Today, Thanksgiving 2014, also marks my parents' 38th wedding anniversary. I am so thankful to have been born their daughter. I am so thankful they raised me in a true Christian household, and I am thankful I've known God my whole life. I'm thankful for my amazing job as a Library Technician at the Lemon Grove library. I'm so thankful for my best friend, Janelle, and her new family. I am thankful for my amazing sister, her husband, and my wonderful niece and nephew. I am thankful for my harsh and loving brother who is my editor. I am thankful God brought me into Lisa Shapiro's Novel Writing class for four semesters and the people I met through her. I am thankful God brought Adam Hanson into my life, and I am so thankful for all the people I've met because of my husband. I am thankful to be volunteering at Vista Grande Community Church, and I am thankful for my step-mother-in-law, Nancee Hanson, for continually telling me about the San Diego Christian Writers' Guild until I finally joined. I am thankful for all the experiences I've been through to bring me where I am today. I am thankful for being friends with Nathan Stone and all the fun, imaginative creations we made together. I am thankful for working at Costco and meeting such wonderful people as Juan Guiterrez, Megan Webster, Vance King, Sarah Brown, and so many others who have given me tons of support, ideas, creativity, and help. I am thankful for the beauty of the world that God has made for us. I am thankful for hope, freedom, and all of the opportunities I have as an American. I am thankful for every breath I have, and I am thankful for all the people in my life. I am thankful for God's timing, and I am thankful for everything He has provided me. Thank you to everyone in my life for being such a great part of it!
I've been working on my new book, Child of Destiny, since the beginning of the month, and I'm almost to 20,000 words. Child of Destiny is the story of family torn apart by the prophecy in Najos. Twin sisters, husband and wife, and broken relationships are explored in this book. I'm on Chapter Twelve right now, and I'm excited to say that I really like how this book is turning out so far. The group Ruccis, which has popped in and out of Child of Prophecy and Child of Beauty, is a supporting part of the novel with the members explored and written about. I am so excited to have more information about Ruccis revealed, and I'm excited to see how the book turns out. I'm still incredibly pleased with Child of Beauty, and Mysterious Warriors: Broken is being edited right now. My goal is to have Child of Destiny completely written by the end of August. I will go through all of the edits for Mysterious Warriors: Broken when I get it back from my editor, and then hopefully by the end of August or beginning of September, I'll have Child of Destiny ready for him to edit. :-) Life is a never-ending book, and writing is something I truly enjoy doing.
I am so blessed to be working in a library, and I absolutely LOVE my job. July 24 will be my 6 months at the library, and I can't believe that it's a little over a month away. My life continues to change and become something different all the time. I look forward to continuing this journey with my husband, family, and friends, and I will continue to work hard bringing new stories to my readers.
My Saturday plans start with going to the San Diego Christian Writers' Guild Spring Event!
Spring Fellowship Brunch: April 26, 2014. The Cove at The Church of Rancho Bernardo.
Special guest speaker:
Bob Hamer. Bob retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after 26 years as a Special Agent. He worked organized crime, gangs, terrorism, and child exploitation. Much of his career was spent undercover.
In assignments lasting anywhere from several days to more than three years, Bob successfully posed as a drug dealer, contract killer, residential burglar, fence, pedophile, degenerate gambler, international weapons dealer, and white-collar criminal.He worked undercover against such diverse groups as the La Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian, Mexican, and Russian mafias, Asian organized crime groups, and Los Angeles based street gangs. His successful infiltration of NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) resulted in the arrest of eight members of what one defendant called the organization’s “inner circle.”
Bob received numerous awards throughout his career including the coveted FBI Director’s Award for Distinguished Service, five United States Attorney Awards for Distinguished Service, and numerous letters of commendation including one from then US Attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Bob is a member of the San Diego Christian Writers Guild, the Writers Guild of America and has written for television. He has worked as the technical advisor for The Inside and Angela’s Eyes and has consulted for Law & Order: SVU and Sleeper Cell. He has appeared as a guest on numerous TV and radio programs including Oprah, Sean Hannity, The 700 Club, and Laura Ingraham. He is the author of three award-winning books: THE LAST UNDERCOVER: The True Story of an FBI Agent’s Dangerous Dance with Evil (Hachette Book Group, USA, Center Street Press), a novel, ENEMIES AMONG US (B&H Publishing, Fidelis), and a second novel, TARGETS DOWN (B&H Publishing). He also collaborated with New York Times best-selling author Oliver North to write AMERICAN HEROES ON THE HOMEFRONT (Simon and Schuster).
A Marine Corps veteran, Bob is married and has two children.
