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Two of my guest posts went up on blogs this week. The first, “Writing Isn’t for Ninnies,” appeared January 30th on Casting Shadows – Home of the Young Adult and Children’s Author, K. B. Lever. It’s about the thick skin a writer needs to develop in order to get through the sometimes negative feedback she receives from editors, reviewers, and readers.

The Golden Egg And even if you grow that crocodile-tough hide, it still stings when someone doesn’t like your writing – or for that matter, your artwork. Probably the most painful critique I’ve received of late came from some editors at a children’s book writers’ conference. I’d submitted copies of a few paintings for review by a panel of experts. One editor said (in a rather disgusted manner) that he had nothing to say about my illustrations. A couple of others said they didn’t care for the paintings, and my art wasn’t the sort of thing they used. The last panelist picked away at the techniques used, the anatomy, facial expressions, etc.

Luckily, the slides weren’t labeled with who the artist was (me), and I didn’t have to stand up in front of the crowded room and take the criticism. But it still was uncomfortable. And I knew that it didn’t matter if their criticism was accurate or not – I needed to push beyond it, remain true to my creative vision, and resume my writing and painting. (One of the unloved paintings, “The Golden Egg,” appears here).

box of clovers My second guest post of the week was “Seeing Fairies” at Kriss Morton’s Cabin Goddess site. This was a first for me – a Fourth Wall post. As Kriss describes it: “Allow yourself as an author to open up a new avenue of sharing your AUTHOR PERSONA & WORLD BUILD in a unique and creative fashion.. Just take a chance, write fluidly and from within that “place” you hangout at with your muse. Or perhaps walk in the door, tuck into a corner & watch your characters, or talk with them…”

In the post, I reveal I’m a cloverhand – a term you’re not likely to recognize unless you’ve read Maggie Stiefvater’s Lament. Basically, it means I constantly find four-leafed clovers, and I see folk from the world of Faerie. How much of the post is factual and how much fanciful? I’ll let the readers decide.

But just in case you don’t believe in cloverhands, here’s a picture of a few of the four and five-leafed clovers I’ve found recently. Eventually, the pressed clovers become so brittle their leaves fall away and they turn to dust – but what magical dust it is indeed.

To read my 1st Fourth Wall post: http://cabingoddess.com/2013/02/seeing-fairies-with-vonnie-winslow-crist-fourth-wall-friday/

And look for another author guest on Monday. Till then, believe in the magical! – Vonnie

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KB Lever photo Thanks to Young Adult and Children’s Author, K.B. Lever for stopping by and sharing her views on putting a few facts in fiction. Enjoy!

Finding the Truth in Fiction by KB Lever

It’s the oldest trick in the book – adding truth to fiction. There are laws about it, best selling novels that use the technique, and let’s be honest, “truth is stranger than fiction,” said the famous author, Mark Twain.

A great novel is one that pulls the reader into the story and refuses to let go until the last page is turned. In order for an author to do that, they must evoke the response that each individual reader strives to find. Anything from pulling at the reader’s heartstrings, a suspenseful story, or an unsettling tale that makes them shift in their seats.

Currently, the population is infatuated with placing people in uncomfortable situations for entertainment. Let’s look at the following examples:

1) Strangers forced to live together in an elaborate house where they must go as far as to share their sleeping quarters, bathrooms, and cars.

2) Twenty women competing over one male (proper suitor) that are sent off on elaborate vacations where, come on, no one could resist falling in love.

3) Eighteen people taken to the Philippians and cast out in an unfamiliar territory and told to survive through hunting, building shelter, and betraying one another.

KB Lever -Executing the List What is the drive for these types of stories? What are the reasons that their ratings are the highest in the industry? Simple, it’s because of one reason – the events are actually happening! People are getting to witness firsthand the outrageous behaviors of human nature! It truthfully lies in the shock value associated with someone being able to say, “that really happened!”

So, with the large desire for the public to be able to relate to a novel’s characters and for the wish to be stunned, intrigued, or manipulated by the plot. Why would anyone want to take fact out of fiction? The real challenge is to perfectly mesh enough fact with fiction to come up with a heart-stopping novel.

Take a journey inside my books, Manipulating the List and Executing the List, and see if you can decipher the truth from fiction. I’ll give you a clue. There are more than just a few real-life events.

KB Lever’s The Immortal Companion is a Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy series that consists of three novels: Manipulating the List (2012), Executing the List (2012), and Legacy of the List (To Be Released July 2013). The series follows a young girl, Katherine, who finds herself in an unlikely relationship with an entity similar to the Grim Reaper.

KB Lever-Manipulating the List For more about KB Lever’s books, visit http://www.KBLever.com  To buy a copy: http://www.KBLever.com/Store.html Be sure to “friend” her at http://www.Facebook.com/author.KB.Lever and “like” her Facebook pages: http://www.Facebook.com/TheImmortalCompanionSeries , http://www.Facebook.com/LalooDreamWeaverSeries , http://www.Facebook.com/ThirtyDaysInMay And follow her on Twitter @KBLever.

Thanks again to KB Lever for her guest post. Watch Whimsical Words for more guests, blogs from me, and a new tasty feature coming in February. Have an enchanted day – Vonnie

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