Author Guest Post
After writing my character and plot notes the first thing that I did was print off calendars and pencil in my outline and writing schedule. I used the index card app on my iPad to come up with my outline. Some areas were sparse so I would go back and fill them in with more details later.
Sometimes I would write at home and sometimes I would write at a locally owned coffee and tea shop that had a cozy and welcoming feel. In order to write I need a serene and uncluttered space.
I would write anywhere from 2000 to 3000 words on a good day . On days where writing didn’t seem to come as easy I would add more details to my outline.
When the first draft was written I went back two separate times filling in details on the first time and looking at grammar and punctuation errors on the second time. I made notes on how character development could be improved and I added in the smallest details. By the time that the third draft came along I had edited all that I could and felt comfortable passing it on to an editor and proofreader. She then simplified some of my sentences and further found minor errors that could be fixed.
Writing Love Illusion was a learning experience and I will definitely be using the lessons learned as I write my second book. I made note of everything that I learned so that I can access them anytime.
Overall I enjoyed everything that came with the process of writing Love Illusion. I am a person that needs some form of creative medium to be happy whether that may be writing, photography, or playing my clarinet. Writing will always be the number one way that I find satisfaction in being creative.
About The Author
Love Illusion by Chineka Williams
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: February 18, 2014
Format: e-Book - 149 pages / Kindle - 307 KB / Nook - 691 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Women's Fiction
BUY THE BOOK: Love Illusion
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.
Meanwhile, Lucy’s best friend Jade has found love and is about to get married. She is a loyal friend who is there for Lucy every step of the way.
Feeling trapped, Lucy is determined to fight back against Charles, but it won’t be without complication. After great debate, she optimistically accepts a new job offer miles away. Lucy soon embarks on an uncertain journey all connected to love.
My Book Review:
In her debut novel, Love Illusion, author Chineka Williams weaves an enjoyable story about friendship, love illusions, and journeys of self-discoveries.
Set in Chicago, Illinois and written in an alternating third person narrative, the reader follows the intertwining life journeys of Lucy, Jade and Charles.
Lucy is a Public Relations executive who handles public relations events for celebrity clients. She has recently broken off her relationship with Charles due to his abusive and controlling behavior and anger issues. She is a new homeowner and has a passion for fashion and photography.
Jade is a tenth grade English teacher who is two weeks away from marrying her fiance Reggie. Jade and Lucy have been best friends since high school, they have been through a lot together and have each other's back.
Charles is a Cardiologist at the University of Illinois Hospital, but since Lucy broke off their relationship, his life has been on a downward spiral. His job is in jeopardy and he has been suspended pending a hearing with the hospital review board, but all of his focus has been on getting Lucy back into his life. Besides his anger issues, he is an alcoholic, who had an unhappy childhood as a foster child with abandonment issues.
While Jade embarks on a happy new journey towards marriage, Lucy is dealing with Charles' unwanted attention that becomes alarmingly obsessive. A dangerous turn of events leads Lucy to accept a new PR position in Seattle to restart her life away from Charles, while Charles' journey of self-discovery will shatter his love illusion for Lucy and force him to face reality.
I really enjoyed reading Love Illusion. The author has a rich descriptive style that easily draws the reader into Lucy, Jade, and Charles' lives. While the story spans a brief few months, the reader follows their individual yet intertwined journeys which leads each of them to live new lifestyles. I loved the progression of Jade's journey from her wedding planning, to their wedding and honeymoon in Belize, to the search for their first house. I really felt for Lucy and what she had to go through with Charles, he has some serious problems that made me feel nervous for her safety. The intriguing twists and turns in regard to Lucy and Charles kept me in suspense. I loved how Lucy made a decision to stand up for herself and restart her life in Seattle, but I have to say that Charles' outcome completely surprised me. I really enjoyed reading about the wonderful friendship between Lucy and Jade, I couldn't help but smile as it reminded me of the same kind of relationship that I have with my best friend. Love Illusion is a wonderful story that can be read in one sitting.
With an intriguing cast of realistic characters who the reader can connect with and relate to; an engaging plotline, dialogue, and interactions; and a richly detailed description of Chicago, Belize and Seattle and their famous landmarks; Love Illusion is an enjoyable women's fiction novel that the readers will be sure to enjoy.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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