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Writing from the heart

Hello, world. It’s been awhile. I feel like it’s been an eternity. So much has happened since my last entry. So much, in fact, that it would take 20 entries to catch you up. As many of you know, or don’t know, I’ve been taking a break in order to welcome my new daughter home. We adopted her from Bulgaria a few months ago–literally 2 weeks before the travel ban. It’s right afterward, that my college kids had to return home and my ones at home had to stop attending school. I’m sure it’s been the same in everyone’s neck of the woods. It’s made it pretty busy here! (Just take away people being able to go to town, slap some face masks on them so you can’t see if they’re smiling or just dying inside, and certainly no air travel!)

Now that the trauma of being homebound has slightly worn off and we can move about the surroundings with proper headgear, I’m itching to get back to my passion…writing. Before we traveled out of the country, I began the first book in my new trilogy. It’s an exciting one, really. A bit of an ‘Amy’ series, if you will. But not the same at all. Just a girl with a few tangles of love interests and a lot of identifiable traits anyone can relate to. I’m working on it each chance I get. But it’s honestly been moving more slowly than I want. Am I procrastinating too much? Rewriting too many chapters before it’s finished? Who knows. But in the meantime, I thought I’d take a detour. Complete something I knew to be attainable. Something completely different for me. Yet dear to my heart.

I know it’s unusual for authors to flip genres. Some do quite successfully, though. A lot write under a different name when doing so. And I can understand the reasons. But I’m not sure if this isn’t an isolated book for me. Writing young adult is something one does all the time or doesn’t, I feel. So I’m just going to say that I’m releasing a bit of something that’s been trapped for some time. It’s actually a story I’ve kicked around for years. Two publishers took to it and wanted me to rewrite some major characters in it. I politely declined. Actually, once I did do a rewrite. Then I felt a little nauseated from it. As if I was giving up something that would now look entirely different if I did. Don’t get me wrong…I can get served criticism, then mix and bend and rework things. I do it a lot in different facets in my life. But when it’s a story in my heart…no thank you. It just doesn’t mean the same thing. And like I said, young adult isn’t my calling. But the story is. It’s called me to write it. And I’ll admit, I’m a bit stoked for doing so. I feel like I’m back to doing what I’m supposed to be doing…writing.

I’ll check in more often. Make sure someone out in this very bizarre world is finding my words. Hopefully being entertained with my thoughts and daily musings. Feel free to let me know you’re out there. It’s been a secluded couple months for many. I’ll keep you posted with cover reveals, snippets, and putting faces on the characters in my upcoming book. Until then, peace out! And I do mean, ‘peace’. I think we could all stand a whole lot of that right now. 😉

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Rain outside, Rain in my head

rainI live in Virginia, and although we dodged the Hurricane, we’ve been getting a lot of rain. I’m pretty sure that’s why I’ve been a little more sluggish than usual. Hence, the rain in my head title!

So the workshop I was so gung-ho on? Well, I slowly became lazy and stopped participating. I mean, come on! I couldn’t hang in there for a few more weeks? Evidently not. In my defense I had a few things going on. Work, writing, editing, my other job, painting a new room in the house… the poor, long list goes on. Fear not, I intend to print out all the lectures and read them with great concern. I will prevail with giving more meat to my characters in my books.

Last week I committed myself to self-publishing my YA novel. I never set out to write young adult, but I had this story haunt me at all hours of the day and night. Tapping on my brain, sending me dialogue through the inner speakers of my mind. I couldn’t take it. One day I sat down and began writing Lacy’s story. It had to be written. Otherwise I’d get no rest. So I’ve handed it over to a very experienced editor in this genre. She will read it, shape it, take the knife to a couple areas, probably, then return it to me in better shape than I handed her. Hopefully.

Then I will take the path of the unknown and publish it for reader consumption. Not really sure how it will play out, but I’m up for the challenge. I didn’t really seek a publisher for this because I don’t intend to write many more young adults. But who knows, another sad little character might take up space in my head until I write her story, too. Now to think of a new pen name, since it’s YA. It’s so much fun getting the chance to name yourself again!

If you’re getting rain, stay dry. If it’s sunny and beautiful where you live, consider yourself blessed. Actually, consider yourself blessed either way. But for some reason, I think my backyard is holding in one large burp from all the water its taken in:)

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Guest YA Book Blogger, Tula

The-Chaos-of-Stars-Kiersten-WhiteToday I have with me my daughter, Tula. She is an avid reader, sometimes finishing an entire book in one day. She recently checked this one out at the library and read it twice! in two days. I couldn’t even get her to  come to dinner, for Pete’s sake:) So, I’ve asked her to join me to give her opinion on this “awesome” book! Let’s begin.

Tula, tell us a little bit about this “awesome” book.  “It is about an Egyptian girl named Isadora who is the daughter of the goddess of child birth and the god of the underworld. Isadora’s mother, Isis, sends Isadora to San Diego because she’s been having dreams that her daughter is in trouble if she stays. Isadora is happy with this decision due to the fact she feels she’s being replaced by the new baby her mother is having. But, when Isadora is away she finds out that her mother is going to be poisoned by a snake. So, she returns home to save her mother and finds out just who is the bad guy!”

So Tula, tell me why you enjoyed this book so much?  “Well, I left out the part of all the romance that happened while she was in San Diego.”

Ahh, now that’s my girl:) A true romantic at heart. I knew there had to be something that made you read that book twice!

So, Tula what would you give this book on a five star rating system? “Five stars, of course! I loved the storyline and I want this book for my private collection.”

Sounds like the library is going to be getting cash for that book!! No, really we’ll return it. I’ll just be making a trip to our local bookstore so she can have it on her own bookshelf. Way to go, Kiersten White for making a new fan out of my daughter!!