Thank you!

Thank you for all the support you've given the Climbing Rose Young Adult line of The Wild Rose Press. Our stories are still available on The Wild Rose Press website, however, since we aren't publishing new stories, our blog is no longer active. We thank you again for the time you spent with us and invite you to visit our Climbing Rose bookstore.

Great Review for Ordinary Me!

Ms. Yingling Reads (One librarian's attempt to read all the Young Adult literature in the world and shoot her mouth off about it) has given a great review to June Sproat's Ordinary Me:
"The plot is innovative, and there is some very funny writing in this book, so the girls will love it."

While behind the wheel during driver's ed, high school sophomore Kate Sterns inadvertently foils an escaped convict's getaway. When her heroic actions land her face on the front page of the Wainscott Gazette, she thinks her life is over, and it is, at least her life as an ordinary anyway. Overnight she is plucked from the ordinaries and plopped into the "in crowd." At first Kate is in denial of her status change, but then she likes it, that is until she's labeled a snob, her locker gets trashed and one other minor thing-- she's being stalked.

Pick up a copy of Ordinary Me from the Climbing Rose store today.

Wildlife, Temptation, and Proms

An eerie sight.

My taskmaster took a break, but left his weary presence to shame me back to work.

First, more about critter characters in the Florida Keys. Visitors to the National Key Deer Refuge can enjoy a variety of attractions other than the endangered Key deer. The Blue Hole is a popular wildlife viewing area and a location featured in my book Island Sting. Why is the Blue Hole mentioned in the book? It has something to do with the alligators. If you go, be sure not to take your small dogs... (Don't worry, Itchy is still alive and well.) In addition to the Blue Hole being a habitat for gators, a variety of herons, turtles, and fish live there. Oh, and Kenzie just reminded me--stay away from the droopy poisonwood leaves like those you see on the left. The no feeding rules of the refuge apply to the gators at the Blue Hole just as they do to the deer, no matter the temptation.

Recently, fellow authors and I were chatting about the struggle to avoid temptation. Not the temptation to feed gators, of course. Though the temptation to feed ourselves what and when we shouldn't can be tough to resist. No, we weren't talking about food. The subject of temptation arose out of a fashion discussion. As we shared old photos, we giggled at our teenage hair and clothing styles. Just wait. One day you'll be doing the same. You too may be surprised at a few fashion statements that reappear to haunt you with embarrassing memories, like bell bottoms, loud paisley patterns, and mini skirts.

Back to temptation and wildlife. Prom fashions figured heavily in our chats. Prom night is creeping up for many teens now. Lifetime memories are associated with prom night. What a night for temptation and for wildlife unprotected by any refuge. Why else would so many movies have focused on such a major event?

As I sorted through my old prom photos I noticed a trend of huge, elaborate hair styles, the precursor to today's extensions, but not as secure. Ours were called falls, and the fake locks were precariously attached to our own hair with combs and pins. Major headache makers. When the tresses were worn in an updo, the style required holding one's head high. A stance that immensely improved posture. Perhaps even improved one's self esteem.

It occurred to me that this entire hair design could have been an adult scheme to prevent teens from succumbing to backseat temptation. Ooohhh... but backseats in the old days were roomy and comfy. (I know that because my brother is a vintage car collector. Honest.) There was no way a girl could get frisky without painfully pulling out her natural hair and destroying that laboriously sculpted hairpiece. If she did have a moment of weakness, there was no way she could get the elaborate design back together without an army of hairdressers none of whom were likely to take emergency calls in the middle of the night. Demolished do? Big trouble waited at home.

Big trouble for me was my gorgeous, muscular dad. His business involved heavy labor. No need for a gym. And how he loved to stretch and flex in front of my dates. Dad ran our home the way he ran his business. He was tough, fair, and honorable. He was the best tool to avoid temptation of any kind. No need to Just say no. Just say Dad.

