I believe in a future where I
will be able to write full-time, a picture I already hold vividly in my
mind. It all starts with my debut young adult novel, Provex City. I love
Harry Potter & The Marbury Lens, Tool & Elliott Smith, Dexter
& Donnie Darko, bold coffee & amber ale. I also love dabbling
with writing music and recording, with no illusions of ever making it a
career. I am ecstatically married and the lucky father to a beautiful
Thank you to Candace at CBB Book Promotions for organizing my blog tour and to all the bloggers that offered up their blogs for a day highlight Provex City and SUSY Asylum.
I am pleased with the response I received from SUSY Asylum, a story that seemed to evoke strong reactions from its readers (good and bad) due to choices made by the main characters. It wasn't as safe of a story as Provex City and explored some darker themes that I knew would not be for everyone. But I am excited to be getting such emotional responses. Readers seem to deeply connect with the characters with all of their vulnerabilities and flaws..
The responses and interest lit a fire under me to begin work on the third book in the series. So I've officially set aside Project Winter for now and have begun writing Book 3. The writing status bar on the left side bar is now accurate and will be updated weekly to record my progress. I began Chapter 2 today on my lunch break and I'm excited where the story's headed.
Back in August, I shared a takeaway from the SCBWI conference, how it was important to write every day to maintain momentum, even for ten or fifteen minutes. I admit, I hadn't followed through on that with getting ready for my blog tour. Also, I felt paralyzed while waiting for the tour to start, anxious of what the reactions would be. No more. I am now on a mission to get this book written, especially since I don't want to release it in parts. It would be great to have more releases in a given year, but the books in this series aren't linear, and I don't want to screw up the remaining two.
I must get back to writing to reach my word count goal for the day. Have a happy and safe Halloween!