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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Guest Post with Kirsten Weiss, author of The Elemental Detective (Riga Hayworth #5)

Author: Kirsten Weiss
 Series: Riga Hayworth 
Number in Series: 5
Release Date: December 21, 2013
Publisher: misterio press 
Genre: Mystery/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Synopsis from Kirsten Weiss

Mermaids, menehunes, and murder.

Riga Hayworth just wants to relax with her new husband on their Hawaiian honeymoon. But a body on a Kauai beach pulls them into a murder investigation, sending the supernatural world into an uproar.

When Riga detects traces of magic at a murder scene, she knows she can’t ignore the call. There’s necromancy afoot, and she must prepare for the battle to come. But can Riga fight the forces of nature? Or will they destroy her and everyone she loves?

Book five in the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mystery novels, The Elemental Detective is a fun, fast-paced urban fantasy blending romance with the supernatural, and exploring the magic of Hawaii.

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Guest Post

10 Sources of Inspiration – Whether You’re a Reader, Writer, or Just Grooving On Life

Diana – a superwoman blogger if ever there was one – invited me to write about 10 things that inspire. 

Only 10? The world is chalk-full of inspiration! (I have no idea what “chalk-full” really means, but there’s something delightfully old-fashioned about the phrase).

So I thought: what if I started a list, and the massive, deliciously inspiring Internet community added to it? Because one of the things that inspires me, is reading about what inspires you.

So here we go, my starter list:

  1. Words. Did you know that most of us only use around 3,000 words? We stick to same-old, same-old, when there are rich, raucous, raunchy words just rolling about the aether, waiting to come into play. My new favorite: Backpfeifengesicht, someone with a face just asking to be slapped. (Not that I would ever do that).
  2. Atlas Obscura. The brave volunteers at Atlas Obscura are crowdsourcing an online catalog of the world’s weird and wonderful places. Now whenever I’m traveling – or dreaming of traveling – I check that site first for oddball places to visit.
  3. Amazing people doing amazing things. Forget Richard Branson and movie stars. The real amazing people are down the street from you – the cops who battle the baddies. The single mom who works her butt off to make sure her kids have what they need. The old men who survived D-Day, (I actually know one. He was 16 when he joined up, and has never gone into detail about his experience with me. But. Wow. Just wow.)
  4. Books, books, and more books! In a few pages I’m immersed in another world, populated with characters to love and loathe. And a well-written book, the syncopation of words on a page, is an utter delight, inspiring me to write better, stronger, faster.
  5. Other writers. They’re everywhere: chatting online, blogging, at your local library. And most – in spite of the stereotype of the shy, withdrawn scrivener – love to talk writing.
  6. The Real World. Go outside and look up. What do you see? Skyscrapers that seem to tilt inward as they pierce the sky? A network of stars? An arc of gnarled tree branches? When I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Estonia, a local philosopher took us to a hilltop and had us just watch clouds for an hour. Sometimes we can get so wound up in the fascinations of technology (which I love) that we stop noticing how blazingly amazing the real world is.
  7. Eavesdropping on Strangers in a Café. Yes! I do it! Sometimes it’s impossible not to – those tables are so close – so I just give in to the urge. My favorite pick-up was two old ladies discussing a local funeral home: “Oh yes, they have the best bodies!” I get great dialog ideas from these random encounters.
  8. Getting off My Butt and Doing Something. A photography class, a meetup with my buds… Sometimes the only way to shake things up is to get shaking.
  9. Writing. There are things that inspire writing, but when I’m in “the groove,” the writing inspires itself. Characters do things I wouldn’t have expected. Ideas flow. Sometimes, you just need to rummage around in that great big brain of yours and let the ideas tumble dry.
  10. Family. Every family is odd in its own way, and mine is no exception. Though they often make me crazy, I adore their wacky little hearts, and they’re a boundless source of support and inspiration.

So what about you? Who’s your muse? Where do you turn to for bright ideas and brainwaves? Let’s grow this bad boy of a list!

Kirsten Weiss is the author of the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries: the urban fantasy, The Metaphysical Detective, The Alchemical Detective, The Shamanic Detective, The Infernal Detective and The Elemental Detective


About Kirsten Weiss

Kirsten Weiss worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and deep in the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.

Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.
Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching True Blood and drinking good wine.

Connect with Kirsten Weiss here:
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