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Meet 2013 Golden Heart Finalist AE Jones

Today we’re welcoming the third of our guest bloggers from the Lucky 13s–the Golden Heart Finalists of 2013.  AE Jones is a finalist in the Paranormal category with her manuscript MIND SWEEPER.

Here’s a blurb:

Born with the ability to erase memories, Kyle McKinley is summoned to cover up a supernatural smack down between a sword-wielding angel and a demon. When the police step in, she is partnered with Joe Dalton, a by-the-book human cop with the sexiest turquoise eyes. Together they protect humans from becoming pawns in an apocalyptic showdown by unraveling the events that forced an angel to pick up a sword.

Doesn’t that sound like an incredibly fun read? I’m not surprised to learn that AE has been hooked on strong narrative since she was a kid: growing up as a self-confessed “TV junkie,” she often rewrote endings of episodes in her head when she didn’t like the outcome. (Raise hands, folks–how many of us did that?? Yup, me, too.) She immersed herself in sci-fi and soap operas. But when Buffy hit the little screen (don’t talk to her about the movie, it still gives her nightmares) she knew her true love was paranormal. Now she spends her nights weaving stories about all variation of supernatural – both their angst and their humor. “After all,” she says, “life is about both…whether you sport fangs or not.”

 

Today she’s going to talk with us about another story she strongly identifies with–and it may not be what you’re expecting.

 

Take it away, AE!

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 get-attachment.aspxWhy the movie A Christmas Story should also be called A Writer’s Life

The day after I received ‘the call’ letting me know that I was a Golden Heart ®Finalist, a line from A Christmas Story, one of my favorite movies of all time, jumped into my head.  Let me describe the scene for you. The Father (and we never do know his actual name) receives a telegram and he starts dancing a jig and announces in a sing-song voice “I’ve won a major award.”  And that line has been running through my head ever since. That’s when I realized that not just the scene, but the entire movie, was a great metaphor for a writer’s journey.

If you haven’t seen the movie and are looking for an excuse to laugh for 2 hours, then I highly recommend it. The movie was filmed in the 1980’s but takes place in the 1940’s in Cleveland, Ohio. Since I am a North East Ohio native, this holds a special place in my heart.  The main character is little Ralphie Parker. The audience spends the entire movie in Ralphie’s head (or actually we hear the narrator’s voice who is the adult version of Ralphie reminiscing). Right there should tell you that this movie is a writer’s life. Let’s face it; we are probably the only professional group who doesn’t flinch when we tell each other we hear voices in our heads!

So how does this quirky little movie equate to a writer? Let me elaborate (you knew I was going to, right?).

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