What’s Your Writing Quirk? Renaissance of Hetty Locklear now in #Audio. Headhunters Race by Kimberly Afe


Do you have a writing quirk? It’s come to my attention that I do. As I was finishing up the first draft of Worlds on Edge, I had an odd number of chapters and added one to make it even. Now I added another and am back to odd and feel as if I’m daring fate. I just might have to even that up again. Do you have a quirk like that?


The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear now in Audio!

The audio edition of The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear is now for sale on Audible! Thank you to the mega talented Kristie Ann Foss for narrating and for a fantastic product. Working with Kristie Ann was a blast. I told her I’d love for her to read The Rifters if I decide to go audio with it.


The journey into adulthood is stranger than she expects. A new adult science fiction fantasy.

Hetty Locklear lives in a nerd girl fantasy where she is the savior of a dying ancient galactic race. When she’s not role playing in the exotic game world she created, she dreams of being the new It Girl with suave clothes, hundreds of friends, hunks galore falling at her slippered feet, awesome parties, and a job to make every person in the cosmos drool.

Instead she’s stuck at the convenience store wearing stretchy clothes to fit over the paunch formed from a steady diet of donuts and coffee and with a social calendar as empty as deep space. In her whole life she’s only acquired two friends  — a cousin, who barely counts, and her best friend since grade school.

Hetty is banking on graduation from community college to transform her into a full-fledged woman. It doesn’t. It gets her an unflattering coffee stain down the front of her gown and an invitation from her parents to visit. Estranged since they went gallivanting off to fulfill their dream of working the Renaissance Faire circuit, Hetty isn’t eager to see them. However, this trip is the best chance she has to repair their broken relationship.

A steamy romance with her boss or the handsome stranger she met at the coffee shop would cure her doldrums, but she’s stuck with the annoying Sir Gnat and is stalked by a ghost. The invisible stranger leads her to a reality she finds hard to believe. It also leads to love and a better relationship with herself.

Available on Audible.com!


Headhunters Race by Kimberly Afe

And I’m really excited to tell you all about this new release from the awesome Kimberly Afe.

The Headhunters Race Cover - SMALL image

Sixteen-year-old Avene was sentenced to prison at thirteen for a crime she didn’t commit. Now she has a chance to win her freedom back – if she enters the Headhunters Race. Second prize isn’t so bad either, an upgrade to the Leisure Prison if you make it to the finish line. To win either prize, Avene and the other prisoners must navigate one hundred and fifty miles of dense forest, desert, and worst of all, cannibal territory.

With a mechanical collar timed to strangle the prisoners if they’re not back in nine days, Avene allies herself with seventeen-year-old McCoy, another prisoner that insists on helping her at every turn and a boy she’s trying hard not to fall for. Together they battle nature, other prisoners, and the timed death collars to win the coveted prize. But when Avene is tested with one deadly conflict after another, she realizes there is more at stake than winning her freedom – first she has to survive. 


Author Photo KimberlyAfe - SMALLKimberly is the mother of two awesome kids, wife of the nicest man in the world, and her dog’s best friend. She works by day and writes middle grade and young adult science fiction and fantasy novels in her spare time. She lives with her family in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.


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More to gnaw on

I’m going to be giving a workshop on April 5th. I’m not sure what exactly I’ll cover. It was suggested that I do hooks and hangers and making the first chapter sing. However, the workshop in February is doing hooks, and I feel it overlaps. So I was thinking of switching to some writing structure basics – stimulus/repsonse thing + simultaneous events + characterization – a sort of maturing your writing and taking it to the next level sort of thing… writing more like a pro.

When you were starting out, what did you wish you knew? What would pique your interest more for a workshop coupled with a critique in which you work on what you learned on your WIP?


I decided to quit uploading directly to Kobo. I didn’t get any more sales by uploading direct to them than I did through Smashwords. So I’ll distribute through Smashwords again. I deleted my account from Kobo and my books are down temporarily on Kobo until they filter through from Smashwords.


Yeah, the first draft of Worlds on Edge is done. I’m taking a wee break before I start on the revision. I have plenty to keep me busy – bookkeeping, a short story due in March, reformatting, getting farther on The Rifters.



  1. January 15, 2014    

    Congratulations to Kimberly, I’ve seen this book all over bloggyland.

    And congrats to you too Mary on the audio book.

    My writing quirks… when I’m editing, I hate to have too much white space at the end of the line. I tend to reword until the lines are more uniform. I know it has no bearing on what the final page will look like, but it forces me to really think about the sentence and the words I’m using.

  2. January 15, 2014    

    Sometimes it’s easier just to let a distributor like Smashwords handle it.

    What do I wish I’d known when I began? POV and how to avoid head-hopping.

  3. January 15, 2014    

    Congratulations, Kimberly!
    My quirk is I don’t separate my manuscript into chapters until the very last thing. Just ask my critique partners!

  4. January 15, 2014    

    You have some great ideas for the workshop MPax. I don’t have any writing quirks except yours sounds a lot like my sleeping quirk. I have to go to sleep at the top or bottom of the hour. If I miss the window I end up procrastinating till the next half-way mark. I’ve almost got myself to go to bed on the quarter hour though.

