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,
My most recent read, a short story collection, Hostile Take Over, is a wonderful literary experience. Experience may sound odd for a book but I don’t know how else to describe it. I expected each story to be dystopian in nature even though the back cover says plainly “stories of various genres”. I am impressed with the latitude of settings, point of view, plots, and characters in this collection. I think it is wonderfully creative and fun to read each author’s take on the theme of revolution, uprising, and overcoming oppression.
I am impressed with how the authors were able to set a tone, introduce characters, and tell a story that grabs you within five thousand words. From BJ Sheldon’s futuristic story of heroism, to Colleen Nye’s paranormal romance, Kelly Risser’s living dead characters, to Tia Bach’s alien invasion, the stories are entirely entertaining.
Hostile Take Over is Book 3 of The Debut Collective, a series of books, written and published by indie authors, indie editors, and an indie press. Each of the stories is a maximum of five thousand words, so can be read within fifteen to thirty minutes. This book has stories by Alex Lamar, Alexandra Weis, Ashley Bodette, Avyn Lee, BJ Sheldon, Colleen Nye, Jessica Dorn, Kelly A. Risser, Natasha Hanova, Patti Larsen, S.E. Summa, Susan Burdorf, and Tia Silverthorne Bach. Some of the authors like Nye, Risser, and Bach, I have read works from before but the rest are new to me. I am looking forward to reading more of their work.
You can find this and the other Debut Collective books, Acts of Bravery, The Under Dogs, Secret Identity, and Against All Odds on Amazon from The Debut Collective social media page, https://www.facebook.com/DebutCollective/ or the main website, https://thedebutcollective.wordpress.com/.
“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”
-The Great Gatsby
In attempt to manage her rage and shame after a violent assault, Amanda loses touch with reality. Her spiraling physical state forces her to act or die. To face her demons, she must revisit the emotions she ran from in the first place. But she is determined to pick up the pieces of her life. Can she mend broken bonds with her friends and family? Will her epic love survive? Find out in this roller coaster finale of the Being Me series.
IS THIS ME? (Book 1)
IF I COULD FLY (Book 2)
Think You Know Me (Book 3)
Drops of Sunshine – a YA paranormal novella- FREE ON KU
Spellbound – a YA paranormal novella collection
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