Need to fight writer’s block? Use one of these 20 writing prompts to create a short story!
December 18th is my birthday so I’m giving YOU a present!
Dec. 18th only you can download the first novel in The Devils Curse Novels, “Devils Fall” absolutely FREE!
Our five senses are so important to our everyday lives but most of the time we take them for granted. We expect they will always work when we need them to.
When we write, we do this aswell. We forget about our characters using their 5 senses to describe a scenario or situation. Sometimes we don’t treat our characters as beings.
They are just characters we made in our minds, right? They aren’t breathing, living beings..
This is our job as writers – To give breath to a character so they can come alive.
Writing a short story or novel is much different than filming a movie or acting out a play. You have to create the visual world inside of the readers mind, without drawing it for them or creating a movie with actors and animations.
You have to build a world for your character to exist in but you need your character to “live” in this world. Describe their world to create a loophole inside of the mind of the reader, pull them out of reality.
Are you using your 5 senses when you’re writing?
Something major with writing your novel that can help set the entire mood of your novel is remembering that your character has 5 senses.
(Unless your character is blind, deaf or cannot smell) but your characters will always be able to use atleast one of these senses.
You can change your wording whether in first person or third person.
Instead of not using your senses:
“When I walk into the abyss, it is very dark.”
Use your senses to create a much darker and suspenseful scenario:
“When I enter into the dark abyss, I can smell the horrid odor of burnt flesh. The distant sound of a blood curdling scream causes my stomach to turn.”
Or, In third person:
“Chloe enters the dark abyss, she smells the horrid odor of burnt flesh. The distant sound of a blood curdling scream causes her stomach to turn.”
It tells the reader that your character is entering an abyss that is dark, so you assume she cannot see her surroundings. The smell she is sensing is a warning sign that something awful has happened in the darkness and lastly, the blood curdling scream tells the reader the character is not alone and this is causing her stomach to feel ill.
Something as simple as using your 5 senses can create a world your reader will not want to put down!
~The Cursed Author~
Huge news for 2018!
I am over the moon excited to announce that you are looking at the new Grand Rapids Ambassador for Women who Write – Grand Rapids Chapter, (Women who Write GR) Presented by Hook a Sista Up (HASU) a platform for women entrepreneurs!
More information coming soon!
My bio will be added to the members list soon!
“Sarah A. Kenney is the author of YA fantasy series, “The Devils Curse Novels.” and Adult Psychological thriller, “Sleepwalker.”
Sarah is also Co-Owner of the online craft shop, “Saribears Designs” and volunteers her time raising awareness for Mental Health and the charity Letters Against Depression.”
Please visit Hook a Sista Up!
On Nov. 18th, Thanks to the invitation from Hook a Sista Up (HASU) president Linda Otterbridge, I had the pleasure of attending the Women who Write Author Showcase in Grand Rapids, MI.
Women who Write is based in Grand Rapids, MI and is a group created by HASU to support Women writers and create events for entrepreneurs and writers to connect and promote their written works with Authors, Editors and Publishers all in one building at the same event. A fantastic and rare networking opportunity in Grand Rapids, MI!
This year the Women who Write Author Showcase was located in the Donnelly Center at Aquinas College. The admission was FREE and workshops were $15 each.
Author workshops were available from Author of “Writing is a Jealous Lover” Randy Otterbridge, Author of “Rise Higher” Nicole Zaagman and House Capacity Publishing Co. CEO, Kierra Jones.
There was a brief seating for guests to be introduced and learn more about each writer, editor and publisher.
Authors also had the chance to be interviewed by Radio Host Toresa Blakely of MAGIC 1049!
Sponsors for this event were:
Schuler Books & Music
Baker book House
Barnes & Noble
Festival of Faith & Writing
MANA(Marketing new Authors)
Van til editing Service
Dr. Cheria Lane
Fox 17 news
97.3 Urban radio
West Michigan Women Magazine
In Life Now Radio
You can become a member of Hook a Sista Up by visiting HASU or connect with the Women who Write group on Facebook!
Linda Otterbridge has some big plans for the New Year so keep an eye on HASU!
My Mother and I own an online shop called Saribears, we make 100% handmade items.
