NEW SITE!

Thank you all for your continued support over the years. I appreciate your faithful reading about the craft of fiction. However, I now have a new site: http://aarongansky.com/

Please make sure to visit and subscribe to my blog feed there. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find a way to merge my subscribers from this site to the new one. However, I think you’ll like what you see over there, and find it worth an additional click to stay up to date with my ramblings about the craft of fiction.

AND… I’ve launched a new podcast. Get the low down here: http://aarongansky.com/firsts_in_fiction_podcast/

Special thanks to Keiki Hendrix for the web design and Steve McLain for co-hosting my new Firsts in Fiction Podcast. Check back often. Hope to be on iTunes in a few weeks.


Author Spotlight—Kimberly Rae

Author Photo Close upIt’s my pleasure to spotlight fellow LPC author Kimberly Rae this week. She’s lived in Bangladesh, Uganda, Kosovo and Indonesia. In addition to being published over 250 times, she has work in 5 languages. Her suspense/romance novels on international human trafficking and missions (Stolen Woman, Stolen Child and Stolen Future) are all Amazon bestsellers. Addison’s disease brought her back to the US, where she now writes from her home a the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. Rae is married and has two young children. Find out about Kimberly’s new series on living joyfully with chronic health problems or her other books at www.kimberlyrae.com.

Stolen FutureAG: Tell me a bit about yourself, how long you’ve been writing, what types of writing you do?

KR: I’ve been writing since I was little. My parents bought me a kiddie typewriter for Christmas one year, and I’d type out my own versions of Nancy Drew stories on it. I wrote my first novel in high school; it was awful! On the mission field, I started doing writing projects for the other missionaries, as well as writing for Christian magazines and other publications. Over the years, I branched out into writing on assignment, writing for all age groups, and now writing books.

When I first considered writing a novel, I tossed around a few ideas, but couldn’t quite put my finger on what to do. My mom eventually asked me, "If you could write about anything, what would you write about?" By the end of that day, I had about three chapters of Stolen Woman done. It combines my passions for missions, fighting human trafficking, and teaching women their worth all in one great story. I love it when things come together like that, and you know God is in it!

Sick & Tired cover 300 dpiAG:Why did you decide to become a writer?

KR: When I lived overseas, a friend of mine who’d had a difficult past read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It changed the way she saw God. I was amazed a work of fiction could be so powerful. Her confession was my inspiration to write fiction. I  want my work to have purpose, to make a difference, not simply to entertain.

One reason I wanted to go into missions was to write stories about real missionaries, people God used despite their faults and weaknesses. I wanted teenagers to see how God uses everyday people, so they’d know God could use them, too. I got the chance to do so with my Stolen series, and I’ve got another series on trafficking and missions for teens and pre-teens starting in 2014.

AG: What is the one piece of writing advice you wish you’d had at the beginning of your career?

KR: Learn to love constructive criticism. In the beginning, I took suggestions and critiques personally, which can be devastating. Now, I’ve learned the more people I have critique my work, the better. Being edited isn’t bad; it results in a better finished product. These days I crave input and get it from several sources when I can.

LaughterCoverFrontAG: What are you currently working on? Any special projects.

KR: I’m finishing up books two and three in my Sick & Tired series, about to rewrite book two in the series for teens, and am working on the final third of my new novel Shredded, a novel about a life-changing collision between a prostitute, a new pastor, and a dying church. Intrigued? I hope so!

AG: What do you have coming out next? What do your fans have to look forward to?

The first Sick & Tired book released recently, and I’m hoping to release the following books in the series every 3 months, so keep an eye out for book two this September! I’m also hoping to have a children’s book out in time for Christmas.

AG: How can my readers find out more about you and your work?

I’d love to have you visit my website at www.kimberlyrae.com. From there you can find my blog on human trafficking/health problems, as well as my blog for writers. There’s plenty of info on my books, on different ministries, stories, and videos, etc. If you sign up for the newsletter at www.kimberlyrae.com, I can keep you updated on what’s new!


Where I’ve Been

hidingIf you’ve followed my blog for long, you know I’m usually very consistent with my updates. However, this month, not so much. You may have wondered what I’ve been up to, so I’ll tell you:

I’ve been doing a lot of editing. A ton. Working on three of my books right now. AND …

I’ve been designing a new website. Long story short, the very talented, very gracious Keiki Hendrix has been helping me construct a pretty amazing new web presence. It’ll be your one-stop shop for all things Gansky.

I hope to have http://aarongansky.com/ up and running soon. Feel free to check back here often for updates.

If you subscribe to my RSS feed, you’ll need to make sure to resubscribe when I switch to the new domain name.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a fun little challenge. I’ve been working on editing non-stop for weeks, so I’ll post a “before and after” paragraph and let you find the changes I’ve made. Think of it as a literary scavenger hunt. If you find something, feel free to mention it in the comments.

BEFORE:

She looks at me with those eyes. Does she see Barry when she looks at me? I kiss her head and hang up. “Come on. Ever been to Italy?” I lead her by the hand to the lobby and grab a cab outside. The strip’s all lit up, a second sun. There’s never night on the strip, only the second dawn. Dusk exists for minutes each day, when the sky gives up the blue, wallows in golds and pinks and oranges, before true nightfall, when the world flips upside down, and Vegas sends its lights to the stars. If you stay here long enough, you start to wonder what the casinos are like on the moon.

AFTER:

Worry haunts her eyes. Does she see Barry when she looks at me? I kiss her head and hang up. “Ever been to Italy?” I grab a cab outside. The strip’s lit up in neon and hope. Night doesn’t exist on the strip, only the second dawn. Dusk exists for minutes each day, when the sky gives up the blue, wallows in golds and pinks and oranges, before true nightfall, when the world flips upside down, and Vegas sends its lights to the stars. Stay here long enough, you start to wonder what casinos are like on the moon.


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