Monday, May 21, 2012

A Guest Post From Author Emerald Barnes!

   Thanks for hosting me on your blog, Spencer!  I’m truly grateful for your supporting me and my writing!  And to be honest, I’m one of your biggest fans, so it’s doubly exciting!

   As some of you may know, I recently self-published my full-length novel, Read Me Dead.  (My first book was a novella.)  Writing Read Me Dead was quite different than writing my first book.  This one was, of course, longer, but also, with this one, I had some amazing beta readers, a great editor, and a support team backing me!  I published Piercing Through the Darkness alone, and I tell you, writing doesn’t have to be a solitary experience!  It’s so nice to have the backing of good people who understand what you’re going through.
   I never realized how much of a difference being part of a community is when you’re in your writing process and afterwards.  Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary experience. 
   If you blog, you’ve probably gathered a following and have regular followers who comment on your blog.  They can be your community.  There are groups you can join on Goodreads.  There are even websites that make you feel like part of a community.  I volunteer at one, the World Literary Café, where you can promote your book as well talk to other writers in our forums.  Readers, reviewers and beta readers also participate. 
   But, when it came to writing Read Me Dead, I soon realized I couldn’t do it on my own.  I needed someone to talk to about the decisions I had to make.  There was a particular decision I still sort of regret making.  It was tough, but it was necessary to the plot.  And if I didn’t have anyone to talk it out with, I don’t think I would have gone through with the right decision. 
   Having a community backing you not only helps with decisions, but it helps with promoting.  We all have to do it, and you don’t have to do it alone.  Some authors are some of the best people at giving back.  Giving back in the promotion area helps you and helps them.  It’s a win-win for everyone! 
   Are you on Twitter?  Using certain hashtags will bring you together with other authors.  #indie, #amwriting, and #amediting are just a few!  Find some authors.  Befriend them.  Start up a chat about writing.  Chances are they’ve been through the exact same thing you may be going through with your novel.  Search for people who write in the same genre as you too.  That will definitely give you something to talk about! 
   Most importantly, finding a community will make you feel like you aren’t the only person in the world who understands what you’re going through.  We all understand.  We’ve all been there at one point in time in our writing career. 
   We understand that characters are in fact completely real and not fictional.  They have real emotions.  They make their own decisions.  They’ve completely taken over our brains!  You aren’t alone.  You don’t have to do this alone! 

If you need someone, you can find me here:

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Read Me Dead a YA Romantic Suspense
Alexia Wheaton’s problems go beyond picking a dress and a date for homecoming.
 For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory - her parents' horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet to protect herself, but when the local newspaper reveals her secret, Alex is plagued with fear that her parents' murderer will soon find her - and silence her forever.
 Alex is catapulted into a race against time to save her own life and bring her parents' murderer to justice. 

Piercing Through the Darkness, a YA Suspense/Thriller
It’s on the edge of her memory like a word on the tip of her tongue, but Kandi can’t remember what it is to save her life.

Despite being a cop, Jimmy can’t protect Kandi from the one thing that haunts her. She’s in danger and doesn’t even know it. After it happened, her brain repressed her memories of the accident, and now, she’s taking a Biology class under a man who wants to see her dead. The memories have started coming back, and it feels like she’s miles away from him. How can he protect her when she doesn’t even know she needs protecting?

Can these characters pierce their way through the darkness?


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