Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Did you hope the pursuit of glory, the manifest destiny of riches by story, to have recognition and fame, for a journey no man overcame? Destiny Booze, Pretermined Endings

My guest is romantic suspense author, Destiny Booze. She is a big believer in Happily-Ever-After and classifies herself as a hopeless romantic. Destiny has a passion for life and feels that everyone should have a dream--they cost nothing and can add excitement to your life. Something to strive for in life.

I find it fascinating to see how different authors view writing. Destiny views it as a form of art, a calling, if you will.  

There are so many classes you can take to learn to write a book. You can spend hours of time studying writing styles and different books by different authors. You can research online, and read thousands of articles about the 1-2-3 steps to writing a book, or the rules in the publishing industry. Blah, blah, blah....

The truth is that you should learn as much as you can about the writing industry, but there are no strict guidelines. Writing is a form of art. The number one rule to any creative writing, including writing a book is to make it your own. Make it unique. You are the author. Do something original. Stand out to readers. There are thousands of writers out there, even thousands of published writers. Do you have what it takes to be a writer that readers will actually remember?

If you have the passion, that pull in your gut to write a book, and you know that it is a calling that you must answer, then just do it. Outlines are great, but they can also be restrictive. As a form of art, you can't always foresee the exact creation of the complete book until it is done. It grows and changes during its progress. It is art. Let it take the form it is meant to take.

I'm not arguing that it is wrong to write in the exact form the writing classes propose. I'm only suggesting that writers shouldn't be scared to step out of the box, to color outside of the lines. To really stretch the rules and see what happens.

Personally, I want to be different. I don't want to use ideas from other writers. I want to be the writer that others follow. I want to be the one to influence other writers out there.

  • How about you? What kind of author do you want to be?
  • Readers: what are your dreams?

Let's be artists! Throw the rules to the wind....Where will the freedom take us? Somewhere different...somewhere special....somewhere on the bestseller's list!

Predetermined Endings:

Angelica Chappell’s story makes huge headlines. Only a few months ago, she released a new pharmaceutical drug called Krytonix that effectively slows the spread of cancer cells. She has no idea her story will attract the attention of a serial killer. Suddenly, she is a target whether she realizes it or not. This killer is interested in more than her life. He wants her reputation, too. His first mission is to sabotage Krytonix.

William Pierce worked undercover for the FBI for five years to bring down a ruthless mobster that he ultimately is forced to kill. Two months passes by since that assignment. Still, William saw things he couldn’t talk about. He did things he couldn’t talk about. He believes his soul is damned. Returning to “normal” everyday life isn’t an option. He isn’t the same man he used to be. He refuses to return to FBI headquarters. He becomes a rogue agent with an agenda.

These two characters literally collide when Pierce's agenda leads him to Chappell. It will take both of them to keep Angelica alive and to figure out who is trying to kill her. William soon finds himself developing feelings for Angelica. Too bad for her killer, William worked as a trained killer for the mob. Will he find her killer and hand him over to the legal system to see that justice is served or will he search and destroy? Excerpt (click on Books and then Predetermined Endings)

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Destiny Booze grew up at a campground in Virginia where her childhood was full of hard work. There was also an element of excitement as she met a large variety of diverse people with widespread tales about fun and adventure. She grew into a young lady with a very active imagination.
Destiny attended Virginia Western Community College for two years. Her writing career began as a community journalist, yet creative writing was always her passion. Altered Beginnings is her debut novel as a romantic suspense novelist.

Destiny resides in Botetourt County, Virginia with her husband, son and house full of pets where she strives to be the best wife, mother and writer that she can be. Her family is always priority number one. Other things of great importance to her are friends, and YOU, the readers!
Cover Art, excerpts, poetry, All rights reserved printed with permission of the author  


~Sia McKye~ said...

Destiny. welcome to Over Coffee. Pull up a comfy chair and grab am exce;;emt cu[ of coffee and some goodies.

Elle J Rossi said...

Awesome post, Destiny. I strive to be a writer that doesn't hold back, though I find that to be a definite challenge. In the back of my mind, I always wonder what certain people will think and how they will react.

But as you said...Writing is an art! So, I will make every effort to let the book take me down whichever road it chooses.

Mason Canyon said...

Destiny, enjoyed your interview and your book sounds very intriguing. Best of luck.

Sia, thanks for introducing me to another great 'new to me' author. You do great work.

Thoughts in Progress

Destiny Booze, Novelist said...

Sia, thank you so much. It's great to be here!

Elle, I know what you mean. It can be a scary feeling to step out of the box, but part of being a successful author is to stand out. I think it's worth the risk!

Mason, Thanks so much!


Olivia Cunning said...

My creativity on free reign tends to be a tad overwhelming for most. Good thing I have a great editor. She keeps me from going too far over the top. I think...

Destiny Booze, Novelist said...

Olivia - That's the truth, girl! I wouldn't be able to survive without my editor!


VA said...

Destiny, you know what funny? What I think I want to write and sit down to do is wildly different than what ends up on the page. The rainbows and unicorns(figuratively) disappear and something much darker takes its place. Creativity is a deep well and personally, I only see the first few feet.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I probably colored outside the lines a bit. Hopefully that will be to my benefit.

Destiny Booze, Novelist said...

You know what? I know what you mean. Writing can definitely have a life of its own.

Alex - It will. Don't get me wrong. It's important to know all the rules. But, it's also okay to make your work fit your own style, and to know when to break the rules. ;)


~Sia McKye~ said...

Destiny, everytime I color outside the lines I find that someone else has picked the same color, lol! But I've always shaded things differently than others and I regularly play outside the box.

Helen Ginger said...

I do think authors have to discover what works for them. It rarely is identical to what works for someone else.

Destiny Booze, Novelist said...

Sia - That's cute! Love it!

Helen - Very true. :)


James Rafferty said...

Destiny, fine post. I like your thoughts about writers having the guts to step outside the box and color outside the box. That's so much better than just trying to repeat somebody else's winning formula.

tonya kappes said...

Hi Destiny! I like the idea of writing outside the box. When I started to write, I did take some online classes and I studied everything about the industry, BUT I really learned when my book went to the editor. That's when I realized the dialogue form, actual comma rules etc...

Destiny Booze, Novelist said...

James - Thanks! The publishing industry is so competitive right now that you have to find a voice that stands out, or you're doomed to get lost in the crowd, know what I mean? It's not only finding your own formula, it's about finding a unique style and voice that works as an individual, don't you think? I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

Tonya - Oh yeah. The wonderful editors! Thank God for them!

Dana Fredsti said...

Hi, Destiny! It's lovely to see you here, even if I"m a few days late (that's been my MO lately...sigh). I think rules are important, but definitely color outside the lines. I hate it when an editor tries to edit based ONLY on those rules (like freaking out at any word that ends in 'ly' when I use them extremely sparingly) for example...

Keep leaping outside the box!!!