Hello Readers! Today is cover reveal for Let’s Get Published by Val Penny. Check out beautiful cover of this nonfiction in this post.
At last, a book that is easy to read and tells it how it is! The book was written to assist authors to maximise their success when submitting work to agents or publishers, to help authors consider their priorities and preferences for getting work into print. To advise authors on how to identify the agents and/or publishers they want to approach. It should also assist with editing their manuscript fully prior to submission. The book offers advice about how to prepare a submission package to give an author the best chance of success. The road to becoming a successful author is not easy, but it is rewarding. Let this book take you on the journey.
Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.
Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth novel in the series, Hunter’s Secret, is published by darkstroke. Her first non-fiction book, Let’s Get Published is available now.
Hello Readers! I wrote this Horrible Bosses in Books I read post a month ago. After few days I had horrible friends list so I thought I will share them as well. I have also started listing horrible parents. I guess I will write horrible- this-and-that series! What do you think? Anyway, here are the worst friends in literature I came across that made me say out loud “thank goodness, I don’t have such friend in my life“, “I hope I never meet people like this“, or best “I don’t want friend, now, I better read a book and have my blogger friends“.
The Twin by Natasha Preston
This book had worst friend. They are on the top of my list. Poor, Ivy trusted them with life, never did anything wrong or she never meant to look like competitor, she was just best swimmer and worked hard to be best. All it took Iris pointing Ivy’s lap timing to them and suddenly they are jealous and hated her so much that they shut her out and started hanging with her twin. They did horrible things as well but I won’t say it as it will be a spoiler but you get my point, right?
The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson
A classic one dating ex-girlfriend. Zach’s best friend turned ex-friend as soon as he found his mother was defending the case of shooter in school. He didn’t just stop there but also started dating his ex-girlfriend as soon as Zach pushed her away. This horrible friend ex-friend didn’t leave any chance making him feel low and kissing his ex-girlfriend in front of him.
The Break Up by Tilly Tennant
Another classic one, betraying for a boy. Lara’s best friend started loving and dating Lara’s boyfriend behind her back and then expected from her to forgive her. Not just that but when that ex-boyfriend came knocking at Lara’s door and Lara warned her now-ex-best-friend about it, she said nasty things to Lara. Definitely bad! Why a boy has to come in between friendship!
Cupidity by Lucinda Lamont
So here main character was a horrible friend. Martha betrayed Mae- her best friend since childhood, who gave her roof over her head and supported her in her down time- by sleeping with Mae’s husband! I hated her for this and apparently this was not the best story I read. She kept sleeping with Mae husband and then regretting and then repeating the cycle.
I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson
This should be on the top of the list because here best friend was a psychopath. I wouldn’t say who and how but know that this is worst kind you see who wouldn’t even hesitate in killing you.
The Accidental Life Swap by Jennifer Joyce
This also shows it’s lovely cover in this list again. Apparently this book had not just horrible boss but horrible friend as well. Here, that friend was sneaky who not just betrayed Rebecca by telling her secret to her boss but also stole her ideas and job.
And a Sixpence for Luck by Lilac Mills
This too made it to this list. Again a workplace best friend betrayal case. Here that friend plotted with horrible boss to take Daisy’s job who was sacked for using internet. And later was furious with Daisy for ruining her life.
Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle
Another case of friend going after her best friend’s fiance and then selling her to enemy. That horrible friend was Milly. She was so unpredictable and shocked me more when she accused Charlotte and called her monster while she should be thankful. Again why boy has to come in between friendship?
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
Villain of this series was actually a friend with Percy and Annabeth. It’s safe to say, right? Everybody knows who was the villain and what he did, right? If not I didn’t say who that was. 😁
What do you think about this post and horrible friends I mentioned? Which horrible friends you would like to add to this list? Are there any classic type you came cross often? If so which are those types?
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Hello Readers! It’s a release day of AS MUCH AS I EVER COULD by BRANDY WOODS SNOW and please to be part of Release Day Blitz. Check out book snippet and my review in this post.
Cover Designer: Jena R. Collins/JRC Designs
As Much As I Ever Could by Brandy Woods Snow Publication Date : May 26th 2020 Publisher : Filles Vertes Publishing Genre : YA Contemporary Romance Stars : ★★★★★
Seventeen-year-old CJ Ainsworth doesn’t drive—not because she can’t, but because she won’t.
