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It’s a Long Road Back From the Edge

Hey folks,

Check this out, a new sweet romance just out.  Seela is one that I originally self-published many years ago.  We’ve given her a bit of a tune up, a fresh edit or two, and a whole new cover.  Still one of my favorite stories.  Check it out here:

e-book                     paperback

 

Okay, for those of you on my newsletter list, watch for a major update coming April 2nd. (Good lord willing and the creeks don’t rise.)  There’ll be lots of interesting stuff in there, so keep an eye out.

Now, while you’re waiting for that, you’ve got plenty of time to read Seela and let me know what you think.  Have a great weekend and I’ll have more for you in April. 😊

 

Bless

Pru

Following the Dialogue

Hi folks,

Recently I’ve been asked again, How the heck do I know who’s speaking if the author doesn’t tell you?  Actually, that’s a valid question, for the written word can often be confusing.  As readers, since our world is permeated with information, we can often scan much of what we read.  We miss a lot that way.

So, here’s what to look for if you’re not sure who is speaking.  We have two speakers, Jin and Joan.  Jim is speaking.  Watch for the quotation marks at the beginning and end of the speech.

“I just can’t understand you,” said Jim. (easy right, I told you who was speaking.”  “Joan, why can’t you ever get this thing right?”  (still easy, by using her name you know it’s still him.  Now for a hard one.)

“I did get it right.  All you have to do is take a close look, and read the darn screen.  The instructions are right there for you.

“Good lord, I can’t understand why you won’t read the instructions.”

(The quotation marks at the beginning tell you it’s dialogue.  He’s accused her, and here she defends herself so we know it’s a different speaker.  There are two paragraphs of her speech here so the first does not have the enclosing quotation marks at the end.  That tells you she has more to say.  The second paragraph begins with quotation marks so you know it’s the dialogue continued, but this one has the enclosing quotation marks at the end to tell you she’s finished speaking)

Clear as mud right?  If you skimmed over that you’ve missed the good stuff, so read it again. 🙂

So long for now.  Let me know if this helps at all.

Bless

Pru

An End and a Beginning

Hi folks,

I’m talking about my writing process again today.  This time I’ll explore a bit about the beginnings and the ending of a series, how I get them going, and how I bring them to a close.

Actually, I don’t have all that much to do with it.  The characters come to me, tell me the stories, and I write them down.  I’ve written a number of series, a couple of trilogies, and a few stand alones that eventually morphed into something more.  Case in point, the Children of the Goddess Series began with the stand alone, Lady Blue, written to draw attention to the horror of enforced child prostitution.  This eventually grew into a series of six books, and #7, the final chapter in the series in now a finished first draft.

The Children of the Wild began as my take on the popular vampire theme.  I gave them a different beginning, and a different way of life.  People asked for more, the characters asked for more, and so it began.  Race the Wind is the latest book in that series.  Find it here:

Amazon   Apple   Google Play

This series is showing no signs of wanting to be finished, so you can look for many more stories from the Children of the Wild.

So, now with the tales from the Children of the Goddess coming to a close, I’m waiting to see who shows up next to tell me of their experiences, I mean, besides Lady Hawk.  That girl has dozens more stories to tell.

While I’m waiting for the next long story arc to show up and demand to be told,  perhaps I’ll work on a few stand alone tales.  What do you suggest?

 

About Me, A Few of My Thoughts

 

Hi folks,

I believe that ordinary people are capable of remarkable feats.  I’ve always believed that given the right circumstances people can tap into the well of limitless possibilities. I saw this more than once as an athlete and coach many years ago.  I’ve seen it more recently through the anecdotes people post on social media.

Despite this, we are all inundated with negativity and bad news stories every day. And this has seeped into entertainment as television series have become darker, filled with tragedy and angst-ridden plots that drag on season after season.

This is not my idea of entertainment and I’m betting it isn’t yours either.  I want to offer you something different and invite you to find out more about me and the stories I tell….

For example, this, my latest book:

Amazon

Now, here’s what a couple of folks think of my storytelling.:

Great addition to the Children of the wild series. I was hoping you would add an herbivore (that’s not an insane elk) to your were family. What a fun story. Please keep them coming.

Keep putting out the children of the wild series love them. Ronnie and Igor are great along with Derek and Jillian. It’s nice to see the other characters as well. Can’t wait to see what comes next in the wild series and I have no problem recommending this book to my friends.

 

So, my point is, there’s a few folks out there who like a story with a more upbeat ending.  How about you, do you prefer happy endings, or do you prefer dark and foreboding cliffhangers?  Drop a comment, let me know what you really like.

