Let It Go….

Sometimes, someone else says it for you…

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A new day…

Yep, it’s Saturday.  lol.  If you’ve been reading (and it looks like you have) I hope you enjoyed meeting Fran Metzman during her stops here in support of her new book The Hungry Hearts.  I will have more book reviews coming soon along with blog tours in April with Karina Fabian and her latest title, Live and Let Fly.

So….. what shall we talk about now?….. Why do I hear crickets?…… Do I always have to start the conversation?….  Okay, fine.

How many books do you have?  Format doesn’t matter, print or e-book.  Is it a lot?  How do you keep up with what titles you have?  Do you have any duplicates?

I’m asking because I doubled up a couple days ago.  Found what looks to be an awesome anthology of urban fantasy, Strange Brew.  Since I tend to be writing shorter pieces I am often found in that section at Barnes & Noble.  I got home with the book and was looking for a home for it on my overcrowded shelves and realized that I already own this antho.

I lost a lot of books in the split with my ex.  I’ve been slowing building my collection back up but I’m limited on space.  And trust me, I have weeded through a lot of stuff to get to the size it is now.  I will need to thin out what’s on my tablet soon.

The point is finding I had bought a book twice made me realize that I don’t read as much as I used to.  I had chronic eye strain by my junior year of high school from all the reading.  Now I seem to be collecting books more than actually reading them.  I am dreadfully behind on reading.

The sad part is I found an amazing used book store last year.  It’s ran by two of the sweetest & craziest senior citizens I’ve come across in a long time.  I love used book stores.  Libraries, too.  lol.  I still remember a new librarian at my hometown library.  I had walked up to the counter with a stack of romance novels about a foot high.  She said they wouldn’t be seeing me for a while.  Another lady laughed and told her not to worry, that I would be back in a week.

I used to devour books.  Of course, I’ve spent a lot of time discovering who I am.  I guess I don’t need the escape like I used to.  My mother used to fuss at me, called me antisocial because I always had my nose stuck in a book.  It was usually her I was trying to escape from.  But life is much more interesting now, calmer, more fun, more productive.

Maybe it’s time to rediscover my love of the written word.  To be a good writer you have to read.  Not just in my genre, either.  I have several classics on my tablet, several of my writer friends on Facebook have sent me books.  I have a few I’ve won in my online writer’s chat group, as well.  And I can’t forget the anthology.

I guess now the only question would be what to read first….

How did she do that??

Today I’m welcoming back Fran Metzman on her blog tour for The Hungry Hearts, now available from Wilderness House Press.  I’ve been in an online writing group for several years now.  I picked a few of the questions we always ask our guests and picked Fran’s brain for answers.

1. How long was the process for The Hungry Hearts from concept to publication day?
I have been writing these stories over a period of about 15 years. Many were published in
literary journals that emanated from college and university journals. More recently, some were
published in online journals. Many of my stories have an eerie quality, not in a supernatural
sense but rather in the lengths people go to fill emotional voids. I’m more conservative than the
stories imply. I think in my next life I want to get more daring and edgier. Now I can do that
through fiction.

2.  Tell us about your editing process. Do you edit as you write or finish a draft and then edit?
I try to write right through a piece when I have an idea no matter how incomplete or
flawed. I do resumes on the main characters and try to develop a rough plot line. Then I return
for the hard work of editing. That editing process may change the piece dramatically or not, but
it is a necessary task. One short story may be edited ten or more times until I have made it as
seamless as possible. You want the reader to be compelled and pulled into the story and that
comes with self-critiquing and an outside educated person or persons reading it.

3. I know you’re in an in-person writing group. Do you like in-person groups or online groups better? Which do you prefer for critiques?

I have been in my writing group for approximately 12 years – an extraordinary length of
time for a writing group to stay together. At the time we started, I was already teaching a creative
writing workshop at Border’s in Marlton, NJ. A group of dedicated writers broke off and we
started meeting off-site. I’m a face-to-face person. I like a writing group in an old-fashioned
sense where you know the person, worked with them over time and trust them. That is not to say
you don’t trust online critiquing, it’s a matter of a bunch of people being together and feeling
comfortable with each other even though you know they are going to rip your skin off.
4. What kind of support structure do you have? Family? Friends? An editor with a bullwhip?
My family and friends are very supportive of my writing but my writing critique group is
my bullwhip. I try to keep friends and family out of being in the position to critique my work. I
think it puts pressure on them especially if they have to give you unpleasant opinions. It can
make them feel awful. My critique group is objective and the tough and that works.
5. What advice would you give to new writers?
I feel very strongly that potential or new writers learn the structure of fiction which is still
expected in pieces submitted for publication – even non-fiction. I find a lot of opposition to this
theory, but to me it is so important! It involves knowing pacing, inserting details, dialogue, inner thought, exposition and so many more elements. Knowing how much and at what point to apply
them is crucial. Once you have this body of knowledge under your belt there is no limit to the
experimentation you can indulge in. Knowing what makes seamless, excellent reading is first
and foremost and then you may insert passion. An outpouring of emotion is great but how it is
organized is what counts to make an impact. I know saying that writers have to organize how
they write emotionally sounds like an oxymoron but it is a truism. There is a balance readers
need so that they are not jarred out of the story. Writing from the heart is important but it can be
all over the place. You must know how to present tense situations so that your reader is not
overworked when they finish the piece if they finish. You want them to say ahhhhhh. What a
great read!