  5. January 15, 2014    

    Congrats to Kimberly!

    My writing quirk is I have a tendency to tilt my head to one side or the other when I’m really concentrating (left for more logical things and right for more creative things). I also make faces sometimes to see how the character would react.

    Hmm, what I wished I knew more at the start of writing? The points of view and head hopping is a good one. Also being active.

  6. January 15, 2014    

    I can’t think of any specific quirks. Right now I guess it would be staring at a blank page and not writing at all! That’s where I’ve been at for too long now.

    So cool that Hetty is out on audio, yay!! And I’ve been seeing Kimberly all around too, wishing her tons of success.

  7. January 15, 2014    

    Lets see… As a newb I know what I needed, but I wasn’t at a place where I could crunch it. If I was tailoring a workshop to deal with me at that stage, I would fashion it around passive vs active language, or the true power/importance of plotting.

    I’m so excited for you audio book, and I can’t wait to read Kimberly’s book. It’s burning a hole through my kindle right now!

  8. January 15, 2014    

    I don’t feel at all alone now, Annalisa :)

    That is a good topic, Diane.

    I’m feeling less alone, Alex.

    I do that too, Cherie. Thanks for the suggestion.

    That is quite a quirk, Maurice.

    The blank page is a tough opponent, Julie.

    Great suggestions, Crystal! Thank you!

  9. January 15, 2014    

    Can’t wait to read Kimberly’s book!!!

    My writing quirk is that I sigh a lot. Or so I’m told. I do it when I stop to pause and read what I’ve written. But apparently I sigh a ton while I’m editing.

  10. January 15, 2014    

    I really enjoyed Hetty. Amazing gal you created! Congrats on the audio book. Hmm, keeping the chapters even…that is definitely a quirk I don’t have! But all of my titles come from inside my stories. I hear it as I type a line…there’s the title! I think I get it from my teens who get a kick out of hearing a movie’s title in the dialogue.

  11. January 15, 2014    

    You have a lot going on, as usual. Glad you’re still putting out the Backworlds books. And you were uploading straight to Kobo? You were hardcore.

    Thanks for the updates! Keep it going!

  12. January 15, 2014    

    Thanks so much Mary for hosting my book! And congrats on your audio book! That is very cool.

    I never thought about my quirks, now I’m going to be keeping tabs on myself to see if I have any. I’m sure I do, just can’t think of what they are now. The uneven chapters is funny – it reminds me of giving someone a haircut and you have to keep cutting to even it out. :)

  13. January 15, 2014    

    I can understand the sighing, Jay.

    I often use the titles in my stories too, Elizabeth. The title, at least lately, encompasses the theme of the book, so it comes out without trying these days.

    I tried uploading to Kobo direct, Rusty. Hoped it would generate more sales. It didn’t. I gave it about 8 months.

    You’re welcome, Kimberly. It sort of is like that. When I start the revision next week, I’ll be looking closely at the longer chapters to see if I can cut one in half to get my even chapter numbers. lol I’m not joking.

  14. January 15, 2014    

    Congrats to Kimberly! And to you for finishing your first draft.

    Hmm, what do I wish I knew? Every word counts, and that’s for novels as well as short stories. Show don’t tell. And don’t jump the gun. Take your time to make the story the best it can be. Impatience has led many to rejections.

  15. January 16, 2014    

    LOL :)

  16. January 17, 2014    

    I have a weird thing about odd chapters too! I don’t know where that comes from, but maybe because when I was a kid learning math, I gave personalities to the digits & the odd numbers were usually the trouble makers.

    Oh gosh, a first chapter that sings would actually be my first choice of workshop for me—I’m struggling with that right now. But maturing writing to write like a pro is also a great one that I’d think would attract a lot of attention.

    Forgot to tell you on my last visit that I gave my 16-year-old son the Tesla drive for Christmas and he LOVES it! It’s a great thing when I can go “off list” and still see his eyes light up. Thanks, Dire Steampunk!

  17. January 17, 2014    

    Yay for Hetty audio!! Headhunters Race sounds really intense–will have to check it out! You could probably guess my quirk–I literally cannot write a scene until I’ve found the perfect music to set the mood. Some nights, I’ll spend more time sifting through scores than writing *sigh*. It’s a handicap. Apparently, I need a workshop on time management:)

  18. January 18, 2014    

    Congrats on the release of Hetty to Audio! Lots of people really enjoy audio now as they’re are spending more time in their cars so you may find a whole new audience. Good luck! Cheers!!!

  19. Stephen Tremp Stephen Tremp
    January 20, 2014    

    My writing quirk is I like to write in my boxer shorts, socks, and shirt. TMI, I know. But you asked.

    And good luck to Kimberly!

  20. January 20, 2014    

    Congratulations on Hetty as an audio book!

    I like even chapter numbers when I write too. I also try and get my word count fairly even, even if it’s just in fives. ;)

  21. January 20, 2014    

    Great cover for Headhunter!
    My writing quirk? Hmm, count them. I have to write in the afternoon. Hate morning writes.