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… as I created more and more matriarchal societies, I had to create a dialect that fit the world.
I was told on more than one occasion that an all-female cast with a POC protagonist who was also LGBT was simply not marketable, and The Last Faoii was rejected nearly 200 times. I’ve since proven those agents wrong, but at the time I was devastated.
So keep going. At whatever pace you want and into whatever universe you want to see.
My initial vision was to write a novel based upon my experiences over my thirty-year medical career. I started with a prose novel, which took place during my years as a medical resident. After writing a chapter, I decided to change my novel from fiction to science fiction/fantasy. I changed to a graphic novel format to fully utilize my creative storytelling skills and my drawing skills which I developed in childhood.
To further promote my books, I created six animated videos which I uploaded to my website, as well as Pinterest and LinkedIn.
My goal with my animated videos is to make readers more familiar with my characters and worlds in my stories.
I was hell-bent on securing a traditional publisher for my book. Again, I am not sure why now. I knew before I ever finished writing it that I did not want to go the self-publishing route.
Last month, my novel, After the Dash, was released for publication. That’s right – April of 2020. In the middle of a global pandemic and nationwide lockdown.
The book challenges readers and makes them think about some deep ideologies. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
It’s a huge compliment when someone sinks themselves deep into one of my books and emphasises with the characters.
I sought advice from a well-known Indie Author on how to self-publish. She gave me several steps which I set in stone and follow for all my releases now.
Each week I publicise on my site and interview with the chosen ‘Author of the Week.’ Once their week finishes, I then move their interviews to my blog.
Though I’ve spent time in some of this world’s most troubled places, for the Shards of Sevia series, I’ve chosen to create my own setting, inspired, but not based on, any place I’ve actually lived.
As soon as I decided to publish my first book, I knew if I was going to publish at all, I wanted to self-publish. I liked the idea of having hands-on control over every step of the process, and the traditional route didn’t seem appealing.