Chris Redding Guest Post & Giveaway!

          Even if you don’t describe it explicitly, every story has a context. A novel is its own world. Living, breathing, changing.

          You must build this world. The world in the novel goes beyond descriptions of rooms and landscapes. It includes fashion, history, outlook and mood.

          Physical surroundings can have a psychological influence. The beach always makes me happy. I have a room in my house that I and most people find very soothing. I usually nap in that room.

          A setting can have an impact on characters. I’ve talked about the conflict arising from the setting, but how does your setting make your characters feel? That is more important than what it looks like. You can illustrate a place by how a character’s views of it changed.
          I used to hate hospitals. I once almost passed out from the smell. Not really sure why I had this aversion. Now, I work in a hospital.

          Give place an active role in the story by giving character active relationships with it.

          A story needs a sense of place, but also a sense of time. As much as you can mark your character’s change in perception of place, you can mark their change in perception of time.

          The setting must be observed and then conveyed in its particulars.  The devil is in the details. Emotions are more easily evoked when the details are specific.

          Perfume a novel by Patrick Suskind is set in 18th Century France. How it really was. No one bathed. There was raw sewage. In other words it stank.
          In the period of which we speak, there reigned in the cities a stench barely conceivable to us modern men and women. The streets tank of manure, the courtyards of urine, the stairwells stank of moldering wood and rat droppings, the kitchens of spoiled cabbage an mutton fat; the unaired parlors stank of stale dust, the bedrooms of greasy sheets, damp featherbeds, and the pungently sweet aroma of chamber pots.
          The author catalogs the odors, but never describes what they smell like. He lets the reader fill in the rest.
From Layering: Not Just for Cakes
Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids, one dog and three rabbits. She graduated from Penn Statewith a degree in journalism. When she isn’t writing and giving workshops, she works part time for her local hospital.
Her latest release is Blonde Demolition out November 15, 2011.




You just can’t hide from the past…
Mallory Sage lives in a small, idyllic town where nothing ever happens. Just the kind of life she has always wanted. No one, not even her fellow volunteer firefighters, knows about her past life as an agent for Homeland Security.
Former partner and lover, Trey McCrane, comes back into Mallory’s life. He believes they made a great team once, and that they can do so again. Besides, they don’t have much choice. Paul Stanley, a twisted killer andtheir old nemesis, is back.
Framed for a bombing and drawn together by necessity, Mallory and Trey go on the run and must learn to trust each other again―if they hope to survive. But Mallory has been hiding another secret, one that could destroy their relationship. And time is running out.
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Teaser Tuesday with Chris Redding!

Today’s Teaser Tuesday is from Blonde Demolition from Chris Redding.

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You just can’t hide from the past…
Mallory Sage lives in a small, idyllic town where nothing ever happens. Just the kind of life she has always wanted. No one, not even her fellow volunteer firefighters, knows about her past life as an agent for Homeland Security.
Former partner and lover, Trey McCrane, comes back into Mallory’s life. He believes they made a great team once, and that they can do so again. Besides, they don’t have much choice. Paul Stanley, a twisted killer and their old nemesis, is back.
Framed for a bombing and drawn together by necessity, Mallory and Trey go on the run and must learn to trust each other again―if they hope to survive. But Mallory has been hiding another secret, one that could destroy their relationship. And time is running out.

EXCERPT:
 The dream had come out of the blue for firefighter Cal Stedman. He didn’t put much stock in the everyday dreams people had, but he knew this one meant something. He’d been tired. More tired than he should have been and came home early from setting up the fair at his firehouse.

Maybe that was why he’d dreamed.

Having lost his wife five years ago, he now lay alone in bed. His bones ached from the physical labor of moving cinderblocks and putting up snow fencing around his beloved beer tent.

The dream rolled around in his mind. The woman in it…

I thought I’d put her out of my mind a long time ago. I did worship her. Too bad she left me when I went into the military.

He shifted onto his side, noting that darkness had fallen while he’d been asleep. He saw midnight on his clock.

“You have a child,” the dream woman had said.

But he didn’t. He and his wife had tried for years with no heirs.

Why would I dream about a child at this late date in life?

He groaned at his ailing muscles, feeling his own mortality in their hum. Maybe it was that very sense of his growing old and closer to death that led him to think about a child. One he hadn’t had with his wife.

The whole time I was a cop, I never felt this vulnerable, this…mortal.

His eyes drifted closed as his mind returned to dreamland.

What if I do have a child?

Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids, one dog and three rabbits. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. When she isn’t writing she works part time for her local hospital.

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Blog Tour Day Eight! Interview with Chris Redding.


You’ve recently changed gears from writing suspense and mystery to a romantic comedy. How did the change come about and what challenges did you face in the new genre that you weren’t expecting?

It wasn’t so much a change of gears. A View to a Kilt is still a romantic suspense, it just incorporates more humor than I’ve put into books in the past. I’ve tried writing romantic comedy, but there is always a dead body, so you go with what your strengths are. I knew this book was not for traditional publishing. I find smaller presses and e-publishers are more open to different types of stuff.

Your feature authors on your own blog: http://chrisredddingauthor.blogspot.com/, what have you learned from networking with other authors and how has it benefited you and your writing?

I’ve learned that there are a lot of amazing and energetic writers out there. The advantage of hosting authors? I have many places to guest when I am doing a blog tour and now that I have a Kindle, I have a dearth of authors’ work I can fill it up with.

Tell us more about your latest release and how you came up with the idea.

My latest is Incendiary. Years ago a friend had an idea for a story. Whenever there is a suspected arson, a police photographer will take pictures of the crowd. Then if there is more than one arson and the same face is seen in the pics over and over, they can be a suspect. My friend’s twist was that the arsonist be the photographer. I took it one step further and made it someone who had even more knowledge about fire investigation. A firefighter.



I’d like to thank Jenn for letting me guest host on her blog today!

Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, kids and various animals. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in Journalism. When she isn’t writing, she works part time for her local hospital.