Saturday, August 3, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway: Ice Rose by Alison Neuman (YA Mystery Romance)

Writer’s Passport: Research Versus Reality

As a reader my favorite books include adventures where I’m transported to another world. For that moment, I hear the sounds and smell the air. The worlds roll into a movie in my mind’s eye. As a writer, my goal is to create picturesque worlds for my characters to travel within. To paint places so vivid readers feels the warm sun on their faces. To have their mouth water at the aroma of the apple pie.

In order to write specific details required to bring a place to reality or to evoke an emotion the place must be familiar. This is where I find myself wading into a discussion about research versus reality. Writers seem to be of three thoughts on the matter: the best worlds are created in your imagination; you must research – be there; a mix will serve you best.
Each of my books are based in reality. Real places. Real sensory igniters. Before attending college research, was a daunting task. A dreaded task. Thanks to an amazing technical writer/ research instructor, research has a new definition: an exploration and adventure into creditable possibilities. Finances limit my ability to travel in my character’s shoes but in the comfort and safety of my office I can surf down a sand dune in Africa one minute and explore the Nunavut walruses the next. Still missing is the sand rushing under my surf board or the frigid ocean moisture as a walrus grunts in the foreground.

For me finding a real place to base the reality of my character’s world is my adventure. Packing my imagination and ignoring the glare of my computer screen to study the culture and geography of the outside world not only provides me perspective, it gives my writing world richness. Research gives my world credibility, but the best destinations I have visited through books have been created in the writer’s mind. Which do you prefer?

Genre: Young Adult/Mystery/Romance
Publisher: Fireside Publications
Release Date: September 15, 2010

About The Book:

Ice Rose
 — A teenager’s world is turned upside down when an explosion steals her dad and her identity. Entering an exclusive academy that immerses her in the world of secret agents, she must overcome her fears and disabilities to discover the truth about her dad’s mission, his software, and the mystery man stalking her before she ends up like her father — lost.

Alison Neuman lives in Alberta, Canada, where she is a freelance writer and lyricist. Nearing the end of her studies for the Bachelor of Applied Communications Degree program at Grant MacEwan College, she was inspired to complete the first draft of  Ice Rose. The pace of secret agent books and movies gave her an unlimited playground for  imagination. Music and performing are passions she was able to bring into her writing and build into her characters.

Alison’s writing has appeared in “MacEwan Today”, “Westword”, and the “Edmonton Journal” along with three tracks on the CD release Outside The Window. Co-writing the screenplay adaptation of the book Whale Songwith author Cheryl Kaye Tardif exposed her to the world of screenwriting, which she hopes to continue to examine further in the future. Alison also has been writing shorter pieces of non-fiction, one entitled Establishing Roots, that earned a top ten ranking in the Edmonton Stories contest. This past spring she was a winner in The Expressions of Hunger Contest in the Emotional Poetry category. Her piece Undeniable Craving was on display in June and July in various artistic locations across the city of Edmonton.  She has completed a final edit of her memoir “Searching For Normal” and is currently writing her next young adult manuscript.

When not writing creatively, Alison  is editing or writing for her business, Sandy Tree Communications.


Lee Todd

that winter came early

Kimberly Mayberry

Pain, despair, maybe death. The beauty of the rose is still seen, even though it seems to be frozen in time. The starkness of the faded rose in contrast to the brilliant, fresh red blood brings about feelings of something in the past that has surfaced in the present to cause pain or despair.

Bk Walker

I love those answers Lee & Kimberly :) Thanks for stopping in Alison! :)

Myra Espino


Teddy Rose

Great guest post about fact vs reality. Thanks!

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