Ive seen various posts on things people would like to tell their younger selves. They have wisdom they'd love to impart, but only learned through time and experience. Still, I suppose it's a bit cathartic (man, that took me a few tries to get spell check to give me the correct spelling. I was butchering it.) You've seen how far you've come, accept that's what shaped you and got you to what you know. I've never had any things I wanted to tell my younger self.
At least nothing wisdom imparting.
Nah, if I could tell my younger self something, it'd probably be, "Pimples and zits don't magically disappear when you become an adult."
When did you start writing? I started writing as a teenager, but really started writing and sending out stories, which earned me rejection letter after rejection letter while in college. Those rejection letters, even when they came with advice or an encouraging line, hurt. So, I suppose you could call me a "closet writer." I wrote my stories and re-wrote them, draft after draft, just for myself for the next twenty years before sending one off to a contest, which offered publication in an ezine. I won and ended up serializing two of my books in my Highmage's Plight Series as well as excerpts from two others (all now published).
The story that earned me that encouraging line with the rejection letter so many years ago (after I don't know how many revisions at this point) appears in my debut novel, Highmage's Plight.
What inspires your writing? I can't not write. I love stories and always have. So, everything inspires my writing. I've found ways to write what I know and that means more than pulling from my own life. I write fantasy and science fiction, but do not exactly live in the future. However, I have always loved learning about history and visiting archaeological sites. I'm fascinated imagining myself walking through the past, overlaying the history I've researched or learned. That inspires my writing.
What is the best part about being a writer? The best part of being a writer is holding your book in your hand for the first time, selling a copy to someone excited to buy it, meeting a reader who loved it. I also like sharing my experiences as a writer, helping others to sell their stories.
When did you start writing? When I was ten, but didn't aim for publication til around six years ago.
What inspires your writing? Anything and everything. Unique people and settings.
What is the best part about being a writer? Unlimited access to my imagination.
Is there something special or unique about you or your book you'd like to tell us about? Induction Day is part of a series but it also stands alone. It combines the future with the past and a romance along the winding path between.
Induction Day (Book 2 in Butterman Travel series) Science Fiction | New Adult
The year 2069 is coming to a close, and eighteen-year-old Bianca Butterman's time-craft license is finally official. She's ready for the Induction Day she’s waited for since she was a kid—the one that will secure her name on the Butterman family tree of time travelers. But ever since the media discovered Bianca is pop superstar Tristan Helms’ latest new honey, everything Bianca does or says becomes a target of criticism. Having her professional credibility topping the gossip sites across social media is an open invitation for the government to step in and regulate Bianca’s Induction. Now she will have to ask herself if saving 1500 people from drowning is worth losing everything she’s ever worked for, including the Butterman family biz.
What inspires your writing? A dark forest. Add a cemetery and I'm good to go.
What is the best part about being a writer? Escaping my current life and into one where anything can happen. At my command.
Is there something special or unique about you or your book you'd like to tell us about? Unique? Um, the first boy I ever kissed is currently in jail for murder. No, we are not still together! Sheesh.
As for the books I've written, they tend to be on the dark side, but light is there too, never allowing the dark to fully take over.
Unleashed Science Fiction | Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Claire Williams’ tough upbringing has taught her how to throw a punch or two to survive, especially when it involves a man’s unwanted attention. But her strength waivers when she visits Bodian Dynamics, a medical research facility, and stumbles upon classified information—someone has stolen a drug that not only changes a person's appearance, but will also unleash a dark and evil alter ego.
After an intimidating security guard threatens the lives of her friends if she speaks to anyone about the incident, Claire pretends the drug never existed. That is until she meets Gage, a teenage boy who doesn’t seem to have a conscience and who is hell-bent on making her just like him by unleashing her dark side.
When did you start writing? I've been writing stories here and there for most of my life, but it was when I was on maternity leave with my second child that I started writing with the intention of submitting my work to publishers.
What inspires your writing? Everyday life. I watch the news, read articles, people watch, and stare up at the night sky, always asking "what if?"
