Monday, April 9, 2018

WOMAN LAST SEEN IN HER THIRTIES, by author, CAMILLE PAGAN

From bestselling author, Camille Pagán comes a hilarious and hopeful story about a woman on the verge of a nervous breakthrough.


At fifty-three, Maggie Harris has a good marriage and two mostly happy children. Perpetually anxious, she’s also accumulated a list of semi-reasonable fears: falling air conditioners, the IRS, identity theft, skydiving, and airbag recalls. But never once did Maggie worry that her husband of nearly thirty years would leave her.
On the day Adam walks out the door, everything that makes Maggie secure goes with him. Only then does she realize that while she’s been busy caring for everyone else, she’s become invisible to the world—and to herself.
Maggie cautiously begins to rebuild her life with a trip to Rome, a new career, and even a rebound romance. But when a fresh crisis strikes and an uncertain future looms, she must decide: How much will she risk to remain the woman she’s just become?

Reviews ~

“[Pagán’s] writing is fun and engaging. Maggie is a wonderful character, and readers will identify with her struggles and successes in rebuilding her life.” Booklist

“Pagán (Forever Is the Worst Long Time) has created a winning character in Maggie. Watching her wake up to the world around her and realize that there’s more to life than a dull marriage is exciting and relatable. Women’s fiction readers will find a lot to like in this book.” Library Journal

“Pagán does a wonderful job of bringing us a character that is so believable you feel like you know her…If you enjoy family drama and stories of growth you will find this a terrific addition to your library. Tie in drama and romance and this will also intrigue those more interested in finding a silver lining.” Seattle PI

“The way the whole book unfolded was so true to real life…It’s an extremely well-written and accurate portrayal of what a woman would do after her life is shattered.” Novelgossip
“Both entertaining and filled with life’s wisdom…Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties is an empowering story for women of all ages with a wise reminder not to lose our authentic selves.” —Bookreporter

Some Q & A with Camille ~ 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you started writing.
I’m the author of four novels; my most recent book is Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write fiction, but I didn’t attempt an entire novel until just before I turned 30. I had just had my first child and my dear friend was dying of cancer; for whatever reason, those two things made me feel it was imperative that I write a book right away. I was hooked even before I wrote the last scene of the first draft. I am not the type of writer who hates writing; I really love the drafting process and I’m already dreaming of my next book before I even finish the one I’m in the middle of. 

Do you have a ‘day job’ as well?    
I do; in addition to writing fiction, I’m also a health journalist and editor. I’ve written for Time, WebMD, Health, O: The O Magazine, and many others, and most recently served as the health editor at Real Simple magazine. I usually write fiction in the morning and work on journalism in the late morning and afternoon. When I’m really deep into a project—fiction or nonfiction—I often end up writing at night, but I mostly try to reserve that time for reading and hanging out with my family.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
It’s interesting—I had more of a struggle getting my second novel published than my first. I wrote my first novel, The Art of Forgetting, quickly (in about four months), then took several months to edit it before I began looking for an agent. I signed with Elisabeth Weed, who is still my agent today, and she sold the book at auction to Dutton/Plume (Penguin imprints) and to a half-dozen international publishers.

After Forgetting came out, I wrote two books in a row that I didn’t love and didn’t want to publish. Then I wrote Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, which was such a joy to write—and my then-publisher passed on it, in part because sales for Forever had not been great. I was devastated, of course, because I really loved that book (still do). But this story has a happy ending: Lake Union bought Life and it has since sold more than 150,000 copies. But there was a several-year gap in which I didn’t know if I would ever publish a second book, and that was extremely hard.

What are you working on now?
I just finished the draft about a couple who exchanges lists of things of what they want the other person to change in order to attempt to save their marriage. It was fun to write, if uncomfortable at times—it’s hard to write a novel about marriage without taking a long, hard look at your own relationship.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences?
Though I don’t write about the people in my life, most of my novels have been inspired by real-life experiences, though not in the way one might think—it’s not so much that I find the plot as I get sparks of inspiration from random situations. For example, Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties was inspired by a run-in I had in a grocery store; a college-aged man bumped into me, looked right through me without apologizing, and went on his way. It was a five-second incident that was the catalyst for an entire book.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
It’s always the same because it’s the single guiding principle of my career: write the book you want to read, regardless of what’s popular or what anyone else (whether your mother or your publisher) wants you to write. For me, that’s the only way to find joy in the process and produce a novel I’m proud of.  
Thanks for having me on your site!

