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Since I publicly announced my venture into the world of writing, I’ve been blessed by so many people who have voiced their support and excitement as well as their desire to share in this adventure by reading Thirteen Scars. Most people also have a lot of questions and want to know how things are progressing. Today, I’m excited to answer some of those questions and share some updates.


The first thing people typically want to know is what made me decide to write a book. I’ve always loved to write. My original career ambition was to be a librarian and a writer, but I somehow ended up a substance abuse counselor and a homeschool mom instead, and I don’t regret those choices. In recent years though, I’ve acted as an assistant teacher for high school co-op English classes. Any time we would have creative writing exercises in class, my imagination would light up with ideas. I just never had time to do anything with them.


When everything shut down in March 2020, I suddenly had too much time on my hands. I spent a lot of time reading, until one night I had a crazy dream. It was the idea that sparked Thirteen Scars. The next morning, I started writing. I felt like the words were racing to get out of my head, and twelve weeks later, I had a manuscript. It turns out that was the easy part.


The next question people tend to ask is how to get a book published. The road to getting a publishing contract was much harder than writing. There are truly many ways to publish a book. I chose to try a traditional publishing route rather than to publish independently. The initial process involved a lot more writing, but not of the fun variety. Query letters pitching the book, a detailed synopsis of everything that happens in the book with explanations of character development, biographies, and marketing descriptions are just a few of the documents requested by publishers, and each one wanted things just a little bit different. In the end, I had tons of documents and a spreadsheet full of publishers I’d researched with lists of their requirements. I felt overwhelmed and ready to give up.


Thankfully, I kept pushing myself, and after months of preparation and several submissions, I was offered a contract. I was beside myself with excitement. Finally, my work was done...or so I thought. My publisher is great, but the process is time consuming with a steep learning curve.


The question I’m asked most frequently is what’s happening with my book. I now have six teasers with quotes from the book. You can find them under the books tab on my website, on my Facebook page or on my Instagram. I received the final galley of Thirteen Scars this morning to review and approve. The next step is a release date! Thirteen Scars really is coming soon!


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If you have more questions for me, feel free to post them in the comments.




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