Whatever the temptation, parents are natural avoidance tools. A simple, "My mom was a police dog in a former life. Nothing escapes her," might be a good line to use in a pinch. Better, come up with your own blame-it-on-the-parent line. Practice it. Say it with a smile. Years from now you'll be laughing at your prom memories too. It's so much better than weeping.

I leave you this week with a photo of the pine woods in the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key, Florida. It's been a fun week e-logging with you.
Remember green teens, please tell me what you've been doing to help keep our planet as green as these woods.

Bonnie Doerr

Intrigue, Treachery, and Intrepid Teens

Characters and the Florida Keys

Uh-oh. Itchy's telling me it's time to get back to work again.

It's a bit disheartening for me to begin a post with an apology, but here I go. When my SO/BF finished reading my interview with Blaize, he informed me that Randy Wayne White's character, Doc Ford, was never a Navy Seal as I had claimed him to be. At least he doesn't think so. Well maybe... Honestly, it is a puzzle for readers to figure out exactly what Doc's clandestine identity is. That's part of what readers enjoy about the character. And we do love characters, don't we?

Map of the Florida Keys

Speaking of characters, on Sunday I mentioned I'd tell you a bit about a charming critter living in the Florida Keys. Well, that endearing (to some folks annoying) creature is the Florida Key deer. Believe me, these deer are truly characters. Although Key deer are very small, averaging about the size of a German shepherd dog, one of these adorable endangered animals plays a major role in my book, Island Sting.

Over 9,000 acres of the Florida Keys have been set aside for the National Key Deer Refuge. Much of this land is on Big Pine Key, the setting for Island Sting. (Check the map above. Big Pine is between Marathon and Key West.) On this island the deer share their habitat with many humans, a situation ripe with stories-- some amusing, many tragic, none dull. Resident humans tell tales of unexpected deer house guests, deer hopping into their vehicles or sleeping under drydocked boats in backyards, even leaning through windows to steal food off counters and tables. The Key deer are curious and will eat practically anything. As you can see, these traits can get them into trouble--trouble that is often fatal. It is a major no-no to feed them. Against the law, in fact, but many people ignore this law. Even when residents don't intend to feed the deer, the animals raid bird feeders, forage in garbage cans, and gobble down garden plants, including thorny shrubs and cactus.

The antics of these toy deer and their interactions with humans are the source of limitless local stories--tales that inspired me to imagine what might happen if a deer fell into great danger and started a chain reaction of events. I kept asking after that, then what? Answering question after question evolved into Island Sting. That's my pattern for creating characters and stories. Observations coupled with what ifs. I see, hear, or read about interesting animals, people or events and wonder what would happen if ... If only it were as easy as it sounds.

The first question regarding the tiny deer, Molly, was What if teens decided to save her? Kenzie and Angelo became those teen characters. Because they also take steps to care for the environment, they're green teens like some of you out there. Don't forget to let me know what you and your friends are doing to live green.

Tell me about your green news.

More about other Keys' characters next time.

Go green!

Bonnie Doerr

Intrigue, Treachery and Intrepid Teens

Four Letter Words & Green Teens

Meet my task master, Itchy.
He's in get-busy-tail-wagging stance (doggie finger waggling)
by my idle computer on a Miami friend's dining table. There's no rest for the weary traveler...

It's a pleasure to join you here this week on the Climbing Rose Weblog. Weblog or web log? However one writes it, it's not the preferred term. But I refuse to use the bl-- word. To me, bl-- sounds harsh. As if it's an addition to the dreaded four letter word list. I'm trying to come up with another term. Bog doesn't sound much better, does it? Ideas? Please share.
As happy as I am to be with you this week, I can't imagine creating a regular bl-- no matter what I call it, or where I post it. Well, maybe...if I only shared my preferred reality--pleasant events--stories that news junkies assure us don't "sell." Don't you think positive, uplifting news is the kind we need to hear these days though? To keep news off that four letter word list? After all, the good stuff hasn't all disappeared: the symphony of song birds, the sudden burst of blossoms on the wild cherry, the daily thrust of green shoots through brown, soggy leaves, the blooming anticipation of a mysterious bulb. Spring break! Welcome to this month in my North Carolina reality.

