Help! I Need Topics for My Blog Tour!!

I decided to do a virtual book tour for Daughter Am I, and now I have about four weeks of guesting on blogs, which means lots and lots of articles to write in a very short time.

I did not intend to commit to such a long tour, but the first blogger who agreed to be a host chose November 12 and the second chose October 18, so I’ve been trying to connect the dates to make one tour instead of two. I will need approximately thirty different blog articles or activities to make sure that each stop is different. (Actually, I will need sixty, since I will also have to post something on my own blog each day.) A few bloggers are going to send me interview questions. One wants me to send photos of my work space. Another wants an article about the challenges of writing with a focus on research. And yet another wants an article about writing dialogue for a group. The remaining twenty or so are trusting me to come up with something interesting. So — what would be some interesting topics? You can suggest a general topic about writing or you can take this opportunity to ask whatever you’d like about me, about my books, and especially about Daughter Am I. Either I’ll combine the questions into an interview or, if the response is long enough, I’ll use it as a stand-alone post.

Sheila Deeth, who will be my host on November 9, said, I’ve never hosted before, and I’m nothing like as experienced at blogging as you, so I’m reluctant to suggest a topic. I know what I’d really like to read would be how you got from where you were before to where you are now, and what advice you would give those of us dreaming of following.

Now that’s a good topic. It’s personal, and it’s something she wants to know the answer to. And it’s something I would never have thought of since I know the answer. Sort of.

So, what do you want to know?

Also, if you’d like to be part of my blog tour, please leave your blog address in a comment. I still have a few scattered dates to fill, so don’t be shy. (Yes, I mean you.)

Daughter Am I is a young woman/old gangsters coming of age tale that is being sold as mainstream, though it could just as easily be classified as a mystery.

When twenty-five-year-old Mary Stuart learns she inherited a farm from her recently murdered grandparents –grandparents her father claimed had died before she was born — she becomes obsessed with finding out who they were and why someone wanted them dead. Along the way she accumulates a crew of feisty octogenarians –former gangsters and friends of her grandfather. She meets and falls in love Tim Olson, whose grandfather shared a deadly secret with her great-grandfather. Now Mary and Tim need to stay one step ahead of the killer who is desperate to dig up that secret.

DAIDaughter Am I, my young woman/old gangsters coming of age adventure, will be available from Second Wind Publishing in one week!

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8 Responses to “Help! I Need Topics for My Blog Tour!!”

  1. Sharon Schafer Says:

    Hi Pat. I love to talk about editing. It’s a great topic forwriters, because it’s an important part in the writing process.
    If you like this topic let me know.


  2. joylene Says:

    Did you have to overcome a challenge to get DAI published?
    Any conflicts over the edits required by your editor?
    Where did the storyline come from?

    Also, don’t worry if your posts are short. It’s content, not size.

    Here’s some other subjects:
    – POV decision
    – What makes an excellent book launch?
    – What do you want authors waiting for their first book release to know?
    – How do you structure your book?
    – Do you use mind mapping? Which one?

    I’m going blank…

    I’ll sleep on it and see if I can come up with more tomorrow.

  3. joylene Says:

    What about the three most influential people in your life? Or those books that made all the difference? Or your first attempt at writing. New writers love those stories. It gives them back their hope.

  4. mickeyhoffman Says:

    Okay what I would like to hear about after reading your books is this: You describe locations so well. There’s a diner type restaurant for instance in More Deaths. How do you get this done, do you go around and visit places and make notes or what?

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Good topic, Mickey! I wish I knew the answer. Actually I do — I look for the significant details, those details that give an impression of the whole. I’ll add this to my list of topics. Thank you!

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