My novel was officially released on January 17th, 2014 and time seems to have flown by since then.
The weekend of the launch I was at Rustycon, enjoying my first experience as a Pro at a convention. The shipment of the books didn’t make it to me by the time I had to leave for the convention but I still had an amazing time. I met Todd McCaffrey, who was really nice and had a lot of insight, I sat on a few really good panels (some that were just odd and one that was a bust) and I got through the weekend despite the trepidation and nerves that built up in the weeks prior to the event.
On January 25th I held my official book launch party. While none of the reviewers from any of the local papers attended (not shocked at that, lol) I did have a lot more people show up than I expected and I nearly sold out of the copies I had on hand. I also sold several anthologies as well, so in all the event was a complete success.
Since then I’ve been laid up with my condition for the most part but I’ve recently started to work on my next project; book one of a Gothic YA series.
Currently I am giving away a signed copy of Planet Bound (see the sidebar over there —> for more information!) and looking at getting some ebooks out to reviewers as well.
I am super excited about my next project and hope that things work out in the future to get my pain levels under control so that I can concentrate on writing as much as possible.
Have you gotten your copy yet? What did you think?
My debut novel, Planet Bound, will be available January 17th from Blysster Press. To celebrate this momentous event, we’ve decided on a sale price of $10 for the paperback. Reserve your copy today! Click the image above to visit the Blysster Press store.
Don’t worry, e-book format will be available as well!
Cover art by Alexandria N. Thompson of Gothic Fate
I use Grammarly for english proofreading because having a tool that makes me a better writer is like using weapons when facing a dragon. You wouldn’t go empty-handed, would you?
Though I haven’t updated this site in entirely too long (oh, my god, has it been three months?!) I have been hard at work. Planet Bound is now set to hit the shelves of Blysster Press and where ever books are sold mid-January. I have been working with an amazing artist who has agreed to do the cover art. Not only is she extremely talented but she’s been super flexible & easy-going. Check out her website Gothic Fate, you won’t be disappointed.
My next event is Rustycon - January 17th-19th and is the weekend that the book is being released. I am both super excited [for the book release, a close friend's wedding & the fun with friends] and super nervous/terrified about the entire weekend. I’ll be doing some panels, though I am pretty sure my involvement will be more embarrassed mumbling than anything else and apparently I’ll be doing a reading of the book.
At some point, I think the weekend after the convention because doing it the weekend of just won’t work, I need to plan a release party. I have no idea what I’m doing and the whole idea of it just overwhelms me. Is it SO different than any of the other parties I’ve planned? Well, yes. This one definitely is not a Biohazard event. But… I don’t know. I am getting nervous to the point of wanting to skip that part. I haven’t decided yet.
Meanwhile, I need to start writing again. Writing the next project. I’ve got the chapters planned out and outlined. I’ve decided on a total of six books for the series. The story arcs will cross paths in some places and there will be some unexpected twists. I am really excited for this project. What I need now, is to have pain-free & distraction-free time to write. Which is pretty much asking for miracles. In other words. . . I need to figure out a way to write through the pain & distractions cause they’re not going away.
Not like THAT’S asking much — Right? Ugh.
I usually always have a story forming in my head, no matter what I am doing. Writing allows me to let the story out while giving me the chance to fully form the details. I am a detail-oriented person, I love making things more complicated than they need to be and things like creating an elaborate plot or world-building really let that part of me shine. The strongest characters I create attach themselves to me, making a place in my head where they can flourish.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I never thought that I’d publish anything… ever. I spent years of my life hoarding my stories away and finding ways to sabotage myself so that I didn’t have to worry about anyone ever reading the words I’d written. After some not-so-subtle encouragement from my husband, I entered a writing contest held by a convention we were going to be at. I wrote a short story and submitted it, expecting to never hear a thing about it again. Little did I know that was going to be the start of a whole new journey. That anyone likes my work in the first place means a lot to me. Anyone who professes themselves to be a ‘fan’ of my work…that is surreal and amazing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Patrick Rothfuss. Hands down, my favorite author and the only one I’ve ever fan-girled over. The way Mr. Rothfuss uses words is captivating and I find myself almost insatiable for more. I love the detail in the world he created.
