Successor is OUT!

It’s finally happened! Successor, my debut YA fantasy novel, released last Wednesday, and I can now say, after all these years, that I am a published author. Publishing a book has been my top goal in life up to this point, and I can’t believe I’ve accomplished it. It really is a dream come true.

Now comes the tough part: not getting bummed when people say they don’t like it. It’s a hard, unavoidable truth to accept that not everyone will like what you create. Everyone’s tastes differ, and that’s perfectly okay! So I will just try my best to be happy they gave it a shot in the first place. Hopefully they’ll find at least a small bit they enjoyed. That’s the best I can hope for.

So with that being said, it’s time to focus on what’s next—the sequel! It’s still in the planning stage with bits and pieces of scenes written down, but it’s coming! There’s also another story I’m working on at the same time, so let’s see how I do writing two at once.

Have your copy of Successor? Already read it? Let me know what you think!

Happy reading!

Time for a playlist!

I think most writers have some kind of playlist they come up with during their writing process. They might play the songs while they’re writing to further enhance the experience and find inspiration, or they might hear a song at random that fits something in their story. However their playlists come about, music can make the story a more fulfilling experience for both writer and reader.

With that being said, here’s my playlist for Successor. Some of these songs go along with certain scenes, and others just fit the mood of the story as a whole. If you read the story, I’d love to hear your thoughts on which song you think goes with which scene!

In no particular order, here you go:

  1. World Collapsing – Revolt Production Music
  2. Searching for the Curse – thenewno2
  3. Everlasting – Brand X Music
  4. Always Trust Your Father – Sean Callery
  5. No Hope Left – Brand X Music
  6. Pompeii – Clinton Shorter
  7. The Glade – Trevor Jones
  8. The Kiss – Trevor Jones
  9. Stay With Me – Clint Mansell
  10. Cold Lamb Sandwich – Thomas Newman
  11. Statues – Alexandre Desplat
  12. 2-1 (Instrumental Version) – Imogen Heap
  13. Sacrifice (Alternate Version) – Christophe Beck
  14. I Will Find You – Clannad
  15. Surrender (feat. Haley) – Bassnectar & HAILO
  16. Ebudae – Enya
  17. The Power of Love – Gabrielle Aplin
  18. Now We Are Free (Maximus Mix) – Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard
  19. Saving Josh – Trevor Morris
  20. Godspeed – Klaus Badelt
  21. Elope – Thomas Wanker
  22. Don’t Let Me Go – RAIGN
  23. No Time for Caution – Hans Zimmer
  24. Ancient Voices (Extended) – Russ Landau & David Vanacore

Did you know?

I’m creative! Well. Obviously you knew that to some extent because I’m a writer. But I like doing lots of other stuff, too! I grew up learning to crochet. I taught myself cross stitch. I can freehand pencil draw Disney characters. And I love coloring! Especially with colored pencils.

My newest obsession? Painting!

I’ve been trying to figure out what type I’d really like to do, and I think I’ve finally found it. It’s called a few things, from what I’ve seen, but some names it goes by is pour art, flow art, fluid art, and dirty pouring. I think that last one is because you combine colors in a cup. But it’s a super simple technique, and with a few tutorials, you can get awesome results.

Here’s my first attempt!

Not bad, eh?

I’ve tried a couple other kinds of painting, which I love those, too. I’ll even share them!

Enjoy!

Preorder! Get your preorders in!

SUCCESSOR is now available for preorder!

By happy accident, I just happened to be on Successor’s Goodreads page, and out of curiosity, clicked on the Amazon button under where to “GET A COPY”. And there it was! My little story on an Amazon page all its own.

I was even more excited to find there’s also a page for it on Barnes & Noble’s website. So far it’s only available for preorder at those two sites, but I can’t knock it since…I mean…well, they’re those sites. So, I proceeded with a happy dance. In my chair. Because it’s Saturday, and I had no motivation to stand up. That’s just how it is some days.

Anywho! Here are the links to those two beautiful pages. Take a peek if you’ve got a sec!

Amazon

Barnes & Noble