Then I'm going to go to the Bonita-Sunnyside Library for:
Meet mother and son authors Mary Gale Hinrichsen and Greg Reid. Hinrichsen has lived in Bonita 25 years, and now resides in Eastlake. She has authored five books. She will discuss her first novel, "Ethics of a Thief," released this winter. Reid is the author of "Stickability," he is also a motivational speaker and movie producer. Both mother and son will speak about their books as well as sign and sell copies of them following the event.
Then I'm going to go home and write! :-) It's going to be an incredible Saturday!
I'm super excited because I should be getting the cover picture for Child of Beauty tomorrow! I can't wait to see it! I have an image of what I want it to look like in my head, and I really hope it's even better than what I'm hoping for! :-)
Ever think about life and what you expected it to look like? When I was younger, like in high school, I had dreams of being a World Famous Author one day, that everyone would talk about my books. Though when I think back, I never imagined signing movie or TV deals. Lol. The world has changed even since then!
While my life isn't where I imagined it would be, I have a pretty amazing life. I have an incredible husband who supports my passion for writing (as well as all of my weird quirks). My family is a HUGE blessing! My parents are extremely supportive of my decisions, my sister and I get to have tons of fun now that we're not annoying each other, and my brother is an incredible (and harsh) editor for me! My in-laws are great, and my Step-Mother-In-Law told me about the San Diego Christian Writers' Guild, of which I've been a member for two years in August. I've learned so much from them, Novel Writing class, critique groups, and other writing related adventures.
I never imagined having my own website or business cards. I have such great and talented friends who help me out SO much! I love my job, and I get to be surrounded by people who love books and kids.
God has given me SO much in life, and He blesses me. Praise God!
Do you ever feel half in something? Like, you can't fully commit to something because there are so many things that you're working on?
I was driving home from work tonight and thinking about this idea, and I've come to realize that if I really want to be a professional author, then I can't be half in. I've never really thought of myself as being half in writing, but as I was driving, I realized I really was.
No, I'm not talking about quitting my amazing job to pursue writing full-time, but I think there are some things which I have to prioritize in my life better than I have been. As a writer I have to be willing to promote myself and my work, and by promote I mean something other than online. I have to be an actual person and do book talks, signings, etc. That idea scares me silly. I don't want to put myself out there like that, but I really have to.
So that is now going to be one of my 2015 writing goals. My 2014 writing goal in this area is to go to at least one writing event every month. I've been doing an okay job at this goal, but next year I want to step this up. I would like to promote myself and my work at least once a month next year. I want to be able to do book talks at libraries, set up my very first book signing, and put myself fully out there.
After this semester ends (five more weeks!) I am done with school (unless sometime in the future I decide to pursue my BA in English. I got into State once [this year] I can do it again!). Once school is done, this will free up a lot of my time and energy. I'll continue working full time, running my critique groups, and working with the Youth Groups, but I'm going to be able to jump fully into writing.
I don't want to be half in anymore. I want to be submerged, and I know with support, 2015 will be an exciting year!
As I'm writing tonight, a huge part of me wants this book to be written and done. I feel distracted, partially because I'm sick and hot right now, and also because I am so excited. I love my books. I'm writing my fourth book right now. I've always wanted to be able to say that, but it's completely true right now. I am writing my FOURTH book! I have two published, one in its third draft, and I'm working on the first draft of my fourth novel. It's kind of crazy to think about how much I've accomplished in such a short amount of time. It was November 2011 when Child of Prophecy was published as an e-book and January 2013 when Child of Prophecy was published as a paperback. August 2013 when Mysterious Warriors: Unity was published as paperback and Kindle. It will be May 2014 when Child of Beauty is published as paperback and Kindle, and November 2014 when Mysterious Warriors: Broken is published as paperback and Kindle.
I've been thinking about my cousin, who has a book of poetry published, and I'm so proud of her for following her dream. It's crazy to think that two cousins can be published authors.
My life has changed drastically within the past few months, with a new job, new car, and writing. The past three years of my life have been life-changing years between all that, publishing, critiquing, marriage, and joining the SD Christian Writers' Guild. I am so excited by all the possibilities which are coming my way, and I think I finally have an understanding of where my life's supposed to go and where I'm supposed to be.
I am so blessed to have such an incredible support system, and I love my husband and family so much! I thank God for them all the time, and He has put talented, loyal, and incredible friends in my life as well. Thank you to everyone who supports me!
