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Monday, November 11, 2013

Deep Green Blog Tour {Guest Post}

I'm excited to have the Deep Green Blog Tour stopping by today with a fab guest post by author Trisha Haddad....

Deep Green
by Trisha Haddad
Eternal Press

Leah Taylor prefers the quiet adventure and romance of books, but during a cruise with her parents, a terrorist attack leaves her adrift in a lifeboat with strangers. 

University student Blue McCree impresses her immediately with his knowledge of literature and philosophy, but equally thrilling is strong, dark Musir.  While Musir is slow to speak, translating his thoughts from Arabic to English, his chivalry and wisdom capture Leah’s curiosity.

Together they face danger after danger as they fight for survival.  Leah also struggles with the growing attention from the men she's stranded with, and her mixed emotions toward them.

When Leah learns the dark secrets her fellow survivors hold, the truth will blow apart any semblance of civility and test Leah’s preconceived notions of just how far dedication can go before it crosses over into fanaticism.

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With my YA novel, Deep Green, coming out this month, folks have been asking me how I got back into the mindset of a 16-year-old.  My many journals were, in fact, the hot ticket.

I've been journaling since I got my first diary on my 8th birthday. I take a relaxed attitude to the process; sometimes I write a couple times a day of I'm bored or have a lot on my mind, and sometimes I don't write for a week. These journals have been so valuable to me, both as a way to process life and to look back on the minutia that's easy to forget about. If you've considered journaling, or want to get back into it, I highly recommend it. 

My 5 tips for journaling:

1. Make it private. Blogging, Facebook, etc. are fine for what you want to share, but there's real value in the honesty that comes from a private journal.  

2. The “right” medium is whatever medium you'll actually use. I still prefer ink on paper, especially because there are some killer sweet blank books available. But if you'll forget about it that way, use your smart phone, computer, video, audio... whatever you'll use. 

3. Keep at it but don't force a schedule. If you haven't picked up your journal in months, whatever. If you've written 3x already today but have more to say, go for it. 

4. Love the written word, but don't shun drawings, doodles, lists, bits of poetry, or random stuff you might tape in to keep.  

5. Resist the temptation to edit! This is a journal, not an English paper. If you stop to edit for spelling or poor penmanship, you'll never get on a roll and you won't have fun with it. 

Trisha Haddad

Trisha Haddad is the author of the YA adventure/romance Deep Green, due out in mid-November by Eternal Press.  You can find her online at 


Rose Montague said...

Nice post Trisha. It is almost like a post within a post reading your pages from old journals. That took some guts. Still really dig some Thomas Hardy? Your book sounds really interesting, congrats!

Unknown said...

Thanks! Yeah, my high school journals are riddled with talk of books and poetry I've read and art I've seen. And, of course, cute boys too.