Je suis prest

Hey all ūüôā Miss me? So, I’m back as promised after a short hiatus. NaNoWriMo went well. I completed my novel within the 30 day period and received that awesome blank certificate. My wrist cramped up only a bazillion times and my neck is permanently kinked, but it was worth it. Anyways, I suggest that every aspiring writer participates in this friendly competition each November. Not only did I write a new story, but I also found some fabulous writing buddies along the way. Facebook groups are awesome in case you didn’t know. Once I do a few months of editing, I’ll send the novel out to publishers.

Je suis prest. In case you aren’t sure what that is from, prepare yourself for fandom. But seriously, it is Gaelic for “I am ready”….from Outlander…only the best Starz show in the entire existence of the channel. I could go on for hours about this show, and perhaps one of these times I will blow your kilts off in a post.

For now, I am exhilarated by this Fraser clan motto because I am ready. Ready for the new year; ready for the 3rd season of Outlander where Sam Heughan is scrumptiously Jamie Fraser (sorry, couldn’t help it); and most importantly, ready for a new book to be PUBLISHED!!!!!!!!!!

Yep, you read that right. Hartwood Publishing snatched up one of my stories. (Insert dance party) I’ll give you a hint: it was written about a special place in Colorado. I am beyond ecstatic about receiving a contract and on my birthday no less! The tentative release date is April 2017. Lots of editing and such to happen before then, so I’ll keep you updated.

As the year closes out in brilliant fashion, my heart is bursting with excitement for 2017. Obviously, I’m horrible at resolutions, so I won’t even use that curse word, but hard work is the goal. I strive to write more; stress less; and dream until I fly.

Je suis prest, mo chridhe.

~Skye~

October Skies

We made it to October! Pat yourself on the back if you can. I happen to enjoy October weather, though not as much as July. The colorful¬†leaves, pumpkin everything, Halloween decorations, and assortment of cinnamon candles are the main reasons behind my adoration. Plus, it’s also one month until my birthday ūüôā

After a tumultuous¬†month of editing, I’m taking a break from that for a bit. The feedback in regards to one of my new books was confusing as some editors told me it was good, yet needed minor edits while another editor told me to redo the entire first chapters. Needless to say, I need a breather from narrative obstacles.

What am I doing to occupy my time, you may ask. Oh, well, you know, drinking pumpkin spice lattes, making cookies in the shape of ghouls, and, oh, yeah, PREPPING FOR NANOWRIMO!!!!! If you’re new, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month aka November. It’s where you write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Pretty badass if I do say so myself. I strive to participate each year, though last year I was preoccupied with pimping my novel.

I’m quite excited for my NaNo story as it is set in Des Moines, obviously, and revolves around the legal profession. Here’s the skinny: criminal attorney assigned to a murder case. That’s all you’re getting for now, but let me assure you, it will be kickass. I find that stories involving the legal world are my forte. Hmm, I wonder if it’s because I’m in that field…..mayhap.

Anywho, I have a gosh darn good title (no spoilers) and two main characters sure to blow your socks off, especially the male MC ;-). Think tatted up rock & roll drummer with wavy brown hair, a nose piercing, eyebrow piercing, and caramel colored eyes to drown in to start. Yum. He makes a pretty good murder suspect. I won’t forget my Amazonian, independent criminal attorney that sports green eyes and a side of sass. Wow, a lot of ¬†my women are sassy. I wonder what that says about me? ūüėČ

Thus far, I have designed a messy web of the plot and character influence. My fingers are itching to begin writing, but I will refrain! To sum up: hunky bad boy, kick ass attorney, murder trial, oh, and did I mention the handsome cop best friend? Didn’t think so. Yep, there’s one of those sizzlers in this story.

