Friday, March 3, 2017

Guest Post: Writing Inspiration by @tierawrites, author of Awakening plus #Giveaway

Writing Inspiration by Tiera Rice
What inspires me to write? Music? wind? Art? My life experiences? Or…an awesome story that brings me to another world where I play a significant me just the right amount of details to draw me in, but leaving enough room for me to add my own.

Any and everything inspires me to get my creative juices flowing. It’s just continuing that flow that poses a challenge.

Throughout my short 27 years of life, I have experienced so much, including cancer, military, motherhood—you  name it. With a life like that, how can my river of inspiration ever stop flowing?


It’s the number one reason that river stops flowing for everyone: fear. Ahh, fear. Uncertainty. Criticism. Lack of confidence. The overwhelming belief that I am going to fail. Seems simple, and yet, so powerful.

The key to writing is to just write. Don’t focus on the opinions of others and definitely do not doubt yourself or your abilities. These ideas choose us. We must harbor and develop them—that is our purpose as writers.

There is no failing…

…Unless you choose not to answer the call.

Write because you love to write and it satisfies you. Be true to you as a writer, a future author..if only you would get out of your own way.

So, how do I get there?

Just do it.

For me to publish my first book, Awakening, all it took was my brother telling me to just do it. The conversation went something like this:

Me: I don’t like [my current job]! All I want to do is write!
Rudy (sitting on the computer, playing games, only half-listening): so, why don’t you?
And with those four words, it was like someone slapped some sense into me. I secretly started a publishing company, Eula Rae Printing & Publishing, and set to work finishing Awakening. Although a publishing company isn’t necessary to self-publish, I wanted my book to have the look and feel that any other book published by the Big 5 would have. When people look at Awakening, they don’t think it’s self-published—that’s the point. We are all capable of creating a professional, polished, completed book. But before all the glitz and glam, how do we get there? How do we get our story?
There’s a famous quote that comes to mind: “If  there’s a book that you want to read but hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”—Toni Morrison
Write something that you have yet to read; this doesn’t mean it can’t be a topic that doesn’t already exist. Take Awakening for example: it’s a book about Vampyres. That genre is very common now-a-days, and yet, it’s how I wrote the story that makes it stand out. I used alternate point-of-views and parallel lives—things I’ve yet to read in this genre, though I’m sure it exists. I even used a simple tactic and set half of the story in Romania, which is where Dracula is based. No matter what you write, make sure to write about something you enjoy. Your view/opinion on it has yet to be written because there is only one you. Try a different approach. Trust yourself and trust your writing, and you can’t go wrong.

Awakening: Bloodline Book One
Tiera Rice

Publication date: October 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal

being royal comes with lots of expectations. Born into war as a Vampyre Witch, she has to battle the ultimate enemy: her own blood. When she has a terrifying Vision, Antanasia fights harder than ever to prevent it from coming to pass. Will she succeed? Or does she die trying?

Nadia is an average teenager celebrating her nineteenth birthday. But her day turns upside down when she starts developing unusual abilities that make her question everything she knew. Searching for answers to her predicament, she finds herself trusting Nicolae, a stranger with a familiar presence. Why does she feel so drawn to him? Will Nadia find answers to the questions about her past and take on her new role willingly? Or will she choose to remain in the dark and deny her destiny?

Author Bio:
Tiera Rice was raised in Rockland County, New York and is a realtor in Rockland, Westchester, and Orange Counties. She earned her degree in criminal justice from Temple University, is the founder of Laughter and Lemonade: a project that focuses on motivational posters for those experiencing a chronic illness, and co-founder of #26forTiera: a foundation that provides financial resources to single parents battling life-threatening illnesses.
A creator of poems and short-stories for many years, Tiera challenged herself by leaping into the world of novels. Having recently survived a battle with cancer, Tiera decided to use her writing to entertain and motivate her readers. When not writing or selling houses, Tiera can be found spending time with her friends and family, especially her young daughter, fish, and kitty cat. Her other interests include singing, drawing, and dancing.