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Friday, July 19, 2013

Deadly Memories Book Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway with S.D. O'Donnell

Hi, everyone!

I am pleased to participate in the Book Tour hosted by Orangeberry Book Tours for S.D. O'Donnell's Deadly Memories.


About S.D.:

S.D. O'Donnell was born in Louisiana, raised in New Mexico, and currently resides in the Denver, Colorado area, where the book Deadly Memories takes place.

After years of working with words in the non-fiction arena as a freelance writer, technical writer, and multimedia producer(among other positions), S.D. decided to write a novel. The end result is Deadly Memories, the first of a four book series about Saul Becker and Jayne Doe.

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Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, S.D.!

S.D. has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to her.



Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Outline or No?
By S.D. O'Donnell


I am frequently asked if I write from a structured outline or by the seat of my pants. We’ve all heard stories of writers who do it either way. Most are passionate that their way is the right way. After finishing my first novel, my answer is: mix things up a bit.

I started Deadly Memories completely by the seat of my pants. One week when my husband and son went camping and left me alone, I immersed myself in books and movies. I was so immersed in plots, they showed up in my dreams. One morning I woke up with the idea of a catatonic woman being found in a park and the thought just wouldn’t leave. Who was she? What made her run away in such an extreme way? How would she get help if she wasn’t able to interact with people?

I have always been a strong and confident woman in my professional life but my first marriage was abusive. My best friend was the same – a power to be dealt with at work and a victim at home. I often wondered, for both of us, how two such extreme personalities existed in the same person. So I added that puzzle to my dream-inspired story. When the woman came out of the catatonia, she would have amnesia. Having forgotten who she was, she could be anything she wanted to be. Would that person bear any resemblance to who she was when she remembered everything? How and why would it be different?

That’s all I had to start with. I wrote the early scenes and worked out plot points at the same time. I wrote from two points-of-view: the detective that finds the woman and the woman’s. At first, his voice was third person and her voice was first. That didn’t work, so I had to rewrite everything to be in third person. For awhile, I had vignettes of the villain’s point-of-view. That turned out to be overkill, with too much foreshadowing, so I took all of that out. I’d write with the flow, then get to a point when I didn’t like where it was going. I had to go back and replot, then rewrite. Getting the picture? For me, seat of the pants created a lot of rework.

So, I took a deep breath and outlined. To my surprise, that wasn’t the end of rework. Sometimes my characters refused to do what I had planned for them. Sometimes, something that seemed so obviously right in the outline just didn’t feel right once it was written. Then I had to change the outline. And rewrite, again.

It took more renditions than I’m willing to admit here to finalize Deadly Memories. In the end, I outlined some and I wrote by the seat of my pants some. And I figured out that what works for me is a combination of both methods.
Thanks so much for joining us today, S.D.!


One lucky winner will win a digital copy of S.D.'s  Crime/Thriller, Deadly Memories!


AUTHOR: S.D. O'Donnell
PUBLISHER: WindStorm Books
PUBLICATION DATE: January 24, 2013
FORMAT: Kindle Edition, 255 pages
GENRE: Crime/Thriller
ASIN: B00B5LRP7Y



Who is the beautiful Jayne Doe? And why does someone want to kill her?

Ex-detective Saul Becker learned the hard way not to get involved in the troubles of beautiful women. But what else can he do when a barefoot, catatonic Jayne Doe turns up practically in his backyard? Who is she, and what is she so afraid of?

Jayne Doe doesn’t remember anything about her life before she crawled into a hollow tree at the lake next to Saul’s home.. All she knows is that she’s afraid of something—or someone.

Together, Saul and Jayne set out to uncover her past. But they are in more danger than they know, and it will take all of Saul’s skill and training to track down the past that’s stalking them.

Deadly Memories is a fast-paced novel with unexpected twists and a surprise ending.

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Tour Participants:

11th March – Book Feature at Peace from Pieces
12th March – Twitter View with OB Book Tours
13th March – Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours
14th March –  Book Review & Author Interview at Mommy Adventures
15th March - Guest Post & Book Feature at The Bunny’s Review
16th March - Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours
17th March – Book Review & Author Interview at Author’s Friend
18th March – Guest Post at Blog-A-Licious Authors 
19th March – Book Review at Brainy Book Reads 
20th March – Author Interview & Book Feature at High Class Books
21st March – Guest Post & Book Feature at Working for Books
22nd March – Book Review at Book Lover’s Dream
23rd March – Book Review & Guest Post at Everything for Books
24th March – Author Interview – Need To Stop Reading
25th March – Orangeberry Sidebar
25th March – Book Review & Book Feature at Journey’s thru Books
26th March – Guest Post & Book Feature at Page Turning Books
27th March – Author Interview & Book Feature at Top o’ Mornin’ To YA
28th March – Guest Post & Book Review at Nobody Important
29th March – Book Review at Book Professor
30th March – Author Interview, Guest Post & Book Feature at Talisman Book Publishing
31st March – Book Review & Guest Post at Kindle Nook Books
1st April – Book Review at UK Book Club
2nd April – Guest Post at There Will Be Another Sunrise
3rd April – Author Interview & Book Review at Creating Imaginations
4th April – Book Review at Just My Opinion
5th April – Book Feature & Book Review at Me, You & Books
6th April – Book Review & Guest Post at The Reading Cat
7th April – Author Interview at Jeanz Book Read & Review
8th April – Book Review & Author Interview at Quality Reads UK 
9th April – Book Review at The Next Big Thing
10th April – Guest Post at eInk Reviews
11th April – Author Interview, Guest Post & Book Feature at We Fancy Books
12th April – Author Interview, Guest Post & Book Feature at Richard Stephenson‘s Blog
13th April – Book Review at Books & More Books
14th April – Guest Post at Life Altering Reads
15th April – Book Review at Pastime with Books
16th April – Book Review at My Reading Problem
17th April – Author Interview at Pages to Pages
18th April – Book Review at Gentleman Reads
19th April – Guest Post at Reading Away Life
20th April – Book Feature at Lavender and Camomile
21st April – Orangeberry Book of the Day
22nd April – Orangeberry Tweet Me A Storm with OB Book Tours
29th April – Guest Post at Books are Magic 
6th May – Book Review at Teena in Toronto 
13th May – Author Interview at Total Book Geek
20th May – Guest Post at Laurie Thought’s
21st May – Author Interview at bit’s ‘n Bobs
28th May – Book Excerpt at UnEnding TBR Pile
4th June – Book Review at Book Sane
11th June – Guest Post at  My Life in Books
18th June – Book Excerpt at  Book Connoisseur
21st June – Guest Post & Book Feature at Reading the Dream Life
28th June – Book Excerpt at City of Reviews
5th July – Author Interview at Voicu Mihnea Simandan‘s blog
12th July – Author Interview & Book Feature at Up In Smoke
19th July – Guest Post at Darlene’s Book Nook
26th July – Excerpt at Paws on Books
2nd August – Author Interview at Top Shelf Book
9th August – Guest Post at Imagination in Books
16th August – Excerpt at Love Books
23rd August – Author Interview at Dreaming Pages
30th August – Book Feature at Reading My Addiction
6th September – Excerpt at Aspiring Books
13th September – Guest Post at UnBiased Book Reviews
20th September – Book Feature at Farm Girl Book
27th September – Excerpt at Lonely Heart

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