Saturday, February 27, 2010

TAG! I'm it!

I thought I would dissect my own tagline for my latest work, Green Grass. Here's it is:

He needed fresh air. She had plenty.

Like it?

In its development, I thought of the overarching theme of the story. The hero, Kevin, is moving along with his life, a graduate student studying the air quality in coastal Maine. Early in the story we sense ennui. At least I hope we do. He needs shaking up.

Adrian Culpepper (yes she spells it in the masculine form -- ever the rebel) lives in a garage, freezing her toes and fingers off. She has all the fresh air anybody could ask for. When their two worlds collide, we root for them. We want Kevin to rise in passion and become the hero he's intended to be. We want Adrian to catch a break.

My tagline says nothing deep. Does it provide you with that fleeting spark to look a few seconds more at this book? I'm hoping the cover will be the freshest thing since --well GREEN GRASS. You should almost be able to smell it.

Onward..... Gemini

Thursday, February 11, 2010


What fun!

Blurb! Sploosh! Eereek. . . The last one is the sound a squeaky door makes. I love words that sound like stuff. I use them in my writing all the time -- possibly too much. And I drive my editors nuts as they try to figure out if my bleeps and nickity-nicks need to be italicized.

My current writing is about a musician. I'm using tremendous self-restraint to limit my onomatopoeia.

By the way, if you type onomatopoeia in Microsoft Word, and then do a spell check, it asks you if you meant to type tomato. Maybe I did. Tomato is much easier to spell and more people are familiar with the word.

So when my editor say, "Gem, what the heck is scritchity," I'll say it's a tomato.

More TAGS coming soon!