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!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Second, I want to share some exciting news with you. I recieved my information for the last quarter from Smashwords and it is very apparent that a lot of people are enjoying Ava's adventure in Taken! I was looking through all the data that Smashwords keeps track of for me when I stumbled across some very exciting news that I was totally unaware of. My book is not just selling here in the United States, but also in Australia, Europe, Canada, and Great Brittan! Have I told you how blessed I am to have found Smashwords(they have given me the platform to make my dreams reach beyond what I thought my dreams could)! I am just like a little kid at Christmas, I couldn't believe that not only is Taken doing so well, but it's doing well internationally. Not like Stephanie Meyer well, but for a girl who took a chance and ran with her dream, not expecting much, I am quite ecstatic with the numbers!
Again, thank you!! (I won't ever get sick of saying it)
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I was sent this quote today, and it made me smile so I figured I would share it with you.
I admit I'm guilty of checking for reviews/ratings on my book. I'm still a young writer and I love to see what people think of my adventure stories. As with anyone who is starting on a new endevour, I want to see if people like what I am doing, whether they've enjoyed my work.
On the occasion that someone didn't care for my book (and I'm happy to report it is in the minority). I used to go through a cycle. First I feel bad that they didn't, then I wondered what it was that they didn't like and could I have done something better, after those thoughts would sit for awhile I would start to question whether or not my writing skills were as good as I thought they were. However, thankful for my simpleness, it only takes one person to give positive feedback and it sends my heart soaring (I love to read the comments and see the ratings that show someone really enjoyed the story I wrote), making it much easier to handle not pleasing whoever didn't like my story.
With what I've learned in my life, I understand that not everyone is going to like what or how I write. I love honesty and constructive critizism, and I respect other peoples opinions. It helps me with my number one challenge: sitting back and remembering you cannot please everyone - I am still a work in progress. Some days it is difficult to rationalize in my head that I can't make everyone happy, but slowly I'm getting there.
So, for those of you whose path is similar to mine, you are the reason I copied this quote. It sums up the truth about writing (as to be expected from such an infamous writer). As for me, I'm going to stick the quote near my writing to use as a shield for the self-doubt that tries to sneak its way into my mind.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
"Anyone who says only sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain." ~ anonymous
Sunday, July 15, 2012
The Shadow Dragon: Aleksertac has a release date which is at the top of this blog. This story has really taken a life of its own. When I began this book I only saw the one story but as it evolved it turned into two and now I've started a book three! I love when my characters don't want me to be done with them yet! (And people say voices in your head are bad! Ha HA!)
My newest story which right now is titled Story 8 (It's the 8th story idea I had - which means new characters) is moving along quite well. It is more than long enough to be a novel (which somebodies, some where decided that a novel is more than 60,000 words), but the story isn't done.
And yes, for those of you have read Solace and loved it as much as I did, I am currently working on book two for that one too!
So, there is much to look forward too! And that's not even getting into a few other stories that I just need to give a little more attention to (more time than I have at the moment).
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Saw this quote today and I just knew I had to share it! I don't really have anything to add to it. I think it says it all.
On a side note, I have added a new countdown clock to my blog for the next book. I was hoping to have added it before book one was published but life is busy. Summer is such a hard time for me to write . The outdoors call so loudly and more frequently that it's hard to concentrate, but I also can't go a day without writing. It leaves my day incomplete, especially since I have so many things near completion and ideas constantly flowing through my mind.
Anyways, I guess I'd better stop babbling and get back to writing!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
My oldest son finished the book he was reading and demands the next book. I said, excuse me. He says, there needs to be another one. I smiled and argued that I didn't leave him hanging, and he goes on to list off several reasons why there needs to be another. Lucky for me the next one is already started!
The temps have been a bit unbearable here in Michigan, well the high temps with the high humidity, but it's been nice that everyone is reading/writing. We have gone out and played soccer regardless of this extraordinarily hot week(yes that's how much I like to play) and the kids have gone swimming, but we have fallen back into enjoying the love of our imaginations. I hope you all are staying cool and I am working hard to get the next books out!
Thursday, July 5, 2012
I was even able to get a little writing in (the day is not complete without writing). I've been a bit obsessive about this new story that I started. It's already over 80,000 words. I cannot wait to finish it! Not so I can start the revising process, which, happily, isn't as long as it was, but it'll be another adventure that I can share with you. But I'll blog about this book another day - I just wanted to let you know that my ideas haven't run dry.
I am also happy to report that my youngest boy is reading Solace: Uncharted Territory and loving it. He read for two hours and still didn't want to put it down. My oldest boy is reading a "not quite ready" version of the book I'm going to be releasing in October! So far he is very satisfied with it. This in itself makes me proud! Proud because my boys are reading. Proud that the books they're reading and enjoying are books that I've written! Proud because they are witnessing first hand that when focused amazing things can happen!
Sunday, July 1, 2012
6 stores with books written by me! Even in my dreams, I didn't realize I was capable. I thought one book, that's all I have. But still the blessing of my Lord flows from me. I have more stories than I have time to work on them, for that I will not complain, because writing is more amazing than I had ever thought.
I have to admit that this is so very exciting! I know when my family and friends were encouraging me to epublish, I had no idea what a great experience this would be. Don't get me wrong, it's still a lot of work and surprises that I've had to figure out, but amazing all the same. Even when I wanted to be writer as a kid I had not thought about the exciting ride that would ensue. I suppose as a kid the ride isn't what you dream about and maybe that's where I failed myself. So even though it disappoints me to think that had I persevered through those nay-sayers, I could have been writing all along, I am not disappointed with where I am now. Perhaps it all made me stronger in the long run. I now can take people's opinions and know that is all it is.
Self-doubt is a horrible thing, but it keeps us humble. With each book I write I wonder if it's as good as the first, but I don't allow that self-doubt to block me from continuing. In everything that has happened in my life that is what I have learned, I'm my only obstical. I control how I recieve what other say and put it in my heart. There's a song by Evanescence called "Bring Me To Life." I think that song is the theme to Taken. I listened to that group a lot while I wrote it, amonst other songs. But that song pulled hard at me with Ava and Gabriel. In book 2, I listened to that song over and over as I wrote the scene where she wakes up from a dream and just can't take the life she is living anymore. At the end she finds the one thing that makes her life compete. Writing was a wake up call to the life I had lost touch with. I love being able to pour all of me into an adventure. It gives everything more meaning. Writing Ava gave me self-confidents, strength, and inspired me to be more than I thought I was.
My firend told me that they like that I continue to put myself out there and try new things all for the sake of my books. But have I really put myself out there? I sometimes think that I'm still letting myself down. So, for the next month, I'm going to work on this blog more than I have (hopefully I will not stop in a month - but a month is a goal that I can work with). Some of you might not like it, might get bored - feel free to tell me, some of you might love it, feel free to let me know, ask questions, whatever. I have totally been lacking at the concept behind blogging.
Thank you to those who read my posts, I've come a long way and your the ones that I have to thank. It's inspirational to see that my blog is being looked at, that people are curious about the adventures that I'm writing/publishing.