You can learn more about my books at camillepagan.com and facebook.com/camillepaganbooks. 




Tuesday, March 27, 2018

THE GOOD LIAR, by author, Catherine McKenzie

When tragedy strikes, people react differently. Many panic. Others mourn. Some exist as if nothing’s happened. And some use tragedy to drastically change their lives…

In internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novelist Catherine McKenzie’s riveting and thought-provoking new novel, THE GOOD LIAR (Lake Union Publishing; on-sale April 3rd, 2018; hardcover; paperback; e-book), the lives of three women are forever altered by a national tragedy—and by the choices made in its wake.

A year ago, Cecily Grayson became the poster child for a horrifying explosion that ripped a Chicago building apart. She was supposed to be in the building that day. Instead, she stood on the street and witnessed it going down, with her husband and best friend, Kaitlyn, inside. While she watched, a photographer snapped a photo of her—a photo that would become one of the enduring images from that day.

Franny Maycombe, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building. As the anniversary dominates the media, the memories of that horrifying morning become dangerous triggers. A thousand miles away in Montreal, a third woman, Kate Ring, is working as a nanny for a wealthy family. Haunted by the anniversary of the Chicago explosion, Kate fights to keep her past from catching up with her.

All three women are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them?

The idea for this novel has been percolating in McKenzie’s mind for years and began with this thought: What if someone used a national tragedy to run away from their life? Later, she discovered stories about people faking their way into tragedies. And finally, she learned of a 9/11 widow whose divorce was about to be finalized right before the towers fell. From there, she thought what-if, and began writing THE GOOD LIAR.

An irresistible look at ordinary people in extraordinary situations and a gripping and incisive exploration of deceit, THE GOOD LIAR is Catherine McKenzie at her best!


“A Hottest Thriller of 2018”—GOODREADS

“Complex, thought-provoking…Who the good liar may be, and what that phrase might actually mean are questions that will resonate long after the book is finished. Many will devour this book in one sitting.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

“Give this to fans of seemingly benign characters with dark inner lives like those in Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies.”
BOOKLIST

“For many years, Catherine McKenzie has been writing some of the best thrillers around. She’s outdone herself with THE GOOD LIAR, the powerful and heartbreaking story of the painful aftermath of a national tragedy. It’s sharply written with engaging characters and twists and surprises up until the very last page. A smart, fast-paced, and riveting thriller!”
David Bell, author of Bring Her Home

“With twists and turns, the lives of three women intersect in the most unexpected ways during the aftermath of a tragedy. Thought-provoking, suspenseful, and mysterious, The Good Liar is a true page-turner that explores the ways stories are connected and created, and what can be hidden underneath. This is a book you won’t be able to put down!”

Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger

Some Q & A with Catherine ~ 


Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you started writing.

I’m a lawyer. I always wrote growing up – poetry mostly – but in 2006 I had an idea that wouldn't leave me alone and that turned into my first novel which lives in a drawer.

What are some things you enjoy when not writing?

Running, hiking, skiing, watching lots of TV and reading.

Do you have a ‘day job’ as well?

Yep! I’m a partner in a law firm.

Where do you get your ideas?

Lots of places. Usually, I have several ideas coalesce into one – maybe a story I’ve heard, or an article I’ve read will start my imagination going.

Is there a particular author or book that influenced or inspired your writing or decision to write?

Nick Hornby had a big influence on my early writing.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

Once I finished Arranged (the first “real” novel I wrote), I got an agent – that took about six months of querying. She then spent the next year and a half trying to sell it. In the meantime I wrote Spin. She finally sold that novel in a two book deal in Canada in July 2009 – almost two years after we’d started working together. It took another two years (and a change of agent) to get my first deal in the US in 2011. In short, I could paper a room with all my rejections.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you’d change?

