Merry Christmas!!! FREE e-book gift.

December 20, 2012

Xmas giftSanta’s going to be struggling this year with his sack, weighted down with electronic gadgets for the good boys and girls all around the world. So I thought I’d give him a helping hand to lighten his load by offering you two of my Kindle e-books FREE to download for the next two days.

Use them for last-minute Christmas gifts or a good read on your well-deserved holiday break.

Don’t have Kindle?  Download the FREE app for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry or Android phone and start reading online HERE!

NKG CoverPart whodunnit, part paranormal thriller with a twist. Based loosely on the theft of Ned Kelly’s skull from Old Melbourne Gaol in 1978, the whereabouts of which remains a mystery to this day. If you like your thrills with a few goosebumps and some good old Australian history, then The Ned Kelly Game is for you.

Get your FREE e-book here

 

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If you have kids and relatives to entertain these holidays, and only have snippets of time for yourself, you might prefer my short stories that you can read in small bites.  Nine fate-inspired tales will move you through laughter and tears, then send shivers down your spine in The Appointed Hour.

Get your FREE e-book here

 

Why not get them both?  If you enjoy reading these FREE e-books, please post a review on Amazon. You can also buy my latest psychological thriller Eclipsed for only $2.99. Buy Eclipsed here

Merry Christmas to all my readers and friends and enjoy the festive season!

All the best,

Lea

(FREE e-books available from midnight PST 20/12/12 to midnight PST 22/12/12)

Where is your ‘writing cabin’?

December 13, 2012

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s every writer’s fantasy, isn’t it? To have that secluded little cabin at the end of a lane in the woods or perched on a cliff overlooking the sea.  To hide away from the reality of life and ignore all those distractions that are just obstacles to you unleashing your creativity. To be confined for the entirety of the gestation period and to emerge one day with a shining newborn to show off to the world – your novel!

Well…not for me!

I actually find silence more distracting than noise. I’m one of those enviable people who can concentrate when life is going on around me. When I was at school, I did my homework on the kitchen table in front of the TV. I relish working in the open plan office. It’s not that I’m into eavesdropping (unless it provides good research material). It all becomes the enjoyable white noise of life happening around me. The trills of the telephones, the whispers and the raised voices, the tapping of fingers on keyboards, the whir of the photocopier.  This cacophony of sound keeps me on track. Without it my mind wanders, often far from the path of what I should be doing and into the realm of daydreams.

So my ‘writing cabin’ can be anywhere I can take my notebook computer, preferably with noise, colour and movement. At home I don’t have a writing room, or even a writing desk, but I do have the most inspirational writing space. From anywhere in my living room I can see the garden with its myriad of Unit80 1birdlife, the river with its rowers and ferry boats that pass by regularly, the sky with its planes that cross in the distance as they arrive and depart at the airport. I sit amongst it and I write. At my workplace, I see the wind in the tops of the trees, the tall buildings of the city reaching for the sky, the zoom of the traffic outside my window, and in my lunch breaks, I sit amongst it all and I write. I write in Where I livecafes, in parks, by the pool and on hotel room balconies. While the outward world moves around me, I turn my thoughts inward.

My ‘writing cabin’ is in my mind.  Where’s yours?

Lea

 

In the name of research…Part 3 – Characters

November 26, 2012

In my last two posts I talked about research for Settings and Plot. In this last post in the research series I’ll share some of my tips for character research. Characters need to live, breathe and feel. How do you make your characters jump off the page as if they are real? Here are some practical ways.

#1 Get amongst it:  If you are going to write about people then the best references are living people. Many writers combine the best, and worst, characteristics of people they know to form the personality of their characters but you can find traits for your characters everywhere you look. People-watching should be a habit. Observing people’s actions, expressions, and non-verbal signals can help you write fresh and lifelike characters. Make up stories that match the actions of the people you see to get the creative juices flowing (even more fun if you do it with a friend).