I also read a lot of Stephen King, I love the unexpected twists to his stories and the way he’s not afraid of just doing what he wants.
I am a big fan of George R.R. Martin, his complete abandon of doing what’s expected and how he sticks to the story he has inside of him, no matter how much it angers his fans. Plus, if you’ve ever read my work you’d know that I love killing characters and that habit of Mr. Martin’s both thrills and terrifies me. If Arya ever dies, I just don’t know what I’ll do.
I love J.K. Rowling. Her character development is so intense and pure that they become familiar friends, ones I consider essential parts of life. I admire that trait, the talent she has for creating characters with depth and richness. I’m also incredibly envious of it.
I am a big fan of Michael R. Hicks. He’s created a series that grabbed me and sucked me in. I am still reading through it because I can’t get enough.
What do you read for pleasure?
Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Mysteries and Thrillers.
What is your writing process?
I find that I’m most productive when I know what I’m doing. I write a rough list of the parts of the story, main and sub plots, then arrange them into sections. Using these sections, I write the chapters. It’s weird but it works for me.
What are you working on next?
Right now I’m editing ‘Planet Bound’ my debut novel with my editor. I’m also working on world building for a series…I’ve mocked 6 books in the series so far, not sure if I’ll end up doing more or not. They’ll be YA novels, written in honor of my daughter. As with pretty much everything I write, they’ll be dark, I’m not sure if my style will work for YA but I’m plunging ahead.
Describe your desk
I spend a lot of time at my computer. Dual 22″ widescreen monitors, a massive whiteboard with plot info and more sticky notes than I can count are the things you’d notice first. There’s usually a cup of coffee with me while I’m working and a few reference books scattered about. I try and keep my space neat but using it so much lets it get out of hand.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a day job taking calls and answering questions. I spend time with my kids, Christian and Ashleigh, as often as I can. I have a huge group of friends with whom I enjoy an active social life. I am a huge fan of football and I love to read, cook and watch movies.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Kindle, a gift from my father.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Anchorage and grew up in Kirkland, a suburb of Seattle. I don’t know if the location of my childhood had as much impact on me as the influence of those around me. My parents have always been big readers, encouraging the habit since I was little. I was also exposed to science fiction and horror at a young age, things I latched onto with glee. When I found fantasy, I began reading as much of it as I could. I am a speed reader and started on adult novels before I was out of grade school.
It’s so odd how the smallest things can trigger a moment of pure inspiration. I love those times where I am minding my own business and suddenly there is a voice inside my head that is demanding to be heard, a story that is screaming to be told. A scene I can smell. Especially after long periods where I start to worry if I have tapped my creative resources completely. Like it’s a well that will eventually dry up.
I knew that starting a new job would be a good thing for my writing, and it has been. I’ve been very productive both with PB and the editing but also with 7R — I’ve gotten layouts and some actual writing done as well. I am SO excited for that project.
I still have a TON of things on my to do list and the deadlines are coming up fast but as long as I stick to my guns and keep pushing myself, I’ll accomplish what I’ve set out to do.
No one else can make these dreams come true.
No one else can ruin them, either.
In my newest project, I am world-building a universe that will be the setting for a series of of YA novels. Each has a theme that has been selected already and the first has been roughly outlined. I have the rough map of the landscape itself and a list of ‘background’ characters that are centralized enough to carry through several of the stories.
I’ve been doing a lot of research and have been compiling information and details in a lot of different places. Now I’m at a point where I need to start bringing this information into one organized place and I don’t know how I am going to do that. In my current situation it needs to be in such a way that can be put away when I’m not using it, my usual method of my big whiteboard doesn’t work because it’s put away…there’s no room for it here. I am just really frustrated trying to figure out how to make this work when everything I try just keeps not working out and making less sense than before and … ARGH.
I can’t wait until I have space of my own that I can control and manipulate however I please. This is really hindering my creativity.
On the other hand, I am coming up with some really great ideas in all this researching. It’s been really fun. I am really excited for this project — I think it’s going to be really stellar once it’s completed.
So it’s not entirely bad. I just need to concentrate on the things that I have control over right now.