My Journey To Become A Published Author

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Since I was young, I have always loved reading. My first real memory of reading a book was when I was a child and my Grandparents owned care homes for the elderly. My Grandad bought me a copy of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. We would sit in the kitchen and he would ask me to read to him.

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I spent many a summer vacation reading books like What Katy Did and What Katy Did Next.       what katy did next

My Mom gave me a green leather bound copy of Black Beauty and I still have it til this day (it’s about 22 years old maybe)

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I loved to read and I got into the Point Horror books for example RL Stine’s The Boyfriend. the boyfriend

I decided at the age of 15 to write my first book. I wanted it to be a Point Horror book and so I wrote about a girl that babysat children but then killed them.

When I was 16, I wrote my second book, but I can’t really remember so much what it was about.

 

For some reason, I never read as much as I have been doing for the last 2 years. What started me reading as though breathing air was the Harry Potter books. I fell in love with them at the age of 23 when I had just given birth to my son. Soon after, I read Twilight and then found myself looking for all the vampire books I could lay my hands on. After vampires, it became werewolves, and then anything paranormal. I became addicted to YA fiction.

I bought myself a Kindle, then started a Twitter account so that I could follow Indie Authors. Soon after, I began reviewing. I found that Indie Authors would give me an e-copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. I was so happy to be surrounded by books.

I started my review blog Gothic Angel Book Reviews 2 years ago on November 2nd. That was when things really took off for me and I was getting ARCs from publishers and authors to review. I could not have been happier.

Last year, I was in hospital having an operation on my spine and when I got out of hospital, I found I had a lot of time on my hands. I thought maybe it was time to stop procrastinating and get started on the idea I had had about a year prior to that. The idea? To write my own book.

I had been toying with the idea of writing a Paranormal Romance about souls being stolen. That’s how my book Stolen came to be born. I would write a few chapters and then ask my friends to read it and give me feedback. Then I decided to get a group of BETA readers together. Those fabulous girls really helped me out. They told me what worked and what didn’t.

I have always been a person with low-self esteem, so it should come as no surprise that I decided to self-publish, I didn’t have the courage to approach publishers because of fear of rejection. You hear it every day, people submit their MS’s to publishers and get turned down, sometimes repeatedly. So there was no way I was going knocking on publishers doors only to be turned away.

Little did I know at that time that I would end up being signed with Limitless Publishing.

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I was talking to some author friends and they persuaded me to submit to their publishers – Limitless Publishing. So I sent in my first four chapters. Within a couple of days, they asked me to submit the whole MS.

In the meantime, my author friend Natalie asked her publisher, Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly, if they would look my MS over. This was without my knowledge and so it came as a big surprise when Natalie sent me a message saying “Don’t hate me but I sent your book to my publisher and they love it. They would love to publish it.” This made me feel like I was walking on air. I couldn’t believe that anyone thought my book was good enough for them.

A day or so after this message, I got an email from Limitless with an offer of a contract. I was overwhelmed. I hadn’t wanted to submit to publishers, but then two of them want my book. The next day, I got an offer of a contract with CHBB.

From the moment I submitted to Limitless, I knew that if they were to make me an offer, I would take it. So with both those emails in my inbox, I decided to sign with LP. On August 10th 2013, I signed and submitted my contract.

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I also signed an addendum for Stolen to come out in audio-book. Needless to say, I was so freaking excited. August this year, I  turned 30 and my goal had been to publish a book by the age of 30. So I can happily say, I am in the process of my dream becoming a reality. I have done the first round of edits and now it’s up to my editor Kat to decide if it’s ready to be published.

The one thing I cannot wait for is to see my cover. I asked for something ethereal feeling, with hues of purple, pink and blue. I know that LP do absolutely stunning covers, so I am on tenterhooks!

You don’t know exactly how much I like the idea of shouting at the top of my lungs that I’m going to be published author very soon. Many of us write and never achieve our dream – so for all of us who do, it is extra special. I can hand on heart tell you that I have been so humbled by this whole process. I have received a couple of reviews on Goodreads and Stolen is currently rated 5 stars. I just can’t tell you how much that means to me.

So that’s my journey!

What’s my book about?

Roshanna O’Dare had the perfect, normal life. Everything was as it should be until the day she wakes up in pain and finds her parents murdered.
Shanna doesn’t have any other family in Cypress Hill so she has to move in with her last living relative, Uncle Joe, who lives in Texas, Austin, where she meets Bodhi, a kind loving man who understands her and helps her through her parents’ deaths.
But it means leaving her best friend Marissa behind.
Before moving away, Shanna is confronted with a shocking secret that Marissa had kept from her—a secret changes how Shanna sees life and the people in it. Roshanna’s parent’s souls have been stolen and Roshanna must take the journey to retrieve them from the man who stole them, and set them free.
Will she retrieve her parents’ souls and set them free? And will she find love along the way?

If it sounds like something you would like to read, please, add it on Goodreads.

Thank you for listening (reading)!

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