Seven Links 8/3/19 Traci Kenworth


Seven Links…8/3/19

Traci Kenworth


1. “My favorite genre for pure reading pleasure is the pulp and mass market crime fiction of the golden age—roughly 1929 (the year The Maltese Falcon was published) to the early 1960s (when secret agents started to take over). Some of the titles from that period reach out and grab you by the lapels. A couple of my faves:

I Wake Up Screaming. This is a noir by Steve Fisher, first published in 1941 and made into a fine film starring Victor Mature, Betty Grable, and Laird Cregar.

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands. How’s that for a grabber? This was British noir by a writer named Gerald Butler. It came out in 1947 and was turned into a movie starring Burt Lancaster and Joan Fontaine. The novel itself is a dark but riveting read with a surprise ending. In form and feel it reminded me of The Postman Always Rings Twice. Speaking of which, where in the heck did that title come from?” Those were awesome titles!

2. “I have been writing for a while now. From one-liners to short stories and now to a fantasy novel, I couldn’t gather the courage to call myself a writer. I don’t know if it’s only me, but I used to think if you’re not published, you’re not a writer. Recently, that thought has thankfully changed. Even if I’m not published I would like to consider myself as a writer, as a creator.

So, this Writer’s tag is something I wanted to do after reading it on a blog posted by Me and Ink, and it’s called ‘The Writer’s Tag: 20 questions.’ I do not know the original creator of the tag as it hasn’t been mentioned in her blog. You should definitely check out her tag, it was a fun read.

Also, I would like everyone who hasn’t done it yet to do it; if you’re a writer or want to be one.” You’re a writer from the beginning and the author of your dreams!

3. “1. You’ve never taken on something this big/important.

2. You don’t think you can do it alone.

3. You’re not sure if your idea is “good enough.” They’re all dream projects to me, none being more important than another. The first, of course, taught me how to journey with writing. The sequels helped me to press on. When I set those aside and started new work, I steadily improved.

4. “Ages ago, I shared with you some of J.K. Rowling’s writing tips. Today, I’m sharing some more great tips from 12 famous authors. I hope they help inspire your writing! Many thanks to Lucy Benton for sharing it with me.”

5. “Here are some quotes about writing that I love. I hope you enjoy them, too!

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. –Albert Einstein

People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it. –Harlan Ellison

Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer. –Ray Bradbury” I like Bradbury’s thinking! Harlan too.

6. “BookBub is a wonderfully passionate community of over ten million book buyers – and its ad platform is the only one at this scale which is exclusively made up of readers. BookBub Ads is unique in lots of other ways too and I’ve received hundreds of questions from authors over the last few months who are confused about one aspect or another. Today, we’ll look at the most frequent issues… and give you solutions to all those problems.

FIVE recommended BookBub Ads resources before we dive into the mailbag:

  1. BookBub Ads Expert is THE best book on BookBub Ads. I can say that without hesitation because it is also the only book about BookBub Ads. Read more about the book at this dedicated page on my site, where you will also find links to all the retailers and a bunch of nice things people had to say about it.
  2. I also have a FREE course on BookBub Ads via Reedsy. It’s ten bite-sized emails every morning each introducing you to a different aspect of the platform – a handy introduction.
  3. Also free is my weekly marketing newsletter, where we regularly cover BookBub Ads, along with Facebook and Amazon Ads, as well as all other book marketing topics: reader targeting, email sorcery, how to launch a book, content marketing – the works. That goes out every Friday, and you get a free copy of Amazon Decoded just for signing up. Do that here if you know what’s good for ya…”

7. ““You’re so disciplined.”

People say this to me a lot, and it’s not entirely surprising. In my group of friends, both in the bookish world and not, I’m known for not sleeping, writing in cafes half the week, and being the first one at my coworking space, hunched over my laptop before the lights are even turned on.

I’m your writer friend that’s on Google Chat when you wake up, and I’m still there when you’re about to go to sleep.

During my undergrad, one of my favorite professors used to say that a lot of writing was just “showing up to do the work” and that “you really have to want it.” It was advice that stuck with me for a really long time and had a pretty profound effect on how I treated my time once I started pursuing writing books.

I had to be disciplined. I had to find the time to show up.”

Research & Fun Tidbits:




Shadows, by Nick Verron

Shadows, by Nick Verron

I held out my foot, and pointed the camera… the reflection of black shoe and white skin in the black gloss desk was interesting. Thought provoking… just a reflection… perfect symmetry but as a negative colour. “Our lives are just a collection of images, aren’t they?” said my son. “Just reflections of the images our minds perceive.”

We had been talking about photography again and looking at some of the images he had taken and discussing why they work… or not, as the case may be. One in particular caught my attention… a black and white rendition of ducks on what looks like the edge of the Rimfall of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. It is surprising how much difference the black and white rendering makes to a shot. Uninteresting, everyday objects seem transformed and we look at them in a new way. They evoke a different response.”

3. “It was 2001 and as a dance critic, I’d been getting paid for my published writing for eighteen years. I had this writing thing in the bag! I just needed an agent to get my recently drafted novel out into the world.

(Experienced authors: I hear you. Quit laughing.)

In search of that holy grail I went to my first meeting of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, nearby in southeastern PA, to learn from other seekers.

I got there early. The preceding board meeting hadn’t broken up yet, and the agent/editor chair for the upcoming conference was talking about which agents she’d contacted and whom she might yet approach, tossing names around like she knew these people.

