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August 17, 2014 - Audrey Shaffer

(Karina is a regular in the chatroom. You think you know her, but do you really?)

Karina Fabian is a mild-mannered writer for Top Ten Reviews and mother of four. But in her other lives, she's a snarky dragon detective, a nun doing dangerous rescue missions beyond Mars, a psychic driven insane by his abilities, a zombie exterminator… Her rich fantasy life has compelled her to become a writer, and she has written 9 science fiction, fantasy or horror novels and has stories in dozens of anthologies and magazines. She's won multiple awards for her fiction, but the best reward is when an editor or fan asks her to write some more. 

Because her imagination suffers from "squirrel!" syndrome even worse than the dogs in UP, she alternates her writing efforts among multiple universes. She recently submitted the last novel in the Mind Over Trilogy and wrote a novella to marry off two of the main characters. Her serial novella coming out in Liberty Island in November features zombie Exterminators Neeta Lyffe and Ted Hacker as they take on skiing zombies on the slopes of Utah. Neeta Lyffe's first book, Neeta Lyffe: Zombie Exterminator, is now out in audiobook as well. She has two science fiction novels with publishers for consideration and is working on the next DragonEye, and maybe… SQUIRREL! 

Karina also writes about the lives of the saints for a Catholic service called SaintConnection, plus homilies for FAITH Catholic. And, of course, her new full-time job is writing reviews of small-medium business services like eCommerce and social media monitoring software. In addition to writing, Karina has taught online classes on aspects of writing and marketing from worldbuilding to time management and even housekeeping for writers.  

You can learn more at http://fabianspace.com

       

 

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August 31, 2014 - Audrey Shaffer

Critique Chat!

Wouldn't it be great to get a critique from a bunch of other writers? This is your chance!

We'll be doing critiques right in the chatroom for this chat. Details on how to get in on the action will be emailed to all subscribers the Friday before the chat. Make sure you're signed up for the mailing list, and get your short (300 word max) submission polished up! (Sign up for our mailing list here. ) DON'T submit until you get the email!

I strongly suggest you submit polished work. Most of our chatters are aiming for publication. To get there, you have to be able to handle honest critiques. I will not allow personal attacks, but problems in the writing will be openly discussed.

If you are not in attendance, your submission will be skipped. It's a waste of everyone's time to critique something if the author isn't there to hear it.

 

Fiction, nonfic, essay, query letter...it doesn't matter. I recommend trying to get an entire scene into 300 words. Full scenes get better crits.
 
Why only 300 words? More than that will scroll off the screen too quickly. People need to be able to read it, to give a good crit.

Get ready, get set...

 

September 7, 2014 - Audrey Shaffer

(Triple your fun! Tonight, we will have three m/m romance authors!)

Kate Lowell likes to create worlds and throw people in them to see how they get along, usually while laughing evilly. Her tastes in books and writing are eclectic; she reads everything (with the possible exception of western) and she writes whatever looks fun. The challenge of creating a world that hangs together logically in the mind of the reader, and characters that the reader cares about and wants to know better, is easily as thrilling as any of the in-person risks she’s taken in her life.

And if things get dull, well…she can always blow something up.

http://thebluntinstrument.wordpress.com/

 

Ana Phoenix's interest in hot guy-on-guy action was first sparked by reading scandalous Japanese mangas. A dirty secret she couldn’t resist. In a long bout of insanity – also known as her life — she decided to learn the language and escape to the land of sushi, sumo, and yaoi. She’s since moved back to Europe to be with the love of her life – delicious European chocolate.

Now she resides in the sunny part of Germany where she fills her days chasing her dreams and writing about men in complicated relationships. Her family believes she’s writing “erotic manga stories.” She’s pleased they got the erotic part right, at least.

http://anajphoenix.com/
 

 

Zoe X. Rider spent her malleable late-teen/early-twenties years never very far from a pool table—billiard halls, rec rooms, dorm common rooms, barracks. At one point, she lived upstairs from a pool hall, which is pretty much what she imagines being in heaven is like. She has a pool table in her living room these days, which is almost as good. When she’s not practicing rail shots, she writes fiction, chases her favorite bands from one small dark venue to another, and loses herself in other people’s books.


http://www.zoexrider.com/

           

 

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