Way back in 2012 when I finished writing Masquerade, I had every intention of getting straight to work on Devotion, the forth of a total of five books planned for the Sevy Series. But life had other ideas.
To make a looooong story short, I ended up requesting the rights back for all three books of the Sevy Series from Mundania Press. I then self-published them on Amazon, and though sales were good, I’d become disillusioned with the series and with writing in general. I didn’t think I had it in me to be a writer. For years, I just gave up.
In 2018, I was finally able to break myself out the rut I’d fallen into and started seriously trying to get my career back on track. As of now, I have two projects out in submission land, and am editing a third. I also have a list of story ideas that grows by the day and the scribbly first chapters of at least 4 novels on the go. I think my muse is busy making up for lost time.
I’m trying to stay focused on one thing at a time so as not to overwhelm myself, but it’s been getting difficult. You see, there is a voice in the back of my mind screaming for attention. After years stuck in limbo, Sevy has decided she’s ready for a comeback. I catch myself daydreaming about her a lot lately.
Like all writers, I imagine what it would be like to have a movie made of my stories. Over the years, I’ve cast any number of actors in the role of Sevy, but I never quite got it right. I think that’s changed. I found my ideal Sevy while binge-watching the latest season of Wentworth during the holidays: Nicole da Silva, pictured above. She has the right look and physicality (really, it’s almost creepy how much she resembles the Sevy in my head), and more importantly, she has the acting chops to convey Sevy’s conflicted mix of bravado and vulnerability even without saying a single word. Honestly, she’s so perfect, it makes me ridiculously giddy, even though there’s as much chance as getting the Sevy Series made into movies as there is winning the lottery. Less even. Still, it’s a nice little fantasy that brings me joy.
I know that when I start fawning over dream-casts, it’s only a matter of time before I give in to a story that wants to be told, but as I said, I’m right in the middle of edits on Graduating Class of Never. I want to get that finished and out to agents/publishers before I allow Sevy to truly take over my life again, and even once I start work on Devotion, it might be years before it’s finished. But if the Sevy Series still has fans somewhere out there, just know that I haven’t forgotten about her. I owe her another two books, and she isn’t one to let someone slip out of a promise so easily.
If you’ve read this far into my rambling, you must be a fan of Sevy, and if you are and want to see more of her, you’d be doing us both a favour if you could leave a review of Thief, Shades of War, and Masquerade on Amazon or Goodreads. Please and thank you and Happy New Year!
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I’m so happy to report that I’ve just finished another WIP! For the Love of a Witch is a fantasy romance novella, written in the style of a fairytale. It’s a huge departure from my typical writing style and was super challenging (and super rewarding) to write. I’m really excited about this story. I think it’s my best work to date, and I hope my readers will think so too.
As for Graduating Class of Never, I’ve received some really great feedback from a few publishers, and now that the first draft of FtLoaW is done, I’m going to do some rewrites before sending GCN out again. I also have a short story and a YA sci-fi novel that are next up in my queue, so there’s lots to keep me busy.
And now a bit of a personal update. My life has been at a standstill since 2012/2013. I had, until then, neglected my mental health and I paid a heavy price for that. I crashed. Hard. I’m just now getting to a place where I no longer feel like a threat to myself. Every day remains a struggle, but I’m able to eye the future with optimism. It’s a good feeling. One that I want to protect and further cultivate.
A part of getting myself back on track, it’s time to start getting serious about my writing again. That means dealing with the submissions process and the inevitable rejections, as well as sorting out my social media. I’m researching which platforms will be best suited to my needs and my strengths. Whatever I decide upon will have to be sustainable and more importantly, fun! I think that was a big reason I resented social media so much back when I was first published. It felt like a chore, and more than that, a waste of time. I didn’t know what I was doing, so I just sort of spammed Facebook and Twitter, hoping that if I threw enough things out into the world, something would stick.
This time around, I’m going to go at my own pace while gently challenging myself. After all, I’m just as much a work in progress as any of the stories I write. There’s still so much I have to learn about myself, and for the first time in a long time, that feels like a privilege instead of a character flaw.
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I am beyond happy to report that I’m finally done writing the first draft of Graduating Class of Never!
GCN is a young adult paranormal novel that uses death as a metaphor for mental illness. As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety, I wanted to create not only an interesting story, but one that teaches young readers different strategies to help them cope them the curveballs life will throw at them, strategies that I’ve learned during my own recovery and which I continue to use on a daily basis.
I began writing GCN in January of 2012, a lifetime ago really. There were times I thought I’d never finish it, times that I thought I would never be able to write anything ever again. Mental illness can really twist perception and demolish ambition and motivation. But thanks to the support of my family and friends, as well as a ton of therapy, I’ve been able to claw my way out of my own mind, and it’s my hope that GCN will give young readers some tools to be able to do the same for themselves.
Though I’m taking today to celebrate, there is still a lot of work to be done. This week I’ll begin the first of many edits, and once that’s done, who knows how long the whole, torturous submission process will take before GCN is published. But I’m optimistic that, one day, you’ll be able to pick up a copy at your local book store.
In the meantime, here’s to me, for overcoming a few more of my personal demons! And here’s to Graduating Class of Never, for transforming the way I think about this whole writing biz.
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Welcome to my brand spanking new website and blog! Stay awhile. Stay forever!
I have been stuck in a rut for a few months now, thanks to health issues and a move to a new town. Emotional unrest and spatial upheaval do not lend themselves to a successful creative process. As least, not for me. But now that I’m settled and sane again, it’s time to get writing! And what better way to motivate myself than to spruce up my web presence? Shiny new digs for a shiny new year.
I’ve had a new release come out this month and have a bunch of promising WIPs that I hope to finally complete. And in the meantime, I’ll try my bestest to keep on swimming…I mean blogging.
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