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Posted by Author Dayna Leigh Cheser
What is your email address:
What is the contact information you are willing to share?
• Telephone: Office –
• Telephone: Cell –
• Skype: AviatorThump
• Twitter: @CharlesGTurner3
• Facebook: The Saint Chronicles
What schools did you attend? What was your course of study?
- The Hill School, Middleburg, Virginia (1-12)
- Saint James School, Hagerstown, MD (4 years, boarding school)
- Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia – Bachelor of Arts, English
When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
Writing has always been a core part of my life. It began to develop as a passion in high school where I wrote short stories and poetry. I also edited and distributed a small newspaper on metal detecting.
Throughout College, I wrote from time to time. The year I graduated, I completed my first full length novel (which remains locked away in a safe deposit box). Through the years, I’ve completed several unpublished works on various subjects, all related to my personal experience.
Are you a published author? Yes
Please list your published material, with dates?
In May of 2012, my most recent work, ‘Clemency, The Saint Chronicles, Part 1’ was published through Abbott Press. I chose to not wait for an agent to see if my work could stand up to the test of readership.
If these materials are books, are they still available, and from where?
‘Clemency, The Saint Chronicles, Part 1’ is available in print and e-book formats, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine booksellers.
Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problem you may have had, etc.
‘Clemency, The Saint Chronicles, Part 1,’ as my first published work, has taught me much about the process. First, I’ve been complimented on the book. People are READING it! What a humbling experience.
Second, I learned that I need a good editor. I know what I need to say, but spitting it out in English is a challenge.
Last, I’ve learned that the hardest part of writing a book is not the writing at all! When the book is complete, the real work begins – the marketing. A written word never read is as empty as a spoken word never uttered.
Please tell about the most memorable moment in your career.
The most memorable moment was speaking to Dr. James Delgado; the day he agreed to endorse ‘Clemency, The Saint Chronicles, Part 1.’ I answered the phone with trepidation as I thought he’d hate it, but to the contrary, he connected with the story immediately. He kept talking about the book, MY book, as a reader who understood it at its deepest level. I was and still am very humbled by this. I suspect I always will be.
What problems have you encountered and how did you deal with them?
Mine is a short career, so other than technical glitches, I’ve been fortunate to have had a good overall writing/publishing experience. However, trying to convince independent booksellers to sponsor a book signing is problematic.
Did an established writer mentor you in your early days? If yes, how did the mentor help you?
I took literature classes during high school and college, and met many professors, published authors themselves. Russell Chew, Albert Watson, and Dr. William Gray, among others, impressed upon me the classical discipline of writing with an emphasis on character and plot development and flow. This is why I center mainly on classical themes and structure.
What genre do you most often write? Action/Adventure
Who are the authors who most influenced your career?
Hemingway, Steinbeck, Poe, Twain, the list goes on and on…
Who are the authors you read most often?
I don’t read much modern fiction as I don’t want the voices of my characters to be influenced by the great characters of our time in fiction. I prefer to draw my character constructs from real people so that their voices are pure and true.
What would you tell an aspiring writer who asks you for help?
Write the truth, write from your own experience and speak to a detail that brings your reader with you. If you cannot do this, you’ll lose them to confusion.
What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of yourself, because your readers need a lot from you on every level.
What is the name of your current project?
‘The Saint Chronicles Part 2,’ also an action/adventure book, is due out in the summer of 2013.
Please provide details of your upcoming blog tour, book tour, and/or book signing?
The Charleston Library Society, and the Charleston Mercury Newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina will host the kickoff of ‘Clemency, The Saint Chronicles Part 1’ on September 18, 2012. This event will take place at 164 King Street, Charleston South Carolina, at 6:30 PM, and will consist of a discussion, selected reads, followed by a book signing and cocktail party.
Adventure Scuba, my home dive shop, in Chantilly, VA, will host a signing event the last week in September.
Other scheduled events will follow from there.
Is this work a stand-alone or part of a series? Series
Please provide some details of the project.
‘The Saint Chronicles’ will be a 5-7 part series, which deals with specific scenarios, based on real-life experiences. These scenarios translate into and change the lives of our main characters, including the life of Andrew Saint, the main character. As in ‘Clemency, The Saint Chronicles Part 1,’ I’ll show the reader new worlds and technologies I’ve seen in my lifetime.
What conferences/courses/webinars/workshops/seminars do you plan to attend in the next 12 months?
I plan to take part in a variety of the available Writers Digest webinars as a means of putting some new cards into my deck of fiction writing tricks!
I’d like to thank Charles for his interview about his Saint Chronicles series.
