Today is the day! I chose this day because it’s already my favorite day of the year, which seemed fitting for it to also be the release date for my debut novel. Everealm is now available for immediate purchase and pre-orders have been distributed.Here are the links for purchase:
In honor of our ‘1 week til release date’, here is a book trailer for Everealm!
As I sit here watching my favorite evening shows, (many of which include vast imaginary tales), I began to wonder about something…
Is an active imagination a gift or a curse?
As a child, I had an extremely overactive imagination. Any chance my mind had to wander, it did. Even a short trip to the bathroom in elementary school, I would pretend I was a secret agent, saving the school from evil. Alone in my room, I was anything I wanted to be, wielding magic, ruling a kingdom, healing the world. I thought my ability to create my own unrealistic reality would pass when I got older, but it never did.
Instead, my imagination adapted. I would read a new fantasy book or series and become absorbed inside the pages and the stories. Even when I was old enough to read adult novels, it was the fantasy tales that drew me in the most. The worlds, created by my favorite authors, allowed me to escape whatever troubles or worries I was facing in the real world.
Even as an adult, I still find myself drawn to fantasy. The majority of the books I read, or the shows/movies I watch have a fantasy theme. I have used my imagination in my day job, letting my creativity shine in my creations. It wasn’t until recently that I realized I could take it much further with writing.
But all of this dependency on my imagination and make-believe fantasies to help me cope with life has created a false sense of reality for me. I sometimes dream too large, creating unrealistic expectations and deep depression when things don’t meet those expectations. I also have trouble coping with change or surprises, having intensely imagined my future a specific way. If anything goes awry, I shut down, unable to handle the fact that my fairy tale life may be different than I’ve imagined.
So again, I wonder.. Can having a grand imagination actually be harmful? Can it prevent you from “growing up” and facing the world?
For now, I choose to treat it like a gift, drawing it out as long as I can. As a fiction writer, it’s necessary. But in the future, if I ever decide to stop writing, I wonder if my view on this will change…
Everealm became available to pre-order today on Amazon.com, but I am already deep into the sequel! When you have a story stuck in your head, it’s impossible to focus on anything else. I have realized that I could possibly be addicted to writing! I think about it, even when I am doing something completely unrelated and the characters voices are constantly speaking to each other in my mind. To most people, this probably sounds like I am losing my marbles. Fellow writers, however, are probably nodding to themselves as they read this, understanding completely.
So even though telling this story has been amazingly therapeutic to use my usually stifled imagination and quite more relaxing than I anticipated, it has also been extremely time consuming. No worries, though! I am happy to be crazed and sleep-deprived, if it means I can share the story with everyone. And I hope others stay up reading it, the same way I do with my favorite books. Thus completing the circle of zombie people walking around with zero sleep!
Here it is!
Cover by: Fiona Jayde Media
We’re starting on the cover for Wildfire this week. Teaser for Wildfire will be included in the back of the Everealm ebook, so don’t forget to reserve your copy. Listing becomes available on Amazon within 24 hours. I will post a link here, so stay tuned!
Things are progressing quite nicely this week. I am awaiting the first draft of the concept artwork for the Everealm book cover! I have been working with the amazing Fiona, from Fiona Jayde Media, on designing a killer ebook cover for the first book of the series. She is super talented and I am so happy I came across her site during my search for a graphic designer. You can check out her awesome work, here: http://fionajaydemedia.com/. The final edits have been made to the draft, so as soon as the cover is finalized, Everealm will be ready for publishing to ebook!
I have also finished the first chapter of Wildfire, which will be the title of the second book in the Everalm Series. The outline is done, and the hard part is filling in the rest of the book, but I am very excited to finally put Everealm aside and jump into Wildfire. In Wildire, we will continue our journey with Bree & Rowan, and Dagan & Sidonie, but we will also get to meet some new characters and travel to new locations, including a nice trip to visit Vale! I can’t wait to get Everealm published so that everyone can get just as excited for Wildfire as I am!
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