Who Art Thou Thursday: Valerie Maarten

Who Art Thou Thursdays is another feature I’m starting. I’ve met so many wonderful people over the last year or so, one day really isn’t enough to introduce them all. Alas, there’s only so much time in the year. I’ll be chipping away at those introductions each Thursday starting with Valerie Maarten author of Second Chances.

Give us a brief description of a story you have hidden in your skeleton closet? And will it ever see the light of day?

I’ve outlined a Time-Travel Romance that I’ve always had in the back of my mind.  But the current WIP are taking priority, but I believe it will see the light of day because it’s a great story with a nice premise I’d like to explore more through the written word.  For sure, this story will be a challenge.

How much of you/your life do you put into your stories?

I can’t say I put any of my personal experiences into my stories, though I do inject a lot of my personal emotions about a particular scenario or point of view.

With hindsight being 20/20, is there anything you would have changed with your publishing journey?

I would have been less impulsive and more introspective in terms that I would have planned for the promotion/marketing before I published.  After I published is when I began to learn the most difficult part of publication…building a readership.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on “Forget Me Not” another real-life drama with a much deserved “Happily Ever After”

When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve never decided I wanted to become a writer.  I just WAS.  I’ve been writing for more years I can count and have recently decided to become published.  If that makes sense to you.  There’s really no other way I can explain it.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Maya Angelou.  I’ve grown up reading her books and she’s inspired me and evoked emotions from me like no other.

Why did you decide to publish independently?

Because I don’t like stringent deadlines or “cookie cutter” formula.  I like the freedom of deciding plot/story-line content, cover art, word count, etc.  I’m more of a dictator-type and don’t really like being told how to do something differently than the way I have decided in my head.

Where do you get inspirations for your stories?

Life.  I’m constantly wonder, “What would happen if…” so once a story or scenario gets stuck in my head, I explore all of the scenarios then allow my imagination full reign.

What is your character development process?

My process is simple.  Most of my characters are people that have, in one way or another, been a constant part of my life just waiting for me to tell their story.  Because I write about real-life issues, all development requires from me is to be observant of people around me.

What’s your favorite writing tool and why?

My favorite writing tools are pen and paper because my mind flows easier while writing.

How about some quickies!

Pencil or Pen: Pen

Print or Cursive: Cursive

Pantser or Plotter: Plotter

Favorite Candy: Chocolate covered raisins

Worst habit: Procrastination

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About the Valerie Maarten

Valerie Maarten has been writing ever since she discovered that letters made sounds and a combination of letters made words. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to share her work.

She can generally be found with pen and paper in hand, scribbling the next storyline or reading one of her many “favorite” authors. Although she has an eclectic taste in what she reads, there isn’t a romance sub-genre that she will pass up.

She currently lives in Orlando, FL with her three sons, plotting to write the next story in her head that needs to be told.

Until then…

Connect with Valerie Maarten:

Website
Blogspot
Facebook
Twitter

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<a title=”Second Chances at Smashwords” href=”http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/29245?ref=ReenaJacobs” target=”_blank”>Smashwords</a>

<a title=”Second Chances at Sony E-book Store” href=”http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/valerie-maarten/second-chances/_/R-400000000000000323661″ target=”_blank”>Sony E-book Store</a>

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“Valerie Maarten has been writing ever since she discovered that letters made sounds and a combination of letters made words. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to share her work.

She can generally be found with pen and paper in hand, scribbling the next storyline or reading one of her many “favorite” authors. Although she has an eclectic taste in what she reads, there isn’t a romance sub-genre that she will pass up.

She currently lives in Orlando, FL with her three sons, plotting to write the next story in her head that needs to be told.

Until then…”

Connect with Valerie Maarten:

Website
Blogspot
Facebook
Twitter

Second Chances by Valerie Maarten is available at the following online stores:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Nobles

Diesel E-book Store

Smashwords

Sony E-book Store

 

Second Chances by Valerie Maarten is available at the following online stores:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes & Nobles
Diesel E-book Store
Smashwords
Sony E-book Store

 

Tuesday Teaser: Second Chances by Valerie Maarten

In the past, I’ve sporadically posted excerpts of my work on Tuesdays. These days I want to offer something consistent. So, I’ve invited a few authors to share excerpts of their works. First up is Second Chances by Valerie Maarten.

Premise:  After 20 years of the pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one, Dain and Kadi must confront the ghosts that haunt their past, present and future.  Will they, in turn, be able to embrace their Second Chances?

