09 Sep

PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR BEGINNING FICTION (OR OTHER GENRE) WRITERS


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ARTHUR J. GONZALEZ – PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR BEGINNING FICTION (OR OTHER GENRE) WRITERS

Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction (or other genre) Writers

by Arthur J. Gonzalez

I decided to write a post surrounding advice for beginning Fiction writers (which last year, I was at the very front line of). I can attest to the panic and fear, and relate to all the emotions that follow closely along every step of the way through this foreign and scary process.

If there’s one thing I cannot stress enough, is not to be intimidated by what’s already out there, or not to let what’s ‘popular’ guide the direction of your book. With that being said; however, know what is going on. Know the business, the state of things, what’s been successful and what hasn’t – just don’t let it direct your creative approach. Remember: at one point vampires and witches weren’t as popular as they are now. Someone crossed the line and decided they were going to create the next-big-thing.

I also think it’s important to find an editor you trust. This person will become your mentor and help mold you in ways you never thought were possible. As with what happened with my own editor, she became somewhat of a literary mother to me, as well as an essential friend to my life. I don’t know how I would have navigated the process without her.

Lastly, I know how compulsive and impulsive we all get during the process. We WANT/NEED our story to get into the hands on readers. And I agree – it does. BUT, be strategic and smart about the process. One wrong move may ruin your entire execution. It has to be right. Approach your writing as your real career, your business. You wouldn’t serve raw meat (I hope not) at your restaurant to please a hungry patron. It has to be cooked, the presentation needs to be onpoint, and the end result needs to yield satisfaction. You can’t achieve this if you try to hurry, hurry, hurry your way through the process. Trust me on this! I am beyond guilty of this behavior, but thanks to my editor, I was able to understand the importance of this virtue they call patience.

To find out even more, ask additional questions, and/or sign up to my mailing list for upto-date information, exclusive reads, cover reveals, and special giveaways, go here:

www.arthurjgonzalez.com/contact

Photo Traveler

 



29 Aug

How I Made My First Sale


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Arthur J. Gonzalez – How I Made My First Sale

BY CARRIE ON AUGUST 29, 2013

How I Made My First Sale

by Arthur J. Gonzalez

Fortunately for me (unfortunate for them), I was able to coerce every family member into purchasing a minimum of five copies. No, I’m kidding! No, really … I didn’t do this. I swear! Pink promise.

I had told myself prior to publishing my novel, THE PHOTO TRAVELER, that I wanted/needed my first sale to be made by someone entirely foreign to my life. So when I published my story on all the online retailers’ websites, and witnessed my first sales roll in, I phoned my immediate friends and family and interrogated them. I wanted to make sure they weren’t lying to me and that it wasn’t they who were trying to nestle my ego. They swore up and down against my theory, and though I wanted to believe them, the little voices in my head told me that it likely was them.

But then the most empowering and surreal moment in my writing career occurred. I received an email on my website from a reader in Australia (yes, Australia!), encouraging me to continue writing and how my novel had instantly carved a spot on her top all-time favorite books. Then I received a second message from someone in the Philippines, then someone in the UK, and countless others from readers all over the globe.

I couldn’t believe it. It was the moment I had been dreaming of for years. You replay this moment in a variety of ways before it actually happens; but let me tell you now – nothing compares to the real thing. To read that I had touched someone to such a level as described, or to have someone beam with excitement only because I personally responded back to them – WOW!

I will never forget these moments. They are the ones I promise to hold on to until the day my mind fades and I have lost the ability to imagine.

To find out even more, ask additional questions, and/or sign up to my mailing list for upto-date information, exclusive reads, cover reveals, and special giveaways, go here:

http://www.arthurjgonzalez.com/contact

 



28 Aug

Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before


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Arthur J. Gonzalez – Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author

I Didn’t Know Before

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Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before

by Arthur J. Gonzalez

1. Editing takes up the bulk of the process

So… you finished your first draft. It appears to be nearly perfect. You send it over to your editor, anticipating some minor revisions.

WRONG!

A good editor will dig into the levels of your book you may have never thought of. This is an absolutely vital part to the writing process. You are challenged and because of it, you will evolve into a masterful writer.

This phase, for me, is the longest and most essential. So don’t get your hopes up and don’t get discouraged. It is for the better of your story (and longevity of your career), and your readers will love you for it.

