Sweet Peril is finally here! I cannot express how long I waited for this book to come out. After Sweet Evil, I was left waiting with baited breath for this amazing sequel... and it was completely worth it, albeit very frustrating to put my curiosity on hold for so long.
As always, Wendy Higgins doesn’t disappoint. She deftly weaves together a tale of adventure with sexual tension constantly hovering over the characters. Especially with Anna sent with Kopano on multiple missions to recruit more Nephilim. Despite them bonding, she can't stop thinking about Kaidan—even if he is avoiding her and is not the most emotionally open guy.
Today, Deborah Rocheleau posted an awesome interview with self-published teen author Rebecca Mcnutt. In it, Rebecca talks about how she self-published her own series after turning down some traditional publishers/small presses because they wanted to change certain parts she wanted to keep. She also talks about some of the stigmas associated with teen authors who are trying to be published and even financial difficulties for a teen author.
Click here to read the whole interview.
For those of you who regularly check this blog, you will know that on April 16th, 2013 I finished my 1st Draft of 7th Heaven. I'm still excited about it! I started revising minor details on my own, but I have a lot of waiting to do because my critique partner or "CP" is busy adding comments.
But since I don't like being idle, I decided to start working on the sequel: Tears of an Angel. I can't say much because it spoils the end of 7th Heaven, but I'm really excited to get started.
So, for those who read my Exciting Stuff post, the first 4 things have come to pass (well, the contest is still up, but not for long! Deadline is May 1st, so get your submissions in.
Stay tuned for more exciting stuff coming!
UPDATE as of 2:40pm: I FINISHED! It was an amazing read. Gonna go and write some of Where Madness Dwells with my co-author now, but check back here soon.
TCWT: What is your ultimate goal as a writer?
ZH: To be a published author with an income of at least $100 (ideally more, obviously) off my books alone. I don't know whether that means self-publishing or the traditional route (I'm keeping my options open, but I do dream of seeing my books on Barnes and Noble shelves). But either way I want to become known for my fantasy romance series "The Belgrave Legacy" (Book 1 is 7th Heaven, which I'm currently drafting), my Alice in Wonderland-inspired novel, Where Madness Dwells, and my literary story, Eve is Dead.
I don't need to be JK Rowling or Amanda Hocking famous, but I want at least 1,000 fans. I want my fanbase to be voracious readers, kind and respectful of one another, and very vocal in their praise.
I eventually want to go to a Writer's Digest Conference and Book Expo America too, but I'm waiting for a finished manuscript before I do that, just in case I meet an agent who's interested.
A while ago I announced that I did an interview for Deborah Rocheleau's blog and the day has come when it's gone live on the internet! Why don't you check it out?
In the interview, I talk about my writing process. When the interview was conducted, I had just finished the 1st ACT of 7th Heaven. Yesterday (4/16/13) I finished the 1st DRAFT (YAY!).
I did it! I really really did it! I finished my first draft of 7th Heaven, which I started back in mid-February (Feb 20), in a condensed time of about 1 and 1/2 MONTHS! Woo! I just set my mind to it and cranked out the draft. It's still very rough and I am forever grateful for my wonderful Critique Partner SJ Bouquet for helping go through the story. I just sent off the draft to them and I'm sure they'll tell me to add in lots of details (which is good, since it'll get me to 50k pretty quickly–I'm 12,777 words short). But I'm still done with a first draft!
I'm on Robert Lee Brewer's Blog!!! (hold the applause) For those who don't know, he's really famous in the writing world and he asked for guest bloggers, and he just posted my article "Facebook Groups are Great for Writers" last night!
Everyone says the Internet is either a distraction or the best thing to happen in our lifetime. More often than not, I agree with the latter.
I love Facebook. It allows me to keep in touch with my friends and keep up to date on some of my favorite pages. Most recently, though, I’ve developed a new love for the social network.
The Teens Can Write, Too! and Go Teen Writers Facebook groups are friendly communities for writers that offer moral support and fun anecdotes to help motivate me when I’m looking for inspiration. Some people prefer to write alone and share afterwards, and these groups give you that opportunity.
It’s a hangout, not a mandatory club in which you need to contribute a specific amount to get advice or help (as it is with some writing website forums).
As to balancing my time in these groups and actually writing? I generally check in once a day and see if there are any interesting new threads I should be aware of. I try and stay off Facebook other than to wish people happy birthday, see the latest news on my biggest obsessions so I can maximize my writing time.
Sometimes, there are “Word Wars” where people agree to write as much as they can within a given amount of time and we keep a chat open, it can be very effective and satisfying. I actually have yet to do one, but Go Teen Writers is hosting a similar scenario, but it’s called 100 for 100 in which you sign up and promise to write 100 words for 100 days. Currently we’re about halfway through and I’m over the 50% mark in word count. Forums on writing websites also offer these opportunities, but there’s something I just like about the Facebook Group configuration.
Facebook Groups changed my writing experience and it may change yours too. However you write, there are friendly writer groups all over the internet (I also use Figment.com, Wattpad.com, andNaNoWriMo.org), so know that you’re not alone!
So! Lots of good news.
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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