Thank You to the Fabulous, Gina LaManna, for Dedicating Two Little Lies In Memory of My Mom!

IMG_3668Months ago when my amazing friend and incredibly gifted writing colleague, Gina LaManna, said she wanted to dedicate book two in her fabulous The Little Things Series, Two Little Lies, to my mom, I became teary-eyed and choked up. Astonishingly, words were hard to find – which is rather ironic for a writer…and a woman who likes to talk. 😉 I did not know what to say to Gina besides thank you. Thank you wasn’t enough then and it still isn’t enough to convey the words that are etched in my heart.

Gina’s book released late last night. I have been waiting for what seems like forever to read this book 1) I love this series! and 2) to read the dedication. I was nervous to see the words in print. When I landed on the dedication, I stared at it for quite a while. And my heart ached and tears cascaded. I am still having a difficult time comprehending she is really, really gone. It hurts deeply to know I won’t see her anymore. However, it warms my heart to know my mom will always be honored and celebrated in the pages of Two Little Lies (The Little Things Series) by the lovely Gina LaManna. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Gina, for sharing my mom with the world. xoxoxo

I know wherever it is raining in the world today, my mom is crying tears of happiness. Again, Gi, thank you with all of my heart. I can’t wait to spread some of her ashes on the Santa Monica Pier as we toast the brave woman who brought me into the universe.

Mommy, I miss you. Xoxoxo

Always,
Diane Morasco
July 30, 2016
Founder, CEO and Chief Creative Officer
Diane Morasco Enterprises
Morasco Media
J Fox Ink Publishing

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Writers on Writing: Tanya R. Taylor

TanyaRTaylor author photo Tanya R. Taylor has worn many hats throughout the years as a wife, mother, entrepreneur, and author (just to name a few). She has been writing since she could remember holding a pencil and published her first book titled: A Killing Rage as a young adult. She is now the author of both fiction and non-fiction literature. All of her books have made Amazon kindle’s Top 100 Paid Best-sellers’ List in several categories. Cornelius climbed to #1 in the Teen & Young-adult Multi-Generational Family Fiction category in November 2015. And her supernatural, suspense/thriller – INFESTATION: A Small Town Nightmare: The Complete Series was #1 multiple times in the Amazon UK store in the Religious Drama category, March 2016.

Tanya writes in various genres including: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Thrillers, Science fiction, Mystery and Suspense.
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What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?

The most important thing I’ve learned is that writing is a craft that one must truly enjoy and have a passion for if he or she is to continue the course. The reason there must be enjoyment and passion is because writing a book requires a lot of time, effort, creativity and sacrifice. I know what it’s like to have a deadline to meet and I’m the only one up at three o’clock in the morning or at home alone typing away on my PC on a holiday while my husband and kids are out having a good time. With all that it takes to get the story out there, you don’t know if anyone would even like it or want to give it a read. That’s why the desire to write must be stronger than the need to know if your efforts would be fruitful financially. It’s a chance you take because your passion is ingrained within the craft.

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How has this helped you as a writer?

 

Each time I’ve written a book, somewhere towards the end, I always wondered if anyone would enjoy the story or find it the least bit interesting. That can take a toll on you if you allow it to. Bearing in mind that I’m only following my passion is what gives me the confidence to put my work out there for the world to see and quietly hope that it brings others enjoyment as well. Furthermore, I realize that there was a reason the story came to mind in the first place and unfolded the way it did – many times taking on a life of its own. It’s amazing how that happens and I’m often gratified by the responses I receive after having taken the leap.

 

Mac or PC?

 

I use a PC. My work station is in a corner of my bedroom.

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Do you use Word or Scrivener?

 

Microsoft Word is my program of choice. I have been using it for many years.

 

Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?

 

I often use a lined legal pad. I prefer those for writing my outlines and taking notes.

 

Do you have any writing rituals?

 

I usually start writing early in the morning and continue for several hours. I think it’s the best time of day for me when my thoughts flow very easily, then late at night after everyone goes to sleep.

I also create an outline before starting my stories. I do not depend upon it totally as the story progresses, but use it mainly as a tool to ensure that the points I want included will be inserted where appropriate.
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Do you start by writing or researching first?

 

I spend quite a bit of time researching first if my story requires some in-depth knowledge of something in particular. I like to get that out of the way, so that afterwards, I can dive right into the plot with a free flow of thoughts without the research aspect of the project on my mind.

Favorite spot to write in the winter?

 

At my home work station in my bedroom.

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Favorite spot to write in the summer?

 

In my car at the beach.

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Thank you!

thankyourbAs a writer I am used to having many distractions as I capture my thoughts on the screen or in a journal. I only needed silence while proofreading my work; however, all that has changed with the manuscript that is currently in production. My entire writing world has undergone a transition as I tap, tap, tap away on the keys. I don’t have anything playing in the background. For the first time ever, I am writing in silence. I don’t have any distractions to take me out of flow. As I mentioned, my writing universe has shifted; in fact, all my projects have come to a complete standstill. I may resume them once the manuscript is completed and is preparing to go live; however, putting them on the production schedule for 2017 is probably best. This unexpected manuscript has taken its rightful place front and center in my life – exactly where it was destined to be.

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I have been off the grid to devote every ounce of my time to soaking up this profound experience. I have been digging deeper than I ever imagined as the words pour out. Of course, while in the midst of what is flowing out of me, stuff is swirling and dust is kicking up. It is during this reflective excavation, I want to say, “Diane, what the hell are you doing?” And then I surrender. I let the tears cascade, take a breath, hug my three blessings, and keep moving forward. I know with every letter that appears on the screen, whether I like it or not, I am letting the sunlight heal the dark places.

Now, with all that said, the manuscript I am nestled firmly in the heart of will be the inaugural release from J Fox Ink™ and my debut novel. I did not plan it to be this way but this is the path I was fated to travel. I want to take a moment to thank some incredible angels for nurturing me on this journey. I know in my spirit; I would not have found the courage to propel further with this project if it weren’t for – Gin, Hope, Zeus, Tanya R. Taylor, Traci Andrighetti, Parris Afton Bonds, Diana Layne, Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, and David W. Wright. I thank you with all my heart for everything.

8/6/16 UPDATE: MY NOVEL DEBUT ‘TOUGH’ HAS A NEW TITLE TO FIT THE WOMAN I AM – ‘EVEN TOUGH WOMEN CRACK LIKE EGGS SOMETIMES’. THANK YOU TO THE INCREDIBLE WOMEN WHO ALWAYS INSPIRE AND SOFTEN THE TOUGH ME – TANYA R. TAYLOR AND PARRIS AFTON BONDS. XOXOXO

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