2. The author is at the forefront of all marketing (Yes, even traditionally published authors – unless you have a Hunger Games).

You will read countless articles on how writers dread the marketing process, but it shouldn’t be. This is a vital step that allows you to connect and retain control over your fan base. Even traditionally published authors are the conductors of their marketing campaigns.

3.The Pros and Cons of all Print On Demand Companies

If you are a first time author, you will be very tempted to believe any gimmick thrown out you. And that’s okay. You want the best for your baby, and you are determined to get it on the market as soon as possible.

But take the time, beforehand, to research all the different companies. Learn the pros and cons of each. Research what others have experienced. There is a plethora of information on the internet by authors who have been in similar positions, who are voicing their wonderful or horrible experiences.

Along the way, we all learn from our past experiences, so take advantage of others’ journeys and use it to pave your own path.

4.Set Up a Mailing List BEFORE Your Book is Out

I do not know WHY I Didn’t think this was important before I released my first novel. I concentrated on everything social media platform, but completely bypassed a Mailing List – Which I have finally done.

This is a wonderful (and essential) way to compound your fan base and keep in contact with some of your very first fans.

Tip: I used MailChimp. Easy and FREE (unless you’d like to upgrade)

5. Set Up Giveaways where Interested Readers Must Sign Up to your Mailing List

Giveaways are an outstanding way (especially on Goodreads and Blog Tours) to attract visibility to your book. By using free online programs such as Rafflecopter, you can even assign mandatory actions (such as Liking your FB page, or signing up to your Mailing List) in order for someone to officially enter the giveaway.

Tip: Be creative with giveaways too. Don’t just give away eBooks. Give away signed copies with special gift bags and customized letters.

6.Don’t go Banner Ad Buying Happy

Pretty self -explanatory. I bought ad space on every website possible. And I’m not going to say that it wasn’t effective, but for my first novel, I think I could have been a bit more strategic and held out on all the money I shelled out on banner Ads. I don’t believe the value in the end result outweighed the amount of funds I put into it.

There’s a right time and a wrong time for these things. Same with a PR company. You may not necessarily need this the first time around. Wait until you have two or three published books under your belt, and capitalize on your investment.

7. Read as Much as You Can.

Read, read, read! Pick up on the things you like and dislike in other writers. See how certain author’s works are being reviewed. Is there something they’re doing that you may not be?

8. Grow Thick Skin. Not Everyone Will Love Your Book.

This is the jagged pill you will have to learn to swallow. BUT if you train yourself from now to be realistic, then not all is lost. We don’t live in a perfect world, and your story or writing style may not appeal to every reader it comes across. Don’t let this bring you down. Uncover the silver lining. Try and derive the message of that bad review. What was it they didn’t like? Is this something that you can learn from? Possibly use for your future works? Trust me, there is good in everything. There’s a grand, important message there if you allow yourself to see it.

9. CONTROL YOUR FATE. LEARN ALL YOU CAN:

Read Up on Self-Publishing/Conventional Publishing, but be organized about it, or you will go crazy. There is so much information out there. Enough that will literally lead you to a nervous breakdown. But fear not – You will get through this! Just stay organized.

I printed and highlighted almost everything I read. Then I organized it neatly in a binder, with tabs to categorize the topics. BIG HELP!

10. Become Very Involved in a Blog/Forum/Group Discussion Board/Website where your targeted reader group is heavily concentrated.

This is a great way to connect with your direct readers. When readers feel like they can actually interact with you, it goes a long way. They feel connected to you. This connection will lead to higher sales, because these readers will feel motivated to market you to their friends or followers.

11. Blog Tours are your Friend!

I cannot tell you how essential blogger are. Their websites are hubs for your direct readership base. Bloggers have become the heart of the publishing industry, with major publishers relying on their reviews and fan-base.

Find a blog tour company that has the resources to setup a tour for your book. They will design a banner to market your tour, and with this, several blog websites (that market to your reader demographic) will sign up (if they find your novel interesting). The bloggers will decide whether they’d like to review your book, interview you, host a giveaway, or have you draft a guest post for the day you are featured on their site. In my opinion, this is the BEST way to reach your core reader group.

And an FYI – these are probably the periods where you would want to strategically price your novel and couple your marketing efforts. Just sayin’! J

To find out even more, ask additional questions, and/or sign up to my mailing list for up-to-date information, exclusive reads, cover reveals, and special giveaways, go here:

www.arthurjgonzalez.com/contact

 

Photo Traveler

Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father.

Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his “family.”

Until he learns by accident that he isn’t alone in the world after all. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington DC.

When he takes the plunge and travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents, he learns that they—and he—are part of something much bigger, and more dangerous, than he could ever have imagined. Something that has always put his family at risk and that will now threaten his own life, while forever changing it.

He learns that he is one of the last descendants of a small group of Photo Travelers—people who can travel through time and space through images. But his initial excitement turns to fear, when he soon discovers that he and his grandparents are being pursued by the fierce remnants of a radical European Photo Traveler cult, the Peace Hunters. What Gavin has, they want!

His adventure will take him to past eras, like The Great Depression and the Salem Witch Trials. Gavin will have to discover who he really is and must make choices that spell the difference between life and death for himself, for the relatives he now knows and loves, and for the girl he will come to love.

For Gavin, life will never be the same.

Buy Now @ Amazon

Genre – Young Adult Science Fiction

Rating – PG

More details about the author

Connect with Arthur J. Gonzalez on Facebook & Twitter

Website http://www.arthurjgonzalez.com/



24 Aug

Why Book Covers are So Important


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Arthur J. Gonzalez – Why Book Covers are So Important

Why Book Covers are So Important

by Arthur J. Gonzalez

Before I published THE PHOTO TRAVLER, I scanned aisles upon aisles of book stores, as well as countless pages of websites until I was able to decide what I personally liked (and didn’t like). The thing is … the book cover is the first impression for any potential reader. It’s what they see before they decide to give your book an extended shot and dive into a synopsis (or even continue to skim over your blurb). Think of your own purchasing behaviors. Would you even consider watching a movie whose poster was tacky or completely contradicted your taste?

Probably not.

Don’t settle on cheap, mundane covers. If a reader doesn’t like the cover, and/or it looks like a self-published piece of work…well, you’ve just lost a reader. And as it is, finding new readers and retaining them is a difficult task in itself. So don’t make it harder on yourself.

Go above and beyond for your book cover. Your cover needs to be of professional standard. Save up for this. This will set you aside from the thousands of already self-published novels. It also gives the reader an idea of what the book is about and who it’s marketed towards.

Some of my favorite reviews for THE PHOTO TRAVELER are in regards to how much people enjoy the cover, and their insistence on how sleek and professional it appears.

If you are tight on a budget, don’t become overwhelmed or discouraged. There are plenty of great websites that will resolve this problem. Initially, I used a website community for graphic designers, 99designs.com (there are many others just like it!) I paid a small fee and had over 300 customized designs to choose from within two to three days – without paying anything upfront! I was given access to inform designers what I wanted, and as they provided samples, I was able to direct their attempts. I will be honest – some of the submissions were pretty rough, but others were absolutely fantastic. Some designers provided over 20 covers each, based on my recommendations.

Eventually I found the perfect cover. Even more so, I formed a relationship with my cover designer, whom I now use for EVERYTHING!

To find out even more, ask additional questions, and/or sign up to my mailing list for upto-date information, exclusive reads, cover reveals, and special giveaways, go here:

www.arthurjgonzalez.com/contact



21 Aug

Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction (or other genre) Writers


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WEDNESDAY

Arthur J. Gonzalez – Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction (or other genre) Writers

Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction (or other genre) Writers

by Arthur J. Gonzalez

I decided to write a post surrounding advice for beginning Fiction writers (which last year, I was at the very front line of). I can attest to the panic and fear, and relate to all the emotions that follow closely along every step of the way through this foreign and scary process.

If there’s one thing I cannot stress enough, is not to be intimidated by what’s already out there, or not to let what’s ‘popular’ guide the direction of your book. With that being said; however, know what is going on. Know the business, the state of things, what’s been successful and what hasn’t – just don’t let it direct your creative approach. Remember: at one point vampires and witches weren’t as popular as they are now. Someone crossed the line and decided they were going to create the next-big-thing.

I also think it’s important to find an editor you trust. This person will become your mentor and help mold you in ways you never thought were possible. As with what happened with my own editor, she became somewhat of a literary mother to me, as well as an essential friend to my life. I don’t know how I would have navigated the process without her.

