Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pam Funke Book Spotlight


Welcome to my stop on Author Pam Funke's The World at War Book Tour.

The World at War by Pam Funke
ISBN: 978-1475102260
Genre: Christian Fiction/Suspense
Publisher: CreateSpace
Softcover (510 pages)

Purchase the book here: Amazon | Barnes&Noble

Book blurb:

The second book in the exciting Four Horsemen Series. Join General Alexander Ludlow as he continues on his mission to save the world. At least that is what he thinks that Operation Dark Angel is all about. He is however starting to suspect that this mission is not all that it's cracked up to be. The world is in complete chaos as major nations wage war on each other and the world is on the brink of World War III. 

The Group is secretly continuing Operation Dark Angel with much success. Unknown to the rest of the world they are the ones who are behind the strange and devastating attacks on Israel and around the world. What is it that they are really after when they are supposed to be bringing peace to an out of control world?

Italian President Nicolaitanes Balac is steadily gaining political power and recognition. The entire world is watching this one man and wondering if he will be the one to save them from the chaotic spiral that the world is headed towards. Is he really who he appears to be or is he something much more sinister?  Can he save the world?  Do we even want him to? Is this who mankind should rely on for help or will this be the worst mistake that mankind has ever made?

 About the author:

Pam Funke is the grand-daughter of a pastor and was brought up in the church. Her love of reading led her to write. She lives in Georgia with her son and daughter. THE WORLD AT WAR is the second book in her popular series "The Four Horsemen."

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013


As a Quality System Coordinator for a large manufacturing plant I use THE 5 WHY ANALYSIS to identify the root cause and corrective actions for all nonconformances.
You have a defect. You ask yourself WHY this defect happened. When you answer that question, you ask yourself again. WHY? When you get to the 5th WHY, most likely you will have your true root cause. Then, develop your corrective action from that.
I’ve realized I can use this in my writing to build my characters. Each of my characters will have a conflict (defect)they must overcome(corrective action). Before they can solve the conflict, they must realize WHY they have the conflict. (Root Cause)
Below is a sample of THE 5 WHY CHARACTER ANALYSIS I used on my main character in my upcoming novel Taunting Tara. Tara is a Detective for the NYPD. A gruesome murder has occurred and this specific case hit her hard mentally. WHY?
You’ll want to do this for every minor or major conflict and how it affects each character. It doesn’t have to be lengthy, but detailed enough to lead you to knowing what actions is required to solve the conflict. Note: Some WHYS may have two or more root causes and each must be answered.

Why 1
Why 2
Why 3
Why 4
Why 5
Corrective Action
TARA -Latest gruesome murder hits her harder than most cases
The deep slashes. Innocent victim. The blood.
Flashbacks from when she was 10 years old returns.
Her parents were murdered.
A drug dealer stabbed them to death.
Over a picture incriminating him in the murder of a young girl.
Instead of fighting the flashbacks,  let the knowledge she gained from her experience help her find the killer in this case.
Detective Dobbs- His partner’s determination to solve this case may put their jobs on the line.
Do the same with each character.

Victim’s Mistress – She’s accused of murder.