She’s been living with the guilt of being the sole survivor of the head-on collision that claimed her mother’s and sister’s lives. It’s the reason she refuses to get behind the wheel. It’s the reason her father has nearly abandoned her. It’s the reason she’s sent to piddle the summer away at her estranged Memaw’s house in Edisto Beach.
All CJ wants to do is isolate herself and make it to the trial at summer’s end, where she’ll testify against the stranger who couldn’t keep his car in its own lane.
She doesn’t expect to fall for a boy, especially not Jett Ramsey, a hotshot racing champion destined for greatness on the NASCAR circuit.
CJ’s resolve crumbles when she loses a bet that puts her squarely in Jett’s driver’s seat. While he patiently reintroduces her to driving, they confide in each other, and CJ learns she’s not the only one silently suffering through a loss.
As their connection deepens, Jett’s focus on the track is called into question. CJ can’t be the cause of another car crash, but her heart is broken either way. Can CJ learn to put her heart in drive? Or will she throw it in reverse?
A summer away at Memaw’s can’t rectify everything that fell apart in a single minute, but that won’t stop my dad from forcing it on me.
My fingers wrench tighter around the handle grip of Dad’s Ford Explorer as he hugs the center line, tires thumping over golden reflectors in waves and shooting vibrations through my seat. I glance over my shoulder to make sure the door lock is crammed to its neck into the tan vinyl interior. Not that it’d make a difference if he were to flip this thing head-over-end into the muddy goop of tidal flats along either side of the road. If a body’s going to exit a car in a hurry, it sure as hell won’t wait for an unlocked door.
These kinds of thoughts never shoved their way into my brain before the accident. Now they circulate like a washing machine stuck on the spin cycle.
I sigh and yank my phone off the dashboard. 4:15 PM. Only ten more minutes to get my summer of hell underway.
A notification blinks on the home screen. One new email from Trent Casey and all I can see of it is “CJ, things have changed so much this last year that I think…” Inbox preview cruelty at its finest. A little sneak peek of my on-again, off-again boyfriend kicking me to the curb because I’ve been too screwed up to screw him the past year. Not that I’d screwed him before, or anyone else for that matter.
I toss the phone in the cup holder and stare over at my dad in the driver’s seat, his eyes fixed and hooded as if in a trance. He hasn’t spoken in over a hundred miles, but I’ve strategically coughed from time to time to make sure there’s at least a reaction to the noise, and he’s not comatose or something. Plus, it’s easier than actually talking, and it warrants no response from him. Win-win.
Dad flips on the blinker, its dink-doonk, dink-doonk, dink-doonk signaling a right turn. Into where I have no idea, and unless Memaw has taken up living in a dilapidated open-air shack, he’s seriously misguided. He pulls into one of the ten open parking slots, demarcated by rows of conch shells instead of actual painted-on lines. How beachy of them.
Dad lets the engine idle, sliding his phone from the pocket of his polo and pecking out a text message without so much as a word or glance in my direction. I unlatch my seatbelt and open the door, easing out onto the hot, gritty sand, which creeps into my sandals and scratches at the skin.
“Where are we?” When he doesn’t respond, I step beside the open door, banging my hand on the window. “Dad, where are we?”
“Edisto Island, of course,” he mumbles, never looking up from his phone, his fingers still moving furiously over the screen.
I point to the rectangular banner draped atop the entrance with what looks like a hand-stenciled Welcome to Edisto Beach, SC! in blue paint. “No shit. I mean, what is this place?”
“Watch your mouth, CJ. I’m still your father.” He finally looks up long enough to glare across his steering wheel at the banner, squinting as if it’s written in some foreign language before looking back at me. He waves his hand around. “We’re obviously at the market.”
The entrance isn’t a single open-close door but one of those garage-style deals that pulls down from the ceiling. Oyster shell wind chimes tinkle in the breeze. I take a deep breath, the briny air expanding in my lungs and coating my skin, and somehow start imagining myself as one of those slugs we used to find on the back porch at home and pour salt over. Almost immediately, their slimy little bodies would foam up and implode, turning into a dried-up crispie we’d flick off in the grass the next day. Maybe that’ll happen to me, and I can simply shrivel up and disappear.
Dad gets out and lifts the back hatch, and I walk to meet him, giving an extra foot shake on each step to loosen the stowaway sand from my sandals.
