Author Guest Post
My writing process is a lot like my life in general: There is no reliable schedule, and productivity is feast or famine. I don't recommend this method to any writer, yet I still manage to get stuff done.
The best advice I've heard about writing is simple: "A writer writes." My crazy schedule as a 911 dispatcher makes it impossible to keep a regular writing routine, but I've learned that the only way to guarantee productivity is to never stop producing for very long. In other words, I don't give my self a lot of breaks from writing. "I don't feel like it," used to be an excuse to take months and months off at a time, and it just made writing so very difficult to get used to when I started back up.
Blogging is great for staying in the habit of writing. It is quick, easy, and it keeps me thinking in terms of what I will write next. Plus, if you get a bit of a following, you have friends and fans cheering you on, which is a great motivator.
What keeps motivating me to write is that I'm super opinionated and have a huge ego, which keeps making me think people will want to read what I have to say! But seriously. There is a little of that, and there is also the fact that writing is so satisfying.
Right after I finished the first draft of Sugarfiend, I had a hard time looking at it. But once I'd set it down and could be more objective, I began editing it, and found I was really proud of it, and that it made me laugh. Then, to have others write me or talk to me about what they liked or how they related to Estelle is a gift greater than any paycheck or any kind of fame some writers dream about. It's just really awesome to have a message, then to realize somebody got that message, and enjoyed it.
About The Author
When she's not writing or obsessing about writing, she's spending her royalties on yoga classes, strappy sport tops, and used books. She lives with her husband, two geriatric cats, and an excitable yellow lab in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
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Publisher: DragonStone Creative Group
Publication Date: February 11, 2012
Format: Paperback - 286 pages / Kindle - 383 KB / Nook - 209 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
If her life is a box of chocolates, acid-tongued, sugar-obsessed Estelle Brown should learn how to pick them better. Her boyfriend’s left her for a bulimic hand model, her roommate’s skipped town, and her boss is in love with her. Fed up and In the middle of her latest of a lifetime of doomed diet attempts – cutting sugar cold turkey – Estelle decides to quit quitting for good, pack her bags, and lose herself on a 7-day Caribbean cruise. But even on a floating monument to binge eating, the diet industry follows her. Across from every buffet is a studio full of treadmills. Next to every plate of fried calamari is a large diet Coke. As a ship full of wary passengers ducks for cover, Hurricane Estelle wages her own personal war against moderation. But the consequences land her in the belly of the beast: broke, alone, and forced to take a job as –of all things-- a detox consultant for the ship. Is Skinny the answer to Happy? Is Sweet n Low the new black? Is that Denise Austin chick … for real? No, no and yes, oddly. But for a Sugarfiend, it’s not the destination that matters, it’s all the cupcakes you get to eat along the way.
My Book Review:
Estelle Brown has an addictive personality ... her latest addiction is anything and everything sugary. Fed up with everything in her life, Estelle embarks on a 7-day Caribbean cruise that is anything but sugar free! The trial and tribulations that Estelle encounters on her journey will ultimately teach her life lessons about self-acceptance, love and happiness.
Sugarfiend is a wickedly humorous story with a lot of laugh-out-moments that will tickle your funny bone. Written in witty style, author Caroline Burau weaves a quirky tale told in the first person narrative by the sassy and sarcastic protagonist Estelle Brown. Estelle engages the reader to follow along on her journey that is full of trials and tribulations, it's not easy to kick a sugar addiction when chocolate, cupcakes, and everything sugary stares you in the face! It is a story about a woman with an addictive personality, self-esteem issues, and a penchant for self-depreciation, who could easily have self-destructed if it wasn't for her realistic and comical attempt to find happiness and self-acceptance.
Estelle Brown is a sassy, sarcastic, straight-forward lady whose comical side shines through as she battles with her Type A personality and addictive behaviors. She's a normal person that the reader can relate to, come on ... tell me you don't have a weakness for sweets ... or any addictions for that matter! I think she has a strong sense of character as she was able to admit that only she is to blame for her addictions, I think that is admirable. Even though she has battled with various addictions: men, alcohol, and food, her strength lies in her humor, it is her saving grace and makes her real in my eyes. There are times when I wanted to slap her and tell her to deal with her issues, but overall I couldn't help but feel for Estelle and stand in her corner cheering for her.
Rich in detail and vivid descriptions of an entertaining 7-day cruise; with a realistic and engaging supporting cast of characters; and some really witty and humorous dialogue and interactions; combined with a storyline that masterfully deals with a difficult issue, makes Sugarfiend an entertaining and compelling read.
Sugarfiend is a story that takes a realistic look at a person who is a work in progress. Told in a humorous style, author Caroline Burau engages the reader to take a look at the imperfect and humanistic side of life, while providing some thought provoking life lessons.
RATING: 4 STARS ****