As a writer, my stories are my babies. If I lost one, I would be devastated. Like, slip into a severe depression and contemplate quitting as a writer all-together, kind of depression. I have known MANY fellow writers who have experienced this. Their hard drive dies with all their manuscripts on it, and they’re lost forever. Their physical notebook was left on the bus or destroyed when someone spilled a drink on it. Their flash-drive went missing. Their file became corrupted. Their cloud storage got hacked, or everything got cleared out. Nightmare scenario after nightmare scenario. I’ve heard of writers losing their life’s work in some of the most devastating and permanent ways, leaving them distraught and defeated. But, thankfully, I can say the worst I’ve ever had it was losing maybe a few too many valuable paragraphs (usually due to always living in areas with brownouts and working from a desktop computer). I have never lost a significant amount of my work before, but the fear of that happening is real – very real! Fear of losing my work is right up there with my fear of losing teeth, June bugs, and lasers (some of my fears are weird). So how have I, who have been writing for 19 years, managed to avoid such calamity? Well, here is my system to ensure you NEVER EVER lose your writing.
Torn Apart is an entry in this year’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO) and has recently been featured in a couple of new interviews.
You can read an author interview from the Qwillery here.
And you can read an interview of the character, Halea, from Torn Apart at The Protagonist Speaks here.
In other news, I’ve added a list of name pronunciations for the Convergence series to the Extras page.
Wolfmother, book three of Convergence, is currently at about 42%, and if the pace continues, I should have it finished before the end of the year, and I hope to release it in late spring or summer of 2020, so be sure to follow this blog for updates and the official release date.
As for new blog content, I’m currently very busy working on Wolfmother, so the blog has sort of taken a backseat. I have a huge list of topics that I’d like to write for the blog, but I’m not sure when I’m going to have a moment to break away from story writing to make new blog posts. My story writing comes first, and I don’t want to spoil the good momentum I’ve been having with Convergence to work on the blog at the moment, but I will get back to it as soon as I can.
True story, when I was typing the title of this article, I accidentally typed “Busty” instead of Busy.
But enough of my Freudian slips, how about an update on the exciting life and times of your humble author?
I’m just going to ignore the sound of chirping crickets.
Autumn has been nice, life has been sucky, and I have been a busy little bee. For those of you who aren’t aware, I have 100% finished Blood Bound, book 2 of the Convergence series and I have an absolute SHIT-TON of work to do before I start on book 3.
There is a very steep learning curve for self-publishing, but after months of trial and error, at long last, Torn Apart is now officially available in paperback! There is no greater joy for a writer than being able to hold a physical copy of your book in your hands.
At long last, Torn Apart has been published on Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, and Kobo! And for a limited time, you can get your copy while it’s on sale for just 99¢. Torn Apart will also soon be available in paperback, and on Itunes, and Nook. Subscribe to this blog or follow me on social media to get details on when Torn Apart will be released through other mediums/distributors.
Torn Apart (Convergence Series Book 1) Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Werewolf, Action, Adventure, Angst
As a priestess in the service of the dragon goddess, Halea must roam the land hunting demons and sealing tears caused by the Chaos Dimension that seeks to converge with their world. She has sworn an oath to devote herself only to her goddess, and if necessary, will even die for her mission.
One day she discovers that her beloved childhood friend, Varg, has survived the devastation of the last convergence and has since risen to become the alpha of his people, the lycans. Together they battle the forces of Chaos, but when Varg wants Halea to be his mate, she is torn between her oath and her desire to be with the Wolf King who loves her. Only a blood sacrifice can stop the coming of the next convergence, and with Halea’s life on the line, Varg will do anything to save her.