Writing Tip: Take It Home – Victoria Bastedo

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Victoria Bastedo

Another great writing tip shared by FVP Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo:

All characters need a home. It’s like meeting a new friend at work or at church. You may laugh in the hallways or at break time, but after a while the friendship doesn’t progress until you take that person home. It’s that way in a lot of shows on television too, as well as in love stories; meeting the family for the first time means something.

So give your characters a home, even if your story is set (as my current one is) on a spaceship. On the Enterprise in Star Trek we saw Spock at home in his quarters, playing a lute. In Middle Earth our hobbits returned to their hole in Bag End.

If you see a thriller where the spy only lives his life in hotel rooms and Moneypenny is his deepest relationship, there may be some excitement and fancy gadgetry, but there’s not a lot of personal connection.

Even if the home is oppressive at the beginning of the story and the goal is to get away from it, bring your characters to a home worth having by the end. Building that house makes a richer story.

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Writing Tip: Keep it Handy – Victoria Bastedo

Another great writing tip from FVP Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo:

Writing Tips: Victoria Bastedo on Character Description

Describing a character can be a tricky business, especially if they are a main character and you want to get them just right. FVP Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo shares a tip:

 

Love is in the Air

black-poodle-over-seven-hills-coverLooking for a great Valentine’s Day Gift for your Sweetie? Get Victoria Bastedo’s Black Poodle Over Seven Hills today!

You can also find paperback copies at St. James Espresso in Kirkland, WA throughout the month of February! And don’t forget to pick up a copy of Dear Miklos too. Enjoy a coffee and a little Romance!

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Si View Holiday Bazaar 2016

Selling books at a Holiday Bazaar may sound a bit bizarre, but for the past 4 years we’ve been very well received by our community. They are kind and enlightened enough to understand that writers of fiction are artists too. Here are a few photos from the event… Showing three of our authors and a patron with a very cool holiday shirt!

Bard & Starlet Radio Hour Videos

bard-starlet-radio-hour-flyer-2016-ghosts-finalFVP presented Bard & Starlet Radio Hour- Ghosts of Futures Past live on stage at Black Dog Arts Café on Nov. 12th 2016. It was also a book launch party for Victoria Bastedo and Kennedy J. Quinn. Following are some photos from the show and links to the videos of the Readings and Short Plays within the show…Enjoy!

First up, Sheri J. Kennedy, Producer & Owner of FVP, welcomes everyone, and Kennedy J. Quinn gives a reading from new release, The Unwitting Journeys of the Witty Miss Livingstone, Book I: Journey Key, from FreeValley Publishing: VIDEO Click Here

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Victoria Bastedo then gives a reading from new release Black Poodle Over Seven Hills from Melange Books: VIDEO Click Here

The show officially begin with Director & Announcer Gary Schwartz’s intro of the Actors and overview of Ghosts of Futures Past, taking the audience on a journey into the Snoqualmie Tunnel of Time: VIDEO Click Here

First stop in time was post-World War II with T.A. Henry’s Scripting the Truth, featuring T.A. Henry as Lila & Leslayann Schecterson as Molly with Mike Murdock as the Orderly: VIDEO Click Here

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Onward through the Snoqualmie of Tunnel of Time to a contemporary town in Montana for Victoria Bastedo’s The Past on a Date with the Future, featuring Mike Murdock as Adam, Leslayann Schecterson as Ollie, and Craig Ewing as Grandpa: VIDEO Click Here

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Then it was off to the 1990’s for Rachel Barnard’s Back to Donuts, featuring Mike Murdock as Dad’s Ghost and Leslayann Schecterson as Vanessa: VIDEO Click Here

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Things take an ethereal turn & twist with David S. Moore’s Angel of Terror, featuring Leslayann Schecterson as The Angel, Craig Ewing as The Man, and Mike Murdock as The Doctor: VIDEO Click Here

The wheels of time spin back and forth from 1915 to1910 and back again in Kennedy J. Quinn’s Over Again, featuring T.A. Henry as Miss Livingstone (Lizzie), Leslayann Schecterson as Janie, Craig Ewing as Father, and Mike Murdock as Mr. Thomas Worthington: VIDEO Click Here (clip only) We ran out of capacity so missed the end of this play and of the show…

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And sadly, it’s Over Again… Till next year…. When we hope to do this Over Again. -FVP

So Much Fun! Capital Indie Book Con

The first Capital Indie Book Con or CIBC presented by Clockwork Dragon was a fun and eclectic event. We met tons of other authors, the amazing and friendly readers who braved checking out a first year event, and everyone left with mass quantities of excellent books to read. FVP plans to return next year…Watch for info, readers, and definitely put this next one on your calendar to attend!

 Note from Editor: I’m sorry I was so busy meeting cool authors and checking out the books that I failed to get more than half of the booths in photos…I even missed Clockwork Dragon and our fabulous guest author: Jennifer Brozek ! Sincere apologies for my poor reporting. -sjk

Busy, Busy, Fun! Maple Valley Days

This will be FVP’s third year with a booth at Maple Valley Days in…well, Maple Valley, WA. Here’s a couple photos from past years… Come and see us this weekend. We’d love to meet you!

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