Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thicker Than Water Blog Tour by Sharon K. Owen - Guest Post

Welcome to my stop at Thicker Than Water Blog Tour! The tour is organized by Sizzling PR and by the author Sharon K. Owen. My stop includes some information about the book, about the author and a guest post by author.

Let's start with the blurb!

Thicker Than Water by Sharon K. Owen:

Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) is the first in a series of novels set in Brands Crossing, Texas. It chronicles the lives of the Kincaids, a prominent family in this mythical town, and focuses on a mystery that extends back to the mid-eighteenth century and the young Texas Republic.

As a child, KATE O'DONNELL spends summers at her grandparents' estate in Brands Crossing, Texas where she battles make-believe monsters, rescues endangered victims and a saves a mythical kingdom.

At twenty-five Kate is a singer/songwriter living in Nashville and pursuing a promising relationship with computer game designer PHILLIP NORWOOD. There, her only battles are fought in Aidenne's Revenge, Phillip's online fantasy game based on her childhood adventures.

When her grandfather is critically injured in a suspicious car crash, Kate abandons career and romance to return home to solve the mystery.There, she searches for incriminating documents, investigates a centuries-old family feud and confronts an anonymous rose-bearing admirer who stalks Kate in both real and virtual universes.

Author Bio:

Sharon K Owen is a fiction writer, a university professor, an online writing instructor, a freelance writer, a copy editor and a consultant for social media and self-publishing projects.

Her first novel: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in March, 2012.

Sharon’s short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories.

She shares a cozy sanctuary in a small lakeside town in North Texas with her two cats (Matt and Cinders).

And now ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the author of Thicker Than Water - Sharon K. Owen and her guest post!
What kind of smoke

by Sharon K. Owen

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need to step back from the planning and plotting and writing of my novel and do a little brainstorming and free-writing.

In her famous book on writing, Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg suggests many exercises (often timed in five minute segments) to practice this sort of writing.

When developing characters, one of my favorite exercises is the following titled “What Kind of Smoke Am I?”

As an example, I would characterize Kate O’Donnell (my protagonist in Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) as the smoke of a campfire. Depending on the season, the weather, the type of wood (and it’s age), and the amount of prodding by folks around it, a campfire might be smoldering, crackling, blazing or gently radiating warm, life-sustaining heat. The smoke from this campfire might change often and quickly from one dynamic to another.

That’s definitely Kate. Red-haired, independent, often fiery, she can also be warmly loyal, supportive and affectionate.

You can add other analogies to this exercise.

For example, if I wanted to describe what type of fabric Kate would be, I would say 100% cotton–natural, soft, sometimes crisp, smooth, comfortable, unpretentious–yet always with a subtle aura of class and understated elegance.

Give it a try.

Choose one of your characters and describe the kind of smoke they would be.

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Thank you so much Sharon for coming by and writing a post! It is highly appreciated!

Happy reading!


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