Shatterproof by K.K. Weil – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Thank you so much for having me today! I’m very excited to be here.

Life can be a balancing act. I feel fortunate to be able to dedicate my time to writing full-time, but even that can be tricky. It’s so easy to be distracted, whether I’m home alone or my house is filled with other energetic family members.

I’ve made some rules for myself, to try to keep focused and be as productive as possible. I’d love to say I follow them all the time, but that would definitely be a lie. Even having them as a guideline helps, though, so when life’s insanity blows in, I can refer to them.

1. Eat something. It doesn’t matter if it’s a real breakfast or a single string cheese that one of my children decided they didn’t want at the last second. If I’m hungry when I sit down to work, I spend more time thinking about the contents of my fridge (and subsequently standing by said refrigerator with the door open) than doing whatever I’m supposed to be doing. After that, I can sit down with my coffee next to me and start my work.

2. Take care of “business”. This can be any kind of promo work I have to do, social media posts, emails, etc. If I don’t do them before I write, they hang over my head all day. It’s a lot easier to get them out of the way first thing. Then I can get lost in my writing and I don’t have to worry about time management as much because the other stuff if already handled.

3. Stay put. It’s so easy, when I’m on the computer all day with no one watching over me, to stray when I’m having a slow moment. If I’m working on a scene that isn’t flowing the way I want, I get tempted to do some pointless online browsing, check out the responses to my latest Facebook post, anything. I have to remind myself to keep pushing through and not to move over to that screen that seems worlds more interesting than what I have going on at the moment.

4. Remember that the house will wait. It’s wonderful to work at home, but it can also drive me crazy. Things always need to be cleaned, laundry always needs to be done and food always needs to be cooked. But I only have a certain number of hours before my kids come home and the circus of homework and after school activities begins. So I close my eyes and I push off putting away the toys that might have been forgotten the night before. There’s always later for those figures to make their way into the bins, but if I don’t get that scene down now, there’s a good chance I’ll forget it.

5. Lock myself away. I do the majority of my writing when my kids are in school or after they’ve gone to sleep. But sometimes that’s just not enough time. When I have to work while they’re home, I hide away and they know not to come find me. Exceptions are bleeding and broken bones.

6. Recognize when it’s time to stop. There’s no office to leave and no commute home, so technically my day is only limited by a need for electricity (or in the absence of that, a need for pen and paper). Sometimes, when I’m working at night, I don’t realize I’ve read my last paragraph five times until the words start to blur. Nothing productive is happening at that point, and the same way I have to make sure to keep on task when I want to stray from my work, I have to know when to call it a day. That blurry paragraph will still be there tomorrow. And in the morning, it will all be clear.

 

Griffin Stone knows the stats. Sons of abusers become abusers. This is his single fear.

After witnessing firsthand his parents’ tumultuous marriage, Griffin worries that he, too, harbors an explosive dark side. Can he escape from his father’s rage-fueled ways or is he destined to become part of the cycle?

Unable to persuade his mother to leave and wrestling with his resentment towards her for staying, Griffin volunteers at Holly’s House, a safe haven for abused women. Through sculpture, Griffin gives these women pieces of themselves they’ve long forgotten. Holly’s House is the only place where Griffin finds peace and purpose.

Until he meets Frankie Moore.

Frankie is an aspiring photographer, finding beauty in things most people miss, including Griffin. Griffin is attracted to her free-spirited, sassy attitude but fears Frankie will trigger the most intense part of him, the one he must keep buried.

Frankie’s got to get her act together. Her anything-goes behavior is leading nowhere fast. She’s hopeful that her latest hobby will be a building block for the future. But when a stranger appears on the other end of her camera, looking as complex as he is handsome, Frankie thinks this might be just the change she needs.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“Do you remember all the things people say?” Frankie asks with a lazy grin.

“Only certain people.” I smile back. I stroke her long hair. It’s wild against my skin, with unpredictable waves. Just like Frankie. My hands never tire of feeling every single surface and texture of her.

She rests her head back on my bare chest and begins tracing each of my tattoos. “I can’t believe you do this for all those women.” Her fingers follow the lines of a cherry blossom on my ribcage. “Do you have any idea how incredible you are?”

