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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Write What You Know…Or Not By Em Petrova

Bookin' It Reviews is very proud to have Em Petrova back here to talk about writing. Her take on the craft is down to earth and helpful to all writers of every level. While helping her fellow writers with her article, Em is also celebrating her latest two releases and offering a generous giveaway to one winner. Details on how to enter are just below, but first help me welcome the fabulously talented Em Petrova to Bookin' It!

Em Petrova lives in backwoods Pennsylvania, where she raises four kids and two feral kittens and pays too damn much for utilities. But seeing her sexy husband tromp out back with a chainsaw in hand is well worth the frustration of living miles from a mall. She adores writing sex scenes and anything paranormal. When she has the opportunity to mix the two, she’s in her element. You can learn more about her smutty reads at www.empetrova.com.


Many writers have heard the age-old advice to write what you know. Dickens wrote his characters into his stomping ground of London. Anne Rice fashions her characters in her former home of New Orleans. When it comes to setting, sometimes a writer can breathe more life into a story about a place they’ve lived or visited.

But what if your characters don’t want to live there? In my experience, I’ve found I can fake it. Maybe I don’t describe the city block in Brooklyn that a reader might recognize and then write a nasty email telling me off because I got it all wrong. So I give a vague idea of the block, and let the characters bring the world to life. Sometimes I’ll Google the city and browse pictures of hot spots or tourist attractions.

Writing what you know extends beyond the time and place. What about characters? For me, writing a story about a mother of four rambunctious kids is easier than writing about a Ninja warrior. I’m obviously not trained in martial arts and while I’d happily agree to the black garb, I’d most likely cut myself on the throwing stars. Here’s where more research comes in…or I could wing it.

Using my imagination, I could pen fight scenes and injuries. But what makes the character three-dimensional is the heart. Enter personal experience. I might not know the way it feels to take a blow from a warrior, but I’ve fallen on my ass before. The feel of striking the earth, the wind whooshing from my lungs and the split second of what-the-hell-was-that can be applied.

I don’t always write what I know, but I sprinkle a bit of myself into every story recipe. And I draw from others’ experiences too. The old “watch out or I’ll put you in my book!” always applies. Though I would never write a character exactly like someone I know, I draw from traits and ticks, facial expressions and even steal snippets of personal tales.

My current work in progress is set in rural Pennsylvania and everything about the heroine and two heroes are dear to me. I know these people. From their language right down to their views of the world. But I enjoy writing them no more than I’ve loved writing immortals, witches, medieval princesses or the hunky cop who falls in love with a time traveler. Each story carries a piece of me.

Em Petrova
~where words mean so much more~

CONTEST:
Em is giving away one eBook copy of The Tempest to one commenter.
TO ENTER: 
Leave a comment for the author on this guest post, leave a valid email for contacting purposes and follow Book'in It Reviews with either GFC or NETWORKED BLOGS! And yes, you must be 18 or over! That's it and the lucky winner will be chosen August 7th.


Runestone
Em Petrova
Em Petrova lives in backwoods Pennsylvania, where she raises four kids and two feral kittens and pays too damn much for utilities. But seeing her sexy husband tromp out back with a chainsaw in hand is well worth the frustration of living miles from a mall. She adores writing sex scenes and anything paranormal. When she has the opportunity to mix the two, she’s in her element. 




The Tempest
Em Petrova

A bewitching woman named Adira de la Fay haunts the grounds of Adsbury Manor, a psychiatric care center where Doctor Jase Maddox has taken a longed-for position. Her delicate beauty and soulful eyes unsettle him while her strange ability to nurse dead plants into beautiful blooms, her fervor for playing the cello, and her obsession with all things Shakespeare make Jase suspect her mind is more intact than her previous doctors have believed. Between this puzzle and the desires she raises in his body, he can’t stay away from her.

Adira de la Fay has spent a lifetime locked behind the walls, and amongst the patients, of Adsbury Manor. As her new doctor helps her unknowingly reach her potential by lessening her medication, her powers begin coming back in force. Desperate to escape her circumstances and find a way to right the past, she asks the intriguing man for help. Though he satisfies her lusts, she fears she cannot be truly happy until she claims her rightful place and balances the magical world.

As Dr. Jase unlocks Adira’s passions, she reveals that her gifts run deeper than anyone imagined and that he has untapped powers of his own. Though uncertain as to whether he believes in this strange new world, he must free her from the Bedlam that has swallowed her life. With his career jeopardized, he removes her from Adsbury Manor though the move could land him in prison and her back into the world that has nearly destroyed all she is.
Buy Link: Decadent Publishing 


Check out all Em's titles below.
My Sexy Valentine: http://tiny.cc/2w5ea
Market Place: http://tiny.cc/l1gch
Bound for Romance: http://tiny.cc/k7huy
The Tempest: http://tiny.cc/j1xg0

10 comments:

  1. Great post, Em! Book sounds awesome!

    :) Laura Kaye
    laurakayeauthor at gmail dot com

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  2. Hello Em,

    All of your books are freakin awesome! I can't wait to read this one!

    judieannbabie@yahoo.com

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  3. I think the key words are:

    "Using my Imagination..."

    You are an amazing and prolific author Em. I'm proud to know you.
    Liz

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  4. I love Shakespeare. The Tempest looks like a winning story and this was a fun article. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Great blog post, as always. :) I really like the premise of the tempest. I'm going to have to pick this one up. ;)

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  6. Love this post!!! I don't write what I know lol imagination all the way :D Thanks for sharing!

    leanne_gag[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  7. I can think of a few people I'd like to skewer in a book. Probably just as well I can't write.

    acm05atjuno.com

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  8. I enjoyed the post and look forward in reading your works, Em; they sound great.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  9. If we only write what we know, how could we write murderers and thieves? Historical figures? Aliens and magical creatures? (for those of us who haven't met them. LOL!)
    The same goes for erotica--you don't have to have done everything you can imagine. Of course some research can be fun... ;)

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  10. Thanks for the contest. Books sound great.

    creativedeeds@verizon.net

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