Thursday, 23 June 2011

Giving Up Your Dreams--Kurt Chambers


It's been a week of ups and downs. This week has been a rejection week for me. In fact, I've received three rejections in the last two weeks, one for my first novel, Truth Teller, and two for my fourth novel, Unknown Reality. Us poor, down-trodden authors, the things we have to put up with just to bring a little joy into other people's lives in the shape of our stories.
So, what do I do now? I could beat myself with a big stick, or sit in the corner and cry. Wallow in self pity or get angry with the world because it just doesn’t realise how awesome my books are. I could always get drunk, swear a lot and make everyone’s life a misery, but somehow I don’t really think that will help me get published. And let’s face it; that is what all this heartache is all about, right? Or is it?
Okay, I won’t pretend, becoming a published author is the dream. Just the thought of seeing my books for sale in a major bookshop chain or supermarket brings a warm glow to my tummy. What’s the point of spending years of your life creating this magical story if no one even knows it exists? But sometimes dreams just don’t come true. It’s a sad fact of life. If this is the case, you just have to live with it. But it’s not all doom and gloom.

I could give up right now. I’m sure many writers before me have tried and tried, but never quite made it. A pile of form rejection letters is enough to dent anyone’s resolve, especially if you’re having a bad day. Us writers are an emotional bunch at the best of times. It’s probably what makes us write in the first place. But the problem with giving up is it takes away the one thing that drives us all onward. There is something we all have in common; a little word that means so much, and gives us something to look forward to somewhere down the long road to publication…

Hope!

Without it, what else is there to look forward to? Okay, it’s hard, we all know that. It’s unbelievably frustrating! I have wanted to throw in the towel so many times and stop wasting my life on what seems to be a pointless exercise sometimes. But so long as I keep slogging away, every day when I wake up in the morning there is hope looming in the background, pushing my dream closer and closer. No matter how tiny that little piece of hope may appear at times, it is always there. I don’t think I would want to wake up every morning without it.

Update!


It seems a world away since I wrote this and all that hard work and hoping paid off :) Never, EVER, give up on your dreams!!!!

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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Author Spotlight: Kurt Chambers


I have been a very lucky boy these last couple of weeks. Not only did I have the privilege of being interviewed by one of my own fans, nine-year-old Tara, on her mum’s blog, Dutch Hill Girl, but I was also asked to do a another interview this week by the amazingly talented author, Cyndi Tefft. Cyndi is a very good friend of mine and has just released her first novel, Between. Please take five minutes of your time to pop over to Cyndi’s blog and leave a comment, it will be most appreciated.

Thank you, Cyndi, for such a great interview. This was a lot of fun and a real honour. Just for the record, Cyndi knew more English swear words than me! :D

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Inspiration--Kurt Chambers


Being a writer, I am constantly looking for inspiration, and there is plenty of it around if you look hard enough. Lots of people ask me where I get my inspiration from. It's probably the most asked question when people find out you write novels. The simple answer to that is everywhere! Like most writers, I would imagine, I use my own personal experiences in life to draw upon. The world shapes us all in different ways and we all have our own perspective on things. Writers have this overwhelming desire to thrust their perspective on the world in many different ways, so real life is probably the biggest inspiration.

Most people think of inspiration as a nice thing, an enlightenment, or a source of great ideas, but this isn't always the case. Inspiration can also come from the dark side of life. We all write for different reasons, and I have met many authors who started writing because of a tragic event in their lives. A death, or loss of a loved one. A hideous life changing accident. Rape and a lifetime of bullying. The list is endless, and many a book has been inspired by such horrible things, not just horror. Inspiration comes in many forms. But I don't want to dwell on the dark side of life today, that's just depressing.

When I talk about being inspired from real life, I think of my children and my grandchildren. Being a children's writer that will be no surprise. I was a doting dad. I loved having kids, more so when they were little and cute. LOL I would come home from work and play with them until it was their bed time, and take great pleasure in reading them stories and making all the characters come to life with funny voices and everything. As many of you know, I also worked with children for some years as a volunteer. Kids are great! They are my biggest inspiration of all. No single thing has ever had such an effect on my life than raising children and being part of their lives. They invoke such extreme emotions, love, excitement, happiness, sadness and fear--terror, even. Not to mention every other emotion you can think of.

There are so many other places to find inspiration other than real life. Writers obviously love books, so other authors are another major source. I would love to think that I could inspire others when my novels get published, that is another inspiration in itself. Then we have films. The amount of TV people watch and with the whole world at their fingertips with a remote control, this must also be a major source of inspiration. Music is another popular one. Music is a great way to stir people's emotions. You may be inspired by art. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I use Google images quite a lot as a source of inspiration when looking for details in a particular scene and find it very effective.

I could talk forever about inspiration and list a million different sources, but like I said before, inspiration comes from everywhere.

What inspires you in your life?




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Truth Teller Reviews:

Dawne Dominique - Multi-published author and professional cover artist.

The Truth Teller is one of the best children's fantasy book I've read in a long while. Charlotte is so easy to picture in my mind, and the fantasy aspects are brilliant! There are underlying currents of "real life lessons" that are subtly included...ideal for parents looking for that perfect bedtime story to read to their children. I loved the entire premise of the novel and will definitely be purchasing the next ones in this series.

Kurt Chambers has captured the genre with a wonderful story that will delight many a child's (and adult's) imagination.

Annie McMahon - Editor, published author and Novel Workshop moderator.

This book has everything a bestseller should have: compelling story, endearing characters, vivid descriptions, genuine emotions, and a lot of surprising twists and turns. This is a story about a friendship that transcends race, gender, age, and even realms, between Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. Beautiful and heartwarming. I strongly recommend it and have reviewed Kurt’s story on my blog, Dutch Hill News.

Ralene Burke – Writer, Editor for Wives in Bloom:

Honestly, I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to read these books. Kurt has written an amazing series that emphasizes such wonderful themes as friendship, family, hope, and faith. I’ve read Truth Teller and Wrath of Siren and, even though they are MG, enjoyed them immensely. If you’re looking for wholesome reads for your children, check out the next big thing for MG.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Author Interview By Nine-Year-Old Tara--Kurt Chambers


This week I was interviewed by one of my fans, nine-year-old Tara. She has been a keen follower of my stories, and a great inspiration to me with her encouraging comments as I wrote my latest novel, Unknown Reality. Her demands for new chapters helped spur me on all the way to the final chapter. Tara is the daughter of my very dear friend, Annie, who is the co-moderator along with me in the critic forum, the Young Adult Novel Workshop. She was kind enough to let Tara interview me on her blog, Dutch Hill News. Please would you go and have a read, it is a lot of fun! And she would really appreciate it if you left a comment as this is her first interview.

Thank you, Tara, for all your encouragement when I was writing my story. It meant a lot to me. And thank you for such a great interview.