Greetings to everyone who has come to this website! Hopefully, all the bugs will be worked out soon (and I will be somewhat capable of working on a website). But if you’ve made it this far, here is a little bit about my story, where everything is at currently and what’s next.
I began writing way back when I was fourteen, fresh in high school. I’d always had a love of reading, so dipping my toes into writing seemed a natural step forward. Luckily, I had a little encouragement from a close friend of mine, and from there, a spark was lit. For the next ten years, I wrote voraciously, posting heavily on Wattpad for several years with varying degrees of success. In time, however, I felt burned out, and took a pause from writing (well, that’s what I told myself at times). For a little while, I wrote short stories but with no direction in mind. I ended up on a site called Penana, a much younger site with a smaller base and the best decision I made.
The site offered competitions created by other users. I was able to put my work out again and receive a little feedback. It was on this site that I first drafted a good chunk of The Girl of Ash and Snow, along with some other works which may also appear in the future. But, after 18 months from Wattpad, I inevitably found myself back and experiencing the community forums. There I forged connections, made friends and began to receive decent momentum for The Girl. Then Wattpad did the dirty…and got rid of the forums. Cut off from a lot of networking options, I was lost, adrift and uncertain once more. Then a friend I’d met invited me to a Discord server…and there my journey began to take off.
I finished the draft of The Girl, had it ripped apart, went back to the drawing board and spent months working on it. After rounds of editing, tears and focus, the story began to look like something work showing to the world (in a professional sense). I toyed with querying it for traditional publishing but ultimately made the decision to self-publish.
More editing and finally a professional editor entered the picture. Art has now been commissioned for merchandise which will be included in the Launch Box (stay tuned for more info!). I am still considering a final date but in light of the Christmas rush, the date of release for my debut novel will likely be mid-January now.
Am I working on other projects? Yes! I have zero self-control with focusing on just one project! Will I divulge any info? No… I’ve rewritten this one several times and its still very early stages. All I can say for the future is, I’m waiting on the last few art pieces to be delivered and the merchandise to be delivered. A lot of the merch is coming in massive bulk orders, so there will be the option to buy these separately from the launch box.
Well, I think that covers it for now but stay tuned! Much love,