I have volunteered with Letters Against Depression since July and have helped with writing letters of Hope and Support to people battling mental illness.
Saribears recently has started to design “YOU MATTER” card, these have handmade therapy color-in designs and can be mailed directly to you or to a loved one.
Blank Inside: $3.50 + postage
Or, Short Saying/Poem: $5 + postage
$1 per card will be donated to Letters Against Depression, we also have YOU MATTER bracelets for $18!
Help us support Mental Health Awareness with us! ❤
I am VERY excited to announce that the final edit of “Sleepwalker” is FINISHED!
I am nervous, excited, terrified, ecstatic.. Any emotion you can think of I am feeling it! Creating Sleepwalker has been so different than writing Lucy’s story has been, I know Lucy like the back of my hand and I’ve plotted and planned out every moment of Lucys story. Ashley Niallsons story has thrown me for a loop! I did very little plotting throughout, my original plan was to create a short story – tops of 20,000 words and release it on Halloween just as a horror story but instead I was in the hospital fighting sepsis while I wrote this story, I ran past my deadline and decided her story needed to be explained. I knew I wouldnt be happy with it unless I dug deep into her backstory and took it the full length.
Sleepwalker is now a full length Adult Psychological Thriller novel of 50,000 words!
I will be having one more read through before converting this story into an eBook, I will be releasing the paperback version only 2 weeks later!
Join my mailing list to be the first to receive an e-mail of when, where and how you can get your hands on “Sleepwalker”!
The Cover Designer that gave my first novel “Devils Fall” the perfect cover to depict Lucy being pulled between Heaven and Hell was the amazingly talented cover design from Bilbao, Spain – Maialen Alonso!
She has become both someone I look to as a friend and a creative designer. She creates vivid, eye catching covers while also expressing the authors story by creating covers that well, tell a story.
When I first released “Devils Fall” in November 2016, I had a cheesy cover of blue roses falling, this was meaningful to me to have the blue roses on the cover because of a special part of the book between the demon Asmodeus and Lucy. (If you’ve read “Devils Fall” you know what I’m talking about.) but I knew a cover with only blue roses were not going to catch anyone’s interest because as much as I hate to say it, we judge books by their covers and blue roses just weren’t going to bring readers in.
So, I searched for a cover on http://www.thebookcoverdesigner.com, I would say that I searched through over 2,000 or more covers for 2 months before I finally came upon Maialen’s “Hell Dance” book cover. I found her cover in February and knew I had to have it. I had plans to officially release the paperback of Devils Fall so I knew this cover on a matte finish would be perfect.
There was no other cover that I had found that made me think, “This is Lucy’s story!” but “Hell Dance” was the perfect depiction.
I purchased the cover and shortly after she contacted me to know what changes would need to be made. It was only a few hours later that I was the new owner of the beautiful “Hell Dance” now “Devils Fall” cover!
I have always had a wonderful experience collaborating with Maialen, she listen to what you need and always gets back to you quickly and not to mention – for me – she is on the other side of the world working to get a cover ready!
She has also helped me reformat paperback covers and helped me understand how to create my own paperback covers. I honestly do not think I would understand half as much about paperback covers if I did not know her!
Not only is Maialen Alonso an amazing cover designer, but she is also an author herself with several published novels, both written in Spanish and translated into English. After she finished her studies, she dedicated herself to writing, which is her chosen profession.
As a cover designer and an author this gives her the mindset and aspect of a writer to help ensure that your cover is perfect for YOU and YOUR story.
You can find her newest pre-made and custom cover designs on: http://maialenalonso.es
Or, find her written works at
Kristyn at Drop Dead Designs is a graphic designer and indie book designer..
Kristyn was the designer I chose to design my cover for “DEVILS DREAM” – I had stared at this cover for almost two months, constantly checking back to see that it was still available. I hadn’t planned to have a face on one of my covers but it was undeniable that this cover was going to give my main character, “Lucy Morningstar” a face!
I got ahold of Kristyn and purchased my cover, within 24 hours she had sent me the cover through my email along with over 4 different advertisements for me to use!
