Friday, December 6, 2013
I looked at one of my favorite online places for free building patterns (Ana White Homemaker) and discovered Ana White's pattern A Sewing Table for Small Spaces. This is perfect for my little sewing space. When I build it I will add photos to this post. Meanwhile, here's the link to the free pattern so you all can build your own portable sewing space. http://ana-white.com/2010/10/plans/sewing-table-small-spaces
I love using Ana White's patterns. And being an avid do-it-myself gal, I often 'stalk' Ana's website for patterns and ideas on building wonderful things. Her patterns are FREE. Love that!
Check out Ana White Homemaker website. http://ana-white.com/
Have a great do-it-yourself weekend folks.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Nadia's is excited to announce that her newest book, Escape, will be released by Master Koda Select Publishing on 8 November. She invites you to the book launch party on Facebook. All are welcome to come join the fun. Here's the link to the event. It's simple to join, simply click 'join' at the top right of the page and pop in on the eighth at 3:00 pm CST.
Interview: Nadia Kilrick
•Tell us a little bit about yourself. Skip the normal writer stuff. We want to hear a little bit about the person, not the author.
Sure, I'm a native of the Sunshine State here in the US. Being one of three daughters in a military family, I've moved around a lot in my lifetime. I've been called a gypsy due to my wandering as an adult. I had burrs under my saddle, I suppose. I couldn't seem to sit my seat for long stretches of time. I've slowed my wandering a bit these days and stay pretty close to home, seldom traveling further away than a 500 mile road trip. I have a passel of grandchildren, a princess of a cat, two dogs, and one lone chicken. All spoiled rotten, especially the cat. She's a Norwegian Forest cat. Living with her for some time, I've had to admit that she must come from royalty.
•What do you do when you are not writing?
I spend time with family, read, and watch old black and white television shows and films. I'm also a quilter, gardener and soap maker. I enjoy doing various needlepoint projects when I have time.
• Do you have a day job as well?
•When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started writing as a child. I finished my first novel length work in the eighties. It was a romance that I've not looked at since. It's collecting dust in a box somewhere around here.
•How did you choose the genre you write in?
The paranormal short story, Ziggy Returns, was sort of a fluke. During a conversation with a friend, I said, that would make a nice addition to a story. We agreed, and from that one statement came a ghost story. With Rough Hewn, it sort of chose me. I hadn't planned to write it, but did. I suppose, since I like to read horror, mystery/suspense and thrillers, I would naturally feel comfortable writing in those genres.
•Where do you get your ideas?
Most often, a reel just begins to play somewhere in the back of my mind, and then takes over the waking moments of my life until I write it all out. The characters tell their story, I write it.
• Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Not really. However, sometimes I get overwhelmed from taking on more than I can accomplish in a set time period, which gets in the way of writing. It's never a good idea to take on too much if it is going to interfere with your writing!
• Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I just write mostly. I am more of a visual person where memory and absorbing information is concerned. So, it helps me to draw out a colorful map of the location, characters, plot points and whatever else is going on in the story. Give me color over a black and white printed sheet of paper any day of the week!
• How hard was it to get your first book published? What problems did you encounter along the way, if any?
The challenges I had in this area were all self-induced. I allowed the fear of the unknown to get in the way of trying for a long time. Obviously, I'm beyond that now, since I now have a third book coming out with a publisher. Oh, I'd like to give my publisher a plug here, if I may. They are a small publishing house who work closely with their authors at every level of the process; from submission/acceptance to publication and beyond. Master Koda Select Publishing.
• If you could go back, would you have submitted a manuscript earlier in life?
Yes, much sooner. If you're thinking about it, stop thinking and do it now. No more waiting – take control of your destiny!
• What about marketing your work? How do you handle that?
Marketing is a tough process for me. I'm not good at it, I'm afraid. Like most other new authors, I'm learning as I go along. I'm extremely grateful for the authors in my Facebook writing group, Master Koda, for sharing their knowledge of what is and isn't working for them. Their input provides a stepping off point to work from. My publisher is wonderful at marketing. She knows her stuff and provides timely advice on a daily basis.