Probably a lot of things, but that’s easy to say. I have a good career so I shouldn’t complain.

How do you market your work?

That’s a complex question! Hopefully, my publisher markets my work! I try to supplement through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and doing blogs like this. I also have a newsletter.

What are you working on now?

I’m on the 2nd draft of my next novel which is slated to come out in April 2019.

Is anything in your book based on real-life experiences?

I try not to do that. I might be inspired by real life things that I’ve read about.

Do you have a favorite chapter or scene?

None comes to mind!

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Read, read, read, read, read. If you don’t love reading, you’ll never be a great writer.

What are the downfalls of your writing career? The best parts?

Publishing books is asking to be criticized. That’s the main downfall, I think. The best part is hearing from readers whose lives you’ve affected.

Favorite band or music?  Favorite book and/or movie?

A big fan of Matt Nathanson. But I listen widely. I cannot pick one book!

Place you’d like to travel?

Too many places to name!

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans?

Thank you.

To connect with Catherine:

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

DIGGING IN, by author LORETTA NYHAN

In author Loretta Nyhan’s warm, witty, and wonderful novel, a widow discovers an unexpected chance to start over—right in her own backyard.

Paige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade—and lost him two years ago. Since his death, she’s been sleepwalking through life, barely holding on for the sake of her teenage son. Her house is a wreck, the grass is overrun with weeds, and she’s at risk of losing her job. As Paige stares at her neglected lawn, she knows she’s hit rock bottom. So she does something entirely unexpected: she begins to dig.

As the hole gets bigger, Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden. The neighbors in her tidy gated community are more than a little alarmed. Paige knows nothing about gardening, and she’s boldly flouting neighborhood-association bylaws. But with the help of new friends, a charming local cop, and the transformative power of the soil, Paige starts to see potential in the chaos of her life. Something big is beginning to take root—both in her garden and in herself.

Reviews:

“Endearingly quirky…Emotional yet funny…Confronting grief, change, and a new way of being, Nyhan’s lovely story captures the rejuvenating power of hard work that can start right in the backyard.” Publishers Weekly

“Charming…Nyhan has fun with a bubbly satire of business culture.” Kirkus Reviews

“On the surface, this is a sweet novel about aging, grief, and redemption. But Nyhan (All the Good Parts, 2016), who has experienced loss herself, shares very insightful observations. She reminds readers that comfort and hope can come in the most unexpected encounters if the heart is open.” Booklist

“[Loretta Nyhan’s] novels are emotional for sure, but they still manage to deal with tough themes in an upbeat and hilarious way…By the end of the book, you’re left in a place of healthy, hopeful bliss, a place only Nyhan could take us to.” —The Suspense is Thrilling Me

“Nyhan has done it again! Her characters captivate and her gift for vivid prose shines in this roller coaster of a tale. My hope is that it leaps from the page to the big screen! Any reader with a heart won’t want it to end!” —Nicole Waggoner, author of Center Ring and The Act

“I want to scream my love for this book from the rooftops. What a delightful, funny, authentic, wise story about the healing power of gardening and the struggle to root yourself in the untilled land of grief. With a full cast of unique characters, Digging In is a must-read for anyone seeking pure entertainment.” —Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Perfect Son

“I loved this one! Tender and sweet and hilarious. Packed full of wise moments, with a fresh take on what it is to experience grief. The characters seemed so lifelike I caught myself considering Googling one of them to see what she was up to in her life now! Hilarious take on split-generation offices—hipsters vs the shoulder pad brigade. Recommend this read to anyone.” —Virginia Franken, author of Life After Coffee

Digging In is the loveliest novel. The title is perfect—a metaphor for digging deep. It is the story of a woman who has been brought to her knees by the loss of her husband, the love of her life. Now absolutely everything is on the line, her job, her relationship with her teenage son, and her will to live, hangs in the balance. The unique and surprising—even to her—ways she recovers had me turning the pages, and yet I wanted to linger. In her own inimitable warm, witty, and compassionate style, Loretta Nyhan has written a wise and poignant story of recovery from grief. I loved this book.” —Barbara Taylor Sissel, author of The Truth We Bury and Faultlines

Some Q & A with Loretta ~ 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you started writing.
I took a few creative writing courses in college, but didn’t have much faith in my abilities. I graduated and took a job writing for trade magazines, which definitely bettered my overall writing skills. I wrote fiction in secret through my 20s and early 30s, terrified to show anyone my work. After my youngest started kindergarten, I gave myself a tough love talk—either really try to get something published or stop dreaming. I decided to try.

