I am truly blessed…

A few friends of mine from my writing group (although, it’s so hard to find the time to go! Kids come first after all! J ) were going to ConBravo in Canada this weekend. They explained it’s a “yearly celebration of fandom.” It’s been ages since I’ve dipped my pen in fan fiction as I’ve been working so hard on crafting my own original stories, but it sounded like they were going to have a blast hanging out with quite a few of their Internet friends who were going as well. I’d be jealous of their youth and free time for that sort of thing, but they don’t have the five blessings I do. 😉

Anyway, they even reserved a table so they could sell their “geek wares” (I keep telling them they have to open an etsy store! I can’t believe the things they can do with yarn and hot glue, even if I don’t get all the references) and the Big Guy himself must have reached down to nudge me, because I was struck with sudden inspiration! I had 80 signed hard copies of  my very first edition of Awoken on the kitchen table that I was going to lug to the local Barnes and Nobles so that the manager could display them for sale, but I asked if they would be okay with taking and selling Awoken for me.

Well, us writing group gals stick together, ESPECIALLY when it comes to supporting each other’s work (even though they aren’t published yet like I am) and agreed! And let me tell you, I was definitely right in listening to the Big Guy’s idea, because word got out at the con and they sold 76 copies! 76 whole copies! When they called me on the drive back, I couldn’t believe it! I even started crying (my poor hubby, he must have thought someone had died!) How can I possible describe the warm, beautiful feeling of a life full of such amazing blessings? He truly has filled my life to the brim!

But yes, I am a Serra on cloud nine. I just can’t believe I already have to reorder more copies! My friends did mention a lot of people asked if there would be an e-book version, so I should definitely look into that, anything to bring my ‘baby’ to a wider audience! Also realized I need to make business cards! Everything’s just happening so fast!

To everyone who purchased Awoken this weekend, thank you so much for your support! I hope you are enjoying your brand new signed copy. 😀  Although, I do have to admit, the cover was not my pick. I asked my kids if they wanted to pick a cover for me, and Matt A. was just so excited about the tentacle… well, what mother could resist, even if tentacles send chills down my spine! For the next printing, I may try to find something more to my tastes and more in line with the book, but I suppose that will make your copy a special collector’s edition! ;p

Muse Musings

People keep asking me why I chose to set the world of my Awoken (Book One of the Viridian Saga) in Rhode Island. Well the amazing answer is… because of the ocean!

In a way, the ocean has always been one of my most passionate muses. I grew up in Ohio (Go Dayton Dragons!!!) but when I was fifteen, I spent a summer week with my aunt at Myrtle Beach, and experienced my very first romance. Not with a boy—with the ocean! That’s right, I fell in figurative love. In love with the breezy heat, the salty fragrances, the cries of the gulls taking wing on high.

Since then, the ocean has haunted my dreams, a primordial source of inspiration (and comfort) in the dark nebulous realm of sleep. Whenever I need to relax, I have half a dozen Youtube links of Soothing Ocean Sounds in my AOL bookmarks, just a click away. It is only natural that such a romantic element would work its way into my opus.

One day I hope to take my children to the seaside and share with them the invigorating power of the sounds of the crashing waves. Until then, they’ll have to be content with our favorite swimming hole, Caesar Creek. Let’s just hope silly billy Matt B doesn’t lose his shorts again like last summer! It was bad enough he was naked as a jaybird in front of all those people, but of course his brother had to play monkey-see-monkey-do. Moms of twins, you know what I mean! ;p  

Some thoughts on the craft (and being a mom)

The only thing more rewarding than writing out my dreams in fiction is being a mom. Being a mom is a challenge, but it’s worth it. I’ve learned so much about the history and backstory about “Optimus Prime” from my son Josh, inspiration that I may use in future stories. My daughter Marianne is sometimes coy about being an Elinsen, another element I have used to make the characters in my stories feel more fleshed out. And if I wasn’t at home all of the time looking after the kids, I never would have picked up that old Lovecraft tome at the Trotwood library, “The Call of Cthulhu”, and have been inspired to finally learn to write in the first place. I’m so excited to show people my soul-in-word-form to the world! I’ve tried several literary agents who weren’t interested, but I think they just don’t have a good beat on what people want. We’ll show them, won’t we? ;p

Future self-pubbers of the world unite!