This cover at the time only cost me $70 and looks absolutely beautiful on its Matte finished Paperback! If it wasn’t for Kristyn’s designs, my character would have never been give a face.
Kristyn at DropDeadDesigns Advice:
You NEED a BEAUTIFUL cover!
Your book cover will stand out and be 100% unique!
I will have previews for you within a few days.
I will work hard for you, until we achieve the cover you are wishing for.
Upload Ready Files
You will be all set to upload all the files and start selling your book!
3D Mockups Included
You will be given 3D mockups to use for advertising your books.
Services and pricing by DropDeadDesigns:
**Pre-Designed Covers – $40-$60
**Custom eBooks – $50
**Custom full book wrap – $100
Jessica Dueck is the cover artist and owner of StarsColdNight..
“An Artist making all your dreams & nightmares come to life” ~ Jessica Dueck (StarsColdNight)
Monday starts off my self publishers networking posts!
I’m starting this week with cover designers!
My first cover designer I want to share is JESSICA DUECK, owner and artist of StarsColdNight!
Jessica is based in Paraguay, but takes orders internationally!
I have had an absolute blast working with Jessica Dueck on the cover of my fourth novel in The Devils Curse series, “Devils Ascension”!
You will be seeing her name in the credits in my cover reveal video soon!
She has been very open to changes I have asked for, her response time is speedy and her suggestions are always helpful in helping you notice things you may have not at first with your cover and how it will relate to your story.
You can find her covers on a popular website called http://www.thebookcoverdesigner.com but you will find her cover design website below under “Book Covers Realm”.
Some other things about Jessica is she is also a beauty advisor at “Mermaid Incognito” She is always posting her art and hair creations on her personal blog below under “JESSICA DUECK”!
If you’re a hair dye addict like me and want to indulge in your love of hair dye, her suggestions are definitely where you want to go!
Services and Prices offered by STARSCOLDNIGHT:
**Book Covers** – Cubierta de libros
Starting from 60$
**Banners, logos, flyers, advertising**
Depends on the work · For companies, products, websites, etc
**Photomanipulations – Retoques fotográfic**
Starting from 45$ · You explain your story, I create the world you see. I use only HD images, free to inquire about the details to my email email@example.com Retouches starting from 50$ for 50 images.
I know that National Writing Month ends in only a week, so get thinking about your story and the world you’ve created, start thinking of how you want that world to come alive through its cover..
Tomorrow, I’ll be posting some of the information from the Women who Write Author Showcase I attended on Saturday, great connections from editors to publishing companies!
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Official release date of “Sleepwalker” a Keyhole Novel
3 nights later of only 40 minutes of sleep a night and Sleepwalker is officially 36,000 words.. This isn’t the end but it is getting very close.
I have been working on creating a release date video to announce “Sleepwalker”s official arrival and I am also excited to mention that I have the cover reveal video for “Devils Ascension” ready to be released 😉
More info on Devils Ascension later.. For now follow the link below to watch the video for SLEEPWALKER –
Join the nightmare..
“Sleepwalker” A Keyhole Novel: https://youtu.be/FXJj5P0zSow
Are you an Author? Are you looking to self-publish and you need a unique, eye catching book cover?
Visit Kristyn over at Drop Dead Designs! – http://www.dropdeaddesigns.com
I had a wonderful experience purchasing one of her unique book covers, you may have seen my cover for “Devils Dream” and the many fantastic advertisements – those were ALL designed by Kristyn for only $70!
This week I’ll be posting and reviewing cover designers that I have worked with this year!
So, if you’re an author or are thinking of starting your journey down the self publishing road, I guarantee these designers you will want to check out!
2018 is going to bring ALOT of writing and a whole lot of editing!
I wanted to share what to look forward to in 2018!
THE DEVILS CURSE NOVELS:
#4.) “Devils Ascension” – He will Rise… Are You Ready?
#5.) TBA – The End of the Beginning
A Buried Secrets Trilogy:
#1.) “Not the Only One” – Romance/Murder
There is more than that but the next series I will be publishing will be announced once finished.. So keep watching and keep reading!
~The Cursed Author~
“You say I’m crazy, cause you don’t think I know what you’ve done..” -Sam Smith; I’m Not the Only One.
