A Passion for Writing + Ramblings!
If it weren't for my supporters, I would have given up on ever publishing a book years ago. Before A Rokian's Curse, I was still very much in love with writing, but I didn't consider publishing the story until shortly before I began writing it. My love of writing started with fanfiction. I would sit on the computer and read on fanfiction.net since before I could use the computer on my own. I finally started to write my own on the website before I became a teenager. Yeah, I know I'm awesome. (And if I pretend the stories were any good, maybe no one will notice otherwise...)
After many years of writing my already favorite franchises, I knew I wanted to write an original story one day, and A Rokian's Curse was my best masterpiece. While I was still in the planning phase for it, a thought came unwarranted to my mind. "What if I publish this for real and become an author?"
I couldn't get the thought out of my head.
I knew it would be hard, but it was a fight I wanted to face. The more I thought about writing books and becoming an author, even a mildly successful one, the more I wanted to be associated as one. I thought it would be a good challenge for me. I've always struggled with personal confidence and mental strain, and so I figured if I could make this work out, then anyone in the world can chase their dreams. It would be an encouraging story for all of us. I also don't know anyone going through the same process of self-publishing, so that makes my goal a bit harder to reach.
No one has been more supportive than my sister, Shayleen. She's in love with the book's story as much as I am and became my most dedicated beta reader as well. She read the book twice now and makes comments about missing the characters. I'm very lucky to have her and she's also very interested in the art of stories and characters, so I can rant as much as I like about my research to her as she also wants to learn about my findings. She reads these blog posts too. (Hey there, Shay! You're the best!)
I have many visions and ideas for a thousand more books I could write, and if I'm able to succeed at my goal at being an author, it would also help me connect with people of similar tastes in stories and interests in general. Despite being a little shy, I love to connect with new people and friends alike. It would be cool to hear about their writing journeys and see how far they can take it. And if you are interested in writing, let me know! I'll be happy to listen to your story. Most of my passion comes from the storytelling part of it, so I also really enjoy looking deep into plots and characters even from other storytellers. I think I might make a decent editor, especially for developmental edits. I would like to do that too one day.
Those are my reasons and history with writing. I will mention, as a bit of an update, that a professional editor is giving A Rokian's Curse its final edit as we speak. (Or... As I type.) I'm very hyped up about that because that means I'm getting closer to my publishing goals. Not only are we making progress in releasing this book to the world, but it's going to be well-written and easier to read, which is always a good thing. As a fanfic reader, I know what it's like to struggle through a story because of pacing, typos, plot holes, etc. Just knowing that A Rokian's Curse will be of good quality gets me all excited!
So, thank you for sticking with my rambling. And Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays! I hope you're also excited to read the book when it comes out. I'm hoping for a 2020 release sometime, but no promises. In the meantime, what are your expectations for the book? Do you think it'll be inspiring, complex, and/or short? I' want to know what you think about it! Feel free to leave a comment or reach me on my social media.