Introducing…Liz Worth

Liz Worth, Author of "Eleven: Eleven"
Liz Worth, Author of "Eleven: Eleven"

Toronto writer Liz Worth shows the world what most people hide with Louis Vuitton and papery smiles. She’s the author of the chapbook Eleven: Eleven and the upcoming tome Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond. She took the time talk to us about these and other projects in the third installment of the “Introducing…” blog series.

Eleven: Eleven
Eleven: Eleven

1)      Tell us about your novel Eleven: Eleven.

     I’ve always kept journals on and off throughout my life, writing in them more often during some periods than others. A couple of years ago I started looking through all the journals I’d kept between the ages of 13 and 20, because I was trying to decide if there was a point in holding on to them or not.

     I definitely don’t look back on my teenage years as a happy time – I created, and consequently ran into, a lot of problems. Emotionally I was unstable, vulnerable. I always thought my memory of those years was pretty clear, but when I started reading these journals I was amazed by how much I’d actually forgotten, or chosen to ignore – it turned out to be an even darker time than I remembered.

     A lot of what was documented was very painful, even embarrassing to some extent, but a lot of it was also very surreal. My friends and I had some strange days. Some of us were dabbling in the occult, so some of that got documented. I was also writing about dreams and nightmares I was having, so my journals captured a wide range of scenarios and images.

     I wanted to turn these writings into something and began pulling out certain parts that really struck me hard. Fortunately I found myself between jobs in the spring of 2008 and that’s when Eleven: Eleven really came together. I didn’t have a plan or a plot, only that I wanted to combine poetry and fiction for a retelling of some of my earliest journal entries and went off from there.

     The story turned into a massive collage of journal entries, some re-worked, some left as-is, fused with surreal poetics. I wouldn’t say it’s entirely autobiographical but there are things in there that did happen. A lot of people have asked if the character Maxine is based on a real person. She isn’t; with her I was aiming to personify suicide. But other characters were inspired by kids I used to know and hang out with when I was a teenager.

2)      I watched you perform the surreal piece “Fox + Deer” as part of your performance duo, Packanimal. What inspired such a dreamy yet dramatic work?

     Like a lot of my writing, “Fox + Deer” started off as a dream I had. In it a fox was chasing a deer through a red forest, but it was all very fragmented, the way dreams are. The same summer I had that dream I kept seeing a deer in a valley near my old place, and I felt very connected to that deer and the one in my dream, so I wrote it all down and it’s evolved into “Fox + Deer.”

3)      Do you get your best ideas while awake, dreaming, or somewhere in between?

     Ideas come to me at any time. While I do draw a lot of inspiration from dreams I also have ideas come to me out of nowhere throughout the day. I don’t force anything; I find my best ideas come when I’m just living my life, doing the smallest things like walking down the street or waiting to meet up with a friend. I also find I get my best ideas when I haven’t overextended my schedule – downtime is a very important part of the creative process. If my mind is too focused on multitasking there isn’t much time for it to play around. 

4)      Besides live readings, what other things are you doing to promote Eleven: Eleven and your poetry?

     In terms of promoting Eleven: Eleven, I did send out a press release and some promo copies to independent and alternative media outlets. I think it’s really important to promote yourself, especially as a writer. A lot of people are happy just to get published, but you can’t stop there. Your work needs proof of existing beyond just being put on a page, and you need to promote yourself to make that happen.

    Musicians do it all the time – pick up a copy of Exclaim! and you’ll see just how much ink is being given to music. Writers should aspire to have the same kind of drive for publicity, and push for the same kind of support from the media. It’s especially important to get yourself out there because writing is not a social process. You have to hide away for a couple years to get a manuscript completed, so you need to remind people that you’re around. Writers also have to work a little harder at it because reading takes a lot more effort for an audience than listening to rock n’ roll, but literature is just as important, and subversive, as music and should be promoted just as much.

     Social media, small press fairs, and talking to strangers are also good ways to get the word out.   

5)      Have you ever been tempted to jump in a van and tour coast-to-coast with Packanimal, hitting every small town along the way?

     Getting Packanimal out of Toronto is definitely something that I am working towards. I don’t know how well the project would go over in small town Canada, though. I don’t think we have enough blue collar appeal, so I don’t know if there would be enough exposure if we went too far out into the wild.

