Writers on Wednesdays ~ THE EXPERIMENT blog tour

Welcome Cindy, Sherry and Jeffrey!

Please introduce yourselves:

Cindy C Bennett: I’m a YA author of several full length novels and some short stories as well. I live in Utah, where I’ve lived my whole life and which I love. I have 6 kids (2 of them are daughters-in-law) and 3 dogs, which is a lot for someone who isn’t a dog person. I really love writing, and when I’m not writing I like to hang with the fam, ride the Harley, or train my dragon. (Wait, scratch that, I don’t have a dragon . . . yet.)

Jeffery Moore: I write stories that are more speculative fiction, having a heavy slant of low fantasy combined with science fiction. Born in Germany, from Ohio, and live in Massachusetts—yup, I’m an Army brat. I have a passion for writing that borders obsession. If I didn’t have such a great job, I’d probably try writing for a living.
My weekends are consumed with family, food, and relaxing (except for the yard work and gardening).

Sherry Gammon: I’m a YA writer itching to try my hand at Chick Lit! I have three full novels, one short story, and two others completed and being edited. I live in New York, though I have lived in Michigan, California, Utah, and Pennsylvania. Not an army brat, just a gypsy!  I have six kids, two son-in-laws and a daughter-in-law, along with 3.75 awesome grandchildren. I love writing and find it a great way express inner feelings.

How did you come up with the idea to do a book together?

CCB: Jeff came up with the idea originally and pitched it to the others of us in our critique group. Sherry and I said yes, but a fourth member didn’t feel she had the time to give to it, so bowed out.

JM: Thanks Cindy, but during the inception is where we really came together and put together a back story, giving a premise to our heroes’ adventure. I consider the idea of the entire story a team effort.

Do you have different writing strengths from each other? What are they? 

CCB: Definitely. I’d say Jeff’s strength is in scenery and getting the technical details right, and Sherry’s is definitely in humor.

JM: Yeah, I’m terrible with humor. It’s really Sherry that gave my character that trait. I’ll add that Cindy has a knack for building tension and getting the timing right when it comes to that first kiss. Generally, guys just go in for the kill, but Sherry and Cindy know how to let it simmer before writing the boiling.

Did you sit down and write together? Did you write separately?

CCB: Since we all live in different states that would have been difficult.

JM: We wrote separately, each taking turns with a given character.

How long did this book take from conception to launch?

CCB: I hate to admit that because of me it took much longer than it should have. I had surgery and months passed while they waited for me to write my chapter to continue the story.

JM: I don’t remember exactly the time. I think each of us had parallel projects also. I would say from start to finish about 7 months.

SG: I struggled with my last chapter, unsure of where we needed to take it. Eventually, Jeff and Cindy gave me some ideas and we finally got it done!

What was the biggest frustration?

CCB: I’ll bet for Jeff and Sherry it was waiting for me! Or for Jeff it was one of the multiple times Sherry or I took the story in a direction away from the outline and Jeff would have to rewrite it.

JM: Not so much the extra work involved as the story evolved, that’s normal. For me, getting the chapters to flow together that was a big challenge.
SG: Writing spec. fiction which is completely out of my realm. I didn’t understand why if we were writing low fantasy fiction we couldn’t just create fun animals and plants and I had to be reeled!

When did each of you work on the manuscript?

CCB: Because of the way we wrote it, one chapter at a time from each author’s character’s POV, we just wrote when our turn came. For me, I almost always write in the middle of the night.

Do you listen to music while you write?

CCB: Rarely. I usually have the TV on.

JM: I do better in silence with no distractions.

SG: Silence and no distractions also.

Do you snack while you write?

CCB: I should say no, but the real answer is yes. And usually something junky, like candy or chips.

JM: Writing tends to keep my mind off food.

SG Chocolate and Diet Pepsi!

What advice would you give a new writer?

