Here's a shot of upstairs, taken a couple of days ago.   If it's ghosts, they have done us no harm, and I can only hope their happy with the renovations.  (This room had pink walls and a red shag carpet when we bought it.)  We are quiet people, so hopefully they aren't too annoyed with us.

Here's another one.  Pardon Blaze's tail in the way.  You can see an orb or something on the slanted ceiling.  So what do you think?  Spirit from beyond?  Dust caught on camera?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Guest blogger ~ Kathy Kulig

Today I have the pleasure of hosting author Kathy Kulig on my blog.  Kathy, thank you so much for taking time out from your busy schedule to drop by. 

Tell us about your books. What genre do you write in?

Hi Nancy, thank you so much for having me as a guest. I write in multiple genres of sensual romance, mostly erotic paranormal and contemporary. I have a paranormal series called Demons in Exile with Ellora’s Cave. The demons from another world are also shapeshifters. A couple contemporary and Sci fi erotic romances involve ménage themes, and I also have a BDSM themed story. One paranormal erotic romance, Tattoo Witch was included in Something Wicked This Way Comes, Vol. I from Ellora’s Cave and hit the Amazon Best Seller’s List. Tattoo Witch is one of my favorites although many readers couldn’t resonate with the complicated characters. The hero and heroine have many flaws in themselves and their relationship. While on a beach vacation, they meet up with a wild tattooed couple who promises a quick cure. Of course the ‘quick cure’ is dark magic and only tests them further. True love and courage wins out and makes their love even stronger.

What is a typical writing day like for you?

I work a full time job so I have to squeeze in writing when I can. I write every night after dinner until 10:30 or 11:00 PM and on Saturdays and Sundays between cleaning, grocery shopping and laundry. I have a very supportive writer husband who does most of the cooking and even helps brainstorms.
Describe your writing space.

I have a great writing space. I used to work in the dining room. Now I have my own office: a spare room with three large windows and a hutch styled desk (Christmas present two years ago.) Lots of space. We live in an old Victorian house in the process of being restored.

Are you a plotter or a pantster?

I’d say I’m a hybrid. I do write a working synopsis to start a project. (no one sees that one but me.) And I use Michael Hauge’s Six Stage Plot Structure to get down major plot points of the story and do characters outlines (somewhat). That gets me started. But as I write, the story evolves and I usually end up changing it with new twists. My beginnings are rewritten after I’ve finished or almost finished because the story has really clicked and usually changed by the end. Many times I know the ending better than the beginning.

What inspires you?

Everything! Really. Most writers can never turn off their brains. Hazards of the job. A book that’s out on submission now was inspired by a wall mural. Dh and I were standing in line waiting for a ride at Epcot in Orlando. The ride was Sorin (not sure of the spelling). It’s an amazing ride. You feeling like you’re flying. On the walls I saw a fantasy mural. It was futuristic, Science fiction, a little Steampunkish. I pulled my notebook and started writing notes. A whole storyline poured into my head, even ideas for a couple books. Dh rolled his eyes and said, “You’re thinking of a book idea, aren’t you?” He dragged me along the line. It took a while but I finally got around to writing that book. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I can be inspired by music, an over-heard conversation, a movie, a vacation, anything.

How can readers find you, website, blog, etc.?

Thanks again for having me, Nancy!

Thanks for dropping by, Kathy!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!

Happy New Year!   I woke up early and recharged to take on the new year.  I didn’t make the usual resolutions to lose weight or exercise more, because hey, who’s kidding who here?  I love chocolate and I’m lazy, so if I can maintain the weight I am at life is good.  At least I’m being honest, right?
I made a lot of writing goals, to submit my short story to Ellora’s Cave Shivers line (erotic horror) and to write more historical romance, which is my first love and where my heart lies.  I know publishers want more paranormals especially contemporary paranormals, but after a long heart to heart with my husband the other day, I discovered I really don’t like writing paranormals, contemporary paranormals anyway.  Sure, there may be a few coming down the pipeline here and there, but this year for 2013 I’m going to focus on historical romances.  I will be making them more spicier, turning up the heat quite a bit actually, but this is what I’m working on for now.  Readers have asked for them, and I’m listening.  I truly believe this is where my voice is. For now anyway. 
Don’t get me wrong, I still like writing and reading horror, but if I’m going to publish it, outside of submitting to Ellora’s Cave anyway, I’m going to use another pen name so readers aren’t confused or angry with me.  I want the name Nancy Henderson to mainly be historical romance.  When then pick up a Nancy Henderson book I want them to know they’re getting frontier happily ever after. 
Anyway, some of my other personal goals are to  work on the house, restoration wise.  We want to tear down the old barn on the property, put up a split rail fence, and replace all the original windows upstairs.  Plus we eventually want to put on a front porch wrapping all the way around the house. These are huge undertakings and we likely won’t get to all of them this year, but that’s the wish list.  I’ll post pictures of our progress this year. 
Until then, wishing you a year filled with peace and love.