What now?

Shattered Man Reading

Shattered: Memoirs of an Amnesiac has been out and in the hands of readers for approximately one month now. It’s fantastic to receive feedback, especially when I hear that people are relating to aspects of the memoir and are able to work through some of their own past traumas. Thank you to everyone who has sent kind messages, emails, and left wonderful feedback on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and other sites.

Speaking of feedback: Authors need it to live. My publisher shared this fantastic picture with me, and now, I want to share it with you:

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This is quite accurate. The more reviews, the better. I don’t need an eloquent novel as an Amazon write-up (unless you feel so motivated – then have at it!). Reading, “This book was great. I found it to be helpful” is perfect. I love knowing that people are enjoying Shattered, even with the intense subjects that are discussed. So, please feed a starving writer and leave her a review! Thanks.

Now, for the real question.

If the memoir is out, then what am I doing now?

This is an honest question that I’ve even asked myself. It’s not within my nature to sit around and wait for an opportunity. I like to seek out things to do. Sometimes, this is complicated – my health often limits me. But I refuse to use that as an excuse, and therefore, I move on, seeking out the best opportunities I can find.

With that being said, here’s what is next:

October 21st – A book signing for Shattered at the York Book Expo in York, PA

November 1st – The beginning of NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month). This will be my 13th years participating, and despite having surgery on November 8th, I still plan to write the required 50,000 necessary in order to win. And what will I be writing?

I’ll be starting a science fiction trilogy.

The idea for the trilogy came to me in 2004, but when I tried to write it a year later, I failed miserably. After a few attempts, I tabled the notion until 2015, when a draft finally stuck with me. I’d grown, both as a person and as a writer, and had found the appropriate voice in which to tell this story. But when I went to reread the draft, it was too long and a bit stilted. I needed to put in more action. I needed to scare readers into the fact that this dystopia I’d dreamed up in 2004 is a very likely upcoming scenario that we will face. And so, my novel will now be rewritten as a trilogy.

I’m looking forward to this project. In fact, I haven’t felt this excited about a piece of writing since Shattered, and I can’t wait to (hopefully) share it with the world.

After November, I will still have a lot on my plate. I will be writing for a YA anthology, publishing in a paranormal horror anthology, and potentially entering into a deal to sell a literary fiction book in a certain area of the country. I’ll also be attending a writing convention on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in March of 2018, and then heading up to Pittsburgh for yet another writing convention in June of 2018! And I’d like to write a follow-up to Shattered, if there is interest, about the lighter side of amnesia, brain injury, and Dissociative Identity Disorder (yes, I swear there is a lighter side!). So it is a busy, exciting, and wonderful time.

I’d been a writer and author long before Shattered was released. But the answer to the question of “what now?” can easily be solved because of Shattered – and the answer is everything. I will write, with all the fury and energy within me, because I am made of words. And if those words help other people in some way – if they are informative, or healing, or simply entertaining – then I’ll have done what I have set out to do.

And I couldn’t do it without you. So thank you. Thank you for helping me find out what comes next in this fractured, crazy, lovely life.

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