It's great to be a writer. I can edit my reality:

  • Happy endings--always.
  • Love heals--every ill.
  • Good conquers--all evil.
  • Polluters and destroyers make amends--no matter what it costs them.

Which reminds me of Laurie Larsen's post last week. You Gen Y'ers out there--in addition to your many other admirable characteristics that put us ancients to shame--I like to think you have a passion to protect the environment. You know, the one we messed up. Ecological passion is an underlying theme in much of my writing. It's reflected in two of my books to be published by The Wild Rose Press. In both Island Sting and Turtle Dog, teens in the Florida Keys clean up their environment and wage war on criminals who are destroying endangered species.

I spent the month of February in the Florida Keys researching, studying, writing, and promoting my work. Later this week, I'll share some of my adventures, as well as tidbits about an adorable endangered species that lives in a limited area of those unique islands.

I want to hear from all green teens out there. Tell me what you're doing in your family, community, school, or church to live green and/or otherwise care for our environment. I'll collect green teen stories and photos to share on my website and/or newsletter. That's the kind of post I look forward to writing. Good news.

Bonnie J. Doerr
Intrigue, Treachery, and Intrepid Teens

Text Color

Chatting with Guest Blogger--Bonnie Doerr

Next week our guest blogger will be Bonnie Doerr, one of Climbing Rose's newest authors. Bonnie writes about Intrigue, Treachery and Intrepid Teens and her upcoming book, Island Sting, is an ecological mystery set in the Florida Keys.

Welcome, Bonnie! We're happy to have you as part of our Climbing Rose family! How about a little Q&A to introduce yourself:
Why do you write YA?

Early in my career as a reading teacher I observed tweens and teens as they slowly lost interest in recreational reading. It broke my heart. At first I wrote to contribute options for these newly reluctant readers—fun, fast-paced content that could be used as curriculum enhancement without eliciting groans. I wanted to take these readers on adventures to places they might not ever be able to travel. To place them inside the minds of people they would not otherwise
meet. To open the door to empathy.

Now I think more about writing YA because these books, like all children’s books, are content intense. I love rearranging words to paint a scene clearly or to make the reader feel like new friends and/or foes have entered their life. It’s challenging to make every sentence count. There’s no fluff. You can’t bluff your way through six paragraphs to make a point. You can’t bluff teens period.

Besides writing, what's your favorite creative outlet?

Gardening. Flowers and food. What could be more comparable to turning a blank page into a story than planting a garden? Dirt. Seeds. Water. Sun. Whoa! A few weeks later you have a vision of surprise and wonder. It’s never dull. Nothing’s tastier and more satisfying than harvesting one’s own food, preparing it, or storing it for the winter. It’s freezing. Ice. Snow. Gray. Yuck. Oh! Look in the freezer. Suddenly summer returns us to sanity.

When I get stuck with a writing problem I go outside and pull weeds. It’s like magic. Instant gratification. Somehow the problems in my head are sorted out while I yank.
Reading, of course, is a major creative outlet. But it can become pure escape if I’m not careful, and brainstorming with friends always feeds my creativity. So does interior decorating, though my significant other calls it “interior cluttering.” I used to make pottery and jewelry, but my mistakes were way too costly!

