Friday, June 6, 2014

BEV WALTON-PORTER and SUN SIGNS FOR WRITERS INTERVIEW and REVIEW

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·         1. What is your book about?

Sun Signs for Writers is basically a writing reference book to assist writers with breaking writer’s block, tapping into their unique creativity, and giving them ideas to build characters -- plus much more. The difference is, Sun Signs for Writers also brings astrology and those archetypes into the mix. So, for instance, if you’re a Leo sun sign, you get a whole chapter about characteristics of the Leo writer, plus tips that will appeal to your sun sign personality!

 

·         2. What inspired you to write this particular story (and/or series)?

Well, I’d studied and read about astrology since I was a young girl. So one day I was in the shower and I thought, “Say...I wonder how a Cancer writer might differ from a Scorpio writer?” Next, it logically followed that the astrological archetypes were perfect for building unique characters as well, so the idea for Sun Signs for Writers was born.

 

·         3. Was there any research involved in your work?

Definitely! Of course, it helped that I began studying astrology for decades before I began writing Sun Signs for Writers. Except I didn’t know I would be writing a book about astrology!

 

·         4. Do you have a Muse?

More of an encourager and supporter, but my husband is probably the perfect husband for a writer. If I’m on deadline, he’ll take care of dinner. If I need time to write with no distractions, he’ll run interference for me. I couldn’t ask for a more understanding, supportive partner. He’s my creative manager, far as I’m concerned! He says he married me because I was a writer, and he’s an artist himself, so he is more understanding of the need to have the space and time to create without restrictions or interruptions.

 

·         5. Share with us your biggest hurdles in the writing process?

Getting started. I have more ideas than I will ever be able to set to paper, and it’s hard to decide which one to pursue.

 

Usually, I work on more than one project at a time. If I get stuck on one project, I’ll switch over to something else. Invariably, when I’m working on the alternate project, the block I may have had on the initial project will break and the answer or resolution will occur.

 

Finally, I have this thing where I must have a title before I feel comfortable with moving forward. So, even if I change it later, everything has a title. I guess it’s like birthing a child in that the creative result deserves a name...or something.

 

·         6. What project(s) are you working on now?

I just released a book of essays and stories called Nocturnal Musings: Collected Ponderings, Essays, and Stories the end of May. Then I have another writing-related book set for release by July, if all things go well. Then I have a manuscript about the paranormal I’m working on. I have a title, but I don’t want to reveal too much. It’s nonfiction. All of my books can be found at Amazon, Smashwords, Apple iTunes store, and other popular sales outlets.

 

In my spare time, I’m the founder and a team lead for Colorado Springs Paranormal Association (C.S.P.A.) We investigate claims of the paranormal and have conducted over 100 cases (I stopped counting after 100). It’s a subject I’m passionate about and I’ve been involved in the study for a long time.

·         7. Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

Yes. I know they can read a gazillion books out there by other authors, so I’m grateful they took the time to read what I’ve written. I love hearing from readers! It makes my day when they contact me. That communication and contact is a priceless reward for me as a writer. ;-)

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MY REVIEWS (I bought both formats
5.0 out of 5 stars For Astrology fans and other writers, May 30, 2014
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Verified Purchase(What's this?) MEANS I BOUGHT THE BOOK! 
This review is from: Sun Signs for Writers (Kindle Edition)
I really love this book. As a matter of fact I have a printed copy and my kindle version. The Astrologer BEV WALTON-PORTER is also without a doubt a very good writer. The book flows with ease, the special exercises for writing have proven to be great tools for me, and I do not limit only to my Sun sign but those do seem to apply more than others!
For writers looking to forge fictional characters, this too can be a great tool. A great book for Astrology lovers and others.
 
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, Helpful & Just Plain Fun, April 30, 2014
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Here I am holding my PRINT copy,Should also say verified purchase !
This review is from: Sun Signs for Writers (Paperback)
Bev Walton Porter seems to be a very good Astrologer but what makes this book so fun and special is that she is also a very good writer. The Astrological advice is very organized and well presented as well as interesting and fun to read. I look at this book from time to time and just LOVE IT! Every time I re-read I say to myself...OH YEAH!
 

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Learn Why You Write and How to Write Better
What if there were a reliable way to trigger your innate talents? What if you could become more creative, more self-aware, and more productive in your daily writing life?You can discover your unique writing personality in this one-of-a-kind guide that combines the insights of astrology with practical how-to writing instruction. By exploring the proclivities of your particular sun sign, you'll better understand your creative style and more effectively find your path to success.For each sign, you'll find:
  • Sure-fire ways to beat writer's block.
  • How to deal with rejection.
  • How to give critiques and understand critiques coming from other signs.
  • Writing exercises tailored for your creative style.
Plus, fiction writers will discover a new tool that builds the perfect foundation for believable characters.
Harness the power of the zodiac and you'll find your writing life more energetic and enjoyable than ever before.
 
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Image of Bev Walton-PorterBev Walton-Porter  (December 17, 1964) is a native of Covington, Virginia. Adopted at the age of six days, Bev's birth name was originally Starlette "Star" Dawn Ferris. She grew up a military dependent, living in Mainz & Mannheim Germany for three years and traveling to eight different countries thus far. Bev began writing at age nine and became a published writer before the age of 18. Since then, she has published hundreds of articles and columns, three nonfiction books, two fiction books and one poetry chapbook. Her favorite genres are romance and horror. She lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, videographer/illustrator Paul Sninchak, two adult children and a bevy of animals. She is the author of Sun Signs for Writers (2006), Secrets of the Professional Freelancer (2004), Shadows of the Soul (2004) and co-author of The Complete Writer: A Guide To Tapping Your Full Potential (2005). She also writes romance under the pen name of Star Ferris.