Guest Post + Giveaway: Writing Out Of Your Comfort Zone By Renee Pace
For the giveaway, we’re offering an ebook copy of Off Limits to one lucky commenter on this blog post. Don’t forget to list an email address where we can contact you should you win.
In addition to that, there’s also a tour wide giveaway where Renee is giving a two Amazon gift cards. To enter the drawing for that, just fill out the form below. GL to all those entering!
Enjoy the following guest post by Renee Pace.
I’m a young adult writer and romance/erotic writer. They two shall never meet but the reality is that in this world they do. Like many writers I have two pen names, and separate accounts for my twitter, Facebook and websites. Do I like writing one genre over another? Sometimes. My first love was romance writing and I always wrote in 3rd person. In fact there was I thought I’d never like to write in 1st person but like many writers I hit a wall. I had to try something new. That turned out to be writing YA. The book I started was a fantasy YA and I originally wrote it in third person and yes I finished it but truly felt something was missing. I put that book, so to speak, under the bed. I needed time to think about it. My critique partners said it was great and it even finaled in a contest but I felt something was missing.
So, I thought to try something even more out of my comfort zone. Instead of third person I moved to first person and instead of fantasy I jumped into contemporary. Did I find it hard? Actually no. The characters voice jumped into my head and to add more difficulty I added an animal POV. Yes, you heard me. My first nitty gritty YA book Off Leash features a boy and a dog and yes, both speak. Once I wrote Off Leash I purposely moved to write a story with two girls showcasing their own POV and then Off Limits was born. After Off Limits I wanted to try something else so I started something with a girl and boy POV and Off Stroke came into existence.
Like when I started writing romance I didn’t want to follow a script. A number of my large romance novels have multi-POV, something I was told can deter a publisher. I was lucky my publisher took a chance on me and I’m also lucky that the industry has allowed Indie authors to take control of their own destiny.
My YA books don’t fit the mold. I shopped around for a publisher and while a number loved my voice they also said they couldn’t find a market for my books. Well, I found a market. I took control of my books and launched them as an Indie author and I haven’t looked back. The stories had to be told.
I’d like to know, if you’re a writer, have you ever pursued your dream and just gone with it?
Lindsay looks and acts like the perfect fifteen year-old, but she’s hiding a dirty little secret that no amount of fashionista coverings can make better. Telling her mother her step-father is molesting her is not an option. Trying to kill herself again haunts her more than the scars on her wrists, and pretending to be perfect at school might very well drive her over the edge.
Megan knows all about lying. It’s been part of her life ever since she realized the only way to escape her poverty-stricken neighborhood was to work hard, keep her mouth shut and wear a mask no one can penetrate. All that changes when Lindsay befriends her.
Can two girls who have little in common discover the value of a real friendship or will the secrets they dare not speak destroy them both?
About The Author:
Renee Pace is a multi-published author who likes to tackle real teen issues in her nitty gritty series.
She calls Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada home. Mother of four she juggles writing, deadlines and her children’s hectic schedules.
She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada, the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, and the Society of Children Writers & Illustrators.
Her first nitty gritty book, Off Leash was a 2011 semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. Her second book Off Limits tackles poverty and sexual abuse, and for her third book, Off Stroke, debuting May 2012, Pace writes about young love and prejudice.
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