• Be honest, how many works in progress do you have filed away?
Hahaha! I'd love to be honest, but I have no idea. It is quite a large number, that is certain.
• Would you like to tell us about your new release?
I'd love to. Escape is the second book in the Rough Hewn Trilogy. It picks up almost two centuries after the first families settled Kilmservy Village and brings us to present day, and their descendants. Carolyn Breckenship discovers that she's living with a serial killer. Rather than leave, she decides to find enough evidence to put him away. Doing so puts her life, and the lives of her closest friends, in danger. Each one will have to make a choice to leave the village until the killer is caught, or stay where they will live in fear of being snatched away at any moment. One of the group will barely survive an encounter with him.
• Was this story hard to write? I mean, emotionally, did it take a toll on you?
Admittedly, there are parts of the story that were hard to write. I took more than my share of walks between scenes.
• Are there any characters in your book who remind you of someone you've known personally?
Not really. I think most of the players in my books have characteristics of many people I've known. Nothing specific, outside of the way one might twist his/her head around to look at something, or a quirky smile. Stuff like that is what comes from people I know.
• What are you working on now?
I'm working on the third Rough Hewn book right now.
• Will you have a new book coming out soon?
The third Rough Hewn book will be the next one to come out. I can't say exactly when that will be, though.
• Do you have any plans to pull characters from this book into another one? Perhaps, expand on the trilogy, making it a series?
It's funny you should ask that question. I've considered it. I actually have a few story bites running around in my head for Lorianna, her son and another character.
• Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Mainly, write because you love it. And, keep writing. No matter what discouragements come your way, allow your love of the craft to move you forward. Read a lot, too. Not only in the genre you're writing in, but in others.
• Here's your chance to speak to your readers and fans?
Thank you. It means so much to me that, with the sheer numbers of, and ease of access to books today, you've added my books to your reading list. Thank you for reading my stories and taking the time to review them. The notes I've received via Facebook, Twitter and email have warmed my heart. It truly touches my heart every time I'm reminded that I've touched someone emotionally. I'm always open to hearing from my readers. I can be found floating around the internet more hours of the day and night, than not. My links are listed within this blog post.
• Tell us something we don't know about you?
I once... Never mind, I won't tell you about that. *snicker * Okay, in my distant past, I used to set trot lines in the cypress swamp. The black water, alligator-infested lakes were absolutely beautiful at night. Creepy, but beautiful. While pulling the boat along the lines and holding steady to one cypress knee or another, the glow of the flashlight across the top of the water would be met by glowing eyes that seemed to float along the surface of the water. Always watching us, those gators.
• Finally, when is the third book in the Rough Hewn Trilogy coming out?
I don't have a release date for the third book, yet. In fact, It's not finished. The groundwork is done. I know where the story is going and how it'll wrap up, but it's only 1/3 complete. I'll finish it in November, but the release date remains open.
Rough Hewn II: Escape picks up the lives of Kilmservy Village's most well-known citizens almost two hundred years after the village was settled by the Stuttshire and Breckenship families.
Life has changed a lot in the small mountain village since Oliver Stuttshire, Yule Breckenship and their families made the journey from the shores of North Carolina to the mountains of Tennessee. Some things never change, though. Good people tend to pass on their way of life to their children and grandchildren. All of whom go out into the world and try to make it better in their own way. The same can be said for people who are not so good. Those with evil in their hearts pass on that evil to the young ones. And if they are not strong enough to fight it, these children mimic the behaviors they've learned at home.
Some say it's in the blood; that evil passes from generation to generation. In the case of the Breckenship blood line, it seems to be true. Each new generation of Breckenship men seem more monstrous than those who have gone before. If it's true that evil endures in the blood and is passed on, than this family is the epitome of such evil. And, Jim Breckenship is the worst of the lot.