“July 2018 will bring a new Romance with a twist. In this Murderous novel, “Not the Only One” – Three’s a crowd.”
“Not the Only One” will be available in eBook July 2018.
Officially over 27,000 words!
There will be a full cover reveal once I reach my NanoWriMo goal of 50,000 words!
The full cover reveal will take place on my Facebook Author Page
For now, here is a teaser of the front cover of the paperback, “Devils Ascension” .. The fourth novel in the YA Fantasy/Horror series, “The Devils Curse Novels”
It’s National Writing Month!
I feel like every month is writing month, but this is my first year of joining NANOWRIMO! I figured this would be the year and month to join in to celebrate the One- Year Anniversary of the release of “Devils Fall” and the beginning of The Devils Curse Novels.
“Devils Ascension” is my entry into NANOWRIMO this year, I have a little over 22,000 words finished to date, this is a 50 chapter novel, and will pass over 50,000 words by the time it is finished. It will be the longest novel in The Devils Curse Novels to date..
“Devils Ascension” is the beginning to the end of the series, but I’m not letting my attachment to this story drag my writing down, It is hard to watch your characters grow up but I am itching to focus solely on “Devils Ascension” throughout November to hit my target Deadline of Dec. 18th! (P.S. It will be a Happy Birthday to me!)
The Devils will rise… Are you ready?
“Lucifer watched in Hell while his daughter was judged and tortured by the Arcs..
Truth and Lies have corrupted her..
His realm paid the price for her absence..
Nothing will hold this Father back from saving his one true love.
In the fourth novel of The Devils Curse Novels; The Devil will ascend once again..”
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So, the original deadline for “Sleepwalker” was Oct. 31st, but due to an unexpected 8 day hospital stay, my writing was put on hold for that time being.. I am back at it and typing faster than ever but I still don’t see my original deadline happening but I can promise “Sleepwalker” will be available in eBook AND Paperback sooner than later!
To celebrate three things: October, Halloween and NO longer being in the hospital! I wanted to share the first chapter of “Sleepwalker” with everyone…
Also, get your free digital copy of the THIRD novel in the Devils Curse Novels, “Devils Mark” for FREE, OFFER VALID only from Oct.31st – Nov. 1st on AMAZON!
Ashley Niallson has had a long 3 years of heartbreak while living in Chicago.. When her Aunt passes away and leaves Ashley the farm house, she is forced to head back home and remember the reason why she left in the first place..
My newest stand alone novel is based on a short story I have written called, “The Keyhole.” I felt like I needed to write more of a story for Ashley Niallson other than this short story so instead of releasing “The Keyhole” I decided to use it to inspire, “The Sleepwalker: A Keyhole Novel”
“Ashley Niallson has had a long 3 years of heartbreak while living in Chicago.. When her Aunt passes away and leaves Ashley the farm house, she is forced to head back home and remember the reason why she left in the first place..”
To read the Prologue that started it all, click the link below to download “Sleepwalker”!
Celebrate the release of “Devils Mark” – I am giving anyone who is interested in a sneak preview to the first novel in “The Devils Curse Novels” a chance to download the first chapter “Sixteen Candles” to your kindle!
Just open the file below to your kindle or computer and read away! Enjoy!
Self publishing authors tend to think they need to spend money to make their eBooks, cause if you’re not spending money to release your work then nobody will buy it right? The whole mind set of a good investment gives back..
This isn’t always the case, sometimes you are a new author who has no day job but cannot stand the thought of waiting to give your book the breath it wants to take when you will finally publish the long nights of writing that you have worked so hard on..
Luckily, in the age of technology that we live in, the lifeline to the publishing industry is write at our finger tips (you catch that? Heh.)
When I first started writing, I will admit, I had no money in my bank account but I felt the need to get the stories I spent two years every day writing out into the world. So, I began researching online how I could do that.. I found Amazon, ofcourse, the one self publishing format that to me has been the saving grace to my writing life. Amazon is one source that your creativity is literally all on you. You will format, edit, cover design, upload, everything by yourself but it is entirely free. I know a lot of authors who HATE editing and formatting (really who does? We are called “writers” for a reason.. editors got their own thang going for them.) but as self publishing authors we wear many, many hats.
