Friday, January 25, 2013

It's been a while.. (Plus some important news)

Hey everyone!

Firstly, I realize I owe you a huuuge apology. I know I've been MIA a very long time, but if I start to explain why exactly, it would take me about seven months.
So, what you need to know is things have been happening, both negative and positive (ain't that always the case) and I can't promise the moon and the stars, BUT I do promise I will try to upload the blog as much as I can and as often as I can. Pinkie swear.

Next, I have news!
If you follow me on Twitter or if you have me as a friend on Facebook, you'll know that a couple of months ago I ran across a blogpost by my dear author friend Katie M. John, in which she said that Little Bird Publishing House is looking for submissions for an anthology of YA stories called 'Dark Heart'. And if you know me, you know that two of my greatest passions are reading and writing. So when I saw the post, it was like a ray of sunlight falling over me. I just knew- this could be my big chance.

So I mauled over things, and this idea I've been having came back to me, and a lot of scribbling (in and out of class) later, a story called 'Wicked Games' was born.

I sent it to Katie and the publishers, and then I patiently waited. Okay, I'm lying. I am not a patient person, so I checked my mail about twenty times a day, ha!

And then finally one day, actually I know the date but nevermind, I got the mail stating they loved my story and they would like to include it as a part of the anthology. So I pretty much all but screamed and jumped across the classroom (since it was a recess), and the excitement still hasn't worn out.

So. What I'm telling you is I'm going to be a published author!
And considering I'm only sixteen, this has got to count for something, right? It's like all of my dreams coming true.

'Dark Heart' Volume 1 is out January 30th, by Little Bird Publishing House.

You can visit their website here
You can visit the blog where you can find posts about the other awesome authors working on the anthology and other up to date news here

And this is the fab final cover!  *has an omigosh my name is on the cover! moment*

To recap, the anthology is in print now, is will be available from Wednesday, Jan 30th, and it's seven YA stories, all based on paranormal folkore. (I think you'll love it *wink*) For all the other info, visit the links above.

Lastly, I want to take a moment to say a huuuge thank you to firstly, Katie John and everyone in LBPH for giving me this mind-blowing opportunity, secondly, to all of the authors out there- I learned something new from each of you.
And of course, the biggest thanks goes to every single person I made friends with since I joined the reading and writing community, to every single person who believed in me from the start and who kept telling me I'd make it one day. Well, the day has come a bit earlier than I expected.

I wish I could give you all a huge hug in person. But then again, maybe one day I'll see you at one of my signings, eh? :)

I'll keep you posted on blog tours, and giveaways, and all things cool as soon as I know them.

Till next time,