An Accident Waiting to Happen
My Writing with the Stars guest today is Maria Zannini. She’s sharing about how she worked with her Brava mentor, Terri Brisbin.
So without further ado, please welcome Maria.
I almost didn’t submit Mistress Of The Stone to the Writing With The Stars contest. But I kept rereading the guidelines and one thing kept bringing me back.
The mentor. Each finalist would get a chance to work with a mentor.
I read all the author bios and it drove me dizzy with anticipation. I’d be lucky to work with any one of these authors. And if I became a finalist one of those poor veterans would have to work with me. It was in the guidelines. That’s almost like stone. LOL!
I entered, and to my shock, Megan Records phoned to tell me I was a finalist. Unfortunately, she didn’t count on me hanging up on her twice before she could tell me the news. (In my defense, it was a new phone, and I’m an idiot.) Thankfully, Megan didn’t hold a grudge.
Still, it would be several more days before I learned about my mentor. When I found out I had won Terri Brisbin, I said a prayer of thanks, then apologized silently to Terri because the poor woman had no idea how much trouble she had inherited.
Terri was terrific though. I bombarded her with questions and I took full advantage of having my very own mentor for a couple of weeks. We talked about the story, the presentation, and the genre. We talked about the industry and how important it was to be proactive.
I probably exasperated her with the last challenge with as many times as we volleyed it back and forth, but I have to say it was the very best of my work. By the time we were through that love scene smoldered on the page.
Through it all, Terri remained cheerful, optimistic and supportive. If I don’t go any farther than I have right now, it still would have been worth it because of what I learned from this generous lady.
I’m sure all of us would love to have an expert help us with some aspect of our work, but what would you like to teach if you could? What do you do best?
Excerpt from MISTRESS OF THE STONE:
He shoved her in the opposite direction and walked her to the bed. If he meant to—Madre de Dios! Surely he wasn’t that mad. Not here. Not on her father’s ship.
“Blasted heretic! You know you can’t get off this ship.”
“I’m not getting off—at least not right away. What is our heading?”
“I don’t know.”
Daltry turned her around roughly then lifted her chin. “Come now, dearest, don’t play the witless damsel. It’s not becoming, especially on you.” He pushed her on the bed, one knee between her legs. “A pretty girl wearing leather britches and a shirt that betrays her womanly charms is quickly discounted as a woman of easy virtue.”
Luísa shot up in protest, but he shoved her down. She countered with a sharp knee to his cojones. His hands fell to his nethers and he staggered back with a raspy groan.
“What do you think of my virtue now, Inglés?”
Maria Zannini used to save the world from bad advertising, but now she spends her time wrangling zombie chickens, and fighting for a piece of the bed against dogs of epic proportions. She is the author of True Believers, releasing October 18 from Carina Press and Touch Of Fire, published by Samhain Publishing. Her entry for WWTS is called Mistress Of The Stone, a pirate story with a paranormal twist.
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Thank you, Mia for being such a gracious host.
You’re welcome, Maria.
Maria’s mentor is Terri Brisbin, author of A Storm of Pleasure! If you love Scotland, you need to visit Terri’s terrific website for some wonderful pics.
Have you ever wished for a mentor? Have you ever had someone whose help made a difference to your life?