Another source to consider publishing through is NOOK, a branch of Barnes & Nobles.. I have not had any luck with publishing through NOOK but would push other authors to consider this option for the main reason being after $10 worth of sales you will get paid, unlike Amazon, where you get paid three months out from the selling date.. I received my May payment in July, April in August.. etc.. you get the point.. no sales in March, you won’t get paid in June… NOOK has the option for paperback publishing as well, I have not published paperbacks with them for the fact of the out of pocket charges, but from the sounds of it you would have your book selling through Barnes & Noble.. Remember, if you choose the options for Amazon, you can also publish through NOOK but only if you do not sign up for KDP select which is a 3 month contract where you sell exclusive on Amazon but you give readers the option to download your book for free on Kindle Unlimited and you will be paid through KENP, KENP is the based off of the number of pages the reader flicks through and you will be paid out of the KDP Global Fund..
I have been researching IngramSparks as well which you pay out of pocket for instead of only when a sale is made, they have reach to get your novel out to major markets including Amazon, but as I said, you will have to pay out of pocket and it will depend on the demand of your prints.
One final way to get your book out to the public is through libraries.. you will not get paid for this, it is considered a donation to the local section of the library but if you donate the first book of your series and someone rents it, they most likely will find you on google or amazon and buy your second book..
It is all what you consider the best option for YOU.. I currently only publish exclusively through Amazon since this is the best option for me, I love the freedom of doing what I want with my work.
When publishing with Amazon, you have choices to create paperbacks as well as ebooks. I will only be covering the process of using calibre in this post to create eBooks but will consider talking about the process of paperbacks at a later time if anyone is interested!
Starting off with Calibre.. you can easily download this formatting program for FREE by going to Calibre Download
If you are new to Calibre, it may look like a massive headache waiting to happen once you load the program but I promise you – If I can do it, so can you!
First off, You will want to save your book as a Doc. or DocX. and please before uploading your file into Calibre make sure you have sectioned each one of your chapters, if you have not done this when you upload your file as one massive file with no section breaks, you will have problems rise when you go through all of these steps and end up at Table of Contents. Your Table of Contents will not detect any chapters.. You then will have to start over..
Step 1: Add book from a single directory..
I suggest uploading one book at a time so this process doesn’t get confusing at first.. Simply go up to the left hand corner of your screen to “Add books” and select “add books from a single directory” – this will then open the box tab to select your book which would be best to format in a doc. or docx. format to begin with. Your book will appear in your library that is listed in the middle of your screen.. Before doing anything else go to Step 2 first and fill out the Metadata..
Step 2: Edit Metadata
I secretly love metadata.. I love to say it, I love to write it, I love it because it is easy.. You will select “Edit Metadata” which is right next to your “Add Books” tab.. Metadata is especially important for your ebook, I look at Metadata as your books birth certificate, the ISBN is its SSN but without Metadata you truly do not know who wrote your book, the title, the series, what its about, its rating.. the list goes on.. You will select “Edit Metadata individually” and select your book from the library..
Once you are on the Edit Metadata page, it will look like this.. It is very self explanatory, you will fill in your Title, Author(s), Series name, Author sort, Title sort, and lastly the book number in the series.. Once you finish the top section, you will go down to “Browse” this is where you will select your cover image, it will appear on the inside cover of your ebook, the first thing that your readers will see.. after they have already seen it when they bought it.. but it is important! Simply select your image you want to upload and then fill out your Tags, publication date, publisher (self), and the languages this book will be available in.. you then will go to the bottom of the box and select “Ok” ..
Step 3: Conversion.. (The part I hate the most..)
This slide show will show you the step by step options through the process and which tabs should be selected.. scroll below to get more details on what to input and output..
1.) Insert Metadata.. all of your metadata information should be available here that you have already filled out but verify that it is correct..
2.) Ignore “Look & Feel” and “Heuristic Processing” .. these options should be set correctly already..
3.) “Page Setup” – I usually set my “output” to Kindle Fire, input I leave as “default”..
4.) Structure Detection – you have the option to remove the first image inside of the book, remove fake margins (I select this.) and the option to insert metadata at the start of the book which I usually do not do.
