Here is my interview with Marilyn Vix

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Name : Marilyn Vix

Age: Not telling.

Where are you from: Marilyn: Northern California

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:

Marilyn: I’m a paranormal romance writer that spends her days writing about something she loves, romance. I love a good story with danger, intrigue, and good-looking men. When I can’t find what I want, I write it myself. I like to include settings that are real like Las Vegas, London, and Paris. I’ve travelled a lot, and like to include where I’ve visited as settings for my stories. I also participate at Renaissance Fairs around Northern California.  When not writing, I spend time with my husband and cat. She, of course, is the center of attention.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Marilyn: I just released my last ebook in my novelette series, Never Cross A Warlock. It is the final book in…

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Update: Winner for April CampNaNo

Winner of April CampNaNo 2015

Winner of April CampNaNo 2015

Ok, I did it! I made my 10,000 word goal for “Everything For Love”.  This puts me at 26,495 words for the manuscript. I’m trying to write my first full length novel, which would need to be around 50K. So, this puts me over 1/2 way through the novel. I’m also considering entering it in Kindle Scout. The word count for that needs to be at least 50K. So, I still have a fair way to go.

So, now I have to head to plan B. CampNaNo has gotten me a good way through the novel. But the middle to end I think is the hardest to write. I have an idea where to go, but I’m used to writing novellas. I need to make sure I flesh everything out. Keeping this in mind, I’ve signed up for a romance writing on-line course through my local junior college. CampNaNo is a great way to write or start a novel. But I need some hand holding and craft study to finish it.

So, I’m pretty happy to keep the momentum of my novel going. I’ll keep updating its progress over the next few months. If I end up posting it on Kindle Scout, I’ll need your support to vote it to be published. So, keep checking back. I’ll be counting on my pose. After all, you’re the reason I’m doing all this. A writer is nothing without their readers. Thank you for being there! You keep me going. -Marilyn

Camp NaNo Is In The House: Everything For Love Nearing Completion

During the month of April, write your chosen word count with the support of other writers.

During the month of April, write your chosen word count with the support of other writers.

I’ve been working on it for over a year. Now, it’s time to finish it. I’ve been telling all my fans and readers about the time travel romance that I’ve been working on. Well, it’s nearing completion. How? I’ve been working on it as my project for Camp NaNo.

If you’re a writer, you may know what this is. If you don’t, here is the details. National Writing Month is an event that happens in November. It’s a non-profit website that motivates writers to create a novel in a month, or basically write 50K. I participated last November and finished Never Cross A Warlock. 

Camp NaNo is a little different than the Big NaNo event in November. You can set your word count instead of the 50K. I’ve decided to set a reasonable word count that should finish my novel: 10,000 words. Plus, you are assigned to a cabin. It’s like an on-line writing group to share your ups and downs during the month. It’s so fabulous being able to share the process with writers in a similar genre.

So, I’ve got my next project up to finally finish, Everything For Love. I’ve been revealing info about this project slowly as I progress through it’s completion. Here is a sneak peek of the novel so far: Deirdre is a time researcher. Her job is to study people of the past in person. One benefit of her job, her time travel device runs off the one thing that can power it through out time, human intimacy.

We join her in her research in Paris in the late 1890s. Her current assignment, Henri Lautrec and the artists around him. Having wrapped up with that research, she jumps to London 1914. Problems arise and another agent has to help her. I won’t give too much more away yet. I’m still in the first draft process, so it could change over time.

Want to see the progress? Even check out Camp NaNo for yourself? Here is my camper profile and direct link to the information for the novel: Everything For Love. There is an excerpt and the cover. I would love any feedback. Feel free to leave comments on the blog. If you’re participating in Camp NaNo this year, send me a message. I love making friends. And if you are participating, best wishes in making that word count. If you want to find out more, go to Camp NaNo and check it out. It’s a great way to motivate. You still have half the month. So, there is still time to join in now. And most of all, keep writing!

Never Cross A Warlock Blog Tour: Take 2

Second week of the Never Cross A  Warlock Blog Tour runs April 17-May1

Second week of the Never Cross A Warlock Blog Tour runs April 17-May 1

This is the second week of the Never Cross A Warlock Blog Tour. Join me in the last celebration of the release of Never Cross A Warlock. I’d like to thank the fantastic blogs that are joining me in this tour. Thanks for all of your participation. Looking forward to meeting, chatting and commenting with all my readers over the next several days.

Below is the schedule:

Read Between The Lines  April 17

Author Ellie Potts April 18

Fallen Over Book Reviews April 19

Fabulous and Fun April 20

My World April 20

Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace  April 22

Dante Eternal’s Virtual Bookshelf  April 24

Reading Within the Lines April 25

The Book Quarry April 27

The Many Muses of MaryLynn  April 28

Never Cross A Warlock  is available for purchase on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Never Cross A Warlock is available for purchase on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

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Never Cross A Warlock Blog Tour Starts April 6

The Never Cross A Warlock Blog Tour runs from April 6-13.