An editor recently asked me why I write. Whew, how do I begin to explain? Here is what I told him, “Without writing I cease to be true to myself. Writing is my passion, and I am grateful to be given the opportunity to pursue my dreams.” That is the reason I don’t give up despite the horrid days that writing brings. I’m not making much money doing this, but it’s what I love. At the end of the day, I have to chase every facet of what makes me, me. I hope you can say the same too. That is why I participate in crazy competitions to further my writing career. Every little bit helps. You never know where your work will be noticed.

I may be in and out of consciousness¬†in November, so you’ll have to excuse me if I skip while I hammer out a novel in a month.

It’s autumn! Try the pumpkin liquor. It’s awesome.

~Skye~

Rejection Paradise

September has arrived at last! So begins the pumpkin spice lattes, football parties, school, and oh, yeah, editing from hell.

August in Iowa focuses on the Iowa State Fair. If you’ve never been, you should. Just so we can add to the millions of visitors. Honestly, I don’t understand the appeal of wall-to-wall strangers, extremely obese animals, sunburn, and deep fat fried food. That being said, the fried Oreo’s are AMAZING!

Now, as I start a new month, I hope it’s better than the last few. Publisher wise. I’ve been trying to get one of my books under a different pseudonym published, but so far all I have is rejection. Obviously, I wasn’t expecting a home run. Ok, I lied. I totally was. Surprisingly enough, I’ve had more responses from publishers than I have for my Skye submissions. I find that intriguing and a little depressing.

As a rule, I retain all of my rejection emails. Why, you might ask? So that when I’m a big time author, I can provide a little hope for the other writers out there that want to give up when they receive that ‘Dear John’ email that’s so original I want to puke. I read somewhere that writers need to get a yearly amount of rejections so you get your name out there. The jury’s still out on that.

This week, I’ve received two rejection emails. One from a large publishing house. And holy crap, it was actually an email NOT just an automatic response that says ‘your writing sucks ass’! Between the two personalized emails, I’ve come to see that my MC isn’t ‘likable’ according to them and my timelines are fuzzy. I take their rejections and though they depress me, I learn from them. Point being, yes, my MC is a bitch, but I guess I need to make her a little more like a person if I’m going to draw readers in. To the second, I am currently re-reading and hacking where needed to make sure the times aren’t confusing.

Rejection emails are ok. It means you are getting your work out there and someone is reading it. Take the feedback, but don’t hole yourself away and cry into a Ben & Jerry’s. (Of course, I’ve never done that. That would be ‘likable’.) I realize that while I need to stay true to my writing, I also need to take the criticism too. I’m a perfectionist, so swallowing that pill is super difficult. I don’t want my characters to fall flat, but I also want my story to get across to the readers. This particular story has a LOT of me in it, so that’s why I took the rejections a little hard this time.

I know it’s no fun to get rejected especially when it’s your heart and soul they’re smashing with the key strokes. At the same time, those rejections make or break a writer. You either learn from your mistakes and succeed or you continue to ignore the subtle help the publishers are giving you. Don’t remind me of this euphoria when I receive another email from hell.

My goal is to not have those emails filter through my inbox. I only want the good ones, but taking the good with the bad is all part of the writing process. So, here’s to a fresh month, less rejection emails and more publishing offers ūüėČ

Keep that head high and proud.

~Skye~

Here’s the thing

I survived a vacation in the Rockies. No bear attacks or anything. Believe me, it was difficult at times since I was with my family pretty much non-stop.¬†I am adjusting back into normal life in Iowa. It sucks. I hate it. Let’s just stay on vacation forever. Yeah, that’d be great! As I haven’t won the lottery, that’s not happening. For now. It’s been muggy as hell here, thanks for that, corn. But alas, a rainbow still shines over the Des Moines metro. I feel like someone should be singing a campfire song right about now. Anyone? No one? Ok, back to business.

