The most frequent question I get is how did you write these so fast. So today, on the heels of the release of the final installment of the Being Me series, I wanted to give you a history of how these books came to be.
While it appeared that I cranked out four installments in two years, the books are a product of eight years of effort. I began writing in 2008, not coincidentally the summer of my high school reunion and first join to social media. My three kids were young and I stayed home with them. During the evenings, I needed an outlet. With all my pent up memories of high school and college, I created a character who was strong and fearless, if not a bit naive.
I started writing in a composition book. Weaving scenes into a plot, I created a world for Amanda, a college freshman full of excitement. My husband watched me scribble on my pages each night and replaced them with a laptop. For four years, I wrote. In 2012, I reluctantly let my sister-in-law and another editor friend read the, then 200,000 word, story. While rough, they saw potential.
I hired an editor and over the course of nine months, I refined the work, splitting it into two manuscripts that became Is This Me? and If I Could Fly. Feeling I had to give the traditional publishing route a shot, I spent three months querying agents. With little results, the manuscript went through final edits. I hired a formatter and cover designer, and Is This Me? came to fruition.
My journey as a young adult is fictionalized and weaved through much of this series. Like Amanda, and many of us, my path was littered with challenges and I lost my way for a bit. The point for me was to create a world that entertained the reader while also inspiring and comforting, much like your best friend would. So yes, there were many tears during this process, and a little sweat too. But the sad tears and happy tears made the journey rich.
I have many people to thank for supporting my efforts to see this series fly. I hope you laugh, cry, cheer on, yell at, maybe even fall in love with the characters of the Being Me series, I certainly have.
All the best,
About the Author
Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives in Colorado with her family and four legged and finned creatures. Her new adult Being Me series is now complete with Is This Me?, If I Could Fly, Think You Know Me, and Being Me. Her young adult books include Drops of Sunshine, Native One, and Kingdom of Embers. You can connect with Tricia and other readers on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14055439.Tricia_Copeland, Facebook www.facebook.com/TriciaCopelandAuthor, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/authortriciacopeland/- Twitter www.twitter.com/tcbrzostowicz, LinkedIn, Pinterest www.pinterest.com/triciacopelanda/, and Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/8wque.