What kind of books do you like to read?
I will read anything that engages me quickly and/or challenges me to ponder new concepts. I love mysteries and stories that involve the great outdoors. One YA author I was recently introduced to, and whose work I enjoy is Ginny Rorby (Dolphin Sky and Hurt Go Happy). Authors of adult fiction I enjoy are Mary Alice Monroe (I love her romances that layer in ecological issues), Randy Wayne White (I can’t resist his Doc Ford, an “ex” Navy Seal turned marine biologist), and Carl Hiaasen (author of both YA and adult books that diss environmental adversaries). I can’t ignore the fact that I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan though. But I absolutely will not read anything violent or frightening.
What's your favorite kind of music?
Gosh, if I had to pick one, I’d probably say country because I love stories! Sometimes revenge is so sweet. Other times I need a good cry. Plus, I can’t resist singing along. But I love classic rock, Motown, classical, some blues, and mellow jazz. It all depends on my mood--or is it the weather? These days the genres run together so much that it’s difficult to classify what I’m lovin’ at any given moment.
If you were going to a costume ball where you had to dress as your favorite movie character, which character would you choose and what outfit would you wear?
It would be a close call between dressing as Maid Marian in any of the Robin Hood movies and Elizabeth Swan in Pirates of the Caribbean. If I were Maid Marian I’d chose a demure Renaissance gown. It’s always fun to act innocent while concealing much. But Elizabeth’s pirate costume is terribly tempting!
Thanks for chatting with me, Bonnie. Can't wait to read your posts next week!

The Chronicles of Casey V, on sale in July!

Do you like reading in the summer? Do you like reading books about summer? If you answered either of those questions with a “yes”, then keep your eye out for my YA novel coming out July 15. The action starts when 16-year old Casey V is riding the bus to an exclusive summer camp on the shores of Lake Michigan. She’s heading toward her first job ever, while being away from home and in charge of the safety and well-being of little girls. Lots of chances to screw up! On the other hand, it could be the most awesome summer of her life.

She starts to think it’s the latter when she meets Zander at the camp counselor orientation. He’s a hottie with a capital H. Unfortunately, Casey gets all tongue-tied and jittery around him, and she makes a total fool of herself each and every time he’s around! Will she ever get her act together so they can become an item? Will she solve the mystery behind one of her little campers? Will she pull off the Parents Weekend Talent Show she’s been charged with? Will she help her two BFF’s back home solve their summer romance dramas? Come along with Casey to find out.

Well, folks, it’s been a lot of fun hanging out with you all week on the Climbing Rose blog. It’s time for another fantastic author to leave her mark here next week so I’ll sign off. Many thanks to Blaize for inviting me, and all you who read my blogs. Have fun and happy reading!!

Laurie Larsen

Fangirl Moments

Have you ever had a fangirl (or fanboy, for those among us of the male gender) moment?

Wikipedia definition of “fangirl”: a female member of a fandom community (as opposed to the masculine "fanboy"). However, it is most often used in a derogatory sense to describe a girl's obsession with something.

For the purposes of this blog, we will just ignore the derogatory part and use Laurie's definition: a fangirl moment is when a normal, everyday female encounters someone in the celebrity realm, which brings on a “OMG!” sensation, usually accompanied by increased heart rate, shortness of breath and the tendency to squeal in excitement … SQUEEE!

For example, my niece went to Chicago to see an All American Rejects concert. After they parked and were walking toward the auditorium, the band’s big bus pulled up and started unloading. She got her picture taken with the lead singer, Tyson Ritter right there on the street! How cool!

Being an author, I am thrilled with how the internet has made our favorite authors so accessible. Almost all authors have active websites, complete with a “Contact Me” button. This past summer, I was having a really bad time of it in my writing world. I had finished a manuscript in April, and had submitted it to a publisher in May. I had high hopes for it. I’d done my homework and thought I'd written this story to be exactly what this publisher was looking for. In July I was in touch with an experienced published author who offered to read the manuscript for me and offer her critique. I sent it off to her, anxious to hear her feedback.

Unfortunately, the critique was brutal. In her attempts to make my manuscript better, she ripped it to shreds. Every paragraph or so, her red pen circled and crossed out, asking questions in the margin, wondering why I did this, why I did that. In the middle of one particularly sensitive scene, she wrote in capital letters, YUCK.

