Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Night Sky Blog Tour Stop


Today, I’m welcoming Jolene Perry to my blog for the Night Sky Blog Tour. Please enjoy reading Jolene’s Guest Post below.

The Importance of Putting a Little Bit of YOU in What You Write

When I first started writing, I tried to really WRITE.

I wanted interesting words, and vivid descriptions, and dramatic characters, and it all came off sounding a little juvenile. And more than that, like I was just trying too hard.

It took me a long time to find my voice as a writer, and it happened when a story was SO close to my heart, that I couldn't be anyone but ME when I was writing. Consequently, it was the first project I did in present tense. I CAN write in past tense, and still feel like I'M in there, but it doesn't come as naturally to me.

I think it takes a lot of time, and a lot of playing around with tenses, and stories, and characters to find a way to let yourself come through what you've written. And your writing "voice" is really one of those BIG things that separates books that get published, versus books that don't.

The other thing that helped me find my writing voice is blogging. I know some writers who scoff at blogging, but it does SO much for helping me keep my writing true to me, and true to my language. Because I think when you're trying to come off as someone you aren't, you're not going to be as successful as you could be when your personality comes through. 

I'm not sure about anyone else, but i want a little insight into the author whether I'm reading their blog, or their novel. I'm definitely IN everything I write.

Thanks so much for turning your blog over for a day!!

~ Jolene

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Night Sky Summary

After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.

As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums - she's way more than distraction. Jameson's falling for her fast.

But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.

Jolene Perry's Bio:

Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.

After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.

She is also the author of The Next Door Boys and the upcoming Knee Deep.

ISBN: 9780983741862
ISBN: 9781466052338
Pages: 247
Release: March 1, 2012



  1. Great guest post. I loved the subject!

  2. Heather, thanks for hosting Jolene today.

    What a great message. I think we all need to let our personalities shine through a bit more, don't you think?


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