What are some things you enjoy when not writing?
FOOD—making it, eating it, paying too much for it in fancy restaurants.

Do you have a ‘day job’ as well?
I teach and tutor.

Where do you get your ideas?
Ideas don’t come to me neatly tied in a bow. Maybe I’ll read about something that piques my interest, then I’ll add something to the idea from my own experience, then my imagination takes over…the process is both complicated and uncomplicated.

Is there a particular author or book that influenced or inspired your writing or decision to write?
I’m obsessed with John Irving and Charles Dickens. I like big, sprawling stories with heartwarming characters that continually surprise you.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you’d change?
Nothing. Seriously. It wasn’t easy, but I kind of like the way this all played out. Now, I wouldn’t mind having the success of a Rowling or King, but…I’m not them. And I’m okay with that. I write stories about characters I love and so far I’ve found publishers who love them, too. I consider myself lucky.

How do you market your work?
Mostly on Facebook and Twitter. I’m bad at marketing. Most writers are. This is one of the reasons I’ve gone the traditional publishing route—I like people who know what they are doing to handle most of the marketing.

What are you working on now?
A super secret project! (Translation—it’s early in the process and I don’t even have a title.)

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Keep at it---you have to force yourself sometimes. Tell yourself you’ll write for an hour or two every day, even if what you’re producing makes you cringe. You can always edit later.

What are the downfalls of your writing career?
The isolation. It gets mighty lonely sometimes!

The best parts?
The people I’ve met—the readers, the other writers, the publishing professionals. Wonderful, wonderful people.

Favorite band or music?  The Beatles. Always The Beatles.

Favorite book and/or movie?
My favorite books are The World According to Garp, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and a book by Susan Isaacs called Shining Through. My favorite movies are romantic comedies, particularly from the early 90s and starring Sandra Bullock.

Place you’d like to travel? Dublin, Montreal, Morocco.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans? 
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

To connect with Loretta:

Facebook & twitter under ~LorettaNyhan 
Instagram @LorettaNyhan




Wednesday, January 31, 2018

FORKS, KNIVES, AND SPOONS, by Leah DeCesare

For readers who love Adriana Trigiani, Jennifer Weiner and Liane Moriarty, Forks, Knives, and Spoons is a light-hearted, thought-provoking coming of age story that takes readers on a nostalgic journey back to the 1980s and 1990s. Romantic, witty and warm.

There are three kinds of guys: forks, knives, and spoons. That is the final lesson that Amy York’s father sends her off to college with, never suspecting just how far his daughter will take it. Clinging to the Utensil Classification System as her guide, Amy tries to convince her skeptical roommate, Veronica Warren, of its usefulness as they navigate the heartbreaks and soul mates of college and beyond.

Beginning in 1988, their freshman year at Syracuse University, Amy and Veronica meet an assortment of guys―from slotted spoons and shrimp forks to butter knives and sporks―all while trying to learn if the UCS holds true. On the quest to find their perfect steak knives, they learn to believe in themselves―and not to settle in love or life.

