I write adventures for those in search of a good story. My novels fall in the Fantasy genre, but many people consider them Sci-fi too. Each story is written with what I look for when I read a book: action, adventure, twists and turns, love, heroes, vicious enemies, fighting (weapons and hand to hand combat). I write because I want to share the stories that are inside of me. I hope you enjoy the adventures as much as I love writing them!
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
In "Marks of the Satrii", the music helped me see the story... clearer? I guess clearer is the right word. I'm not really sure how to explain it. I definitely did not sit down and write up an outline. I couldn't have if I wanted to. I had no idea what the details were until I wrote it (But I'll get into that more later). With that being said, the music really influenced, or perhaps encouraged my mind to see more details is a better way to say it. I say music because even though almost all the music I listened to had words, I didn't always hear what was actually being sung. In my head the vocals became another instrument which created an even more beautiful peace of music, and allowed the imagery in my mind to flow. For me, writing "Taken" was like watching a movie (as it is with every book I've written). I wasn't creating a story, I was sharing it. I'd be staring at the computer screen, listening to music. But really, the world around me fell away, and instead of seeing a screen full of words and hearing the vocals of a song, I saw images and felt the emotions of the people in it. (Which is why I tend to refer to the "characters" as voices in my head.) Do I always listen to music when I write? For "Taken", yes. Looking back I can't remember not having music playing while I was writing. (Now, that isn't true for all my stories - most, but not all. Sometimes I prefer the silence.) Even when my kids were sleeping, I'd have one of my earphones in.
There are two songs in particular that actually influenced a scene in the story, but they both happened in book two "Blades of the Ytinu Srebas". And I will share those scenes next month when I get more into the second book. Although, I'm quite confident that I've talked about it before, because whenever I hear the song, I can remember the scene perfectly: what was happening, the emotions, the scenery... And well that's something I love sharing, because to me it's real.
It's kind of strange how the first book "Marks of the Satrii" was written in a general flow of music, but the second book "Blades of the Ytinu Srebas" has scenes where the music became so much more. 😄
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
How did a book inspire me? Well, I happen to have read a Young Adult book that I very much enjoyed (I really liked the author's creativity and how she thought outside the box), except there were a few parts that bothered me. They didn't just bother me, they really irked me. I kept catching myself saying "if I wrote a book, I would have..." and "She did such a good job writing blah blah blah, it doesn't make sense that she would do that" (most of my complaints had to do with the interactions of the main characters). A few people (some that agreed with me, some that didn't) said, "why don't you write a book then." I laughed. I couldn't imagine writing a book because it had been made clear to me (by many teachers) that I wasn't any good at writing. But the more I heard "maybe you should try writing a book", the more the idea began to root itself inside me.
So I began writing "Taken" in 2009, there was a lot of paranormal popularity... or maybe that was just what was in my circle of life at the time. I remember as I started writing I couldn't escape the idea of what if Vampires weren't human's at all. What if they were an alien species. I had never forgotten the love story in the movie "Bram Stroker's Dracula", the reason Dracula was born. That concept of eternal love inspired the creation of the Lanigiro people. That concept of eternal love was a huge inspiration for this book.
I never want to admit it, but I can't escape the notion that writing "Taken" was a way to bring to life a dream i needed in a reality that I saw crumbling to pieces and trapping me in the rubble. I hadn't realized it at the time. To me writing was something I just felt I wanted to do. Although I guess it's safe to say, those emotions inspired - and are laced deeply into - the story. Writing "Taken" became a Sanctuary. It allowed me to shed my broken heart and build something amazing and strong. To live vicariously through a woman whose way of life was taken from her, and instead of surrendering to that fact, she became stronger, she learned to fight, she found love. One of my favorite parts about writing this book, was that it inspired me to become a stronger person.
