Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Common Advice - Write About What You Know

If you're a writer, I'm sure you've heard the advice to write about what you know. Makes sense, doesn't it? I mean, how do you write about things you don't know?

I've been fascinated by various subjects for many years. In the last six months, my favorite interests and a new discovery came together to form my latest manuscript - a 42,000 word novel for young people aged 10 to 14. I don't claim to know everything about these subjects but I'm reading, experiencing and learning.

Therefore I'd like to add my own modification to the above advice.

Write about your passions!

When I wrote my latest manuscript, I didn't draw on great personal experience or first hand knowledge. I had to spend a month reading and researching the gaps in my knowledge - and there were plenty - before I started writing. I wanted to learn as much as possible, so I could write about what I know. The more I learned, the more passionate I became about these subjects. I'm still devouring these subjects through books, television and the internet.

Passion inspired me. I found things I didn't know and turned them into things I know, and I became passionate about them. What I lack in personal experience and first hand knowledge, I make up for with passion to learn and explore.

You can write about what you know but if you're not passionate about it, who cares?

To me, passion is the extra ingredient. Passion can help you turn what you don't know into what you know and then into a manuscript.

I'll share more about my passions and my latest manuscript over the coming months. Here is the first taste, a prophecy from the great Mayan ruler Lord Pacal Votan:

O Children of the people of the dawn,
O children of the people of the book,
I come to
you as the special witness of time
to remind you,
especially on the day of truth,
that in your
origin you are one,
and on the day of truth

you are to make yourselves one again.

Pacal Votan 603 - 683 AD

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Best Selling Author Launches New Travel Anthology/Cookbook And Hosts 24-Hour Global Dinner Party

100% of royalties will be donated to fund scholarships to

vocational schools for kids from the slums of New Delhi.

SEATTLE, WA (MAY 20, 2010) -- Bestselling author Rita Golden Gelman

launches Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and

Breaking Bread Around the World (A Three Rivers Press Original),

June 1, 2010, in Seattle. Forty-one authors tell their stories of adventuring

around the world; all but two of them are women.

To celebrate the anthology and the special bonding that happens when

people share a meal and a book, Rita is hosting a 24-hour global dinner,

Connecting through Food, on Friday, June 18th. She hopes you'll join her

by giving a dinner in your home.

The Anthology/Cookbook is the sequel to Tales of a Female Nomad:

Living at Large in the World (Crown Publishers, 2001) which tells the

story of Rita selling her possessions and becoming a nomad, living in mud

huts, in royal palaces, and on magical islands. She's been a nomad for 23

years. Her story captivates readers; the book is still going strong.

Ignoring a warning from her publisher, Rita included her e-mail address.

The last line is: "I can't wait to hear from you". She was flooded with e-mails

from readers worldwide who offered guest rooms, couches, meals and their

own stories of connecting around the world. Many of those stories and more

of Rita's adventures are collected in Female Nomad and Friends, which

includes 59 amazing tales and more than 30 fabulous international recipes.

"We're encouraging people around the world to invite friends to buy the book,
cook the recipes, and share a meal at our Global Dinner Party Connecting
through Food
," said Gelman. "In hundreds of homes, guests will be talking to
us about the stories and discussing the anthology as well as the food. We'll
post your videos, pictures, and comments on Facebook. Please join us."

Global Dinner Party

To learn more about how you can be a part of the 24-hour dinner, go to Rita will be posting recipes,
suggesting others, and also proposing topics for discussion.

For an advance peek into Female Nomad and Friends, read the
first chapter

About the author:

Rita Golden Gelman is the author of Tales of a Female Nomad and more
than seventy children's books, including More Spaghetti, I Say!, a staple in
every first-grade classroom. As a nomad, Rita has no permanent address.
She is currently involved in an initiative called Let's Get Global
(a project of U.S.
Servas, Inc.), a national movement designed to bring the gap |year to the United
States. Learn more at:

Female Nomad and Friends

By Rita Golden Gelman

A Three Rivers Press Original | On Sale: June 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-307-58801-2| $15.00 | 352 pages