2017 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal for New Adult Fiction
2017 New York City Big Book Award Winner Women’s Fiction
2017 IAN Book of the Year Award for Outstanding Women’s Fiction
2017 USA Best Book Awards Finalist in New Fiction


"The novel's construct of categorizing men's qualities according to a Utensil Classification System when looking for a romantic partner is memorable, wittily practical, and has the power to influence readers' real-life choices. For that, Forks, Knives, and Spoons breaks new ground."
―The BookLife Prize

"Reading Forks, Knives, and Spoons is like having your best girlfriend take you by the hand and tell you a story. A story you want to sit and listen to until the very end."
―Ann Hood, New York Times bestselling author of The Book That Matters Most

"Leah DeCesare has a writer's voice that is remarkable for a debut novel. The characters in Forks, Knives, and Spoons are so relatable, and the story makes you long for your own youth. A wonderful book about love and growth, discovering who you are, and what makes you happy."
―Anita Hughes, author of Christmas in Paris

"What a warm, wonderful read! I fell in love with Leah DeCesare's wit and her relatable, human characters, who brought me back to that tender and occasionally heartbreaking time at the very cusp of adulthood.”
―Cristina Alger, author of This Was Not The Plan


Some Q & A with Leah ~ 

What are some things you enjoy when not writing?

I love family dinners and FaceTiming with our college girl, Mastermind challenges and movie nights snuggled in with my steak knife (my husband) and my kiddos.  I love to read and have wonderful towering stacks of books, full bookshelves, a bursting Kindle and countless audiobooks downloaded and waiting for me to devour. I also love to travel, which will be on hold for the next many years while our money pours into kid’s tuition. I play tennis a few times a week and almost daily in the summer and I’ve practiced yoga since I was in college (way back in the same year’s that Amy and Veronica were in school, 1988-1992). Making time for breakfasts or lunches out with friends is another favorite. Which leads me to your next question …

Do you have a ‘day job’ as well?

No. I worked in NYC in buying and PR for Lord & Taylor after college and in my early married years but I chose to stay home with my kids and loved that I could be a full-time mama.

While the kids were little, I became a doula and birth educator and cherished the years teaching and supporting families as they welcomed their new babies. About four years ago, I stopped taking clients and only accepted repeats. This week, I attended what is likely to be my last birth as a doula. Being a doula is such an intimate and special job and I’ve tapped into that world in my next book. 

At a writers’ conference last spring, I heard an author talking about being a bookseller and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before. I finally reached out to my local indie bookstore and got thrown happily into the deep end during the Christmas season. I’ve loved it and am so glad I get to stay on here and there because it is so much fun to be around books all day and to recommend books and to go on “scavenger hunts” trying to find a book that is just right for a customer.  

Is anything in your book based on real-life experiences?

The initial inspiration for Forks, Knives, and Spoons came from my father. I’ve carried the central idea of this book with me since 1988 when my dad sent me off to college with the advice that my character, Amy York’s, dad sends her off to Syracuse University with: There are three types of guys: forks, knives, and spoons. That tidbit was true and when I shared this system with my college friends it took off, with everyone adding descriptions for new utensils and talking as if it were an understood concept, for example, “I met this complete fork last night.”

That idea sat with me for decades, but there was no story around it, so when I finally sat to write this book, I had to build the characters and their arcs and let the Utensil Classification System (the UCS) become a backdrop and an organizing idea serving the characters and their growth. In the end, I had a story about friendship and learning to believe in oneself. 
 Amy is from Newtown, CT, my hometown, I figure characters need to be from somewhere, it may as well be from somewhere I know and love. 

I also used the years I was in college, 1988-1992 and Syracuse University where I went to school, as the time period and setting for the book.  It was a conscious choice to set Forks, Knives, and Spoons in the late eighties into the early nineties for a few reasons. First, it’s a period I know and could realistically convey the college culture at that time, but I also wanted to show some timeless truths about growing up, coming of age, and seeking love despite cell phones and technologies. If it were set in present day, some of the incidents could have unfolded differently - or not at all. Certainly, today, handwritten letters and phone calls on the hall payphone are extinct, and finding someone in a crowd outside at a fire drill or at a party is easy by comparison.

I mistakenly thought it would be “easy” to write a period I had lived, but it took a lot more research than I expected. I had to be sure not to have anything out of chronological order, for example, my editor found that a Sega video game I mentioned in the book was in the right year, but my characters were playing it in April when it didn’t actually come out until September that year. I changed it! But I found it really fun, myself, to revisit old fashions and music, and to return to a time pre-Internet and pre-Always-Accessible. 

