It’s a trite phrase by now, drained of its meaning by repetition. We’ve heard it everywhere—pop songs, Disney movies, YA books. Writers, especially, get told variations on this theme all the time. Find your “voice.” Embrace your individuality. Draw inspiration from your personal experience.
And don’t get me wrong, it’s all good advice.
If only we actually took it. Continue reading “This (Un)Professional Writing Blog”
I don’t think words can quite express the excitement behind those two words: it’s here.
The Realms Beyond.
Multiple years of writing, editing, rewriting, and now this thing doesn’t belong to me any more. It belongs to you—the readers.
That’s a scary thought for an author. So I really only have a few things to say.
First, if you liked The Fiery Arrow, this is more of the same—and also completely, utterly different. It’s another adventure story full of life, discovery, and the struggles of coming-of-age. But this book feels more of mystery than anything else. Questions and plot twists at every turn. The new characters are shrouded in mysteries, and even the old ones develop in unexpected ways.
Every initial reader has told me roughly the same thing: “I loved The Fiery Arrow. But this is way better.”
So the only other things I have to say? Well, I hope you read the book, considering it’s available in basically any format your heart could desire—hardcover, paperback, Kindle. Also, if you missed book one, you can catch it for FREE on Kindle right now!
And beyond that (hah, see what I did there) the only other thing you can do is write me a review. I don’t think most readers realize how invaluable this is, especially for brand-new books. And plus, I love to hear what you thought of the story.
It’s 10:19 a.m., the sunny Thursday morning is starting to heat up, and I’m lying facedown in a dew-drenched field. Literally. My chin is resting in the grass, and dew is soaking the rest of my outfit. And I’m thinking one thing.
I didn’t sign up for this.
Because writing is supposed to be fun and cozy and safe, right? You write a charming book, polish it up a bit, and poof! send it off to the world of readers who—of course—obsess over it and buy it in droves.
But you’re probably wondering why I’m lying in a field getting grass stains on my pants. Trust me. I can explain.
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