One of my goals for this year is to blog a lot more. Sometimes, I can get a little stressed out about having to formulate a long, coherent, meaningful blog post. So this year, to alleviate that stress, I’m going to post whatever is on my mind to post even if it’s just a paragraph or two.
That being said, today I wanted to share about my recently published YA Contemporary novel, Love and the Sea and Everything in Between.
I wrote the first draft of this novel back in 2015 for NaNoWriMo after coming out of a really bad season at college earlier that year. Writing it was sort of my way to process everything that happened and to let things out so that things weren’t so hidden anymore. Because back then, I had a problem with hiding parts of myself and, eventually, it began to overwhelm me.
After finishing NaNoWriMo, I edited a couple of drafts, but then the novel sat on my computer collecting digital dust for a couple years. Then, the fall of 2018 rolled around and I began to get the itch to write again (after not writing for probably 9 months). But there was a part of me that felt that I could never fully move onto my next project until finally let go of this one. So, in the span of a month I edited another draft and sent it off to family and friends to beta-read.
So began the journey to publication. I designed my own cover and formatted my interior by myself (which was tedious). I’m thankful for that experience, though, because now it enables me to use my knowledge to help other indie authors. (I do book covers for $100 and interior formatting for starting at $75).
Now that I was finally able to let go of that story, I was able to finish the first and second drafts of the one that had been burning in my heart, Every Bright and Broken Thing. Chapters 1-4 are available on Wattpad!
Anyway, you should go check out Love and the Sea on Amazon! Really, you should. You won’t regret it. 😉