“But why are we here?”
“This is where Memaw’s picking you up.” He hauls out my two large suitcases and sets them under the overhang. “She’s running late, but she’ll be here within the next twenty minutes.”
“And you’re just gonna leave me here?” I thumb over my shoulder.
He stares at me as if I’ve just asked for an explanation on the meaning of life, standing like a statue except for the front flip of his thinning auburn hair that tousles with the breeze. That hair, along with his chocolate brown eyes and freckles, are the only things we even share anymore. Everything else is gone. Evaporated.
“Don’t be dramatic, CJ. I have a long drive home.” He slams the hatch, walks to his still-open driver door and slides in behind the wheel. The passenger window rolls down part-way. “I’ll see you at the end of summer. Bye.” The words scarcely exit his lips before the window’s rolled up and he’s peeling out of the parking lot on two wheels as if he’s off to a five-alarm fire.
Wow. Truly heartfelt. I think he might miss me. I lock my jaw, forcing my quivering stomach back in its rightful place. Part of me loathes him for just dumping me here. The other part understands, though. He hates me for what happened and wants me gone too.
I can’t blame him for that.
Awards, Recognitions, and Reviews:
Second Place, YA Contemporary – NEORWA’s Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest
Second Place YA Contemporary – Music City RWA’s Melody of Love Contest
“A swoonworthy summer read with a hopeful lesson about how to move forward without fear.” – Kirkus Reviews
*** Note: I received e-copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. Many thank to publisher. ***
As Much As I Ever Could was wonderful YA contemporary romance that revolved around CJ grieving loss of mother and sister in accident. It was about getting over loss, giving second chance to life and love, learning to love yourself again, accepting the reality than running away, forgiveness, friendship, family, and racing.
Writing was smooth, gripping, and emotive. Loved the setting of Edisto Island, community, and Memaw’s sea themed house and its description. It made me want to pack my things and move in with her for whole summer. There was everything one want in YA contemporary. There was drama, family issues, friendship, car racing, rivalry, teenage angst, romance, misunderstanding, and development.
As Much As I Ever Could started with CJ’s father dropping her at Edisto Island with her grandmother for summer and left without even a goodbye. She was there until the date of trial in August. She expected to spend summer locked in room with her guilt and try not to think about accident. But it didn’t turn out as she thought. Within few minutes she made new friends (Gin and Bo), met hot dude (Jett) who was trouble, and grandma full of life who gave new house rules- Live life, get drunk, and fall in love. It made me instantly like her grandma. She was fun. When CJ lost bet with Jett, made her spend more time with him, and learning to drive again, slowly they formed a connection and fell for each other. I was curious to see where this new found relationship will take her, can she ever be confident to drive again and what will happen when Rachel’s, (Jett’s racing partner) threat comes true.
First of all I loved that cover and all characters’ name. They were all shortened but I l loved original names.
I loved CJ (Camelia Jayne). First losing mother and sister then estranged father who exiled her to live with grandma she hardly knew, guilt of overcorrecting her car that resulted in flip and ultimately death was gnawing from within and anxiety never left her fully whenever she was in car… She was going through a lot. No wonder she wasn’t ready to love herself or someone else or drive car again. I could feel her pain and fear but I loved it when she gave Jett and Memaw a chance to bring back happiness in life. I felt so sad when she once again had to face her fears, angry at Rachel for implanting that doubt and at Jett for not focusing on his racing properly and saying those nasty words. Her development was amazing. I admired her for listening to her father, reconsidering her belief, making right decisions, and living life once again.
Jett (Jarrett) was great throughout the book. He was handsome, confident and charming hero who loved racing and lived life at fullest. But unlike his racing partners he wasn’t haughty or showoff. He had trust issues because of his family and that caused a bit drama in the middle of the story and at climax. But I liked how he took CJ’s advice and learned from his father’s mistake.
All side characters were amazing. Gin (Ginny Lee) was lovely girl, I would love Bo (Beauregard) as brother and I want Memaw in real. I liked the way Jett’s parents and CJ’s dad changed at the end. I even enjoyed drama Rachel, Trevon and Tyler added to the story. The way CJ made up with Em and that surprising entry of Trent made it interesting. They all were perfect cast and made story refreshing, dramatic, fun, and lovely.
