Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Pumpkin Patch by Sandi Smith


Making Your Characters Believable

For the novels, it was lots and lots of hard work.  Sometimes I would get so deep into a character, trying to make that character believable, I would lose myself.  You actually become a part of that person. I think that is the secret. You have to feel the pain or the happiness they are feeling, and then you build on each emotion that the character is feeling.  When I first started with The Pumpkin Patch, I took my words and just wrote them down, stretching them out to form the sentences and paragraphs, simple and plain.  Of course, there was meaning and emotion with what I had written, but the writing seemed vacant, almost empty.  I would read the paragraph or chapter again and again, and I just couldn’t understand what was missing.  That was when I started playing music in the background. Loud music.  It put me in a state of relaxation, and once I got to that state, I became that person that I was writing about. I wanted to feel exactly what that person must have felt, or why they were feeling what they were feeling, and then the chapter changed.  Some of the characters were not as deep as others. Mary Elizabeth was happy and sweet, so almost everything in her life, except for the loss of her mother, had been great.  She was very, very easy to write about.  It was when I got into a couple of the other chapters that I dug as deep as I could inside to try to get the feelings on paper. It actually was draining.  I remember after I wrote the chapter for Tommy Dolan, I felt drained. I didn’t want to end the chapter.  I wanted to fix everything that had happened to Tommy, and make it different and better, but I couldn’t.  His character was damaged, and I needed to try to put that pain on paper.  It was very difficult, and I found that it took a little bit of me with it when I had finished the chapter.  When I wrote the chapter for the Plotski’s, I had tears in my eyes at the end of the chapter. My heart broke for them, and I felt their pain.

When I write my children’s books, they are just so much fun.  You don’t have to get as deeply involved.  I am learning as I go along, that you almost have to become a child inside, looking at things totally different than I did with the novels.  I can tend to be serious, and I had to learn how to lighten up a little bit, and let my inner child find its way back out and have some fun.


Book Details:

Book Title: The Pumpkin Patch by Sandi Smith

Category: Adult Fiction, 316 pages

Genre: Mystery

Publisher: Mindstir Media

Release date: November 5, 2017

Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 + M

Book Description:

How can one small-minded, angry person destroy the lives of so many people in her path, connecting them all together in a game of destruction and heartbreak? It is possible, but what pushes a person to enjoy inflicting pain to such an extent, leaving a trail of hate, anger, and defeat behind her, which only seems to make her stronger and more satisfied. Ms. Terri Plotski, owner of the Authors’ Book Agency, is that person, who, unknowingly, with a single thread of hate, has connected the lives of a small group of people, bringing them together with one single common denominator. Anger. The anger from this small group of people is building, but it has nowhere to go, or does it? Ms. Terri Plotski, owner of Authors’ Book Agency, has gone missing.

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Meet the Author:

Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.

Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.

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