Thursday, August 19, 2010

Guest Blogger: Elizabeth J. Kolodziej

Hello everyone! My name is Elizabeth J. Kolodziej, but Liz works just fine. I am a newly self published author. That is a mouth full. My book is entitled Vampyre Kisses. Cathy has been nice enough to let me do a guest blog appearance on her site. I am very grateful for this opportunity, there is nothing like getting to know new readers, writers, blog hosts, and such. What I thought might be fun to talk about is how to set up a blog tour, but then I thought it over and figured you might not be that interested in that. So I figured I would do a post talking more about my book and my experiences with writing it. Along with me just babbling on. Ha ha. Really I just want to introduce myself to some readers I may not know. To begin I should probably let you read the synopsis of my book:
Vampyre Kisses is an enthralling story about a young woman named Faith, who was content with her life, but deep down craved more excitement. Then a mysterious man named Trent enters her life and everything changes. Surprising to Faith, Trent is a green-eyed vampire from Ireland. She is even more surprised to find out that she is a witch, and the last of her kind. Faith finds out that she is destined to restore her witch line and becomes more powerful as she gains confidence and knowledge, but danger lurks everywhere. Especially when unknown assailants steal the most important gems from the vampire master and werewolf royalty. Now surrounded by a world full of mystifying vampires and werewolves, can Faith gain enough power to help her friends and rescue the stolen gems? Sounds pretty interesting, doesn’t it? I like to think so but if you like you can take a look at a review done by vampires.com to see what they thought: http://www.vampires.com/review-vampyre-kisses-by-elizabeth-j-kolodziej/ Any who! My book, Vampyre Kisses, took me five years to write. I started it when I was around 18 or 19. You should know that during this time I was going to college for my English degree in fiction writing at George Mason University along with working, so that is why it took me so long to finish. But going to college for English really helped to enhance my writing and knowledge of books, which I love. So it was a big plus for me. Writing Vampyre Kisses was a lot of fun and I loved almost every moment of it. Of course there were those times when I would get writers block or get frustrated with my characters not wanting to do what I wanted them to do. But after awhile I learned to listen to my characters more and we are now the best of friends. There voices have become louder and I can hear them a lot better than when I first started. What helped me to really write this book were several different things. For one, I have a muse. He is a great friend of mine that is always willing to let me cry, scream, or whatever when I am frustrated with my book. After I am done sobbing we throw around different ideas and something always sparks in my brain, giving me that moment of “oooo I love it” and then the ideas flow more from there. Other things that help is exercising, reading other books similar to mine, researching, and just plain leaving the book alone and doing something else. I like roller derby so I am on the Diamond State Roller Girls team. One of my biggest allies I had in writing my book was the research. I know it seems odd that someone would research vampires, witches, and werewolves but I do. Along with that I research the places they travel to, the characters nationality, body language, and so much more. If I get to a place where I want to SHOW my character is lying I go on Google and type in “how to know if someone is lying by their body language” or something similar to that effect. I like to be correct in what I am writing. Because when I really delve into my research like this it lets the reader really see it and be able to relate to it. At least I think so. Moving along though, due partially to the economy and luck I was not able to get an agent and publish my book the traditional way. So I self-published. Right now I am working really hard on my Internet marketing, which isn’t easy in the least. But it’s a lot of fun to learn how to do. It really helps with things I do outside of my book. Even though it’s a little harder to get my book out there to people I am still happy that it is at least in book form and people are reading it. The reason why I wanted to publish my book is because I wanted to inspire others the way authors, musicians, directors, actors, artists, and more have inspired me. If I can inspire another person and help them reach their goals this will have all been worth it. It wouldn’t hurt if I could sell a couple hundred thousand copies. Ha ha. But kidding aside, I really do hope you enjoyed getting a chance to meet me. I would really like to have a chance to get to know the readers of this blog. So why not make a post and tell me whom you are and what kind of books you like to read. Happy Blogging! Liz ^_^ My blog: http://www.vampyrekisses.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/kweenkitten Twitter: twitter.com/ejkolodziej Vampyre Kisses Group: http://bit.ly/93J560 Where to buy my book: Publisher’s Website: http://bit.ly/9aYtXo Barns and Noble: http://bit.ly/dpJsLC Amazon: http://amzn.to/byci6O Kindle: http://amzn.to/bMzSKN
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  1. I have an award for you! http://goddessofthelibrary.blogspot.com/2010/08/versatile-blogger-award.html

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