Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Write-At-Home-Moms – Listen your way to a block-free writing day

Hello Creatively Green readers and writers!  Much thanks to Wenona for allowing me to guest post and use her space today!

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Carrie Salo, and I have recently become a debut novelist. The Sounding is a supernatural thriller about an early Armageddon.  But unlike a lot of Armageddon pop culture out there currently – which feature zombies, vampires or even natural disaster – The Sounding is based in real history and real prophecy.  It gets its plot from Jewish and Catholic theology.  It centers on the final prophecy in the book of Revelation and how events in today’s world might bring that prophecy to early fulfillment.

Writing has been a lifelong dream of mine – since the second grade.  When other girls wanted to be ballerinas or actresses, I wanted to be a writer.  I went to school for English and then entered the world of advertising copywriting.  But, all along, in the background, I’ve been working on fiction.  Thanks to my wonderful publisher, 23 House, I’ve been able to bring writing to the forefront.

One of the most common questions I am asked by both readers and other writers alike is – do you ever get writer’s block?  Given the length of The Sounding (it tips just over 400 pages!), I think it is hard to imagine that I was able to get through the whole thing without encountering a dry spell.  But – I did!  Seriously.  Three years, and not one day was spent banging my head on a desk.  For those of you writing at home, I would like to share my secret…

I listen to classical music while I write, and I try to match the music to the type of writing I’m doing.  If it’s an action scene – I’ll find something exciting or angry.  If it’s a romance scene – I’ll pick something softer; more haunting.  Then, when I edit the scene or need to pick-up where I last left off, I can play the same music. I find it really helps me get into the same mood, even when it’s been a while since I last wrote or visited that particular scene.  It helps me write from a consistent place and it really does keep away writer’s block.  I can sit down, not feeling like writing at all.  I put on that music, and it begins to remind me of my scene.  And before you know it, the words are coming…

Anyone else with an anti-writer’s block secret?

The Sounding

By Carrie Salo

Book Description:

In the Book of Revelation, a man named John has a prophetic dream. He dreams of the final prophecies that will come to pass – and the seven archangels that guard them. Each angel waits to sound their trumpet at God’s appointed time, preparing humanity to fight and win the final battle.

2,000 years later, Father Chris Mognahan is a member of the Hetairia Melchizedek, a secret society within the Catholic Church that studies Biblical omens. The society asks Chris to investigate an unusually grotesque crime – a murder on a college campus where the killer's hand literally burned off the victim's face.

While the killing seems isolated at first, the society ties the murder to the final Biblical prophecy and a terrifying omen that the order of the prophecies is about to be disrupted. The final battle is coming too soon – long before humanity is prepared to win it.

Suddenly, Chris finds himself fighting against time and hell to keep the prophecies in order and stop an early Armageddon. He is joined by a band of unlikely allies, and together they find themselves in Rome above the Vatican Necropolis – the city of the dead – where the future is revealed to them in ancient texts.

They are not alone, however; an evil as old as time itself hunts them. As they travel across continents on their mission, the demonic force follows relentlessly, waiting in every shadowed corner, and every dark place.

As Armageddon descends, Father Chris finds that his only hope lies in a young woman within the group who has a secret gift – and their belief that God Himself may have sent her to keep the final angelic trumpet from sounding out the early end of the Earth.

Available at Amazon print, Kindle and Barnes and Noble

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Author Bio:

Carrie Salo is a dark storyteller and emerging author of supernatural thrillers. Classically trained at an Ivy League university, she studied the works of master storytellers seven stories underground in the muffled heart of one of the world's largest libraries. Carrie looks to wield unrelenting suspense in her own exploration of all things (especially true things) that keep us awake at night. Her extensive travels have led her to many haunted places, including the private, underground catacombs of the Vatican. The Sounding is her debut novel.

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