5.) Table of Contents – the only options I select on this is “Do not auto-detect chapters” because usually this will double your table of contents and that will result in you doing this all over again.
6.) Ignore “Search & Replace” – there really is no use for this.
7.) DOCX Input – This is what your original file will have done to it while it converts into Mobi or EPUB.. I select “Do not try to auto detect a cover from images inside of the book” – this will only cause problems and duplicates if it is not turned off.. and “Do not add a page after every end note”..
8.) Mobi output. – This is what your final file will look like .. the only options I select are “Do not add Table of Contents” (this is for the reason that you are going to convert your Mobi file to an EPUB – you cannot edit a Table of Contents to any file unless it is an epub first.) and I usually turn on “ignore margins” for the fact that it will alter your margins and could result into having to edit more..
9.) FINALLY, select “ok” .. at the bottom right corner of your screen will be a number under the metadata for your book that says (1) you can select this and watch your file convert.. You will then have to go through this process once more to go from a mobi file to an epub file to edit in your table of contents, the great thing about this process is that the table of contents will be added to both your mobi and epub because you converted the mobi to an epub.. this will not show on your mobi ebook when you open it through Calibre but if you end up having to upload MOBI to Amazon or another source it will automatically have your Table of Contents.
Step 4: Phew.. Hope you’re still with me after Conversion! – “Adding the Table of Contents through EPUB”..
Now you have converted your book which was the biggest challenge, you can now work on your Table of Contents which like I said will be used in your multiple formats but you can only edit your ToC through EPUB..
Simply select “Edit book” and it will open another screen where you will also have the option to edit your book through HTML .. I would suggest re-reading your book BEFORE you even add the file into Calibre because the last thing you want to have to do is edit through HTML .. I have for minor adjustments before but if you don’t have to, you really do not want to..
1.) Your blank Slate… This is what your table of contents looks like at first “blank” .. you will select “Create an entry” this will open the window to a side panel of your unnamed chapters.. Select your first entry which will most likely be your cover, You then on the right hand side of your screen will have a box for “Title of the entry”.. You would name this “Cover”
2.) For every chapter you will need to select a starting point of detection for the ebook to detect where to direct the reader when they choose to navigate with your ToC once they purchase your eBook.. You do this by scrolling over to your entry, a green bar will appear and you will go to the top of the page where you chapter or other page will start and select this.. This will become your navigation after your ToC is created.
3.) Once you finish your first entry you will select “OK” and be navigated back to your Table of Contents page, you will then select on the right hand side of your screen the button that says “Create a new entry below this entry” .. this will make sure your chapters are all separated and not consider “inside” of eachother..
4.) You will repeat this until you have every chapter detected and named.. Warning: You will regret ever creating a 50 or more chapter book..
5.) Once you are finished with your Table of Contents select “OK” and you will be navigated back to the editing html screen, you will scroll up to the top bar to “File” and select “Save” .. if you exit this screen without having saved, it will not keep your Table of Contents and I promise it will make you cry..
FINALLY! The most fulfilling moment will be navigating back to your library and selecting “EPUB” that is your file format under the selected book in your libraries cover image.. This will open a screen that is in the shape of a tablet and you will be able to select the “T” button and see your Table of Contents..
Your files should save under a folder named “Calibre Library” when you are asked to upload your manuscript to Amazon or another source you will simply go to this folder and select EPUB or MOBI.. whichever they ask for..
Phew! You don’t realize how long of a process something is until you write it out! I hope this helps with formatting your eBook and if you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me a message and I’d be happy to help out in any way that I can!
Best of Luck!
I am terrible at updating wordpress and I apologize for the long wait! I am going to try to get better at updating this site along with Facebook, Instragram, Goodreads and Author Central.
I have been busy trying to get The Devils Curse Novels published and into ebook and paperback formats.. 3 of the 5 novels that will be published in the series “The Devils Curse Novels” are now available on Amazon for purchase, if you are a Kindle Unlimited member you can download The Devils Curse Novels for FREE and if you are an Amazon Prime Member you can get two-day free shipping on ANY Devils Curse Novel in Paperback!
