Next up!

I am pleased to announce that I just submitted my FINAL assignment for my undergrad! What an amazing relief! However…graduate school starts on August 24th, so I will be drowning again soon enough.

With that being said, I have a lot of writing activities planned for my month off between colleges. Change of Heart is currently in its beta phase and will be until August 3rd. At that point I will be focusing on implementing the feedback I received so I can have it to my editor by September 1st. Looking at possible October/November release. Stay tuned for that!

I’ve got this issue where if I don’t have something to do, I tend to get myself into some kind of trouble. Like with Our Moon, I started going stir crazy waiting for beta feedback (pretty much started five minutes after I sent it out) so I started implementing the feedback I had already received and by the time I got all the feedback, I realized I could have, and in some places, should have, implemented things differently. Revisions and edits were a mess after that and while everything worked out, it just took longer than planned to sort myself out. So, needless to say, this time around, I’m keeping myself busy so I don’t do that again!

Busy doing what? Starting Trevor’s story, of course!!

Here’s how I write: I have several random story ideas written down. When I’m ready to write a story, I see which story is speaking to me the loudest. After I finished Our Moon, I started writing Change of Heart because the story was yelling at me! I had tried to do Joey and Evie’s short story, but Change of Heart was just in my face. So that’s what I went with.

Now I’ve got two stories making a ruckus in my head, one is Trevor’s and the other is a couple side characters from Change of Heart, but I’m going to write Trevor’s story next because readers have been asking for it and they don’t know these other characters yet, so those can wait. For now…

But anyway…I don’t like to force my writing, I like for it to flow. I like for the ideas to pop into my head so my actual thinking is limited. I know how lame that probably sounds, but I want this to be fun for me, and if I start making myself write stuff, it’s not going to be fun anymore. So that’s what happened with Joey and Evie’s story. Ideas weren’t popping into my head – and maybe that’s because their story has already happened and we already know the end result, so it’s filler stuff I need and I want that to be goooood. Who knows…all I know is that their story WILL be written, just not sure when. I’ve got Trevor’s story pretty well thought out and an idea for Alex’s, so I’ve definitely got enough to keep me busy for a while!

Hitting walls doesn’t feel all that great…

Well, I’ve sort of hit a wall with Joey and Evie’s story, Her Lone Star. It’s still happening – I’ve got the outline, I’m just struggling a bit with filling it in. I don’t want to fill it with junk, I want to make it good. It’s also turning out a little longer than I had originally planned, too. I never intended for Our Moon to go beyond Our Moon and be a series of spin-offs. I personally love cross-over books, when an author randomly features a character from another book in a book, so I thought about doing something like that. I just didn’t want to do a series where there may be too much expectation, for me or for the readers. I am also a little lazy and didn’t want to have to worry about continuity between the books. I got the idea for Our Moon from a random snippet of a dream I had one night. It festered until I finally wrote it out. It was always just by itself. There was never anything else there. Then, while I was writing it and once I was finished, I found that I really liked some of the side characters. My betas liked them, too. They wanted to know more and I decided I wanted to share a little more, so voila! Her Lone Star was born. It may still be a novella, it may be longer, I just don’t want to try to force a story out and make it crap. I want to do the characters justice.

So…I’ve decided that I’m just going to set it aside for a little bit and work on the other story that is floating around my brain and taking over my imagination. Maybe once I push this other one out, Her Lone Star will have some room to grow. 🙂

An Our Moon short story?!

Work on Our Moon is nearly complete. Waiting on editing and some additional feedback, but it’s sooo close!! The cover is being worked as I type. I can’t wait for it to all come together!

So what’s this about a short story when Our Moon isn’t even done yet?

Well, pretty much all of the five people who have read Our Moon in its rough states have really liked a couple of the side characters, Joey and Evie, and wanted to know more about them. I like Joey and Evie, too, so I decided to do something a little extra for them.

I had too much to say about them to include in Our Moon without taking the focus off of Ally’s story, but I didn’t quite have enough to give them their own book. So, a short story was born, Her Lone Star.

It’s not finished, but I’m working hard and I hope to release it around the same time Our Moon comes out.

Our Moon

Hi there!

So let’s talk about my first book, Our Moon.

Random fact: every time I think, type or say that title, I always wonder if I accidentally said “New Moon” by mistake, thank you Stephenie Meyer! Another random fact: I devoured the Twilight series books in less than a week. I even called in sick one day because I couldn’t stop reading.

Anyway, Our Moon, has been floating around in my brain for years!! It feels so good to finally get it out. I’ve written many versions of the story in my head, with the working title of “Memory.” I’m still not sold on the title Our Moon, but it is seriously so hard to give a title to a book. I almost wanted to call it “Ally” because she’s the main character in the book and that would be easier than thinking of something clever.

Our Moon is about Ally Monroe. She is 19 when she wakes from a year-long coma and discovers that she has amnesia due to head trauma suffered in the car accident. Her two brothers are there to help her out, and their band. The first part of the book focuses on Ally getting used to her sort of new life, asking questions, trying to find answers, etc. The second part of the book is kind of a twist, it tells the beginning of the story, the before the accident part. So the book is split in part one (after) and part two (before). That was something I decided to do at the last minute and I kind of like the way it turned out. And that’s all I’m saying because I don’t want to give too much else away.

I really hope you enjoy the story! It’s going to be about 200 pages, give or take. I am doing some final edits now before I send it off to betas and then ARCs. My goal is to have the book published electronically by April 7th. I hope to publish on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.