Friday, December 30, 2011
It's been a week since I published my young adult ebook mystery/thriller, and I just changed its cover. (The result of some advice from trusted friends.) Here is the latest look. I'll post the new cover first and then the old one below. Do you think I did the right thing?
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
So . . . I skipped a few posts about starting my new publishing company. But, despite my ineptness at being a regular blogger, I’m doing smashingly well at publishing.
In fact, just this week I e-published my debut novel CYCLES. I like to call it a Young Adult Thriller without the gore or bad language. (In other words, you shouldn’t worry about your teen reading it.)The e-book is available on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble PubIt. The hard copy will be available first of February 2012.
A little about the book. I started CYCLES in 2008. Crazy to think it has been that long. How did it start? I’m hesitant to admit it, but it was a dream. (I know, I know. That’s how Stephanie Myer and a bunch of other authors have gotten their ideas too. Nothing too original there.)
At the time, I had just been diagnosed with having Simple Partial Seizures. These kinds of seizures don’t affect motor skills, but they can affect all of your five senses (hence their other name: sensory seizures.) Mine created an odd mesh of symptoms, the most disconcerting of which was MASSIVE déjà vu. For those who are saying to themselves, “huh?” take a minute to read this article about the different types of seizures.
Now, when I say déjà vu, I don’t just mean a fleeting, “Oh, that was cool. It just felt like I’ve been here before.” No, when I had déjà vu as part of my seizures, time slowed to a crawl and everything around me faded in and out. It was like I had lived that moment a thousand times before in a different life.
Needless to say, it was weird. Period. Like nothing I’ve ever felt before.
Back to CYCLES. I went to bed one night thinking about my recent trip to the neurologist. In my sleep, I had a vivid dream where there was a girl who had frightening feelings of having already experienced things before but in another lifetime. It wasn’t like reincarnation—the same soul come back to earth to live as someone or something else. Instead, it was like her life just kept repeating itself and she had moments where these “other-life” memories were intensely strong.
I woke up and knew I was going to write a book about it, so I did. Three years later, it’s done. Voila. (That makes it sound much easier than it was, but I won’t go into the blood, sweat, and tears.)
I have to admit, I’m nervous to “put it out there.” Like anything in life, some people are going to like it and some will hate it. Part of being an author is learning to just keep at it (and to grow a thick skin).
CYCLES if the first book in a series. SPACES, its sequel, will be released in 2012.
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