Jim's wife, Carolyn, learns too late that whispers of her husband's crimes are more than rumors. She must reconcile within herself the reasons she stays in the house with a monster. Additionally, she must alter her escape plan as Jim's actions grow more abhorrent by the day, nay, the hour. Will she escape in time to save herself and her secret, or has she waited too long?
Nadia Kilrick is a Florida native who finds tranquility in the simple life of the Deep South. She believes there is no better place to contemplate life's journey than sitting beside a slow moving creek shaded by mighty moss-draped oaks. It's there that dreams burst free from within the chasms of the human heart.
Nadia has written fiction since childhood. The busyness of life and raising a family slowed the progress of her writing for two decades. When her children moved away, she began writing articles for the web. Her passion for fiction writing quietly stirred while writing articles related to gardening, family, self-sufficiency and do-it-yourself projects. Now she writes fiction full time. Thriller, suspense/mystery and paranormal are her favorite genres to write. When reading, she reaches for psychological thrillers, true crime, mystery/suspense, horror, paranormal, western and historical fiction.
Nadia is pleased to announce her debut short story, “Ziggy Returns: A Short Tale”, was published by Master Koda Select Publishing in August 2013. Kilrick’s “Rough Hewn: People of Kilmservy Village”, the first book in the Rough Hewn Trilogy, was released in September 2013. All titles are available at Amazon.com.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
"The Mind Controlled by the Spirit" a blog post by Joni
This is a good and relevant post. Contrary to what the "World" likes to believe, Christians are not perfect. We fail, sometimes daily. But we have an advocate with our heavenly Father. His name is Jesus Christ. When we fail, we can go to Him in prayer and boldly ask forgiveness and know that God is faithful and just and will forgive us. I hope The Mind Controlled by the Spirit post touches your heart as much as it did mine.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Very proud of you, sis! Love ya. Keep up the good work.
To read more about my sister's books, go to her blog at From the Desk of Nadia Kilrick. I'll add reviews of her books here very soon.
Rough Hewn TrilogyBook 1 - The People of Kilmservy Village
The shortest of the three books, book one will introduce the ancestors of the characters in the story. In this book, we meet the families who settled the village and learn why there has always been bad blood between the Stuttshire and Breckenship families. Here is where we also learn about connections between the families and the hardships they faced, as well as, the enduring friendships they made while carving the village out of the wild.
Book 2 - Discoveries and Escape
This is the story of Carolyn Dunsmorrest Breckenship or, as we will come to know her, Carrie. In this, the second book in the trilogy, Carrie discovers the man she married, Jim Breckenship, is not only cruel to her, he is a serial killer. He sees her as a weak and stupid woman. She is not. She gathers evidence of his crimes, which date back to his childhood.
Carrie suffers greatly at the hands of her husband but is determined to prove he is the killer she knows him to be. She finds the strength and courage she needs by remembering those close to her that Jim has harmed. Enter an old love from before her marriage to Jim, Gabriel Stuttshire, and the fireworks are ignited.
Gabriel Stuttshire, we will know him as Gabe, has done well for himself since he left his hometown. He has everything he has ever wanted except Carrie. Coming home to his father's deathbed and finding Carrie in peril has stirred up old feelings in him. He becomes a rock for Carrie and the other friends he left behind.
Book 3 - Return to Kilmservy Village
After a brutal attack by her husband, Carrie finally escapes with the truth and little else but so does Jim. Jim continues to wreak havoc on the little village where they live making it evident to Carrie's friends that she has to leave town for her own safety. She has other secrets that she is not willing to share with her husband or friends. At least, until her husband is found and locked in the county jail. Then, she will help to put him in prison for life.
Carrie and her friends return to their hometown to assist in convicting Jim of his crimes. The residents of the close-knit village show little surprise at Jim's guilt. They are however shocked at the number of disappearances he has been involved with and that they have been living so near an evil deviant without realizing the sum of his malevolence.