Self-help 101 blog tour: L.G. Keltner Guest Post
I've got L. G. Keltner on my blog today, as a part of the blog tour for her most recent release, the third book in her 'Self-help 101' series.
Reasons Why I, As a Writer, Love Halloween
Writers are an odd bunch. There’s no denying it. We throw ourselves whole-heartedly into new worlds and new lives when we set pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). We spend vast chunks of time coming up with combinations of words that we hope will enthrall readers by pulling them into these worlds we struggled so hard to create.
Halloween is an odd holiday. It’s filled with costumes and spooky tales and infinite possibilities. This is a time when we have the excuse to let our inner child out to play. There are no creative limits.
It only makes sense that odd people and odd occasions go together beautifully. As a writer, I revel in Halloween and all it has to offer. Here are only a few reasons why I, like many writers, love Halloween.
1. Halloween is one of the only times where the world gets as weird as I am.
2. I get to see what the people around me really love based on their costume choices.
3. If I wear a costume, I get to showcase your inner nerd and few will judge you for it.
4. I have an excuse to tell creepy stories.
5. Candy! It gives you a boost to keep those creative juices flowing!
6. Halloween encourages us to look at things in a new way. An abandoned house may take on an extra creepy vibe this time of year. A normal fog becomes a little bit sinister.
7. I have an excuse to find fun ways to scare the people I love. Or the people I hate. It works either way.
Do you love Halloween?
We eventually made it down to the fifth floor, this time taking the stairs since it was such a short distance. Two people were wrapped in a rather intimate embrace in one corner of the stairwell. One was dressed as Batman, the other as Superman. I couldn’t tell for sure whether they were making out or trying to kill each other, because it felt too rude to intrude on such a private moment by staring. I have to say this, though. If you’re going to engage in either of those activities in public, you should do it while in full costume. It makes it much harder for people to identify you.
I was at the front of the group when we exited the stairwell once again, and a knight immediately intercepted me. Instead of wielding a sword, he held a plastic butter knife, but the rest of the costume looked decent enough. “Halt, visitors,” he ordered.
Entertained by the display, I complied. “Of course, good Sir.”
“Before I let you pass, I must inquire. Are your intentions pure?” he asked.
I shook my head. “Absolutely not.”
He bowed deeply. “Very well. You may proceed.” He stepped aside to let us pass.
Title: Self-Help 101 or: How to Select a Costume to Help You Deal With People
Author: L.G. Keltner
Length: 29,000 words
Cover Art: L.G. Keltner and Jamon Walker
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Book 3 in the Self-Help 101 series.
Dani Finklemeier is adjusting to life in college and the realities of living away from home for the first time. She’s also learning to deal with the criticism that stems from sharing her writing with the world. Some of the online criticism is even spelled correctly, which somehow makes it worse.
Fortunately, she has a Halloween party, a group of friends, and a supportive boyfriend to distract her from the things that are bothering her. Of course, a holiday celebration wouldn’t be complete without something going wrong. Between an unpleasant confrontation with an infuriating classmate, some shocking costume choices, and a bizarre fraternity stunt, the evening will be anything but dull.
Dani’s detractors may not like it, but she’ll definitely have enough material for another book.
L.G. Keltner spends most of her time trying to write while also cleaning up after her crazy but wonderful kids and hanging out with her husband. Her favorite genre of all time is science fiction, and she’s been trying to write novels since the age of six. Needless to say, those earliest attempts weren’t all that good.
Her non-writing hobbies include astronomy and playing Trivial Pursuit.
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