Friday, November 6, 2015

St. Blair: Sybille's Reign is released!

I am so behind in my blogging. Well, I just got back from Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta which is the convention for The Walking Dead television show.

What a unique crowd! I love all the character costumes and the fan's passion for the story.
That is what inspires me. Seeing fans cos-playing their favorite characters.
To think that I could someday see my characters walking around would thrill me to no end!

Which brings me to the newly released, St. Blair: Sybille's Reign. The characters that developed in this story are so cool. I don't boast because I wrote them, but because they presented themselves to me. You'll now meet Eston's fellow Quad leaders in the other three Quadrants of the world, as well as a lot of demons!

For those who read the first book and were puzzled by the storytelling, that was intentional. The story bounced between diary and future characters similar to a movie scenes. However in the new book, St. Blair: Sybille's Reign the storytelling is more straight forward as Blair is involved with Sybille and the action is the driver.

Next I want to discuss saving the world... well, how Sybille does. But that's for another post.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Summer pick-me-up

This has been an amazing summer!

I am ever grateful to Miami SuperCon and Tampa Bay Comic Con for the awesome crowds and response I've had for "St. Blair: Children of the Night." I beat all my records in book sales and feedback. These events have given me the drive to exceed expectations and give readers more of what they are looking for.

My YA novel is an unconventional read I'm told, it builds to the conclusion and you have to keep up with the scenes to dial in for the finale. I didn't choose this format, it chose me.

The St. Blair series is tough to write.

I try as hard as I can to keep St. Michael on the page, but he wanders off to battle demons and leaves me.

He is a magnificent being and doesn't take direction from mere mortals. He dictates his story to me and I comply. Then he is off to the next battle.

I definitely identify with Sybille's frustration a great deal. People in her life go missing when she needs them or pop up unexpectedly and want her to save them from peril. What is a girl to do?

My favorite person is St. Blair. I so enjoy hanging out with her. She is the epitome of who I want to be. She has a since of humor, shows up when you need her and will bring reinforcements if the occasion calls for such. She has total faith that God will provide and doesn't do the heavy lifting for you, but instead supports you on the task.

All writing releases something in the author that they didn't know about themselves. I sometimes don't understand where a new character comes from or their mission, but I let them in. I have not thrown a character out of a book yet. Maybe I should? But I am not sure if the story would be complete otherwise.

So I continue as the agents and publishers encourage. Write the story that is in you.

To my readers, thank you for taking the journey. I hope to keep you busy.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The book that surprised me!

I just published Marquel's Dilemma. I love these characters! I can't wait for you to meet the new cast members.

What is now book two in a three book "Marquel" series, would never have happened if it weren't for Judy Roe, Roxanne Smith and Robyn Fairbanks. These women fueled my desire to write a sequel. More responded later and I am equally grateful to Bunny Cates who connected me with Lani Skuthorpe. Lani was a beta reader of Marquel's Dilemma and is a fan of the first book.

I have often said that I have a difficult time hanging out with my character Marquel. She pulls at my heartstrings and brings me down to a dark place. However, the plot for the sequel never took flight if I am honest.

I started with my outline and these people: Marquel, Zach, Isabel, Jackie, Ken Avery and Collins took over. My original plot for Marquel's Dilemma is now going to be the outline for a 3rd book, Marquel's Redemption. If they take me on another detour, this may become a serial or who knows? A television series?

I hope those who discover Marquel's Dilemma will read Marquel first. I wrote the sequel in 40 days, which is a record. I wrote Marquel in 52 days. My other series St. Blair: Children of the Night took a good few years to write book one. I will be writing Marquel's Redemption this summer and we'll see how long that one takes. The film script for the first book is complete, but under revision.

For everyone who encourages an author, you are blessing the world with more stories. Thank you!