Thursday, February 4, 2016

An interview with Cassandra Giovanni

Happy Thursday! On Monday I posted an excerpt of the book Finding the Cure by my friend Cassandra Giovanni. Today I'd like to have her back on the blog for an interview. I kept it short and sweet to keep your attention! ;-)

Describe Finding the Cure in three words: hope, growth, love

What are the challenges you faced while writing this novel that you might not have realized before writing it? This novel was an emotional roller coaster. I became so invested I practically cried through writing the whole thing. My husband actually told me he was relieved when I said I was done because he was so upset with how much I cried.

Did anyone inspire the book? I wrote it about 6 years ago, in my Nicholas Sparks phase, but I think events inspired it more than anything. I think writing is about growth and exploring things you fear. I did that with this novel.

Did you learn anything surprising from writing this book? That I could cry through a whole book and still come out loving it and that I could truly influence and affect someone else's life with my writing.

I know you also have a day job that you enjoy. How did you begin writing and do you ever want it to replace your day job? I started writing when I was about seven years old. I honestly don't know how it started, but I know that at seven I started entering writing competitions and winning. I wrote my first full length novel at twelve. I would love to have my writing give some financial gains, but I don't think I could just write all the time. I'd love to own my own publishing company and use my marketing skills to help other writers.

Speaking of jobs, what is the worst job you've ever had? Probably working at the Dunkin Donuts in Walmart. Enough said.

Do you have any writing rituals? I have to have music and that's about it. I always have a set of songs or CDs that inspires each novel and I listen to them repetitively.

Anything else you'd like to add? If you read books, please be sure to leave reviews. I know it takes time, but it means the world to authors. Reviews sell books above all else.

Find Cassandra Giovanni on her website.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

City of Legends Book Release Wrap-up!

Yesterday was the release date of my teenage superhero series (in case you didn't see the bazillions of tweets about it) and today I'm still riding the high of having a new book out in the world. It's not just one book either--it's all THREE in the series. I'm so glad we got to release them all at once so that readers don't have to wait for the next book.

I am still anxiously waiting to hear what people think of book 3, Empire Rising, but I am thrilled to see that City of Legends already has 5 reviews on Amazon! You guys are totally the best!!

I thought I'd put together a little recap about my book birthday.

The morning started off with a bang. My publisher tweeted about my book release! This is especially exciting because until now, I've been an indie author that published everything myself. This is my first traditional book and it was really great to have a team supporting me and my series.

I also got mentioned in tweets by the official Pretty Little Liars (my favorite show!) account and the official Vampire Diaries (one of my favorite book series ever) account. Suffice it to say I was fangirling all day long.

Alloy Entertainment sent me flowers for my book release. It's funny how now flowers from my spouse or friends are no longer as exciting. Once a publisher sends you flowers, you experience a happiness never before known.

But my best friend also sent flowers, along with one of the greatest greeting cards ever. Thank you, Susan! This is why you get the longest paragraphs in my acknowledgements ;-)

And then I went to my sis-in-law's house to watch the new episode of Pretty Little Liars. Only, they are the coolest people on the planet and had organized a City of Legends cupcake party for me. HOW AMAZING ARE THESE PEOPLE?

It was such a great release day! And I am so glad to have Alloy as my publisher for this series. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've stared at their book submissions page over the last three years. I used to think about submitting a book to them about once a month, but I never got the guts to do it. And now I have a series published by them. It's really crazy how life works sometimes. But I am so thrilled and honored to have my name next to the other authors on Alloy's page. It's funny how how matter what happens, I still always have this fear that I'm not actually a "real" writer, whatever that may be. But after yesterday, I'm feeling pretty legit for the first time ever.

Thank you so much to everyone who has read or blogged or tweeted or reviewed or shown love in any way for City of Legends. I'm so glad to share this series with you and I hope you'll love it as much as I do! 

PS- Come back tomorrow, I have a great interview with author Cassandra Giovanni! 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

City of Legends Release Day!

YOU GUYS! My YA superhero series is released today! All three books are now available on Amazon and I am so so so excited about it.


I can't believe it's been ten months since I first got that email from my editor at Alloy. That email forever changed my writing career. I went from being a one woman indie publishing operation to a hybrid author with a fantastic team at Alloy Entertainment. My editor saw the potential in my superhero story and helped me polish it up and revamp the entire series. I really hope you guys will love the new versions and also be happy with the conclusion in the final book!

In celebration, I've painted my nails to match the cover.

Now that this series is over, I'm looking forward to diving into a new series that has been in my head for a while. There is no rest for the writer! If we did that, then the book ideas would pile up and drive us insane. Well, more insane.