     I always say go big or go home, and if we were going to go as big as to actually tour I would want to hit Europe. If you fail here, you’re failing in a haze of plaid shirts and Labatt Blue. I can go and hang out in my parents’ backyard on a Friday night if I want to do that. But if you fail in Europe, well, you’re in Europe so who cares? 

6)      You also work as a freelance journalist, appearing in the Toronto Star and Eye Weekly among other publications. What are your favourite topics to write about?

     A lot of articles I write come from things that are going on in my life or in the lives of people around me. Some of my favourite articles to work on have been about finding a balance between a working life and a creative life; my generation’s fixation on personal fame; the impact of the internet on youth movements; and the ongoing cooptation of subcultures.

7)      Can you describe one experience that affected you on a personal level so deeply that you had to express your feelings in a poem?

     All of my writing is influenced by my reality, to varying degrees depending on the piece and the source of inspiration. A lot of incidents blend together, often leading into each other – I can’t separate them out because everything is connected, even if it was never meant to be.

     Like when I was nine years old I sat in the backseat of a car while my grandmother threatened to kill herself by jumping out of the passenger door. We were driving along a country road and I remember seeing the gravel shoulder fly by as she held the door open. Another family member was at the wheel. They were having an argument. I don’t remember what it was about. The driver didn’t even bother slowing down the car. My grandmother eventually calmed down and we all got back home fine, but I’ve always wondered why we didn’t just pull over in the first place. Why did the car keep going? What had pushed my grandmother so far? That incident, and that question, are really distinct childhood memories for me and ones that I feel sum up a lot of experiences I’ve had internally and externally. That would be an example of an event that I feel ties to many more that have been influences in my writing.

     Past drinking problems and insomnia have also driven a lot of my recent writings over the last year and a half. Dealing with them together left me feeling paranoid and run down and all kinds of shit was going through my head.

     My poems don’t always tell of one incident, but often speak to a broader emotion, state of being, or combination of events.

8)      What scares Liz Worth?

     Boredom and routine.

9)      What made you want to document the Toronto punk scene in your upcoming book Treat Me Like Dirt?

     Sometime around 1999 I was at Canzine or some other indie press fair and saw this novel called 1978 by late Toronto writer Daniel Jones. The cover design attracted me first but I wasn’t totally sold on the synopsis. It was a punk rock novel set in Toronto, and dropped band names like Teenage Head and the Forgotten Rebels on the back. I knew of those bands but hadn’t actually listened to them yet.

     Anyway, I kept seeing this book around at other book fairs and in bookstores. I couldn’t avoid it. And every time I saw it I would look at it, flip through it, and ultimately decide against buying it. This went on for a good six months until one day I was hanging out one afternoon, underemployed with not much to do, and I decided I needed something to read. I ended up down at Pages buying a copy of 1978.

     Even though it’s fiction, 1978 made a lot of references to actual Toronto punk venues and local first wave punk bands like the Viletones and Diodes. The timing was great because a lot of these bands had had their recordings issued on CD in the ‘90s, so the music was easy to get.

     I was very interested in the fact that Toronto had had a punk movement of its own and when I started listening to these bands I liked them right away. But even though their music was out on CD they were still very obscure. I couldn’t find out much about their history, not in print or online. A lot of these bands had only released small-run 7-inch singles and many of them had short careers, so they didn’t leave much behind. Even the bands that did get more of their music out on vinyl, like the Diodes and Teenage Head, still offered challenges when it came to learning much about their history. 

     I was always on the lookout for a book about Toronto punk history to come out, but it never happened. In 2006 I graduated from college and had been working as a freelance journalist for a few years already, and with school off my list of responsibilities I suddenly found my schedule was a lot more flexible. I had the time to take on a new project.

     As a fan of these bands I wanted find out what happened with punk here in Toronto. I was tired of waiting for someone to put that story together and figured if no one else was going to do it then I would, so I did, and it became Treat Me Like Dirt.

10)  Thanks for baring yourself to us. Any parting words?

     Life’s too short to read bad books, so don’t do it.

 Sage advice. Thanks to Liz  for sharing her story with us. She can be reached at www.lizworth.com.

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Introducing…Tami McCandlish

Welcome to the second installment of my “Introducing…” blog series, featuring indie authors, their craft, their struggles and achievements and, of course, their adventures in Social Media. This week we talk to Tami McCandlish, author of the autobiographical novel, Flying Grounded.

