And while it’s awesome with a capital A that the words which spilled out from my imagination to my keyboard and onto my computer screen will now literally be in other people’s hands and on their screens, it’s also shockingly scary. What will they think of my words? This never entered my mind when I wrote articles for newspapers because it wasn’t about me, it was about imparting information; the five Ws. The feelings of the readers weren’t a part of the equation because their reactions were always to the subject matter, not to how I wrote it.
As the date draws closer for SKYE FALLING’s release, I’ve found out that writing a book for the world to see is different beast entirely. Creating fiction is so utterly personal yet I’d be lying like a rug if I said I didn’t write it with the faint hope others would read it. Conundrum, meet Anna.
My goal was to tell a story, to elicit emotions, to make the readers fall in love with my characters and close the book with a satisfied sigh. In essence, I wrote a book that I wanted to read. I should probably mention I gobble up romance novels and feed my paranormal addiction on a regular basis.
The journey from first draft to finished product took time, tears, some swearing followed by grinning like a fool, and uncounted hours writing and rewriting, revising, editing, and general tinkering. And all that was before it was accepted at Red Moon Romance. At this point it was a good story but not yet a polished book.
Once it was accepted—and believe me I scream-squeaked the day I found out—I totally lucked out by getting Cori Vidae as my editor (*bows down to o mighty editor*). She loved the story of Skye and Lake and really got my sometimes quirky and sometimes just plain weird sense of humor. Her suggestions guided me to expand and develop the relationship between Skye and Lake into a book worthy of its gorgeous cover (thanks, Eileen Wiedbrauk!!).
I feel incredibly fortunate. I created a world filled with shapeshifters and magic and Fae and kings and sprinkled it with battles and romance and humor. I LOVE this world. That fact that my publisher and editor do, too, allows me to smile as my baby takes its first steps into this world. WHEE!
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