I am a firm believer in making goals in life, especially in your passion. For me, that means making writing goals, so here's my next five years of writing goals:
May 19, 2014: Child of Beauty Published
May 30, 2014: Mysterious Warriors: Broken First Draft
June 15, 2014: Mysterious Warriors: Broken Second Draft
July 30, 2014: Mysterious Warriors: Broken Third Draft
September 30, 2014: Mysterious Warriors: Broken Fourth Draft
November 27, 2014: Mysterious Warriors: Broken Published
November 30, 2014: Child of Destiny First Draft
December 30, 2014: Child of Destiny Second Draft
February 15, 2015: Child of Destiny Third Draft
March 30, 2015: Child of Destiny Fourth Draft
May 26, 2015: Child of Destiny Published
May 30, 2015: Mysterious Warriors: Alone First Draft
June 15, 2015: Mysterious Warriors: Alone Second Draft
July 30, 2015: Mysterious Warriors: Alone Third Draft
September 30, 2015: Mysterious Warriors: Alone Fourth Draft
November 24, 2015: Mysterious Warriors: Alone Published
November 30, 2015: Child of Magic First Draft
December 30, 2015: Child of Magic Second Draft
February 15, 2016: Child of Magic Third Draft
March 30, 2016: Child of Magic Fourth Draft
May 24, 2016: Child of Magic Published
May 30, 2016: Mysterious Warriors: Redemption First Draft
June 15, 2016: Mysterious Warriors: Redemption Second Draft
July 30, 2016: Mysterious Warriors: Redemption Third Draft
September 30, 2016: Mysterious Warriors: Redemption Fourth Draft
November 29, 2016: Mysterious Warriors: Redemption Published
November 30, 2016: Child of Separation First Draft
December 30, 2016: Child of Separation Second Draft
February 15, 2017: Child of Separation Third Draft
March 30, 2017: Child of Separation Fourth Draft
May 23, 2017: Child of Separation Published
May 30, 2017: Pirates First Draft
June 15, 2017: Pirates Second Draft
July 30, 2017: Pirates Third Draft
September 30, 2017: Pirates Fourth Draft
November 28, 2017: Pirates Published
November 30, 2017: Child of Time First Draft
December 30, 2017: Child of Time Second Draft
February 15, 2018: Child of Time Third Draft
March 30, 2018: Child of Time Fourth Draft
May 29, 2018: Child of Time Published
May 30, 2018: Twins First Draft
June 15, 2018: Twins Second Draft
July 30, 2018: Twins Third Draft
September 30, 2018: Twins Fourth Draft
November 27, 2018: Twins Published
November 30, 2018: Child of Hope First Draft
December 30, 2018: Child of Hope Second Draft
February 15, 2019: Child of Hope Third Draft
March 30, 2019: Child of Hope Fourth Draft
May 28, 2019: Child of Hope Published
Here's a sneak preview of how the cover photo shoot went today!
A special thanks to my beautiful cover model: Mekayla Korpinen who played the character Strike today, and who also provided me with her awesome camera so I could take amazing pictures of her.
Look for the "Choose the Cover" Event on facebook at the end of May where I'll be having the fans choose which of the final three photos will be the cover of Mysterious Warriors: Broken!
I think it's very important to have goals in your life, whether they're for work, school, passions, whatever. So I'm writing down my writing goals for the year 2014:
March 1: Child of Beauty third draft done
March 31: Cover photo shoot for Mysterious Warriors: Broken
April 5: First draft of Mysterious Warriors: Broken done
May 5: Second draft of Mysterious Warriors: Broken done
May 19: Child of Beauty Published
July 5: Third draft of Mysterious Warriors: Broken done
August 19: Child of Destiny first draft done
September 19: Child of Destiny second draft done
November 19: Child of Destiny third draft done
November 27: Mysterious Warriors: Broken published
November 30: Mysterious Warriors: Alone first draft done
December 30: Mysterious Warriors: Alone second draft done
I may be crazy, but these are my goals for the year. We'll see how it goes. :-)
The week I started working for the San Diego COUNTY Library system, I was featured in the San Diego PUBLIC Library system (City) in their 48th Annual Local Author Exhibit.
The new Central Library is beautiful, and I'm so blessed to be featured in their exhibit. One of the ladies in my Oceanside Critique Group, Sally John, told me about it. It's a free exhibit featured in the library every year in the month of February.
If you live in San Diego and you haven't seen the new library, I strongly suggest going there... And then you get to see my books on the e-book display.
I also donated two copies of Child of Prophecy and two copies of Mysterious Warriors: Unity to the SDPL tonight while there. I got to meet a couple other local authors, and we exchanged business cards. :-) I'm SO glad I have business cards! I definitely feel like a real author during times like this.
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