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Lisa Loucks Christenson, author of the book « Winter Bugs: 10 Year Anniversary Edition »

41n0lm7gccl-_ux250_About Lisa Loucks Christenson: I’ve enjoyed many career changes from working for the Minnesota Conservation Corps, various newspapers, radio, working as a traveling photographer, working in communications, dispatching, fulfillment and more. After years of selling my stories, articles, stock photos, books, both fiction and non-fiction, writing articles, shooting pictures, filming what I observe in the wild. I thank god every day for the blessing He has given me, and allowing me the opportunity to live my dreams: photographing His world, writing, illustrating, selling my art, cards, paintings, books, e-books, photos, and sharing my work through exhibits and speaking engagements.

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How many books have you written? If more than one, are any a series… or trilogy?

I’m working on many books right now. Most have been in progress for years because I only create one illustration per year, or write one story for the series.

Wolves of Whitewater Falls, Eagles of Whitewater, Bow Wow Detectives®, Meow Meow Detectives™, Robinwood Ridge, and my Christian Dystopian releasing in a few weeks, First Christmas in Eden, #1, 8H: Eight Horsemen of Equinox Estuary, the book trailers are on my site.

Tell us a little about your book.

winterbugsWinter Bugs is a documentary filmed on the grounds of a former ghost town, the town of Beaver, Minnesota. The land was repurchased by the State and returned to its natural appearance. I was working on my Walk the Burn documentary and was looking for a subject to include for that day. I couldn’t find anything. It was very cold, -37 below, and it was snowing, and I had to keep moving, looking. I finally came to rest on a tree, and asked God to help me, I refused to go home without finding something. When I leaned off the tree there were several red box elder bugs staring up at me. They were my answer for the day and the inspiration for writing a book on insect life in winter. If these little nymphs could be out in this kind of weather I wondered what else was out there and decided to take the entire winter season to document what I could find. For the record: I found over 300+ species in various stages of their life.

Do you have plans for a new book?

I’m working on several now. I have spent 12 years in the valley documenting several species, eagles, bear, cougar, white-tail deer, Giant Canada Geese, a Muscovy Duck in the wild, more. I plan on putting these out over the next several years.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?

I meet authors every week on my radio show for Book Divas, and I love meeting them all. I really do get to meet some of the worlds greatest talent, I’m forever grateful for the experiences. I don’t care if people are new or established, we all have stories to share.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?

I am usually sitting down with zero thought to what I’m about to write. I can write up 2K words a half hour to 45 minutes, sometimes 3K if the chapter is flowing. The most I ever wrote was 36K words in one day, literally 24 hours, with only a couple short breaks. I won’t attempt that again.

Winter Bugs: Ten Year Anniversary Edition is a documentary filmed in the Whitewater Management Area on the land where the former town of Beaver, Minnesota once stood. A real Minnesota ghost town now shrouded by insects and wildlife who live and die each year, but as this books shows, death doesn’t always come during winter.

Winter Bugs: Ten Year Anniversary Edition features close-up images of insects, spiders, and caterpillars, most of the subjects photographed were smaller than a grain of sand.

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2016 Book Pipeline Competition – Deadline: December 1st, 2016 – Entry fee – $65

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2016 Book Pipeline Competition

Deadline: December 1st, 2016

Entry fee – $65

The 3rd Annual Book Pipeline Competition is searching for authors with material appropriate for film or television adaptation. The winning writer will receive circulation to Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar BabyAmerican Pastoral), Energy Entertainment (ExtantI Am Legend), Good Fear Film + ManagementDarko Entertainment (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), and other top production companies and agencies best-suited for developing the selected projects.

Continuing to build upon the success of the Script Pipeline writing competitions, Book Pipeline aims to deliver unique, compelling stories to the industry–with the specific intent of getting them on the fast-track to film and television production. The contest is open to all genres, and both new and established writers may enter.

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Acceptable entries include:

  • Novels
  • Non-fiction
  • Plays
  • Graphic Novels and comics
  • Book proposals or pitches (fiction or non-fiction)
  • Short stories

Submission Requirements:

– A brief synopsis of the story. No length requirement, but 1-3 pages is typical. Please note this is required for all entries.