#2 Open your ears:  Listening to the way people speak can help make your dialogue more realistic. Get out into different settings and listen to how conversations and language change. A conversation in a pub may be very different to one in a library, even if it’s the same people speaking. Tape people speaking so you can listen back and pick up on the different inflections and dialects used. This can be particularly helpful if your character is a different nationality or gender because you can pick up nuances you aren’t familiar with (handy too if you’ve had too many drinks in the pub)

#3 Talk the talk:  Learn as much as you can about your characters then try to hold a conversation in their world. Try chatting with the kind of people they would hang out with, work with, socialize with – the good, the bad and the flaky. It’s great if you can do this in person, but if you can’t there are online forums out there covering just about every topic imaginable where you can join in and talk with like-minded people. You might even pick up new ideas and traits for your characters. I’ve managed to hold chats with people in the military and policing fields that helped me to glean information and terms/slang that my characters use that wouldn’t normally be available by more traditional means of research (including some that I couldn’t repeat in front of my children!).

#4 Walk in their shoes:  Try doing some of the things your character does. Got a nurse in your story – volunteer at a hospital and find out first-hand what it’s like to be her, dealing with the pressure and the long hours on her feet. How about a high speed chase? Book yourself into for a few hot laps in a race car and feel what it’s like to drive at breakneck speed (without being pulled over by the police). Some of the things I have done to get inside my characters’ heads (and just for fun) include racing a buggy over harrowing jungle trails in torrential rain, hiking through untamed rainforest and up creekbeds, riding horses through the desert and boats across rough seas, and flying aerobatics in a war plane. I’ve shot targets and clay pigeons and been shot at and played the role of sniper in paintball (yes it still hurts like hell). All of these things, and many more, helped me to describe my main character’s physical and mental responses to these experiences so I could bring them to life on the page.

 #5 Take it from the horse’s mouth:  I admit, to the outsider this statement might seem a bit crazy, but talk to your characters. It’s one of those pieces of advice that writers should only say aloud to other writers unless they want to get that ‘cuckoo’ stare. Another word of advice – do it in private. I was on a plane travelling to Cairns with a work colleague and as I was writing I said aloud to my character…’So, should I kill you in Brisbane or in Cairns.’ I think I frightened my colleague half to death! Of course, writers are not all crazy. We do know we are talking to ourselves – albeit to a subconscious space that our characters have taken up in our minds. Milk your characters for information to get to know them. Design questionnaires to interview them. Find out what motivates them, what are their greatest fears and their greatest desires. Put them in situations and ask them how they would respond. They are, after all, the best person to tell you all about themselves. If I sound crazy then it’s probably wise to wait until you know your characters better. The more a character unfolds on the page, the more intimate you become with them.

#6 Seek out real life heroes (and villains): If your character is a real person, or just from a real place or time, there is a wealth of real life information out there you can use to zest them up. Try searching for biographies or free public records on sites such as searchsystems.net or virtualgumshoe.com which will give you all sorts of information including births/deaths/marriages, property, military, court records, etc. The list is endless. In fact it might frighten you how much public information is readily available around the world. Even researching your own family, you might find some skeletons in the closet. I recently did a genealogical search on my family which led me to some very interesting newspaper accounts of the 1800’s that involved intrigue and murder (my family being the victims). These characters are already begging to be eternalized in fiction but I’ll have to keep them at bay until I finish my current project.  

That’s it for my research tips. I hope you have found them helpful and would love to hear more of yours.

Lea

In the name of research…Part 2 – Plot

November 20, 2012

Maybe that first book has been burning inside you for years. But when those ideas are all used up, and inspiration has run dry, where do you go for new ideas?

12 bmV3c3BhcGVyLW1hZ25pZnlpbmctZ2xhc3MtbmV3LmpwZw==#1 Search news sources – Write down in your notebook any interesting or unusual snippets of news you read or hear. You never know what your subconscious might do with them. My plot began from two local news sources. First I read in a newspaper about a WWII plane crash on an island with a mysterious twist. Then I heard a radio news report about a dead man falling from the sky in a parachute in a busy inner city area.  My mind took these seemingly two unrelated incidents and with a bit of writer’s magic dust (or maybe a bottle of wine), weaved them together into the basis of the plot of my latest novel.

