Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
This past weekend, I spent my time at the Amelia Island Writer's Workshop and Book Festival, my first official Writer's Workshop ever! We had a lovely time, and I learned so, so many wonderful things, and I met many wonderful people and authors of all ages and genres. If you've never been to a workshop or conference before, I sincerely recommend it.
I learned many things at the Writer's Workshop, but amidst the talks on branding, marketing, writing, memoirs, and other fantastic info, I found that I learned something personal, too, something that was repeated, though maybe not in words, throughout the workshops--
Write with purpose.
As an author, there will inevitably be a time when you are asked why it is that you write. I must admit, I am frustrated when writers answer: to entertain. Not that this isn't a valid reason to write, because it is, but I can't help but feeling as though there is something deeper, something closer to the writer's heart, that if we can grasp it will make our writing all the better.
You may write for entertainment, but why do you write to entertain? Do you want to make readers laugh? Put a smile on their faces? Make them forget the real world for a while? What is the reasoning behind the entertainment -- that is your purpose, something to think upon and grasp hold of.
I write for many reasons. There are, of course, the writerly reasons: because I love crafting worlds; because my characters refuse to leave me alone; because I have to, or I would probably die (true story). But there are the purposeful reasons, too, something I was able to discover at the Workshop: because I want to present readers with new viewpoints and make them think; because I want to write about characters who are "different", and how those differences don't make them outcasts, but make them special and unique; because I want readers to see other people just like them overcoming obstacles, and persevering.
When you write with purpose, your story becomes alive and breathing, because part of your soul is in it (you become the Voldemort of writers...in a good way). The words are not merely words anymore, they are beacons. Readers connect with not only the characters and the a story, but with the author, too, and that connection is powerful -- use it to do something good, to bring something new to the reader's life.
It just might change their life forever, like your favorite book did for you.
Blog News and New Release ~
I will be doing some editing to the site throughout the next few weeks, so please look forward to a new look in the month to come!
Cursed, with no Beauty to save him -- this is a story of the Beast you've never seen before.
After the events in "The Beauty of the Beast", the Beast finds himself once more lonely and without hope. Recounting his dark past, and stumbling towards his future, the Beast's life is forever changed when a woman and her two twins enter the hidden village he calls home, seeking refuge.
Despite Beauty's appearance in his life, the curse is still upon him. Can these newcomers help him break it, or will he remain a beast forever?
Part two in the Beastly Tales, "A Beast of Beauty" tells the Beast's side of the story -- a tale of darkness, anger, and redemption.
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I'm very excited to introduce this new short, the second in my tale of Beauty and the Beast. This is one of my all-time favorite fairy-tales, and an extremely fun story to work with and change up. I hope you'll enjoy the newest installment! Thank you for your support.
To read about book 1, visit the Short Stories and Novellas page.
A Beast of Beauty is available at: Amazon, Smashwords ~ Coming soon to: BN.com and iBooks.
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