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Dear Journal,

I am a very complicated creature.

I am shy.

I am bubbly.

I am friendly.

I am introverted.

Depending on the day, I can either be the most talkative person in the group or the quiet wallflower who is content with listening. Writing allows me to delve into these different facets of my personality in more ways than one.

A great perk that comes with stepping into the literary world is meeting all the readers, bloggers and fellow authors. It amazes me how many wonderful people I’ve come into contact with and have gotten to know that I would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. The camaraderie in our community is amazing!

Social Media has made worldwide interaction quite easy, feasible and even expected.

That being said, I love meeting new people! Please find me on all my Social Networks and say hello 🙂

Facebook 

Instagram

Twitter 

Pinterest

Well, that’s my introspective entry for the day.

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Time just flew by….

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It’s amazing that Christmas is just a few weeks away. I feel as if a rug was just ripped out from under me and I suddenly fell right into December!  I’m not complaining, however my blog sure is 🙂 To my followers, I am so sorry I haven’t been keeping up with this. No excuse is a good one, but I have been really busy.

What have you been up to?

Well, I finished my Adult Horror Novel and dove head first in the process of querying. Let me tell you, it is NOT a fun process. After receiving rejections left and right, you begin to question your talents and your sanity.

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In the end you must remind yourself that you can’t please everyone. As those lovely form letters tell you, this business is purely subjective. It only takes one person to say yes and right now I am still waiting for that person. I have faith and I know it’ll happen when the time is right.

Besides querying I am currently wrapping up Silver as well as writing a Chick Lit novel. As you may remember I love to multi-task. Guess somethings never change 😉

Wait, aren’t you an Indie author?

I hope to be a hybrid author. As you know, I have already self-published Green and Red. However, self-publishing can only get you and your novels so far. I do not speak for all indie authors. I’ve seen many who have been in my position and have been extremely successful. They are superheros and manage to be creative and business savvy. However, in my case I am still trying to find a balance between all aspects of this business. You see, when you self-publish you are both a writer and a marketer. Regardless of my career background in Advertising and Media, I DO NOT have the time and funding necessary to work my full-time job, continue to write, and promote my books. Yes, I do use social media (Facebook and Twitter) to reach my readers. Yes, I am participating in blog tours. However, ads aren’t cheap and time is even more valuable! By seeking out traditional publishing for my Adult Horror Novel, I’m hoping that a team can help me reach a demographic that is hard to penetrate. Horror is a niche and I need all the help and support I can get.

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What’s the deal with the Life Force Trilogy?
I am going to be participating in a Virtual Blog Tour from December 16, 2013 through December 23rd, which was coordinated by Bewitching Book Tours. I will be posting the tour stops in another post, but in the meantime please pass the word along! Image

Also, I am in the process of doing final rewrites for SILVER!!! Yes, yes, it’s been a long time coming. Ending a trilogy was a more difficult task than I had anticipated. Between wanting to tie up the story nicely and not wanting to say goodbye to my characters, well, it was challenging and I only hope I’ve risen to that challenge.

Until next time, kiddos. I promise it’ll be sooner rather than later!

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Spreading Myself Too Thin?….

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As a perpetual multi-tasker I once again find myself in limbo. Having just finished writing and editing the first draft of my 87k word (give or take a few words) horror novel, I find myself in dire need of stepping away from it for a tiny bit. For the past few months I have poured myself into the project. So much so that I have come to realize I was getting a bit too close to the project and thus, even doing rewrites was becoming such an arduous task. Ever so often words, sentences, and ideas would just blend together. I desperately needed a little break to get my creative juices flowing again.

So what now? I have new ideas for two (unrelated) novels and I also need to finish writing Silver. On top of that I have some Q&A’s to answer for @feedmyreads’ Twitter page, as well as a character interview for another book blog. Oh, did I mention the newest installments of two of my favorite series (Lux Series and Lorien Legacies) were just released this week and I am dying to finish them, as well?

Guess staying busy is exactly what I need during this “small” break 😉

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Fortress of Solitude

I am almost complete with the first draft of my newest project. Yup, I am at around 80,000 words for my new Horror novel and I only have two more scenes to write! That’s the reason I’ve been a bit quiet on here. I’ve locked myself up in my own writing induced Fortress of Solitude and have been focusing all my energy on finishing up my novel.

After 2 months I am almost finished with the first draft of ********, which will not be self-published. You read that right – I will not be self-publishing my new book.

As much as I loved the freedom of easily offering my e-book to the world, I would love to see my name on bookshelves everywhere! Thus, I will be querying, querying, oh did I mention querying?

Wish me luck and send prayers my way 🙂

By the way, remember to follow me on Twitter! I follow back 🙂