I was destroyed. My confidence in my own writing ability was gone. I had no idea if I would get past this and write another book. To help myself feel better, I pulled out the seven books of my all-time favorite author, Pat Conroy. I devoured them one by one, soaking in each of his words, each of his scenes. Although I’d read them all numerous times before, this time they healed my broken spirit. They made me remember why I love to write books and tell stories. If I could touch one reader the way his books have touched me, it is all worth it. After four months, I went back to my own writing and started a new manuscript. The joy of writing had returned for me, and I had him to thank.

I sent him a long, heartfelt email and guess what: he wrote back to me the very next day! He was so kind and generous – he told me that his most recent book had robbed him of his confidence as a writer for 8 months. He said books do it to all writers, and he was glad that I’d weathered my tsunami. I jumped up and down in my living room for five minutes straight yelling at the top my lungs: "OMG! OMG! OMG!" It was definitely my most memorable fangirl moment!

What about you? Leave me a comment and tell me what fangirl encounters you’ve had. What celebrities have you run into or gotten mail from? And how did it make you feel?

Laurie Larsen

Gen Y and the Art of Multi-tasking!

Hello everyone! I’m thrilled to be joining you this week as the guest blogger for the Climbing Rose blog. As I mentioned in my introductory interview, I’m a Climbing Rose author with my first Young Adult (YA) novel coming out in July. I’ll tell you more about The Chronicles of Casey V, OR Mental Ramblings of the Most Awesome Summer of My Life in a blog later this week.

But today I wanted to blog about a topic I find particularly interesting and that is: generational differences. Everyone who’s living today belongs to an identified generation, and they are called:
· Veterans (people born between 1922 and 1943)
· Baby Boomers (1943 – 1960)
· Gen X’ers (1960 – 1980)
· Gen Y’ers (or sometimes called Nexters) (1980 and beyond)

Each generation has core attributes associated with it. That doesn’t mean every single person within the generation has all those attributes – that would be stereotyping. But in general, the different generations have certain attributes that have formed that group of people because of the things that were going on in the world during their formative years. Since this blog is for YA’s I’ll focus on the generation most of you fall into: Gen Y!

Here are the core attributes that commonly define your generation:
· You’re optimistic
· You have a strong sense of civic duty
· You’re a confident generation
· You have made strong achievements
· You’re extremely sociable
· You have strong morals
· You have street smarts
· You understand and embrace diversity
Hey, as far as generational attributes go, Gen Y’ers really have it on the ball! I wouldn’t mind being part of your generation myself.

One thing Gen Y’ers are very comfortable with is multitasking. I have two teenage sons. While we’re at a sporting event, they’ll text their friends throughout the entire game, yet never miss a key play. They’ll listen to music while doing homework and never skip a beat. In fact, I am pretty good at multitasking myself, although I fit into the generation before yours. I never watch TV without doing something else at the same time. While I’m watching my favorite shows I’ll always be folding laundry, texting my friends on the cell, checking my favorite websites or my email. I guess because we’re so into technological gadgets these days, it makes it easy to do multiple things at once.

How about you? What’s your best example of multitasking? How many different things do you do at once? And do you ever feel like you sacrifice quality on each of the tasks, or do you feel you’re at the top of your game when you’re handling everything at once? Leave me a comment and I’ll provide an incentive for the best multitasking story out there: I’ll send an electronic copy of Casey V to the one I judge to be the best multitasker!!

Thanks for visiting this week! I’ll be back with another topic in a few days.

Laurie Larsen

PS: While I was writing this blog I was also watching a movie on Lifetime network and doing the family’s weekly laundry!

