Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thursday Takeover & Giveaway: Pembroke Sinclair Says Whatever You Do, Just Write

Today's takeover is brought to you by The Appeal of Evil. No, not like devil horns are sexy. I'm talking the book by Pembroke Sinclair, which is the first in The Road to Salvation series. If Pembroke Sinclair sounds familiar, that might be because she is one busy bee. Since first getting published in 2009, she has put out everything from zombie novels to children's picture books. She's stopping by today to talk about her experience crossing between genres, and to give away some books and swag! As per usual, we'll get to know her and her book a bit before she takes it away.

The Appeal of Evil
The Road to Salvation Series
Book 1
Pembroke Sinclair
Genre:  YA Paranormal
Publisher:  Booktrope 
Date of Publication:  January 17, 2014
Cover Artist:  Ida Jansson

Book Description:  

Katie wants to invest her heart and soul in love, but she may lose both to Hell.  

Katie, a senior in high school, is torn between loving the “good” guy, her childhood friend Wes who makes promises he doesn't keep and abandons her when she needs him the most, and the “bad” guy, the new kid at school Josh who is also a real demon from Hell. 

Katie wants someone who pays attention to her and puts her first, but what is she willing to give up to find him?

About the Author:

In 2009, eTreasures Publishing published my first novel, a sci fi adventure story.  Since then, they have published my two YA zombie novels, my religious zombie novella, two children’s picture books, and two novellas with romantic elements.  I have an urban fantasy novel about dragons and a vampire novelette that was published by MuseItUp Publishing.  Musa Publishing has published my novelette with romantic elements and a collection of short stories.  I have a middle grade urban fantasy novel that was published by Little Devil Books.  My nonfiction book about slasher films was published by Scarecrow Press.

Writing is my passion.  I enjoy creating fantastic worlds and memorable characters. I’m an active promoter of my works and love to talk to readers at book signings and readings.  Doing giveaways on Goodreads has been an exciting experience, and having contests for readers has been fun.  I actively promote various authors on my blog and participate in blog tours to promote my own work.

I write under several different pen names.  For my children’s titles, I write under J.D. Pooker, and for my YA and adult novels, I write under Pembroke Sinclair.  My nonfiction work is done under my real name.

I am a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and am on a committee to create membership criteria for iPAL, which is a sister group to the Published Authors Liaison group and focuses on independent and self-published authors.  I am also a member of the ALA and really enjoy doing library visits. 
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Take it away, Pembroke!

Shifting Gears Between Genres 

I write an eclectic mix of stories.  I’ve written Western (modern, not historical), horror, sci fi, fantasy, and nonfiction.  I’ve written adult, YA, middle grade, and children’s books.  I’ve written short stories, novelettes, and novels.  And the reason I did was to get better at writing.

I’ve discovered in the years that I’ve been writing that novels are my favorite to create.  All of the other forms have their place, and I enjoy reading them, but I really savor taking the time to flesh out my characters and let them tell their story in as many pages as they need.  I enjoyed attempting to write short stories, and it was a good exercise in brevity, but it wasn’t me.  I’m not saying I’ll never write another short story or novelette again, I still may, but the chances are slim.

I would like to tell you that I have a favorite genre to write in, that sci fi is my favorite or I’m only going to write fantasy, but that’s not true.  If you had asked me that question several years ago, I would have had a different answer.  But now, I really enjoy every single genre I write in.  It’s a challenge.  It stretches my brain and makes me think about writing in different ways.  Hopefully, it makes me a better writer.

Shifting gears between genres isn’t difficult.  When a story pops into my head, it’s pretty insistent about how it wants to be written, and it doesn’t shut up until it’s on the page.  When one is done, another is usually waiting right behind it.

I try not to limit myself to one type of story or one genre because I don’t think it’s fair to me.  I strive to become a better writer, and I believe that challenging myself in different ways will make me that way.  I’m sure there are those out there who think mastering one genre will be more beneficial instead of trying to master all of them, but that’s not what I’m trying to do.  I’m trying to tell a story, and I’m not going to stifle my ability just because it may not fit into the right category.

Writing should be about what makes you happy.  If that means writing in one genre, do it.  If that means experimenting with different things, go for it.  Whatever you do, just write.

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