Thanks, Fran!  Best of luck with The Hungry Hearts and Ugly Cookies.  I’ll be looking forward to the next book!  You can catch Fran at her blog The Age of Reasonable Doubt.    Until then, here is the rest of Fran’s blog tour:

Tuesday, February 21st
“The Dream Between” by Robin Renee
http://dreambetween.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, February 22nd

“Literary Debauchery” by Krista Magrowski
https://kamagrowski.wordpress.com/

Thursday, February 23rd
Return stop to “Welcome to Hell” by Glenn Walker
http://www.monsura.blogspot.com

Where is Fran now?

Be sure to keep up with Fran Metzman’s blog tour for her new book The Hungry Hearts.  Fran will be back here tomorrow with a quick interview about her writing process.  Here is the rest of the tour:

Sunday, February 19th
Return stop to
“GilbertCuriosities” by Marie Gilbert

http://gilbertcuriosities.blogspot.com/

Monday, February 20th
Return stop to
“BeccaButcher’s Blog” by Becca Butcher

https://beccabutcher.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, February 21st
“The Dream Between” by Robin Renee

http://dreambetween.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, February 22nd

“Literary Debauchery” by Krista Magrowski

https://kamagrowski.wordpress.com/

Thursday, February 23rd
Return stop to “Welcome to Hell” by Glenn Walker

http://www.monsura.blogspot.com

Meet Fran Metzman

Everyone has heard the phrase “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”  There are way more connections between food and different types of love and relationships.  In The Hungry Hearts Stories, author, teacher and blogger Fran Metzman explores several variations of tasty morsels and tortured hearts.

The Hungry Hearts is a collection of short stories coming out this month from Wilderness House Press.  All twelve shorts are well written with just enough description to paint thought-provoking pictures that will illicit curiosity, amusement, tears, and anguish.  A personal essay at the end offers a glimpse into Fran’s personal writing space we don’t get from many authors without a full biography.

Award-winning author Fran Metzman is a graduate of the Moore College of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to publishing numerous short stories and coauthoring her first novel Ugly Cookies with Joy E. Stocke, she also teaches writing at various local colleges and universities. Her blog “The Age of Reasonable Doubt” can be found at Wild River Review, and deals with the mature (and sometimes immature) dating/relationships and aspects of society that influence all relationships. Her short story “My Inheritance” was nominated for a Dzanc Books Award for Best of the Web.

 

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour.  I’ll have an interview with Fran on the 20th.  You can find Fran and her writing in the following spots:

Ugly Cookies: http://tinyurl.com/7tod2er

The Age of Reasonable Doubt: http://www.wildriverreview.com/metzman/

Wild River Review: http://www.wildriverreview.com/

“My Inheritance”:

http://www.wildriverreview.com/FICTION/My-Inheritance/Fran-Metzman

THE HUNGRY HEART STORIES
Wilderness House Press
ISBN 978 0 9827115  5 2

On Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/7xgqgsn

On Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/6pubq6c

 

Check out the rest of the tour for more of The Hungry Hearts Stories and the talented Fran Metzman.

Thursday, February 16th

“GilbertCuriosities” by Marie Gilbert
http://gilbertcuriosities.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 17th

“The Author-in-Training” by Mieke Zamora-Mackay
http://www.miekezmackay.com/

Saturday, February 18th

“A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers or “Learn from My Mistakes”” by Jennifer E. Eaton
http://jennifermeaton.com/

Sunday, February 19th
Return stop to
“GilbertCuriosities” by Marie Gilbert
http://gilbertcuriosities.blogspot.com/

Monday, February 20th
Return stop to
“BeccaButcher’s Blog” by Becca Butcher
https://beccabutcher.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, February 21st
“The Dream Between” by Robin Renee
http://dreambetween.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, February 22nd

“Literary Debauchery” by Krista Magrowski
https://kamagrowski.wordpress.com/

Thursday, February 23rd
Return stop to “Welcome to Hell” by Glenn Walker
http://www.monsura.blogspot.com

Now Showing! Blog Tour Announcement

Join us this Valentine’s week for a blog tour featuring Fran Metzman’s The Hungry Heart Stories.

Monday, February 13th
“Welcome to Hell” by Glenn Walker
http://www.monsura.blogspot.com

Tuesday, February 14th
“Writing – Art – Metaphysics” by Shelley Szajner
http://shelleyszajner.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, February 15th
“BeccaButcher’s Blog” by Becca Butcher
https://beccabutcher.wordpress.com/

Thursday, February 16th
“GilbertCuriosities” by Marie Gilbert
http://gilbertcuriosities.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 17th
“The Author-in-Training” by Mieke Zamora-Mackay
http://www.miekezmackay.com/

Saturday, February 18th
“A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers or “Learn from My Mistakes”” by Jennifer M. Eaton
http://jennifermeaton.com/

Sunday, February 19th
Return stop to “GilbertCuriosities” by Marie Gilbert
http://gilbertcuriosities.blogspot.com/

Monday, February 20th
Return stop to “BeccaButcher’s Blog” by Becca Butcher
https://beccabutcher.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, February 21st
“The Dream Between” by Robin Renee
http://dreambetween.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, February 22nd
“Literary Debauchery” by Krista Magrowski
https://kamagrowski.wordpress.com/

Thursday, February 23rd
Return stop to “Welcome to Hell” by Glenn Walker
http://www.monsura.blogspot.com