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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

IWSG - Villains and Music Boxes


t's IWSG time!

Every first Wednesday of the month, this group of writers come together to offer support, advice, encouragement or simply to let out frustrations and woes. Writing is a tough journey, and we don't have to go it alone.

Thanks goes to the brain behind this group, Alex J. Cavanaugh! If you want to join in or find out more (because there is so much more to this group) then head on over here.

Special thanks goes to this month's co-hosts:

Fundy Blue, Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!


Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

I love this month's question because it's something I've never thought about before, and it makes such an interesting point. The idea of writing from the villain's point of view...well, it's done but not often. I've never considered writing a story from this direction, but then, I write the stories as the characters come to me. Maybe a villain is waiting in the dark corners of my mind. After seeing this question, I'll be keeping my eye out for them to step out and say something.


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In my writing life:

I have been working on a new WIP with another writer, a co-authored project, and am enjoying it tremendously. But I haven't been getting to it as much as I'd like these last days because....


MUSIC BOXES came out yesterday!!!

I've been partying all week...

Oh....and as far as 'villains' go, the one in this story captured my heart in a wicked way!


Print ISBN 9781939844569 $12.95, 6x9 trade paperback, 158 pages
eBook ISBN 9781939844576 $3.99 EBook available in all formats

Juvenile Fiction: Girls & Women - Fantasy & Magic - Performing Arts/Dance



Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay's biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.
When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can't believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right...
One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.

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I have my 'party' post up here with a few from the amazing review snippets it's received so far (I'm so excited about the amazing amount of kind words!) Go ahead and join in because who doesn't love a fun celebration?


There's a giveaway too!

The giveaway will run from midnight (EST) on the night of February 21st, 2019 until midnight (EST) on the night of March 15th,  2019. Entries will be made through the Rafflecopter. One winner will receive a music box (the one found in the book video:https://youtu.be/ww_RY4IVg3w) with the author’s golden signature on the bottom as well as swag (US addresses only). The second winner will receive an Amazon GC of $10 (US). The second winner must be in possession of a qualifying US Amazon account.

The contest is open to U.S. residents only, ages eighteen and over. No purchase is required for entry. All winners must claim their prize 48 hours after notification. Winners will be announced on www.tonjadrecker.blogspot.com on Saturday, March 16th 2019 by 10:00am (EST). All addresses and personal information will be used only for prize allocation. Sponsor, Tonja Drecker, assumes no responsibility or liability of any kind. Please email all questions to tonjadrecker@gmail.com.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


So what about you? Are you a villain observer or do you stick to the hero/heroine side of things?


46 comments:

  1. It was a good question. I mostly write from the good guy POV, but it's good to consider the bad guy's motives to give them a fleshed-out feel.

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  2. I'm so excited for your release! It's a wonderful book :)

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  3. Wow Tonja! You have so much to look forward to. I can't wait to dive into Music Boxes and congrats on the new work in progress. Happy IWSG Day :)

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    1. Happy IWSG Day and thank you! I have a confession to make, your envelope didn't make it to the post office and is being sent off today. (sick kids ;) )

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  4. Congrats on your release. Glad you're partying! You deserve it.

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    1. Thank you! I'll take any excuse to celebrate. :)

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  5. The villain in Music Boxes was wicked fun.

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  6. Congratulations on the book! Wishing it well out in the world! :)

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  7. Haha! Yes, maybe your villain IS waiting in a dark corner for you. For my MG novel, I wrote from both sides. The hero gets more ink, though, and I feel that made my villain that more compelling.

    I'm so excited for Tonja! I've read the book, and it's wonderfully creative!

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    1. Thanks so much for all of your kind words...everywhere! Ink is always good :)

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  8. Big congratulations!
    Cool you are co-authoring a book.

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    1. Thanks! And we'll see if it's cool or not. So far, it's fun. When I don't know how to word something, I have some one to shove it off on to ;)

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  9. Ooh, a co-authored project? I love writing villains! ^_^ I used to write a lot of multiple POV stories, so of course the villain got some scenes. The first time I worked on a sequel, I actually trashed it because I loved being the villains head so much, I couldn't stand going back to the hero's POV. I actually have a few ideas with villain MCs, in varying degrees of badness. I want to write them all!

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    1. For some reason, I see you as the perfect villain writer.

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  10. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    You have a fun villain in Music Boxes.

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  11. Good luck with the release. I hope it does well. :-)

    https://emaginette.wordpress.com/2019/03/05/iwsg-58-villians-motivation/

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  12. Congratulations for Music Boxes!

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  13. Congrats on the book birthday! Sounds like a terrific story!!
    I like writing from the villain's pov, but don't know if I could do a whole novel that way!

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    1. Thank you so much! An entire novel would be a challenge.

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  14. Congrats on Music Boxes. I've been seeing you all over the internet and celebrating.

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  15. Congratulations on Music Boxes it sounds great. My favourite fairytale is Cinderella. I love that rags to riches ideal!

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    1. I agree! The idea of having life flip like that is wonderful.

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  16. Congratulations on the book release again!

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  17. You never know when those villains might show up. Congratulations of your new book. It is great. Enjoyed the characters and the suspense of what would happen next.

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    1. I'm really glad you enjoyed reading it. I think the unexpected is one of the thrills of villains.

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    1. Lol! What do I do now??? At least, that's the sudden feeling :)

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  19. Congratulations on the new release!

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  20. A huge congrats on Music Boxes!!

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  21. Much happiness coming your way with your new release, Tonja! What an exciting time. Do you have a background in ballet?

    I agree with you that I love this month's question. At first I thought, "Well, I've never written from the villain's perspective" but then I realized I've done that in several novels!

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  22. Music Boxes sounds so interesting. I'll have to wait to read it until I finish my edits. :(

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  23. I can't imagine what it would be like to co-author with another writer. That seems like it would cause lots of complications, especially if one of the writers writes a lot faster than the other. :)

    Congratulations on your new book, Tonja!

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  24. Music Boxes sounds fantastic, Tonja! Congratulations on your release!

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