Lastly, I know how compulsive and impulsive we all get during the process. We WANT/NEED our story to get into the hands on readers. And I agree – it does. BUT, be strategic and smart about the process. One wrong move may ruin your entire execution. It has to be right. Approach your writing as your real career, your business. You wouldn’t serve raw meat (I hope not) at your restaurant to please a hungry patron. It has to be cooked, the presentation needs to be onpoint, and the end result needs to yield satisfaction. You can’t achieve this if you try to hurry, hurry, hurry your way through the process. Trust me on this! I am beyond guilty of this behavior, but thanks to my editor, I was able to understand the importance of this virtue they call patience.

To find out even more, ask additional questions, and/or sign up to my mailing list for upto-date information, exclusive reads, cover reveals, and special giveaways, go here:

www.arthurjgonzalez.com/contact

Photo Traveler

Buy Now @ Amazon

Genre – Young Adult Science Fiction

Rating – PG

More details about the author and the book

Connect with Arthur J. Gonzalez on Facebook & Twitter

Website http://www.arthurjgonzalez.com/



19 Aug

How I Made My First Sale


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MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013

Arthur J. Gonzalez – How I Made My First Sale

How I Made My First Sale

by Arthur J. Gonzalez

Fortunately for me (unfortunate for them), I was able to coerce every family member into purchasing a minimum of five copies. No, I’m kidding! No, really … I didn’t do this. I swear! Pink promise.

I had told myself prior to publishing my novel, THE PHOTO TRAVELER, that I wanted/needed my first sale to be made by someone entirely foreign to my life. So when I published my story on all the online retailers’ websites, and witnessed my first sales roll in, I phoned my immediate friends and family and interrogated them. I wanted to make sure they weren’t lying to me and that it wasn’t they who were trying to nestle my ego. They swore up and down against my theory, and though I wanted to believe them, the little voices in my head told me that it likely was them.

But then the most empowering and surreal moment in my writing career occurred. I received an email on my website from a reader in Australia (yes, Australia!), encouraging me to continue writing and how my novel had instantly carved a spot on her top all-time favorite books. Then I received a second message from someone in the Philippines, then someone in the UK, and countless others from readers all over the globe.

I couldn’t believe it. It was the moment I had been dreaming of for years. You replay this moment in a variety of ways before it actually happens; but let me tell you now – nothing compares to the real thing. To read that I had touched someone to such a level as described, or to have someone beam with excitement only because I personally responded back to them – WOW!

I will never forget these moments. They are the ones I promise to hold on to until the day my mind fades and I have lost the ability to imagine.

To find out even more, ask additional questions, and/or sign up to my mailing list for upto-date information, exclusive reads, cover reveals, and special giveaways, go here:

www.arthurjgonzalez.com/contact



11 May

“Creating a Time Travel System” – Guest Post & Giveaway with Photo Traveler Author Arthur J. Gonzalez on http://melissaseclecticbookshelf.blogspot.com


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Friday, May 10, 2013

“Creating a Time Travel System” – Guest Post & Giveaway with Photo Traveler Author Arthur J. Gonzalez

Guest Post

Creating a Time Travel System

  I’ve always been fascinated by time travel. I’m pretty nostalgic as it is. You can often find me looking at past photos, reminiscing on old times. The idea behind The Photo Traveler was exciting because I was able to ask myself, “If I could revisit an old memory, where would I go?” Of course I had to develop a strong story with a powerful plot, while creating a set of rules of my own when it came to time traveling. But boy, was I ready!

  I dealt with the idea of the Butterfly Effect, but not to the extent to where it was overdone and annoying.  I wanted it to work as I saw it fit for the story. Time travel is a trivial topic as it is; probably one of the most difficult to plot and map out.  I decided to let my mind flow, and then work on tying up any loose ends I encountered over the course of the story.

  Some people have asked me, “Why doesn’t Gavin just time travel back and just undo what he’s changed?”  Well, for one- how boring and easy would that be?  And secondly, the thing with time travel is that no one knows what the true consequence of a trip would result in.  So yea, Gavin could have traveled back and attempted to amend what he’s already altered once before, but who knows what the repercussion of this trip would yield.

  Gavin travels to several places in the past, and the changes that occur have a pretty significant consequence on his present life. If you notice, these changes generally have a direct impact on the plot and moved the story forward.  I could have gone on a tangent and changed every little thing, but I was afraid that would deter readers from grasping Gavin’s real journey.  I didn’t want it all to be about the time travel. I wanted the time travel to revolve around the story.

