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#WriteMentor Wishlist

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Hello possible mentees! I’m so ecstatic that you came to visit me!

Some hopefully interesting things about me:

I’ve lived in Texas my whole life and the weather is ridiculous! I’m married with a nine-year-old daughter, a cat, and a bearded dragon. Anyone who gifts me with avocados or white chocolate has my forever gratitude. I’m an 80s fanatic, but don’t worry because 70s and 90s are equally pleasing! Goonies never say die!

Books I’ve written:

Hearts Are Like Balloons, Bacon Pie, Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, The Bride of Glass, Clouded by Envy, and Veiled by Desire

If you still have any questions after reading this post, you can contact me on Twitter @literarydust or email me at literarydust@gmail.com

Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

My Wishlist!

First, I’m only taking on YA. MG is great, but I feel like I wouldn’t be very helpful in that field! Here’s what I’m hoping to see!

1) Urban Fantasy/Fantasy/Paranormal/Horror/Gothic

I absolutely love monsters, fae, and weird. Think Holly Black, Sarah J. Maas, or Brenna Yovanoff. It can be set during any time frame—1800s, present day, fantasy world, you name it. I also really love things that have a gothic spin on it, like books by A.G. Howard. Let’s just say dark = good. If it’s something like vampires, let the book be dark. Example: The Lost Boys. One of the main things I looks for besides plot is the characters personalities! They can be morally gray, they can be weak, they can be strong, but the main thing is that they need to shine!

2) Contemporary

Quirky and romantic is my jam. Think Jenn Bennett! If it’s a super serious contemporary, I can’t do those. It has to be fun and cute and give me lots of heart eyes! With contemporary, I seriously love character driven books—those ones have my entire soul!

3) Must haves

There has to be some form of romance in the book. Doesn’t have to be the focus, just something minuscule at least. Witty banter gets bonus points!

What can you expect from me as a mentor?

I’m here to be part of YOUR team and help you to my best ability. Anytime you need to email me with questions, I’m here, and I can schedule phone calls as well!

First round, I’ll hit you up with big picture notes and inline notes inside the Word document. From there, we’ll see what other work needs to be done. Most importantly, this is your story! You aren’t going to agree with every single suggestion I make, but as a team we’ll collaborate and talk out our ideas until we get there together!

I’m not a cheerleader, but I’ll be cheering for you the whole way!

Good luck! I can’t wait to see what your manuscript brings!

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Are you submitting a manuscript to #WriteMentor?

Reading… Writing… Depression… Anxiety…

My whole life has been a battle with myself. You are your own personal best friend because no one can get as deep inside your brain as you can. People may relate to you, but they can never truly know how you feel.

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First, as many may or may not know I suffer from migraines that alone affects my reading that is my one true escape. When I know that pulsating drum beat is beginning to take shape, I want my brain to ultimately be crushed so it ends already. That triggers the depression, but when it stops I am like why did I ever feel that way?

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The back and forth pull in both directions is never ending. I began writing as a way of escape the headaches and my dad passing away. Over the past year, writing has helped tremendously, but then you get to the people that tear apart everything you have built which is all part of the process when you want to succeed. So, I battle again with myself. Do I stop? Do I go on? Am I good enough? Am I that terrible? It’s trash! I’m trash! Screw these people it’s awesome! I’m awesome! Am I?

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Anxiety is another issue that I have had since maybe around seventh grade. I can’t talk to people in person most of the time unless I have known them a long time. It’s all just a mix of awkwardness, and I may come across as rude, but that’s not it at all. If I am in a middle of a crowd anywhere, it’s like shakiness sets in and I’m in a bubble with a loud echo where all the sounds blend together. I just want to scream at the top of my lungs and run out of the room. Since I self published this feeling has only intensified, so I try so hard to rope it back in.

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I’ve been a grown adult for a very long time now, and when I feel these type of emotions it’s overwhelming. Since I’m a mother, I try to keep it all inside and level it out piece by piece. I have to put on a happy face and pretend everything is okay when sometimes it just isn’t. The days that are good are really good, and the days that are bad are the end of everything. This post may be a bunch of crap thrown together, but anyone who suffers from something that affects their daily life, just know you aren’t alone.