I think my favorite inspiration came from my oldest son, he was 9 at the time. I had already started writing "Taken". I was only a few chapters in. I always did my writing when the kids were playing with their friends, watching a movie, sleeping. I'd like to say that I was just an awesome mom and since they didn't need me, I might as well be writing. But the truth is, I was embarrassed that I had started writing. I didn't want anyone to know. It was just something I would do because I wanted to. Well, one day Patrick walked in on me writing and immediately asked me what I was doing. I of course didn't know what to say, so I just stared at him until the word nothing found its way out of my mouth. He moved closer to me and the computer. He glanced at the screen and then me. I reluctantly told him I was writing. He inquired what I was writing. I shrugged, and said just writing. He must have been reading the screen, because he says "You're writing a book?!" I quickly replied, "No. Not a book, just writing." He says, "You're going to be famous!" "No, I doubt that," I assured him. He proudly told me, "But you could be." The smile on his face, the confidence that he spoke with inspired me to dream a little bigger, and actually think about publishing a book.
So there are some of the inspirations for "Taken". There are some scenes that have their own inspiration... Most of which came from music. (But I think I blog about that another day ;) )
Saturday, July 7, 2018
(I let my kids read them when they were 10. There is suggestive language and mild violence so it's a parental choice. My kids really enjoyed the adventure and characters as do all my fans which spread across the spectrum from preteen to seniors)
A guy and a woman. (Hee Hee) Here's the official blurb: Ava's day started out just like every other. She had no idea that when her best friend, Ashley, told her they were going out for a "girl's night" that her very normal life was about to take a turn that she never saw coming. She runs to the woods to escape the reality that she doesn't want to face, only to be hunted by shadows that shouldn't be there.
Ava (Earth woman)
Gabriel (Trinnatium man)
Jake (Lanigiro man)
Lisa (Trinnatiu woman)
Will (Lanigiro man)
Naliak (Lanigiro man)
The story takes place on Earth, but only in the first chapter. After that we are taken to the world of the Lanigiro, which I'll get into more details later. ;)
Sunday, June 24, 2018
The best thing about being an author is sharing the stories that are within me, creating people who captivate readers, imagining worlds that I haven't physically seen, solving problems in creative ways, causing mayhem that will have to be resolved, creating places where a man and a woman survive the chaos by working together using their intelligence and strengths, finding balance, being able to share what I love, taking the pain that is hidden within me and working my way through it, taking my "what if"s and figuring out the possibilities...
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
Thursday, May 10, 2018
"The Shadow Dragon: Orbs of Fire"
"The Shadow Dragon (Book2): Aleksertac"
"The Shadow Dragon(Book 3): Darkness"
"Solace: Uncharted Territory"
"Rise of Ansea: The General's Mark"
Friday, May 4, 2018
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Monday, November 27, 2017
Woo Hoo! "PROJECT 21" ebook is now available at these online locations: Amazon, Barnes&Nobles, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. (The paperback is also available at Amazon.)
Zehána grew up living each day surviving experiments and torture. She learned the cold hard truth that everyone’s actions are driven by selfish desires and ulterior motives. Even when Nick Etalo kills the beast, she knows that her future will never be what it should have been. After all, she knew that every face - no matter how attractive - hid a monster within. How could this be any different?
Friday, November 17, 2017
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
It has been a great summer, not as productive as I would have liked, but I guess that's what happens when your kids take priority. Now, not as productive doesn't mean stagnant. I have finished and titled story 21. I will be sending story 16 to my editors soon. I've also completed book 2 for "Rise of Ansea", which still needs a little bit of work but the story is done. And recently, I've been re-visiting story 3, which can I just say, how impressed I am with everything I've learned. I'm not saying my writing habits are perfect, but it blows my mind how much I have improved. Story 3 as of write now is 155,000-ish words. My longest story so far. It obviously needs work, but when all is said and done, will be even longer. "The Shadow Dragon: Darkness" is my longest book published so far - coming in at 144,000-ish. To be able to sit still and write so much is crazy to me. To have done so six years ago, insane. Back when I was in school a teacher would say write a 5000 word essay and I'd be lucky to get out half that. And I had quit writing by the time I graduated. I feel very humbled to have not finished story 3 so that I get the opportunity to see just how far I've come. It is a wonderful feeling.
