The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days is officially out of content edits and on to the proofing stage! Wahooo!
Of course, me being me, I’ve already started the next book in the series. I can’t help it; it’s just how my brain works. So, with Boy of Blood heading over to Fiery Seas Publishing (link this to my author page on fiery seas please), working on Princess Camp the Musical, and doing my real people job onstage, things have been a tiny bit busy.
Finding time to write, even just blogs, has been super rough. Working and editing and showering have taken priority. I like to have friends, so showering is a must. Continue reading
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Sorry for the quietude. I’ve been working very hard on the sequel for Girl of Glass! Boy of Blood has finally been sent over to my fabulous agent and will soon find its way over to my awesome publisher!
This was a really interesting project to continue. I have a personal rule that I won’t start writing a sequel until the previous book is out of content edits. For the non-writerly readers, content edits are when they tell you that you pushed the plot too fast, find inconsistencies in your world, or tell you that there is, in fact, no romantic tension in your romance. Continue reading
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