A swirl of emotions ran through me.”


5. “One of the important things I’ve learned over the course of my long career as an academic administrator is that we define ourselves as human beings through storytelling. After I retired, I became inspired to write my own life’s story, resulting in my first book, Where the Water Meets the Sand. The experience of writing my memoir gave me a new appreciation for my own mother, who also loved to tell stories about her life. Once, while I was visiting her, she showed me a box filled with spiral-bound notebooks and hand-written stories about her life with my father, and as a young girl growing up on a farm in West Texas.

After mother passed at the age of 94, I opened one of the boxes containing her notebooks. I encountered her familiar handwriting in faded ink. The pages were filled with scratch outs, cross-throughs and addition and subtraction columns in the margins or on blank pages. I am sure that the ‘figuring’ was mother’s attempts to calculate someone’s age or determine the correct year an important event took place. Within each old page, I could see her mind working.”

6. “Much like the world of publishing, book promotion is constantly changing and with it, so are the services offered by book promotion companies. What may have worked just a few years ago doesn’t have quite the same impact today. I know from experience that the surge of books we see every day in the marketplace has a real effect on how various programs work. Today’s book promotion services are less about what you’re marketing in the moment and more about the foundation you’re creating.

So, what’s working in book promotion now? Surprisingly, it’s not at all what you would expect. Let’s take a look:”

7. “I am bingeing on Game of Thrones. I know, I know…I’m the last one to the ceremonial beheading. But that’s the way I roll these days with television. I’m in season six, about halfway through. SO! Don’t any of you DARE include any spoilers in your comments or I will hunt you down and run a Valyrian Longclaw sword up your gut.

Now, I didn’t read any of George R.R. Martin’s books, but a writer friend of mine read them all, and he tells me he has learned a lot from analyzing how Martin sets up his characters and builds his worlds in just a few pages. Martin made his chops as a short story writer before hitting it big with A Song of Ice and Fire, so that tells you something there. And if you watch GOT, you get whiplash from trying to keep everyone — and every place — straight. There’s even a Game of Thrones For Dummies.

Some Things More Serious:


2. “When I was seventeen years old, I was given a rape whistle, within three days of arriving at my undergraduate campus. I had applied to an all-women’s college far from where I grew up in New York, in part because I had read in the Princeton Review’s Best Collegesguide that it wasn’t uncommon to detect the scent of freshly baked cookies wafting down the halls of the Mediterranean-style dorms. I was used to helping my mother smash platanos for dinner, but cookies? I had never made those before. I imagined learning to bake with new friends. I was very excited.

As part of orientation, the new freshman class was ushered into the auditorium, where we received plastic whistles and witnessed a self-defense demonstration. The method, enacted from the same seminar stage where I would later learn about Darwin’s theory of evolution, was called “Slap, Grab, Twist, Pull.” It included driving an open palm into a stranger’s crotch. I was having trouble drawing a firm line between humor and horror, so when the crowd erupted into laughter, I was relieved I wasn’t alone.”



5. “Auspicious maybe, but a comment I remember from my childhood was: ‘Louisa has very interesting dress sense’. According to my mother, I used to rock-up to primary school wearing jewellery made from tin foil, homemade shoes, and my favourite vest over the top of everything – very ahead of the underwear-as-outerwear trend.

I can remember admiring the lacy hem and thinking: that’s the lovely bit, so why hide it? Since those days, life has twisted and tumbled down all sorts of surprising paths, but here I am, decades later, researching and writing about dresses. I’m sure there are those who’ll suggest that preoccupation with one’s outer appearance implies vanity or shallowness, but I defy them.”

6. “At the end of The Paris Spy, the seventh novel in the New York Times-bestselling and Edgar-nominated Maggie Hope series, our plucky heroine finds herself in a predicament—she’s a British secret agent who knows too much about D-Day. What happened in real life, I wondered, to the spies who knew too much?

I’d heard rumors of a internment camp for secret agents like Maggie, and when I began talking to veterans and reading more, I learned it was true. Yes, Britain did indeed have a prison for agents thought to be a liability during the Second World War. Those agents were kept in a sprawling 18th century lodge in the western highlands of Scotland, under guard but given significant freedom and liberties, until the end of the war.”


Teaser Fiction & Poetry:








Book Reviews, Cover Reveal, & Author Interviews:

1. “The aliens have landed. The humans are panicking. The scouts have been sent.”


3. “My writing is my energy to get through life – Who needs Red Bull? They say every writer has a story to tell and I have had a yarn or two that would be worthy of a soap opera plot but that’s my inspiration, not my exhaustion.”

4. “After a life lived for parties, sex and drugs spiraled into grief, she
went to selling herself and fighting for survival.

Now one Boljelam’s angry rebels, she leads a cheapened life on one
of the most unjust space station in the universe. Then, she finds an
unexpected way out.”

5. “This series definitely needs to be read in order so that the reader knows what is happening. There is a lot of main character Roxanne’s backstory and history in book one of the series and the prequel. This would help readers know what is happening in a lot of book two.

In this book, Roxanne meets with a young child who is ten called Mwara. Mwara is the daughter of Elizabeth, the woman who Roxanne thought was her mother. Mwara has come for help as she is scared that she is not Elizabeth’s daughter and feela like the PSS is out to hurt her. Soon after the child goes missing. Roxanne begins to search for Mwara and along the way learns more about her past and her family. At one point, Roxanne is even accused of kidnapping Mwara.”



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