What a weekend! I had so much fun at Kawa Kon. Thanks so much to Katrina for inviting me to be there and host some panels. I can’t wait for next year! I’m uploading video from the panels I hosted right now, but it will take a while, so I’ll post links once they’re all available. Thanks to everyone who attended my panels – it was my first time doing them, and I think they went really well. Friday I hosted a panel about Creating Believable and Engaging Characters. Saturday was Life Happens: Finding the Time to Write. Sunday was National Novel Writing Month Basics. I didn’t get video of that one though.
I met lots of great new people. *waves* Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table and talked to me, asked me questions about writing (feel free to hop over to the contact form and ask me more), and of course thanks to everyone who bought my books. Thanks to everyone who started reading Divided the night they bought it, and told me how much they were already loving it. I truly appreciate your kind words. Thanks to those who said my books remind them of the Dresden Files. Wow! What a compliment! And to the gentleman who said my books reminded him of Kat Richardson’s Greywalker series, again! Such a huge compliment! Seriously, those comments made me feel like a million bucks!
This is the third convention I’ve sold my books at, and each time I learn a bit more about how to make it a great experience for everyone. I always have so much fun, though I have to admit it’s a bit exhausting. Being an introvert, spending 3 days straight talking to people wipes me out. But don’t get me wrong – I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I love love love meeting people, talking to people who have read or are reading my book, talking to other authors who want to talk about the writing and publishing process. I love it! It’s an experience unlike any other, and I’m so thankful to be able to attend conventions and meet everyone. I just need to take the Monday after off work so I can recover. Even so, I already can’t wait for the next convention.
So thank you again to everyone at the con for being so incredibly awesome and making the weekend amazing! YOU are the reason I do this!
I sent the rough rough draft of Burning Darkness to a trusted friend tonight. It’s kind of a checkpoint for how is the overall story before I put too much work into (potentially) the wrong things. You see, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’m going through a period of self doubt with my writing. Deep down, I know this is a great story. I love the story. But when your life is turned upside down and so much changes, whatever those changes may be, doubt can set in. That, and I know this friend will have valuable input on this novel in particular. I’m sure I’ll be consulting her throughout the entire process. So while this step isn’t even on my timeline (this is even before alpha readers!) I am making progress. I finished the read through tonight, have changed some plot points that were just…bad, and have lots of ideas and notes on other things I need to change, add, and flesh out. I can’t wait to get her feedback, but I’ll be working from my own notes until then.
I hope everyone had a fun and safe new year. I brought in 2014 surrounded by new friends, and it’s so far been off to a wonderful start. I cleaned my house today and started working on Burning Darkness. I’m aiming to release it May 22, so it’s time to get my nose back to the grindstone. I wrote the rough draft for NaNoWriMo 2012, so I started reading it today and making minor tweaks, then I’ll really get down to business with editing. This one is a standalone, but don’t worry – Elena will be back late this year (tentative release date November 20.)
I have a crazy busy 2014 ahead of me. I still have my full time day job, and I’m also working to become a Mary Kay Sales Director by June 30, along with releasing 2 books this year and attending several conventions. Not to mention exercising and eating healthier, and attempting to have a social life (aka fun) in between all that! Phew!
Right now, the most important thing for you to know is that I’m a dark fantasy writing guest of honor at Kawa Kon 2014! The convention takes place February 7-9 at the St. Louis Airport Marriott. I’ll be selling my books all weekend and will be doing 3 panels. So stop on by, learn some stuff, buy some books and have some fun!
Friday Feb. 7, 6-7 pm – Creating Believable and Engaging Characters
Saturday Feb. 8, 1-2 pm – Life Happens: Finding Time to Write
Sunday Feb. 9, 12-1 pm – NaNoWriMo Basics
(I’ve been on a bit of a Pink Floyd kick the past few days.)
I’ve been a ghost the past few months. LIFE EVENTS have caused me to take a step back from a lot of things. But I’m getting back on my feet now, fresh and better than ever. I’m starting to work on my goals for 2014, my plan for getting back on track for where I want to be. I probably don’t need to say I won’t be releasing the next book in March. I won’t say when it will be released yet, because I haven’t gotten that far in my planning. But I’m still aiming for 2 books in 2014.
So this is just my quick note to say I’m getting back to things, and will be back to posting regularly in the new year, here and on my Facebook page.
Life has been insane lately, some good, some bad, all of it leaving me little time to sleep or be on the internet. I realized I hadn’t even sent out an update when Ravaged was available, which was over two weeks ago. If you made it to the signing, thanks so much!
I had a friend staying with me for 2.5 weeks from Norway, so between that and spending last weekend at Archon, I’m playing catch up this weekend and trying to clean the house. So I’ll leave you with links to where you can buy Ravaged – this time it’s available for Nook as well!
Life has been crazy lately, to say the least. BUT! I got the shipment of books to sell at the launch for Ravaged on Thursday! So excited to have these in my hands at last and ready to get them to you!
I was also interviewed on Brothers on Whatever podcast yesterday. Check it out here. I had a great time on the show with Nate, Brandon and Donnie and look forward to being back sometime down the road.
If you’re in St. Louis, come out to Subterranean Books on Delmar Thursday night at 6:00 for the reading/Q&A/signing. I’d love to see you there! If you can’t make it, check out amazon.com to get Ravaged in ebook or paperback.
I sent Ravaged off to my editor, Shawn Mihalik, tonight. We have a consultation scheduled for tomorrow night. I’m interested to see what that entails since I’ve never worked with a professional editor before. The book is getting closer and closer to being ready for publication, and September 26 is creeping up! I can’t wait to get this in your hands!
Speaking of September 26, don’t forget about the reading and signing at Subterranean Books that night at 6:00PM. All the details are on my Events page.
Just wanted to let you all know Jennifer over at Books Make Me Happy Reviews had me over for a guest post yesterday. It’s part of her weekly Words & Music Monday series. So head on over there and find out what I listen to when I write and how music inspires me. Thanks for having me Jennifer!
I’d really meant to type this up much earlier in the week, but I went from Con-Tamination directly back into Mary Kay mode, which has been keeping me insanely busy this week. So here’s the full update from the con!
I didn’t sell as many books as I’d hoped to, but I made some really great connections, so I’m very happy with how the weekend went and I will definitely be a vendor at Con-Tamination next year. I’m even more excited about Archon now! I learned an important lesson about cons – no matter how close you live, get a hotel room! You will want to stay for the after parties, and that’s much more convenient – and safer – to do if you don’t have to drive home. I ended up missing the after parties due to this, so I’ve booked a room for Archon so I don’t have to worry about it, even though it’s close to home.
Like I said, I made a lot of connections, new friends, and learned about other events I might vend at in the coming months. I’ll update the events page as I solidify things. One I have in stone is the Brothers on Whatever podcast is going to interview me on September 23 at 6:00PM Central Time, so stayed tuned for that!
And of course the most exciting part of the weekend, being on the news! Here’s a link to the segment online.
I also had my picture taken for
St. Louis Magazine – I’m in the first one on the second page of photos. As a side note, on the second page are my friends, Harley Quinn and The Joker.
I also joined Z.O.D. – Zombification Orientation and Defense. The members I met were fantastic, and it sounds like a great group to be a part of.
The weekend was an absolute blast. I can’t wait to get more involved in Z.O.D. and get to know my new friends better!