Friday, December 28, 2012

Small Town PR

I live in a small town with an in-town population around 9,000. Out laying area, about 45,000. We have the best small town newspaper. I know not only because I read it, but because I worked there for 15 years. I still work for the same newspaper company but in another location. The newspaper office will always feel like home and family to me. Working there made me feel like part of the history and current events of the area. It has come to be such a part of my life that several of my WIPs include a small town newspaper. When I shared with my friends that I had a published book they wanted to do a story. And what a great story they did. I really appreciate it. Here is the story:

[Local] author publishes romance novel

Curtesy The Record-Courier 12/26/12

by Caryn Haller

  After writing her first five-page novel at age
12, Gardnerville resident Christy Olesen put
her writing on hold to pursue a career in
graphic arts.
  Almost five decades later, the 61-year-old recently
published the 200-page romance novel
“Her Scottish CEO.”
  “They say, ‘Write what you know,’ and I
know about painting in Scotland,” Olesen said.
“When the scenario of this story idea ran
through my head I started writing it, then the
characters took over. I enjoyed revisiting Scotland
as I did my online research for this book.”
  “Her Scottish CEO” is about American artist
Marcie Winters who puts her hopes on a job
that takes her to Scotland. Once there, she
meets cocky photographer Greg McInnis who
needs a brilliant artist for a project that will
prove he can handle a desk job at his family’s
publishing business.
  “I’ve always had scenarios running through
my head and several years ago I started writing
them down. It’s a creative process that sort of
takes on a life of its own,” Olesen said. “This is
a romance and romance readers read romance
because they know there will be a happy ending.
A romance gives the reader hope, respite
from the difficulties of life. A reader knows the
hero and heroine will get together in the end,
what they read it for is to find out how the
hero and heroine overcome the obstacles and
conflicts that initially keep them apart.”
  Olesen took creative writing in high school,
but in college she concentrated on visual arts,
earning a degree in graphic arts.
  While Olesen has worked as an ad designer
for Sierra Nevada Media Group for many years,
she has also worked in watercolor for more
than 30 years.
  “At one point I was accepted into a prestigious
transparent watercolor exhibition,” she
said. “I’ve always considered myself an illustrator
as opposed to a gallery artist and I’ve done
many freelance illustration jobs.”
  Olesen used her watercolor illustrations intended
for a separate project in her romance
  “I did the illustrations for another project,
which I call, ‘A Watercolor Journey.’ I spent a
month in Scotland several years ago painting
along the Caledonian Canal from Oban on the
West coast to Inverness on the East coast, including
Loch Ness,” she said. “I had two editors
interested in that project, but neither offer
went through. I felt the illustrations would add
an extra dimension to this book.”
  “Her Scottish CEO” took about six weeks to
complete the rough draft, however, after putting
it on hold to work on other manuscripts
the book wasn’t completed for another two
  “It’s a good thing to put it down and step
away for awhile, then come back to it with
fresh eyes,” she said. “But to give a time line, I
started this book in 2008 and sent it out to the
first publisher in 2010.”
  The ebook edition was published in November,
and the trade paperback was published
Dec. 14, by Indie-Pendent Publishing Co.
  “I see writing like painting. The first draft is
the under painting, then I go in and work on
the details,” Olesen said. “With a painting I can
see the entire image at once and spot what
needs clarifying. It’s more difficult to see the
whole manuscript at once. It involves a lot of
going back, rereading and reworking.”
  Olesen said she enjoys writing by the seat of
her pants, rather than plotting out the storyline
  “I love getting caught up in writing a story.
I’m what’s called a pantster, someone who
writes by the seat of their pants as opposed to a
plotter, someone who spends a lot of time plotting
the story before writing,” she said. “Being a
pantster can cause some plotting difficulties, so
I do more plotting now than I used to. But
writing this way also produces some exciting
surprises I wouldn’t have thought of with a
strict plot to follow.”
  “Her Scottish CEO” is available online at, Amazon, Barnes &
Noble, CreateSpace, or Smashwords.

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