Sunday, August 21, 2011

Welcome Janice Seagraves

It's my pleasure to have as a guest, dear friend, Janice Seagraves. Besides being an author, she also has a very informative Yahoo loop group called Writers Sea Grotto.

Writers Sea Grotto is for new and seasoned writers to learn and share their unique writing experiences. It's a great place to hang out, to meet other authors. You can chat or ask questions if you've hit a rough spot in your MS.

Janice also posts mini lessons  that give us tips and suggestions on how to improve our craft. Besides the usual promo day, we have Work In Progress Day, Brainstorming Sessions, etc.

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Windswept Shores has awesome characters who have been shipwrecked and left to their own devices. If you've ever wondered how you'd fare being on a deserted island read how this couple manages. It's not all sunsets and coconuts. Great imagery, dialogue, and exciting events. Certainly kept my attention to the very end.

Janice, the floor is yours.

Mistakes in Conversation
By Janice Seagraves

Hubby and I had this conversation just the other day. You know that one that’s said and the one that’s just under the surface. But the problem is, for the wife I'm kind of thick.

Hubby: "I'm taking a friend from work all the way to Clovis. It's a long drive and I'll be driving back all by myself." (Come with me so I won't be lonely.)

Me: I nod. "Yeah you will be all alone."

Hubby: "I won that gift certificate at Wal-Mart." (There's a bribe in this for you, if you'll go with me.)

Me: "Yeah, you did."

Him: He looks me up and down. I'm dressed in a nice at home outfit. (His look implies that I'm dressed nice enough that I won't embarrass him in public.)

Me: “Hmm?” (Why are you looking at me like that?)

Him: And then my fifty-three year old hubby's bottom lip sticks out in a pout. (You’re not getting what I'm trying to tell you.)

Me: "Oh!" I look at him again. "You want me to go with you?" (God, I'm dense.)

Him: He grins and bats his big brown eyes at me. (That's what I've been trying to tell you.)

Me: "Okay, let me get my purse." (I’m going with you, but I'll still take that bribe.)

What’s fun is adding some of that same misunderstanding to your work.
Here’s an excerpt from my book, Windswept Shores:
They waded out and began scraping off the black, shiny mussels that clung to the rock. The surf pulled and dragged at Meagan’s legs, getting both of them thoroughly soaked. 
“Isn’t that a beaut?” Seth showed Megan a fine clutch of mussels. “I got ‘em in one go.”
“Oh, that’s great! And they’re nice big ones, too.” She held out the basket, but slipped on a stone, stumbling against his side.
He dropped the shellfish into the basket she held. “Easy there, mate.”
“I mean the mussels,” she snapped.
“I meant the mussels, too.” He scraped at another batch. “Course, a man’s muscle is his most important body part.”
“O-oh, you’re just like every guy I know. Why is it always sex with men?”
“Do you know which muscle I was even talking about?” He smirked. “Most blokes are scum.” He glanced sidelong at her. “Most blokes just want to tell their mates how many birds they've shagged that week.” He dropped more mussels in her basket. “But I could be different, if you ever want to find out.”
“You do realize I’m a married woman?”
Seth yanked his gaze up to hers. “Megz, I realize you’re a spunky widow.”
“I’m not a widow. He’s alive,” she snapped, blinking back tears.
“You have a nightmare every night about his death.”
“I-I don’t know for sure.” Megan scraped vigorously at a new spot. “Jonathan might have made it. The plane could have . . . popped out—” Half the shiny black shells fell into the water, as she snatched at the rest. “From the other side of the wave,” she finished.
“Orright.” He shrugged.
Megan dropped her mussels into the basket. “I think we have enough. Let’s go in.”
“Ready when you are, mate.”
Roaring filled her ears as a large wave hit, for a moment all Megan could see was teal tinged water.
A hand grabbed her arm, keeping her rooted to the spot. “Megz?”
Megan coughed rubbing the saltwater sting from her eyes. “I’m fine,” she gasped.
“Let me have the mussels. The waves are picking up.” He dropped his scraper into her basket, then took it from her.
Another wave hit, but this time it lifted Megan off the rocks. Seth grabbed her around the waist. She clung to him.
“The sea means to take you back.”
“It can’t have me.” She looked around. “I think I lost my scraper.”
“Let it go, mate. You can make another.”
In the lull, when the wave washed back out to sea, Seth handed Megan back the basket. “Hang on a tick.” She clutched it to her chest. He abruptly picked her up and waded ashore.
Surprise made her eyes big as her cheeks heated. She glanced shyly up at him, then over his shoulders to the rocks the waves crested over. “The tide has come in. I usually keep watch for things like that.”
“I must be a distraction for ya.” Seth grinned, while he set her down on the sand.
“When are you not a distraction to anyone?” she asked with one hand against his muscular chest.
“My mum said I’m always one to hog all the attention to myself.”
“I think she’s right.” She took a step back so she could pat his arm. “Thank you for keeping me from being swept off to sea.”
“That’s what mates are for.” He took the basket, with a look inside it, he added, “Besides, you were carrying me brekky.” Seth smirked down at her. “I really like yer top. You should wear it more often.”
“Oh!” Megan gave a mortified glance at her clingy camisole, which looked like it was spray painted on. Her erect nipples were making credible attempts to poke holes in the thin material. She snatched her brown shirt off the bush, hurrying to slip it on. Dammit, I’m never wearing this again.
Seth chuckled while he hauled the mussels up to their camp.

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Janice said...

Hi Cassie,

Thank you for having me on as a guest today. It was fun. :)


Cassie Exline said...

So pleased to have you, Janice. But as they say, we've only just begun.

Lisa Alexander Griffin said...

I loved the banter between you and your hubby, and Seth and Meagan. lol. Like you, I would have still taken his bribe. lol.

Cassie Exline said...

Thanks for stopping by, Lisa. The banter between Seth and Meagan was well done. It's a great book.

Janice said...

Hi Lisa,

Thank you so much. I love writing dialogue and hubby and me let's just say we have a very interesting relationship. :)

Hi Cassie,

Your so sweet. I loved writing Windswept and work hard to make it an interesting read. The characters kept me up at night, demanding more dialogue or a new scene. Especially Seth, lol.


Kari Thomas said...

Great post on dialogue! And the excerpt makes me want to read this one!

Wishing you lots of sales, Janice!

hugs, Kari Thomas,

Janice said...

Hi Kari,

Thank you so much. :)


Cassie Exline said...

You're so right, Kari. It is a must read book. I loved it. Especially Seth. lol