Friday, March 7, 2014

#Guest Post by Jennifer Snyder, author of CONTROL ME

Three Pieces of Advice Authors Always Seem To Give:

There are three main things authors always seem to repeat when asked to give advice to aspiring authors. Here’s my take on each:

1) Write every day.
I believe it was Steven King who first said this, or at least I’m pretty sure that’s where I heard it first anyway. While I do believe this is helpful, I haven’t actually implemented this “rule” to the fullest. My process for writing seems to be shifting lately. I used to write Mon-Fri and then take a break on the weekends for family time and such, but with my last novel (the fourth in the Coldcreek series) I wrote for two weeks straight and knocked it out quick-like. 5,000 words each day. That meant getting up at 5:30 am on Saturday and Sunday for two weeks in order to get that 5k in before my family woke up and our day together began.
2) Write what you know.
I have never truly followed this rule. While I do write about some things that I know, I don’t write only what I know. They would be pretty boring books if that were the case. Research is often the best part of my writing process. I learn while I write basically. Sometimes it’s garbage stuff, like how many times a day men think about sex. Which is either every six seconds, fifteen minutes, or nineteen times a day depending on which study you read. Other times it’s more informative and important stuff, like what ingredients you need to make a perfect margarita.

3) Read.
This is one I will agree with one hundred percent. Reading is one way you can remain sharp in your genre. You get to see what’s been overdone lately and what hasn’t. I find myself really focusing on the emotions the author creates when I read. I dissect. I like to know what specific words or sentences made me burst into tears or laugh out loud and why. Writing is a craft and learning how to write well is never-ending. Reading will keep you on your toes.
Book & Author Details:
Control You by Jennifer Snyder
Publication date: March 4th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Kind hearted and naive, Paige Jacobs wants what every girl craves…to be loved. She uses this need to make excuses when her current boyfriend goes from being a tad jealous and slightly overprotective to stalker-ish. She isn’t that girl and Craig isn’t one of those guys. Things are fine. Perfectly fine. Until the moment a dark-haired, tattooed hottie with a snarky mouth walks into her life and tells her she deserves better.

Confident and boldly spoken, Cameron Green has always been the guy bad girls can’t get enough of and all the good girls want to tame. He’s lived a lavish lifestyle filled with drugs, women, and alcohol up until his destructive path finally caught up with him. Now Cameron isn’t sure what to do with himself or how to dampen the longing for something more festering inside of him since coming out of his drug-induced haze. But when he meets a doe-eyed girl who gets past his walls like no other, everything about him clicks into place.

Together the two learn there are emotions that hold within them all the power to control you…

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Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing new adult and young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

Find out more about her latest novel by visiting her blog:

Other ways to connect with Jennifer:
Email: Jennifersnyder04(at)gmail(dot)com

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