CCB: Read a lot, write all the time, and learn the mechanics of writing (spelling, grammar, punctuation, character development, plot development, etc.) but not to the point that you lose your unique voice.

JM: Don’t write in a vacuum—find a group, you’d be surprised how many groups there are locally and virtually.

SG: Ditto on what everyone else said. Getting a critique group is vital!

What are your goals for 2013?

CCB: I have several WIPS right now, so I want to finish those so I can work on the sequel to Immortal Mine. I’d also like to learn some magical secret to marketing so I won’t have to spend so much time on it. Any hints?

JM: I’m about a third of the way through my next work so I figure I’ll be completely done by Thanksgiving. I’ve still got two books I wrote that I haven’t published so I’d like to get them off my plate.
SG: I finished the third book to my trilogy and am working on the edits. I also have a short story coming out that is part of a Christmas anthology. Cindy and I are writing a step-by-step guide for self-published authors we hope to have finished soon too. It will be a comprehensive guide that will focus on everything from covers to formatting to marketing, and much more. It will be laid out so everyone from the computer-challenged, to the expert can gain useful, comprehensive knowledge needed for indie publishing.

The Experiment, a new novel from the imaginations of Cindy C Bennett, Sherry Gammon, and Jeffery Moore!

Time is running out for the Collaborative's oppressive rule of the remote world Senca One. The government attempts to suppress the escalating riots, even while seeking to further their experiments. When their parents are taken, triplets Juliet, Cilla, and Emiah Tripp set out to locate them, and soon discover they are at the center of a hunt to capture them.

Evading the Collaborative across Senca One’s harsh terrain, they’re confronted with the trials of survival. They also discover something that changes the very core of their reality: they’re morphs. Struggling to adapt to the strange new ability, they question what they really are . . . and why. Are the rumors of experiments done on children true? Did their scientist parents have anything to do with it?

Their quest brings them to the capitol city of Brighton, which is on the verge of revolt. While searching for information about their parents, the Tripps align themselves with the very people fueling the rebellion. They unwittingly spark the revolution they want no part of and discover something more dangerous than they suspected.

Read an excerpt here.

Read More on The Experiment Blog or on The Experiment Facebook Page

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About the Authors

Jeffery Moore
Moore was born in Germany. As a military brat, much of his childhood was spent abroad, growing up in Germany on military installations. He subsequently enlisted in the military and served for ten years as an army pilot. While in the military, he lived in Italy and South Korea and deployed to many European countries. He has traveled to Australia, Japan, Singapore and most European countries. His experiences and contact with many different cultures helps form some of the elements in his stories. He currently works for a global IT company and lives in Massachusetts.

Find more about Jeffery and his work at www.jefferyemoore.com

Sherry Gammon
Unlovable was Gammon's debut novel and quickly rose to many top seller lists on Amazon. She is pleased to announce that Unlovable is currently being made into a movie. She has added two more novels to her body of work. Not so Easy, book one of the Souls in Peril series, is the poignant story of Max Sanchez who is on a journey to help the struggling JD Miller survive high school, and Pete & Tink, a fun, light-hearted novella of a manga-loving geek and a five-and-a-half inch fairy. Gammon and her husband, along with their children and a couple of crazy dogs, call Upstate New York home. It is where she spends her nights writing instead of sleeping.

Find more about Sherry and her work at www.wordpaintingsunlimited.com

Cindy C Bennett
Bennett is the YA author of several books, including Geek GirlRapunzel Untangled, Enchanted Fairytales, and Heart on a Chain. She lives in Utah and has six kids (two of which are daughters in-law). She loves gooey cookies, dark chocolate, and cheese popcorn. She hates housework and cooking, and has no plans to become a domestic goddess. She occasionally co-hosts a geek podcast with her son, called Geek Revolution Radio. Her favorite pastime is riding her Harley.

Find more about Cindy and her work at www.cindycbennett.com

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Sherry Gammon said…
Thank you for being part of the tour!!

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