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HelenRuthDavis

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Well, Helen, you've already begun doing that now, by posting about your series on this chat. Pure fiction is one thing, but historical fiction is another, especially alt-history. What drives you to write alt-story, especially ancient Egyptian?


Its the cleopatra story that drives me more than Egypt,,to be,honest.
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How,much longer do we have on this chat?
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My personal fascination with history began with my mother's passion for archeology. An amateur archeologist, she delighted in showing me bits and pieces of ancient detritus, accompanied by fascinating tales of how they might have gotten where they were found. Her stories often included dramatic quests and life-threatening events. While her particular passion was ancient Rome, I became fascinated with the historical fiction of ancient Greece as written by Mary Renault, THE PERSIAN BOY being the one that capped it all for me. When your historical novel ending in alt-history passed my editor's desk, I absolutely had to champion and edit it. I feel the same about your second work, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS. 
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This chat will last for another hour and fifteen minutes. So what is it about Cleopatra that drove you to write this series? 
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I don't remember a time I didnt like Cleopatra. She was so fascinating,and powerful.,I was surprised to learn how much I had in common with her. So I had to give her her happily ever after.
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Well, I it's past the hour limit, and I haven't seen any posted answers to my free giveaway contest. So, tell everyone to join our chat next month and I'll do it again. For those of you who have wondered how to increase publicity regarding your author name and title, try a free giveaway contest like this one. Depending on the day and venue, my chat giveaway's have resulted in up to a hundred replies and increased sales over the next couple months. They are fun and I personally enjoy sharing my work with others who get to learn a little more about me and my works. 

Personally, much of my published content comes from my journals. I've made it a "rule" to write for fifteen minutes everyday, about anything and everything, and have found in them a rich source for fiction and non-fiction. The advice I received in college -- to spend fifteen minutes a day, at the same time, in my favorite place, e.g. an easy chair -- has been the best ever, and I share it happily with anyone interested in writing or an authoring career. 

I'm curious how you "write," Helen. Also any suggestions you might have for future writer/authors.
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Is this a genre you're still writing in? Have you written any more historical novels or alt-hist works? Are any in the publication process?
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Hello,

I am late to the scene.  Trouble signing in.

Just want to say, I'm still out here trying to write.

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The first person perspective is my style

I study till I "know" the person and then I go from there,
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Someone earlier in the chat asked me via a personal post if I felt that a work should be based only on what I as an author have directly experienced. As I said, I prefer to respond to public postings, but this question is quite deep. 

No, I don't solely base my work on "direct" experience, though, yes, much of it is so based. I find when I write from experience, it comes out richer and more robust. More alive for readers. More interesting and exciting. I therefore "research" my content extensively before writing whenever possible. On the other hand, one great source of inspiration is from secondary "experiences" like the news, listening to stories people tell, "blue skying" with others about an interesting topic. Several years ago, I ended up emailing back and forth with a well-known author about all the different ways a naval person might meet his end, which spawned several new storylines for me. But, in the end, personal experience, where appropriate, is aways the best. 

What do you say, Helen?
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The first person perspective is my style

I study till I "know" the person and then I go from there,
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Aloha Ron,

Nice to hear from you. I loved your book, PERILOUS PANACEA (Savant 2010), and I've been anxious to read more by you. What are you doing these days? Any opinions about the importance of experience in writing, or comments about alt-history writing?
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Well,my first writing prof aaud I can't base my writing on personal,experience.

As for other alternate histories, The Most Happy will be released July 25th. It's,an alternative history based on the life of Anne Boleyn,,my favorite wife of King Henry VIII. Isabella,Unashamed is pending a publication date.

I do have a historical,novel,on,Eva Peron, but I no longer admire her. She was,not a woman of admirable character. As a teen I,idolized her but as a grown adult,woman,,I see how hollow and empty her life was.
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Interesting, Helen. I do something similar. A. G. Hayes and I had a several-hour phone conversation about where the spark for a new work comes from, and he and I would agree with you that it's all about establishing the characters, and being open to what they want to say. If that seems a bit existential, well, I guess it is. When I'm ready to "write the manuscript" my characters are so alive to me that they tell me, often in dreams, what they want me to say. It's quite a different approach than "outlining" a work and following the outline during writing. I used to do the latter, but now I prefer being immersed in my characters and listening to what they have to say. It makes writing an exercise in how fast my fingers can type down everything they're saying. I'm fast getting nimble fingers. :-)
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THE TURTLE DANCES by Daniel S. Janik- Excerpt #2 (Family Rated)

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"Chapter 3 - Home

Isla was a natural surfer, having not just one, but two permanent surfboards—one above and another below her body. The top board was a shiny green and brown that, from above, made her look like an ocean rock, hiding her from the preying eyes of ravenous seabirds and killer whales. Her lower board, viewed from below, was a creamy sunshine white. Against a bright ocean sky, it made her near-invisible to any sharks or killer whales swimming below... Suddenly she felt the water surge beneath her, and settled inside the crest of the wave, steadying herself using her four flippers and tail for balance and position. Riding the wave, she lifted her head out of the water and smiled with pride. "

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What are the reviewer’s and book festivals saying? 

ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD 

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Mulit-award-winning author and USA Dancesport Competitor Daniel S. Janik is a former resident of Alaska currently residing in Honolulu, Hawaii, with his wife and competition dance partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya. Together they welcome the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles to Hawaii throughout the year.

"I've long been fascinated by children's reactions to sea turtles—they seem to instinctively identify with them, viewing them without fear, even wading in and swimming bravely alongside them...This book came to me imagining what a sea turtle might think of the fearless, curious, shell-less, upright land-dwellers wading among them. Mightn't a particularly observant and fanciful turtle take things a step further if she clambered onto a beach and happened to see two humans dancing?" says Dan. "Naturalists at heart, the illustrator and I endeavored to keep the appearance and life history of our heroine, Isla, and her turtle-friend, Surf, reasonably true to life."

THE TURTLE DANCES 
by Daniel S. Janik
80 pp.  8.25" x 6" Softcover Tradebook
28 B&W "Color-Me-Please" Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9886640-1-2

Daniel S. Janik
Multi-Award Winning Author of
     THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013) - Available from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0988664011 in softcover, Kindle and Audible Audiobook format
     A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) - Available from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1442105062 in softcover and Kindle format

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