Writer feature

Writer’s Showcase: Iris Chacon

Genre: Romantic Mystery, Cozy Mystery

Background: My grandmother read to me from an early age, so I was in love with clever words from the beginning of my life. As a preteen I wrote plays and poems and won my first writing prize for creating lyrics to a school fight song at age 13. In my young adulthood I wrote screenplays and after that, I wrote short documentaries for non-profit organizations.

One day I pulled out a favorite movie script that hadn’t sold and decided to see if I could use it as an outline for a novel. Within a year I had published my first three novels and was working on the fourth. Nobody has been as surprised as I have, to see how well received my books have been.

Writing Highlight: For decades I’ve been working to produce high quality entertainment with the kind of wholesome worldview my peers and I enjoy. I know the real world contains profane words and sordid events sometimes, but neither I nor my friends and family live in that atmosphere, therefore, we don’t find those things entertaining.

I’m driven to give audiences and readers as much joy as I can pack into every page. Life is hard. What we all need is more good, clean, fun. Writing for stage and screen taught me a lot about dialogue. Here is a link where people can listen to a half-minute of dialogue from the audiobook version of Duby’s Doctor: https://youtu.be/5DajIrIBXO8

Next Project: I’m nearly finished with the long-awaited, much-requested sequel to my first book, Finding Miranda. All the quirky denizens of Minokee, Florida will be back and in rare form in The Mammoth Murders: The Minokee Mysteries, Book Two. The first book has won awards and fans; I’m embarrassed it has taken so long to answer fan requests for a second book.

A note about Iris is that I chuckled when I read that while she doesn’t ‘mind’ cat and dog people, she’s a rabbit and horse person herself. As a current rabbit owner and former horse person myself, this spoke to me. Rabbit-loving-readers unite!

Iris Chacon webpage and blog: https://www.authoririschacon.com/

Iris Chacon book page: https://authoririschacon.com/get-the-books/

Irish Chacon book trailers: https://authoririschacon.com/book-trailers/

Writer feature

Showcase for You & Your Work!

There are a lot of great writers out there, many independent, who are trying to spread the word about the work they have toiled on. I have decided to start using this space as a place where I can showcase writers and their work.

If you would like to be featured in this space, reach out to me @ChristyOslund on twitter: @ChristyOslund  or drop me an email >cmoslund@gmail.com< with the subject line: Writer Feature.

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This is What I’ll need

Author Name [if you use a pen name, I’ll need it]

Genre [I know this can be complicated, but I’m cool with complex tagging]

Cover-Picture of  book [I’m happy to feature up to four if the files aren’t too big – however – all the unique titles should be in the same genre]

Answers to the following, in no more than one paragraph each (I will edit if I feel they are getting long; readers don’t appreciate big blocks of text.)

Brief Bio: tell us something that is interesting or memorable about you; it doesn’t have to be crazy inventive, just a truth about your background.

What Got you Into Writing: have you always written; how old when you wrote your first story; did you have an inspiration [again, short and memorable is preferable].

A Highlight of your Work: what is something unique, something you’re proud of, something that makes your writing stand-out?

What’s Next: Your ongoing or planned project that excites you.

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This is what you Gain

A Pitch: As writers sometimes we need more practice pitching our material: to potential editors, agents, publishers, readers, cover artists etc. As writers, we can be tempted to launch into way more detail than the hearer is interested in. Having the equivalent of an ‘elevator pitch’ [no more than 60 seconds] about our work is important.

Potential Readers: Writers are also readers! Or at least, they sure should be. I’ve been thinking it would be handy to have a centralized place where I could go to see what other writers are writing that I could read.

To quote Kinsella: If you build it, t(he)y will come.

Let’s hope that idea – building and attracting users – works as well for writers as it did for that baseball field in the corn.

[Have you read Shoeless Joe? It is worth the time.]

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