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans?

Thank you. From my very core, I want to say, thank you. It is humbling, thrilling and purely amazing to hear that people (who aren’t related to me) have read and enjoyed my book. I am so grateful to be able to do this. I’d also like to mention that reviews seriously make a difference to authors, so please, take a moment to review books you love - we really appreciate those stars on Amazon and Goodreads. 

To connect with Leah ~ 

Pinterest - (I have a Forks, Knives, and Spoons board) https://www.pinterest.com/leahdecesare/
Amazon Author Page- https://www.amazon.com/Leah-DeCesare/e/B00LNLVK2C/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1475107485&sr=1-1









Tuesday, January 23, 2018

DAUGHTERS OF THE NIGHT SKY, by author, AIMIE K. RUNYAN

A novel inspired by the most celebrated regiment in the Red Army— About a woman’s sacrifice, courage, and love in a time of war. Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she’s dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia.

After years of arduous training, Katya is assigned to the 588th Night Bomber Regiment—one of the only Soviet air units composed entirely of women. The Germans quickly learn to fear nocturnal raids by the daring fliers they call “Night Witches.” But the brutal campaign will exact a bitter toll on Katya and her sisters-in-arms. When the smoke of war clears, nothing will ever be the same—and one of Russia’s most decorated military heroines will face the most agonizing choice of all.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you started writing.

I actually started writing when I was a kid. Plays, poems, short stories… I even started writing a novel when I was in high school (yes, it was historical fiction!) The problem? Aside from some really terrible short poems, I never finished my projects. I was convinced that I was wasting my time because I wasn’t a ‘real writer’. I ended up taking some grad school creative writing classes while working on my MA in another field and ended up writing the short story that would become Promised to the Crown. It sat in a drawer for ten years until I had the courage to finish it.

What are some things you enjoy when not writing?

Hiking, going to the movies and theater, reading, baking, and above all—traveling!

Do you have a ‘day job’ as well?

Not a paying gig. I have two small kids who employ me as their personal chef and chauffeur. They pay in snuggles. #worthit

Where do you get your ideas?

So far, a grad school class, my weird and twisted brain, and online articled forwarded to me by friends.

Is there a particular author or book that influenced or inspired your decision to write?

The two that come to mind are Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth and Philippa Gregory’s Tudor series. Gorgeous, immersive books!

Is anything in your book based on real-life experiences?

Yes! The women of the 46th Taman Guards were very real. While the characters in my book are of my own creation, many of the anecdotes they share and some of their personality traits are taken from real experiences and real women. I decided to use factionalized characters rather than historical figures so I would have to take fewer liberties with the timeline, regiment assignments, and so on.

Do you have a favorite chapter or scene?

I love the scene in the meadow where Vanya paints a portrait of Katya. It’s definitely the most romantic in the book, and one that I think is very revealing about the characters and their hopes and desires. 

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a novel, Girls on the Line, about the women who were sent over to France as telephone operators in WWI. There were more women in the armed forces in the first world war than we ever hear about, which is a pity because their involvement killed the anti-women’s suffrage movement. It’s been a joy to write, and you can all enjoy it this November just in time for Veteran’s Day!

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

I’m a huge fan of the old axiom, “stop aspiring and start writing”. Set aside time every day—or at least on a regular schedule—and write. Take it seriously. Read good craft books (don’t assume they all are, but even the worst of them may have a pearl of wisdom). Find your process. That part isn’t easy. It may change from project to project, but eventually, you will know how you tick as a writer. Talk with writers about the business as well as the craft. Have realistic expectations for your career, as well as realistic long and short-term goals. You *can* make a living at writing, but that will look vastly different than what the novice writer thinks it will.

What are the downfalls of your writing career? The best parts?

It’s impossible to leave the office. Especially when I’m neck deep in drafting or the meaty parts of editing, and it makes me tiresome company at times. That said, this is an amazing job.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans?

Thank you for all your support of Daughters of the Night Sky! I am humbled by the love you have shown for this precious project of mine, and I am forever grateful!


To connect with Aimie ~