Thursday, July 18, 2013

Writer's Block, Fact or Fiction? @KMNbooks @AshleyKelliea @breathlesspress

KAREN: Let's welcome Breathless Press author, Kelliea Ashley! Her new release, WHEN THE FUR FLIES hit the stands this month! What an awesome book cover, don't you agree? 

Kelliea is here today to give a sneak peek at her paranormal romance, but first she's chatting about writer's block. Fact or fiction? Read on and find out what Kelliea has to say on the topic.

KELLIEA: Hello Karen, I first want to thank you for hosting me on your blog!

Writer's Block, Fact or Fiction?

Definitely a fact and a psychological condition that plagues many writers, including many famous authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald and cartoon artist, Charles M. Schultz. This is a good one for me because I have had bouts of this. For me, it was life getting in the way and a lack of interest in writing down my ideas. To me, writer's block is that horrible sensation of facing a black computer screen with an equally blank mind.

This is Wikipedia's definition on the condition- "Writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand.

I have to say that when you're the one unable to finish a piece of work, the condition is anything but trivial! Several studies into the perplexing condition have been done. It was first termed, writer's block, in 1947 by psychoanalyst, Edmond Bergler. No matter the cause of the writer's block, it can feel like a dark pit that one just has to claw the way back up to the creative top. I find a change of venue helps when I'm thinking of a current work in progress. I tend to brain storm in the shower, in the car, and right before sleep. Probably not recommended to do this in the car, just saying! My advice is find what works to get your inner muse to talk to you and stick with it. Happy writing!

In a world where immortals are bound by the Tri-Species Treaty, there is little hope for a happy ending between a Wolven and a Witch, unless the Sisters of Fate take a stand.

More than a little fur flies when an Alpha Wolven mistakenly mates a Witch, whose cat form is running low on lives. Allison Carver is a Witch on a mission to save humanity from the two species of immortals who prey upon them. She finds herself in trouble when she steals the Vampire Elder's intended bride and the blame for the abduction lands right at Alpha Reginald Leclair's feet. She finds herself shaking in her black fur with more than her tail at stake when Reginald's Wolf chooses her as a mate. The idea of interspecies mating wasn't so much ignored by the writers, but seemed 
unfathomable. After all, when cats and dogs play, more can fly than fur…

Sneak peak of When the Fur Flies…
"Where are we going? Reginald?" He didn't as much as look back at her. Her legs hurt as he didn't even slow his steps to accommodate her shorter stride. When they were far from the sounds of the pack readying themselves for the hunt, he stopped to turn toward her. Allison bit her lip nervously as he continued to stare at her. His thoughts were weirdly guarded from her, but she could feel the waves of anger and frustration coming off his body.
"I won't apologize for what I did." She knew it was the wrong thing to say the instant his eyes dilated and he moved. The hard bark of the tree bit into her back and shoulders as he shoved her up against it with a violence that was barely controlled.
"Do you even know what you did, Allison?" The way his white teeth flashed and his voice growled at her should have scared her, but it was the use of her name that terrified her. A shiver ran up her spine as she looked up into the face of rage. "I could change right now. My Wolf wants out. He wants to dominate you so hard you won't ever question me again."
She flinched as his fist hit the tree beside her head. Bark flew off the tree at the impact, telling her exactly how much anger he was holding back. It should have made her want to run as far from his animal as she could get, but instead her body was humming and hot, leaning toward his hardness like it was drawn to him. And it was because the mating heat was returning in full force, stronger than before in the urge to be one with her mate. She needed him, but not like this. Not with his anger standing between them.
"Change, then." She stared up at him defiantly. "Let him have me, because this is who I am, Reginald. I'm strong headed and willful. I won't be a weak little bitch who follows your every word. I make my own choices for my life."
"You are my mate! I can't lose you."
"You don't own me!" she screamed back at him. She clenched her teeth, fighting the need to release the build-up of energy within her. Thunder cracked across the dark sky above them.
"That's where you're wrong, Allison. You are mine!" His mouth came down on hers with a bruising force. He sank his fingers into her hair, holding her head immovable as he ravaged her mouth.
She was burning alive and loving every minute of it. Allison made short work of the buttons on the white shirt he'd pulled on after his fight. One hard pull and they popped off in all directions to land in the scattered clumps of grass and dirt on the forest floor. His head snapped back as her nails dug into his biceps.
"That's right, Alpha. You're not the only one who likes to leave your mark on your property." She dropped her hands to the button on his pants, but he quickly captured her wrists, pulling them up next to her head on the tree.
"Like it rough, do you, mate? Well, you've got the right Wolf for the job." He grinned as he quickly turned her. Allison gasped as she was pushed up against the tree. "Who do you belong to? Who is responsible for you? Who will you obey from now on? Say it, Kitten." His words were at her ear, his breath warm against her neck as he moved her hair with his chin to lick over the mark he'd given her.

KAREN:  Great excerpt! Where can the readers pick up a copy?

KELLIA: Breathless Press's website, 
Manic Readers, 
All Romance E-books, 
Book two of the Sisters of Fate, Bitten By Magic, will be out later this year in August. On July 19th I also have a contemporary romance out titled, Anne's Legacy. If you like sweet romance with a hint of sexy, you'll want to check this out as well.

Contact Kelliea Ashley at: 
Twitter- @AshleyKelliea
And my Author's page at:

KELLIEA: Thank you so much Karen for hosting me today. I have really enjoyed joining you and I hope to do this again sometime soon! I hope everyone has a fun, safe, and happy summer with lots of paranormal enhanced romantic reading!:)

KAREN: You're welcome. I wish you the best of luck with your new releases!


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Thanks so much for being a guest here today! Your books sounds really good.
Love the cover!

Was it what you imagined it would look like?

Sultry Summers said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the summary on writer's block. I've always known it was a 'real' problem. Generally when I suffer from it - I get outside, garden or bike. However since moving to N.C. up in the mountains this isn't always possible (winter months) In Florida biking year round was possible...then of course there are the mountains. So, now there are new cures to be discovered. I enjoyed your blog.
Sultry Summers

Jacqueline Seewald said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Karen and Kelliea,

No question that writer's block is a serious problem for those of us who work at freelance writing. I have a few suggestions for dealing with it. First, if you blank, get up and do some physical exercise whether it's house cleaning, jogging, swimming, whatever. Physical activity clears the mind. Second, if you're blanking on a particular project, try editing some prior work.

Jacqueline Seewald
Beyond the Bo Tree

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Great advice, and I agree with you.Editing another MS seems to clear the mind again. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing what you do when 'writer's block' hits. :)

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

The terrifying Writer's Block has come knocking at my door a couple times. I had planty of story ideas, but I couldn't seem to write the story down. It was as if I was frozen in place. Finally, I took a class in Writer's Block and Procrastination and learned a few very useful tips that set me free. One of the tips was to set the timer for 10 minutes and write on any subject. It's as if that little exercise just loosens the rusty joints.
Stephen King once admitted that his biggest fear was Writer's Block.
Sorry I'm a bit late getting here. I really enjoyed your blog and I love the title, When the Fur Flies.
All the best to you.