Anyways, just wanted to let you know that I haven't fallen off the edge of the world. I'm still writing, and still loving it! And, I am hoping to get two more books out by next summer for you to enjoy.
Friday, May 19, 2017
And I will have it at the "Crafts Along the Creek" at the Heritage Festival downtown Rochester, MI. at the Municipal park. I will be there both Saturday (5/20) from 11am until 6pm and Sunday(5/21) 11am until 5pm. I will also have copies of:
Monday, May 1, 2017
I've added the tab for Chapter One to the rest of the first chapters above! I hope you like it!
Oh and here's the blurb for the book. You know, in case you're curious 😊:
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Anyways, I am very hopeful that soon I will have new stuff for those of you who have read everything else I've written! And with any luck, the story coming out in May will be sold at the Heritage Festival in Rochester during Memorial weekend.
Hope you are all having a wonderful winter! 😊
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Yes, I have been doing a lot of writing and revising. I have one book (Story 13) being looked at by a final editor, and then I get to figure out when the book will be out. I also have two other stories almost ready for the editing process. One is definitely closer (story 16) than the other (story 21), but they are both done... done as in I'm only adding information so the reader will have a better opportunity to be able to see what I see and the characters are getting more depth, but both stories have a beginning, middle, end. So with any luck I'll have three stories out over the next year or so. Yeah!!
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Sunday, July 31, 2016
I just checked, and it is at iBooks, Amazon, Smashwords, and Kobo, but not Barnes&Nobles (I would expect it to be up soon - not everything can go smoothly). Anyways, here's the description:
I thought I understood the difference between good and evil, and that my knowledge of the sword would keep me safe. However, my eyes have been opened to those who want to rid the world of me, and nothing is how it seemed. I never could have imagined that there was more to fear than Ceeaira and Marty, but in the wake of Aleksertac’s vow, the dangers have increased ten fold. The Ancients, the Dark Forces, the dragons, and all who want a piece of what Aleksertac now covets are becoming bolder, and alliances are being made. My skills and determination have already been put to the test. How much longer can I really survive in a world with creatures that contain abilities I have never imagined? Aleksertac has been crucial to my survival this far, but will his power be strong enough to fight against them all? Will my spirit have the strength to survive the power that resides within him? I want to believe we can survive, but how long can Light endure Darkness?
Friday, July 1, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
How about The Shadow Dragon: Aleksertac?
Why do I ask?
On July 31st, 2016, the long awaited book three will be released!!! (I may be a tad bit excited) I know this is a year later than I had originally hoped, but I am much happier with it. What's the title you ask?
Okay, yes, I am very excited... and nervous.
Have you ever seen Disney's Tangled? You know the part when she leaves the tower for the first time, where she's ecstatic one moment and anxious the next?
I did not come up with the above pic, but wow, does it depict me pretty much every time I release a book... or finish a story... or write...anything.
Anyways I hope you have enjoyed the The Shadow Dragon so far and love this next book!
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Rochester’s Annual Heritage Days is an outdoor event with a long tradition in the community. The show is held in Rochester’s scenic municipal park, providing a pleasant, family atmosphere. The festival can attract over 20,000 visitors and includes the Art and Craft show, musicians, family fun, car show and a variety of other activities. RAIN OR SHINE.
Monday, March 21, 2016
I am currently doing what I hope is the final read through for The Shadow Dragon book 3, and have been editing Story 16 (this story is almost done as far as getting ideas out). The last couple of weeks have been anything but normal for me so I haven't done as much work as I would have liked. As soon as I finish fixing the revisions from my editors, my niece who is almost finished reading Aleksertac (for the first time) is going to read through it and if she and my son approve then I will send Book 3 to copyright and it will be out this summer. I still want to split the book up (it is currently 138,901words), to me it seems like it should be and not just because of how long it is. However, that is a question I am posing to them as well. So I will keep you updated on that. Either way it should be out this summer (I know, finally!) With that being said, I am going to get back to that story!!