The set-up: With a heavy heart and a blackened soul, Dain McKnight lays-in-wait to finally confront the man that was convicted of murdering his sister, Hanna.  He sits in the dank bar across the street pondering on the multitude of ways to torture a man as he bides his time.

 

Dain McKnight’s jaw clenched and unclenched in a violent rhythm of madness.  His large hand cupped the glass he held, threatening to shatter it into a zillion shards.  Still, the low rumble of voices in the dimly lit bar couldn’t drown out his fatalistic thoughts.  The primal instincts for blood had dwelled dormant inside him…until he heard the news.  He took another swig from his glass.  The burning sensation went down, slow.

The bartender broke into his thoughts, clearly intimidated by Dain’s dark, mysterious behavior.  His eyes instinctively lowered in submission.  “Do you want another?”

Dain grunted.  He slid the empty glass over in the man’s direction.  Yet, his eyes never left his line of sight.  The brown, two-story brick building held all his attention and the brunt of his wrath.  Inside that building lived the man that brutally and savagely murdered his sister Hanna, 20 years ago.  Now here he was, free and living amongst society as if nothing had ever happened.  Yet Hanna still lay cold in her grave with no such reprieve.

Dain clenched his teeth again, his jaws flexed violently as the muscles in his neck strained to break free from beneath his skin.

The bartender returned with another double shot of whiskey and placed it on the table in front of him.  His eyes wandered curiously at the window to try and glean what held his glare so intently.  All he could see was the normal comings and goings at the Trinity House, a half-way house that housed reformed drug addicts and paroled prisoners.

Dain ignored his presence and essentially dismissed him with a $50 bill that he slammed down on his tray.  The bartender shrugged and returned to his tasks.

An older gentleman that had been sitting at the bar since Dain’s arrival appeared to have finally drunk enough to conjure up the courage to approach.  He staggered and side-stepped the whole way.  In an almost comical way, the drunken man gave a slight bow in a gesture that indicated that he had come in ‘peace’.  Still, he swayed back and forth as he tried to maintain his equilibrium.

“If it’s a young lady that’s got you drowning your sorrows away, let an old man give you a word of advice…” he gave Dain a friendly, toothless grin.  “Get another one.  No woman is worth so much pain.”

Pain.  What does he know about my pain?  He frowned and gave the man a menacing stare, though he didn’t waiver.  He seemed too deadened by all the alcohol that he had consumed throughout the course of the day to be afraid.

“You don’t know what you’re talking about, Old Man,” Dain said in a low grumble.  His voice was low, his tone even.  Which was the opposite emotion of what he felt inside.  Inside, he felt bold, brazen and on the verge of being unable to contain the ‘Monster’ that lived in his darkened soul.

The man was oblivious to Dain’s contempt and sat down in the empty chair across from him.  Dain’s eyebrow went up slightly.

“I’ve spent a lot of days in that chair,” he pointed to a dark, lonely corner at the back end of the bar.  Dain stared for a moment, allowing his eyes to adjust to the dimness of the room after having stared out at the glare of the street for hours on end.  “No woman is worth the sorrow I see in your eyes, boy.”

“I assure you, she is worth it.”  He leaned forward so the man could see the hatred that lurked behind his eyes.  “I am prepared to kill for her.”

The man scotched back in his seat, feeling the power of Dain’s declaration.  For a long while he was unable to speak.  There was a moment of clarity in his eyes.  In that instant, he was as sober as a Judge.  “You don’t mean that, son.”  He pleaded.  “You have a second chance, right here…right now.  All you have to do is take it.  Don’t throw your life away.  There’s nothing worth that.”

Dain leaned back in his chair, pondering the words of the man before him.  He was a complete stranger to him and yet he had cared enough about him to warn him against the destructive thoughts that haunted his mind, knowing that it would ruin the rest of his life and destroy his family.  But the need to avenge the death of his beloved sister was too powerful.  He wanted nothing less than to make the man that was responsible, endure the same pain and suffering he had caused her.

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You don’t have to be left hanging. Find Second Chances by Valerie Maarten at the following online stores:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Nobles

Diesel E-book Store

Smashwords

Sony E-book Store

 

 

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“Valerie Maarten has been writing ever since she discovered that letters made sounds and a combination of letters made words. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to share her work.

She can generally be found with pen and paper in hand, scribbling the next storyline or reading one of her many “favorite” authors. Although she has an eclectic taste in what she reads, there isn’t a romance sub-genre that she will pass up.

She currently lives in Orlando, FL with her three sons, plotting to write the next story in her head that needs to be told.

Until then…”

Connect with Valerie Maarten:

Website
Blogspot
Facebook
Twitter