Release date for my debut novel, From Stars, Come Dragons is TBD. I will update the Books page with a link when it is available for purchase!
So, Kenneth Howard, a dear friend, asked this question on my Ask Me Anything page and I answered.
The things is, it’s more complicated. It’s 100% true, but there are more layers.
Here’s my original answer to Kenneth’s question:
Biggest, is definitely my husband. When I came to him and told him I wanted to try writing again, but I was scared of the time and energy it would take. Scared of losing myself in yet another time consuming endeavor, he cheered me on. He reminded me that we’re in this together and whenever I get discouraged, he’s there to pick me up and keep me going. I wouldn’t and couldn’t do this without him ❤
When I was kid, I wrote all the time. Mostly on yellow legal pads and mostly about balloons for some reason. Once, pretty sure I was in grade school, but it might have been in junior high, I wrote a murder mystery about a live radio show, where the actors were being killed off during the broadcast. Now, to be honest, I’m pretty sure I just ripped off Radioland Murders (1994). But if you were to ask my memory and not my common sense, my memory would tell you, I wrote my story before the movie came out and they ripped me off, because I swear I remember being inspired by Phantom of the Opera and my story wasn’t a comedy. But I’ll never know, because I have a terrible memory, and that notebook is long gone. Not that there would have been a date on it. Still wish I had it.
Anyway… Why did I stop writing? The short answer, school. I’ve always been a slow reader and when I was in grade school, it mattered. I can’t remember the program, but it used breeds of birds to split the class up into groups by how well you could read. I never could get out of the bottom group, because no matter how much I tried, I couldn’t read fast AND retain what I read. Because of this, my 8 year old brain thought I wasn’t good enough and I gave up on reading and not long after, writing.
Of course, I read and wrote when I had to, for school, but it never helped. I was constantly met with a chorus of “not good enough.” One high school teacher, who I respected and confided in, that I wanted to write stories, told me my grammar and spelling wasn’t good enough and I needed to fix it if I ever wanted to make it as a writer. Whether she liked my stories or not, regardless of my technical issues, I don’t know. She only ever focused on the negative.
The desire never left me, but the voices of all the naysayers never left me either. And I thought that would always be the way. Until a pretty big, near life-ending event, showed me I can’t let what other people think about me keep me from doing what I love. And I can’t do it alone.
This is why I stopped writing, and reading, and this is why I have my incredible husband to thank for inspiring me to write. He supports me.
Sort of… As cliche as it seems, my desire to write was revitalized with a dream. But not so cliche, was that it wasn’t my dream, it was my husband’s.
One morning, in November of 2015, he woke up and told me about a crazy dream he had. I won’t go into detail just because I might still use it someday. When he finished, I told him I thought it would make a great book and he said, “write it!” Well, this wasn’t the first time we’d had this exchange. Over our, then, twelve years of marriage, I’d thought of and told him an idea would make a great book/movie, he’d say “write it!” and that was it. Or I’d develop the idea, tell him all about it and that’s where it died.
This time, in 2015, was no different. Except, I got mad about it dying. It was a cool idea and it was going to just sit in a notebook and no one was going to see it. For the first time, instead of accepting that this was how it was always going to be, I took action.
Research, self-reflection, more research. Round and round I went, until I figured it out. For me, once I tell a story, it’s told and I have no desire to tell it again.
This is where my wonderful husband comes back in. We had just been through a lot in the way of learning how to better communicate. Imagine my dismay when I realized the only way for me to write, successfully, was to not communicate my thoughts and ideas with him.
But I had nothing to worry about, because when I told him how much writing meant to me, he understood and I moved forward with my writing. And I wrote and wrote and wrote. And I will continue to write until I run out of ideas. All thanks to the support of my #1 fan. My Tebbiebear ♥
So I’m going to do this quick and dirty from my phone, since it seems this social app is exclusively mobile. Thanks Bree @ Perpetual Fangirl for introducing me to this. I think, if it takes off, it’s going to be great!
If you join, post your username in the comments so we can all get together 😊
Hope to see you there!
Join me on Vero.
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The images are not mine. Credit goes to NATALKA_DMITROVA@FREEPIK
Since I haven’t read a lot of dark books, my choices were limited. I’m OK with that though because this might have been my choice anyway. Those poor children.
Last year, I was in a reading slump and this book got me out of it. I don’t get to read too often, but I finished this book in two or three sittings and had a lot of fun with it. Can’t wait for my next slump 😛
The first sentence of my Goodreads review was this: “I’m not really sure what to say.” LOL It doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it though. It just left me a little off balance.