#2 Branch out – once I had done some research on Setting (see my previous blog), and decided to set the main story in Phoenix, U.S.A. I started to research their local online newspapers for interesting news stories that might add intrigue to my plot. This is where I came across stories about the prevalence of Mexican cartels in the city and the high rate of kidnappings. Often these stories act as ‘gateway sources’ with links to additional information or just spurn ideas for further research. You could follow these links and Google for days and weeks (I think I was born with a procrastination gene) so just be careful to concentrate on information relevant to your plot. During this process my plot grew. One character developed an unusual hobby of ‘urban exploration’ which ended up getting him killed, and another was kidnapped for ransom by a Mexican cartel.

#3 Speak to experts – As your plot develops you may need to find out more about medical and forensic details and police and legal procedures. The internet is great, but it is also good to speak to professionals in the field. I have found in my experience, there are very few people who won’t talk to you if you are polite and explain that you really want your book to be plausible and true to their vocation (especially if you offer to acknowledge them in the book for their assistance). Some organizations may even have a division dedicated to providing information to the public and often they love to talk about what they know!

#4 Record real life events – Sometimes bad things happen to good people you know, or even to you. This kind of information can be recorded and later fictionalized into a plot for a novel (taking great care if the issue is sensitive to others). Equally, good experiences can be twisted into exciting plots.  This year we travelled to the U.S.A. and took a helicopter flight through the Grand Canyon which was a fantastic experience (despite the vomit-inducing turbulence). I combined the visual experience of this with my aerobatic flight experience in New Zealand to create a stunt-filled air chase through the desert ending with a spectacular crash in a canyon (not something I really wanted to experience!).

#5 Engage a research assistant - I have to thank my husband for being so committed to the ‘research’ cause…and for being so damned attractive. Mosquitos just love his blue English blood. His countless attempts to ward them off with all manner of repellents, smoke and electrical gadgets prompted an opening scene in one of my chapters where bugs plummet to the ground into a death spiral.

But the snake thing, well that was going above and beyond the call of duty…it was a beautiful humid summer Queensland day like every other when I convinced him there are NO snakes in the rainforest, and it’s perfectly OK to wear shorts in this heat! It was based on empirical evidence. I’ve never encountered one. But then I don’t have his powers of attraction. All manner of lizards and wildlife crossed his path as we trekked down into the gully but I still insisted he was safe from the legless variety. That was, until he nearly stepped on a red-bellied black snake that reared up at him and nearly caused the need for a new set of shorts! I stand corrected – my main character now comes face to face with a snake in the Nth Queensland rainforest!

Feel free to share your own tips below. Next time I’ll talk about researching people for your characters. 

Lea

 

In the name of research… Part 1- Setting

November 14, 2012

The things a girl has to do in the name of research…

I’ve already taken you on my adrenaline-packed aerobatic flight in the earlier post The Avengers. With Book 1 of my trilogy wrapped up, I thought I’d share some of the journey that brought it into the world. For writers you might like some of my tips and for readers you might like to know where my ideas come from.

In this first post on research I’ll give you my tips for SETTING and how to form a strong connection with place:

#1 Write first, add detail later. The first rule of getting that novel written is to fill the pages as quickly as possible. Think ‘e’ for electronic research. I started researching my setting on the internet because let’s face it, we all know it’s way cheaper than airline tickets when your story is global and eats up far less of your writing time. So I Googled ‘kidnapping’ and learnt Phoenix was the #1 kidnapping capital in the United States and my U.S. setting was born. But beware, just because you read it on the World Wide Web doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true – do confirm your information is from a reliable source.

#2 Spend as much time as you can away from the internet and in ‘real’ settings. If you can visit your setting, fantastic! I had the opportunity to add detail to my settings by actually visiting some of them. I recently did a sunset horse ride through the Arizona desert. I could never have captured the vastness of the landscape had I not seen it for myself.  It was like being on another planet and so different to the Australian outback. Riding across the ridge as the sun set across the desert was an incredibly surreal experience and added the word ‘pockmarked’ to my desert settings.