I don’t answer. She sighs.

“You don’t, do you?” She stops midtrace. “Can I see mine?”

I laugh at how blatant she is about it, when I specifically told her she was only part of the inspiration for the moon. I give her my back. A single fingernail follows the lines of the moon and the sky around it. I suppress a shudder. How does just one of her nails have such a blistering effect on my body? Then the same nail traces the tattoo parallel to hers. A faded sketch of a small, mustached man rescuing a child from drowning.

“I never noticed this one before. Is it for someone or is it just something you liked?” she asks.

“It’s for someone. It’s for Roth.”

She finds the symbolism right away. “It’s very powerful.” Her voice flutters in my ear. “It’s in the same exact spot as mine, on the other shoulder blade. You never struck me as the kind of guy who needs symmetry,” she jokes.

“They’re there for a reason.”

“What significance are shoulder blades?”

I chuckle. “They’re not on my shoulder blades, Frankie. They’re on my lungs. Mr. Rothman taught me how to breathe years ago. You’re the reason I keep doing it.”

About the Author:K.K. Weil grew up in Queens, but eventually moved to New York City, the inspiration for many of her stories. Weil, who attended SUNY Albany as an undergrad and NYU as a graduate student, is a former teacher. She now enjoys writing her own dramas and lives near the beach in New Jersey, where she is at work on her next novel.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Thanks so much for having me today. I’m very excited to be here!

  3. Becky Richardson says:

    What books do you enjoy?

    • I read all different genres, from historical fiction to contemporary romance. I often go in spurts, reading a lot of one thing before moving on to another. One of my long-time favorite genres is dystopian society. I fell in love with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale years ago and have loved the genre ever since.

  4. Becky Richardson says:

    Really enjoyed the interview with you.

  5. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

    • I’ve always written stories, even in elementary school. So I think I always thought of myself as a writer, even though I was pursuing different professions. As a teacher, I was trained in teaching writing and it was a special focus and passion of mine.

  6. It’s so true what you said about ‘the house can wait’. When working from home there’s always a million different excuses you can use to not do the work you should be doing when you’re having trouble getting the paragraph or sentence just right. You sound like you’re really disciplined with your writing and I admire that. How long does it generally take you to finish writing a book (not including editing, etc.)? Great post btw!

    • Thank you, Anne. Yes, so many distractions and excuses! I try to be disciplined…though it’s tough. I’d say the first draft of each of my books took me about 5 months. The one I’m working on now is taking longer, because I’m trying to get the word out about Shatterproof, and that takes up a lot of time. But I’m hoping that after the New Year, I’ll get back on track and start pumping out those pages again 🙂

  7. I liked the excerpt.

  8. Congratulations K .K. on the new release. Thanks for the excerpt

  9. kim amundsen says:

    Congrats and cool cover.

  10. I enjoyed the excerpt. I hope that everything turns out for both.

  11. Eva Millien says:

    I enjoyed the post, sounds like an exciting read, thanks for sharing!

  12. This sounds like a great book.
    If you could work with any author who would it be?

    • Thank you so much, Anna! That means a lot. I love books that are intricate with lots of story lines going on at the same time. So if I could choose any authors to work with and learn from, living or dead, I’d probably pick authors like J.K. Rowling or Leo Tolstoy. I would also love to pick Ayn Rand’s brain. And Margaret Atwood’s. I could go on and on 🙂

  13. robyn donnelly says:

    Do you have a favorite genre yourself other than what you write?

    • I enjoy a lot of different kinds of books, but a long-time favorite genre of mine is dystopian society. I fell in love with Margaret Atwood’s book, The Handmaid’s Tale, years ago, and the genre always stuck with me. These days, there is a lot more dystopian out there and I devour whatever I can find.

  14. An interesting interview! Life is a balancing act, for sure!

  15. Really great post, I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    • Good question, Peggy! If I’m feeling stuck, I’ll often take a short break from whatever I’m doing and work on a different story. I find that just walking away for a little bit can help. Other times, I just try to push through and get anything down, no matter what it is. I might go back and delete it all later, or there might be some good stuff there that I can work with and tweak.

  17. This sounds great! Adding it to my TBR list.

  18. Interesting excerpt! Thanks!

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