Our family is on a little vacation this week. As much as I’m loving it, my head is always on my writing. I hate this about myself, but I can’t seem to change it. I’m obsessed. Now that the official release of Hidden in the Dark is less than two weeks away, I’m mulling over the next book.
I know that the book will be about the evil character, Randall, from Hidden in the Dark. Although he doesn’t get a real point of view in my first novel (and doesn’t deserve one – after all, he’s horrible, right?) I find myself wondering how he became that way. I find myself looking for clues about him in the first story, almost as if I’m a detective. What kind of environment would create such a terrible monster? Was he ever “normal”, or did he begin life as a depraved creature?
Too make matters even more exciting for myself, I’m giving myself a much shorter deadline for this book. I’ve decided to hold my own feet to the fire and launch my next novel in December of 2017. I think this means that I might actually need to create an outline! (My first novel sort of wrote itself over a period of four years or so…) Continue reading Next Please!
In hopes of gaining some honest reviews on Amazon prior to my official release date of my book, Hidden in the Dark, we made the decision to offer a free download of the book for two days only. The promotion begins TODAY, March 17th and also runs through tomorrow midnight.
I’m so excited to give my friends a chance to be among the first to read Hidden in the Dark!
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In my book, Hidden in the Dark, the characters are victims of childhood sexual abuse. They cope with the aftermath in some extremely unhealthy ways, which makes for a very entertaining story.
In real life, I wanted to get more involved in helping to prevent abuse and to increase awareness. Late last month, I announced that I would be donated 100% of my profits from my book sales from the month of April to https://laurenskids.org/. While I’m excited to be able to contribute in this way, I don’t feel that it’s enough.
I placed a link in the menu above to Lauren’s Kids, where you can join the movement and/or donate. There are so many ways to help out, and this site is a great resource! https://laurenskids.org/join-donate/
Please get involved today – you can make a difference. Become aware of the signs of child abuse and sexual abuse. You might be the voice that a child needs.
My first book is scheduled to launch April 1st and everything is rolling along at a nice steady clip. I couldn’t be more thrilled! The ideas in my head are spinning around, and my creative juices are flowing. Exciting times! As I was lying in bed this morning wide awake at 4:00 am (for no good reason other than I’m so darned excited) I began to run through the list in my head of things that I want to accomplish today. Some of the tasks on my list are related to my day job and family but most are related to my new novel, Hidden in the Dark. This is normal, right?
And then it happened again. The next book idea started poking and prodding me in the most delicious of ways. I’m afraid to completely shut the ideas out for fear that they will leave me all together, but on the other hand, I don’t want to devote too much time to the next baby when the current one hasn’t really been birthed yet.
After changing positions at least twenty times and covering my face with a pillow in hopes that the reduced oxygen levels would lull me to sleep, I finally resigned myself to being completely awake. I did the right thing and took care of some administrative/promotional stuff for Hidden in the Dark (which I am still extremely stoked about, by the way). Continue reading Focus Daniel Son, Focus…. (The Next Book is Calling My Name)
The Goodreads Giveaway begins today! Enter to win one of ten autographed copies of the first edition “Hidden in the Dark”. Giveaway runs from March 1st through March 8th, 2017. Psychological thrillers not your thing? Share with your friends!
I am definitely pushing to launch my book too soon. Everyone close to my project probably thinks I’ve lost my mind. After all, I don’t have the big fan base built yet to properly propel a new book into instant record sales.
Why so soon? Well, for one thing, the book is done. As in – I don’t want to change a thing, can’t stand to look at it another minute, done. And, if I wait to organically build the following that I need, I may be waiting a very long time. I’m not into “buying” fans, so that option is out. So why April 1st?
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The family in my new psychological thriller “Hidden in the Dark”, suffers from the pain of abuse of perhaps the worst kind – sexual abuse of a child by a parent. The very subject of sexual abuse is an extremely uncomfortable one for many. But for the victim, it’s often excruciating, especially if he or she hasn’t had the opportunity to begin the healing process.
When I began to write “Hidden in the Dark”, I had no idea the main characters would be victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and child abuse. I’m not the kind of writer who prepares an outline prior to creating a story. Rather, the characters told me their stories as we went along. There were several points in the process that I questioned whether the words were too much. I knew that the book would be shocking. I felt disturbed even as I put the words onto paper. Several of my beta readers felt the same, but they quickly reassured me that the severity was necessary to tell the story.
As the story developed, I began to wonder how adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse manage to…well, survive. Continue reading April is Significant to Hidden in the Dark
Enter here to win one of ten – autographed copies of Hidden in the Dark!
As you can probably tell from the bits and pieces of things lying around, my website is still under construction. But very soon, the first few chapters of my new book, Hidden in the Dark, will be available for download! I’m so excited to get this out to everyone who has been patiently waiting.
Even better, beginning on the 1st of March and running through the 8th of March, ten signed and autographed copies of Hidden in the Dark will be given away! As soon as I am able, I will post the link to enter.
The book will be available for purchase April 1st (no joke – sorry, I couldn’t resist) in both a paperback version and e-book form. I can’t wait!