Updated: Nov 13, 2019
Have you always dreamed of being an author or novelist, but don't know where to start?
When I was young, I was going to be a famous actress, singer and dancer, a triple threat, and I just knew it! It was my destiny!
But as my life played out, it became more and more apparent that, that wasn't in the cards for me. For me, international fame and fortune were just a dream.
But somewhere deep down, I always knew this, because I knew that what I really was, was a writer. And so, my fantasies of Hollywood greatness instead became the basis for a lot of what I write. Many of my stories were inspired by movies I've envisioned myself in. But instead of starring in movies, I'm going to write the books that inspire them! And for me, that's the real dream.
My point is, sure, some dreams don't come true--it's an unfortunate fact of life.
But not all dreams are just fantasies.
Do you dream of being a writer, but don't know where to to start? Do you feel in your heart that writing is what you are meant to do, but become overwhelmed by the prospect of sitting down and conjuring a 300-page novel out of thin air?
I sure did! But one day, I sat down and I started writing. That was five and a half years ago, when I started writing The Siege, part one of my Sons of Kings trilogy, a project I'm still working on today. Alongside the trilogy, I wrote what wound up becoming my debut novel, Nightshade. I also wrote and published novella Sapphire-Cerulean.
All are available on Amazon, the iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, my Lulu bookstore, Kobo, and other online book retail sites. And right now, I'm working on yet another novel called After the Wreckage.
It's not as easy as I make it sound. It takes time, hard work, patience and confidence.
But it's not as hard as it may seem either.
My writing and publishing journey is still a work in progress. For instance, I'm an independently published novelist (and my books sell!); but my ultimate dream is getting picked up by a major publishing house, something I'm still working toward.
But I've learned a lot along the way, and I want to invite you along on my journey with me. I'll pick you up in the next port town, okay?
( See what I did there? I used a metaphor, one subject I'll cover at length in the days and weeks ahead.)
In subsequent posts, I will offer tips and advice, all learned first-hand as an independently published novelist and parttime manuscript submission package assembler (something else I'll help you learn how to do), over the past five and a half years since I stopped dreaming and started writing!
See you at the docks!