Today, I finished my latest story. At the moment, the title is “The Editor’s Barista”. We shall see if it stays. I gave a little run down of the plot and characters in last month’s post, so feel free to catch yourself up. After hitting that last key stroke, I began to wonder the future for my story baby. Yes, I still have to take my machete¬†to it and edit, but after that, I want it to blossom into greatness. Here’s a little hint, it takes a publisher and/or an agent for that to happen. How am I doing on those, you may ask. Super. Just fantastic. She says while sarcasm literally drips from her forced smile. It’s difficult to get started when your feet are weighed down by¬†reality. I hate reality. It should leave for vacation and never return.

Like many other writers, I have a daytime job. Sadly no, I am not a superhero who rips off her clothing to save the day with the written word. That’d be pretty epic, though. I’ll look into that. As I watched my newest Netflix binge show “Melissa & Joey”, I was disturbed when Mel tells Joe to “Go date a paralegal” since the normal girls he dates are bimbos and he needs to start from the bottom of the business sector. If you didn’t already know, that is the job title that currently pays my bills. I wasn’t really sure how to take that directive. Is it a bash on fellow para’s because we’re not attorneys or is it implying that we’re merely stepping stones to someone better? Needless to say, I wasn’t thrilled with my job being thrown under the bus. Although, if Joey Lawrence was in my dating pool, I would not turn him down.

The episode last night got me thinking about my career. Yes, I’m thankful to have ¬†a job and all that, but is it my dream job? No. Listening to people complain all day and being a babysitter and bitch to 3+ attorneys is definitely not my idea of a ‘dream job’. Naturally, my dream job is renting a little office in the hub of Des Moines and write while overlooking the skyline. Pool access would be a plus and a coffee shop nearby. Oh, and locks. Let’s not forget multiple locks. Not because it’s dangerous, ok some parts of DM are but that’s a different story, but because I’m so sick of interruptions. I literally do not get any ‘me’ time. If I’m writing at home, I have pets and family members constantly jumping into my imagination. It’s weird how that works. And at work, cough cough I don’t write at work, there’s a slew of distractions every minute of every hour. So yes, I want a peaceful little office space with quiet neighbors, preferably mega hot guys who lost their shirts in a dreadful fire. I like some distractions. Really, maybe just an office in a suite¬†so I can have a little company, but then bar my door when I’m done. I would need like one or two funny people. Surprisingly, I’m not this witty on my own. Shocking, I know.

We can’t all be famous writers. Just like in Congress, I think some of the older authors should step down when they reach retirement age¬†so the younger group can move in. And no, I’m never ever EVER talking politics on here. Just no. But really, if maybe a few fans wanted to hop off of the bandwagon of the famous authors and check out us small, budding writers, they wouldn’t be disappointed. Just because we’re not on billboards or commercials doesn’t mean we’re a lost cause. I can’t believe that. Not when my life orbits fantasy island on a daily basis.

So, here’s the thing, taking a chance at your dream job is scary as hell. Putting yourself out there for the entire world to ridicule and ignore is pants-wetting scary. I don’t want to be super famous and be on a first name basis with Prince Harry. Ok, who am I kidding, of course I do! It’s called a ‘dream’ job because that’s what it is for most people. Thankfully, I get to fly around in my dream every time I pick up a pen or type on my laptop. Don’t let the fear of falling hinder your flight. I don’t know who said that, but I’m sure someone famous did, so don’t think I’m plagiarizing because that’s happened a lot lately.

Keep that dream job in sight. I know I do every single day.

~Skye~

Sunshine and Mountain Streams

Summer has once again graced our Iowan lands and it’s about time! There is nothing I love more than to bask in the sun (with SPF 1000 of course) and feel a warm¬†breeze. Along with that, comes the dreaded humidity, which on a good day, makes my curls look either like a frizzy mess or droopy strands. It’s Iowa; love it or hate it. I’m a bit caught in between that line. So, since it’s a balmy 94 today, I am greatly looking forward to splashing in a mountain creek this weekend. Yep, it’s that time again. Vacation!!! Woooo!! Yaay! OMG, so stoked! Ok, calm down there, Skye, you have to go back to work after a week.

