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Friday, 24 January 2014 20:06

New website, new blog!

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I’m in my cozy library with the fire burning, my computer on my lap and my dogs chewing on their latest toys that I gave them for their birthday. As I attempt to work on my middle grade novel, The Puzzle Quest, I belatedly realize that when the dogs bite the frog and gorilla, they make a gorilla and frog sound. I solve this by giving them a bone and then continue to take a photo and post them on Facebook.

With today’s technology, it’s so easy to get distracted. Even my writing distracts me from my writing. I’m supposed to be writing a novel, but I have decided to write my first entry for my blog for my fabulous new website www.janinedetilliocammarata.com. My website features upcoming events and my vast array of workshops, as well as my list of books which hopefully will grow by the end of the year.

The life of a writer is difficult as you need discipline and lots of time to write, write, and write some more. It’s my dream to be a full-time writer and travel around the country visiting bookstores for signings and speaking to audiences about my books and the amazing magic of words.

As an author-publisher, meaning that I have my own publishing company and publish my books through that venue, not only do I write the books, but I have to hire an editor, proofreader, graphic designer, as well as take care of printing, marketing, and publicity. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for writing, especially when I also run a non-profit, have a family and two crazy dogs. But this is what I want to do and I hope that eventually I’ll find a small or traditional publisher to print my books.

I know so many people who would love to write or publish their own books and with technology and social media, you can be successful. I’ve decided to write this blog as a peek into my writing world, to support blooming or experienced writers and to offer advice and writing prompts for any who wish to pursue this fantastic way of life.

I welcome comments, questions, or just a quick hello and I promise to keep you up to date on my writing.

I haven’t named my blog yet and would love some suggestions as all the ones I have thought of are taken.

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What's Being Said?

  • "Cammarata's action packed storytelling never lets up. The urgency of the pacing draws the reader into Maecha's world quickly, but it is the fierceness of her loyalty and love that defines the narrative. Well-developed details ground the magical elements and make a world where people time travel in their dreams and are friends with gods believable. Jumping from the ancient past to modern day is at first jarring, but as the characters' lives weave together, their complicated relationships deepen the meaning of the story and give it a powerful sense of destiny fulfilled. "

    The US Review of Books


  • Adult Writing Workshop Review

    "This well-thought-out course covered the essentials of creative writing in a logical progression. Class discussion and activities as well as assignments were thought-provoking and stimulating."


     

  • "Your book is excellent – a picture of Celtic landscape and adventure remained in my mind long after I completed the novel - I am looking forward to your sequel!"

    Mary


  • "I bought The Warrior Within at a fundraiser although it was not the type of book I usually purchase. I have been missing out..! I was immediately hooked and disappointed that it took so long for Eyes of the Goddess to be published. Please know that I purchased Eyes of the Goddess through Amazon and appreciate how quickly it was delivered. I am amazed a the skill of the author in being able to transition from the present to the past without losing the reader in the process. I love the Celtic aspect and the storyline continues to keep me addicted to this trilogy. I am eagerly waiting for the next (and unfortunately the last) book to be published. A whole new world of books has been opened to me though my initial purchase of The Warrior Within"

    Ann Frantti


  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • "I SO enjoyed your work, I didn’t want to put it down, and then didn’t want it to end. I am very excited for the next book in the series, to continue my adventure with the sisters."

    Judi


  • "I loved learning about the Celtic lore that is written about in this book! Can't wait to read the next one :)"

    Cie


  • "I really enjoyed this book. I love Celtic stories. I really enjoyed the dreaming aspect to the book as well. How in our dreams we can go anywhere . The characters in this book , knew that and took advantage of it.

    I had read "Warriors Within", which was her first book. I looked forward to reading this sequel (Eyes of the Goddess) and was not disappointed. I look forward to her next book!!"

    V. McCarney


  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • "I just wanted to let you know that I loved your book. I have been an avid reader of fantasy based novels or most of my life and I found this one refreshing and highly engaging. I truly hope there will be a few more books in this cycle. Thanks!"

    Rebecca


  • "Eyes of the Goddess, Book Two of the Fianna Cycle, takes up where Warriors Within left off. Present-day New York City is entwined with 3rd century Ireland by their respective inhabitants, Michaela Sommers and Maecha Ruadh Mac Art, heiress to the throne of Tara. Michaela is involved in a search for the drug lord who killed her father, Police Narcotics Officer Jack Sommers, while Maecha is about to embark on a voyage to Alba (ancient Scotland) to free her father, King Cormac, who had been kidnapped by the Picts. The two worlds are connected by the dream travel of Michaela, the chief druid Finnius Amergin, and Natalie, a child who exists in NYC but is destined to save ancient Ireland from ruin. Cammarata's keen knowledge of Celtic lore and skill in martial arts combine to create an exciting story of ancient battles, gods and magic, honor, loyalty and love. Young adults who love a good adventure story will certainly love this one. While Eyes of the Goddess can be read as a stand-alone, readers will want to start with Warriors Within to experience the full epic tale."

    Joan Weiskotten

    Young Adult Librarian
    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

  • Adult Journaling Workshop Reviews

    "Being able to take time to journal and focus on myself has been an incredible experience."


     

  • "I usually read mysteries or non fiction. Every once in a while I like to try something different. If you like J.R.R. Tolkien or the Chronicles of Narnia this is a good fit. I enjoyed the story line and the character development. I wonder if and when book 2 will be available?"

    Marla


Events & Workshops

  • CREATING CHARACTERS TO PROPEL PLOT

    Wednesdays: May 3, 10, 17, 31, June 7, 14 from 6:30-8:30pm

    (No class May 24)

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Piracci Board Room

    Adults 18+

    Registration required and is open!

    Great plots consist of twists and surprises and include complicated and intriguing characters. Knowing and understanding your characters is the first step to writing a compelling and engaging story.

    In this 6-week writing workshop, participants will delve deep into the minds and backgrounds of their characters to get to the heart of their plot. Group critique is optional, but encouraged. Each session builds upon the previous, so commitment to all six sessions is recommended.

    Come with a new idea or novel in progress.

    Complimentary copy of Warrior's Within to all participants.

    Register at: CPH Library Website