What is the best part about being a writer? I absolutely love hearing from my readers. Finding out that someone has enjoyed something you wrote is simply wonderful. And I look forward to meeting my readers at the Romancing the Capital Convention in Ottawa, Canada in April 2015.
Is there something special or unique about you or your book you'd like to tell us about? In the Underground series, not only are the rebels fighting against the oppression of the corporation, they are also fighting for their right to love whomever they choose.
All the stories in the Alien Next Door series are about learning that your next door neighbor is really an alien.
When did you start writing? I wrote my first novel in university and didn't write anything else fiction until 2009 when I jumped into fanfiction. I still have that first novel, but I'm afraid to even open it.
What inspires your writing? Photographs. Two of my books, including Never Say Die, were stumble on while writing a photo prompted flash piece. There was so much story that went beyond those first thousand words that I had no trouble making it novel length.
What is the best part about being a writer? Hearing from people who like what I've written. I write for my own enjoyment, but there's a special bump I get when someone else gets a kick out of it.
Is there something special or unique about you or your book you'd like to tell us about? A zombie time loop. It's like Ground-hog Day (if you've ever heard of that movie). Our poor heroine has to relive the apocalypse over and over again until she can prevent it.
The flash fiction piece that spawned this novel was written for the Picture Prompt Challenge which has evolved into Daily Picspiration (picspiration.blogspot.com). There is a new piece daily based on one or a pair of pictures submitted by the authors and dealt out by the admin. There is a lot of really fabulous stuff there.
I forgot to write a Friday post yet again. Oh well. I think I made up for it with IWSG Wednesday. And I'll make up for it this week because every day I'm participating in the Blogger Book Fair. I'll be highlighting some awesome authors and their books, and there will be three giveaways for everyone to enter. There's already one book I want to get my hands on. I just figured I better give a heads up to the event. If you pop over to the Blogger Book Fair website, you can learn how to join the next event.
In other news, and because it will drive me nuts if I have a post this short, my sleep study is tonight. I'm really hoping they find something wrong with how I sleep. This being tired all the time crap is really annoying. If I can get it fixed and have more energy, I will be able to get so much more done! As much as I like naps, I'd really like to do away with them. Once in a while will be okay, but no more daily naps.
It's time for the Insecure Writer's Support group again. IWSG is posted the first Wednesday of every month. It is the brain child of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. Get your fears and insecurities out or give words of encouragement. We're writers, let's support each other!
I can't really say much this month. My Trick-or-Treat Book Blog hop went really well, and it looks like it's going to be a yearly event. Mark your calendars!
But in terms of writing, I haven't done much. Not because I haven't had the time, but because it's Christmas craft show time. All of November, I have craft shows, and I've been busy knitting. I had a spot at Oktoberfest and my fingerless gloves were a good seller. I was left with one pair. My skull scarves were also all sold. So yup, lots and lots of knitting and not much writing. On the plus side, I can watch Doctor Who and knit at the same time. I can't say the same about writing. =( I've finally delved into Classic Doctor Who, and I love the second Doctor. He is adorable!
You can't have forgotten by now, but maybe NaNoWriMo has distracted you, so I'll give you a reminder. This past Halloween was the Trick-Or-Treat Book Blog Hop. A total of 22 people signed up to give their books away in a Halloween themed hop. I was very pleased with the range of books offered. There was something for everyone. The hashtag, #trickortreatreads, worked well on Twitter. I saw a lot of people using it to promote their links and other links. I made sure I tweeted every link at least once. It kept steam pretty well. There were slow moments, but it didn't die out until close to midnight.
People loved this idea.
It was exciting for me. I woke up to Snapshots #11 on an Amazon list. By the end of the night, it was #1! I was freaking out on Facebook with all caps. What's more, I didn't have a chance to submit Snapshots to any promo sites. Making it free was a last minute thing because I finally got it into Select the day before. I wasn't sure it'd be free in time! But it was.