As if anticipating my venture to the cabin on Mt. Princeton (the only Prince I’ll ever need), my subconscious graced me with a new story idea last week. The dreams strike again, and I’m glad they did. Since jotting down the dream idea, I’ve been writing almost nonstop. To put it in perspective for you, I filled one notebook in a day. Yeah, I’m going to need a new hand pretty soon here.

Back to the story, it’s a romantic comedy. One of my favorite genres! I won’t give too much away, but I will say it involves an editor that loathes romance. As irony strikes, she is the top editor for new romance authors. Enter Army Rangers veteran and all around hottie with a body, who also happens to be a writer. When the heroine inadvertently RSVPs to her sister’s mountainside wedding with a plus one, she is forced to find a date and fast. Good thing for her, she is a bit klutzy and finds the perfect patsy who also makes a horrible cup of tea.

Nope. That’s all you get! Don’t make me change the story plot (because I totally will) ūüėÄ

Suffice to say, I’m pretty darn stoked about this story. I’m still in the “fun” part of writing. You know, when you are excited about the characters instead of yanking your hair out in the editing stages. That will come eventually. Goal: to finish before vacation. Ha! That’s not happening, so I’ll cross that one off my list. Realistic goal: kick major ass and get a publisher before the end of the summer. Yeah, I reach for the sky. It’s what I do ūüėČ

I leave you now to pack for my vacation, to write my characters into oblivion, oh, and to work. Yeah, I should probably do that too.

Find that silver lining!

~Skye~

Editing Perils

Editing is a curse word for writers of all genres. If you’re not a writer or you flunked English, I’ll give you a rundown. Editing is where you get to pick apart your story and recant your life of writing. Ok, not all the time, but a good majority. Editing is right up there with synopsis and query. Yeah, we don’t discuss the cursed way publishers make writers squirm with the sight of those terms.

For the last month or so, I’ve been diligently editing two¬†of my books. I feel like all I’m doing lately is editing. Quite honestly, I’m about ready to pull my hair out, which would be a shame because I doubt I could rock the GI Jane look. The first story is the second edit and the other one is the third, I think. Either way, I’m dreaming of comma splices and plot schemes instead of hunky men in firefighter outfits.

The edit I finished two-ish days ago is the sequel to the first novel I ever wrote circa 2006. I absolutely adore the sequel. As in, I want to marry each character individually because they rock my socks (and other things) off. Acknowledging that brilliance, I returned to my first book ever written by these hands (which currently sport paper cuts). I began my grueling task of editing the crap out of #Amidst. SOMEONE GET ME OUT OF THIS HELL! I literally want to stab myself in the eye. How did I ever believe the current form was publish worthy?! Oh, right, 17 year old me. Hahahahaha. I was such an idiot. This is the most painstakingly horrific edit I have ever endured. There is seriously more blue/black pen on the paper than actual typed words. I opted against red because obviously it looks like the story is bleeding to death.

As I torture myself with my grammatical and hazardous plot woes, I recall now why I shoved this story to the side. It was because of the edits from the depths of hell. Ironically, more people know I’ve written #Amidst than any of my other stories because both my English teachers in high school read it and proceeded to brag to their students of my creativity. Ok, Mrs. B and Mrs. N., we need to talk about the freaking story line here. How could you not tell me it is equivalent to watching a horse wear high heels while trying to walk across a frozen lake?! Legit, my preface will not be thanking you for setting me straight. It may be because of your belief in me, though.

Back on topic, I admit that I don’t like to edit. Who the hell does? You strip down your story piece by piece. By the end, you honestly think you’re writing is as good as a 5yr old. But editing is essential to a story. Without a properly edited story, you look like Bambi watching his mother get shot when publishers reject you. Granted, that still happens even AFTER you edit until you bleed. I think I speak for all publishers when I say, “If you don’t edit, we¬†ain’t gonna look, sweetheart”. I may have ad-libbed there a bit.

