A couple years ago, I challenged myself to write something different, something out of my comfort zone. What came out was a dark, adult short story I titled The Collector. No humor or quirky situations like I’m used to writing with my YA but I thought I did pretty good and so did my fellow writers who agreed to read it. I wasn’t planning on doing anything with it. It was merely an exercise, an effort to improve my writing skills.
Fast forward to the beginning of the year when my dear friend, Daphne Rene, asked if I wanted to submit my little story to a YA anthology she was also participating in. Apparently, one of the writers had to drop out and there was a spot open. I of course said yes. All I had to do was modify it so it was a paranormal YA. It was actually easier than I thought. I’m really proud of this little story. It turned out better than I hoped. It’s basically a showdown between a badass witch and a hungry human/troll.
There are 10 stories in all in the anthology, Fragments of Darkness. It releases on September 13th but you can pre-order it now. You can get it at Amazon, AmazonUK, Kobo, Barnes & Nobles, and iTunes.
As I sit and contemplate on the last 44 trips around the sun, I realize how fortunate I have been to have had the experiences that have shaped the person I am today and all the people who have come in and out of my life. I especially appreciate the friends that have stuck around. I’m humbled by the love I’ve been shown throughout my life.
As I embark upon my 45th voyage around our blazing star, I anticipate a great year. I plan to release two books; Lip Smacked, the sequel to Pucker Up, and the still yet untitled Laney and Kody story set after the events of The Tenth Life of Mr Whiskers. I’m in revisions for both so be on the lookout for the release dates. I may even have What the Fae? close to release. I depends on how fast and if I can recover the document from my dead laptop. Let this be a lesson to you – always backup your work every time!
I also plan to attend a couple writing conferences to hone my craft, including RT2017 in Atlanta, GA. So if you’re going to be in the area the beginning of May, stop by and say hi. I’d love to meet you.
So in celebration of the anniversary of my birth, I’m dropping the price of Pucker Up to $0.99 for the rest of June at Amazon and Smashwords. Yay! Tell your friends.
Have a fabulous summer and happy reading!
I’m excited to say that I will be attending the RT convention in Las Vegas next April 2016. Not only am I looking forward to rubbing elbows with all the remarkable authors and amazing readers, but I will be selling Pucker Up and The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers at the Giant Book Fair. I’ll also be promoting the release of Lip Smacked, the sequel to Pucker Up. I’m hoping to release it around June.
I’ve never been to Vegas. Never. My roommates and I are planning on living it up while we’re there. Can you say Chip N Dales? Unfortunately no one else wants to ride the zip line at the hotel so that I’ll be doing alone.
So if you’re going to be in Las Vegas the second week of April, come by and meet your favorite authors.
Me, René and Amanda in 2013
My love for writing began a few years ago when I had immersed myself in Vampire Academy fanfiction. I read hundreds of stories, always subconsciously searching for one story that I could never quite find, at least not in one submission. That’s when it occurred to me to write the story myself. Writing and posting that first chapter was one of the most nerve-wracking and exhilarating experiences of my life. Would anyone read it? Would anyone like it?
Well, people did read it and even thought it good. The encouragement and feedback I received spurred me on. Every night I cranked out another chapter, eager to know what my readers—I had readers!—would think of the latest installment. As I wrote the story, I incorporated some of the suggestions left by the readers and, of course, let the characters lead the way. What a wild ride that was.
So, I decided to try that again only using my world, completely new characters, and different storyline. I posted the first chapter of What the Fae? on Wattpad. Each Monday I’ll post a new chapter. The goal is reader collaboration to help mold the story. I know where I want the characters to end up, but there are a million different ways to get there and I hope readers will suggest different routes to take.
I figure this experiment will be a great success or an epic fail, but that’s the point. I’m trying something different and that’s what counts. Of course, I’m still working on the sequel to Pucker Up, tentatively titled Lip Smacked, and my short adult story, The Collector.
So, go check out What the Fae? and tell me what you think.