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Lady Hawk

Hi folks,

I’ve been bantering with one of my characters on Facebook, and have been asked who she really is.  Okay, here’s the Lady Hawk.

She is Dr. Rhonda Stockman, veterinarian.   Rhonda was an emotionally abused woman who went into Veterinary Medicine so she could spend more time with animals than people.  As she neared thirty years of age she was still single, and there was little trace of the happy mischievous child she had been.

One fateful day she stopped to try to release a young hawk that was caught in some wires.  The hawk sank it’s beak into her arm just as there was an explosion.  She awakened high above the land, but not falling.

After days of terror, denial, and dozens of other emotions, she came to terms with the fact she was a bird.  At this point she noticed a woman and a bear on the ground.  The bear changed into a man, and then back again.  Rhonda followed them for weeks, hoping to learn the secret of controlling the change.  In time, she did.

When Rhonda was blended with the hawk she took on it’s fierce and independent nature.  Her mischievous side reappeared as well.  This is how we find her in The Hawk and the Wolf, but she first appeared in The Vampire’s Lair.

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Sometime this month I hope to release the latest story in Rhonda’s adventures.  Keep watching this blog for a few teasers in the coming days.

 

Bless

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

Working Alone?

Hi folks,

It occured to me today that, oddly enough, I’m not the only one who works at home … alone.  So many writers, and artists do so as well.  For the most part it’s a good thing as it gives us the opportunity to let out creative imaginations fly free.

However, as so many of you also know, it’s not like that every day.  Some days it’s like this:

Yeah, and other days it worse.   I don’t know about any of you, but I’m willing to bet that, like me, some days some of you’d kill for some adult company, even if for just a chat over tea, anything to see another human face.

I’m lucky, my lady love will soon close her shop in the city and move everything to her home studio, but for today, I’m sulking. (Writer’s block sucks, perhaps I’ll switch to knitting for today.)

I could be wrong, I guess.  How about you?  Any of you ever get like that?

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.

 

Bless

Pru

Why Do It?

Hi folks,

I was recently asked ( again) why I continue to write.  I gave a few standard answers, it’s what I do, I’m a writer and can’t stop, etc.  easy stuff.  Later that evening as I sat mulling over that question, I had to admit to myself the real reason.

I’m 68 years old, I could have another 40 more good years, or I could run out of time tomorrow, nobody knows for sure.  When I leave this life for the next one, what will I leave behind?  I’ve always aimed for one main thing in this life, to leave this world a better place than I found it.  I like people, and yet I see people getting more and more stressed as time passes.  There’s the key to the question.

The stories I write have one overriding purpose, not to scare you, not to educate you, not to jerk your emotions around, but to take you away from this stress filled life for a few hours, maybe even offer you some hope.  Join me in a different world, share the adventure, and be assured before you start, you will find a reasonably happy ending, even if the book is part of a series.

That’s why I do what I do, folks.  These stories are my legacy, what I can leave behind to hopefully better someone’s life, if only for an hour or so.  It’s my hope to reach as many people as possible to share the adventure with, so, pull on your PJs, fetch that mug of tea, and curl up in your favorite chair for a while, and let me tell you a story, make you smile.

Speaking of which, keep an eye out, there’s a new one coming in a few days.  Oh, sign up for my newsletter too, more good stuff in there, button’s just a bit further down.

 

So for now, blessed be

Pru

Yep, She Did It Again.

Hey folks,

Well, she did it again.  The publisher put up Novan Witch for $0.99.  I have no idea how long the sale will last, so grab a copy today.

Novan Witch by Prudence MacLeod

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Got it, okay great, now before you start reading, let me tell you how it came to be.  I had an idea for a series about a race of super humans.  As I began to work on it I realized I had way too much back story, so I decided to make the back story a novel on it’s own.  So far so good, but I was barely a few chapters in when I realized the back story would need more than one book to do it right.  The result?  The back story went five novels, but now I think I’ve got it.

Yes, in the end the Novan Witch became the lead in for an entire series, a series that was written as a back story for another series. (which I have yet to write.)

So, that’s it, the story behind the story.  Now, go ahead and enjoy the story.

Bless

Pru

 

The Ghost Piper

Hi folks,

I know, it’s been a while since I posted. Truth is, life got in the way and I didn’t have a lot to report. However, today, let me tell you a ghost story. High on a hill above the village where I grew up sat an old house. It looked over the whole village and the harbour beyond, the driveway was lined with maple trees. The house was occupied by an old man who passed away when I was a teenager. (Long long ago in a galaxy far far away) Every summer his grandson, a piper, would come to visit and greet the dawn with the pipes. I truly cherish the memory of that sound.