You can submit your own interview by clicking on the DIY Interviews Submission Page and following the instructions. It’s totally FREE and you don’t need to answer all the questions – only the ones you want to have us use in your interview.
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Other sources & formats available soon!
PS: Please take a few minutes to read the Wedding Chapter – Final from my adult historical romance ‘Janelle’s Time.’ You’ll meet Richard and Janelle Grayson, the newlyweds, AND, meet Duke Logan Conor, from Muileach Castle, Scotland (he crashes the wedding) from ‘Logan’s Time,’ Book 4. He’s also in ‘Moria’s Time,’ Book 2.
The TIME Series – by Dayna Leigh Cheser
Janelle’s Time – Available Now at Amazon and B&N
Moria’s Time – WIP – NaNoWriMo, 2011 Winner
Adelle’s Time – Planned for 2013
Logan’s Time – WIP, planned for 2013
Clarissa’s Time – Planned for 2014
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Posted by Author Dayna Leigh Cheser
Grammar is why modern word processors are great. You see all your mistakes – in real-time. I don’t know about other word processors, but Microsoft Word™ seems to have a ‘Passive Voice’ fetish.
If I had to rate the grammatical errors in my writing, ‘Passive Voice’ would be at or close to the top of the list. When I’m typing, I see the offending words appear on the screen, with a ‘green underline’ (Word’s way of telling you that you’ve made a mistake).
Oh boy! What did I do wrong this time?
So, I right-click on the underlined words, and there it is … again!
“Passive Voice (consider revising)”
For the next few moments, I experiment with different options until the ‘green underline’ goes away, but sometimes, I WANT the ‘Passive Voice,’ … or at least I think I do. The paragraph works better with the passive sentence structure … but Word says it’s wrong. Okay, I’m confused … and frustrated.
So, I decided that since I have this ongoing difficulty with ‘Passive Voice,’ maybe now is the time to research it. Perhaps, with a little education, I can teach myself to not do it any more (and save myself revision time).
.For authors, the ‘Active Voice’ sentences often do a better job of ‘show, don’t tell,’ but not always. This chart illustrates the problem. The same words, written in different ways, can have entirely different meanings.
Wikipedia describes Passive Voice as “… a grammatical construction (a “voice”) in which the subject of a sentence or clause denotes the recipient of the action rather than the performer (the agent). The English passive voice is formed with an auxiliary verb (usually, but not always: be, was, get, are, or has, among others) plus a participle (usually the past participle) of a transitive verb.”
Hey, that’s fine if you have a degree in English and you remember what ‘auxiliary verbs,’ ‘participles,’ ‘past participles,’and ‘transitive verbs’ are!
Let’s try this another way, with examples.
From the chart above: “The cake is being baked by Mike” is in the Passive Voice sentence. The subject is the CAKE and it’s affected by the ‘being baked’ action of the verb. The Active Voice sentence is: “Mike is baking a cake” in which the subject signifies the agent, or doer, Mike. So passive = the cake, and active = Mike.
Another way of saying this is that Passive Voice is used when the focus is on the action. Who or what is performing the action isn’t important, or even known. Example: “My house was painted last week.” The Active Voice indicates, in this case, who or what did the painting. “John painted my house last week.” “ABC Contracting painted my house last week.” Here, it’s passive = painted, and active = John or ABC Contracting.
- Active: “I fixed the leaky faucet on the sink.” (To say what the subject [I] did)
- Passive: “The leaky faucet is being fixed.” (To say what happens to things [the faucet] or people, or, to say what is done to them)
- Passive: “The faucet was fixed by XYZ Plumbing yesterday.” (The action [the faucet being fixed] is more important than who did it)
- Passive: “The faucets were made in Texas.” (When we don’t know who [made the faucets] did the action)
English, with it’s multi-lingual components, is a difficult language, even for native speakers/writers! However, the bottom line is that passive sentences are not necessarily WRONG, but a sentence analysis is needed. What was your intent for the sentence? What did you want to say? Was it about the action, or the person/thing? Word the sentence according to your intent, and don’t let the ‘green underline’ mess with your head! (Whew! What a relief!)
There are many more rules about Active and Passive Voices that apply to more complex sentence structures.
- Would you like to know more about the Active and Passive Voices?
PS: Please take a few minutes to read the Wedding Chapter from my soon-to-be-published book (2012) ‘Janelle’s Time.’ You’ll meet Richard and Janelle Grayson, the newlyweds, AND, meet Duke Logan Conor (he crashes the wedding) from my upcoming book, ‘Logan’s Time.’
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