Heyy, everyone! I know—it feels like it’s been forever since I last blogged, so this post might be quite long.
To begin with, I’m going to be SUPER self-promo-y and share a FANTASTIC review of Frayed from SLJ: “Gripping, raw, and intriguing… This is a plot-driven, suspense-filled spine-tingling tale that ends with an unforeseen twist… Give this book to students who enjoy a thought-provoking, mind-boggling mystery with twists at every turn.” I’m SO insanely pleased with this review, and you can read the entire thing here. (Thank you, School Library Journal!)
And to everyone who’s told me they’ve bought/read/enjoyed Frayed so far: THANK YOU. You are awesome.
Okay, so today I wanted to talk about something I’ve been thinking about for awhile—and that’s the fact that I am, currently, a published author without being represented by an agent. It’s not unusual, but you’ll find that the large majority of authors out there are represented by an agent. I was found through an online writing website—Wattpad—after winning a completion there, so I completely passed over the querying stage and went straight to my debut being acquired by a publisher. So why am I bringing this up now? Because my debut was a contemporary mystery/thriller . . . and I’m a fantasy/sci-fi writer. Frayed, for me, was an anomaly; I’m not sure I’d ever write something like that again. (I’m definitely not going to say no—I’m always open to my ideas—but for now, I don’t.) Don’t get me wrong, though—I LOVE Frayed. I love the characters, the story, and more importantly, I believed in it. But wanting to change genres, especially as a new writer, is a difficult thing.
Basically, it means I’ll have to start at square one again. Write, revise, polish a manuscript, and send it off it agents. So, yes . . . frustrating? Definitely. But in the long run, I know that it will be worth it. Putting it simply: I’m nineteen, and I have the rest of my life to write and craft my career. So right now, I’m not in any hurry to publish again (however much I do want to be.) I ADORE sci-fi/fantasy, and it’s what I want to be writing.
That aside, I’ve spent the last few days in the Blue Mountains—which are stunning (but . . . cold. A little disappointed it didn’t snow, though. Fun fact: I have NEVER seen snow up close.) and was a lovely break.
What I’ve been reading: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard—Guys. GUYS, I LOVE THIS BOOK. Badass female characters & epic worldbuilding & lovely writing. SO recommend. The Children of Hurin by J. R.R. Tolkien—Obviously, I adored this book, like I have of everything by Tolkien. This was no exception. Ruined by Amy Tintera—this was such a great YA fantasy. So much sass and sarcasm, and I loved the fantasy world that Amy Tintera built. (Can I PLEASE have the next one . . . like now?!)
What I’m currently reading: Saga: Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples. I’m heard so many great things about these graphic novels, and so far, the art & story is fabulous. I also plan on doing a Throne of Glass reread (as well as giving ACOTAR a read, finally) as I’m dyinnngg to read QoS but it’s been FAR too long since I read HoF to remember anything.
What I’m watching: Game of Thrones. Soooo, I finally caught up and have now finished season 6 of GoT and no spoilers, but DAYUUMMMMM. Season 6 seriously has to be my favorite so far. So many things I didn’t see coming, and I’m SO in love with Dany’s dragons.
What I’m writing: At the moment, I’m revising a YA sci-fi novel (I’ve mentioned this one before as being a cross between White Collar/Leverage and Star Wars—so basically heists in space with an ass-kicking thief & intergalactic battles) which is actually untitled right now . . . but hopefully I’ll find a fitting one soon. Recently I finished yet another draft of TEoS and I’d love go through it again soon & give it another round of edits.