Monday, January 4, 2016
In my writers world it is looking very promising. The Huntsman's Daughter has had a wonderful first month... Not JK Rowling awesome, but for me awesome! I finished story 10 on New Year's Eve! It's not done, but it has a beginning, middle, and end. As of right now, it is at 112,254words. I am hoping to get Book 3 (The Shadow Dragon) published soon. I know - it was supposed to be published last summer. Once I get the edited manuscript back it will be my top priority. I also have 2 other stories which are very close to being finished. So that would be awesome if I can get those done soon too. I am looking forward to selling at more craft shows. This has become my favorite way of selling books. I really enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories of why they love to read, their hopes of becoming an author, or how happy they are to be speaking with someone who is doing what they love. It is so cool to see peoples eyes light up when they are talking about their ideas and thoughts that they hold dear to their hearts.
I think my favorite part of January is the optimism of the coming year. I know the year will have times that will drag me down, but I don't know them, I don't feel them in my soul. I just know that, right now, I am excited about what I can accomplish for my health, my family, my friends, people I haven't met yet, the books I can finish, the anticipation of stories I haven't yet created, the places I will go...
And yes I am so very excited about the movies coming out this year! So many hero movies! Woo Hoo!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
The Huntsman's Daughter came out in ebook on the same day and it has been doing pretty good! This, in case you didn't know, is an adult book because of the situations that occur. I am pretty amazed that I wrote it, and actually published it. Ha ha ha... I don't read those type of books but I thought why not write one. This book like all my others is still action packed, it twists and turns, has an adventure, and of course has a love story pulling it all together.
My daughter finished reading the "The Shadow Dragon: Orbs of Fire", which she confiscated from me a while back because she's been wanting to read one of my books and I kept telling her she wasn't old enough yet. So, she's been reading it, along with her required readings for school, while she sits next to me. She enjoyed it so much that she wrote a little Q&A on it for school. My favorite part was how she answered the question of why she liked it: "It was unpredictable and it's about a strong hearted girl." As an author, I loved hearing that she liked it. (Granted I knew she enjoyed it because she laughed and would tell me about the things she liked.) As a mom, I was proud of why she like it. Okay the author in me liked that part to!
The Shadow Dragon Book 3 is still in waiting process. One of my editors has had life happen and hasn't been able to get to it. So I apologize to those of you who are still waiting for me to publish it. I don't want to publish a disappointing story.
I have started and have almost finished another story. I still have to write the ending and a small bridge, but its almost 90,000 words and I am almost done fixing my revisions of the first draft onto my computer. This story took me by surprise. If you read my writing, you know I don't swear a whole lot. However, I am writing a character who does like to swear. My brain naturally wants to think of some other way to say it, but the character refuses. (It's as strange as it probably sounds.) I've finally relaxed and given him the freedom to say what he wants. ;)
I've also been finishing up Story 10. It's almost done. I have to go back and do some re-writing since I woke up one morning realizing that it's all wrong, because certain characters wouldn't do what they did. It's not horrible, actually helpful I think, because it was near the end and I was getting stuck, I'm pretty sure when I go back and fix it the story will come together nicely. This story is currently at 108,695words. Hmm... I wonder which of these two stories will be done first.
I must say that I am very unhappy with the lack of snow this year, it's almost Christmas and it's going to be 60 degrees - and it's only snowed once. If I wanted a warm winter I wouldn't live in Michigan. Come on, and snow already. The walks in the woods are not nearly as pretty as they should be. Although, we've had some pretty foggy mornings with heavy frost which were pretty awesome, but that's all gone by 10am.
(I apologize for any fragments or, more likely, run-ons in this blog. I've woke up at 4am this morning and my brain is going 100mph-ish in a hundred different directions. And for some reason, I thought now would be the perfect time to blog.)