When I first began writing seriously, I wrote a romance story featuring the house and surrounding landscape. I also added the ghost with a bagpipe. The resulting book was called (of course) Ghost Piper. I self published it years ago. Recently we took it down, gave it a tune up, a fresh edit, and an awesome new cover. Here’s where to find it.

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If you enjoy a gentle romance, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one. Go ahead, it’s a perfect weekend read.

Okay, now, for what’s new and coming up. We have a new book in the Children of the Wild series coming soon. I’m hoping to see it out by the middle of May. It’s got vampires, werewolves, werehawks, secret agents, and a bunch more of the strange and unusual. Next post I’ll give you a peek inside the pages.

So for now

Bless

Pru

How It Began

Forgotten Worlds

These are all tales from the forgotten worlds. The Forgotten Worlds? It began this way:

In the year of 2121, old Earth reckoning, the first of the great ships lifted off. Each ship carried ten thousand settlers, all highly skilled, extremely intelligent, people who were anxious to extend mankind’s reach into the galaxy. Each colony was to contain 2000 settlers. Five ships in all had been built.

They all believed they would be in constant contact with the rest of the colonies, but that’s not what happened. Soon after the third ship was launched a war devastated Earth. The last two ships barely made it into space. There were few survivors left on the home planet, and they did not last long.

The man whose vision the great ships were had foreseen this, and hatched a plot in secret. Each colony was dropped off then abandoned forever with no way off the world on which they had landed. Mankind had been seeded into the galaxy, and the visionary’s hope was, that even if only a few of the colonies managed to survive, mankind would continue to exist.

He had no way to know if he had succeeded or not, but he had. The great ships, once they’d dropped off the colonists, then gathered at a single planet to start a colony of their own from the combined crews. Mankind had perished on the home world, but lived on, alone in forgotten places.

The following tales recount some of their adventures and how they managed to survive.

Here survival was a struggle.

The Elvish Chronicles:

Rise of the Queen: e-book

The Road Home (coming soon)

And here they thrived and spread out through the Galaxy:

The Nova Series, beginning here with the tale of the Novan Witch:  e-book

There are many, many more tales from the Forgotten Worlds: Dark Traveler (e-book ) and The Second ( e-book ) for example.

Go ahead, check them out. I’ll tell you more about this later.

Bless

Pru

Feedback

Hi folks,

So far the feedback about the new release, Vampire’s Lair has been delightfully positive, including a few suggestions for future books with these characters. It always does my heart good (ego too) when I get this sort of response to a new release. Having said all that, I went into this book already thinking about the one to follow. No, I won’t tell you about it yet. hehehe I’m still looking for more feedback on this one. So far I think it is one of my best efforts yet.

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So, pick up your copy today and let me know what you think.

Now, here’s the answer to your question, anonymous lady, in my blog as requested.

Yes, my books average about 60K words. they are all stories about strong women and written for strong women and those who love them. I use this word count as the books are meant to be read in an evening. The idea is to take you away from a stress filled world and immerse you in a world of adventure where you will get a satisfactory solution at the end. No cliffhangers, even if the book is in a series. Yes, I believe in happy endings.

Oh, and thanks for the feedback on the Children of the Goddess series. there will be more to come, I promise.

Okay, that’s all for now.

Bless

Pru

New Year / New Chance

Hi folks,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I confess I took a few weeks off over the solstice to clear my head and take some time with family. 2016 was a hard year for everybody, especially those of us who put far too much pressure on ourselves. Yes, last year I tried too hard and burned out. I’m getting too damned old for this high pressure thing. So, in that vein, here are the resolutions for 2017.

#1. put out four books. (Last year I trued for six, didn’t make it.)

#2. Be more sociable. (Last year I was a total hermit.)

#3. Take better care of myself, both physically and mentally. (Last year I neglected both.)

#4. Improve my writing skills. (This is standard every year.)

 

Okay, on to the goals for the year in the writing world. Yes, four new books, but also I hope to complete the upgrades on my older romance novels. We’ll be adding new covers, some new material, and new edits. In that vein, here’s the latest update, book five in the St. John’s Series. Nordic Desire, first published as Gudrun. Check out the new look and upgraded story here:

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So, I’ll leave you with this. The world seems to be entering a dark time. Should my work reflect that with darker tales, or should I go for  more hopeful stories, or ??? I’m looking for options, and/or opinions. What do you think?

Bless

Pru