Sunday, 12 May 2019

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

On May 11, co-author of my crime thriller Blair & Piermont series, Gloria Ferris and I, attended a book launch by Peter J. Roe held at Guelph's The Bookshelf & eBar.  Peter leads The Searcher Group's subdivision, Mortal Coil Paranormal.  His first book, "Haunted Town Halls" was introduced in a very interesting presentation followed by a Q & A, and book signings.
Peter J. Roe signing my copy of his novel, "Haunted Town Halls"

During Peter's presentation, he explained why community town halls are often spaces that are hot-beds (or rather colds spots) of ghostly activity!

Peter told us that The Searcher Group is not in the business to convince people that ghosts exist. They volunteer their time to try to understand what to expect after physical deaths, and they enjoying sharing their research data.

I found this researcher's presentation....fascinating...informative...and yes, somewhat frightening.  Very glad to have expanded my mindset about this puzzling research topic. Looking forward to reading Peter's collection of stories from years of research.. He has given me permission to share his e-mail address:  mortalcoilparanormal@gmail.com.


Sunday, 5 May 2019

A SCHOOL SUPPORTING LOCAL ARTISTS IN GUELPH, ONTARIO

May 4/19, Gloria Ferris, my co-author and sidekick, and I were vendors at the King George School Craft Market, a fund raiser to purchase play ground equipment. This event was superbly organized with over 55 local artists displaying their creations, lots of gifts for  the Silent Auction, and tables with desserts to drool about.  As if this wasn't enough to attract shoppers, a section of the auditorium was set aside for children to display and sell their crafts. We had so much fun chatting with young readers who stopped by to stare at our book covers and ask questions.

Our next book selling/signing event is May 25 at the Newmarket Book Fair from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Come and join the fun if you're in the area.

L-R: Donna J. Warner & Gloria Ferris

Thursday, 21 March 2019

BORN TO SHOP?

 

Thanks to all the shoppers who came out to this craft and gift market event in Elora, Ontario on April 14/19 at the Grand River Raceway to support local artists despite the nasty rain and cold winds. Gloria Ferris and I should have switched positions for this photo.  She's on the left; I'm on the right.


L-R: Fiction Authors, Gloria Ferris & Donna Warner




Monday, 11 March 2019

THANKS TO ALL ENTRANTS OF THIS AMAZON GIVEAWAY CONTEST.






A shout out of thanks to all the #readers who entered one of two contests for a chance to win a  paperback of "Death's Footprint" on an AmazonGiveaway contest 























 

Saturday, 2 March 2019

CHEERS TO STRUCTURING YOUR NOVEL OR NOVELLA



Donna J. Warner, Author of Mysteries/Crime Fiction & a Fiction Editor at Writers' Conference in Victoria, B.C.

Donna J. Warner’s Adaptation of the “Snowflake Method” of Story Design

1. What is your thesis statement or elevator pitch? Suggest avoiding character names.
2. Expand on the above statement.  Write a paragraph (5-6 sentences) about the story set up, climaxes, and conclusion. This summary can be extremely helpful to develop your story synopsis for publication consideration.
3. Develop profiles for your characters. What’s their name, storyline, professional history, beliefs, goals, personal relationships, skills, physical or emotional pluses or handicaps? Make main characters memorable/interesting.
4. Create a spreadsheet to plan and review your draft manuscript: a) timing and sequence of events by chapter; b) POV for each scene; c) check for any plot holes; d) compare word length of chapters; e) scene/chapter settings; f) goal for each scene to advance the plot; and f) avoid over-describing character details, e.g., telling readers 3 times that your protagonist has green eyes.

This style of spreadsheet may boost writing energy; help to ensure the story is revealed in proper sequence, and assist you with self editing. Some find adding a column for, "Chapter Goal" helpful. The fourth column is useful when creating a synopsis for your story because it highlights key components of each chapter.

CHAP-TER
SETTING/
DATE/TIME
CHARACTER
DESCRIPTIONS and/or POVs
4-5 SENTENCES TO CAPTURE ACTION, PLOT ADVANCEMENT &/OR CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
# OF PAGES
FOLLOW UP NEEDED (Research/ Remove Filler Words/Repetition) 




















What’s a “Filler Word”?
These are words or phrases that creep into our writing during the drafting stage. They don’t add meaning to a sentence.  Avoid them in your final drafts to create more powerful sentences.  Some examples of these pesky words are: just; very; that; then; but; of; seem; only; slightly; maybe; perhaps; actually; a little; in the event that.


Monday, 11 February 2019

2019 BOOK EVENTS FOR DONNA WARNER & GLORIA FERRIS


Book Sales & Event Attendance
April 14/19, 11 a.m - 3 p.m.: Grand River Raceway Spring Craft Show, Lighthouse Building,(Elora Casino)  Elora, Ontario

May 4/19, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: King George Public School Craft Market, 72 Lemon St., Guelph, Ontario

May 25/19: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.: The Bookshelf Cafe, "Meet Your Favourite Author" Book Fair, Newmarket Community Centre, 200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket, Ontario

May 26/19, 11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Cats Anonymous's "Paws in the Garden" Fund Raiser Luncheon, Italian Canadian Club, 135 Ferguson St., Guelph, ON. Gloria and I have donated gift packages for the silent auction.






  



 Donna Warner's Radio Interview with Erin Radio 97.1 FM


Donna J. Warner, Crime Thriller Author's Interview by Erin FM Radio
Targeted (book #1) takes place in the Caribbean; Death’s Footprint (book #2) in Canada’s historic Quebec City. Donna’s both novellas are featured in the Blair & Piermont crime thriller series co-authored with award winning mystery author, Gloria Ferris.
Prior to being a fiction author (traditional and indie published) Donna was communication and project manager for the Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres, taught college-level courses, and tutored students of English as a Second Language. She is active in writers’ community groups and enjoys mentoring finalists in the annual teen writers ETCH anthology. Donna is a member of International Thriller Writers and resides in a rural community outside of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Amazon Author Page
                                           



Buy Links for Donna's eBook and Paperback Books

 Universal eBook link for Targeted                             https://www.books2read.com/u/mV7dVA
Amazon Universal Worldwide link for Targeted                  getbook.at/Amazonworldwide
Amazon Universal Worldwide for Death’s Footprint           getbook.at/Amazondeathfootprint
Universal eBook link for Death's Footprint                https://www.books2read.com/u/mqZK18