Glad you dropped by, Gail! First question:
What books have fortified you as a writer? How?
Gail: Two books on writing techniques lay by my computer, Revision & Self-Editing by James Scott Bell, and The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass. Either of them can rescue me when I’m stuck in my current WIP.
I’ve used Mr. Bell’s book to assist with plot, character development, spicing up dialogue and adding emotions, especially using metaphors. I love poetry, so when I read that poetic devices could illustrate a character’s emotions, I grew so excited at first I salt and peppered my pages with them. I use them more sparingly now.
A friend recommended The Fire in Fiction, especially the chapter, “Tension All the Time.” I learned a lot from it about creating conflict with opposites. I read it when I find what Mr. Maass calls a low-tension scene. Re-phrased that’s when I’m proofreading my manuscript and get bored. Then I turn to the section in that chapter called “Tension Where There Is None.”
Sounds like two great books! Now…
What secret talents do you have?
Gail: I can moonwalk. Yep, not quite as well as Michael Jackson did, but I can do it.
That’s so cool. Dancing isn’t my forte…
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Gail: I come from a long line of Southern cooks. I’ve expanded my recipe books over the years to include Italian dishes, seafood and quite a few other culinary delights. However, if you came to visit, if you wanted a taste of the South, I’d serve my mother’s macaroni and cheese mixed with equal amounts of noodles and cheese and topped with extra cheese. We often combine cheddar, Colby and Monterey Jack. I’d pressure cook fresh pole beans and boil them until all the water’s gone and fry flounder. We don’t deep fat fry, but add a thin coating of batter to the fish, place it in a pan with just enough oil to cover the bottom and cook it on medium or low-to-medium heat.
Wow. I’m impressed. And hungry. Thanks, Gail, for the visit!
Gail has offered to give away a print copy of Barely Above Water. Please leave a comment to be entered…
Barely Above Water
An illness comes out of nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her boyfriend dumps her. She has no living family, and her physician can’t diagnose the malady. Suzie relies on her Christian faith as she faces the uncertainty of the disease, and turns to a renowned alternative doctor in Destin, Florida. She takes a job coaching a county-sponsored summer swim team. She’s determined to turn the fun, sometimes comical, rag-tag bunch into winners. Her handsome boss renews her belief in love, but learns of her mysterious affliction and abruptly cuts romantic ties. Later he has regrets, but can he overcome his fear of losing a loved one and regain Suzie’s trust?
Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010. Her teen book, Stopped Cold, was a best-seller on All Romance eBooks, finished fourth in the Preditors and Editors readers’ poll, and was a finalist for the 2013 Grace Awards. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Gail loves to connect with readers on her website at http://www.gailpallotta.com; her blog, http://www.gailpallotta.blogspot.com; Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/AuthorsandMore and twitter, https://mobile.twitter.com/Hopefulwords