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One by One – by Author Yawatta Hosby

one_by_one2It is with great pleasure that I welcome author Yawatta Hosby to my blog today! Yawatta is introducing us to her novel entitled: One by One! I thought this would be perfect seeing that it’s Halloween! But before Yawatta tells us about her mystery thriller, let’s get to know her.

Yawatta, tell us a little about yourself.

I’m from the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, an hour away from Washington D.C. At West Virginia University, I got my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, my major was accounting. I should have pulled a Felicity and focused on art or writing instead.

I told myself if I didn’t have a career by the age of 30, then I would go to graduate school. It was time to make a decision a year ago, so I decided to become an author. No more writing as a hobby. It was the best decision I could have ever made. The arts will always be my passion—don’t get me wrong, I love math too.

When I was 8, I drew all the time. In the 7th grade, I took my first creative writing class and fell in love with it. My friends and family kept telling me that I should write novels or illustrate children’s books. I guess I finally listened 🙂

How did you come up with the idea for One By One?

For my first attempt at NaNo, I kept reading that it’s supposed to be a fun challenge. What better way to challenge yourself than to write in a genre you’ve never written in before.

My inspiration came from multiple sources. Agatha Christie is my favorite author, so I wanted to give my take on an updated Then There Were None. I really enjoyed the TV show “Harper’s Island” when I watched the marathon on the Chiller Channel, and all the “Scream” movies are my favorites. I wanted a story where a group of tortured friends have to figure out who’s the culprit, if they want a chance to survive. I also wanted a huge betrayal and a satisfying twist at the end.

What kinds of writer support groups do you belong too? Do they help with the writing, marketing and the publishing process?

I work best with writing buddies and/or critique partners. We motivate each other as well as share feedback on what works and what doesn’t in a scene or story. Melissa has been great with sharing my blog posts by tweeting. Essentially, I do my own marketing and publishing.

When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?

It’s a mixture of both. Before I start a rough draft, I have the plot outline and character sketches already available. However, most of the time, the plot totally changes by the end of the story. Not necessarily the end result, just the different path of a character’s journey. For example, when writing One By One, I already knew the order of everyone’s deaths. The only thing that changed were the ways in which they died—sometimes you have to get creative 🙂

Tell us about One By One

A group of friends vacation in an isolated cabin; they’re terrorized one by one. How many will survive? Three? Two? One? None?

Let’s face it, there’s been plenty of books about a group of friends being murdered in the woods by a crazy killer. Mine is different because of the killer’s motivation. Hopefully, readers will feel what the characters are going through; I try my best to make every single scene engaging, showing rather than telling (like it would appear on the big screen). I believe that readers will enjoy the back and forth between characters (especially when they start turning on each other) and will be caught up with solving the mystery.

What inspired you to write in your genre?  Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?

I watch a lot of horror movies, and recently, I’ve been a fan of shows with psychological mindgames. It was only a matter of time before I’d be interested in writing in the thriller/suspense genre. I started writing dramas (I think that’s considered literary or contemporary fiction). Tear jerkers will always be my favorite; being a Negative Nancy helps create scenarios where there’s a lot of tension with my characters, internally and externally.

Do you have a favorite character you have written?

A favorite character I’ve written has been Sequoia from my untitled women’s fiction novel. Usually I write about shy women or women who are pretty stubborn once they make up their mind about enjoying their independence instead of dating. Sequoia was the first person, who’s pretty flirtatious and charming. She’s also quite manipulative, so it was fun writing her character—someone totally opposite from me.

Short answer favorites:

Dessert – Chocolate Pie

Favorite City – New York City

Season – Fall

Actor –Ian Somerhalder

Actress –Natalie Portman

Band/solo singer – Rihanna

Color – Blue

Cuisine – Macaroni and Cheese

What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?

I have rough drafts I’m working on. I actually just finished another NaNo challenge in May. I created a 30,000 word story called Trapped: A Novella. It’s suspenseful and based off a short story I had written. It’s about a guy who’s obsessed with wanting a family, no matter the costs.

Something’s Amiss is a women’s fiction novel that I’m working on. It’s almost time for beta-readers. It’s a drama about two exes who reunite after their best friend passes away.

I have another women’s fiction novel that I’m working on. Still untitled. It’s about a love triangle between three celebrities.

ONE BY ONE BLURB

Alone in the woods, thirty miles from civilization with no cell phone reception, the weekend turns into a deadly game when a killer hunts Rae and her friends. They struggle to stay alive and discover the truth.

Is someone stalking them, or is there a killer among the group?

Reminiscent of “Harper’s Island,” ONE BY ONE is a disturbing mystery thriller where a group of friends let paranoia get the best of them. With suspense and betrayal, it’ll also remind readers of “Scream.” Someone never intended for them to leave the cabin and will follow through with the plan by any means necessary.

EXCERPT FROM ONE BY ONE

“Where do you think they are?” Logan asked.

Kenan sat on top of a rotted tree stump. He rubbed his forehead. “I have no idea. If I did, we’d already be there.”

Logan sighed. He had no choice but to follow Kenan’s lead because he knew the area more than Logan did.