 

#3 Saturate your senses. Even if you can’t be in the place that your novel is set, find somewhere similar to inspire you. I have a quiet addiction to the rainforest but its many years since I’ve hiked through untamed forest and creeks like my main character has to do. So I spent a few weekends in rainforest retreats and hiking well-worn trails. Sit down in the middle of the woods, so to speak, and soak up the sights and sounds. The tinkling of the nearby creek and the myriad of insects flittering in the light filtering down from the canopy were discovered in just such a place.

 

#4 Open your mind to new experiences. If you set at your desk every day, nothing changes. In 2011, I travelled to South America. After a harrowing ride across the roughest seas they could remember (maybe that was just meant to scare us) on a ‘ferry’ that looked more like a refugee boat, I spent several days exploring the stunning island of Ilha Grande. With its lush rainforest covered mountains and pristine white beaches, I just knew it had to be the location that the military grandfather in my story retires to with the family secret.

#5 Always keep a notebook at hand. Practice visual note-taking. If you see something that fits your setting, record it. Cross check your notes with internet finds. In part of my book I have some girls locked in a shipping container in a warehouse. I happened to see a shipping container on the back of a truck a few days back and noticed how the locking mechanism worked. Such small detail but I was able to weave that into my description.

#6 Take photos/video of places and use them to practice writing flowery descriptions of your setting. Then cut all the padding out that will slow your reader down and put the bare bones of the setting in your novel. The reader’s imagination will create the rest.

 Let me know if these tips helped you improve your setting in any way by posting your comments below.

Lea

 

Up for Air – crime, festivals and sex scenes

October 25, 2012

If you’re wondering where I’ve been these past few months, I’ve been immersed. Blissfully submerged in all things ‘wordy’. I’ve been a bit reluctant to swim back up to the surface, but eventually one needs to come up for a brief breath of air, say ‘Hi’ to the world and share the triumphs.   

The most exciting one is that after a head-down month I’ve finally written ‘THE END’ on my latest crime thriller! This book has floated and re-shaped itself over the past two years like an amoeba.  Thankfully, due to the invaluable assistance of my mentors through courses at the Queensland Writers Centre, I consider it my best work yet. But I’m biased. I’m in love with my characters. So much so, that one of them has turned her own personal vendetta into a trilogy. At the end of the book she’s still drowning, struggling to make it to the surface, but she’ll swim the race of her life and eventually break back into the sunshine.

I also caught festival fever.  I think this is the first year I’ve really plunged myself fully into the writing festival scene. Previously I dipped my toes here and there, not really knowing where I fit in. But this year I dived in at Byron Bay, meeting some great people, dining with the festival director and his crew, and soaking up all the great advice that everyone had to offer. While Byron has a lovely beachy vibe all of its own, this year my experience at Brisbane Writers Festival rivalled it. Maybe the scene was set by the new grassroots Queensland Literary Awards ceremony a few nights before where Frank Moorhouse declared his award to be the most ‘noble’ he’d ever received. Or that I’d pitched the first 20 pages of my new book to Brisbane Writers Festival’s critiquing program and it was selected and I finally met face-to-face with agent Sophie Hamley. Or maybe it was seeing Nick Earls dressed as an armchair (above) and Dr Stuart Glover with his shirt off in the closing celebration, but despite Germaine Greer’s assertion that Brisbane didn’t know how to have ‘fun’ like the UK festivals did, there was plenty of fun going on all weekend. Especially in the Pineapple Lounge, which showcased some great talented young writers and musicians. Ms Greer even seemed to be enjoying herself there, when we had a chin wag on the couch about her new book over satay chicken and rice from the curry hut. The highlight of the festival for me though (apart from the fact that my mother was embarrassingly present and you’ll realise why in a minute), was actually being IN it. I took part in a showcase presented by my Sisters in Crime writing group. No, we didn’t predictably read out our murder scenes. We read out our ‘Sizzling Sex Scenes’ and the feedback from the agent and publisher present was very encouraging – and so was my Mum!  

