The Curse of the White Screen by Jami Gray–with a FREE BOOK for EVERYONE!

Today I’m joined by Jami Gray, and she shares a struggle of writing: a blank screen. Not only is she going to tell us about her problems with it, she’s going to give you a book. No contests. No lucky winners. Just read her post and click on the buy link to your favorite eBook retailer to get a copy of the first book in the Kyn Kronicles, SHADOW’S EDGE.

The Curse of the White Screen

If you’re a writer, chances are you’ve faced the horrifying reality of a blank screen. Generally, this terror strikes when you’ve finally completed the roller coaster ride of your last work in progress. You’re flushed with the sweet knowledge that you managed to get your characters, their world and a magnificent plot etched into electronic stone. Some writers may decide to take a small breather, a day, a week, a month, before attempting the next great journey. Others (who are much braver than I am) give themselves a whopping hour before setting fingers to keyboard. Regardless of when you start, everyone encounters the same picture—a white screen where words tremble on the edge of existence.

Since I can’t speak for all of us out there (and we are legion!) we’ll say the views stated below are solely mine.

Follow me back three books. After mending the rips and tears from my writing partners on my second Urban Fantasy, SHADOW’S SOUL, I sent it on to my editor so she could dissect it and throw it back. The apparition of my third book, SHADOW’S MOON, loomed ahead like a large writer-eating slug.

Strapped to my office chair with chains of headphone cords and superglue dusting my fingertips, the urge to run was greatly dampened as I prepared to face my nemesis—a white screen. The decision had been made that SHADOW’S MOON would follow Xander, a secondary character, so as to give our main character couple a break. As the screen mocked me, my brain whirled. Plots and subplots flew around in a maelstrom. Faced with the fact that Xander, the heroine of my third book, was actually a fairly well adjusted, not too tormented being, I panicked. I don’t do well-adjusted characters. Dark and edgy are the two biggest components of character creation for me. Granted Xander can kick butt with the best of them, but she comes from a loving family, she’s confident in herself and her abilities, she’s unique and she just happens to be involved with a not-so-well-adjusted alpha male.

Slowly, bit-by-bit I started to carve out the plot, but it was like pulling teeth—without painkillers. I got halfway through, and felt like I just completed a 5K run in flip-flops. I sent out an SOS text to my partners in word slinging.

“Do I have to do it from her POV?” I whine.

Their responses are instantaneous: “Don’t be wimpy!” “Suck it up!” “YES!” and so on.

Resigned to my fate, I set Siri aside and continued on. Years and years later, I have a plot. HOORAY! Now to come up with the opening scene.

NOOOOO!!!

I reached into my emergency stash of chocolate and caffeine. I harbor a futile hope that this edible combination will save me from the bleak fate waiting on the other side of the screen.

I spent days lost in my head running through various scenarios. It got so bad I ended up walking around my house muttering constantly, hair sticking every which way, and wearing clothes that show why stripes and plaid should never go together. It’s horrible and my husband seriously considered contacting the local psych ward for help.

Finally, I dragged my weary, abused mind back to the computer. Six hours later, all I had to show for my efforts were seven measly pages. Tears of relief played havoc with my vision as I powered down the computer. That night I’m thrilled I’ve gotten something down, and even managed to go to sleep.

Then morning came, and with it, the realization that the scene would not work—not for the opening, and probably not in this book. My creativity threatened to implode. Now my inner critic pipes up. Maybe two books are all you have. You’re all written out. My creative well was empty.

I contemplated new hobbies such as…maybe….cooking, the kind that doesn’t involve a microwave, or rock collecting…a wisp of something drifted through my mind. It teased the edges of my consciousness with subtle pokes and prods, finally it snapped me out of my self indulgent whine-fest. That teasing temptation whispered, “What if…”, and suddenly I was tripping across the floors (it’s a super talent) and stumbling to my desk. Fingers raced across the keyboard and the most wonderful sight ever….WORDS started to spread across the white screen.

