Sunday, April 28, 2013

Did Someone Say Ghosts?

Today, I've invited Robin Leigh Morgan to the Bayou to tell us about her new book, I Kissed a Ghost, a Young Adult Novel, and about how her writing style developed.
For Sunday brunch, I'll be serving up some ghostly pizza and ghost cookies for the event.  
Go for it Robin, while I get the pizza out of the oven.
Some of us who have chosen to write fiction come from a variety of places. And by “a variety of places,” I’m not referring to a physical location; I’m referring to our writing experiences.
There are some of us who have enjoyed writing since we were children, and each year, by writing something in school, it improved. For some of us, it continued until we graduated college and began working. Some of us entered the work force taking jobs, which required us to write, whether it was procedures, handbooks/manuals, or news stories. But all of these are non-fiction, and each one has a set of “rules” that need to be followed to write something well enough to be acceptable.
As for myself, while my regular job did not require me to write, for eleven years I wrote articles [commentaries/viewpoints] of what was happening in my community and my feelings about it. When I started to write these items, my writing skills were not honed. I didn’t have my ideas organized in a tight manner, although my writing had been informative. By the time I’d written my last item, I’d become quite adept at it.
When I started to write fiction, I somehow drifted to writing a contemporary romance story with a paranormal element running through the storyline, but after almost 9 years I still hadn’t completed it. That is, until someone suggested I should write for a much younger audience, which is what I did, cumulating in my first YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance novel entitled I Kissed a Ghost.
Anyway, making the transition from non-fiction to fiction, I’ve had to learn a new set of rules on how to write. Most of these involved dialogue, showing not telling, where before I just told. I now had to learn about the use of tags. I had to learn not to be overly descriptive of something, but allow my reader to create the image for themselves in their minds. In the beginning I found it hard to break my old writing habits. Now I’m finding myself with these habits essentially gone. The biggest issue I still have and am trying to get a good handle on, is POV [Point of View]. Regardless of what’s happening or being said it has to be in one character’s perspective, and you can’t flip-flop between two characters within a scene. There needs to be a transition from one character to another.
All these things have helped me mold myself into the author I’m today. I’ve also learned there are additional rules within a genre, depending on the sub-genre you’ve decided to write in. These rules apply to the dialogue spoken, which needs to be true to the time period you’re writing in, as well as how your characters are dressed, and their titles, if any, as is the case with the regencies sub-genre of romance novels.
So as you can see, writing is not merely a string of words you put together. There are rules that need to be followed if you’re to be well received by your readers.  
Tell us a little bit about yourself, Robin.
I’m a retired NYC civil servant who has been married for 19 years with no children. We have two senior cats, a Maine Coon with diabetes, and a calico. My first YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance novel is entitled “I Kissed a Ghost.” For my second romance novel I’ve returned to writing the untitled Contemporary romance I wrote about in my post.
If you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you.
How can our visitors contact you or buy your book?
I Kissed a Ghost is available on Amazon.
Due to an unexpected delay the Kindle version should become available around May 13th.
If anyone would like to read several UNEDITED SNIPPETS from the book you can find under the category of “GHOSTLY WHISPERS” on any my blog sites:  
 You can also find me on:
Now let's have some pizza!!
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 homemade pizza crust (use this recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Black olives, chopped
  • Green olives
  • Rosemary leaves

 1.     Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2.     Roll out the crust on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin to about 1/4-inch thickness.

3.     Spread the pizza sauce over the crust until it's fully covered. Bake the crust for about 8 - 10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

4.     Slice the fresh mozzarella. Using a ghost cookie cutter cut out some ghost shapes. Place the ghosts on top of the pizza sauce. Using the finely chopped olives, place eyes on the head of the ghosts. Bake the pizza for about 5 - 6 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted.

5.     Once the pizza is baked, make spiders by sticking the rosemary leaves into the green olives. Place the spiders next to the ghosts and serve.
Now for dessert: Ghost Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Using about 1 tablespoon dough for body and about 1 teaspoon dough for head, form cookie dough into ghost shapes on greased cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 11 minutes or until browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; place warm cookies on serving plates.
  2. While cookies are baking, combine frosting and marshmallow creme in small bowl until well blended.
  3. Frost each ghost with frosting mixture. Press 2 chocolate chips, points up, into frosting mixture to create eyes on each ghost. Decorate with additional candy, if desired.



Rita Monette, Writer said...

Glad to have your here Robin. Seems comments aren't showing up. This is a test.

Sharon Ledwith said...

Better late, than never, but from one time travel writer to another - wishing you all the best in all your publishing endeavors, Robin!

Rita - as usual you've outdone yourself in the kitchen. Gotta get you back onto my dock! Wink.

Rita Monette, Writer said...

Thanks for stopping by, Sharon. When is that next book due to come out?

Robin Leigh Morgan said...

Hi Sharon
THANKS for coming by and for your words of support, Now if I could only get to at least somewhat successful my future endeavors would be easier to write as well as sell/