 

All this hard work and networking is culminating in something I am very excited about. Next weekend I am attending a three day convention in Sydney called GenreCon where I not only get to dress up for the ‘Pistols and Parasols’ banquet, but I also get to pitch my new crime thriller face-to-face with an international publisher.  Wish me luck!

Until then I’m swimming upstream to Maleny for the ‘Celebration of Books’ this weekend. It’s where I got married to this gangster last year so it holds a special place in my heart :)

 

Free Dating e-book: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

July 1, 2012

Ever had your heart trampled by a man?   If so, you are not alone…

Did you feel like the yo yo and he was the one controlling the string…pushing you away then reeling you back in over and over because of his fear of making a  lifelong commitment?  When you met him was he was romantic and charming…and you thought he was ‘the one’ but then things changed? Did he treat you so badly you were left shattered and heartbroken?

If any of this sounds familiar, you owe it to yourself to keep reading. My friends and I want to tell you some of our worst dating stories. They are guaranteed to make you cringe and laugh out loud at the same time. Then I want to share with you how I recovered my strength and power and ultimately found the man and the relationship I deserved – the one who loved, respected AND married me. I’ve put it all in an e-book that I want to offer you for FREE. It’s called Should I Stay or Should I Go? How to game-change your bad relationships.

But first I want to share Jade’s story with you and by doing so, help you to recognize if you, too, may be involved with the WRONG MAN.

“I’m in a relationship with a wonderful man called Angelo and for the first time I thought he was ‘the one’. But now I feel so miserable, because you see, I’ve found out he’s married!  He’s been telling me that it’s over and he will leave her and I’ve been patient for weeks. The other night I asked him when he was leaving her and he couldn’t give me an answer. He says he can’t imagine a life without me in it but he’s the one calling all the shots. It just kills me to think that he is at home with her! I love him deeply and I don’t want anyone else, but I don’t want things to stay the same as they are now. I feel stuck, angry and at his mercy. I’m a strong professional woman and I hate feeling this way. This just isn’t me. What should I do?  Jade”

Jade is the main character in my psychological thriller, ECLIPSED. She is an intelligent, high-flying professional lawyer but she feels bound to this man because he is using some powerful psychological games that literally keep her glued to this bad situation. This is a horrible place to be in and she doesn’t know how to pry herself free because she doesn’t recognize the games he is using to manipulate her.

If you’ve ever found yourself suddenly single or if you’re still recovering from a bad breakup, then Jade’s plots for revenge and retribution in ECLIPSED, may help you tremendously to recover some of the strength and power you feel you have lost. BUT Jade is a fictional character, so while reading about her actions may be therapeutic I DON’T recommend you take such drastic steps as she does, which include deception and murder! What Jade is not aware of, and you may not be either, is that she has the power within her to turn her life around. Revenge is sweet, but real, lasting and committed love is sweeter : )

So if you are like me and some of my friends who found themselves constantly drawn to the wrong men – men who don’t treat you well or men who take you on a roller coaster ride emotionally, passionate and loving one moment then making you feel awful the next, or if you feel that there is something just not right with the relationship you are in but can’t quite put your finger on the problem, then believe me – you too can turn your life around just as I did.

Do you want to know how I did it?

In my special 45 page e-book, Should I Stay or Should I Go?, I show you how to weatherproof yourself for success in your relationships, then how to recognise the games men play. Then I give you ways to game-change the rules into your favour. He won’t know what’s hit him when you stop falling for his games!

Don’t you owe it to yourself to give it a try? I promise you’ll start to feel more in control and powerful in your relationship – and that he’ll notice and things will change for you. And if he doesn’t, it will give you the strength to kick him to the curb and move on to find a man who will treat you with the love and RESPECT you deserve.

How do you get your FREE e-book?

If you order the Kindle e-book version of ECLIPSED now for only $2.99, you’ll discover a BONUS ‘secret code’ at the end of the book. This code will unlock  the TOP SECRET page on my website and give you access to your FREE downloadable copy of my pdf e-book, Should I Stay or Should I Go? You will also have access to some tragic, though funny, dating stories which may help you to heal your own broken heart. And you can leave your own stories which will be published into an e-book to help other women in your situation.