Tami McCandlish, author of 'Flying Grounded'
Tami McCandlish, author of 'Flying Grounded'

 Tami McCandlish holds a B.A. in English and journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. Since the publication of her book, Tami has spoken to thousands of girls and has been featured on radio and television shows and in print media (including NBC4 Columbus, WOUB Athens, 90.9 fm Lancaster, 88.9 fm Lancaster and The Lancaster Eagle Gazette). McCandlish was born and raised in Fairfield County, Ohio and now serves as the Founder and President of The Triumph Organization, a Central Ohio based non-profit that is dedicated to dealing with female bullying through awareness, education, and tools that promote healthy communication and competition among girls and women.

1)      What is Relational Aggression?

Relational aggression is also known as girl bullying. It is a form of emotional and psychological bullying that occurs when people (specifically girls and women) use their social relationships to hurt a targeted individual. Aggressors do this through tactics like alliance building, rumor-spreading, gossip, backstabbing, betrayal, silent treatments, name-calling, eye-rolling and dirty looks, lies and half-truths, manipulation, and many other indirect behaviors.

Flying Grounded
Flying Grounded

 2)      Flying Grounded touches on your real-life experience as a victim of this. Why did you choose to document such a painful episode in your life?

 It was not easy reliving those memories every day as I sat in front of my computer, writing. There were times when I thought, “Should I really be telling everyone this?” But when I analyzed the honesty and consequences of my statements, I believed every component of my story was put in place not only to free myself from pain but to establish a voice for others who are or have been in similar situations.

My goal is to educate people and help change their perception about bullying. Many people view bullying as physical aggression, used primarily by boys. However, oftentimes social exclusion, silent treatments, rumors, and betrayal can hurt just as badly, if not more, than a punch in the nose. In documenting my experience, I hope to encourage others to expand their definition of aggression and to stop thinking of this behavior as simply jealous junior high school girls who will grow out of their meanness once they get to high school. I want girls to know they do not have to be defined by this (whether it is as a victim, aggressor, reactive-aggressor, bystander, or a mix of roles), that there are outlets to channel their emotions, and that there are ways to productively and effectively communicate and compete within their friendships and relationships without having to drag down another girl.

3)      Did you have a specific audience in mind when writing Flying Grounded? When I was writing Flying Grounded I primarily had my hometown audience in mind. I knew my story might help girls in many places, but specifically, I wanted to positively impact the girls and people with whom I had had such unhealthy experiences with. However, changing the thought process of those in a rural, small-town has been very challenging.

Overall, my audience has responded positively. Although I find major resistance from schools when it comes to implementing educational programs, and although most of my main characters are still unwilling to open their hearts and participate in discussion about relational aggression and faith, I believe I have given my audience much to contemplate and act on in their own time.

4)      How was the self-publishing experience?

In 2004, when I decided to write my book during my senior year of college, I asked my professors for guidance. They all cringed at the mention of supported self-publishing presses, and told me, “Go for the big, reputable publishers.” Tapping into the mainstream, New York publishing industry is easier said than done, though. I spent a year e-mailing and mailing query letters to agents and editors, and while I received many nice, encouraging rejection letters, no one seemed to be taking on new projects at that time. Because I felt an intense urgency to present my story to the public, I started exploring the option of supported self-publishing. My research led me to iUniverse, which seemed to be the best fit for me.

I know that some authors who publish traditionally don’t have much say-so in choosing their title, cover art, or marketing plan. Some don’t even get to see the last edit of their book. I couldn’t deal with that, and thankfully I didn’t have to.

I would definitely use supported self-publishing again, but next time I won’t make as much of an investment in the package. There were a few things that I eventually decided I shouldn’t have to pay for (like qualifying for literary awards). 

5)      What kind of promotional activities have you been doing to promote your book?

To promote my book, I use social networking (primarily Facebook and MySpace), and I do speaking engagements and run programs through my non-profit, The Triumph Organization, which is dedicated to dealing with girl bullying. Through Triumph, I have spoken to thousands of students and adults in Ohio in schools and communities. I have also been featured on local radio, television, and in print news.

6)      Describe your ideal writing environment.

My ideal writing environment would take place on a warm summer evening into the late night (that’s when I’m most productive) with a gentle breeze floating through the open windows. I’m alone and at peace. Inspirational Christian rock or smooth jazz is softly playing in the background, but it’s quiet enough to allow imagery to jump alive. I have a relaxed desk environment with no papers, books or pens invading my space, or I am reclined in bed, propped up on a mound of pillows with a pillow-desk for my laptop. Oh, and a glass of iced tea is nearby.

