Just a quick note to say that for the next week Dreamscape will be on sale! Buy a digital copy for only $.99!
Or, enter for a chance to win an e-copy from Amazon here.
Or a hard copy through Goodreads here:
Already read Dreamscape? Spread the word! And as always please please please consider leaving a review! Thank you, all!
Such sad news about such a wonderful writer. I’ve read almost everything she’s ever written fiction-wise. Her Hainish cycle (Science Fiction) was amazing (My favorite: The Left Hand of Darkness… a fascinating exploration of gender and so so much more. I love the way she incorporates “magic” in with her science, the concepts of balance and imbalance and the winding road to understanding something foreign).
But my most favorite favorite will always be her Earthsea books (fantasy)… particularly the original trilogy. And even more particularly book 2, The Tombs of Atuan. If I had to cite a formative author for me as a writer, Ursula K. Le Guin would be very high on my list (only she is so far beyond me talent-wise it would seem almost hubristic to cite her). But I love her ideas, her characters, and her writing. And I’m sad to think there won’t be anything new to come. That being said, I haven’t read her latest series of essays. It looks lovely.
Everyone, everyone check out these books!
First, take note of my new Goodreads Giveaway. In an effort to combat the mid-winter doldrums and also to hopefully bring in some new readers (and reviewers), I’m going to be running several giveaways and a sale in the next few weeks. So stay tuned!
I also thought it would be fun to do a little Q & A. So, here you go. Got a question? Leave me a comment or visit my Facebook page! I’d love to hear from you!
- Who is your favorite literary heroine? In no particular order, Anne of Green Gables, Elizabeth Bennet (although I kind of adore Catherine Moreland), and Nancy Drew. (Other fave characters include: Hercule Poirot, Will Parry from His Dark Materials, and Ged from Earthsea.)
- What was your favorite TV show growing up? Batman the Animated Series. Still a classic (I also loved X-Men. And yes I collected the cards).
- Describe your perfect day. It involves mainly sleeping. Followed by eating, uninterrupted writing time, a tiny bit of yoga or (an incredibly slow) run and possibly a nap. Bonus points if it’s in a beautiful place!
- What is the strangest talent you have? I have a bizarre visual memory for what people wear.
- Do you have any strange phobias? Particularly ketchup. I don’t even like to touch the jar it comes in.
- What are you a “closet” fan of? 80s-era mystery shows. Murder, She wrote, Matlock, Magnum P.I.
- Name a favorite food, drink, and color: Mashed potatoes, chocolate milk (or champagne since these answers are kind of making me sound four-years-old), yellow.
- Harry Potter house? Ravenclaw.
- Can you talk about your writing process? Generally I get the “seed” of an idea, be it a concept or a character or a plot point. Usually a few clear “scenes” from there. I always write those parts first. Then I start to circle back around and fill in the gaps. So, basically… I write in circles? It’s very confusing for my CP! I usually do create an outline at some point, though it tends to be fairly simplistic. I also always have a document of “facts” I’d like to incorporate into the story somewhere. I write fantasy so my “facts” aren’t always super factual, but that’s half the fun!
- How do you come up with your story ideas? I feel like this is the “classic” writer question but I don’t think there’s any one answer. I read a lot. I’ve always loved fairytales and mythology so a lot of that stuff finds its way into my stories. I like history. I also like research (nerdy admission, I know).
Happy Thursday, everyone!
Dreamscape has been reviewed by the Tome Tender Book Blog. A huge thank you for a lovely review! Stay tuned for a giveaway coming to Tome Tender soon!!!
Six months ago I released my debut novel. (Dreamscape, in in case any of you could possibly have missed that fact.) So, what have these last six months been like?
Answer: so many different things.
- Amazing. When someone asks what it is I do I can actually say “writer,” even though I’ve been writing for years, for basically my whole life if we’re being honest, even though Dreamscape is by no means the first novel I’ve ever drafted.
- Amazing. People I know and people I don’t are buying my book. Maybe not thousands upon thousands (maybe someday), but even so. People are reading the words I’ve written. My grandfather is reading the words I’ve written (and yes, hearing him discuss the plot of my YA Fantasy is as hilarious as you would imagine).
- Amazing. People are reviewing my book. I’ve heard some people say (and it’s usually kindly meant) not to pay too much attention to reviews, but I personally am so touched by the fact of them. It is unbelievably kind of anyone to take the time to write about my writing. And, for all you reviewers and would-be reviewers out there, please know HOW important your reviews are! Your reviews help other potential readers find my novel! (This is especially true on Amazon. I haven’t quite cracked the code on their algorithm, but safe to say the more reviews the better chance I have of coming up in the “Suggested Reading” lists. Speaking of marketing, this is about the best thing ever for an author with an indie press.) (So if you’ve left a review, thank you, thank you, thank you. You are my heroes.)
- Amazing. This fall I participated in my first book festival, George Mason University’s “Fall for the Book.” I was on a panel with two other amazing YA authors. Such a fun experience!
- Hard. And here we go. Being an author is hard. Marketing is hard (and so not my forte), frequently expensive, and only rarely rewarding. Sales are hard. It turns out writing the book is the easy part. Everything else… wow.
That said, I’m so beyond grateful to have my book out in the world. It is a literal dream come true (horribly lame pun intended).
And so, to all of you who have read Dreamscape or are thinking of reading Dreamscape, to everyone who has reviewed it, or passed it along to a friend or shared one of my posts on Facebook or Goodreads…
THANK YOU. From the bottom of my heart.