Writing Friends Don’t Let Writing Friends [You Fill in the Blank]

Yesterday Kathryn Magendie recounted a tale on Facebook about her near-miss with a two-ply tail upon leaving the restroom. Is there any among us who haven’t had those experiences? The skirt tucked into hose or underwear? The graffitied face that came from applying mascara and getting distracted before it dried? The self-unbuttoning blouse?

I don’t know about you, but while mortified to have my faux pas pointed out, I’ve always been grateful to the strangers or friends who save me from myself. 

That got me to thinking about writerly friendship, and how lucky I’ve been. Once of the best things about blogging, in fact, is discovering a world of former-strangers who’ll — kindly — say to me, did you know you misspelled that author’s name? Did you know your blog format’s borked in my browser? And those twenty animated smilies you have in your sidebar? Um…cheesey with a capital pee-ewww.

So two questions for you?

1. Any big whoopsies you’ve been saved from by others in your writing life? (If you want to name names, please do!)

2. Is there someone you know you should be saying something to, but are avoiding? If so, why?

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Interview and Giveaway: Kathryn Magendie on the GRACES Trilogy, SWEETIE, and an Exciting Opportunity – Part II

If you’re joining us today, I’m with author Kathryn Magendie. We’re supposed to be discussing her new release, Sweetie, but I haven’t quite moved on from questions about her Graces Trilogy because…well, I’m the interviewer, so I have the power. ;) (Find Part I here.)

Jan: I know this wasn’t part of my original questions, but I have to ask what prompted the photograph to my left.

Kat: Oh gawd. My good friend Christy Bishop is a photographer (and a chef) here in our Haywood County. She was good enough to come by one cold mountain morning and snap photos for my jacket cover on the books. I H A T E taking photos. I despise it. Anyone who knows me knows how frustrating it is to try to take a decent photo of me. So, she finally said, “Kat, please—puh-leeze—drink some wine. So I did. A couple glasses later (which is why there is also the photo of me looking languid in the rocking chair *teehee*), we went outside and I did what I like best when photo-sitting: act like an idiot *laughing* See the flushed cheeks? Yeah, a wine-induced Yippeeee.

Jan: And now back to books. <g> Virginia Kate feels a striking sense of “otherness.” In Louisiana, she blames it on the chasm between cultures and climate; in the holler, in part, to her physical appearance. She’s inherited her mother’s exotic beauty – her mother’s dark, exotic beauty. There’s a story there. A thematically big one, I suspect. Will we learn more in the next GRACES book about her mother’s ethnicity?  

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Results of the Kathryn Magendie Giveaway (Part I) and a Funny Video

The random number generator has spoken and it’s selection is MJ. :D Congratulations, MJ. Can you e-mail me your address so Kat can ship you your copy of Tender Graces?

Thanks to all who came and commented! You’ll have an opportunity to win another book beginning with Part II tomorrow.

For the rest of you,  a not-safe-for-work video which explains why we should use environmentally friendly cleaners:

Interview and Giveaway: Kathryn Magendie on the GRACES Trilogy, SWEETIE, and an Exciting Opportunity – Part I

This post is Teresa Frohock’s fault. She’s a magnet for “nice” authors, and having performed fascinating interviews with them on her blog, compels you to purchase their fiction. Good thing, too. That’s how I discovered the lyrical voice of the woman you guys get to meet today.   

Kathryn Magendie — Kat to her friends — follows many creative paths. She’s a photographer, poet, short-story writer, editor, and co-editor/publisher of the Rose and Thorn Journal.  I mostly know her as the author of the two, already-written books of the Graces trilogy, probably best described as literary fiction in the Southern tradition.

She joins us today from her log home, deep in the Smoky Mountains, and though we’re celebrating the release of her third novel, Sweetie, I can’t start there. Sorry, Kat. I have too many questions about Tender Graces and Secret Graces. ;)

Jan: Want to begin by describing the trilogy’s premise? 

Kat: The hardest thing for me is the premise talking or synopsis writing. I tend to babble out something incoherently while the person stares at me with a perplexed and slightly bored stare. Dang. But, I’ll try: The Graces Sagas are southern/Appalachian family sagas. Through urging by the spirit of her Grandma Faith, Virginia Kate storytells hers and her family’s lives using letters, journals/diaries, photographs, whispers from ghosts, hopes, dreams, desires.  VK sets to write down everything because her Grandma Faith asks her to. There are “themes” of Home, Belonging, Family, Place, and Displacement. I love writing about “home-coming” or “reunion” or being displaced and then finding Place. See? I told you I suck at synopsis/premise talking! *laugh* Double Dang. 

I think you just endeared yourself to many of my readers. <g>

Much of the Graces trilogy is told through flashback, and I’m curious about the reasoning behind that decision. Was it an intuitive choice or deliberate? What were the advantages to telling Virginia Kate’s story out of strict chronologic sequence? 

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Mwahahaha: Building the Tart Orchard One Author Interview at a Time

Granada, Spain.

A looong time ago I interviewed a very smart, funny writer who I will refer to as The Bai, because…well, her name is Amy Bai. She let me test the waters as an interviewer and build my confidence. She helped the Tart hone her keen blade of a mind into a laser-like instrument. (I’d say “scary” laser-like instrument, but then we’re talking about me, so duh. Also, this post is slipping into overwriting…)

Then in  January 2010, I used my newfound skillz in an interview with Laura Kinsale — an experience which still makes me dance with delight. 

Fast forward to recent months. In July 2010, MacAllister Stone allowed me to ply her with questions. (At Writer Unboxed – Parts I and II.)

Know what? Mac reminded me I quite like doing interviews. They take a lot of time, given that I’m still on the early part of the learning curve, but it’s amazing to don so many hats with people who intrigue and inspire me. I can play at being a book club member; I can indulge an author crush without being over-the-top stalkery about it; I reap a wealth of information about authorship and industry; and if I do my job, the interviewee might even leave with a fresh appreciation for their own legacy. 

Best of all, I get to share it with you. 

I don’t know why that makes me supremely happy, but it does. So, peeps, today’s post is to introduce you to the upcoming honorary members of Team Tart. More will follow. These are just the earliest victims volunteers:

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