My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So, I had an absolute blast writing this with my best friend and fellow author Lauren Lee. We both have wanted to collaborate on a project for some time and finally had the bright idea to put together a serial. It was the perfect opportunity. It would give us a chance to navigate the trials of co-authoring without the wordcount investment of a full-length novel, and it allowed us to think long term. We wanted to create a binge worthy project. Something we could put on KU and get readers the way a Netflix show entices viewers.
Into the Storm is a post-apocalypse adventure. Odd-numbered episodes follow my protagonist Jakobe and even-numbered episodes follow Lauren’s protagonist Lexa. There are plenty of settings, easter eggs, and overlap to show our characters are in the same world, and of course, there will be the inevitable crossing of paths but it’s been such a unique experience being able to focus on one aspect of the world knowing someone else is there to have my back. If it’s not too lame or corny to say it was pretty cool.
I really look forward to completing our first season (10 episodes) and am excited to see the kind of feedback it gets. I really hope you find it entertaining and would love to talk to any of my readers about it.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So, yeah, I know it’s not always kosher to rate your own book but so far the Goodreads community hasn’t minded. For those unfamiliar with my ratings, I like to give a kind of letter from the author in the review section so people can gain a bit of personal insight into what my work means to me.
Beds Are For Flowers was originally going to be a middle-grade book. The main character was going to be nine and his father was going to turn into a tree in the end. I had this beautiful idea in my mind that becoming one with nature was the highest level of enlightenment a person could achieve and Clarence would be able to climb his father’s tree every day and feel connected to him.
I didn’t go in this direction. Since the book deals with reapers, monsters, and death I thought it might be better to make Clarence thirteen. I put a lot of thought into what makes life so beautiful, and I know even a book couldn’t come close to an answer, but when I think of beauty I obviously jump at low hanging fruit like color and sound. So, when the world lost its life in this story, color and sound were among the first casualties. I imagined a gray, twisted, shell of the world we all know, sort of inspired by Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi “you paved paradise, put up a parking lot.”
Balance is one of the main themes in this book. Paradise and the mortal realm are two sides of the same coin and when one gets sick the other suffers. This is going to make me sound like such a hippy but I guess I wrote this as an ode to the innocence of nature. It doesn’t try to be beautiful, it just is, and we turn our backs on it too often for our own convenience, preferring a road to a forest.
I hope this insight makes some sense. I’m worried it sounds like a ramble.
Anyway, I hope you like the book and I’m always interested in more ARC readers.
Thanks for your interest.
Some of you may have kept up with my Goodreads updates but for those of you who haven’t, I am releasing my next book Beds Are For Flowers on October 17th. Today is an exciting day because I am revealing the cover!
I’ll release the blurb this weekend!