Archive for September, 2011

A Busy Mind

I’ve been busy writing, but I find I had to stop every so often and just let my mind work through the next scene before I start writing. That is why I often get ideas while doing housework. That seems to be the time I empty my mind of everything else and my creativity can come alive. At first this seemed strange to me, but then it began to make sense.

However, there is something to be said for just sitting down, losing yourself in your story, and living it in your imagination. My favorite thing to do is get lost in my character. I don’t go to the extreme. I’ve heard of authors who live, eat, and speak as their character, but while I’m writing I do like to get inside of my character and think like they do.

As you can see, I am very character oriented. I love a story that has interesting characters. I spend a lot of time trying o figure out how to make my characters interesting. And it doesn’t have to be a weird quirk either.

I’m realizing, though, that I need to get into other areas of writing. I don’t spend enough time describing things such as my character’s surroundings. So that is my next project…surroundings.

Faye M. Tollison, Author



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In understanding a story, it’s good to know the backstory. The backstory includes the history of the characters. It is often what drives a character, what causes them to make the decisions they make in the story, and drives them to do what they do. That is why an author needs to know her/his characters as well as they know themselves.
A book should also show growth of a character in some way. In To Tell the Truth Anna’s growth was in strength. The strength to face a drug lord, the strength to face a killer, and the strength to face the judgemental courtroom full of people in order to tell her story and try to save the man she loves from being charged with murder. It was a hard road of growth that Anna faced, but she did it.

So you see, the backstory is important and should be mentioned somewhere in the book. And it is the relationship that has been made between Anna and John in To Tell the Truth that will be the backstory of my next book, The Bible Murders.

Faye M. Tollison, Author

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Elysabeth Eldering will soon be publishing her new YA book, Finally Home. This is a book featuring a young lady, Kelly, and her parents who move to a new town. She is drawn to a house across the street and becomes obsessed with it. Her Dad is in the business of  determing whether or not a house is to be kept or torn down.

She makes a new friend from next door, Emma, who senses her fascination with this house. It turns out this young lady has a connection with the lady who formerly owned the house. She encourages and aids her in getting into the house, but first she must learn about this house, the history and the old lady who owned it. A trip to the library and a pile of books helps her learn a good bit of information about it, but she needs to get inside. And get inside she does with strange experiences.

What she learns is amazing and life changing!

This is a great story, which I helped to edit. I couldn’t put it down and neither will you. A good read as well as heart warming. The characters are well developed, and the plot is interesting from beginning to the end. I highly recommend this book, and it should be out soon, by November, which will be just in time for Christmas.

Faye M. Tollison
Author of: To Tell the Truth


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This past Thursday was my Sisters In Crime meeting. Our guest speaker was Judge Alexander Stephens MaCauley. What a great speaker he was. We had a great crowd, also. There were about 20 in attendance. The Judge also brought his court recorder, who was also informative.

The Judge talked about some of his cases, about how things are in the courtroom, and some of the laws. It was particularly interesting to me that the court reporter doesn’t transcribe the case she is reporting until it is needed. This could be the next day or it could be a year later.

I truly hope we are able to see the Judge and/or the court reporter again as our speakers.

Faye M. Tollison
Author of: To Tell the Truth

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