He wanted to ask Kenan a more personal question, like did he think something awful happened to them? Kenan was quiet during their search and had calmly taken over this morning that Logan couldn’t tell if his friend was freaking out.

If a tragedy happened ten years ago, it could occur again.

The boys didn’t speak for a while. Logan tapped his sneaker between the moss and tall grass. They should be trying to pinpoint their friends’ whereabouts. What was Kenan doing? Every second counted. “I’m sorry. I know this must be hard for you.”

“What?”

Logan lowered his eyes to the ground, whispering, “Being here at the cabin.”

“I slept like a baby last night, actually.”

“Well, Rae was having a hard time. Last night she came to me and said she couldn’t sleep. She asked where Brady was.”

“Why didn’t she come to me?” Kenan frowned, standing up.

Logan shrugged his shoulders.

He rubbed his forehead and sighed. “Why didn’t you tell me? You could’ve woken me up if I was asleep.”

“The thought didn’t even cross my mind.”

“Well, next time it should.” Kenan cracked his neck. “I’m sorry. I’m just worried about her. It’s like she’s afraid to bring up the past because she’s trying to protect me.”

“Just like you’re trying to protect her.”

“She must be really freaking out this morning. I should’ve stayed with her.” Kenan threw on his black hoodie because a light drizzle started. Logan wished he would have brought something to protect himself from the rain, while hoping it wouldn’t storm. He wore a red t-shirt and red athletic shorts that went past his knees. Even though he wasn’t afraid of thunder and lightning, Logan was smart. There would be no protection with only trees surrounding them.

No one could afford to get hurt at this place. Who knew how far the hospital was…

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October 31, 2013 Posted by | Blog Guest | , | 6 Comments

Special Guest: Yawatta Hosby – Is T.M.I. – A Turn-off For You?

Today I have a fabulous blogger, Yawatta Hosby, visiting and sharing her thoughts on love scenes – how much is too much?  Please join me in welcoming her! Alright Yawatta, take it away!

Is T.M.I. (Too Much Information) A Turn-off For You?
A guest post by Ywatta Hosby

Are you a visual reader? I love when an author is great with description, causing me to get lost in their story. However, there’s some scenes that should be left to the readers’ imagination.

What scenes, you ask? The ones involving sex, lovemaking, quickies, etc.

I want to feel what the characters feel. I want to sense what’s going on around them. With sex scenes, descriptions should be based more on the emotional aspect instead of the mechanical terms. I like it when the story makes me feel like I’m experiencing the character’s journey with them instead of just reading about a character.

When the scene gets too technical, it comes across as just reading about a character, just looking from the sidelines. To me, too technical or mechanical means describing every single action, every single position, where characters’ mouths and hands are placed every step of the way. Also, when I see “so and so inserted ____ into ____” that’s T.M.I. (Too Much Information), which pulls me right out of the story.

Even if a reader doesn’t have an active sex life, they can still figure out how the process works, especially if they watch TV and movies. So, us readers, don’t need a play-by-play breakdown written for us to comprehend what’s going on.

It’s best to leave some things up for the readers’ imagination. My favorite type of lovemaking scenes are the ones that reveal the emotional side of things and let’s my mind wander, interpreting however I’d like to.

What’s your favorite type of scenes?

And, I love when the writer captures one character’s thoughts, emotions, and perceptions throughout the scene. It gets too confusing when both characters’ thoughts are used simultaneously. The whole point is to connect with the journey of the people you’re reading about; it’s difficult to do that when headhopping is present. Readers will get a sense of everything that’s going on but won’t have time to process it.

I don’t know about you, but I want to process the moment like its a favorite website embedded in my memory. I want to finish reading and go “Oh, they’re so cute together! I hope they last!” I want to get the warm fuzzies like I do every time I watch The Notebook.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Every story doesn’t require sex scenes. If you read Christian, inspirational, or cozy mysteries, then you’ve probably never came across any of these scenes. There’s some genres that forbid it, some that can go either way, and some where if not enough, readers will demand a refund.

I don’t want to read lovemaking scenes that don’t enhance the plot or fit the character’s personality. Then it just comes across as the writer adding those actions because he or she felt they had to in order to sell the novel. In today’s age, sex sells. However, there’s been amazing books that I’ve read where the sex wasn’t mentioned at all, yet it was still a hot, passionate, and steamy novel. The way the authors described make-out sessions or sexual tension was a huge turn-on, so I can only imagine how awesome a lovemaking scene from them would be (if the story required it).

For all the readers out there, is T.M.I. a turn-off for you? Do you enjoy reading sex scenes? Or do you get embarrassed, blushing and hoping no one looks over your shoulder?

Thanks for being my guest, Yawatta!

Show Yawatta some love by leaving a comment. I’d also encourage everyone to stop by and visit Yawatta’s blog (especially if you’re an aspiring writer/author)! You can also contact her at:

Blog: http://yawattahosby.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/yawatta_hosby

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/yawatta

June 7, 2012 Posted by | Romance, Writing | , , , , | 19 Comments