Sunday, July 24, 2016

Blog Tour: Giveaway, Q&A with Aften for Killer Potential by Aften Brook Szymanski

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Aften Brook Szymanski for the release of her YA thriller, Killer Potential! Keep reading because there is information about how you can win a $50 Amazon gift card!

Title: Killer Potential
Author: After Brook Szymanski
Publisher: BookFish Books
Genre: YA Psychological Thriller
Release Date: July 17, 2016

About Killer Potential

Seventeen-year-old Yvette Gibbs was just admitted to the hospital psych unit in handcuffs as the main suspect in a murder case, which she refuses to talk about.  

Drugs and depression claim her family—leaving Yvette to fight her own demons alone. Adopting the skill of master of passive-aggressive vengeance lands Yvette in the psych unit with no family support, unless she cooperates with her therapist to clear her name, also a convicted murderer.

Yvette wants revenge on the world that taught her to be afraid, claimed her mother to depression, hid her father in a fog of job hopping, turned her brother to dealing drugs, and swallowed her sister whole, but to achieve this she must lie, manipulate, and most of all survive. Pitting her dead sister’s shady friend whom she fears against the man who reminded her she’s not immune to victimization, is her perfect solution to all life's hassles, even if that means she ends up with blood on her hands. Until everything backfires.

About Aften Brook Szymanski

Aften Brook Szymanski, at the age of five, once fell on her bum looking out a large picture window while eating a pickle and people laughed. She thought she was funny, life has never been the same. She’s obsessed with LEGOs, cozy reading nooks, and over-the-knee socks. A graduate of the College of Southern Idaho with an Associate of Arts degree, Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and the University of Utah with a Master of Education degree. Learning is more fun than testing, sometimes we have to endure both.

She lives in a very cold Wyoming valley with her husband, three kids, and one unhappy cat, where they are being cryogenically preserved for all time—thanks to how cold it is.

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Q&A with Aften

Thank you Aften for giving us some perspective on your writing style!

Why do you write?
I write because I enjoy it, and it helps me focus. I’m naturally disorganized, and though I wouldn’t say I’m an organized writer, it helps me feel a little more grounded to have a work in progress.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
I’ve been writing story ideas and short works since I was young. I never thought I could do it professionally until much later in life. I wish I’d have trusted my love for the craft earlier on. Dedication and appreciation for the process of writing can overcome most any obstacle.

Do you write full-time or part-time?
I’m a full time wife and mother, part time teacher, and part time writer. I think of myself as a writer more than a teacher, but that might be because I find writing immediately satisfying. I can see progress and change every time I sit at the computer, which is awesome.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I write whenever I have a few spare minutes. It’s not structured. I keep my working document open and make notes or write scenes as time allows. It can make for a messy revision phase, but it works for me.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

I try to write everyday, but don’t beat myself up if life gets too busy or distracting. Writing is something I love. I can’t let my computer sit idly for very long.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Generally I aim for 500 words a day. This is a highly attainable goal for me, which takes off a lot of pressure and still helps the word count climb at an acceptable pace for me.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I write on a computer. If I’m away from my computer and need to write myself a note, I will text it to myself, or send myself an email depending how long the note is.

Where do your ideas come from?
I get ideas from everything. Something my kids do, something I overhear at a restaurant, nightmares, life experiences, daydreaming. I feel like there are so many ideas that there isn’t room for all of them. I struggle reigning in all the ideas I want to include in any given story so that it’s not too nutty.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just t o see where an idea takes you?
I do a rough outline and parts from there. I like to allow enough wiggle room to improve the initial story as pieces come together. I rarely have a super detailed first outline and find that getting the details in flushes out the story really well.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
I really struggle with transitions from one scene to the next, or the passing of time between scenes. It’s something I’m focusing on right now to improve my skills in this area.

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