JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Craig A. Hart, author of The Writer’s Tune-Up Manual
(Sweatshoppe Publications)

One thing every writer wants is the opportunity to improve their craft, to hone their skills, and create the most dazzling prose possible. “The Writer’s Tune-up Manual” is just what you need. Maybe you’ve been away from the game for a while, struggle with a certain aspect of writing, or perhaps you just want to put your skills up on the rack and give them a good tuning. Filled with 35 targeted exercises, The Writer’s Tune-up Manual will help you do all these things by expanding your writing savvy in five specific areas: Character Development, Dialogue, Point of View, Description and Setting, and Plot.

The exercises in “The Writer’s Tune-up Manual” are more than just writing prompts; you can find those anywhere. No, “The Manual” gives you a real opportunity to flex your literary muscles by laying out detailed, often difficult assignments. Nobody said that becoming the best writer you can would be easy, so roll up your sleeves, flex your fingers, and get ready to take your writing to a whole new level!

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “The Writer’s Tune-Up Manual”?

Craig A. Hart: I got the inspiration for “The Writer’s Tune-up Manual” largely as a result of seeing a huge number of submissions in the course of my work as a publisher and editor. After awhile, you begin spotting ongoing problems with manuscripts, issues that often keep a piece from being accepted. “The Writer’s Tune-up Manual” seeks to address the most common of those issues. [click to continue…]

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JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Jodie Renner, author of Fire Up Your Fiction – An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Stories
(Cobalt Books)

This award-winning, reader-friendly writing guide by respected fiction editor Jodie Renner will help you take your writing skills to the next level, bring your story to life, tighten your writing, add tension and intrigue, and develop a more authentic voice. This clear, concise, highly accessible handbook is packed with excellent tips with examples to help you write like the pros and create a compelling novel that sells.

“Fire up Your Fiction” won a Silver Medal in the FAPA President’s Book Awards for 2013 and an Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Self-Publishing E-Book Awards for 2013, and is also a finalist in the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards.

Judge, Writer’s Digest: “This should be on the booklist for Master’s Programs in Writing for Publication. You must be a wonderful editor to write such a readable, but comprehensive book.”

IndieReader review: “Jodie Renner’s Fire up Your Fiction is a handy manual for writers looking to make the biggest impact with their craft. Fire up Your Fiction is the Strunk and White for writers who want to be not just mere storytellers but master story-compellers.”

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “Fire up Your Fiction – An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Stories”?

Jodie Renner: In my freelance fiction editing business, which I started in 2007, I found I was making many of the same suggestions over and over to my aspiring author clients and even published novelists. I started writing blog posts on various techniques for writing compelling fiction, and my blog posts eventually grew into my two books, “Fire Up Your Fiction” (formerly titled “Style That Sizzles & Pacing for Power”) and “Writing a Killer Thriller“. [click to continue…]

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Kevin Barron, author of Black Rising

April 18, 2014

JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Kevin Barron, author of Black Rising (Blurb) “Black Rising” is a novel about a network of Black organizations covertly collaborating to gain power in America Its military wing has set out to enforce their own version of justice against those individuals and organizations who have gotten away […]

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Jarod K. Anderson and Leslie Anderson, authors of Inklings: 300 Starts, Plots, and Challenges to Inspire your Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Stories

April 15, 2014

JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Jarod K. Anderson and Leslie Anderson, authors of Inklings: 300 Starts, Plots, and Challenges to Inspire your Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Stories Practical, easy-to-use strategies to combat writer’s block and breathe new life into your science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories. Featuring 300 first sentences, plot […]

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JoeyPinkney.com Book Review – G.O.D. by Saleem Little

April 12, 2014

JoeyPinkney.com Book Review “G.O.D.” by Saleem Little 5 of 5 Stars “G.O.D.” by Saleem Little stretched the boundaries of Urban Fiction. Through the microcosm of inner-city New York, Little shined the spotlight on the ulterior motives of the “War on Drugs”. 1986: Buffalo, NY: beginning of the crack era…

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Tiffany Christina Lewis, author of Inside Out

April 10, 2014

JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Tiffany Christina Lewis, author of Inside Out (Steamy Trails Publishing) “Inside Out” is about 3 things: A delusional killer; a determined, handsome, outstanding detective who is on the killers trail; and the sexy, strong and smart woman who brings him peace. All of that culminates in a […]

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Laurie Lamson, author of Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

April 2, 2014

JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Laurie Lamson, author of Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (Tarcher/Penguin) “Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror” is the fifth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! series of writing guides published by Tarcher/Penguin. “Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror” offers a rare and revealing […]

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JoeyPinkney.com Book Review – Waiting for Monday by Janet Throneberry

March 23, 2014

JoeyPinkney.com Book Review “Waiting for Monday” by Janet Throneberry 3 of 5 Stars “Waiting for Monday” by Janet Throneberry was a wonderful coming-of-age-story set in the mid-South. At its core, “Waiting for Monday” was about the life of Monday Dawn Holder. Monday was abhorred by her mother, resented by her father, disgusting to her sister, tolerated […]

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Immani Love, author of Adventures In Eroticism: Four Seasons

March 19, 2014

JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Immani Love, author of Adventures In Eroticism: Four Seasons This is my first book of erotic short stories in a series called “Adventures in Eroticism.” “Adventures in Eroticism: Four Seasons” features Lesbian Erotica short stories where the main character is YOU! Take a trip into your fantasies […]

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JoeyPinkney.com Book Review – Murder Takes Time by Giacomo Giammatteo

February 21, 2014

JoeyPinkney.com Book Review “Murder Takes Time” by Giacomo Giammatteo 5 of 5 Stars “Murder Takes Time” by Giacomo Giammatteo is nothing short of intense. Giammatteo takes many complex story lines and wraps them into a tight literary package. In an immigrant neighborhood of mostly Italians in Wilmington, Delaware, Frankie “Bugs” Donovan, Nicky “the Rat” Fusco […]

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