  I’m very excited about Book 2, The Peace Hunter, because when The Photo Traveler ends Gavin is in possession of all five vials. Having all five vials grants the holder with unlimited time travel abilities. In essence, Gavin will be able to toss the former limitations and be able to travel to any time- past or future.  Lets just say things become quite exciting, and there’s a reason as to why Gavin mentions certain things in The Photo Traveler.

The Book

Title: The Photo Traveler

Author: Arthur J. Gonzalez
Pages: 418

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Paranormal/Time Travel

Publisher: Fahrenheit Publishing
ISBN: 9780988891609
Publication Date: February 20th, 2013
Available Formats: Paperback, E-Book

Add the book: Goodreads
Buy the book:  Amazon   | Barnes & Noble


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father.

Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his  “family.”

Until he learns by accident that he isn’t alone in the world after all. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington DC.

When he takes the plunge and travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents, he learns that they—and he—are part of something much bigger, and more dangerous, than he could ever have imagined. Something that has always put his family at risk and that will now threaten his own life, while forever changing it.

He learns that he is one of the last descendants of a small group of Photo Travelers—people who can travel through time and space through images. But his initial excitement turns to fear, when he soon discovers that he and his grandparents are being pursued by the fierce remnants of a radical European Photo Traveler cult, the Peace Hunters. What Gavin has, they want!

His adventure will take him to past eras, like The Great Depression and the Salem Witch Trials. Gavin will have to discover who he really is and must make choices that spell the difference between life and death for himself, for the relatives he now knows and loves, and for the girl he will come to love.

For Gavin Hillstone, life will never be the same.

The Author

My name is Arthur J Gonzalez.  I’m 28 years old, born and raised in Miami, FL.  I graduated from the University of Florida.  I am currently   releasing my debut novel, The Photo Traveler.  The premise surrounds 17 – year old Gavin, who discovers he is part of a small group, called Photo Travelers, who can time travel through photos and images.
Connect with the Author:  Website  | Twitter   | Facebook 

 



09 May

“My Favorite Scene to Write in The Photo Traveler”: Guest POST on http://momwithakindle.blogspot.ca


http://momwithakindle.blogspot.ca/2013/05/book-tour-guest-post-giveaway-photo.html

 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

BOOK TOUR [Guest Post & Giveaway] The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez

The Photo Traveler
by Arthur J. Gonzalez
Publication: February 20th, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal/Time Travel

Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father.

Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his  “family.”

Until he learns by accident that he isn’t alone in the world after all. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington DC.

When he takes the plunge and travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents, he learns that they—and he—are part of something much bigger, and more dangerous, than he could ever have imagined. Something that has always put his family at risk and that will now threaten his own life, while forever changing it.

He learns that he is one of the last descendants of a small group of Photo Travelers—people who can travel through time and space through images. But his initial excitement turns to fear, when he soon discovers that he and his grandparents are being pursued by the fierce remnants of a radical European Photo Traveler cult, the Peace Hunters. What Gavin has, they want!

His adventure will take him to past eras, like The Great Depression and the Salem Witch Trials. Gavin will have to discover who he really is and must make choices that spell the difference between life and death for himself, for the relatives he now knows and loves, and for the girl he will come to love.

For Gavin Hillstone, life will never be the same.

