Can’t wait to appear on the show today at 4!
One of the Goodreads author prompt questions is: “What’s the best thing about being a writer?”
I took it upon myself to answer it today. There are a lot of things I like about being a writer. I love creating new settings and characters. When I write, my imagination can go wild and I get to see what happens between all of the characters. Often what happens as I write is very different from what I expected. For each first draft, I don’t outline at all – I just start typing at my computer and see where the characters take me. Seeing where a story takes me is definitely one of my favorite things about being a writer.
When I was working on the first draft of Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction, what surprised me the most was the role of the character Grant. He starts out as the boyfriend of the protagonist Petra Shirazi. I imagined him as a minor character but as the story developed he became increasingly important. Originally I’d named the character after a friend of mine but when my boyfriend (now husband) read the book – he reacted to the character name. “Why is her boyfriend named X?”
The comment took me by surprise so I ended up changing the name. None of the characters are modeled after people I know, although they do have bits and stories that I’ve adapted from real life into the story. Which brings me to what I consider the best thing about being a writer. Seeing your book in print. The concrete impact of your time in solid form.
That still gets me every time I pick up a print copy of my published book. I only hope that I feel just as excited every time I publish a new one. I never want to lose that feeling of surreal excitement.
My first novel AHRIMAN: THE SPIRIT OF DESTRUCTION (Book I of The Ahriman Legacy) is available as an ebook at all major retailers and a paperback at Amazon.com. http://amzn.to/1rJjjb0.
Today I had my first book event with the Book Divas on Tour (https://www.facebook.com/BookDivasOnTour) at the Barber Lounge (https://www.facebook.com/TheBarberLoungeForMen) in Waldorf, Maryland. The first thing that comes to mind is wow. What a wonderful whirlwind of an evening at a great event’s venue. For an hour or so, the four of us read pieces from our books and told our stories about how we became writers. Since I stayed in town for the event tonight, I will have to wake up at 4am tomorrow to fly to Cincinnati, but this experience was completely worth it.
Since this was my first book event, I didn’t really know how it would feel – being up in front of a room of people talking about myself and my book. Part of me was nervous, the other part was excited. Doing a book event gave me the opportunity to really “come out” as an author in front of an audience that I had never met before, with the exception of my always supportive husband. I am so grateful to the Book Divas for bringing me to one of their events. I had an absolute blast and cannot wait to do this again. While I enjoyed talking about myself and my book, being in the company of other authors adds so much to the experience. We can feed off of each other’s energy and engage with ourselves and the audience in a way that would not be possible if we were up there by ourselves.
B Swangin Webster put it best when she said earlier tonight that as authors, we need to be around other authors. For most people, it isn’t normal to be able to think, feel like, and for moments, to really be characters in each of my stories. Since I started writing a couple of years ago, I haven’t met that many other writers until recently when I became more involved with the Maryland Writers Association. Now after being around that atmosphere, I realized something that I have really been missing. That isn’t to say that my non-author friends and family haven’t been incredibly supportive of my writing. They have and I continue to rely on them every day. But being around people who know in depth about all of the angst and exhilaration that goes along with writing and then publishing a book has a special place in my life now. Meeting the Book Divas was like finding three kindred spirits all in one. I look forward to many more wonderful events with them and all of the other authors that I will most certainly meet going forward. We have so much to share and learn from each other as our lifelong journey starts and continues.
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My first novel AHRIMAN: THE SPIRIT OF DESTRUCTION (Book I of The Ahriman Legacy) is available as an ebook at all major retailers and a paperback at Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L1ISEUS.