Monday’s Friend: Kristin Battestella

Imaginary Friends

Today I am pleased to have horror author Kristin Battestella as my guest blogger. Welcome to Imaginary Friends, Kristin!

Inside the Toy Box – How to use Everyday Things to Inspire Character Personality and Depth!
by Kristin Battestella

Writing is youth. It isn’t outside the box. Stop thinking about all that advice that says break the rules, twist the genre, create something no one has ever created before! Get rid of all those ultimatums in your head and actually do it. Open that Toy Box!

KBWriting in many ways is play-acting. You are creating an imaginative world. Even if you describe a real world setting that you know intimately, one must put a spin on the senses, invoke feelings, and let strangers reading your books know what it is like to be here or there ten, fifty, one hundred years from now. How can you do that if you simply…

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More Lady Authors Guest on Read All About It!

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Local South Jersey Women Authors and fellow literary ladies from across the region have made a stop or two to fellow author Stefani Milan’s Read All About It talk show on the Radio Vision Network!

Here’s a brief example of videos currently available from RadioVisionNetwork.com. Remember to check the video archive weekly as more episodes come and go!

Kay McHenry: http://livestre.am/598iC

Kristin Battestella:  http://livestre.am/55FIn

Kit Gritstaff:  http://livestre.am/55FCC

Darlene Beck Jacobson: http://livestre.am/55nHC

Laura Del: http://livestre.am/56zgX

Deborah Picorelli: http://livestre.am/579V3

Several of july 24our friends from the South Jersey Writers Group have also appeared on Radio Vision’s Morning Coffee What to Watch segment, discussing movies, books, blogging, and more!

You can also see several local authors and get in on the literary action yourself with the next New Jersey Authors Network panel September 17 at the Mullica Hill Branch Library or keep up with the SJWA sheningans on Facebook!

An interview with Kristin Battestella

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Our featured author for episode 116 of the Horror Addicts podcast is Kristin Battestella. Kristin has been a staff member at horroraddicts.net for a couple of years now and also contributed several articles to the Horror Addicts Guide To Life. Kristin will be reading an excerpt from her Fate and Fangs series for episode 116. Recently I asked her some questions about her writing:

When did you start writing?

unnamedI hope it doesn’t sound too pretentious, but I started really early, about when I was eight and nine years old. My mom saved all the stuff I used to write and wrote the dates on them. Those are, of course, pretty bad! I even showed them at several kids book events I did and saw I had spelled ‘author’ as ‘arthur’! I was always dressing up and making up stories and couldn’t keep track of what I was doing…

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South Jersey Women Authors Know how to Party!

Local literary ladies and fellow writer friends from the New Jersey Authors Network and the South Jersey Writers Group celebrated the relocated and expanded A Novel Idea Bookstore in the Landis Marketplace Saturday May 30!

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Authors from across the state including Michele Seigfried, Kay McHenry, Darlene Beck Jacobson, K. Edwin Fritz, Joanne Costantino, Dawn Byrne, Marie Gilbert, Kristin Battestella, Jane Lueder, Tom Geden, and Laura Kaighn mingled with readers, sold books, and ate cookies!

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More NJAN authors will be returning to the Landis Marketplace for several writing workshops June 27 and August 8 wih even more literary opportunities in the works, and our YA authors will also be making an appearance July 15 at the Millville Library! For all the latest panels and events, visit njauthorsnetwork.com!

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South Jersey Women Authors on Read All About It!

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2015 is off to a busy start for several ladies for the South Jersey Women Authors thanks to the new Radiovision Network show Read All About It, hosted by fellow local author Stefani Milan!

First MaryAnn Diorio visited the studio, followed by Kristin Battestella discussing the new Horror Addicts Guide to Life anthology…

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…But who else is is going to be a Read All About it guest? Why, our favorite Rabbi Ilene Schneider! Even SJWA’s gentlemanly friend from the NJ Authors Network Brian McKinley has appeared!

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More of our literary friends will also be attending the Meet The Authors annual event at the Monroe Township Library April 18, and several events are planned at the newly renovated and expanded A Novel Idea bookstore in Vineland! Did you miss out on the 2nd Annual Autumn Authors Fair at A Novel Idea last year? Read up on the fun with Marie Gilbert’s report!

Stay tuned for all the Read All About It videos and subscribe to the RadioVision youtube channel for more!

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“So You Want to Be a Writer?”

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Several South Jersey Women Authors were at it again for the latest New Jersey Authors Network Panel in Sewell!

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You want to be a writer? Then write! But once you’ve written something, be prepared to promote the hell out of it! Here’s a bunch of us Jersey writers sharing our knowledge and experience with the public while also getting the word out about our books.   This time we were at the  Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library in Sewell, NJ and being hosted by the South Jersey Writers. They put out a lovely spread of food, which made me like them immediately. There was cake, fruit, cookies, drinks, more cake, and even some vegetables (I think).

You thought this was going to be a picture of the food table, didn't you? You thought this was going to be a picture of the food table, didn’t you?

Melissa Teta of Melissa Teta Photography took a bunch of wonderful pictures again, so I’m going to post a representative selection of them and make snarky comments in the captions.

There's just no reason not to have this photo in every blog post. There’s just no reason not to…

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Local Authors Take Hostages!

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Visit our fellow author friend Brian McKinley’s site for this special write up on our latest New Jersey Authors Network Panel also featuring Jordanna East, Jane Mayer, Kristin Battestella, and Terri Brisbin.

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WOODBURY, NJ – A crazed group of local authors took patrons hostage a few weeks ago and forced them to participate in a discussion of the publishing industry. This article should have been written and posted a day or two afterward, but was delayed due to a combination of illness, loss of internet connections, other interruptions, and general procrastination and laziness. All the hostages were released unharmed, however the authors escaped capture.

In completely unrelated news, here are some pics from a recent author panel I took part in at a library!

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There are lots of reasons for authors to participate in these kinds of panels, but probably the most obvious is exposure. People who enjoy reading tend to come to these kind of panels, along with aspiring authors, and both are people who want to learn about…

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