With six books under my belt, I have complete confidence I will face the challenge of the white screen again, rather soon actually. Any writer will warn you, this situation will pop up with frightening frequency…in the beginning of the story, in the middle of the story, at the end of the story. No matter how many times you manage to beat it back, it will endure, but so will you, because that’s what writers do. We endure and push through all those walls and blank screens so we can share the magic of our worlds and introduce readers to our wickedly cool peeps.

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SHADOW’S EDGE, Kyn Kronicles #1
Everyone fears what hunts in the shadows—especially the monsters…

When the supernatural lurks in the shadows of the mundane, hunting monsters requires unique skills, like those of Raine McCord. A series of deaths threatens to reveal the Kyn community and forces her to partner with the sexy Gavin Durand.

As the trail leads to the foundation haunting Raine’s childhood, she and Gavin must unravel lies and betrayals to discover not only each other, but the emerging threat to them and the entire magical community.

Jami Gray Small

BIO:

Jami Gray is the award winning, multi-published author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, and the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams. She can be soothed with coffee and chocolate. Surrounded by Star Wars obsessed males and two female labs moonlighting as the Fur Minxes, she escapes by playing with the voices in her head.

You can find me at:

Black Opal Books: http://www.BlackOpalBooks.com

Muse It Up Publishing: http://museituppublishing.com

Website: http://www.JamiGray.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamigray.author

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/JamiGrayUFWriter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamiGrayAuthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/JamiGray

Google+: https://google.com/+JamiGray

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.com/e/B006HU3HJI

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/LvoZn

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jamigrayauthor/

BUY LINKS:
You can find all the buy links for both The Kyn Kronicles and PSY-IV Teams, in all formats at:

http://jamigray.com/kynkronicles/

http://jamigray.com/psyivteams/

Or you can use the following:

THE KYN KRONICLES:

THINGS THAT GO BUMP FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Wrapped in Shadows .5 Kyn Kronicles)

Amazon: http://amzn.com/1626940908

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/things-that-go-bump-for-the-holidays-black-opal-books/1117680975?ean=2940148940685

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/387518

Black Opal Books: http://www.blackopalbooks.com/anthology/things-that-go-bump

Shadow’s Edge: Bk 1 of Kyn Kronicles

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0061CAXJ4

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-shadow039sedgethekynkroniclesbook1-625433-139.html

Black Opal Books: http://www.blackopalbooks.com/shop-our-store/authors/jami-gray

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iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/shadows-edge-kyn-kronicles/id482595056?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/shadow-s-edge-the-kyn-kronicles-book-1

Scribd.: https://www.scribd.com/book/235371403/Shadow-s-Edge-The-Kyn-Kronicles-Book-1

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jami_Gray_Shadow_s_Edge?id=ubxyAgAAQBAJ

Shadow’s Soul:Bk 2 of the Kyn Kronicles

Black Opal Books: http://www.blackopalbooks.com/shop-our-store/authors/jami-gray

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B008DIZ9OI

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-shadow039ssoulthekynkroniclesbook2-848561-139.html

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Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/174291

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/shadows-soul-kyn-kronicles/id541827836?mt=11

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Scribd.: https://www.scribd.com/book/235371430/Shadow-s-Soul-the-Kyn-Kronicles-Book-2

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jami_Gray_Shadow_s_Soul?id=nb9yAgAAQBAJ

Shadow’s Moon: Bk 3 of the Kyn Kronicles

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00K8AZZES

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadows-moon-the-kyn-kronicles-book-3-jami-gray/1119462166?ean=2940149437719

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iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/shadows-moon-kyn-kronicles/id875444016?mt=11

Kobo http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/shadow-s-moon

Scribd.: https://www.scribd.com/book/233279819/Shadow-s-Moon-The-Kyn-Kronicles-Book-3

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jami_Gray_Shadow_s_Moon?id=npODAwAAQBAJ

