Saturday, September 29, 2007

A Fun Chat with ParaWomenRadio!

Hi there, everyone!

Tomorrow night, September 30th at 8 p.m. EST, I will be visiting with the awesome girrrrrls of ParaWomenRadio { listen in at, and/or check them out on MySpace at }. If you're free Sunday night, why don't you come on down and have a listen?

The League of Extraordinary Paranormal Women was formed for Women, about Women, and in support of Women in all area's of the Paranormal fields including investigators, authors, writers, editors, artists, filmmakers, screenwriters, actresses, and musicians. A very cool concept, no?

By chance, I happened to meet up with one of the League's founders, Kristy Robinett, a couple of weeks ago. Kristy is a very gifted clairvoyant and spirit medium . . . which means that, like John Edward, Kristy is in contact with the spirits on the other side. She also has the ability to consult with your own personal Spirit Guides while giving a reading, which makes the reading highly personal and incredibly specific. If anyone out there is interested in having a reading done, I can wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend Kristy to you. You can find her on MySpace at, or at her website at

I hope some of you will be able to listen in! It should be a fun night. I might not even get anticipatory hives. :)

Love to all,

Mad {madly!}

Monday, September 10, 2007

Tools of the Trade

Over with the Witchy Chicks, we were talking about audio/visual aids and what helps each of us in the writing process. It got me to thinking. Is it somehow wrong that I haven't often delved too deeply into the hows and the whys of writing? I'm not wearing blinders, honest. It's just that sometimes it seems as though by dissecting the process in a mad {heh} attempt to understand it more fully, I might strip some of the magick away . . . and I like to keep that intact, thankyouverymuch.

I can tell you I don't use pictures of people to inspire a character. The character always comes to me first, and in writing this series at least, they have come to me fully blown. Some readers have been suggesting various actors, most quite suitable indeed, that they envision in certain roles, and if that deepens their reading experience, I'm all for it . . . but as for me, it's not something I do often.

Music is always very important to me... although rarely while writing. I most often use music in between writing sessions, though not always to keep me in the Stony Mill world. Oftentimes the music I choose is simply to relax me, or to cater to the latest whim for atmosphere that I crave.

Atmosphere. This is the biggie for me. Atmosphere speaks to me, and it can come in so many different forms. I will often select movies for my DVD collection by the atmosphere in the film. Even if the film wasn't the best, its atmosphere will speak to me in some way. Music can give me atmosphere, but again, I don't often use it while writing -- I find it too involving. Something about the way my brain is wired makes me focus on the music itself rather than the story in front of me. Atmosphere can be found in anything, in any circumstance, if one keeps one's eyes open to it. It's the skirl of dried leaves sweeping down an empty street; the gathering of a bevy of vultures in a single tall tree that overlooks an entire neighborhood; the way a road cutting through a pair of cornfields can seem claustrophobic toward the end of summer; the sound of the wind whispering through said cornfields just before harvest. And now we're approaching autumn, my favorite time of year . . . and so appropriate for my writing. So many lovely and evocative images that propel and inspire my mind on its wild travails.

Atmosphere. I couldn't write without it.

Love to all,

Mad {madly!}

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Soooooo... Quick Question

So, I've been receiving requests from readers to start a yahoogroup where people can congregate and discuss the Bewitching series and all things paranormal, as well as receive tidbits and teasers and input from the author in question... namely, me. This list would be whatever readers made of it, and would be separate from any announcement list for those who just want to receive notification of upcoming releases. I'd be more than happy to generate the yahoogroup, but am drawing a blank on what to call you all {other than "My Beloved and Much Appreciated Readers," heh}.

Any suggestions?

Also, a note for MySpace readers. There actually is an existing MySpace group for fans of the Bewitching series. You can join at

Love to all,

Mad {madly!}