Knowing that publishers want a well-honed story, I return to my first love. Like many first loves, it breaks your heart and makes you wish you never knew them. Since I wrote the sequel, we’ll call it #Among, nearly eight years later, I have a better idea of what the first book should be. The same can be said about love lives, but we’re veering off topic there. Writing the second book is almost more enjoyable¬†because you know precisely where the characters are going. So, then the difficult part is going back to the first book and making sure everything aligns with the story line and plot. Easier said than done. Especially, when the first book is all over the place. Oh, did I mention there’s a book #3 somewhere down the line?

So, I’m putting my big girl panties on (Victoria’s Secret NOT¬†granny panties), and I’m re-writing my baby. Currently, I’m on page 73 out of 173. Woo! Totally almost there. Until I achieve that mountaintop and breathe the thin air of success, I will be bleeding ink and crying wine.

Until next time, the Skye’s the limit ūüėČ

~Skye~

April showers bring May flowers…or something like that

It’s April. Yay. The wind is currently howling outside my building, and I’m desperately wishing it was 75 out instead of 43. Springtime in Iowa is similar to a teenage girl. The mood changes as quickly as the weather. That’s Iowa, though. Hate it or love it. We all live here still for some odd reason. It must be the cheap real estate.

Do you ever lose yourself to a character in a book? As in, you become the character you’re reading about. For me, if a book doesn’t do that, then I stop reading it. This happens more often than not. An¬†author needs to be able to pull me entirely into the book so that when I come up for air, I think I’m that character. It may seem weird, but it’s the way I am. I’m sure I’m not alone either. As a writer, that is what I want for my readers. The ability to create¬†characters and a story that pulls you into their lives so thoroughly that you look up and have no clue what life¬†you’re living.

Losing yourself to a story is the beauty of reading. I can escape from droll Iowa and spend time in sunny California for a while. At the moment, I am doing exactly that. I’ve been working on my DDD sequel lately, and I keep second-guessing myself. What if this one isn’t up to par with the first? What if no one likes it? Blah, blah, blah. I have to keep reminding myself that this story¬†isn’t the first one. The characters are different. The scenarios and story line are polar opposites, and there is nothing wrong with that. Though, sometimes I wonder if I should be charting my stories better. ;-p

As I write, I jump into that story’s alternate dimension and habitat. For ¬†me, it’s hard to come back to reality at times. Some days, I would much rather be sprawled out on the beach instead of bundled up in my living room. Dimension hopping is the only way I can function as a writer. I need that escape. I crave that first touch from the sun’s brilliant rays as I check out my awesome surfer¬†boyfriend recreate Baywatch. Suffice to say, losing myself in a story is a¬†way I find myself. I want that for my readers as well. I want them to feel so connected to the story that they react to the pitfalls and mountain tops as the character would.

I’m well aware that I live vicariously through my stories. If anyone tells you that you shouldn’t do that, get rid of them immediately. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. You go jump ship in Bali or fly above¬†the Alps. You be you. Don’t conform to anyone else’s standards. Life was meant to be lived and for heaven’s sake, get lost in a book!

~Skye~

Dastardly Charming

Winter is slowly coming to a screeching halt in Iowa. At least, I hope it is. I’m so done with winter and cold. It’s depressing. Bring on the sunshine and days so hot you just sit in front of the AC. I’ll take that any day over freezing temperatures.

While minding my own business as I often do while working, an idea formed for my sequel to Donuts, Diamonds and Assorted Details. Obviously, I charted a sequel previously, but this one trumped by last sketch. I whipped out my handy-dandy mini journal from my purse (I always carry one. I mean what writer doesn’t?) and started jotting down the story plot. I easily filled four pages and felt the need to write that son of a b down in a real notebook. So, I yanked out one of my spare legal pads, I bought it calm down boss, and started writing¬†it all out. That was on Friday, today is Wednesday and I’m excited at the prospective story. My hand feels ¬†like a zombie, but it’s worth the pain. The first draft for me is to mainly get the story out in the open and keep my creative juices¬†flowing. The magic happens somewhere in between editing and first draft.

