I am now on chapter 11 of my first draft. Erica Stevens is a teenager who just found out she was pregnant. Hiding the news from her parents, the father of the baby and her best friend go against her choice, and persuade her not to throw away her life. Little does Erica know, this decision scars her in the long run. It's going well so far - it's actually fun writing a story set in the 1980's (flashback). Still thinking of a different title.
Got a new one in the works now! Hoping this one isn't a struggle was Summer Shack was. Got the whole story in my head. Erica Stevens wants to take revenge on an old high school sweetheart. Struggling through the love scene, but think I got it about finished in chapter 6. Best Left Buried is the working title - thanks to a member of my writer's group. Had a hard time thinking of a title for this. If I intend to publish this, I will be revisiting createspace.com for this - free self publishing. This one is a book that may not be suitable for my family to read.
Had a book signing at the Peoria Public Library. I only sold 5 books. It was a Monday night and hardly anyone was at the library. Not only that, I still haven't seen my check for my sales that they were supposed to send me. I attending a book signing in Farmington (small town) and they announced Emily Hale's booksigning on a marquee at the Farmington Bank, posted an ad in the paper, and provided refreshments to everyone! Not only that, they did not take a cut of her sales. I love small towns! Hope I can get a successful book signing at one sometime.
I am a member of the Midwest Authors Group in Peoria and we decided to take a crack at a serial blog. A lot of amazing talent is associated in this blog so you don't want to miss it! I write the character of Jamie Jefford - a postal clerk in the year 2020.
It took hours, but I finally got Nightmare at Camp Forrestwood proofread and edited! I had 48 edits! I did not expect to have that many. I got the first 25 free, but then got charged for every block of 25 - I had two more I should have used, but my eyes were so tired and burning, I didn't look through it again to use my last 2. I am a little worried about this one because a few reviews of Sudden Moves claimed that my dialogue was forced. I don't consider my dialogue forced. Forced is someone talking when there is no motivation for them to say what they say, like a book I am reading now. My characters react naturally, just because something comes out of their mouths that the reader doesn't expect, doesn't make it "forced." One critic said Sudden Moves was too dramatic and had too many twists for her to keep up. I take that as a compliment. Drama and twists are what keeps a novel going and hard to put down. I hope I have done a good job with Nightmare and hope everyone enjoys it! I am now waiting for Outskirts Press to correct my edits and then we are on our way to my second publication!!!
While I am 100 pages into my third novel, Summer Shack, I am also reading books for reveiws. I am almost through River of Eden from Paul Wagner, then I have a couple more books to read (both YA). I love reading so I wish I had more time. I am the busiest I ever have in my life! Didn't realize I could ever be this busy. I think I need a schedule! I hope to get back to Summer Shack this weekend as I am still waiting on my final proof of Nightmare at Camp Forrestwood. The story is getting better, the more I get into it. Hope it measures
Book signing went great! I have a link on my home page for the photos. Weebly won't let me upload a photo gallery or my Writers In The Sky interview here. They are up on my blog at http://kellisuelandonsblog.blogspot.com/
Also, my short story collection Short Tales is now on sale at www.amazon.com. Very exciting!! Got the cover art for Nightmare at Camp Forrestwood, so it shouldn't be long now for my second novel to come out. Summer Shack is up to chapter 5. I've been sick all weekend and haven't been able to continue it. Hope to soon, because I am struggling and need to know where the story is going. Until next time....
I am about three chapters into Summer Shack - A Hot Thriller!! Dunno if that's going to be the title, but it sounds good, doesn't it?? Okay, I mean hot in temperature, not like erotic fiction. On second thought, I might wanna scrap that subtitle!! Two friends, Kim and Deborah, go on a summer vacation after high school grad, and embark on a project to film a documentary in Door County, Wisconsin. During their quest for information on the town, they come across news of a serial killer who just got convicted. They decide to change their film plans and focus on this guy's story and the grisly discovery in this house. I have plans for the story, but there is alot more I need to discover as I write! Comments suggested! What do you think could be added for more suspense??
I got some great news already for 2011! Not only is Sudden Moves published, it also received a 5 star rating on Amazon's Kindle store!! I am so happy! I did not realize this was going to happen! I love how the review went into detail and what the writer liked about it. She writes for a newspaper/website in Oregon and I hope to have more people submit reviews! Here's to a good year!
I just reviewed my final proof and the book is going to print! I hope this edition is cleaned up from the mistakes. I also have signed up to have this book reviewed by 10 different reviewers - a marketing package I purchased. I am still waiting on the book trailer from Trafford. Outskirts is supposed to do one also, in this marketing package. I am comparing both publishing companies, spending more than I initially wanted. I am going to pick the best one for my 2nd novel and only have one edition! I have to wait until next year to pay off my bills and hope to get Nightmare at Camp Forrestwood on it's way to the bookshelves! Watch for it!