The Never Cross A Warlock Blog Tour runs from April 6-13.

It’s here! The Never Cross A Warlock Blog Tour starts on April 6 and runs through April 13. There are all kind of secrets to be revealed over the next several days. All the blogs participating will have different, exciting things for you to savor. Personal interviews, a character interview, a giveaway, and secrets revealed in two guest blogs. It plans to be a very exciting week. Here is the schedule:

April 6 Guest blog

Fang-tastic Books

http://fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com/

April 6 Spotlight

Deal Sharing Aunt

http://www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com

April 7 Interview

Eclipse Reviews

http://eclipsereviews.weebly.com/

April 7 Spotlight

Eskimo Princess Book Reviews

http://eskimoprincess.blogspot.com/

April 8 Character Interview

Author Karen Swart

http://www.authorkarenswart.blogspot.com

April 8 Spotlight

IndieWritersreview

https://indiewritersreview.wordpress.com/

April 10 Spotlight

Lisa’s World of Books

http://www.lisasworldofbooks.net

April 13 Interview

The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

http://www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com

April 13 Guest blog

Roxanne’s Realm

http://www.roxannerhoads.com

I’ll be stopping by each day to answer questions and comment. I’m looking forward to a fabulous week!

Starting Your On-Line Presence

Get started on your on-line presence with these tips.

Get started on your on-line presence with these tips.

So you want to be a romance novelist? You’ve started that novel and you’re working to getting it done. You’ve found a freelance editor, and got beta readers lined up. Good. You’re on your way. It’s time to commit even further. It’s time to make your presence known, on the WEB. Oh god! How? You can’t even begin to figure what to do next. Social Media is so overwhelming. Well, here are some tips to get started. 

Step 1: Build A Website

This is easier than you may think. There are several web hosting sites that make it as easy as writing on Wattpad. Plus, many combine the ideas of a website with a blog. The site I chose to host my site is WordPress.com. It’s an easy format, with ways to build your blog into an active website. I have different pages with these categories: Books, Current Projects, Reviews and Interviews, Review Copy Request, Affiliates. I came up with these categories by looking at other author websites.

WordPress makes it easy by giving you options to choose for backgrounds/themes to design your website. The best thing to do is to have something up before you release your first book, and then you’ll have some people already interested for your first book launch. If you’d like to see what I’ve done, check it out here. http://marilynvix.com.

Step 2: Social Media

You need this if you’re going to be a successful romance novelist. The important thing to remember is that you don’t always want to flood your file with tons of comments only about your books. So, pick social media that you will enjoy commenting and interacting on. You may already have one you prefer such as Facebook or Twitter. You can create an account for your pen name with another email account. Besides, sometimes it’s helpful to set up a separate account for your pen name to keep your personal social media separate from your author presence.

I have accounts on Facebook and Twitter. I found two is about what I can handle. I’ve never really been into Instagram. I try to send out comments on what I’m doing in real life to make a connection with people.

For example, I love Grumpy Cat, and cats in general. I was watching the Grumpy Cat Christmas Movie and was really bored just watching the movie alone. So, I got on-line and chatted with other people watching the movie on Twitter. It turned out I found out the movie was being repeated all day, and there were some people watching it for hours. I started commenting and came up with some funny, truth filled posts.

Later, I found People Magazine had used one of my tweets in reporting the reaction to the movie on-line. Here’s what I said: “ Truth: Cat people really do talk to their cats. Yes, they usually don’t talk back, but we wish they did. “.

Not only was it picked up by People Magazine’s On-Line Mag, other press picked it up reporting on what People Magazine had found. So, you just never know what will happen. Just tweet or post on Facebook on things you are interested in, and people will want to hear more of what you have to say. Here’s the link if you want to check out the article on-line: http://www.people.com/article/grumpy-cat-worst-christmas-ever-twitter-reactions.

Here’s my social media links to see what I’ve done:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.vix

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarilynVix

Step 3: Post for Advice on Writing Boards

The last step will get you into a position to get more info as needed on your writing journey. Sometimes as writers, you feel alone in your endeavor. But there are tons of us out there. We all meet on writing boards, hashing out ideas and resolving problems that others find them in. My favorite writing hangout on-line is a writing board called Writer’s Cafe on Kboards.com.

I’ve been on this board for several years. I’ve found my cover designer, editor, beta readers and tons of advice on advertising and marketing through posts with questions and threads of advice. It’s the best place to find info that I’ve found on the internet. There are a lot of other places to go, but I know this one is safe for newbies. Lots of people are helpful with advice, and love to welcome newbies. Here is the link: http://www.kboards.com/. Then, click on Writer’s Cafe. Look for me there as MarilynVix

That’s about it! These tips should help you get started in creating an internet presence that will build a following for your future books. Later, I’ll talk a little bit more about how to market and get the word out about your new book. Meanwhile, get back to writing. You won’t be able to promote a book unless it’s done. Any more questions, post in the comments below. I’ll be happy to answer.