Friday, November 23, 2012

Captured Lies by Maggie Thom (Spotlight)

I would like to welcome author, Maggie Thom, to my blog today. Captured Lies is her debut novel. She has written a wonderful guest post on writing. Hope you enjoy!

Captured Lies

She was kidnapped not once but twice....

and now someone wants her dead because of it.....

Her life was a lie!
Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.
Everyone seems to have a story... but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is Guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.
But can she do it in time....
 Print Length: 273 pages

Maggie Thom
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Maggie Thom made the hard decision to leave her successful, twenty year career in management, working with people who have developmental disabilities, to write full time. The leap was adventurous and very enlightening. She is married to her best friend and is finding that humor is helping her to navigate her twin's teen years. She is thrilled to release her first book, Captured Lies, October 2012. She is busy writing her second novel to be released, spring of 2013.  

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Guest Post

 Are You Ready to be a Writer?

A lot of people have the dream of writing a book, a memoir, a story, a poem, "One day... I'll do that." 

They'd really like to but.... they never get started.

Why not?

Often the lack of follow through is due to a belief deep down that they aren't a writer. They don't know what to write. They don't know how to write. They were never good in English class, they don't know a verb from an adverb, they don't know how to punctuate and their grammar sucks. And they don't think anyone would read it. Or if they do they won't like it.

The neat thing about writing is you can really start doing it at any age. Any time. There are young children who are writing, teenagers, people in their twenties, some in midlife and some well into their 80's. One gentleman was over 100 years old when he started. He published his book at 103 years old. So it's never too late to start. If you really keep saying you'd like to write something.... now is the time.

Writing isn't about following the rules, although many people will tell you it is. It really isn't. Don't get me wrong before you put out your finished product, you do want it to be polished, edited and following the rules of the English language or at least most of them. But to write, you don't need to follow hardly any of them.

Writing is really about getting your ideas to flow. To get your ideas from your brain, down onto paper (or computer). To create. It's about getting them out so that then, you have something to play with. To mold. To change. To make into the kind of story, memoir, book, poem that you want to create. But you have to get started and if you worry about all the rules, you may never get there.

If you are at that place of having an idea but are really struggling to write, here are some tips that can help you with the flow:

1.     pick a topic

2.     write down all you know about that topic - you can do it point form, you can write sentences, you can do a mind map, you can draw it, whatever you want, just start putting down the information that you do know.

3.     Forget about the rules.

4.     Write. Write. And write.

5.     Stop thinking. Stop worrying about what you should or shouldn't be writing, how you should be writing it, what others will think, just write.

Get your ideas down on paper. This is the most important step to writing because then you have something to work with. You now have your first article, story, memoir and remember it is just that, your first. Your start. This is not the end product. It is the beginning, to get you going.

Now that you have that first draft, you can really look at it and see where you want to go with it. You can look at what you've written and narrow down your topic, maybe choose one small part of what you've written and expand on it. Or just work with what you have and now you start to format it into a story or article.

When you do this kind of exercise what often happen is that words will just start to flow. You'll find that you can't write as fast as the ideas come to you. But that's good. Like anything you want to do well, it takes practice. Writing takes practice. Getting the ideas to flow, takes practice.

The only thing you need to do to start writing.... is to stop thinking. Writing is about doing. So what do you think, what is it that is keeping you from writing? Are you ready to be a writer?

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  1. I love reading your reviews and the guest posts from the authors....but this one is so encouraging that I had to let you know....I hope you will convey my gratitude to Maggie Thom for her words on writing. My hubby has written short stories and snippets but has never taken the next step. I'm going to let him read her take on getting started, and I hope he will move forward with his writing! Thanks again for all you do with your reviews (and your other posts, too). I'm always happy to stop in....kinda like sharing a cuppa with a good friend!

    1. Thank you Snoodles (love your user name). I'm glad that my article inspires you and I hope your husband. Writing is such a gift and is one that is meant to be shared. Please tell your husband that it is so worth taking the next step. Good luck.

  2. I couldn't agree with you more, Maggie. There's only one way to write, and that's to keep writing.

    And I think it's important that you mentioned one can begin the author's journey at any time before death. Writing keeps us young...or younger.

    I read your first chapter on Amazon. Great opening! All kinds of dramatic questions are set up in just a few pages.

    Best wishes for your novel.


    1. Hi Irv. I think so many people have dreams of being a writer but never actually get started. I was so inspired by the gentleman who turned 103 and published a book. It is never too late.
      Thank you for the comments on Captured Lies. Thank you for checking it out. I am assuming you are a writer Irv?

  3. Thank you Donna for hosting me. Are you Ready to be a Writer, was a fun article to write. I love helping people to get started and not stay in the place of wishing and wanting. I know I got wrapped up in the rules of writing for a long time, it was when I put them aside that my writing improved a lot. After I have a draft, then I worry about the rules. Great job on your blog, very interesting. Thank you what you do for authors and for readers.


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