In 2008 I began writing Is This Me? after tucking my kids in at night. It became an one hundred fifty thousand word document and I split it into Is This Me? and If I Could Fly. After publishing these books, I took five months to write Think You Know Me and another five to write Being Me.
In the middle of the series I kept thinking I had no other ideas but the feeling that I wanted to make my writing career more than about a single series kept growing. Several people have been pivotal in inspiring and challenging me to push beyond my comfort level and branch out. The product of this endeavor was Drops of Sunshine (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692693181) first published in Spellbound, a paranormal novella anthology with four other amazing authors. It was such a great experience to collaborate and produce Spellbound!
Find Spellbound here!
Amazon - http://amzn.to/1rhm4Ie
iBooks - http://apple.co/1rhmBd4
BN - http://bit.ly/1W4htWB
Kobo - http://bit.ly/1SW4Eu7
Google Play - http://bit.ly/1Tt1uLM
One author I met who inspired me to branch out was Shawn McGuire. We first were introduced at Utopia Con 2015 and then met up again on a very snowy Colorado day at a book sale event. The snow kept most people away but we entertained ourselves chatting about books and author life.
So, about Shawn...Shawn McGuire is the author of young adult (and adult but I'll get to that in the next paragraph), coming-of-age novels that blend contemporary settings with a touch of fantasy and magic. She started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that’s episode IV) as a kid. She couldn’t wait for the next one so wrote her own episodes (seriously, how cool!). Sadly, those notebooks are long lost, but her desire to write is as strong now as it was then. She grew up in the beautiful Mississippi River town of Winona, Minnesota, the small town that inspired the setting for her young adult books Sticks and Stones and Break My Bones. The Milwaukee area of Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!) was her home for many years and then she moved to Colorado in 2011 with her family. While she misses family and friends there, she loves hiking and camping in the spectacular Rocky Mountains.
Her adult work includes two novels in the Lei Crime Series Kindle World set in Hawaii, including ONE OF HER OWN and OUT OF HER LEAGUE. (Amazing series and amazing works by the way!). She also has a short story, THE DOOR, in an anthology with Wicked Ink Books, titled Tick Tock: Seven Tales of Time. Her next project is an adult mystery series—tentatively called WHISPERING PINES—which is populated with Wiccan witches and gypsy fortune tellers. She tells me she's having a great time writing the first in the series and hope to have it out early in 2017.
You can find Shawn and her work here:
STICKS AND STONES - http://amzn.to/1VALY6h
BREAK MY BONES - http://amzn.to/1QXLTSB
NEVER HURT ME - http://amzn.to/2b5ZMFn
HAD A GREAT FALL - http://amzn.to/2b60gLw
BACK TOGETHER AGAIN - http://amzn.to/22HKOH5
Box Set – Books 1-3 - http://amzn.to/1TJEklb
ONE OF HER OWN - http://amzn.to/1O1Vc9I
OUT OF HER LEAGUE - http://amzn.to/1ZayHQr
TICK TOCK: SEVEN TALES OF TIME - https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Seven-Tales-Time-ebook/dp/B01AC1H2E8
Website - www.Shawn-McGuire.com
Email – Shawn@Shawn-McGuire.com
Newsletter – http://www.subscribepage.com/v5j7t1
Pinterest - http://www.pinterest.com/shawnmcguire1/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/Shawn_McGuire
Instagram - https://instagram.com/shawn.mcguire1/
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3231214.Shawn_McGuire
Amazon Author – (http://amzn.to/1ScjtIp) http://www.amazon.com/Shawn-McGuire/e/B00L0FJDFW
As always happy reading1