 

It’s Here With Five Stars

Hi folks,

No more teasers, Race the Wind is finally here and sporting a five star review, which I find exciting.  We’ve worked hard on this one, and it contains a few hints of things to come in future stories.  Check it out here: http://prudencemacleod.com/books/race-the-wind/

Or get your copy here:

Amazon 

Google Play

Please enjoy the story, and if you like it, could you drop a review on Amazon?  Just a one liner is great.  Thanks

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Pru

Which One is Real

Hi folks,

Well, last time I asked you about how you deal with an excess of alone time.  We all know sometimes it’s a blessing, and other times a curse.  This time, however, I have another confession for you.

I talk to the characters in my head, it’s part of my writing process.  Some days it’s hard to tell who is real and who is the character.

Yeah, sure, laugh if you must, but I’ll bet some of you do it too.  Heck, sometimes they’re better company anyway, besides, they tell great stories.

Yep, that pic is me getting caught talking to one of my characters.  Busted.

Lately I’ve been sharing some of that silliness on Facebook in the posts I call the Writer and her Characters.  I post three or four times a week, check it out.

All right now, fess up, you talk to your characters too, admit it.

 

Bless

Pru

Messing With It

Hey folks,

Well, I’m here to tell you, boredom can make you do strange things.  In my own case it caused me to do something I thought I’d never do.  I messed with my website.  When I first had it built it was a thing of beauty, but, over time WordPress updated this and that and not everything behaved like it was supposed to.  So I broke down and messed with it.

So, here’s where I ask you to take a poke around, see what you like, what you don’t, and let me know which is which.  All feedback is greatly appreciated.  Here’s the page for one of my favorites, start there.

Lady Blue by Prudence MacLeod

book page

 

Okay, back to the writing stuff.  I’m currently working on the latest novel in the Children of the Wild series.  With any luck at all you’ll get to see it in February.

Bless

Pru

Christmas Specials

Hi folks,

In keeping with the season of gift giving and sales, I now offer the following three books on greatly reduced prices.  The sale will last until the New Year.  These are three of my favorites.  Enjoy!

Each book is available at your favorite outlet. I list one for each book.

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So, on that note, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Bright Blessings

Pru

Birth of a story.

 

Hi folks,

I’ve been asked many times, “Where do you get your stories?”  The short answer is, I make them up.  That’s called writing fiction.  How do I make them up?  Okay, here’s an example, start with a character, then let them tell you their story.  This is how I came to write Hell Comes Home.

I’ll start with how I found the main character. Characters can come at you from anywhere, and they will if you let them. As a confirmed people watcher I often find in the people that pass me by. Here’s an example from one of my books.

A friend and I were on our way to the city. Once aboard the ferry boat she took off with her camera and I settled behind the wheel with a Stone Age laptop. (paper and pen) Once the boat was loaded I noticed a very attractive young woman beside our car. She was dressed in purple leathers and sitting astride a purple motorcycle. She looked rather pensive as she gazed out over the waters. For just a moment she looked like a super hero from the movies. I turned to a fresh page and began writing.

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No, I didn’t start writing a story, no chapter one. I started with a quick physical description and a few notes on her mood, her attire, her motorcycle, etc. I then moved on to some possible reasons for her mood. Could have been anything, but the story sprang from those few things. No, I didn’t talk to her, didn’t want to know her name or anything about her. I write fiction. I can’t bring too much of a person into the character. That’s not fair to the real person nor is it fair to the reader. No, I have to let my imagination supply the rest. So, I went on with the day.

Later on that trip I saw a girl in Starbucks writing. She was writing poetry. Hmm, okay, I can use that. In the bookstore a graphic novel about a demon hunter caught my eye. The word demons went in my notes.

So now I need to know a bit about this girl. Who is she? What’s her life been like? There’s a news story about a teenage runaway. Okay, that will work. What else? Okay, from my head, she joined the military, special forces, black ops, becomes disillusioned, gets out to go home.

 

Now she’s real. She’s the heroine of my book Hell Comes Home, a story about a kick ass woman trying to make a place for herself in a world gone mad.

 

So, that’s it, folks and fans, that’s how a main character, and her story, is born in my world. This process may work for you, maybe not. Everybody works differently. The thing is, take a hard look at what works for you then find the strengths in that.

 

Best of luck in your reading / writing. Oh, and if there’s a topic you would like me to discuss, mention it in the comments. Feel free to ask questions too.

 

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Pru