Great Review for Deidre's Secret

Snapdragon at Long and Short Reviews gives Deidre's Secret two thumbs up! (well, 4 out of 5 books actually):

Most of the dialog is zippy and offers insight into characters. Deidre is a strong, funny, and interesting character, and some secondary characters are also super. Auntie Mae - from red hair to orange lipstick, absolutely leaps from these pages. The level of action slides from fast-paced to more reflective, and back. The ho-hum of school contrasts nicely with the moments of sheer terror.

Overall, Deidre's Secret is funny, original and steadily builds intrigue throughout. It certainly engenders a bit of sympathy for those who might not quite fit in.

This is a powerful and engaging story and has more than enough to
interest an adult reader, as well as young adults. 4 books.

Read the whole review.

Guest Blogger Laurie Larsen

I'm excited to welcome Laurie Larsen as my guest blogger next week. Laurie has an awesome book coming out this summer, The Chronicles of Casey V.
On the bus, on her way to her first-ever summer job, Casey V is totally excited. And scared to death. First-time jobs are intimidating enough, but she'll be spending the whole summer out of state. Living in a cabin in the woods in charge of the safety and well-being of a bunch of homesick little girls. Yikes! Will this be the most awesome summer of her life or the biggest mistake in her entire sixteen years?

Can't wait to read your posts next week, Laurie, but in the meantime, tell us a little about yourself:

Why do you write YA?
Two reasons: one, because although Chronicles of Casey V is my first YA novel, it’s my fifth published novel. My first four were written for adults, but I always have either a child or a teenager in the story. In my fourth book (Preacher Man, released by Wild Rose in January) there was an entire subplot featuring a bunch of teens and I had so much fun writing them that I got inspired to write an entire book about and for teens. The other reason is, I love to read well-written books for teenage girls. I love the fun tone, the humor and the subject matter. I was kind of shy in high school and I love reading and writing about girls who are a lot more confident and fun than I was at that age!

Besides writing, what's your favorite creative outlet?
Almost all my favorite activities are creative in nature. I love to sing, read and watch movies and plays.

What kind of books do you like to read?
Oh my gosh, I have so many. My favorite author of all time is Pat Conroy, a southern epic writer whose books are generally really long and cover a long period of time in a family’s life. His writing just grabs me, sucks me in, leaving me feeling fulfilled, inspired and always wanting more. I like the courtroom dramas like John Grisham writes, I love the whole Harry Potter series and have read them all numerous times. I like an occasional mystery, but I’d say most of all I love to read romance and women’s fiction about everyday women and the challenges they face with their families and other relationships. And, as I said before, I really enjoy YA fiction.

What's your favorite kind of music?
I enjoy Top 40 pop music – anything I can sing along with. Although my favorites are still those artists I listened to as a younger person, when I’d buy their albums, play them over and over and memorize the words so I can sing along at the top of my lungs: Billy Joel, Elton John, Carpenters and Barry Manilow! J

If you were going to a costume ball where you had to dress up as your favorite movie character, which character would you choose and what outfit would you wear?
Great question! Well, I mentioned my fanaticism for Harry Potter so I would dress up as a HP character – a fun one, let’s see – oh! I know: I would dress up as the reporter Rita Skeeter from Goblet of Fire dressed in her blonde curly wig, eyeglasses down on her nose and the pad of paper and pen in her hand.

Thanks, Laurie!

Great Book Trailer

Check out the great book trailer that Beth Shriver just sent me for her upcoming release, Love at First Flight:

Looks awesome, doesn't it? Love at First Flight comes out on April 8--don't forget to pick up a copy!

Print is Dead?

Did you know that this is Read an E-Book Week? E-books had a rough beginning in the first part of the 21st century, but they are making a comeback now. In fact, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer thinks print newspapers and magazines will be completely dead in a decade (media mogul Rupert Murdoch gives them 20 years) but it's a fact that since 2002, e-book sales have increased 55.7%.

And did you know that you don't even need an e-reader to read e-books? You can download them to your computer or laptop, of course, but also to phones and PDAs and there are even websites that will help you create your own e-books for free. Pretty cool.

