It’s been well over a year since I decided to get serious and “become an author”. Sure, I’ve written everything imaginable in my life, so I’ve always been a ‘writer’. But a little over a year ago was when I decided “author” was the title I really wanted. And in order to be an “author”, that meant I had to write books and/or short stories that were sold to ‘real’ publications and agents. (See the post about Hope’s Journey if you are curious as to how I stepped back into writing books after several years). For the last several months I’ve been plugging away at a chunk of short stories, while getting started on two different (new) novels.
While I still haven’t managed to ‘sell’ a book to a traditional publisher or agent, I’m pleased to announce that a new publication is interested in one of my short stories. This is a huge moment for me, and I’m extra excited to be a part of something new. It also gives me LOADS of hope for placing stories and publishing novels in the future. I feel like this is a moment I’ve been anticipating – I can officially say, “I’m an author!”
So what now? More writing, of course! I’ve put short stories away for awhile (aside from editing, revising, and submitting), in favor of working on two novel projects.
Young Adult Fantasy
This novel started as a random short story. A teenage girl named Caitlin began to tell me a story about a magical necklace. 10,000 words later, I realized it wasn’t a short story at all. Yet at 30,000 words, the ending is still a mystery. I’ve had to put this one aside for now, since my teenage daughter may be interested in co-authoring and helping me with the ending. I’d much rather work on this one with my daughter than all by myself, especially since Caitlin is only 2 years older than my daughter. I think my teenage daughter can help tremendously with the POV on this one.
Middle Grade Ghost Story
It’s always been my dream to write a children’s ghost story like the ones I grew up reading. I vividly remember as a child scanning our Scholastic order forms in search of ‘ghosts’ or other horror/mystery for kids. These type of stories hold a very special place in my heart, and I’ve even recently gone back to read my favorites (Time Windows by Kathryn Reiss, for example, I just read for the 100th time in 20 years). Right now, this is the WIP that I jump into every morning, excited to tell a tale about a 12-year-old who just moved into a haunted house in the middle of nowhere. This story is so serious about being written that it already gave me the start of a book-cover description and notes for a query letter. Crazy, right? The stuff you normally scramble to do after the book is finished is popping out left and right at me. I’m THRILLED!
I’ll end this post with the description of the middle grade WIP, since I’m hoping it will be done within the next few months. Here’s hoping this one reveals its ending soon, so that it does actually get finished in time.
The Ghost at Grandma’s House
Twelve-year-old Abigail Adams had a perfect life, until her family moved in with her grandmother. Stuck in the middle of nowhere at her grandmother’s creepy farmhouse with her mother and fifteen-year-old brother, Abby begins to realize they aren’t alone.