Emerging Writers: Guest Post #14 River Way Home – An orphan in Mozambique

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Guest Posts

Jason is an aerospace engineer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Late last year he entered the world of publishing for the first time with his debut novel River Way Home. Its a short novel that could be found in the Christian or Contemporary Fiction sections. Its set in Mozambique, Africa and Iowa and is about how, when we lose loved ones, our faith allows us to find them again. The central character is Halkeno, an orphan in Mozambique, and shows how the river of his life joins the generations before and after his own. You can find out more about Jason here: http://www.jasonwellnitz.com/ Take it away Jason! *** I’ve always loved Steinbeck. His novels opened my eyes to the ability of fiction to reveal entire new vistas of thought. As I rumbled through high school and college I scribbled on scraps of paper; a short passage here, a list of interesting words there. The great writers published their first big novels in their early thirties. That was my deadline. I wanted to be just like Steinbeck. I’m thirty-six now and published my first novel River Way Home in December 2012 (didn’t quite make “early thirties”). I’ll say it before you do: “I’ve read Steinbeck. Steinbeck is a friend of mine. Mr. Wellnitz, you’re no John Steinbeck.” Granted. But once I sat down and actually wrote for hours at a time I found that I did indeed love the process. And now I’m loving the process of nurturing my novel in the vast fields of publishing and watching it grow. Even though I’m far away from the genius of Steinbeck, I’m at least finally climbing the same vast mountain. One of the unexpected benefits of my first few months as an author has been this rich community of fellow authors. People like Laurence who open up their blog to new strivers like me and freely give advice on social media. I’ve gotten excellent advice from Suzanna Nelson (http://www.suzannaenelson.com/) and randomly connected with a fellow author from my hometown, Kathy Fish (http://kathy-fish.com/) who introduced me to flash fiction. Then there’s Twitter which is lousy with authors both great and small. Thanks Laurence and all you fellow authors. I’m proud to be one of you. You can find out more about Jason at any of the links below: http://www.jasonwellnitz.com/ http://www.facebook.com/riverwayhome https://twitter.com/jwellnitz AND: For a very special offer on River Way Home from Amazon! +++++ Thanks Jason for being our fourteenth guest post writer. I am always interested in fresh writing, particularly about personal journeys. I wish you well with River Way Home. This guest post is part of a series in 2013 where I will be showcasing emerging writers on this blog. You can help by clicking through to their sites, buying their books, sharing this post on Twitter and Facebook and coming back for the next post. You can also follow this site (click the button above right), to be...

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Guest post: Nadine Maritz – Aspiring South African Vampire Fiction Author

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Guest Posts

Q. Hi Nadine. Can we kick off the interview by discussing your current work in progress? A: Hi Laurence. Sure. I’ve been working on a trilogy of South African Vampire Fiction for about two years now. Q: What’s the title of your work? A: I’ve called it My Addiction for the past two years but I’m sure I’ll change the name to some degree once we’ve completed the editing process and all. Give it more of an African feel. Q: Where did the idea come from? A: I’m not really 100% sure. It’s as if I woke up one morning and just had all these things I wanted to do. I guess it’s because I hit the big 30. J I achieved a lot in that year. Q: What genre does your book fall under? A: I don’t like labelling them as a specific genre. I feel they fall well into Fantasy, Adventure and Romance. Of course, there’s Paranormal as we’re dealing with mythical creatures. I’d even say there’s some Thriller in there too. Q: How have modern day movies and published authors in the same genre influenced you? A: Well…I think since Twilight hit the market things have changed dramatically for any author in that specific genre. It flooded the market to such an extent that publishers and agents alike are very reluctant to accept anything related to vampires currently. It’s also changed life for everyone around us. These days you hear more and more about people who characterise themselves as vampires and wolves. It’s not just mythical folklore anymore. It’s around us, part of us. Q: How does that influence what you’re doing? A: It doesn’t influence my writing that much. When I write I set the part of myself aside that takes me into another world. I think as writers we are all given the gift of creating something from nothing. If we love what we write it’s a bargain; if the world around us likes it—it’s an honour. Q: Can you tell us briefly what your trilogy is about? A: To sum it up, it’s about a South African female vampire–Snare–who was created with a specificpurpose in mind. Unfortunately for her creators, they didn’t take into account her state of mind or her ultimate goal. It’s fast paced a bit psychotic and all about love. Q: What sets your trilogy apart from others? A. Well, my aim is to create a new breed of vampires and mythical creatures alike. The majority of it goes down in a somewhat post-apocalyptic Africa – which is already something different from what everyone knows. I feel Africa is a bit of untouched ground when it comes to mythical creatures so that would give it an edge. I hope. Q. If you never got published what would you take away from this whole experience A: I’d definitely take away a lot. I’ve met so many people, listened to so many stories, read so many tales that...

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