I hope you have a wonderful day today!
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
Friday, November 6, 2015
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Story 9 is finished and will be going to Copyright shortly. I have a title and cover in mind, but not sure just yet. Hopefully though in the next 3months I'll be releasing another book. Woo Hoo.
The Shadow Dragon book 3 has finally been given the "this is a good book" status. This means I am going to fix the errors and then hand it to my editors. I'm feeling a lot better about this book! Yes, I am going to make it just one book instead of two. So now I also have to decide on a title and a cover.
Story 13 is giving me problems, but hopefully I'll have it out shortly after I get The Shadow Dragon done!
Okay, sorry this is short, but I have lots to do.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
On top of all that I am enjoying the summer. It's great having the kids home all day. Although everything is changing because they're getting older, we still spend time doing things together just us. I've also discovered my knew favorite place to write and revise down at the park. The last time I was there I found a perfect spot on a bench by the river. My legs are too short to reach the ground so they just swing back and forth while I type. The scenery is perfect: not too close to the river or the playgrounds, I can glance up from my computer and see trees, feel the breeze and the warmth of the sun.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The Shadow Dragon:
I have handed book three to my editors. I am still hoping to have it out this summer. I am now working on book four. I am almost halfway through it. The story keeps growing and evolving into more than I had expected. I have also updated the cover for Orbs of Fire and am posting its new look today. I am super excited with how it turned out. I finally figured out how to create fire, allowing me to make the orbs of fire appear the way they had in my mind. I did add a bright yellowish/white line down the center which is not part of what I had envisioned, but it created a more powerful appearance.
Also, I have pulled The Shadow Dragon series from Smashwords to put it in Amazon's KDP Select program. (Which means it isn't on Barnes&Nobles, Apple, or Kobo.) Why? Because I'm curious. My plan is to leave it there for the contracted 3months, and then take it out of the Select program and put it back on Smashwords, but still leaving it at Amazon. This is an experiment, so I'm not sure of the outcome yet.
I just finished reading through the first manuscript. And although a little frustrated, I have a better idea of where the characters are headed.
I had rewrote this story, limiting it to two points of view. I was so frustrated because the story had lost its heart - it felt disconnected. I had been ready to cry, because the story is really good, but I was having a hard time telling it in 3rd person and it won't work as 1st person. Then I remember there were two types of 3rd person, limited and omniscient (aka: head jumping). I read up on omniscient and my heart leapt with joy. This is how my story is supposed to be told! And crazily enough that was how I had originally started. So I have to go back and start from scratch, but at least I am a bit more confident about what I am doing.
I printed off the manuscript and am reading through it when I have time. I woke up a week or so ago realizing where I had gone wrong in that story and now I know what needs to happen. It sits in my car so when I'm out and about and know I will have some waiting to do I can bring it with me. For example: picking up the kids, doctor offices, boring time during sporting events, and so on.
My kids brought home a nasty virus and I couldn't focus on my writing for a couple of days so I adjusted my covers for the Solace books. There isn't much difference on book one, but I made book 2's cover look more like book 1's cover. I will be changing those on here also.
My friend just got back to me on this story (which is my attempt at an adult book). I gave this manuscript only to two people out of fear that it was awkward. My one friend gave it to me with honest feedback. She loved the story, but there were some parts that needed some touch-ups. So I fixed a few things and exchanged copies with my other friend (who normally edits for me) who hadn't started reading it yet. She just finished today and said it was really good. I asked "not hokey or stupid?" She said "not at all." I of course asked about the "adult" parts? She said "even those were really good." smile emoticon No, it won't be considered Romance because my one friend told me it doesn't really fit in that genre. So it will be Fantasy still, but not for everyone. Hee Hee. Still one more story almost ready to be published! Of course there's still the title and cover... Ugh... Nope. That's not going to bother me, I will figure it out like always!
Well I think that's everything in my writer's world. I hope you are enjoying your adventures too!