Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Amazon gift card and children's author Laurisa Reyes

This next author juggles many responsibilities as a novelist, wife, and mother of five.

Laurisa Reyes is the former Editor-in-Chief of Middle Shelf Magazine and former editor for Maple Tree Press and Xchyler Publishing. She is currently the Senior Editor of Skyrocket Press and teaches English composition at College of the Canyons in So. California.

Prior to becoming an editor and novelist, Laurisa wrote for The Signal Newspaper, Antelope Valley Press, The Link Homeschool Newspaper, and Santa Clarita Valley Magazine.

Laurisa has a new children's book, Mickey Malloy, Wonder Boy! A funny chapter book for ages 6-10, fans of Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid should check this out.

Mickey Malloy is just your average kid who loves comic books and superheroes. When a mysterious package arrives with his name on it, he finds a strange contraption inside.

Urged on by his friend, Juanita, Mickey pushes the thing’s button and gets ZZZZZZAPPED!

Suddenly, he isn't a normal kid anymore, he’s Mickey Malloy, Wonder Boy! The human magnet!

But what seems like an awesome superpower gets Mickey into more trouble than he could possibly imagine.

Still curious about the author? Time for a Q&A about books with Laurisa...

What inspires you to write?
My kids, mostly. Every book I've written has either been inspired by or written for my kids. For example, when my son (who is now 21) was 8, I told him bedtime stories about a young enchanter's apprentice who goes on a quest and fights dragons. Eventually, those stories became The Rock of Ivanore, my first published novel.

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
First draft, about 5-6 months. But that's when the work really begins. Takes me years to revise and edit. I'm working on a book right now that I wrote seven years ago. I hope it might be ready for publication by 2019. Most of my books have taken between 3-7 years to "finish". Luckily, I'm always working on several projects at once, so I've been able to publish twelve books in six years.

What are you working on right now?
Two books, actually. The one I mentioned above is a young adult contemporary novel called Memorable that tackles some tough issues, like mental illness, divorce, and suicide. It's received a couple of awards so far, so I've got high expectations for it. The other is the second set of books in my The Crystal Keeper fantasy series. I'm hoping those will be ready to go this summer.

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Many writers have come to me complaining that they can't finish anything. That's because they edit as they go. Bad idea. The first draft is meant to be bad. So, my advice is don't reread what you've already written. Resist the temptation to edit or fix stuff from the day before. Keep writing until you get to the end. Only then should you go back and rewrite.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
My very favorite book in the whole world is Lilies of the Field by William E. Barrett. I've lost count how many times I've read it. It's really short, just 124 pages, and it is such an inspiring "feel good" story. I've given lots of copies to friends. Read it. You won't regret it.

So who wants to win something?!

Laurisa Reyes and I have partnered up to give away a couple items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a paperback of Mickey Malloy, Wonder Boy and another reader will win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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