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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Release Date

Hello! It's been a while! So sorry for the delay, it's been a busy few months! Tate Publishing have given the release date for my novel Blood is Thicker Than Water! It will be officially released on March 12, 2013! All the hard work is finally paying off! The novel is now available for pre-sale book and e-book download, off the publisher's website! Follow this link to check it out!

http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=9781621478393Received

I am very happy with the way it turned out! Please keep an eye on this blog for more information about book signings and special release parties!

Happy Holidays to all! And a very happy and prosperous New Year!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Final proof

Recently, I received my final proof in the mail. It is so amazing to hold your novel as an actual book! When I got the cover design I was very excited. The hours and years I had put into writing this book was finally paying off and it finally had an image! When I held my final proof seeing my name at the bottom of the cover and on the top of every other page with my characters and their stories it was unreal! I am so excited to share my story with the world. The great thing about being a writer is to see your name on something so incredible as a book. To know that all the frustrating times of writers block weren't for nothing! I am a published author with my novel in my hands! This whole thing has been so incredible! I can't wait to see what happens next!!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

"Dead"line

Now I understand what people mean when they talk about their "deadline". I just recently experienced this firsthand. I got my developmental editors notes about my novel and I was to go through the manuscript, add, subtract, review, accept or reject her ideas.

No big deal right?

Wrong!

Looking back, it's actually kind of funny. You'd think, as the author, I would know every little detail about the novel and be able to fly through the edits. Well, not exactly. It takes time and patience to go through line by line and not skim. Making sure there was the correct "they're" and not "their" or "too" instead of "to" or knowing which "he" I meant when I said "he said" and there are three "hes" in the dialogue. Even though grammatical editing took care of most of this, everyone is human and not everyone can see everything. My editor is a wonderful person, she was available by phone or email if I needed any help and was a guide through this process.

I had two weeks to review my manuscript and add the parts my editor suggested I add in order to make certain loose ends tied up. I have to admit that the novel was more concise and compact by the end. Getting there was the adventure.

Due to all my editor's notes, and the l 1/2 line spacing the novel was 500+ pages. I started out working everyday excited to get through it. Then my energy lagged. I took a couple days off and didn't work. My deadline was Friday. Thursday came around and I realized I still had 200+ pages to review, not to mention the additions I had to do. I started around noon thinking it wouldn't take too long......

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2:00am

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Finally I was done without any major breaks for lunch or dinner.

So it was finished. Now I know what they mean by calling it a "dead"line. After you reach it you are completely "dead" tired.

I learned from this experience and will never again put it off. :-)

Monday, May 14, 2012

A lot has happened...

This month a lot has happened. My novel, Blood is Thicker Than Water, went into developmental editing and I have graduated from Butler University! It has been an incredible month so far and it's only Monday the 14th!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Editing has begun!

I just received confirmation that my manuscript is now finally entered editing! It starts with grammatical editing, then goes to conceptual editing in May. It is such an amazing feeling!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Less than a week...

Starting in April my novel begins editing. I can't describe how I'm feeling right now, there aren't words. I am very excited but also extremely nervous. This month I've tried to work on the sequel but for some reason I can't focus on it. So, instead, I bought two books on Amazon.com. oh well, I guess being sick didn't help :-)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

New Book

I just picked up a new book the other day Iris Johansen's Dead Aim.  I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys political thrillers.  It caught my attention in the first chapter and hasn't let me go.  I have never stayed up until 3 am reading a book simply because I had to know what happened.  She is an excellent author and a real inspiration to all aspiring authors. 

It's been a pleasure reading her work and now I'm hooked.  I have to pick up all of hers! 

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Right Music...

As an author, I find that the right music is the perfect inspiration.  I know I can't work without the right music.  I don't know if others feel this way but I have a song for each character.  If I know I'm going to be writing about a certain character or need to write in that character's voice, I have to put on "their" song.  As one of my characters is in their mid-fifties and I'm in my early 20s it's sometimes difficult to know what song would work for him.  My other characters are around my age so it is much easier to listen to music and relate it to those characters. 

It's easier to get into the head of those characters when I'm listening to a song that I can honestly say, "Ooh, I can hear him/her listening to this..." It's actually really fun.  :-)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Written Word

So I've known this for a long time but it's been a big problem recently.  I don't always take my computer everywhere I go but I take a notebook.  Well ideas come to me all the time, standing in line at Starbucks, driving to the grocery store, or especially in a boring lecture in class.  I write them down on corners of papers or sometimes on full sheets and sheets of notebook paper.  That's not a problem, right?

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Wrong!!  Trying to move on from a scene because I've already written it down, only to discover that I haven't imputed the ideas or dialogue into the computer, super frustrating!  I'm searching and searching all over the place for "that one scene, I know I've written" only to find it in the bottom of my backpack crumpled.

So recently this has been a major problem and now I'm sitting at my computer wanting to move on from a scene but I can't until I put it in the book.  So what do I do?  Instead of plowing ahead I'm sitting here checking Facebook, writing my blog, and listening to music.  Hahahahahahahahah

Oh well, they do say admitting to a problem is the first step to recovery, right?  Wish me luck! I'm full speed ahead!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Next Chapter

So I'm working on my novel, research research research. I love doing research but sometimes I feel like it's 90% research and 10% writing.  Writing a novel set at the turn of the century 1900 is hard.  There seems to be a lot of information from 1800-1890 but then the info drops off until after 1910.  Does anyone have any good resources? 
Well I've got to get back to writing. 
Stay tuned!  :-)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

New author's rant ;-)

Hello World!

Well, this is my first attempt at a blog.  I'm a new author, with a novel being released later this year.  I figure this is a good way to rant ;-) I'm working on my second novel right now it's difficult to work on it before the other one has gone into editing. But my characters are such a large part of my life I feel like I'm just writing a friend's life.  As soon as my title has been confirmed I will tell you all about it.

Well, I hope I've done this right.  And as they say on TV: "Stay tuned for scenes from our next episode." :-)