Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Kate Pavelle for taking the time to talk with us today. Don’t forget to check out our review of Breakfall (The Fall, #1). There is also a Giveaway, so don’t miss that.
Title: Breakfall (The Fall, #1)
Author: Kate Pavelle
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Ten things I wish I had known before becoming a published author:
Thank you for having me over! You asked me to share ten thing I wish I had known before becoming a published author. I’m still so new at it – my first book came out in August 2013, and I have only four books and four short stories to my name. Despite “Breakfall” and the hoopla around it, my wisdom as a writer is rather limited. You could say I still have milk dripping down my chin. Let me wipe it off and give it my best shot:
- I wish I’d realized, way back when, that a pen name means creative freedom, and is not a mere attempt to escape a browbeating from relatives and friends.
- I wish I knew not to read reviews until I fell emotionally detached from the book. For me, that takes about 6 months, plus being totally absorbed in writing something new and exciting.
- I wish I’d taken all those online writing seminars with Dean Wesley Smith a lot earlier! That way, I’d know that it’s faster and easier to write a new story from scratch, rather than try to rewrite an old one. Deleting whole paragraps, even pages, is a new normal for me.
- I wish I knew that indie publishing is a business like any other, and needs to be managed. Which is work. See #1 above, “time management.”
- I wish I’d known that writing an outline will totally kill my creative flow, and will sap any interest I have in a story idea. Now I outline just to kill unwelcome plot bunnies.
- I wish I’d realized how much goes into producing a book once the work is submitted and accepted, and once the advance is already spent on my daughter’s college tuition.
- I wish I’d known that writing from home will be sedentary and fattening. I’d have joined the gym a lot sooner, and would have purchased my walking-desk treadmill earlier.
- I wish I’d known that a book is primarily about one person only – even when that person is a part of a couple.
- I wish I’d known that writing about old, painful things won’t keep me from spitting mad when they crop up again. Such as, when my old alma mater tries to cover up a gang rape and exonerates the three football players and don’t call the police on what they deem is “an internal matter,” that brings back bad memories. My quest for justice is, it appears, eternal.
Sean didn’t know. He never tried it. Burrows-sensei disapproved of contamination by other martial arts.
“Contaminating aikido by other arts would make it too easy to resort to violence,” he said, repeating the word he heard so many times. “If you are defending yourself, and if your timing is right and you keep the principles in mind, all you have to do is trust the technique to work.”
The response to his rehearsed words was action. Strong arms on his biceps and hips against his hip.
Asbjorn pushed him roughly against the brick wall of the building next to them.
“Do something, Sean.” Asbjorn’s voice was calm.
Sean was pinned.
He curled his wrists in and attempted to raise his arms, but with his hips immobilized, it was impossible to use his whole body. He could not simply curl a man like Asbjorn. Frustrated, he stomped on Asbjorn’s foot.
Asbjorn smiled. “Sometimes, your style will be incompatible with the style of somebody else. You can also be smaller or physically weaker.”
The stubborn set of Sean’s jaw told Asbjorn he tried to resist the impending feeling of humiliation and defeat. Sean said, “You’re saying there’s nothing I can do.”
“No. I’m saying you have to learn a few dirty tricks.”
“I can’t use my hands.”
“You can use your head, though. I’m close enough for a head-butt. If you hit my nose with your forehead, I’ll let go right quick.”
Asbjorn loosened his grip on Sean’s arms and slid his large hands onto the rough surface by Sean’s head. He kept his hips pressed forward, his face buried in Sean’s hair, and seemed disinclined to move.
“Sean.” Asbjorn’s voice was but a whisper.
“What are you doing?”
There was a pause before Asbjorn broke the silence. “I’m wondering that myself.”
Sexual assault doesn’t discriminate. Aikido instructor Sean Gallaway learns that when he falls prey to a violent stalker. Asbjorn Lund, a karate sensei on campus and a Navy vet, yearns to teach Sean how to survive. How to overcome. How to recover. Sean feels hunted and alone as the stalker escalates, testing his boundaries. With the entire dojo at his back, Sean resolves to play bait. He will catch the animal stalking him and reclaim his sense of self if it’s the last thing he does. Yet Sean’s hunger for justice clashes with Asbjorn’s protective streak, and their budding romance might not survive their war of wills.
About the Author:
Just about everything Kate Pavelle writes is colored by her life experiences, whether the book in your hand is romance, mystery, or adventure. Kate grew up under a totalitarian regime behind the Iron Curtain. In her life, she has been a hungry refugee and a hopeful immigrant, a crime victim and a force of lawful vengeance, a humble employee and a business owner, an unemployed free-lancer and a corporate executive, a scientist and an artist, a storyteller volunteering for her local storytelling guild, a martial artist, and a triathlete. Kate’s frequent travels imbue her stories with local color from places both exotic and mundane.
Kate Pavelle is encouraged in her writing by her husband, children and pets, and tries not to kill her extensive garden in her free time. Out of the five and a half languages she speaks, English is her favorite comfort zone.
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a Rafflecopter giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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