Writer Fairy of the Week: Chris Campillo

A couple of years ago, Chris and I discovered we lived near each other. Since we were already in the same local RWA chapter, critique group, and writer’s book club, we started carpooling to writing events.

A one-size-fits-all super mom/wife/substitute teacher/writer, Chris puts the Energizer Bunny, Excel spreadsheets, and Nora Ephron to shame. I would say Erma Bombeck, but I’m not sure it’s flattering to compare a friend to a deceased humorist. I never know what Chris and I will discuss, but I know we will have fun whether rum is involved or not.

Chris writes contemporary single title romance about “real women, sexy men, lots of laughs.” Her manuscript, SAIL AWAY, finaled in the 2011 RWA® Golden Heart Contest. Her most recent manuscript, DON’T COME BACK, finaled in the 2012 Utah RWA Great Beginnings Contest.

As a “self-confessed worrywart,” Chris blogs about life with comical verve. She covers topics from “Thirty-Seven Shades of Pink” to parenting to pets to projects to time travel. Click here to visit her website. www.chriscampillo.com

P.S. Chris also hosts a not-to-be missed caroling party each year. Just ring the doorbell and don’t forget the rum cake. Cake optional.

From Pixar to Publishing, Why Answers May Vary

Dear Jillian and Visitors,

As a Writer Fairy I am accustomed to responding to questions, not writing blogs. Therefore Jillian suggested I peruse blogs to find out what other authors were discussing and provide links to the top two posts. Here are my recommendations:

1. “The 22 Rules of Storytelling, According to Pixar” is compiled from tweets by Pixar storyboard artist, Emma Coats. Number 9 is Jillian’s favorite new way to get unstuck when writing, but all the rules are valuable tips for great writing. Click here.

2. Historical romance author Beverley Kendall bares all in “The Tale of Two Publishing Roads,” including the actual dollar calculations and advice on which promotional expenditures are profitable. Beverley doesn’t just tell; she shows you the money. Click here.

Which are the two top writing blog posts you’ve read recently and why should writers read them? Answers may vary.

The Writer Fairy

P.S. Please share your other writing questions here or in the ASK the Writer Fairy blog category. We wouldn’t want Jillian to think this site is all about her.

Writer Fairy of the Week: Cheryl Rae

Although Cheryl and I were in the same local RWA chapter, we really didn’t meet until serendipity intervened. She wanted to sell one of her Mac computers at the same time I needed to buy a newer Mac. Desperately. (When you have to use the Rosetta Stone to translate data, you’ve waited too long to upgrade. Just saying.)

When it was time for my website to awaken after six month’s hibernation, I contacted Cheryl. True, there would be a beautiful header when visitors clicked on my site. However, unless Cheryl uploaded, re-sized, and wrapped my photos and text, there would be nothing else to see and read. Not an effective way to create a web presence.

What I like best is working with Cheryl. Besides being patient with people who are technologically challenged, she solves problems promptly. When I send emails that begin with “You know that thing that filters stuff out,” she understands what I mean. I wish I could do a Vulcan mind meld on her brain. It sounds less painful than installing the Rosetta Stone on mine.

That’s why I’m letting Cheryl tell you about herself and talents for the rest of this post. You’ll see what I mean.

Cheryl Rae Fine artist, graphic artist, webmaster and hopeful published author/screenwriter.

I create works of art for galleries, web design, romance trading cards, book marks, You name it! A bonafide SyFy junkie, I work from home and create one of a kind mosaics and dream up wild ideas to write about.

My WIP’s include:

an historical romance set in the civil war period, North Carolina about the first woman lawyer in America entitled Illusions.

a contemporary sci-fi thriller about a dream center and stolen identities entitled Just a Dream.

a dystopian mainstream about people being born with crop circles tattooed on their arms entitled Gaia Children.

This is one of my mosaic triptych’s. It’s called “Woman.”

Email me! Cheryl Rae