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Family/Friend Story Inspiration

Hi there! It’s week 16 in the MFRW Blog Hop. Today’s topic: Family, friends, and pets I’ve written into my books.

Family and friends are a great source of character quirks and personalities. A few friends of mine and quite a lot of family members are quirky or unique enough to inspire characters, but haven’t won a place in a book/series yet.  Here’s what I have for character inspiration.

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My maternal granddad’s younger sisters are contemporaries with his older daughters, my mom included. These ladies are feisty, fun-loving, full of integrity, and they don’t take crap from anyone. They have inspired heroines in stories I’m writing in a sci-fi romance series.

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In another series, a German Shepherd, my first ever dog,  that has crossed the rainbow bridge is a secondary character in another series. He is the inspiration for Pax, a companion of the main character that is traveling across the United States before she settles in a small town in Alabama.

How have you used family in your writing? Be sure to check the other authors in the blog hop here.

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MFRW 52 Week Blog Hop

To Research Or Not…

It’s week 13 for the MFRW blog hop and here we are today with the topic – ‘What I learned when researching my book.’

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Earlier this year I wrote a post about what I would be if I couldn’t be a writer. I wrote I would have been a researcher. I love digging into a subject for the knowledge and to get a deeper understanding. I enjoy collecting bits and pieces of interest or weird information too and storing it in OneNote, which is used to house my stories. Here are some of the questions I’m researching for a few wips I’m working on:

  • What would cause the decision of a divorce to be rescinded?
  • What are the symptoms and treatment of PTSD and/or chemical contamination in chemical warfare?
  • How long does it take for a human to bleed out if a major artery is stabbed or cut?
  • What happens to a human body in the cold emptiness of outer space?
  • What are some of the experiments performed on persons who have alleged alien abduction?

In the previous post mentioned above, I told that I love historical research for fleshing out past relatives and adding ‘a day in the life’ to my family’s genealogy. I also wanted to know what happened then so I can tweak world history with ‘what ifs’ like:

  • What would this part of the world be like if explorers never sailed here?
  • Did aliens really influence the building of pyramids that appear in different areas of the world?
  • What would life be if time travel existed and some major part of history was changed?
  • If Atlantis did exist, what would life on that continent be like? Would it be advanced like the myths say?

See what I mean, research is a fascinating subject. What have you learned or hope to learn while researching your stories?

Please check out the authors on this blog hop here.

 

MFRW 52 Week Blog Hop

No Contests

Welcome back! This is week 12 of the MFRW Blog Hop.  Today’s topic is ‘My Contest Experiences (Win, Lose, Get Signed?).’ Please be sure to check out the rest of the blog hop crew here.

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I’ve missed a couple or more hops due to family engagements. I plan to try and keep up. This post today will be short because I’ve never entered a contest. I’ve read the criteria for a few of them but have not taken the plunge. Too nervous or scared, I guess, but I participated in a workshop to learn how to judge a contest for my chapter.

What experiences do you have entering contests? Please tell me in the comments, I’m really interested in your take on them.