Chemistry between Jett and CJ was natural, hot and swoon worthy. They both felt connection very early in the book but romance built gradually. All moments they spent together, secrets and pain shared was heartwarming.
It was so sad to see fear, misunderstanding, and accident breaking them apart in climax. The situation was written well. I couldn’t pick a side, they both were right in their own way. CJ’s dad surprised me in this part and I loved his last effort that ultimately break through CJ and helped her in facing the trial. I loved her speech there and what she decided to do. End was perfect. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Overall, As Much As I Ever Could was compelling contemporary with refreshing characters, summery setting and amazing emotional rollercoaster. I highly recommend this book to fans of YA Contemporary.
Brandy Woods Snow is a Young Adult author, journalist, wife, mama of three, Christian, and proud Southerner. Born and raised in the area of Greenville, South Carolina, she still resides in the rolling foothills of the Upstate region, though she plans to one day retire to the state’s famous Grand Strand. Brandy has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing from Clemson University. While creative writing pursuits have always held her heart, she’s built a career as a journalist and editor. Brandy has more than 19 years’ experience and a strong platform that includes articles and columns published in Delta Sky Magazine, Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly and Home Design & Décor Magazine (Charlotte and Raleigh). Currently, she also works as the Marketing Manager and an Acquisitions Editor for Filles Vertes Publishing.
Her first novel MEANT TO BE BROKEN was published by Filles Vertes Publishing in May 2018, and she has a short story featured in FVP’s LOVE ON MAIN anthology, forthcoming in February 2020.
When Brandy’s not writing, reading, spending time with her husband or driving carpool for her three kids, she enjoys kayaking, family hikes, yelling “Go Tigers!” as loud as she can, playing the piano and taking “naked” Jeep Wrangler cruises on twisty, country roads.
Hello Readers! I hope you all are well and had great week. Last week had been tiring because of my daughter’s sleeping schedule that keep changing every day and when she sleeps early, I can’t sleep. I’m up till 4 a.m. everyday! Am I turning insomniac? I still managed to read I read 3 books. I received 3 NetGalley books and with that now I have total 17 books with 84% ratio. I hope to read as many as I can in June.
What I read Last week-
Mightier Than the Sword (The Clifton Chronicles #5) by Jeffrey Archer
This was great. I enjoyed it. There was so much going on. At first I was tired of seeing the same enemies- Fisher and Virginia in this book as well and I’m still going to see Virginia in 6th and last book of this series but there were new characters and new enemies as well and when I came over that feeling I I enjoyed every pages in this book. Another cliffhanger that made me start next book as soon as I finished this. Review will be up this week.
As Much As I Ever Could by Brandy Woods Snow
This was great contemporary about getting over loss and grief and learning to live life and love again. I loved characters and setting in this book and it was perfect beach read. Review will be up tomorrow.
Just Me by Deidre Huesmann , Roxas James, Kate Larkindale , Medeia Sharif
I enjoyed all four YA LGBTQ stories. All of them made me smile except last one that brought tears in my eyes. loved all characters and theme of the stories. It was quick read. Review will be up this week.
I haven’t start anything yet. I read first few chapters of 6th book in Clifton chronicle so I will read it simultaneously with next book.
Cometh the Hour (The Clifton Chronicles #6) by Jeffrey Archer
Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia.
Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy?
Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy, and can see no way out of her financial problems, until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who’s in England to see his horse run at Royal Ascot.
Sebastian Clifton is now the Chief Executive of Farthings Bank and a workaholic, whose personal life is thrown into disarray when he falls for Priya, a beautiful Indian girl. But her parents have already chosen the man she is going to marry. Meanwhile, Sebastian’s rivals Adrian Sloane and Desmond Mellor are still plotting to bring him and his chairman Hakim Bishara down, so they can take over Farthings.
Harry Clifton remains determined to get Anatoly Babakov released from a gulag in Siberia, following the international success of his acclaimed book, Uncle Joe. But then something unexpected happens that none of them could have anticipated.
Cometh the Hour is the penultimate book in the Clifton Chronicles and, like the five previous novels – which were all New York Times bestsellers – showcases Jeffrey Archer’s extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists.
Next this week-
Proximity (iMe #1) by Jem Tugwell
iMe NOTICE – TO ALL NEW ADULTS Your compulsory iMe implant will be performed by your fourteenth birthday when you become an adult.