It’s that easy! Order the Amazon Kindle version of ECLIPSED HERE to read how Jade gets her revenge on Angelo AND to get the bonus ‘secret code’.

Don’t have Kindle? You can download a FREE Kindle reader app for your Windows or Mac computer, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry or Android phone from Amazon right HERE

Why not do it now? The best part is, once you receive ECLIPSED and your ‘secret code’ you can access your FREE bonus e-book right away, so you can start reading and turning things around without having to resort to the drastic measures that Jade felt she needed to go to!

If you prefer traditional print books, you can still get your free e-book by buying the paperback version of ECLIPSED for $14.95 from Amazon HERE

I know you can transform your life just like I did, and be loved, respected…and HAPPIER: )

All the best, Lea x

 

 

 

Back to School…

May 29, 2012

This month I went back to high school. When a friend who works for the children’s charity, The Smith Family, asked me if I would help out at a career day by talking to the senior students about career opportunities in the creative industries, I wondered what I could offer. How many kids leave school wanting to be writers? Then I thought about the story I had to tell. About the qualities needed to succeed as an artist. About the years I worked in finance roles in the IT and Film and TV industries and the things that taught me.  It had been a life long journey to get to where I am today and I realised all of these things could inspire those who wanted to follow a creative path. So I agreed to do an inspirational talk and I called it, ‘Follow your Dreams’.

I asked Trish Parrott of The Smith Family why they participate in the school career programs. She told me, ‘The Smith Family strongly believes that education is the key to unlocking disadvantage.’  

The Smith Family engages in a range of programs that overcome barriers to education for disadvantaged children. One of these is to help young people to transition successfully to further education, training or employment by inviting industry representatives into the classroom to inspire young people to continue their studies in order to be able to progress into a specific career. She says it is ‘heartening that business recognises their part in helping to prepare young people for the world of work.’

Waiting my turn, I sat through the career talks of representatives from many industries including IT, Hospitality, Army, Police… Nobody dared to ask a question, except the boy who piped up and asked the police officer if he could demonstrate his Taser. That caused a laugh. By the time my turn came, I was wondering if their thoughts would be more on the approaching lunch break than what I had to say. Cue my Mum, Powerpoint extraordinaire, who had put together a bit of a show reel of my book launches and exciting adventures in the name of ‘research’. She set it to Katy Perry’s song Firework. That certainly gained their attention, and gained me a round of applause. When I told them about the 3-D’s needed to be a successful artist, all eyes and ears were pointed in my direction.  

So what are those 3-D’s about?

  • the first one is DISCIPLINE – there are a lot of demands on our time these days, work, family, friends.  You need to have the discipline to put aside time to work on your craft. And you need to be able to say NO sometimes to all those people who are tugging at you for a piece of your precious time.
  • the second is DETERMINATION – the reality in the creative world is that you ARE going to come up against rejection, perhaps again and again until you get that lucky break. There’s a lot of competition out there and through this, you have to believe in yourself enough to keep going.
  • the third D is probably the most important quality you’ll need.  And that’s DETACHMENT – when we create something it’s akin to giving birth. And nobody likes to hear bad things said about their babies. But critique is part of being an artist, and it won’t always be glowing praise.  You need to be able to take a step back from your creation, not take it personally and maybe even use it to improve your work.

How do I know all this?  Well, I’ve learnt it the hard way. I liken my journey to being on a runaway train. There were times when the tracks were switched on me, and a time when the whole train just de-railed. But I still believed in following my dreams. During this journey, I’ve learnt a lot about how the industry works, and the three D’s are still just as important. One of the things Trish from The Smith Family said is ‘A good education gives people the tools and skills to navigate the best future for themselves.’ I continued to hone my craft through courses with the Queensland Writers Centre, who provide valuable resources and guidance for Queensland writers.  I’ve recently been appointed to the Board, which is a voluntary position but I hope to be able to assist writers starting out in their careers. 

