Random Thoughts

Well, lately life has gotten a bit crazy. Many changes happening which involve relocation and beginning a new job. I wish I could write full time, but I’m not at that stage in my writing career yet. I did learn that The Assistant, my short novella–or I guess it is a novelette–was accepted by my publisher. Still waiting to learn a tentative release date for it. Still have to be assigned my CE and go through edits, etc. Hopefully sometime in August or September.

I know I’m terrible about keeping up with writing in here, as well as my social media responsibilities, but once I can get to a regular schedule again, I will be better. Once thing I know. Moving sucks!

Instead, I will reflect on having a rare relaxing afternoon before the chaos resumes once more. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone.

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Well, not quite a month since my first eBook made its appearance. It’s been an interesting journey so far. Finally getting the hang of Tweeting. I don’t think I was prepared for how interesting this journey would be. When I was younger dreaming of becoming an author, it was before the internet. I saw myself touring the country, going to bookstores to do signings. I don’t think even the big name writers do that much anymore. They do have the option to go on television talk shows though.

It’s a double edge sword having social media and the internet. I can reach people easier, and go places I can only imagine, but I almost wish I could have started publishing when actual book tours still occurred. When I told a friend that they do them virtually now, she seemed a bit perplexed. She only uses technology as much as she has to. I on the other hand have always been a nerd when it comes to technology, and possessed some natural abilities for figuring it out. That has saved me more than once.

I think the trick with social media and writing is figuring out how to balance them. I’m still working on that. I’ve been so gung ho about marketing my novella, I haven’t made as much time for my next book. When I don’t write, I’m not in my happy place.

Right now, I’m working on a short novelette that I hope will be published in LS Books’s Afternoon Delights. Something quick to keep me motivated to finish up Strange Magic, Book 2 of my Spellbound series. Eventually, I will set up a newsletter and provide and easier way to follow me. Life is a bit chaotic at the moment.

I have some more promo events coming up. A guest blog spot on my editor’s website on April 2nd, and an Author Q&A on All Romance eBooks Café on April 24th. I will be posting more information and links as the dates get closer. Both are opportunities to get to know me better as a writer and why I have written Wicked Magic.

For those of you buying and reading Wicked Magic, thank you. The next installment will go up to a heat level 3, and will give a better idea of where I am taking the series. It will be populated with witches, magic and some shape shifters. I hope you will come along on the journey with me.

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So, one day, I’m sure someone will read this, but for now, I shall pretend.

Monday is the big day. My first eBook becomes available. I will be promo’d on Coffee Time Romance on Tuesday, and will have Cover Love on Romance Lives Forever on Friday March 6th.

It’s taken me awhile to get here, and I still have a ways to go in my journey to have a successful writing career. It’s hard work on more levels than I ever counted on. Some things have made writer’s block look like nothing. I have learned I am a fighter, and I will persevere to attain what makes me happy in this life. Telling stories just happens to be a big part of it.

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So, I have to begin somewhere, just like with a new story, even if I feel like I’m talking to myself, which tends to be part of the process when I writing.

I have a favorite quote a friend gave me that sums up a writer. It is as follows:

“Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.” — Meg Chittenden

True for me. As a writer, when the story begins to click, that is when my characters become real. It’s like watching a movie in my head. In their way, my characters guide and talk to me. They tell me the story, and I write down the interpretation.  I only get blocked when I’m taking the story in the wrong direction. I write the best when I go into a zone, where the world around me slips away and I’m in my story. It’s very cool when it happens, very zen. My best writing happens then.

In choosing to write Wicked Magic, it’s true I was responding to a submissions call, but I also wanted to lose the restrictions I’ve placed on myself as a writer–the things I was allowing to hold myself back. As a reader, you can tell when someone is holding back and not really into the story they are writing. When they try to follow a fad, instead of writing from their heart. I didn’t realize I was holding back, and not offering more diversity in my writing or characters, until I attended a writer’s convention over the Summer. I do write more than just the Erotic Romance. (Under my given name — I do write more mainstream fiction–YA, Adult paranormal, mystery, fantasy, scifi). I consider myself a hodgepodge of genres, and don’t really like to be classified in just one category. I loved the Outer Limits and Twilight Zone Shows when I was growing up. A story could be normal with that one unusual twist. The twist makes it interesting. Even when I write contemporary, I can’t help adding a little dash of paranormal or scifi to the mix.

Currently, I’m working on the second book in the Spellbound series. A modern twist on Alice in Wonderland. So many possibilities for my imagination to run wild.

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