Author Guest Post
One of the questions that I often get asked is how I come up with ideas for my books and how I plot them all out. The answer is, that I don't. I get an idea or two and just sit down and start writing. Sometimes, when I'm trying to fall asleep at night, I think about the scene I'm on and what happens next. I think scene by scene, and am often surprised at what happens next. I write by the seat of my pants. When writing Hold Her Down, I tried a bit of plotting, but it didn't work for me. I thought I knew where I wanted to go with the story, but when I got there, that ending was no longer right for the story.
I also tend to have vivid dreams which inspire my writing. There are at least two scenes in Hold Her Down which are almost literal transcriptions of dreams I have had. The odd thing is that when I wake up and remember the dream, I know immediately that it is part of a book. Considering that I can still remember some dreams I had as a child, this is an unusual skill that I am fortunate enough to have.
Because my mind is now working overtime with story ideas, I have started keeping a notebook of some of these dreams or ideas that I have. My plan is to visit the notebook, especially when I don't know where the story is going. In addition to my dreams, I write down random ideas or scenarios that may cross my mind. Sometimes it is something I hear on the radio. Sometimes a conversation that I have. The main character in my third novel got her name from a spam e-mail my friend's husband received. I've also been known to use the occasional writing prompt if I get a bit stuck.
I think there is some degree of irony that I write without planning and that my stories flow organically from me. In my everyday life, I am a meticulous planner, Type A and a bit on the OCD side. I could never, ever approach my day job or running my house how I approach my writing. It does boggle my mind a bit that I have this secret, spontaneous side that comes out when I'm writing. Perhaps, someday I'll find the answer in a dream set on the backdrop of my beautiful Cape May.
About The Author
Hold Her Down by Kathryn R. Biel
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: February 27, 2014
Format: Paperback - 260 pages
Kindle - 3901 KB
Nook - 294 KB
Genre: Contemporary 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.
My Book Review:
Through nine years of marriage, Elizabeth Zurlo has slowly lost her self-identity to the one of wife, mother, and teacher. Elizabeth feels like her chaotic life has swallowed her up, she desperately tries to balance the demands in her life, but she never gets a chance to breathe, leaving her burned out, empty, depressed, at the end of her rope, and seriously on the verge of losing it. With a failing marriage to an unfeeling and controlling man, to the always needy demands from her family and work, Elizabeth is resentful and feels disconnected from the world, she is on auto pilot and in survival mode. All Elizabeth wants is to feel beautiful, appreciated, alive, to be the woman she used to be so long ago.
Hold Her Down is an intriguing story about a woman who has lost her identity to her everyday life commitments and responsibilities. Author Kathryn R. Biel weaves a realistic tale that engages the reader to follow Elizabeth's journey as she struggles to maintain a balance in the daily grind of life while dealing with her self doubts and insecurities, which eventually leads her to rediscovering the woman who she used to be. While Elizabeth's story starts out slow with a painful and realistic look of her daily life, the author slowly gains momentum and takes the reader along for the ride as Elizabeth struggles to take control of her life, making changes that will lead her become a strong and independent woman.
Hold Her Down is a refreshing story of one woman's journey of self-discovery that every woman should read. It is a realistic story that any woman can relate to and sympathize with, ponder, find inspiration, and celebrate their true inner-selves and the women that they can be.
RATING: 4 STARS
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