Pursuing a career that you are passionate about may be one of the greatest things you ever do. Believe in yourself and never stop following your dreams… I did it. So can you.

Lea

If you would like to help The Smith Family with some of the great work they do for kids you can DONATE HERE

 

 

 

The Avengers

May 2, 2012

Move over Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America, there’s a new superhero team in town and Lea Scott is among them!

Never content to just sit and write from my imagination, I took it to the limit last week taking part in an adrenaline packed aerobatic flight during a trip to Auckland, New Zealand.  Our team of four Harvard WWII planes set out flying in close formation across the bay performing military manoeuvres including a simulated bombing raid over the bay islands.  This is definitely not something to be taken on by the faint-hearted. Our Harvards climbed the skies before banking into a dive-bomb in quick succession at a speed delivering extreme G-forces that made me feel at one stage that my head might pop! But the euphoric adrenaline rush that followed and the exhilarating moments of weightlessness made the experience a huge buzz! I have to give thanks to my pilot, Gavin, who handled the remarkable 1930’s warbird with the greatest of skill.

 

Why, you ask, would I do such a thing? Well, for you, my readers, of course!  You could say I’ve been practicing ‘method writing’. One of my new main characters, Ricky Winger, is a stunt pilot and he pulls some pretty extreme stunts when he’s angry.  For him it’s the ultimate release.  Method actors attempt to evoke genuine emotion using this method, and I believe it can equally be applied to writing. If you’ve never experienced something, you can’t write convincingly about it; it wouldn’t resonate with anybody who has actually had the experience. And looking up the definitions and reading up on subjects like these simply won’t get the job done. So to understand and be able to convey Ricky’s emotions during these scenes I decided to walk in his shoes (or get strapped in his seat in this instance).  And wow, did it work for me!  I re-wrote the relevant scenes immediately after this experience while my sense memory (the recollection of sights, sounds, smells, textures) was fresh in my mind.  So I hope I’ve done you all justice and have brought more of a sense of realism to them. This isn’t the only scene that I have or will practice method writing with.  Sometimes it can even add a new dimension to the story (there was a heart-stopping snake encounter while ‘researching’ in the rainforest that I’ll be drawing on).  I hope when you eventually read my new novel you will feel the pulse of actual life that these experiences have brought into my writing.  Lea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Launching ‘Contact Me’ page – FREE giveaway!

April 1, 2012

To celebrate the launch of my new ‘Contact Me’ page, I am giving away two personally signed copies of my latest crime thriller, Eclipsed.  This isn’t an April Fools joke. Just go to the Contact Me tab above and subscribe to my mailing list by 30 April, 2012 to go into the draw for one of these great prizes!

Moving between the glitter strip of the Gold Coast and the beautiful surroundings of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Eclipsed is a psychological thriller with mafia undertones, which delves into the spiralling demise that anger and revenge can wreak on the personality.

Review of Eclipsed by Ian Jay – former ABC 6.12 Radio Book Reviewer

Revenge is indeed a strong motivator. But when coupled with what is arguably the worst of the deadly sins: greed, the resultant mixture is an explosive concoction. In Lea Scott’s ‘Eclipsed’, not only are the elements blended but the fuse is set and lit.

I would love to hear from you! My ‘Contact Me’ page also allows you to send me an email and I will endeavour to personally respond to all your emails.  Let me know how you enjoyed Eclipsed and any of my other titles, or feel free to keep in touch about upcoming titles.

Just a hint of what’s in the pipeline… I started my new book with a mission: to write a novel that traversed generations and continents and explored the notion of post-traumatic disorders.  From that tiny little seed, I’ve thrown in some money that has been missing for 60 years, a shocking murder, a kidnapping, a vigilante brother and a sassy female undercover cop with a score to settle then pitted them all against a Mexican people-trafficking ring.  But the suspense doesn’t stop there.  My sassy Hispanic cop has a story to tell that will have you on the edge of your seat, and she will tell it over the space of a trilogy.

Keep posted for this one…you won’t want to put it down until the very last book!

Until then, enjoy Eclipsed.

Lea

 

 

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