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The Story of My Story – A GAME OF TRUTHS

The story of my story – A GAME OF TRUTHS

It’s incredible to me that people will be reading my story in only a few days (well, if anyone buys it that is. I guess I should work on some marketing, huh?)

Anyway, I thought I’d share the way in which A GAME OF TRUTHS came about.

It went from an idea that arrived out of nowhere while I was here (I should have pretended I have one of those huge, fancy showers)…
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to this…

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The End!

Okay, not really. The idea kinda came out of nowhere while I was in the shower. I’m convinced there’s magic in water! I don’t know how it happens, it’s just the way it works for me. I don’t brainstorm or anything. Some ideas I’ll get, and write down for later. Others won’t let me do that. I was working on a different book when this particular idea struck. The little bugger of a muse just would not get out of my head and insisted I listen to it first! Kind of like someone poking their finger into the back of your head until you do what they want. How rude!

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I had to push that other book to the side (where it’s still waiting–poor thing)

I started writing at the beginning of April and finished about 3-4 weeks later. I didn’t do any plotting. I just flew along by the seat of my pants. Here’s the chair where I do ALL my writing (in case you’re curious)

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I bought it for my husband, but I stole it. It’s just so comfy! You can see one of my dogs, Wally, sleeping on the floor there. I get to listen to his snoring while I write.

After writing, I did a round of edits, let my husband read it, then sent it off to a developmental editor. She sent her notes back, and I edited and edited, and edited some more. I handed it over to critique partners, and they sent back notes. I edited, and edited, and edited some more.

Here is where I do my editing (and pull out my hair)

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The desk is messy, I know, but I’ll blame it on the fact that it’s a shared space 😉

I entered a few contests (didn’t win) and sent out about 10 query letters. I received a few rejections. I withdrew about half (they most likely would have been rejected anyway)  I withdrew them because I had previously entered a pitch contest on Twitter–Pitmad–and received interest from a small publisher. I sent them the manuscript, and after a wait with my stomach all tied up in knots, I found out they were interested in publishing it. Yay!

And that leads us back to here…(well after more editing, editing, and editing)

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Isn’t the cover cool! I LOVE it ❤️

It’s available in just a few more days–2 to be exact. I hope that if you buy it, you enjoy it. And if you enjoy it, would you mind leaving a review on Amazon and telling your friends? If there’s anything else you’d like to know, I’d love to answer any questions.

YAY!

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Unless you don’t like it, of course. Then I’ll be like this (only I can’t play piano)

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The author of middle-grade fantasy adventure books A GAME OF TRUTHS and ASTER FINLAY AND THE GREAT ELAN

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