If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you probably know that I am a writer who has been working hard to find a publisher for the novel I wrote last fall. It is with extreme pride (and fear!) that I can announce today, “Watching Glass Shatter” has taken a giant leap forward in the last few days. I have officially signed a contract with a publisher who is interested in helping me share my book with the world.
While it’s too early to provide any more details, I can safely say the novel should be published before the end of 2017. We are currently in discussions over various things such as book covers, formatting, editing, marketing and timelines. I spent 10 hours this weekend completing some final changes to a few open items with the novel, but it has been sent to the publishing company’s editing team for the first major step.
I would like to thank my friends who have helped make this possible, either through supporting me while I was in the writing process or helping provide feedback as readers and reviewers. Many people deserve some gratitude, and I will be sure to let everyone know about them over the coming months. For now, I want to put out a general note of appreciation to everyone who has provided the support through the book’s current website and the 365 Daily Challenge blog’s growth. We’re almost at 2500 followers.
I have no intention of ending the 365 Daily Challenge blog, but I might have to make some changes to the structure so that I can keep my priority focused on publishing “Watching Glass Shatter” and finishing “Father Figure” before the end of 2017. If you’re new to my second novel, Father Figure, there’s a summary below. I promise to keep focused on delivering high quality content with humor, inspiration, advice and reflections, as you’ve all come to know throughout the last few months. I’m always open to advice and feedback, so please feel free to share anything on your mind.
As we begin to create a marketing and publishing plan, I will start a weekly post on “Watching Glass Shatter” just like I’m doing on “Father Figure.” If you’d like to get involved at any point, I’m absolutely open to help from friends and fans. Success is not built on one person’s back alone, but on the collaboration of a brilliant team of people dedicated to making a difference.
I will be thinking about all the different social media profiles and angles necessary to market the launch of the book. I am worrying about all the changes I might need to make to put the finishing touches on the words, imagery, perspective and tone within the story. And I’m suddenly finding myself afraid of actual book reviews. After writing 500 of my own, I know how tough a critic can be.
But that’s life… and either it will go well or it won’t. And if it doesn’t, or even if it does, I will learn from it and roll forward with the launch of a second book. It’s my passion and I want to put all of me into it — to give this opportunity the chance it deserves.
Summary of Novel #2 – Father Figure
- One young girl’s need to escape the mundane life she’s grown up in and another young girl’s quest to find her father, unaware of all the circumstances they’ve both been placed in due to decisions and actions occurring nearly 20 years ago and that both women have made in the present. How well do you really know your parents? Do they truly understand you? Can you ever truly escape the past?
- A contemporary fiction novel set in two time periods with two primary characters:
- 1998 – Amalia Graeme, about to turn 18, attends college, leaving behind a mother with whom she had a difficult relationship. While Amalia has a boyfriend, she’s secretly attracted to an older professor, Dr. Jonah West. She begins an affair with him and realizes she must come clean to her boyfriend. After she tells the boyfriend, they have a huge fight and she leaves to find Jonah who she thinks can comfort her. Along the path, she’s attacked by a stranger and her life is never the same again. Amalia makes a few choices which will later have disastrous consequences.
- 2018 – Amalia, going by Molly and living in NYC, sends her daughter, Brianna, away to college. Just like her mother, Brianna begins dating one of her professors, probably looking for a father figure, as she’s never met her real father. Brianna has always accepted her mother’s story that her father was a military man with whom Molly had a one-night stand and later found herself pregnant with no way to find him. When Brianna uncovers her mother’s old journal, she learns the shocking secret that her mother never knew who the father was because it could have been more than one man. As Brianna searches for clues to find her father, she stumbles upon a few facts which could completely change the future. But when the stranger who attacked her mother re-surfaces, not even Molly knows if she can protect her daughter anymore.
I am a writer. I am currently searching for an agent and looking at independent publishing options for my first book, Watching Glass Shatter. To see more, please check out the website for this novel where you will find the first 3 chapters, character bios and sample quotes.
I am writing my second novel, Father Figure, with plans to finish it in December, 2017. As part of the process to engage with my fans and followers, I am publishing a weekly status on the progress of this second book. For a description of this book, check out the post where my friends and followers voted for this book as my second novel.
Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.
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