I’m a Busy Little Writer

This summer is going to be soooooo busy.  I’m talking, type-my-fingers-off busy.  I can see me now… sitting on the beach of Lake Michigan with a laptop in my lap while my family plays in the water.  But that’s okay- I like to be busy.  If I don’t have a to-do list that is a mile long, it doesn’t seem right.   And trust me, I’ll make sure that I get plenty of family time at the beach.

To kick my summer off, my super-cool friend Wren Emerson and I are teaming up with four other amazingly talented writers to do a short-story anthology.  It’s going to be waaaaay cool.  (Did I mention it will be cool?)

Right now, the plan is to each feature a character from our novels and do a little side story (or backstory) on them.  So, if you love the characters in our books- stay tuned.  You will be able to read more about some of them on August 1st. 

Oh- did I forget to mention the other authors?  My bad.  They are Nicole Williams (Eternal Eden), Tiffany King (Meant to Be), Brandon Alston (Grey Eyes) and Addison Moore, if her schedule permits.  I’m sure you know her… she wrote a little story called Ethereal.   We’ll release more information on that fun project as it comes together.  So exciting to work with such talented authors- I can’t wait!

Also, I will be releasing the sequel to my debut novel, Every Last Kiss.  It was originally scheduled for release in January, but I have finished the draft well before my original deadline, so it looks like it will be released this summer.  Yay!  So for everyone who has been asking me about it, sit tight.  It won’t be long.   Have I told you yet that you’re in for some surprises?  You totally are.  And I am thiiiiissss close to announcing the title.  I just have to live  with it for a little bit to make sure that it is THE ONE.   (And thank you again to everyone who chimed in with suggestions.  You totally rock!)

Also, my super-cool friend Wren and I are going to collaborate on a new series. We haven’t nailed down the details yet, but I’m thinking you are going to like it.   We may or may not be releasing short stories as teasers while we work on the series itself.  We’ll release more about that as we get everything more pulled together.

And lastly, I’ve got an idea running around in my head that is just begging to be written.  It’s a light, airy summer romance with no darkness or angst in it whatsoever.  I know.  Unusual for me.  But that’s the point.  I’m itching to do something different.  So, I’ll be working on that, too.

Oh, wait.  That wasn’t last.  I forgot one largish project.  My book, Guardian, is being released from Whiskey Creek Press next month, so this month will be chock full of editing, cover art and re-writes. 

And… of course, I’ll be doing my normal blog stuff with some interesting authors on here and discussing the minutia of my life.  So stay tuned for that.  🙂 

Anyway, as you can see, I’m going to be a busy little writer this summer.  But I can’t wait. What’s summer for anyway?  Lounging at the beach with a cool drink in my hand?  Whatevs.  I just hope that I don’t actually type my fingertips off.  I might need them in the future.

Have a happy Tuesday, everyone and a great week, too!

Interview with Wren Emerson

Anyone who follows me on Twitter or Facebook has heard me talking about my friend,Wren.  I think she’s witty and talented and basically, just made of awesome.  I’m super excited because her debut novel, I Wish, was just released and I can’t wait for the world to read it.  She’s been incredibly busy with that, but she slowed down just enough to answer a few questions for me. 

1. So, I’m lucky enough to have already read I Wish.  And you know I love it.  But how would you describe the premise to someone who hasn’t read it?

That’s always a tough question, but here goes. Thistle Nettlebottom is a teen girl who’s always wanted to settle down in one place and live a normal life so when she gets the opportunity to go back to the town where she was born she’s thrilled. Unfortunately, she quickly learns that nothing is what it appears on the surface in the town of Desire. She finds out that she’s a witch, one of the most powerful alive, and that someone wants her dead.

2.  I’m also lucky enough to work with you as a crit partner and I have witnessed first-hand your incredible world-building skills.  Tell me though, how did you come up with your ideas for this one?

The idea for I Wish… came to me originally a couple of years ago. The idea for such a strong matriarchal society was inspired by my own grandmother. She’s always been such a strong lady and when I was growing up she was really the matriarch of our whole family. From there I started thinking about what sort of main character would have the most conflict in a society like that. And so Thistle and her childhood in the Barbie pink RV was born.

3.   Do you listen to music while you write?

Constantly! I don’t have a specific soundtrack or feel like my song choices color what I’m writing, but I can’t think without background music. I love the .977 Music app on my iPhone. They have a really kickass 90’s station. At the risk of making myself sound incredibly old, it takes me back to my angsty teen years and makes it a lot easier to feel where Thistle is coming from when I write about her.

4.  What do you do for a hobby? What does Wren Emerson do for fun?

My first priority is to attempt to take over the world, of course. To the end I have my minions, the perfect undercover army.

When I’m not busy with world domination I love playing video games (you can find me playing my cleric is Rift most recently), making mixed media collages in my art journal, and taking a million pictures with my iPhone. It’s my plan to become a talented amateur iphoneographer.

7.   I Wish is the first in the Witches of Desire series.  How many books do you foresee writing for the series?  (And being the Plotter that you are… I know you already have that nailed down…)

LOL! You’ve got me there. I Wish… was originally going to be a stand-alone novel, but then as I started planning I realized that there was more going on under the surface than I realized. It’s now the first of a trilogy. I anticipate book 2 coming out in about 4 or 5 months. I think fans of I Wish… are going to enjoy learning more about Ben’s history.

And if that’s not enough, I have plans to write several companion stories about some of the more intriguing characters. I have plans in place already for Ramona, Cora, and Olivia. I hope to get those out sometime before book 2 comes out.

8.  Quick—If you were stranded on a desert island with ONE character from your books, who would it be and why?

Thistle. Even if she didn’t just wish us off the island she could probably feed us off the land with nothing more than a pocket knife and a piece of twine. Ramona’s paranoia was good for something after all, I guess.

9.  What do you find most challenging as an author?

Honestly, so far it’s been time management. It’s a balancing act between promotion, the business end of things, and writing. I mean look at how long it took me to answer these questions, ha! (It’s been DAYS, folks)

10.  What is your favorite all-time book?  And what did you read growing up?

My favorite book will probably always be IT by Stephen King, but I also love The Stand (also by Mr. King) and Watchers and Lightening by Dean Koontz. I’ve read them all at least 5 times each.

I was a bookworm as a kid. I’d read pretty much anything I could get my hot little hands on. I’ve always leaned towards horror or supernatural stories. My childhood favorites, besides Stephen King and Dean Koontz, were Christopher Pike, Lois Duncan, RL Stine, LJ Smith, and VC Andrews. I also had a pretty longstanding relationship with the Babysitter’s Club.

11.   Where can people find you online?  

I bounce up and down the internet tubes, but you can find a list of contact info on my blog. and if Twitter is your poison, I hang out there as @wrenem

12.  Where can they buy your books? 

Right now the book is only available as an ebook from the Amazon Kindle store, but it’ll be available soon for Nook and as a paperback via Amazon.

You can buy it here  (Amazon)

13.  Lastly, what is something about you that no one would think to ask?  Is there anything else about you that you’d like your readers to know? 

It’s hard to come up with something new and interesting when I constantly give out waaaaay too much information on Twitter, but let me think. Ah, ok, I thought of something.

I always carry in my purse: my Kindle, my phone, a pair of sunglasses, lip plumper, ~14 pens, and a bottle of Tapatio hot sauce.

Tapatio sauce?  I’m not even gonna ask… Thank you so much for being on my blog today.  You know I’m already a big fan and I can’t wait to watch your career explode!

Thanks for having me!