Brandon Sanderson. Nuff said. But seriously, this whole series is extremely accessible. No matter who you are, or where you’re from, you’d have fun with this one.
Might need to make this post double as an unpopular opinions book tag. LOL Three times. That’s how many times I tried to read this book and just couldn’t. People rave about her writing style, and it’s just not for me.
This book ripped my heart out. I had no idea what it was going into it and I’m glad I didn’t, because I probably wouldn’t have read it if I did. It’s heavy, but it keeps you wanting more as each word, sentence, paragraph, page leads you to the next.
What can I say? I still want more! Can’t wait for Dance of Thieves! Mary could write in this world for the rest of her life and I would and will auto-buy every one.
Lindsay @ LindsayLNewton.com
Monica @ Torn Pages and Roses
Ashley Rae @ Thrifty Bibliophile
Those I’ve tagged, I searched your blogs the best I could and didn’t find that you guys had done this before. If I missed it though, please post a link to your Cake Book Tag below. In fact, if anyone reading this has done or will do this tag, go ahead and post a link to it below! Consider yourself tagged!
Quick and dirty copy/paste in the comments 🙂
Chocolate Cake: A dark book you absolutely love –
Vanilla Cake: A light read –
Red Velvet Cake: A book that gave you mixed emotions –
Cheesecake: A book you would recommend to anyone –
Coffee Cake: A book you started but never finished –
Carrot Cake: A book with great writing –
Tiramisu: A book that left you wanting more –
Have fun with it! I know I did 🙂
What a week! But not because I got much done.
If you’ve been watching my Twitter feed and read last weeks update, you’ll know that I hit a huge plot hole on my WIP (the sequel to From Stars, Come Dragons.)
Well, it was so bad, this last week I threw out everything.
I’m starting over.
This decision was not an easy one, but it was the right one. Even though I’m still coming to terms with the loss.
Fortunately, I had a few good distractions to keep me from feeling to down about it.
Which brings me to my goals for the week!
This week is all about revisions. I’m already almost done reading through and cleaning up some distance in my MC’s POV. A lot of “I feel… I think…” Stuff like that. Next up, I’ll read it on my Kindle, trying my best to put my writer aside and only read, to check the flow.
As soon as that’s done and sent back to my editor, it’s time to jump back in to book 2. 🙂
Always working toward that word count goal, but a lot of those words, this week, are going into outlining.
Still waiting on editor feedback for FSCD. Nothing to report there.
I started beta reading another author’s manuscript. I’m a little over 30% done.
Father-in-law is still in the hospital, recovering. Things are looking up.
Time to get back to work! Have a great week!
Well, my day, week, month… You name it, was made today. A super awesome Twitter friend, Avery Ames, (<– Click it!) offered, in a Tweet to make a playlist for the first two people to reply to her offer. I missed the window for the first and second slot, but Avery was kind enough to extend the offer and make a list for From Stars, Come Dragons.
After giving a little information about the book and the characters, and just a few days, Avery sent me this YouTube playlist:
Here’s the Spotify playlist if you prefer:
Now, Avery made this list for my character Libby, who I described like this: She’s summer when it’s always winter. Has a smile you can’t refuse.
From that, Avery made the list of upbeat songs focusing on joy and encouragement. What Avery didn’t know, was how well many of these songs captured the whole book.
Now, From Stars, Come Dragons is not an upbeat book. It’s not depressing or anything either, it’s just very much… life. Ups and downs and how the character’s deal with them.
I’m Good by The Mowgli’s was the one that punched me in the gut. I had never heard this song before. And HOLY CRAP! The lyrics capture FSCD so well. Henry, Gary, Libby, Karen, and Elsie are all doing their best to be good, to live life like they should, but more often than not, this is just the lie they tell themselves to keep moving.
Thank you, Avery Ames. You made me smile and cry all at once and I ❤ you so much for it!
Literally, me with this playlist
Thanks to Ashleigh Bekkah, I’m going to give this 2018 Book Challenge a try!
I’ve only read 3 books this year. Here’s what I’ve have, so far!
I have my work cut out for me, but I think this will make choosing my reads fun. Plus, since I don’t necessarily own a book to fit every item on the list, this gives me a good excuse to go the library more often 🙂
To keep up, I’ll post an update whenever I finish a book on this list. If nothing else, I’ll add it to my monthly update post!
So, how ’bout you? What are you reading this year?