Your iMe will track and save your location to keep you safe and remove crime. It’s integrated health monitoring diagnoses issues early to provide you with the best possible care. Combined with iMe’s tailored diet and fitness programs – you are always at your best. Your consumption is optimal, your waste is negligible – better for you, better for the environment.
iMe – enabling a better you.
In the world of iMe, you can’t get away with anything. Least of all murder. DI Clive Lussac has forgotten how to do his job. Ten years of embedded technology – ‘iMe’ – has led to complete control and the eradication of crime.
Then the impossible happens. A body is found, and the killer is untraceable.
With new partner Zoe Jordan, Clive must re-sharpen his detective skills and find the killer without technology, before time runs out for the next victim…
Isn’t that interesting? I’m on blog tour for the second book in this series and I received first book to catch up with it.
What did you read last week? What are you planning to read this week? Have you read any of these books or going to add to TBR?
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Hello Readers! I’m happy to welcome Neveah Hor Author of two romance novels- Love Machine: The guardians wanted something else, The Revolution- for an interview on Books Teacup and Review. Read more about author and her books in this post.
Love Machine: The guardians wanted something else… Publication Date : February 19th 2020 Genre: fantasy / Romance
In this year, 2050, among the humans on the streets, there are these very few others. Others who are made in the biggest technology company, AITA (artificial intelligence and technological advancements), what humans call, the guardians. They were crossbreeds of humans and animals which had the highest Intelligent Quotient (IQ)they were created to protect all citizens with their special abilities. However, they had one enemy. The citizens called them the poachers. They are from another company, The Royal AI. This company was the second most advanced company and they wanted all the glory of AITA. To win them over, The Royal AI had to prove themselves worthy and they resolved to hunting down the guardians to kill them all off. They have decided to start off with the head of the guardians, 7 different crossbreeds – Aurelia, Jiwon, Hye Kyo, Lena, Darren, Justin and lastly Richard. Aurelia, the chairwoman and Jiwon, the vice chairwoman. Hye Kyo and Lena, the advisors and the three males, heads of defense. Humans just did not understand one thing… These guardians they so often talk about did not want fame. They wanted something else…
The Revolution Publication Date : March 28th 2020 Genre : Historical romance
China invaded London and the twins had to escape with their mother he was with them. They headed for their secret hide out but was found and sent to the concentration camp in China. But just when the emperor wanted to do so, his heart melted when he saw the twins’ beauty. That was when they met their true loves which were adopted by the emperor. But who knew Gump—the emperor’s real son seek his greatest revenge in jealousy, separating the twins from their true loves. Years later, the twins graduated in London and participated in a figure skating competition…
Neveah Hor, born and raised in Singapore, is the author of Love Machine. She published her first book at the age of thirteen. She likes to write, read and enjoys Ballet. She writes mainly under the genres of Young Adult, Romance and Fantasy. She won several writing contests at the age of nine. She is currently receiving her education in Singapore and lives with her parents and an elder sister. She is just an ordinary teenager who holds a pen and paper as she enters the world of stories. She hopes she could be someone’s favourite author one day. Her passion for writing never fades.
Can you tell readers a little about your books, The Revolution and Love Machine?
Love Machine is a romantic fantasy. It has characters who are crossbreeds who have special abilities. They were in search of a normal life and true love. Love Machine delivers life lessons, a sense of morality and a unique concept of magic and love.
The Revolution is a historical romance. Two twins—Odile and Odette were in London when China invaded London. The twins won several beauty pageants since young and were talented in many things. But everything changed when the war occured. These did not happen in history, it was all made up because I felt that making up history will enable my imagination to go wild. The twins were caught when they did not report at the occupation camp, shipped to China and brought to the emperor and empress of China. However, their looks made the emperor surprised and they became part of the royal family. They met two adopted brothers there—Darren and Justin and soon fell head over heels with each other. The real princess and prince were jealous and planned to make the twins’ lives a living hell. Being part of the royal family wasn’t that easy after all!
Both books are romance. What draws you to that particular genre?
I know it’s definitely shocking to see a thirteen-year-old write romance but hey, here I am writing it! I read many romance novels since young and was inspired to write one. After writing one of them, I realised how I loved to write romance novels. To talk about romantic kisses, sunsets, love triangles, friends to lovers and true love is very intriguing! To me, writing romance is about understanding each partner’s feelings when they fall in love. I haven’t experienced any crushes or anything, because I’m obviously too young for any, but I think romance is not just about dirty stuff, it encompasses a range of strong and positive emotional and mental states, from the most sublime virtue or good habit, the deepest interpersonal affection and to the simplest pleasure.
