Monday, September 1, 2014

Meet Buffy Andrews

A journalist by day and an author by night, Buffy Andrews loves telling stories. Some of her fiction ideas pop into her head at the most inopportune times, such as during a sermon or in the shower or when she’s supposed to be listening in a meeting. She’s written all over church bulletins, jumped out of the shower more than once to write down an idea and turned meeting handouts into story boards.

When she’s not writing, she’s leading an award-winning team of journalists at the York Daily Record/Sunday News in York, Pa., where she’s Assistant Managing Editor of Features and Niche Publications and the newspaper’s social media coordinator.

In addition to her writing blog, Buffy’s Write Zone, she maintains a social media blog, Buffy's World.  She is also a newspaper and magazine columnist and writes middle-grade, young adult and women's fiction.

She lives in southcentral Pennsylvania with her husband, Tom; two sons, Zach and Micah; and wheaten cairn terrier Kakita. 

And now will the REAL Buffy Andrews step to the front please...
Buffy is the author of:

Amazon's Best Seller in Middle Grade Fiction

In many ways, Frank Fratello is a typical teen. He plays baseball, hangs out with his friends at the mall and gets in trouble at home. But there’s something very different about this sixth-grader—he can read minds. And reading minds can cause problems. Like when Frank says what someone is thinking before they say it. Or answers a question before they ask it.
Despite being telepathic, Frank must deal with everyday middle school life, which includes battling a bully who hates him. Nasty Nate and his flunkies live to get others in trouble—especially Frank.
But Frank and his friends aren’t giving up. There has to be some way to bring Nasty Nate down. They just have to find it.

Now available in ebook and coming soon in print.

She's also the author of the upcoming Middle Grade Fiction...

Sometimes we find more than we’re looking for…
Will Moran is always getting into trouble. But this time, Will, who cleans and cooks and takes care of his younger twin sisters while his mom works, didn’t do it.
Will’s class is collecting donations to benefit the local soup kitchen. Every time his teacher catches Will earning a buck from a bet, it ends up in the donation can. When the money goes missing, Will’s the prime suspect. After all, most of the money came from him.
Will and his eclectic group of friends set out to find the thief and prove his innocence, but they end up finding so much more.

 To read excerpts from both books, please visit BUFFY ANDREWS at MuseItUp Publishing.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sunday Musings: August 31 2014

Have you mused?

To the best of my knowledge, Shakespeare wrote:

To be or not to be
That is the question... kill your character or not to kill your character
That's an author's question.


"to be or not to be," Hamlet was actually talking about suicide. But to kill a character, tough call. If you make the reader love this character, making them cry can be cool. Hopefully they have other characters they love in the story. If the reader has lost someone dear maybe they can relate. Making the book more real, bringing it off the pages.

I don't kill primary protagonists.  To my mind, that is a betrayal of the reader (not to mention the characters).  It's a rare occurrence for me to kill secondary important characters; I've done it only once.  Antagonists, true black-hearted villains, are another story.  They usually die either in the book or off stage (aka formal execution, actual or anticipated).

I kill multiple characters in each of my mysteries, sometimes shown explicitly. One of my best murders was what I would call a psychological murder. However as it stands right now, I wouldn't kill my protagonist. Kay Driscoll has had multiple attempts on her life, but has always far.

I killed a major character in the first Aleyne novel, "Relocated." It wasn't my intention to do so when I planned the novel, but as I wrote the first draft, it became clear to me that it was necessary.

DAWN KNOX, author

I don't usually kill off main characters although a secondary character in 'Daffodil and the Thin Place' gets his  comeuppance. I have written some horror and dark stories where the protagonist dies but I don't think after what's revealed in the story, the reader would be too disappointed. I like the idea of good winning out in the end.

So far I haven't killed off a major character in any of my published novels but two important ones are murdered in my unpublished mediaeval novel which I will complete the final revision after I finish Monday's Child the sequel to Sunday's Child, a Regency novel,

MEG AMOR, author

Aloha everyone! :-)

I can't stand killing off characters. It's one of my things. I don't mind a baddie dying. I usually am quite cheerful about those, but not a good character. I'm always dissapointed when it happens, so I don't do it myself. 

In the TV series Luther, they killed off Luther's right hand man and I was frankly, not impressed. It actually ruined the end for me. I do often read the end of a book first, to check who's still standing. Then I can relax and read the whole book through. :-)

So, for this reason. Henry's mother was about 102 at last count. LOL. But very sprightly!!! LOL

I killed off one of my semi-main characters, Freddy, and eleven of his cohorts in my only novel…so far.  My novel is a tween story, so maybe that was not such a good idea.  But, considering he was one of the twelve roosters in All Because of Chickens, maybe he and they do not qualify.  By the way, I have it from a good source, that he was pretty tasty!

'Kill off.' That depends on the definition.
When required, characters die. It's a part of life. I've written a saga which spans generations.
I don't want my characters living to 150 years of age simply because I like them. Death keeps things realistic.

When I'm writing, I've never set out to kill any of my characters. Especially not in my first book. When I wrote the scene where Sir Maldwyn died, it was because I felt it needed to be written. His death and other characters' reactions to it told a lot about each of them. It also made my main character realize she was living in a harsh and violent world and made her think about some choices she had to make. Since then, I've realized death scenes can be emotional and touching and revealing.

Anne and I killed off a favorite character once and it was so traumatic for us and the other characters that we found a way to bring him back.

Yes, I have ‘yelled’ at my authors for scaring me when they have either killed or appeared to have killed a character.


See comment as editor.

Also, wrote entire review in this ‘oh no you didn’t’ voice once.


Dear reader, thank you again for joining us and we’d love to hear from you. Keep smiling and have a fun week. Never stop believing. See you next Sunday…nothing better than being cozy in bed with some Musings.

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