– In addition, for novels, novellas, and other full-length or in-progress books, we’ll accept up to approximately the first 5,000 words. For plays, graphic novels, proposals, and short stories, the complete manuscript may be submitted.

*Materials may be uploaded during registration, OR sent as an attachment to entry@bookpipeline.com after registration. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with further info and instructions. 

Criteria & Review: All entries are judged on the basis of concept originality, writing ability, and primarily the property’s viability as a film or television series. Judges will consist of Script Pipeline executives and the supporting management/production companies in the latter rounds of review.

Every entrant will receive brief, general feedback on their submission, specifically on the material’s adaptation potential, once results have been announced. Comments are sent direct via email after final judging is completed in April 2017.

Details:

– Material may be published or unpublished; if published, the film AND television rights must be available

– Writers selected for the final rounds of judging may submit their full novel for review, if available. However, the final decisions will not hinge on a writer having the completed manuscript. Our primary concerns are the overall pitch and story synopsis in addition to the sample chapters to determine writing ability.

– Supplemental materials (illustrations, character bios, etc.) are optional but acceptable.

View full terms here

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DEADLINES

*Writers may register now and email their material at any time before the regular deadline, November 15th 2016. There is no additional fee if sending your work in later.

Regular Deadline – December 1st, 2016 – $65

AWARDS

Grand Prize Winner – Announced April 1st, 2017 (appx.):

– $5,000

– Airfare to Los Angeles for meetings with development executives, as well as agencies and literary reps

– Editorial write-up from Script Pipeline covering the material

Finalists (2-8) and Winner – Announced April 1st, 2017 (appx.):

– Industry circulation to over 200 companies searching for new literary material

– Additional one-on-one development assistance and consultation from Script Pipeline executives

– Editorial write-up from Script Pipeline covering the material

Semifinalists (10-20) – Announced mid-March, 2017:

– Consideration for industry circulation and personal development assistance from Script Pipeline executives

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An interview with Victoria Bolton, author of the book entitled « Rude Boy USA »

me_siteVictoria Bolton lives in New York. A graduate of the College of Westchester, she works as a computer technician in schools and as a part-time actress. Here a description of her last book entitled « Rude Boy USA »:

Say good-bye to the era of godfathers. The Chimera Group has put a new face on organized crime. Mob boss Bernie Banks and his associates—John, Ben, and Jerome—differ from your ordinary Sicilian and Irish mob families. Two white, two black, they style themselves after the Rude Boy culture made popular in Jamaica.

Operating as an investment shell company supported by illegal activities, the Chimera Group hopes to become as powerful as other crime families and gain respect from the Cosa Nostra. Bernie, a war veteran of Jewish and Greek descent, begins his business in his apartment and grows it into a multimillion-dollar empire. He and his crew resemble a more sophisticated subculture of urban street gangsters with their Ray-Ban sunglasses, loafers, and debonair style. But they want fear and admiration.

Their efforts draw the attention of the rival Ambrosino family, and they face internal strife when one of the associates begins dating a former Playboy Club waitress who wants in on the group. Will they make it to the top, or will they fall?

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How many books have you written?  If more than one, are any a series… or trilogy?

Rude_Boy_USA_new_cover_jpgThe Rude Boy USA books are in a trilogy. When I first started typing it, I had no intent on making this into three books but as I got into writing, I discovered that there is a lot to this story that needs to be out there. There may be more with this story in the future. I have a few ideas that I have in mind. One of them is making a prequel to Rude Boy USA but that is still in the idea stages. I also thought about making a spin-off but that will be later on down the line.

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out?

Keep working despite all of the obstacles that may be in your way. Block out naysayers and focus on your art.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?

I write naked sometimes. It was hot this past summer and sitting under an air-conditioner costs money. I wrote all three of these books sitting on top of my bed. It’s comfortable and when I get tired, I can just fall right to sleep.

Tell us about someone or something that just made your day –

The smallest things make my day. Just now I got bonus onion rings in my French fry order. I am happy as hell about that.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews – the good and the bad –

Book reviews scare the crap out of me. I’d rather not read them because you are not sure if a reader is going to give you praise or rip you to shreds. I’ve had both happen to me. I do however enjoy criticism that is well thought out and insightful. Of course, you can’t pick your critics so on occasion, you may get the guy or girl who just yells “you suck!” and run.

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