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 State
with 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 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.
Thank you for having me today.
For one lucky commenter I have an assortment of notecards.
Winner must be in the United
States.
cmr

Teaser Tuesday with Chris Redding!

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

Enjoy & Comment!

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.