Well guys, it's been a couple months since I blogged properly on here, but that's because I've been busy launching my debut novel, Children of the Fifth Sun. I've been interviewed by Simonetta Lein for the the Huffington Post, I've had big influencers Instagram and tweet about the book, I've had interesting trade reviews, Hollywood interest in it and of course, I've done some guest blogs. Rather than repeat all by guest blogs/interiews here, you can go read all SIX of them, for yourself at:
7/25 Interview on CMash Reads
7/26 Interview @ Tess Burnside – Author
7/27 Guest Post at Writers and Authors
7/29 Guest Post @ Mythical Books
8/01 Guest post @ BooksChatter
8/02 Interview @ The Reading Frenzy
Speaking of COTFS, it released to rave reviews... okay, lots of varied reviews... okay, 11 reviews on Amazon.com, 5 on .co.uk, 3 on .de and 64 (overall) on Goodreads. Though I did make it into the top 100 paid kindle books in TWO categories in the UK.
But I was telling the truth about the varied bit.
As an author, of course you want your book to be an out and out success with everyone. You quickly learn, it won't be. Not everyone likes your style. Some won't like the story. Some will like the story and curse you for something you made happen to a character. On the flip side, some will LOVE, ADORE and CHERISH your book. I can say I have had my share of both. Of course, you'll also get reviewers and bloggers who attack you as a person, or at the least make fun of you. In the current climate, which seems to favour the keyboard warrior - with death threats abound from all sides of the political and social spectrum for simply disagreeing with each other - such criticism is more pronounced than ever. I've actually had one guy - who gave a pretty good review of the book - poke fun at me for my website tagline (and probably my modelling pics LOL). But do I care? Hell no. We are all different as authors, and we have our way of expressing ourselves. At least he liked the book!
At the end of the day, do you know what that means? It means I'm finding my people.
I'm a first time author. Lots of people will read my book. If HALF like it, that's bloody awesome. Then, my other books will come out. People who liked the first will pick it up and tell their friends. And eventually, the haters will meld into a white noise and only my supporters, however big that group is, will read my books.
7 years. That's how long it takes from your first novel. I'll be releasing at least one per year now for that period of time.
Check back here then. Until that time, check out my book and those that are coming.
And if you're an author, take heart. Your people will find you.