What have I been up to with writing? Do I only write about the Devils daughter? Am I a Satanist because my writing mainly revolves around Demons and the Devils daughter?
Noooo to all of those!.. This isn’t the only written work that I do, however, it is my absolute favorite! I write poetry as well. You can find those on Amazon under “What Dreams are Made of..” and “Carousel.” I have been exercising my ability to not only write Horror and Fantasy! It is a hard thing to overcome when it is the genre that I love to relish my dark side in (and yes, I do have cookies most of the time while I am writing, in between the occasional Dorito.)
About that Satanist question.. Never judge an author by her stories.. this is happening quite often lately and I feel I need to bring it to light.. I am not a Satan worshipper. I am an author who has had many demons throughout her life and if you have actually read The Devils Curse Novels you will know that the story doesn’t revolve around Lucifer but around the fact that a young girl, Lucy Morningstar who IS the Devils daughter, is forced to go through the same challenges with temptation and chasing dreams that aren’t meant for her, just like we face everyday.. I will pop quiz you if you challenge me! .. but hey, I am totally happy to hear your thoughts about The Devils Curse Novels, I just wanted to throw that out there! 🙂
What have I been up to lately?
Well, I have been battling through what is called an “Invisible Illness” for the past years that has worsened in the past 6 months, since I am not receiving treatment I have a lot of time on my hands but writing is something that no matter how sick you are, your stories can always be written. Something I have been trying is taking the extra step lately as an author to spread my work further than Amazon. I have been submitting my short stories and poems to various magazines. Any author should take this step cause you can only grow from it!
It is hard to find “paying” work as an author, especially as a novelist who writes book series more than stand alone novels. If you have a customer that hasn’t read your first novel when you release your third novel, you most likely won’t have a sale on that novel until they read through the second.
These thoughts have made me realize I have to step out of the shadows of my introverted side as an author and venture out, pitching ideas and submitting my work is something that I often feel like I can’t breathe while I press that “Submit” button but then I anxiously await an answer. It doesn’t matter to me if they like it or not, it is the fact that they take the time to actually read it..
Whether they like your work or not, they may still remember your name. I am one of those people whether someone loves me or hates me, they can both be in my favor. (Thank you, MR. SHAKESPEARE, you magnificent beast of a writer.)
If you would like to check out “The Devils Curse Novels” or my Poetry just follow the links below! I will also attach links to where you can receive more updates!
Thank you for the support, you lovely little Devils, You!
So, it’s been awhile!
There has been so many new additions to “The Devils Curse Novels” over the course of the past three months!
I have actively been updating Instagram and Facebook but I have not had the time to sit down and actually write a post to WordPress! The exciting news now though is that BOTH “Devils Fall” AND “Devils Dream” are available in paperback exclusively through Amazon!
“Devils Fall” can be found on AMAZON!
“Devils Dream” can be found on AMAZON!
ALSO, Ending TOMORROW, Friday, May 19th @ 8 p.m. is the Signed copy Giveaway of “Devils Fall” – All you have to do is “LIKE” & “FOLLOW” FACEBOOK and “SHARE” the Giveaway post that is pinned to the top of the page!
Welcome to The Cursed Author Blog!
In the month of September I will be announcing my new E-Books release date, Title and much more.. I will be starting a monthly update on announcements starting after the release of my new E-Book..
I have been working hard on this series since September 2015! I have just finished using Calibre to edit and format Book One, After thirteen times of editing and formatting in HTML I am so excited to say that I’m pretty sure the hardest part of writing is finally over.
I can’t wait to announce the Title and information to you all, Check back in the month of September to find out more info!
~The Cursed Author~
I sat down last night and tried to think of the 10 things I do to help me survive and stay dedicated to the grueling process of plotting and outlining my stories. I plot out all main details of every chapter in my novels, the only one I did not do this with was “Sleepwalker” but I guarantee if I would have, you would be reading Sleepwalker by now!
It is good to keep a journal of your plots, characters and their characteristic info, story info like title, a list of Chapters names if you’re like me and love naming every chapter. When you successfully complete your pre-writing/outlining process with these tips, I guarantee your writing process will become much less stressful and hectic!