This week, help me welcome Nancy LaPonzina to my website. After you’ve read her post, find out about her and then, take a look at her pretty unbelievable book trailer at the end of the page. And, don’t forget to tell us what you think.
I’ve become interested lately in writers’ process. What do they do to come away from their writing experience with a great story? What they read surely must shape some of that … and where they live, or don’t live, and their experience with what life offers.
So I wondered, what do writers read when they aren’t writing? When I read, I most enjoy stories in which I share some commonality … be it a location, the heroine’s interests—career, hobbies, family, or style—or when I learn something new about almost anything. Even recipes find their way into my kitchen from a story.
I search Amazon for subjects about alternative health remedies, archaeology, England, France, and Italy. In my current work in progress, a sequel to Nardi Point, my characters travel to Rome and encounter the fabulous Pantheon, the Keyhole, great food of course, and the delight of walking in the biggest archaeological “dig” in the world. I’ve Googled novel locations, and attempt to see what the characters see as the story unfolds. Nardi Point takes place entirely in Raleigh, North Carolina, an area I know quite well.
What about keeping the story going through the middle, keeping it interesting for both the reader and the writer? I’ve found if you choose to explore themes of genuine personal interest in your story, it resounds with readers. We all share common experiences as we go along day-to-day; presenting thoughtful themes pauses the reader to rethink or revision their lives. Past themes I’ve explored in my stories: the dynamic of beauty in a relationship; the effect of coincidence in pairing; the importance of living a thoughtful life; preserving meaningful life moments against capitalism and greed; the toxic workplace; and the alarm and effect of destruction on native plant life.
I can’t think of a more exciting effort than writing fiction. There’s the joy of hearing from readers who love your story and share how a character is just like someone they know, or how the story line made them rethink a decision. That’s awesome! And then there are the whisperings from characters who want to tell their stories next. I have bare bone plot ideas for story number three and Rhose Gurrin is making her voice heard. And, I must listen! For those of you who write, or want to write, don’t deny yourself the pleasure of the writing life. It’s too big of a deal to pass by!
Chanticleer Reviews 2012 Blue Ribbon First Place Published Novels Contest Award winning author Nancy LaPonzina writes women’s fiction in the beautiful Franklin County countryside under Carolina blue skies. Her stories explore thoughtful characters involved in challenging life situations, and braid in a dollop of archaeology, the metaphysical, and alternative healing modalities.
Her professional career includes technical writing, providing website content, clinical Registered Nurse experience, school newspaper columns, publication in national magazines and editor responsibilities for community service organizations.
All confirmed paper, books, journals … all things writing are her true touchstones. She lives in Youngsville with husband Thom, and their rescue Maine Coon cat, Copy.
Nardi Point, her debut novel, is available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and in Raleigh, NC, QuailRidge Books & Music, Dancing Moon Books Raleigh, and Zest Cafe and Home Art.
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