7)      Do you have another life, as in a career, other activities, etc.

In addition to writing, I work as a personal fitness trainer for my husband’s company, Elite Performance Enhancement Programs LLC. We conduct one-on-one and group fitness training as well as athletic performance training. I love exercising and enjoy being outdoors, traveling, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, reading, and spending time with my close-knit family.

8)      What can we expect next from Tami McCandlish?

As soon as Flying Grounded was published, people asked me if I had started working on my second book yet. “Whew,” I thought. “Give me some time people!” It took me two-and-a-half years to complete the first one. I hear the first book is most difficult, so I’m happy to have that completed. I would like to publish again in the next three years. My mind is swirling with many ideas, but I know I would like to continue to write about relational aggression. Currently, I’m leaning toward with the topic of girl bullying on a collegiate level. So if anyone knows of young women who are willing to share their stories please send them my way!

9)      Where can readers get a copy of Flying Grounded?

Flying Grounded can be purchased online at the following retailers: iUniverse, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

Thanks to Tami for sharing her story with us. Please visit her website and join the fight against Female Relational Aggression.

Me_and_RaincloudRichard S. Todd is the author of the critically-praised Raincloud: A Novel and holds talks on the self-publishing experience. He spends his time blogging and working on his next novel, The Orphans of the Creek.
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Introducing…Karen M. Black

Karen M. Black
Karen M. Black

Welcome to the first installment of my “Introducing…” blog series, featuring indie authors, their craft, their struggles and achievements and, of course, their adventures in Social Media. This week we meet Karen M. Black, author of the evocative novel, Moondance.

Karen received her MBA in marketing from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and has worked as a communication consultant in the Canadian pension and benefit industry since 1992.

She’s also a practicing karmic astrologer, associated with Linda Brady, author of Discovering Your Soul Mission.

Karen lives in Toronto and is currently writing her second novel, which picks up where Moondance leaves off. After self-publishing Moondance and winning more than five awards for Moondance in 2008 and 2009, she has also recently launched her book consulting business which assists aspiring authors in the creation and publication of their work. 

Tell us about your book, Moondance.MOONDANCE COVER

Moondance is a freethinking, emotionally charged, highly addictive coming-of-age, exploring life, love and the nature of reality. It’s part psychological thriller, part paranormal romance, and part magical realism.

What drove you to base the novel on such a unique and evocative subject?

Moondance explores questions (and arguments) that I had about life in my mid- to late thirties. It’s the result of being bounced around in the corporate world, having some painful relationship experiences, and wondering why my life didn’t turn out as I had planned.

I wrote the first 120 pages of Moondance in 1996 after a relationship ended. In a state of heartbreak, the words gushed out of me in a curious, unstructured wave (the first page I ever wrote was page 271). What I wrote scared me. What I had created wasn’t aligned with who I thought I was, which was logical, tough, steady and calm. I was creating scenes and dialogue I didn’t understand with my logical mind. So I rejected it and finished my MBA instead.

Five years later, still single, with questions about my life mounting, I participated in a five-day retreat called the Trust Program. Trust was a turning point, a powerful experience which helped me understand who I am, what I believe and what’s important to me. After Trust, I embraced my sincere belief in reincarnation and began to study karmic astrology while working full-time as a benefit communication consultant, something I never could have imagined before.

Who would you recommend read your book?

I wrote Moondance for me. I published Moondance for anyone who’s had their heart broken by life or by love, and has had the curiosity and the courage to ask why (plus anyone who likes thought-provoking, addictive page-turners)

You self-published your book. How was that experience?

Well, self-publishing was something I came to slowly.

First I researched the publishing process. I created synopses, a log line, even query letters and sent them out to agents and then publishers. During this phase, I didn’t like what I was learning. I don’t like how little money the author actually sees, plus the control they give up creatively and on the marketing side. I also learned that signed authors often have to invest their own money and time in promotion and marketing anyway, yet there isn’t much flexibility in the contract in recognition of this effort. After giving away complete control and profits, the vast majority of debut novels lose money-making the prospects of publishing a second novel with the same publisher grim.

Self-publishing non-fiction is commonplace. Self-publishing commercial fiction is not. Yet the more I weighed the pros and cons, the more self-publishing made sense for me.