Be sure and check out the E-book Week website for lots of great info--and don't forget to download one of our great Climbing Rose titles today!


I'm at the Nola Stars conference this weekend in Shreveport, but before I give my workshop on engaging readers from start to finish, I wanted to share with you an interview with Webzine Les Romantiques, and Deidre's Secret was included. If you can read French, check it out! :)

Off to work on my speech! Have a super Saturday!!

Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde

YA Web Tour

Don't forget the fun YA Web Tour that Climbing Rose authors Kimberlee R. Mendoza, Deb Logan, June Sproat, Kitty Keswick, Terry Lee Wilde, Linda Kage, and Laurie Larsen are holding. Today's stop is Terry Lee Wilde.

And while you're at Terry's website, don't forget to check out her great new release Deidre's Secret!

From Acorns to Majestic Oaks

Really brief today because I've got to go to work and have a million other things to do, including rewrites on a sold book, and need to write up the synopsis for two more books to add to the publisher's spring list of releases!!! And Friday and Saturday I'll be at a writers conference to both teach a workshop on writing, and to have a book signing and to meet my editor for the first time face-to-face!

But all week I've been writing interviews and guest blogs and trying to come up with something new and fun is hard to do. I just received a request to do an interview for a reviewer's blog after he reviewed one of my books. How did that happen? He loved the quirky read and wanted to ask me some off-the-wall questions, stating that he thought I could handle it with my sense of humor.

Should :)

But in the meantime, I wanted to post something about a fellow author's post that she had about acorns growing into oaks. And that's truly how we do start our stories. From a seed of an idea, and it grows from there. We don't just have the whole story in our heads from the get-go, normally. Anyway, that's how it works for me. I have an idea, and it just grows.

Right now I have an idea for two stories, and now I have to write the synopsis for my editor so she can sell it to the publisher, and then I've got to finish writing the stories. But often, you have to write the stories first, then the editor reads it and if she loves it, she recommends a buy.

So I'm off to get ready for work, a trip, and loads of great stuff at the Shreveport conference where I'll get to hang out with lots of fun-loving writers too. :)

Terry Lee Wilde

Writing for Publication: How to Hook Your Reader!

This is a post that will go up at a library site and in newspapers in Waco, Texas for a teaching gig I'm doing June 6 for teens interested in writing.

Writing for Publication: How to Hook Your Reader!

Have you ever wondered how your favorite YA authors created such intriguing stories? Do you want to know how to have fun creating your own?

Come join me to learn how to hook a reader with conflict and intrigue. To create characters that your readers fall in love with. To create a believable world.

Come prepared to write, to talk, but most of all to have fun!

Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde is an award-winning published local author who writes both for young adults and adults in the area of paranormal romantic suspense and historical romantic suspense. She’s also written true stories for a number of magazines, including Listen Magazine for teens. Heart of the Wolf, an adult werewolf romantic suspense, made Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, and she was recently interviewed by a book club in France and has been asked to present a writing workshop in the fall in Toronto.

When she’s not presenting online writing workshops, writing new books, and speaking about writing and the publication process, she creates teddy bears that have found homes all over the world and that have been featured in magazines, and also works at the RB Hoover library.

Did you know that Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and Christopher Paolini were published teen authors? Or that Clive Barker was 11 when he wrote his first published book?

Sometimes I think I waited too long! I've been making up stories since I was a kid, but I never thought of writing for publication!

Give it a thought! If you love to make up stories, you might be a successful published author some day just like they are!

Terry Lee Wilde

Self Esteem Problems, Anyone???

Yep, my characters have self-esteem problems. Problems with teachers. Problems with kids at school. Problems with their own self image. Just all kinds of problems.

And that's great--to read about in fictional stories. Ever know someone who seems to be perfect? Perfect at school, perfect with friends, perfect with family, perfect with sports, and even has the ultimately perfect boyfriend? Blah! Perfect is boring.

