Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Guest Post and Giveaway: Terri Rochenski (Eye of the Soul)

I would like to thank Terri Rochenski, author of the "Pool of Souls" series, for stopping by today. She's here today to give us a little look at how she gets "in the zone" to do her best writing.

Terri Rochenski:

How I get in the zone...

For some, writing comes easy, a natural ability to put pen to paper and watch the story within their mind unfold. For others—ME!!—writing is a bit harder. Rarely do I have sudden inspiration and scribble until ‘The End’ makes an appearance.

I envy those who can do that. Big time.

I’m not saying all writers don’t find writing to be work, I’m just saying some need a ‘zone’ while others might not.

Most of my author friends enjoy listening to music, others need a hot java on hand and the bustle of a coffee shop. I need silence. It’s because the stinkin’ voices within my mind like to whisper rather than carry on in a loud, clear, and precise manner. 

Closing the eyes helps, especially when I’m trying to make sense of an unclear scene in my mind. My zone is concentration, and if I don’t have it?

Forget about it.

On the rare occasion I listen to music for inspiration, I tend toward instrumental since there are no voices and words to distract me. Classical is one of my go-to’s, but Celtic is bar far the most inspiring because of the haunting instruments and the magical otherworldliness sense they pour over me. I don’t write while it’s on, just let it lead the scene that needs clarity.

Then it’s back to silence so I can concentrate.

Did I mention that I’m a stay-at-home mom with three little kids? Yeah. Silence happens a LOT. *snort* Pretty sure that’s why it takes me so stinkin’ long to write a novel.

How do you get in your writing / most productive / most creative zone?


     That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason. 
     Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people. 
     Or so she believes. 
     Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents. 
     Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on. 
     Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost. 

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Author Bio:

Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with the fantasy genre.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not potty training or kissing boo-boos, she can be found on her back patio in the boondocks of New Hampshire, book or pencil in hand.

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