I know myself – when it comes to business, I really like control. With my business background, I am accustomed to creating strategy and with my communication consulting background, I understand the publishing and production process. I knew I wanted input on the cover and layout design. I knew I’d want to be involved in the marketing. I began to wonder if the traditional route was the best way to go for me.

During this time, I met Arnold Gosewich, former President of MacMillan Canada, now an agent and publication consultant. After some discussions, he confirmed my suspicions. As the publisher – which is different from vanity publishing and print on demand publishing like lulu or Trafford by the way – I control the entire process. Economically, I get to keep all of the profits, and have to sell fewer copies to break even. I also take all the risk. Yet early readers responded well to Moondance – I knew I had a great product. With the internet, I have global reach.

In 2008 and 2009, Moondance won a number of awards (details on my site). It’s been great fuel for Arnold who’s now my agent for U.S., international, television and film rights. I now share what I’ve learned with my book consulting clients.

Bottom-line, self-publishing hasn’t made me rich (yet), but it has been gratifying. I’ve produced a high quality product, got some good recognition in the form of awards (and reader response), and have maintained control. Also, I’ll be able to continue to promote it for years to come and still have the option of approaching big publishers. I have no regrets.

How are you going about promoting Moondance?

 I started out using my existing network, and then created a list and a monthly newsletter called IDEAS that PROVOKE and INSPIRE. I’m also active on social networks LinkedIn and Twitter.

 I’ve been interviewed on a number of radio shows online, and in traditional media, and have generated a bit of print and online publicity on my own. Most of my sales, though, have come through word of mouth. I’ve also attended some book clubs.

 I’m going into a new phase now, where I want to do more speaking engagements on self-publishing and karmic astrology, possibly collaborating with other authors with complementary books and skill sets. I’d also like to work with more book clubs – the ones I’ve attended have been a lot of fun.

What is your favourite place to write?

 At my cottage in Georgian Bay, with the window open so I can hear the waves.

 What advice can you give other writers?

 On writing

  • Write for yourself first. If what you’re writing scares you, that’s perfect
  • Read The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes (he says the same thing, above)
  • DON’T write with your marketing hat on. Heart comes first. Marketing comes later.
  • Hire a good editor, or (at least) proof reader before sharing your finished manuscript widely
  • Hire a good book consultant / publication consultant to help with the process.

 On research/publishing

  • Read Stephen King’s On Writing to get really good advice on how to get feedback from your nearest and dearest (or whether or not you should)
  • Before sending out queries, do your research! I suggest using www.absolutewrite.com and Jeff Herman’s Guide as starting point
  • Take some time to create your marketing positioning and query materials: Who (and where) is your audience? Why is your work different? What’s your elevator pitch? What’s your log line?
  • If you’re considering self-publishing, signup for Dan Poynter’s free newsletter (even if you’re a fiction writer) and consider buying his book.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m part socialized introvert, and big part nester. So I see friends, generally in small groups or one-on-on. I cook with and for friends and love sampling ethnic foods. I listen to music (I’m an eclectic music lover who’s passionate about www.radioparadise.com – the best mix anywhere).

I read mostly thrillers and philosophical/spiritual stuff. I enjoy the outdoors, especially boating, and time on the water. And oh yeah – I meditate, continue to study astrology and look for ways to promote Moondance.

Where can people get a copy of Moondance?

Folks can get a hard copy or a PDF online at www.karenmblack.com. If you’re in Toronto, there are also a couple of other ways you can get it – see ‘Buy Moondance’ on my site.

What can we expect next from you?

 I’ve created a few hooks in Moondance, and a number of characters who will come back, and grapple with new issues in their lives. So what I’ll be working on next is the sequel, and my promise to readers is that it’ll be as intense and as hard to put down as Moondance is.

My aim in life is to have as many people ticked off at me for keeping them up late as possible…

Thanks to Karen for sharing her story with us. Check out her website at www.karenmblack.com.

Me_and_RaincloudRichard S. Todd is the author of the critically-praised Raincloud: A Novel and holds talks on the self-publishing experience. He spends his time blogging and working on his next novel, The Orphans of the Creek.

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Literally Yours,

RT

Me and RaincloudRichard S. Todd is the author of the critically-praised Raincloud: A Novel and holds talks on the self-publishing experience. He spends his time blogging and working on his next novel, The Orphans of the Creek.

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