Wednesday, March 27, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Witch Hunter by Nicole R. Taylor

Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I'm promoting The Witch Hunter today while the author, Nicole R Taylor shares her advice to writers. Welcome!


Advice for Beginning Writers

A blog topic that comes up a lot is advice for beginning writers. What advice could I give someone who wants to write a novel? Or just start writing short stories or even in a journal…

I would tell you to just write. Because that's all it is. Of course there's grammar, plot, characterization and a few other things. You can't even begin to think about those until you've written something down. Just start writing and see what comes out. Practice. Read. Write and live life. Stories come from observations, people you meet, things you see. Don't just sit back and observe, participate. Then write it all down.

Journal, scribble, make a mark.

I've been writing ever since I can remember. I'd read all the books I'd get my hands on. I'd beg my Mum and Dad to take me to the library. I fell in love with stories and wanted to write my own. So I did. I just wrote. Looking back now, I can't say much for my sentence structure, but that's all part of the learning process. First drafts almost always suck. Most of the writing process actually happens after it's all down on paper. Set your work aside. Go back to it a while later (I'm talking a week or two or maybe a few days) then read it through. Re-write. Think about why your characters do things. Think about your plot. If someone you didn't know was reading it, would they understand?

Another question that gets asked is: What if it's not good enough?

I've written five novels. One is about to be published and another is soon following. Those lonely three might not ever see the light of day. And to tell you the truth, every time I start something new, it scares the hell out of me.

What if it's no good? What if no one ever reads it? If someone tells you they're not in the least scared about this thing that they wrote, I wouldn't believe them.

Truth: Not everyone is gong to like what you've written, but others will. You can't please everyone who reads your work.

Look at Twilight. How many people LOVE that book? How many people DISLIKE that book? A lot on both sides and at the end of the day it was a huge success.

I think the quote below sums it up:
"I have written a great many stories and I still don't know how to go about it except to write it and take my chances..." - John Steinbeck


About the Author
Nicole R. Taylor is an Australian born paranormal, fantasy and contemporary fiction author. She is a graduate of the University of Ballarat Professional Writing and Editing programme and is a former music memorabilia sales person and grocery merchandiser.

She currently lives in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia with a two year old rescue cat named, Burger. She enjoys reading, writing (of course!), traveling and a little too much chocolate. One day she hopes to sky dive, but has to work up the courage first.

The first in her new paranormal fantasy series, The Witch Hunter Saga is currently available in e-edition and print.

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The Witch Hunter

I was born into the world covered in blood, and that's exactly the way I left it.

Ever since, I have been damned to walk the boundary between life and death alone. Unwillingly turned and left to my nightmare, I have seen men commit countless horrors and committed many of my own.

My origins shall remain unknown, my true self hidden. I have been called by many names, but in this life I am known as the Witch Hunter. I have been asleep these past 150 years, until I was awoken by a haunting call.

Zachary Degaud was twenty three when he died. The problem was, he didn't stay that way.

Present day, he's just another vampire with another unremarkable story. That is, until he manages to provoke a two thousand year old witch named Katrin, who wants to make him pay in the most horrible way imagined.

Along with his brother Sam, newly made vampire Liz and their only witch ally, Gabby, his only chance for survival is to summon the ancient and unpredictable vampire known as the Witch Hunter.

Zac is just looking for a way out of his psychopathic witch problems, but instead will find himself falling head first into a blood feud that has stretched thousands of years.

Aya has been asleep for the past 150 years, until she was awoken by a haunting call. The witch she has been hunting for thousands of years, Katrin, has resurfaced and marked a young, annoyingly arrogant vampire by the name of Zachary Degaud. Unless she does something, he will die a slow and painful death. He has given her an opportunity to end the witch, but does she want to help him or leave him to his fate?

Zac will get under her skin like no one else has and she just might find herself making the ultimate sacrifice before he is gone forever.

They will both have to choose sides and look deep within themselves before the end. But, what Zac learns about himself, will surprise him most of all.

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