I was never really sure where the whole publish myself thing was going to end up. I still don’t know. It was single-handedly the scariest moment of my life when I hit the publish button for A Very Zombie Holiday. I knew there wasn’t going to be a sudden rush to snap up my books and send me into instant stardom. This is going to be about the slow walk. Getting better, putting myself out there, enjoying myself and seeing where it takes me. Maybe it takes me to a place where I say I gave it a shot and go back to writing for myself. With all the mixed up feelings bouncing around in my head I am proud to say I hit the damned publish button again.
Today, The Shadow Men (The Dark Lands book 1) came out. It was an interesting book to write. I experimented with a few things I had never tried like multiple viewpoints and a complete lack of description on what the main characters looked like (I wanted my reader to put in the face they saw). It was a fun book to write. I approached it like an old-time Saturday serial. Action, monsters, take a deep breath and then more action and monsters. I am happy to say the second book is now in my final edit stage. This is good because if people like the first one they are going to like the second book (I think my novel writing skills have improved with each book).
It has been a weird last year. I went from completely stuck on a YA book I couldn’t seem to finish to completing my first adult novel and publishing my first two books (I also think I have figured out how to fix the issue which was hanging me up in the unfinished YA and will return to it early next year). I hope a few of my readers will wander out and buy the new book. I hope you enjoy it and come back for more. I appreciate you giving me a chance and hope I returned some genuine moments of entertainment. If you did, tell a friend. Maybe I can sell enough copies to buy some premium cat food (one of my dedications in the book was to my kittens. They are now demanding better food as payment for their inspiration).