Thus far, I’m liking the direction of the story. It deals with characters from the debut novel, but obviously this is someone else’s story. Can you guess who? I like to have twists along the way in my stories, and I think I found this one. We’ll see how it comes out. The title? Yeah, good question. I have no idea yet. I scribbled down a few, but it’ll reveal itself eventually.

Publisher updated: Yup, got nothing yet. Soon-ish is the goal. It would be fabulous if I got one interested in this series, but I have a couple other books up my sleeve as well.

Forgot to mention, I edited DDD a bit after I got it back from my previous publisher, so now it leaves the door ajar for the next books in the series.

Keeping it short and sweet today. Thanks for the read. Don’t forget to subscribe and tell your friends as well.

~Skye~

Keep Moving Forward

I had a blog post all ready to go about two weeks ago and keep forgetting it. I’ll post it at a later time. Right now, I want to address my current publisher status. Beau Coup Publishing is dissolving on January 31, 2016. This news was extremely saddening and quite stressful when I found out second-hand. Not my preferred method, but social media tends to leak things before the important people know. I think I’m currently going through the 5 stages of grief since Donuts, Diamonds and Assorted Details was just published in October. Don’t ask me what stage I’m in. I don’t really know at the moment. It’s difficult for me since I’ve been trying for 8 years to snag a publisher, then I find one and my book is getting incredible reviews and then not even four months later there is a huge let down. I don’t blame anyone for this. Businesses disappear just as quickly as they are erected. If I could afford to create a kick ass publishing house, I totally would, but I’m really not that tech savvy.

I received a sixth 5 star review on Amazon yesterday and it pains me to know that in a few days people won’t have the opportunity to love the book as much as I do. That being said, I have tossed around the option of going full Indie and putting it up on Amazon by myself in e-book version alone. I’m really not fond of that notion, but I may end up doing it for the time being. We’ll see. I’ll post the reviews on here at the end, so you can see the glowing notes ūüôā

So, since I just sent my release to BC, I’m currently publisherless. Is that a word? It is now. I choose to see this as an opportunity to move forward to bigger and better things. (Don’t tell my wine at home. We’re still hooking up later.)

To be honest, ever since publishing DDD, I’ve wanted to pull my hair out because of a typo I saw that somehow made it through and because I wanted to add another paragraph or two to the ending so it leads to a sequel. I actually have three more books in mind for these characters, so I really would like to add that tidbit. One of my colleagues knows a person involved in a much larger publishing house. Obviously, I’m not holding my breath. I’ve received my overabundance of stock reject letters from publishers, but I still find myself holding out hope. It really is about who you know.

To recap: my publisher is no more; DDD is soon to be off Amazon; I’m excited to work on DDD to include openings for a sequel; I’m anxious to begin the process of wooing a new publisher; and I’m moving forward. Staying in my current place won’t benefit my writing career, so I’m stealing Walt Disney’s quote to keep my head up during these times of uncertainty.

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” –Walt Disney–

~Skye~

As promised, all of my Amazon 5 star reviews. Thanks to all those that took the time to review my book. It means so much <3