 

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Do you suffer from any type of illness?

 

 

Author Interview: Mary Frame

The Imperfect Series

Purchase on Amazon:

Imperfect Chemistry: https://amzn.com/B00JTJQRNW (Free on Amazon)

Imperfectly Criminal: https://amzn.com/B00P6P9DXY

Practically Imperfect: https://amzn.com/B01CO3XS6I

A Writer’s Guide Story Structure & Beyond: The Humorous Edition: https://amzn.com/B01H9FM51K

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Summary: 

Are you a fiction writer? Do you ever find yourself slogging through your novel wondering, what am I doing? Why am I doing this? What day is it, anyway? And where the heck is the vodka?!

Well, never fear, dear writer. I am here for you. Within these pages you will discover the highlights of story structure from beginning, middle to end. This book also includes information on writing effective dialogue, crafting scenes that do double duty, creating dimensional characters and much more, delivered in a humorous and (hopefully) entertaining way.

Interview:

What made you want to write?

I went through a quarter-life crisis. No really, I was twenty-eight. Thirty was rapidly approaching and although I had a good job and a great family, I felt like something was missing. I had always had some kind of creative outlet, and after I graduated from college and started a family, there was a hole that I needed to fill. I minored in dance in college, but didn’t have the time or money for dance classes. I’ve always been a voracious reader, so I thought, hey, maybe I could write something. It was an easy way to express myself, since I could do it at home and all I needed was my laptop or a pen and paper and a little bit of time.
How did you get the idea for Imperfect Chemistry?
A combination of things, really. I had spent many years writing mostly paranormal and sci-fi novels with little success, so I decided to write a contemporary romance, which I love to read. I wanted to write a female character who was really smart, almost too smart, too logical. Like a female Spock. And I knew I wanted the love-interest to teach her about emotions. That was the premise I started with, and the story grew from there. I also really wanted to write something that flipped some of the gender stereotypes inherent in so many NA romance novels. The alpha male, the crying female. I wanted to reverse some of those tropes, so I did. And it was so much fun.
What are your top 5 books that you have read?
Just five!? This is terrible. This list probably changes daily. Today, I will say Shogun by James Clavell, Sati by Christopher Pike, A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare, Back of Beyond by Neeny Boucher, and Can you Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella.
What other hobbies do you have besides writing?
I minored in dance in college. I still love dancing, although I do it mostly in my kitchen or living room, and I also enjoy cooking (I love food. So much. Probably too much).
Who is your favorite character that you have written?
Lucy for sure, then Sam (her brother). I love how logical she is, she never reacts emotionally. Well, almost never. Sam is such a funny, sweet joker. I loved writing those characters.
What books do you have planned for in the future?
I am currently working on a series about a con artist who moves to a small town, poses as a psychic and gives a fake reading that comes true. I also have a NA novella coming out next Spring, it’s part of a series that I’m working on with a couple of other writers.
Who is your favorite author and why?
I have too many favorites! How to pick just one? I guess I have to go with Christopher Pike, because he’s the reason I really got into reading to begin with. I’ll never forget when I was eleven years old and I picked up a copy of Remember Me. My older sister brought home. I was hooked. I didn’t know stories like that existed! I haven’t stopped reading since.
What do you love most about writing?
I love creating characters and I love making people laugh. My favorite thing is when I get messages from readers that say things like, I laughed out loud, or I smiled the whole time I read your book. That is the absolute pinnacle. The best thing ever.
About Mary:
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Mary Frame is a full time mother and wife with a full time job. She has no idea how she manages to write novels, except that it involves copious amounts of wine. She doesn’t enjoy writing about herself in third person, but she does enjoy reading, writing, dancing, and damaging the ear drums of her co-workers when she randomly decides to sing to them.

She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband, two children and a border collie named Stella.

She LOVES hearing from readers and will not only respond but likely begin stalking them while tossing out hearts and flowers and rainbows! If that doesn’t creep you out, e-mail her at: maryframeauthor@gmail.com

Places to find Mary:
Follow her on twitter: @marewulf https://twitter.com/Marewulf
Like her Facebook Author page: www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryFrame
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