How did you come up with the idea for your books?
I get my inspiration from many images from the internet. My favourite app to get inspiration is Pinterest. For example, the idea of making my characters in Love Machine crossbreeds was from images from Pinterest showing anime characters who are hybrids. I also use my writers notebook to store all my writing inspirations.
What were the key challenges you faced when writing The Revolution and Love Machine?
I had difficulties to start a chapter. Many professional writers say you need a captivating starting line and I was asking myself ‘How?’. It was difficult but I had to get over it. Writing kissing scenes were hard for me too. I have never experienced a kiss so I wouldn’t know how it feels like. The only think I can do is to imagine how my character feels and also learn from other romance authors. It is tough to write a novel because I constantly find myself getting distracted with things around me—my phone, my parents’ voice, my sister’s voice, the volume of the television outside. However, each time I see the progress of my manuscript, I would take a deep breath and start writing again. Additionally, my parents are not supportive of my writing career. You will often hear ‘do not waste your time writing’. I can understand that they feel being an author is a tough job but I love writing, so I write. Writing is a tool for me to get away from my stressful school life.
What type of characters do you love and hate to write? What is your favorite quality in protagonists? Has anyone in real life inspired you to write them?
I like to write about my protagonist and antagonist. I like to put myself in the protagonist’s shoes. I like to write bad things about my antagonist and try to give her some good qualities. In most of my stories, there is a side protagonist. I don’t like to write about my side protagonist because sometimes, I feel like it’s taking over the main lead. Funny… but that’s how I feel. I like protagonists who are sacrificial and loyal, protagonist who face moral dilemmas, protagonists who are hopeless romantic but in the end, finds a true love and protagonists who are relatable. When I write my antagonist, I think of my nemesis in school and use the traits she has to put into my antagonist.
Is there a message in your books that you hope readers will grasp?
I hope that readers who wants to believe in true love, would believe in it. For those who believe in it, I hope they will continue to.
When writing, do you plot or go with the flow?
I ask myself what is the genre I want to write under. I usually choose romance as the primary genre and then add in another genre as a sub-genre. I write what I want to happen at the start, middle and end in my writer’s notebook. I then start to write and go with the flow.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It took me about 10 months to finish writing Love Machine and another 2 months to edit, get a book cover, and publish it.
It was slightly shorter for The Revolution since it’s a shorter story.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
At first, I set my mind on finding a publisher to publish my novel. I sent out many query letters. Countless letters. I got about ten rejection letters and some of them just left me on the lurch. Of course, I was upset and it took me a week to get over each rejection letter. I then decided that I should get away with traditional publishing and self-published with KDP. Sure, most bestselling authors are traditional published. But guess what? I don’t need to be one, I don’t need the title of being a bestseller, I have the title of being passionate in writing.
What are your most favorite and least favorite things about being an author?
My favourite thing about being an author is to see my book live on Amazon. However, when being a self-published author, many reviewers spam you with emails—they want to charge you fees for a review. I feel that authors like me should never ever pay for a review unless it’s a kirkus review!
Do you have any writing rituals?
I have my writer’s notebook next to me, a cup of water and my computer ready. I also have a secret spot in the room next to my seat where I can just place all my writing-related things when I hear my parent’s footsteps nearing my door.
What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
I would give up my education. I don’t mind actually. If I could focus only on writing, I would.
What are your favorite literary journals?
Oh many—One Story, Tin House, The Newyorker, A Public Space, What’sUp, The Lowa Review and many more.
What is your favorite childhood book?
To be honest, I did not read when I was younger and I’m guilty of that. However, I like to read the Magic Ballerina series by Darcey Bussel. It’s related to Ballet and it has magic in it. I like Ballet and currently dance it too!
What is the next project you’re working on?
As Love Machine is book 1 of a trilogy, I’m currently working on Book 2 and is really excited to see the end product—I hope you are too.
When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?
Other than writing, I blog, dance and go on social media. I have a bookish blog and I recommend books there. I love to dance ballet, as well as, the currently trending tiktok dances! I love Instagram really much and get a little too excited when I receive likes, direct messages, comments and follows!