26 November 2011

The Next Thing I Knew By: John Corwin Guest Post + Review

I'm proud to announce that today I will be posting my part of The Next Thing I Knew By: John Corwin Book Tour. (My first ever book tour) This tour is hosted by Bewitching Book Tours. You should stop by that blog and check out all the awesome books that are on tours right now. So today I have a special guest post for you guys by the author of this book John Corwin himself, which i have already read and loved. It kept a smile on my face throughout the whole post so i hope it does that for you too! Thanks for stopping by!

The Next Thing I Knew
By John Corwin
Humanity is extinct

When Lucy Morgan drops dead along with everyone else on Earth she refuses to take death lying down even if, technically, her corpse is.

She drags her ghostly social life back from the grave and enlists her friends to figure out the rules of the afterlife. More importantly, they want to discover who or what killed everyone and why the heck anyone would do such a mean thing.

But what they discover changes everything. And if they can't figure out how to put their newfound ghostly powers to work, humanity will be extinct for good.

purchase links:

Amazon:   HYPERLINK "http://www.amazon.com/Next-Thing-Knew-Heavenly-ebook/dp/B005CK4X5Q" http://www.amazon.com/Next-Thing-Knew-Heavenly-ebook/dp/B005CK4X5Q

Smashwords:   HYPERLINK "http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/79200" http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/79200

BN:  HYPERLINK "http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-next-thing-i-knew-john-corwin/1104808377" http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-next-thing-i-knew-john-corwin/1104808377

Now it's time for the guest post!!

The Four Elements of Inspiration

From the day my mom dropped me on my head I knew I was going to be special.  One morning while I was flossing my teeth in the shower, I decided to prove her right.  What could possibly be more special than writing a novel?  Easier said than done, though, right?

A question many of us ask ourselves at some point is:  How does one write a novel?  What could possibly inspire someone to fill three-hundred pages of high-quality cotton-bonded paper with words about make-believe stuff like on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

People often ask me, “How in the world do you think this stuff up?  Are you even human?”

The answer is:  Yes.  I am mostly human.  But what inspires me?  What dark well of traumatic childhood experiences dwells so deep in my soul that it causes me to write about the end of the world and a cat named Nibbles?

I decided to barbeque some spaghetti and think about that for a while because I’m not really sure where my inspiration comes from.  Are any of us?  And then I stumbled upon an amazing discovery.  No matter what novel you’re talking about, all inspiration comes from one of four basic ingredients.  I give you THE FOUR ELEMENTS OF INSPIRATION! (In your mind you should imagine a deep booming male voice saying this with an echo sound effect.  Don’t read further until you get it right!)

The elements are:

You might scratch your head and stare quizzically at this list for hours wondering when you’ve ever read a book inspired by any of these.

“What about Twilight?” you ask.

Answer:  Vampires are ninjas who suck blood.  Werewolves are ninjas who can turn into animals to stalk their prey.  So Stephenie Meyer wrote an entire series about ninjas.  Cool, huh?

“Okay, yeah right,” you might say.  Explain Harry Potter then.”

Aliens!  You see, aliens can make all sorts of weird things happen with their minds and they use laser guns.  Harry Potter and all the wizards and witches were basically aliens with wand-shaped laser guns.

Red-faced and cursing loudly, you might next ask, “And Eragon?!”

Duh.  Dinosaurs.  Seriously, do you even have to ask why?

“Aha!  Ah, ha, ha, ha!” you exclaim.  “You’ll never get this one.  Hunger Games.”

At this point I would polish my fingernails on my shirt and scoff at you.  Pirates, of course.  Only pirates would capture everyone and make them fight gladiator style battles.  Their ships were the hovercraft.

So the next time you’re reading a good novel and wondering how the author came up with their crazy ideas, all you need to do is reference this article.  See if you can figure out which of the Four Elements of Inspiration gave birth to my novel, The Next Thing I Knew and maybe I’ll share some of my barbequed spaghetti with you!

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today!

John Corwin Bio:

John Corwin has been making stuff up all his life. As a child he would tell his sisters he was an alien clone of himself and would eat tree bark to prove it.

In middle school, John started writing for realz. He wrote short stories about Fargo McGronsky, a young boy with anger management issues whose dog, Noodles, had been hit by a car. The violent stories were met with loud acclaim from classmates and a great gnashing of teeth by his English teacher.

Years later, after college and successful stints as a plastic food wrap repairman and a toe model for GQ, John once again decided to put his overactive imagination to paper for the world to share and became an author.

John Corwin Social Networking Links:

Facebook:   HYPERLINK "http://www.facebook.com/johnhcorwinauthor" http://www.facebook.com/johnhcorwinauthor 
Blog:   HYPERLINK "http://johncorwin.blogspot.com/" http://johncorwin.blogspot.com/
Twitter:   HYPERLINK "http://twitter.com/#!/John_Corwin" http://twitter.com/#!/John_Corwin
Goodreads:   HYPERLINK "http://www.goodreads.com/johncorwin" http://www.goodreads.com/johncorwin

Wow i loved that guest post, didn't you guys? Now don't leave just yet because the next post down is where you will find an exceprt from this awesome book, and you'll also find my review! So be sure to check those out when your done with this. Thanks so much to the people who are reading this and those who are going to read my review and the excerpt in the next post. I really appreciate all the support for my first book tour. Happy Reading!

1 comment:

  1. You Mr. Corwin had me at ninja, pirate, dinosaur and alien. Awesome guest post, will be on the look out for this one.


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