on January 27, 2016
This was a best friend’s turned lover romance with a twist that wasn’t expected. It kept me wanting to see who she would choose but in the end there never was a choice. When one drunken night leads to Gwen and Jeremy sharing a night of passion will that be the end of their 15 year friendship? Maybe. When you add in a date with tall dark and handsome Devon. That’s when things get complicated. As the story unfolds things just aren’t always as they seem. Beware of your gut feeling as Gwen discovers, that’s where the truth is.
on January 10, 2016
This is a very interesting love story. There are many twists and turns. It actually made me cry at certain points. The book itself is written well and edited well.
on January 10, 2016
I was given this book for an honest review. When I started it I wasn’t sure I would like it but I was willing to give it a chance. Beau Coup Publishing hadn’t disappointed me before, they have fantastic authors. I couldn’t put it down. It is worth you time and effort. You will not be sorry you picked this one up. I am not into spoilers. Get the book, I think you will enjoy this one!!!!!!
on January 6, 2016
I give this book 5 stars … I love it … I just could not put it down until I finish … I highly recommend it …
on December 10, 2015
So I was not sure I would like this book. I could not put it down and enjoyed it greatly. I hope a sequel comes out very soon!
on November 25, 2015
Where to start to explain my opinion of this book….. Wow, I loved it! warm, romantic, lovely, thrilling, intrigue, gorgeous guys, great heroine, an unexpected twist, and great ending. congratulations on a great read. if you like a book that gives that nice warm fuzzie feeling, this is for you. Love triumphs, read it.

New Year, New Book?

Well, a new year has begun yet again. Bring on all the resolutions that last two weeks! But seriously, they only last until Valentine’s Day comes around because obviously you want to look good for that romantic day. If you haven’t picked up on my sarcasm, please re-read.

I’ve been furiously typing one of my stories, which remains untitled, and wonder if this will be the year of the novel boom. Obviously, I’m extremely pleased how the year 2015 went as I now have one of my works circulated in public. There is still the desire to really explode my novels and get my name out there. One of my ultimate goals is to be on Jimmy Fallon. Don’t judge. I like him as a talk show host and he was hilarious on SNL. Obviously, I don’t expect to be the next J.K. Rowling, though everyone keeps referring to her when they talk to me about my writing, which sort of irks me. I don’t write fantasy (which she does¬†amazingly) and she doesn’t write romance (not under that pseudonym at least) so we really can’t be categorized in the same writing family. In other words, please stop clumping authors in one big group. We write different things. Unless you’re telling me I write like Jane Austen, I really don’t want to hear the comparisons.

Any-who, I’m pretty excited about the untitled work that has been consuming my mind, so if I seem scatterbrained, you can blame Untitled. This book is unlike any other I’ve written, and I attribute part of that to my need to expand my stories beyond what I write now. It’s a bit scary to try new things, but hey, you have to grow right? It seems I run into more writer’s block while writing this style because I’m not completely sure how it comes across. I don’t typically read first person stories because the few that I read were poorly written, so big turn off there. I don’t want that to happen with this story. I want my readers to be immensely turned on by the characters and by the story. I’ve let a few people read snidbits of scenes to get their point of view and so far so good. Of course those were men and the scenes were of the more, shall we say, interesting parts of the book. Either way, it is terrifying to write something in first person because people automatically think, “OMG, this is totally about her!” No, just no. It’s not, but there could be some parts that are true. I understand now why J.K. tossed that name aside to write other stories under a different pen name. Food for thought, that one.

Side note, have you ever been so involved in your writing that you accidentally answer someone in the same tone your character would? Yep, happened to me at work (shh, don’t tell). I was re-running some character plots in my mind and my boss asked me a question. Instinctively, I answered in a British accent and I didn’t even realize it. He gave me an odd look then asked if I just used an accent. Yeah, definitely didn’t realize I did that. Do I do that often? Probably. I talk to myself, as most writers do, and I find I will read and speak in an accent. Wishful thinking, but at the same time, it shows how incredible the brain is. There’s your odd factoid for the day.

Back on track….sort of. 2016 is an unwritten book. One that I want to fill to the brim full of stories and leaps and bounds. Goals? At least two books published and more marketing/sales. Resolutions? Please. I don’t do those. So, here’s to more fans, more books, and more romance¬†to make the world go round.

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~Skye~