A Publishing Journey

I never thought I’d get to this point the same way I thought I couldn’t do graduate school. Yet, here I am with an agent and a three book publishing contract.

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My publishing journey started with a back injury and a hopeless search to find something to read. I decided to write what I wanted to read. From there, the poisonous passions series was born.

All I could do was sit. The pain was excruciating. I couldn’t stand for more than a couple minutes. I’d given up the archives job search from after graduate school and I had to flee into my own world. I almost lost my ability to walk.

I had back surgery which gave me immediate relief. No more pain killers and no more sitting for long periods of time. It takes me 3 months to write a book now instead of 6 weeks but the pain is manageable.

I started to query my first book and when I hit my fourth book I started to query it too. My fourth book got me my agent. My first book got me my publishing contract.

I injured my back in 2017, but I signed with my agent in 2020. Yesterday, I signed my publishing contract. Next year, I will have 3 published books.

As much heart ache and pain I experienced in those 4 years (back injury, divorce, more hearing loss, and the death of my mother), I’m amazed I’m still standing.

Roll with the punches and fight your way to your goals. It’s tough out there.

Breaking Out of Writer’s Block

I filled my days with editing, short stories, and a vacation. Finding a novel idea seemed like a distant dream. Until it wasn’t.

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How did it happen? Pressure. I needed a push. My agent told me to write something new. I wanted to do NaNoWriMo. I put some of my favorite things together and BAM a novel idea.

The book takes place in Regency England. Historical romantic fantasy. I mixed my love for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and my interest in superstition and witchcraft. And yes, graveyards.

I’m excited to get started. Finding this book took more work than usual, but the trick was to take what I want to read and make it happen.

Generating Book Ideas

For the first time in years, I don’t have any book ideas. I’m not worried about it. In fact, I’m using my break to write short stories to submit to anthologies.

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I don’t like the feeling of being stuck, but I’m taking this as a sign I need to get out and experience life.

There are two things you can do that I’ve found help get your creativity going. One is read. Switch up what you are reading. Try something new.

Two is to go out and live. I had a book idea one day when I was walking my dog. I saw writing in the pavement that said Dorothy. I knew I had to write something based on the Wizard of Oz. I’m proud of t.hat book. It’s out on submission. It’s all thanks to that one aha! moment.

I’m searching for that aha! moment now. I have direction. I just need that one little spark. It will come when I least suspect it, and I’ll be having fun while it happens.

Author update

It’s been a while since I’ve done an update on my progress as an author. Let me start by saying how thankful I am for all the love and support I’ve received over the last few years.

Gray cat sitting on arm and preventing writer from using laptop.
Church refusing to let me write

I’m currently writing my 6th book which is the second in a new series. I now have three series. Two are in progress.

My first series, I have 3 books written. They will go out on submission soon. They take place during the American Revolution and follow 3 different women in their quest for love

My second series has one book written, and it is on submission and looking for a home (fingers crossed). This series is during the Regency in Yorkshire. It’s about a group of witches and how they manage their abilities. In my typical fashion, they are also love stories

My third series is in progress. I have one book written in need of edits and the one I’m writing. This series is different fairytale retellings. The first is Snow White and the second Cinderella. I haven’t decided on a third, but I’m thinking of doing something different.

I may have to go back and write more in the second series soon. I have a plan for 2 more books with potential for more.

In any case, I’m hard at work building my platform and backlist. This whole process has been like a dream for me, and I’m excited to see where it goes.