The Girl of Glass release blitz is over. All the blog dates have been fulfilled, and all the contests have been won.
I am now an author without an imminent release. I would love to say that I just get to sit back and write all the things, but that’s not true. I have two manuscripts to polish and get sent in to the appropriate parties. I have blogs to write and social media to manage.
But the most trying thing is chasing down reviews.
It’s crazy. First you try and get people to buy the book. Then you have to be all like, “Thanks for doing the first thing I wanted you to do. Now that you’ve done that, want to write nice things about my book baby?”
It’s terrible. It feels greasy. But reviews are a necessary tool. Continue reading
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One of the biggest issues I’ve come across as a young adult author—I mean, aside from trigger warnings and diversity inclusion—is the dreaded trope.
A trope doesn’t become a trope by not being useful and relatable. But it’s a trope, so everyone uses it. You want to be unique and write something that’s never been seen before. But the risk of becoming overly bizarre and alienating your audience looms overhead.
It’s enough to make you wish you lived closer to the wine store.
There are a few things that I wanted to push for that are in the current fashion. Having a female protagonist who works in science, dealing with issues of inclusion, seeking to shed light on the state of the world—all of those have meaning to me and give depth to Girl of Glass.
There are some unique aspects in the use of a privileged heroine in a decaying world. Looking at the end of the world from the top rather than from the bottom. The humans becoming monsters to survive, monsters being more human than those who seek to destroy them.
But then come the tropes. The dreaded tropes.
Vampires. I love vampires. Lots of people love vampires. But how to make them different? And not in a “sparkle in the sunlight” sort of way. Continue reading