Shadow’s Curse: Bk 4 of the Kyn Kronicles

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00RLE3PZU

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadows-curse-jami-gray/1121072005?ean=9781626942202

Black Opal Books: http://www.blackopalbooks.com/shop-our-store/authors/jami-gray

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/shadows-curse-kyn-kronicles/id954894551?mt=11

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/505822

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Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/253090806/Shadow-s-Curse-The-Kyn-Kronicles-Book-4

THE PSY-IV TEAMS:

Hunted by the Past: Bk 1 of PSY-IV Teams

MuseItUp Publishing: https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/our-authors/57-our-authors/authors-g/445-jami-gray

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00M289FTA

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/449240

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1119776913?ean=9781771275538&itm=1&usri=9781771275538

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id890554328

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Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jami_Gray_Hunted_by_the_Past?id=u1nOBAAAQBAJ

The Return of George: the Egotistical Basset Hound

Well, George is back. I didn’t realize it had been so long, but he hasn’t been here since October of 2013. If you didn’t see that interview, you can read it here. At that time, I interviewed George about his first book, George Knows. I also had his peep, Mindy, in the interview. Now George has a new book out, Tillie’s Tale. This time I just had questions for George, and had I reviewed the first interview, I could have probably saved us both some time by not repeating things he had already answered. Oh well, I guess peeps don’t have as good of a memory as dogs.

tilliestale333x500With the success of George Knows, and now the release of Tillie’s Tale, how long do you think you can keep solving cases?

George: It depends on if I can get a new secret-ary. The Peep I have now is very slow and doesn’t always listen to me the way she should. She has a big mouth and spends little time doing her work.

Have you started your next case?

George: A basset’s work is never done. There are some lost spoons that need to be found. I’m sure that there may be lost treats, too.

Do you have a message you’d like people to take from your stories?

George: Peeps, dogs are your friends. Listen to us or things may not go well for your species. Feed us, take care of us, clean up after us, and we’ll teach you about the world outside of your puny senses.

Do you also read? If so, what do you like?

George: Gack! That’s, that’s, that’s just plain disgusting. Dogs have in stinks, we don’t need to read like Peeps do. That’s because they don’t remember anything.

Do you have an issue with all the books where the dog, well, doesn’t make it?

George: Not as long as it isn’t a friend. Didn’t you realize most of those books are fiction? Peeps die all the time in books, so why not the dog? There is a need for superhero dogs in comic books. Superdog just didn’t cut it, in my opinion. Maybe a SuperBasset—they could call him George.

Trixie Koontz had quite a career. Which K9 storyteller do you most respect.

George: Lassie was very pretty. Unfortunately, she turned out to be a he and I wasn’t quite as interested. Now I have my own lovely lass. She suffers from permanent bad hair days, but she’s going to be mine.
Who would you rather work a case with, Blue or Wishbone?

George: Blue? Is he a hound? Like a blue tick? Hounds generally smart dogs. I’m a hound. I’ve heard of Wishbone. Terriers waste too much energy.

Since keyboards were designed for human hands, do you find typing your books difficult, or do you get by with a form of pecking?

George: I have a secret-ary. She takes my dictation. She’s not very good, she doesn’t always listen, and she’s very slow. It’s hard to get good help. I’ve offered her all the cookies she could want. Why is it my fault she doesn’t eat them fast enough?

Benji or Lassie?

George: Please! They are both boydogs. Lassie’s only line is Timmy’s in the well. What did Benji do other than look unkempt. K9 from Doctor Who is pretty cool for a metal dog. I’d hang out with the robo-dog. It wouldn’t take my cookies.

Lady and the Tramp, Milo and Otis, or All Dogs Go to Heaven?

George: If I had to choose, maybe Lady from Lady and the Tramp. She’s a lovely puppygirl. I’d clean her ears any day!

Ok. We’re going to end it there. I didn’t know cleaning ears was a thing with dogs, but whatever. Here’s George’s blog, or ‘log’ if you’ve read the first interview: Basset Bones.