Welcome to my website!
Ever since I was small, I've been a storyteller. This website is the story of my life as a writer, it's the comprehensive history behind my stories.
For budding writers, learn about my sources of inspiration and how to tap into the resources around you to create art. Find out more on my Directory page a visual layout of the contents of this site.
For readers, I intend to publish my books myself and sell them through this website. Join the mailing list for more updates. Watch this space for my book trailers and videos.
Meanwhile, back in the lab! I’ve been doing great work on my book. Apart from writing a few short stories and an article, I’ve been busy editing book two in the Chronicles of Aden Weaver series. As the story makes its way through ‘the grinder’ of edit-and-critique-and-modify (and sometimes, rewrite), the texture and feel of the story evolves and changes over and over again.
I've watched the tale evolve and become more of itself, as the year has gone on. The task of presenting 'the adventures first,' in the spirit Lewis Caroll described, has become ever more important.
I notice my boys sit and pay the most attention to our bedtime stories when the action happens, and they're the most prone to yawning, nearly falling asleep against me, when the book lapses into stretches of description or back story.
The editing process continues to teach me a lot!
Critique partner, Robyn Campbell and I have exchanged a chapter. My other critique partner, Maria Cisneros-Toth has let me know she’ll be editing with me again, soon. She said she’s ‘looking forward to getting back into it,’ which, of course, is music to my ears. What a wonderful life it is when you have friends.
“ Friendship redoubleth joys and cutteth griefs in halves. For there is no man that imparteth his joys to his friend, but he joyeth the more, and no man that imparteth his griefs to his friend, but he grieveth the less.” Francis Bacon
What are your successes, stories published, awards earned? Tell me, firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll include it as a shout-out in the next Newsletter.
“Hope is not about proving anything. It's about choosing to believe this one thing-that love is bigger than any grim, bleak shit anyone can throw at us.” ~ Anne Lamott
Talk to you later,
Yvette K. Carol
The feedback has been great.
'You've done a lot of work on this site. Very friendly! I look forward to some bloggerly blatherings about your writing life.'
~ PJ Reece, author of Roxy, Story Structure to Die For, Smoke that Thunders.
Jaguar Kukulcan said, 'I'm completely wowed by your site. What an amazing body of work. You've done an awesome job of presenting it.'
Claire said, 'Hey Yvette! First day of holidays and have finally found time to check out your website. Read the whole thing including your little nooks and cranies. Very interesting and quite thought provoking.'
'Hey Yvette, So nice to hear from you and I am so proud that you have claimed your rightful space as an author! Your website looks great and has distracted me from work for an hour now! The illustrations and black and white photos are FAB! Well done for putting all this together and sharing so much of yourself. It is a very generous gift and I will keep going back to it.
'Yvette, just wanted to let you know that your synopsis for Aden Weaver is wonderful! I wish I could write summaries of my stories that read as beautifully. :)'
Teresa Robeson, co-author of Out of Time, Tales of Time Travel, and In a Land Far Away.
'Yvette - You have a very nice site. I've joined the e-mail list - so I expect to be among the first to hear that you have not only signed a book-deal, but that Peter Jackson is going to film it - which will be handy for you, being in New Zealand, since you'll be able to walk down to the set every day, and tell him to cut out all those long, lingering looks he's so dreadfully fond of. It is a very nice site, and I love the 'magazine' feel to it, with lots of white space.' Bill Perring, award-winning author of The Seduction of Mary Kelly.
'I think your strength in your writing is you write with your heart and not your head which is good. This is what the readers relate, too. It's the reason as the reader, I became so involved with your characters who quickly became real to me. You should have heard me talking out loud to your characters so many times as I followed them throughout the story.' `Maria Cisneros-Toth, co-author of The Monster Moon Series, and author of Butterfly Hollow. 'Hi Yvette, Just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed your newsletter! Also wanted to say how impressed I am that you have been keeping up with your newsletter! I'm passing it on to my friend, Joanna.'
'Love your website. I'm taking notes for my blog. I joined your newsletter. You're an asset to the craft and to other writers. Well done. I both admire and encourage your efforts.' Jan Douglas Miller
'Yvette, Your web site has such heart. From the intricate drawings to the photos and stories and your writer's journey, I feel like I know you so well. I have a son with severe autism and I'm also an introverted writer -- so much common ground! I signed up for your newsletter and look forward to keeping in touch. Your writing has the emotional honesty of an Anne Frank or Anne Lamott - two of my favorite writers. I love middle grade stories and look forward to your books being in print. Here's to a productive and happy 2014, p.s. I'm in the process of having my website professionally done and I know I need to start blogging -- your site is an inspiration.' Debbie Herbert
Teresa Robeson Your newsletters are always full of great info and wonderful stories!
Pinar Tarhan - Hey Yvette!! Just wanted to give you a shout and say I really loved your latest newsletter!
Donatien Moisdon - I do enjoy your newsletter every month!
Catherine Johnson - Great newsletter, Yvette!
Excellent newsletter. You're so good at it now. Love the way you engage your readers and fill it with interesting information and tips and hints. Hmm the jokes could use a little help ;-) - Jaguar Kukulcan
Debbie Herbert wrote on your Timeline.June 30 at 3:00amJust finished your latest newsletter and it was awesome as usual!