Starting July 12, 2016 I will be on a mini tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. I will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
Watch my Facebook and Twitter feeds for details of each host stop.
Tuesday 28 June 2016
Thursday 23 June 2016
I was busy scanning through my Facebook news feed the other day, and came across a post originally shared by INDIEREADER, but referencing an article in Huffington Post. The title of the article was “What are some tips for aspiring young authors?” and was written by Steena Holmes originally for Quora.
The 8th point on the list was:
Don’t edit while you write – just write. Let that story pour out of you, get it down while you can. Once you’re done, then go back and edit it. Rewrite sentences, find better words to use, dig deeper into those emotions. Don’t be afraid of the revision process.
This reminded me so much of some of the questions I had on my blog tour back in February, that essentially asked for advice on writing. My response was:
My advice, if you feel something calling you to write a story....sit down and write. Let it flow. Don’t fight the process, don’t rationalize, don’t edit. Just let it flow. Later is the time to analyze what has appeared, but don’t cut off the process in the middle.
So, there it is, multiple people say the same thing…just write, don’t analyze, don’t edit, just let the words flow. And yet here I am, about to publish my second book and trying desperately to get the third book in the Past Lives Series written….and what do I do….. Ignore the advice above!! I can’t seem to allow the words to flow. I’m forever trying to craft a perfect sentence, or look back at the words I’ve typed and immediately go back into edit mode.
Anyone have suggestions on how to turn off that “WHY” engine or the “EDIT BRAIN”? I really want to finish the next book this summer, so I can start the edit process. I know who’s story will be written; I know the main characters (hero, heroine and antagonist); I even know some of the past life aspects that will come to mean so much to the characters. The basics of the story are there. Now I just need to get out of my own way, and write.
Stay tuned over the summer as I update my progress on this third book!
Monday 13 June 2016
Imagine visiting a ruin from the 1300’s and feeling right at home, as if you knew every nook and cranny in the place. A siren call to heed and find the mystery that stirs your soul. And a man whose every look and touch speaks to your deepest needs and desires. What a combination that can’t be resisted. But what does the past hold? It beckons to you, but is shrouded in mystery and pain. Would you resist or follow that siren call?
Love by Knight, the second novel by AC Chenier. Coming soon!
Wednesday 8 June 2016
Wednesday 1 June 2016
Title: Left Brain/ Right Brain? : The journey from accountant to author
AC Chenier - Author of Loves of our Lives, and the forthcoming Love by Knight
I’m often asked by friends and former colleagues how I ever got into writing. What was the journey that took me from logical, left brain accountant to a right brain creative author, especially one that writes romance novels involving past lives? Well, the answer to that is both complex and simple. The simple answer is my life took a U turn on my journey after the passing of my husband. Shortly after his passing, I was introduced to the work of Dr. Brian Weiss. What a life altering experience it was to read Many Lives, Many Masters.
After reading a few more of his books, I looked around and found that he was going to be in Chicago doing his one day workshop related to Many Lives, Many Masters. I quickly booked a ticket, and journeyed to Chicago in September 2014. One of the many exercises that Dr. Weiss completes is to take you on a journey to see what past lives you can touch. During this exercise, he guides you to open a number of doors in your mind to very different timelines. When I opened and looked through one door into the mid 1700’s I was greeted by the image of a composer, desperately trying to finish a new symphony; while in the back ground his patron was cajoling and threatening in turn. Another door into the era shortly after the birth of Christianity showed me a young girl in a class watching and learning from a master teacher, showing the power of the human mind. Knowing as I did of Dr. Weiss’s conviction about the existence of past lives, who was I to argue that these were in fact images from my own past.
About this time, I had also started writing. First some short excerpts for self-help blogs and then poetry as I found more and more creative aspects within me. I then read Only Love is Real. It’s the story of soulmates who are reunited after both visited Dr. Weiss for treatment. My mind started reeling. I thought Wouldn’t this be a great romance novel. Two people who are destined to meet at the right time; two people who have been separated by fate in past lives, but are now meant to be together. My novel was born. The past lives that I include in the first novel are not the same as I encountered at the workshop, but are past lives that came to life within me as I set pen to page. The characters and their journeys came to me as I wrote, whole and complete. Are they fancies of my imagination? Or are they real people who have lived and now live again through the gift given to me of writing.
Stay tuned for future books. The full story of the composer and the young girl above are written, and just awaiting the right book to link them with new life.