But in real life, wouldn't we all like to have perfect lives? Norman Vincent Peale says this in his book, Positive Thinking Every Day--"It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfation out of the relationship."

And he's right. We spend more time with ourselves than we do with anyone else! So not only should you like yourself, love yourself. Loving anyone else is hard to do if you don't love yourself first.

So how do you learn to love yourself? Do what you can do to improve your self-esteem, even if you already know you're perfect! :)

This brings back a saying my dad used to espouse--"I'm perfect. I don't make mistakes." Of course he said it tongue in cheek, and we loved to prove how wrong he was. And he grinned all the more.

But this is one way to make you feel better about yourself. Tell yourself you're perfect. Don't tell yourself how many horrible faults you have.

Another way to help with self-esteem issues is to tackle them.

Ever hear about the famous Greek philosopher, Demosthenes, who stuttered horribly? He put small pebbles in his mouth to help him control his stuttering while he spoke loudly to anyone who wished to hear his philosophies. He eventually overcame his stuttering.

Have trouble with math? Don't feel like a failure. Get help. Work with a teacher, with students who are really good in math, with a parent who might be. Get after school tutoring at a library. Get online help from math tutors. Giving up on it, isn't a solution. And it hurts self-esteem.

For years, my son balked at doing math. But then he decided he wanted to be a computer programmer. Guess what? It requires a lot of advance level math. So he finally bit the bullet and began working with tutors and teachers to learn how to do it.

Ignoring problems won't make it go away. So tackle them, but ask for help. Two heads are better than one.

My daughter was having trouble with chemistry. And her boyfriend just happened to have taken it and was able to help her with some problems. So, ask friends. You never know when someone you know might even know how to help.

Sometimes I've heard people being upset over the lamest things. Not that I would ever do such a thing. But sometimes we have to realize in the scheme of things, how important is it?

So sometimes, just realizing that whatever seems to be a big thing isn't, helps to put the self-esteem issue into perspective.

Another way to deal with issues is to look at where you'll be a week from now. Let's say that you have a big test coming up. And you're stressing over it. Number one, tell yourself that you can do it. Number two, study hard for it. Remember, tackling the problem can do wonders. Number three, remember that it's not the end of the world if you fail. You may have to retake it, take a summer course, but despite how you might feel about it, it won't kill you. And Number four, remember there's a light at the end of the tunnel. You will get through this!

Just like my characters in their stories. They have so many things to deal with, but eventually, if they work hard enough and have the right attitudes, they will overcome. :)

And a reminder! And speaking of fun stuff, be sure to check out this fun YA Web Tour by seven of our Climbing Rose authors (Linda Kage, Kitty Keswick, Laurie Larsen, Deb Logan, Kimberlee R. Mendoza, June Sproat, & Terry Lee Wilde). The tour runs from March 2 - 8 and couldn't be easier. All you need to do is log on to the website of the day, enter the secret code, and possibly win a free book. Fun!

Monday's website is Kimberlee R. Mendoza and the secret code is Family.

Have a super Sunday, and tell me what you do to deal with self esteem issues that works! :)

Terry Lee Wilde

Deidre's Secret

Guest Blogger and a Fun Blog Tour

Terry Lee Wilde, award-winning author of urban fantasy and medieval historical romantic suspense, is our guest blogger this week--check back often for more about Terry's fabulous new novel, Deidre's Secret and other fun stuff.

And speaking of fun stuff, be sure to check out this fun YA Web Tour by seven of our Climbing Rose authors (Linda Kage, Kitty Keswick, Laurie Larsen, Deb Logan, Kimberlee R. Mendoza, June Sproat, & Terry Lee Wilde). The tour runs from March 2 - 8 and couldn't be easier. All you need to do is log on to the website of the day, enter the secret code, and possibly win a free book. Fun!
Monday's website is Kimberlee R. Mendoza and the secret code is Family.