Monday, October 17, 2011

Idea to Novel 2011 - Blog Tour & Interview

This tour is highly exciting and creative and one that I am so glad to be able to share with you. When Marissa over at Sizzling PR asked for bloggers to help with this one, I knew I was in! Author DJ Westerfield is doing an experiment, where she is planning to write a novel Voodoo Moon in under five months. Translation, from rough draft to final copy in record time!

DJ is going to chronicle her journey from preparation and to writing on her blog Curvy Writer. You can visit and check in HERE. Once the book is published and written you can check in and see much of her work there.

Here are her goals:

1. Complete the pre-writing (prep) process before National Novel Writing Month in November.
2. Write the complete novel during National Novel Writing Month in November.
3. Edit and revise within thirty (30) days.
4. Publish novel in January (no later than February) 2012.

About the Author:

DJ Westerfield was born in Texas and has lived most of her life in various southern states with a few years in the north to round out her accent. She is a lover of stories in every form, but specifically the written word. When she isn't making up her own stories she helps others make their own better. She has worked as a freelance writer, editor, and graphic designer.

Mrs. Westerfield is an advocate for women and is founder and editor in chief of Curvalicious Living Magazine. Her books include "self-help" writing workbooks for writers and children, re-edited classics, and human interest research projects.

Personal quote: "I spend my days trying to be the best I can be in my roles as a Wife, Stepmom, Daughter-in-Law, Auntie, Sister, and Writer. Some days I succeed...some days I would rather hide in a closet with a good book and a case of chocolate."

Book Summary:

What happens after the world ends? A new one begins.

Magic and ParaNormal beings have existed for as long as time…but they have always lived in secret, their existence reduced to myth.

After a worldwide cataclysm destroys modern society the only chance humanity has are the magic users and immortal creatures that have long been regarded as inhuman. In the ruins of one society another rises up. One that acknowledges the existence of paranormal beings and magic as normal scientific fact. Magic blends with technology and vampires, werewolves, and witches live side by side with normal humans.

But this new world is a dangerous one. While the new city-states are relatively safe within their walls with Peacekeepers on every corner…outside the walls in the Outter Zones danger lurks behind every derelict building and over grown tree.

Author Interview:

1. Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.

Frustrating, poor, and FULFILLING

2. What is your favorite genre of literature?

Oh, ever since I first read Anne of Green Gables I’ve been a romance sort of girl. These days my tastes still include romance but it’s much better if it includes a gritty murder mystery or paranormal or science fiction angle. The best books are those that merge all three seamlessly!

3. At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I think the first time I ever really put into thought was sixth grade. But the truth is, books, reading, and stories have always been a part of my life. I first read Cinderella to my mother when I was 4. I’ve been making stories up in my head for as long as I can remember.

4. What would you consider to be the best book you have ever read?

Choosing a favorite book would be like choosing a favorite child or a favorite star in the sky. Impossible.

5. What do you think is the sole purpose of books?

Sole purpose? I’m not sure there is one. I think books have many purposes, and those can vary with each individual. A book is what you want it to be. To me, they are escape. Both reading and writing takes me to places I could never go, lets me be people I could never be.

6. Do you have any advice for other writers?

I suppose, keep reading. Don’t get so caught up in writing that you forget to read. Reading is relaxing, but also it helps you stay in touch with your inner reader. It helps you remember what the readers like. Because who do we write for if not the reader?

7. How did you come up with the title?

I knew I wanted Moon in the title because my heroine’s last name is Moon. There are some references to Voodoo in the book, I can’t tell too much without giving spoilers…but there you have it: Voodoo Moon.

8. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope you will follow this strange journey I am on. At the end I hope you will read Voodoo Moon and like it. If you don’t like it, I hope you will tell me why so that I can do better next time. You can follow the preparation, writing, editing, and publishing of Voodoo Moon on my CurvyWriter blog, (

9. What is it that you like to do when you’re not reading/writing?

Playing online games with my husband and stepson. I’m a total nerd at heart.

10. How do you react to a bad review of your book?

Ask me again in a few months after Voodoo Moon comes out and I’ve had a bad review and I’ll let you know. I hope I will handle it with a modicum of grace and only say the most necessary cuss words. And I won’t cry. Probably. Maybe. Yeah, there will be water works!

11. Are the names of the characters in your novels important? How and why?

For the most part they aren’t important in any way except that I like them. The last name of my heroine, Fiona, and her two sisters, Anya and River, is special, but I can’t tell you why just yet.

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