My Favorite Scene to Write in The Photo Traveler
   My favorite scene to pen was The Great Depression.  I’ve always found myself fascinated by this era for numerous reasons.  Much of Gavin’s personal views on this era were an extension of my very own.
  I couldn’t imagine living during a time of such limited resources and overt hardship. The will to survive and the resiliency to which these people acted absolutely astounds me. While researching, it provided a reminder of how wonderful things are in my life. Let’s be real- sometimes we can use that reminder.
  Through my research I was able to educate myself.  I have always been interested in history- specifically in the wealth of stories left behind.  Unfortunately, everything taught to me in high school was quickly forgotten. The way it was instructed wasn’t interesting and incidentally, it didn’t urge me to care or retain the knowledge.
  I’ve always hoped that through my stories I would be able to teach something.  This chapter was a discreet effort at educating my youthful readers (and older ones), by packaging the history in the adventure and story.
  And although I share a special bond with each chapter I write, this specific one made me feel like I was participating in something greater. At a speaking engagement I held at a high school, a student approached me and mentioned, “You know, I wish every teacher could teach history through a fun story. The Photo Traveler was the first time I had ever listened to anything someone had to say about the Great Depression.”  That moment made me feel so accomplished. It was something I had directly aspired to do; to integrate knowledge and entertainment. And here I was having a high school senior thanking me for it. I wouldn’t stop talking about it!
 In addition to my personal interest in the era, this chapter also provides a lot of answers for Gavin, while undergoing a sort of self-exposing realization and development.  We see a raw, paternal side to Gavin through his actions and feelings towards Martin (which may quite possibly mean something to Gavin’s not-so-remote future).
  Going forward in The Peace Hunter (Book 2 in the series), I think it will be increasingly difficult to pinpoint one favorite scene. I’m about 60% of the way through with the first draft and every page has me going nuts. It was the first time I have ever cried while writing. I cannot wait for the reader’s to check out the next installment. It is jam-packed with back-to-back riveting scenes. Maybe they’ll have better luck choosing a favorite chapter.
My name is Arthur J Gonzalez.  I’m 28 years old, born and raised in Miami, FL.  I graduated from the University of Florida.  I am currently   releasing my debut novel, The Photo Traveler.  The premise surrounds 17 – year old Gavin, who discovers he is part of a small group, called Photo Travelers, who can time travel through photos and images.


07 May

A Memory I’d Love to Revisit- Guest Post on http://literaryetc.com/


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BLOG TOUR: GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY-ARTHUR GONZALEZ’S THE PHOTO TRAVELER

 Guest Post 1 Comment 7th May, 2013

Today, I have the honor of having Arthur Gonzalez as our guest author and it’s also our stop on The Photo Traveler blog tour. I asked Arthur to write about the memory he’d love to revisit since The Photo Traveler is about being able to time travel to a particular moment in time (provided there’s a physical photograph or drawing).

I reviewed The Photo Traveler here and you can read my interview with Arthur here. I hope you take the opportunity to add The Photo Traveler to your TBR list and get lost with Gavin. I really liked the book and I hope you do too.


phototravel

Okay, let me gather a box of Kleenex real quick.

Got it.

My father passed away six years ago (it will be six years on June 30th). He was 48 years old when his life was suddenly stripped from us by a wicked heart attack. There weren’t any signs prior to the major incident, so you can imagine the hole it created in this then-22-year-old’s life.

For a long time all my father ever wanted was for the entire family (his new wife and their children, and my immediate family) to blend as one. Although things were always amicable, it wasn’t exactly the image my pops desired so desperately.

Just two months prior to his passing I graduated from the University of Florida. After the ceremony, the entire family went to dinner in celebration. My pops was there, my stepmother, my grandparents, my mom, my stepfather, and my sisters.

I’ll never forget how impactful it was. The entire family united as one, interacting and laughing. It was brilliant. There wasn’t a single shred of discomfort between anyone. The night was comprised of love and gratitude.
There was this one moment when I looked over at my dad and he was starring off in a daze at all of us. I smiled, because although it was my graduation, I could feel how monumental this moment was for him.

The entire night we all huddled together to take countless photos. I’d gladly re-visit anyone of these. It’s the first time we didn’t have to coax my dad into “smiling for real”.

There’s not a single thing I would change about this moment. After he passed away, it was the very moment we all remembered; something we were so grateful happened. He had finally achieved what he had wanted for so long.
On the days where his loss weighs down heaviest on me, I pull out the album and go straight for this picture. It’s exactly the way I want to remember him.

It was- and forever will be- one of my most prized, priceless moments.


ajgArthur J Gonzalez is a 28 year old, born and raised in Miami, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida. His debut novel, The Photo Traveler, is about 17 – year old Gavin, who discovers he is part of a small group, called Photo Travelers, who can time travel through photos and images.


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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Guest post: The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez + giveaway

Today I welcome author Arthur J. Gonzalez. He was kind enough to write a guest post for you guys but first here is a little information about his upcoming release. Also, you will find the rafflecopter for the Tour Grand prize giveaway below the guest post.

Title: The Photo Traveler
Author: Arthur J. Gonzalez
Genre: YA Paranormal/Time Travel
Publication date: February 20th, 2013
Goodreads link: Click here!
Purchase links: AmazonBarnes & Noble

Synopsis(provided by the author):

Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father.

Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his  “family.”

Until he learns by accident that he isn’t alone in the world after all. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington DC.

