Category Archives: fear of writing

Chat with Novelist C. Hope Clark Tonight

I have been interviewing writer C. Hope Clark of Funds for Writers in The Writer’s Chatroom on a regular basis now for nearly a decade. She is a wonderful lady, a terrific writer, a font of amazing writing knowledge, a mentor, a friend, and now, a novelist.

Tonight I will be interviewing her about her just released first novel, Lowcountry Bribe, the first book in the Carolina Slade Mystery Series. So please come on by the chatroom here tonight at 7:00 PM EST to find out more about the book, the author, and the world of writing.

Here’s more about Hope: C. Hope Clark is founder of FundsforWriters.com, a well-known writer’s reference for grants, contests, markets, publishers and agents for the serious writer. The website and newsletters have existed for a dozen years and been recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine in its 101 Best Websites for Writers for eleven of those years. 42,000 writers receive her newsletters each week.

She’s published in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Market, Guide to Literary Agents (by Writer’s Digest), The Writer Magazine, as well as multiple trades, glossy mags and numerous Chicken Soup books. She’s interviewed often by both writing and business websites and speaks to writing conferences throughout the United States. Her book The Shy Writer: An Introvert’s Guide to Writing Success, continues to sell steadily.

She is also author of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series. Lowcountry Bribe is the first in the series published by Bell Bridge Books. The mysteries describe federally employed Carolina Slade’s sleuthing abilities throughout rural, rarely seen South Carolina settings, facing crimes not found in your typical mystery.

Hope Clark lives in rural South Carolina, on the banks of the beautiful Lake Murray, amidst her wildlife and gardens, alongside her federal agent husband and chickens.

Hope to see you tonight!

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Closing Out the Blog Tour, and More

If you read yesterday’s blog entry about The Hungry Heart Stories virtual book tour, you know that I am giving away a copy of the book to the best comment or question by a reader along the tour stops. I will be awarding this prize on Friday, March 2, so there is still time to make your mark and add a comment to any of the stops.

Here are the stops for THE HUNGRY HEART STORIES Blog Tour:

“Writing – Art – Metaphysics” by Shelley Szajner, her interview can be found here.

“Becca Butcher’s Blog” by Becca Butcher, you can check out the tour with Becca here, here, here, here and the interview here. Yeah, Becca rocked the house when it came to promoting this tour. Thank you! ((hugs))

“Gilbert Curiosities” by Marie Gilbert features the author interview here and the review here.

“The Author-in-Training” by Mieke Zamora-Mackay has an interview with Fran about inspiration here.

“A Reference of Writing Rants or “Learn from My Mistakes”” by Jennifer M. Eaton, you can find her unique and entertaining interview here.

“The Dream Between” by Robin Renee, see her thoughts here.

“Literary Debauchery” by Krista Magrowski, the review can be found here.

And here at Welcome to Hell, I talk about Fran, the book, and the blog tour here, here, and here.

And make sure to check out all of the above blogs, and not just for the tour. They are all by terrific, talented writers and artists with much to say.

THE HUNGRY HEART STORIES is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and from the publisher Wilderness House Press.

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Remembering L.A. Banks

Author Leslie Esdaile Banks passed away yesterday morning after a relatively short battle with cancer. She also wrote under the names L.A. Banks, which I knew her by, as well as Leslie Esdaile, and Leslie E. Banks.

Banks wrote prolifically, with various projects and genres to her name(s), including horror, crime thrillers and romance among others. She wrote the Vampire Huntress and Crimson Moon series, two “Soul Food” books based on the TV series, and the Laura Caldwell books, among others.

Back in the day, L.A. Banks was also the first professional author I interviewed as host of the Fear of Writing Chatroom, later The Writer’s Chatroom. She was very sweet and understanding of newbness in doing the whole chat interview thing, and was a wonderful guest. She even came back a couple times, hopefully when I was better at it.

Banks was a wonderful teacher and always took time to help writers, new and experienced, both in those interviews and outside them. When I finally met her years after those interviews, she remembered me, which meant a lot. She taught me a lot, every time I saw her or saw her talk, I learned more about the craft. We have lost not only a terrific writer, but a wonderful woman and teacher as well. She’ll be missed.

Leslie’s friend and fellow author Jonathan Maberry announced in various writers groups yesterday the following event: “Leslie was a great writer, a brilliant speaker and teacher, a tireless supporter of literacy, and a dear friend. Her friends and colleagues in the Liars Club will host Leslie’s Big Hug Writers Bash to raise money to help Leslie’s daughter. (Saturday, August 6th, beginning at 7 p.m. and going on till closing at Smokey Joe’s Bar located at 208 S. 40th Street in University City on the University of Pennsylvania campus.). Silent Auction items include manuscript critiques; ebook and print-on-demand manuscript design services; tickets and a backstage tour for Jersey Boys on Broadway; full scholarships to writer’s conferences; and signed books by New York Times bestselling authors such as Charlain Harris, Heather Graham and Sherrilyn Kenyon. Tickets are available at the door and via eventbrite.”

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