When he takes the plunge and travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents, he learns that they—and he—are part of something much bigger, and more dangerous, than he could ever have imagined. Something that has always put his family at risk and that will now threaten his own life, while forever changing it.

He learns that he is one of the last descendants of a small group of PhotoTravelers—people who can travel through time and space through images. But his initial excitement turns to fear, when he soon discovers that he and his grandparents are being pursued by the fierce remnants of a radical EuropeanPhoto Traveler cult, the Peace Hunters. What Gavin has, they want!

His adventure will take him to past eras, like The Great Depression and the Salem Witch Trials. Gavin will have to discover who he really is and must make choices that spell the difference between life and death for himself, for the relatives he now knows and loves, and for the girl he will come to love.

For Gavin Hillstone, life will never be the same.

Meet the Author

My name is Arthur J Gonzalez.  I’m 28 years old, born and raised in Miami, FL.  I graduated from the University of Florida.  I am currently   releasing my debut novel, ThePhoto Traveler.  The premise surrounds 17 – year old Gavin, who discovers he is part of a small group, calledPhoto Travelers, who can time travel through photosand images.

Author contact links:
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Guest post:

(Subject: Introduce us to your characters. How did they come to life?)

Creating dynamic, fun, relatable characters is one of the most entertaining aspects of writing for me. I become absorbed by their world and dilemmas, and secretly live vicariously through their own experiences. Here are some of the contributing factors and thoughts that went into breathing life into my characters.

Gavin:
When developing The Photo Traveler, I knew I wanted a main character to be someone who struggled with several internal demons; as we all have. I desired a character that would have the ability to evolve dramatically- but not forcefully- over the course of the story. A character I can develop from weak to strong.
With Gavin, I built his very foundation on this idea. Everything that he does or doesn’t do is a direct result of his struggles and constant inner battlers. We’ve all felt- to some level- the desire to be loved and accepted. We’ve all felt guilty for what has occurred around us- whether we were a direct or indirect influence to these problems. We each have our reasons as to why, and Gavin has his very own. I crafted a sequence of events that organically contributed to who he is today. If (and when) you read the story, you can’t help but connect to what Gavin is feeling. You can actually channel it and relate to it because any other alternative would have felt unnatural.

Meesha: 
When studying at the University of Florida, I would come home and work part-time at a major hospital. I had this one co-worker that was a splitting image of Meesha. From day one she took me under her wing for no apparent reason; which was funny, because we couldn’t be any more opposite.
This particualr co-worker spoke and acted just like Meesha. She had this innate ability to make me feel good, gave me advice on life, had the most amazing and distinct humor, and still always kept me (and everyone around her) on their toes. You either loved or hated her, but you always listened and respected her.
This co-worker didn’t necessarily save my life or do anything life changing for me, but I will forever remember her. This is exactly how I envision Meesha. I think she will be a character that everyone will remember.

Liam: 

Liam is a lot like my late pops that passed away six years ago. And he’s a lot like him in the sense of his character, not in regards to his lack of better judgment (those who have read the story, know what I mean). He is a character with deep love for his family, and as the story unravels throughout the series, you will see that there was nothing Liam would not do for his family.
The relationship between a father and son doesn’t need to be distant and cold, in an attempt to sustain masculinity. It wasn’t this way for my pops and I. We didn’t care to show affection. I never missed a moment to say, “I love you”, and neither did he. And looking back, I am so blessed and grateful we never wasted a moment to express that love, because we will never be able to again.
I wanted to draw this relationship between Liam and Gavin. I believe Gavin needed it- actually, I know I did. :)

Bud and Estelle: 
This couple was modeled after what I have assessed to be a rare commodity. They paint the picture of the type of love and integrity we rarely see nowadays; a time when divorce was a distant option and relationships were founded on the premise of real love, rather than superficial conveniences. My grandparents share this relationship, and the person by whose death inspired the idea- she and her husband shared this relationship.
I don’t know if it’s necessarily a value attributed to relationships of an older generation, but from what I have experienced, this seems to be a common theme. And by no means am I saying this is nonexistent in our current world; I only mean to say it has grown increasingly rare (from my point of view).
It’s a relationship I value tremendously. It’s one I have now, and one I aspire to have for the remainder of my life. I wanted these people to be a part of the story. Like Liam’s presence in the story, Bud and Estelle’s relationship was essential in healing Gavin’s many wounds. They served as a symbol of hope and change.