Hey guys! We’re running a giveaway for a chance to win a signed paperback of Bitter Heat and a goodie bag! This is open internationally and ends on June 7. Here’s how to win:
Make sure to include the hashtag in your entry! You can tag me as well at @authormiaknight.
I will be offline writing book 5 in the Crime Lord Series, part 2 of Carmen’s story. I’m so excited! I finally finished my fucking taxes, had a mini reunion with my family, and cleaned up my life as much as possible so I can dive into this beast.
I’ve become addicted to social media and spend hours scrolling and reposting the most hilarious memes but I need to get off and get back to work. WTF, Carmen needs her ending and I have so many more stories to tell! I’m not someone who does anything in moderation so I’m quitting cold turkey. I may hop on Instagram to post a teaser or pic, but that will be a rare occurrence and something I am also trying to wean myself off of.
I’m a binge writer, which means I write fast and furious and am consumed by the story (when I’m doing it right). I used to tell my family I was “going under” when I went off to write. To me, writing is like diving under water or dreaming. You’re not “here”, you’re there–wherever you want to be, with whoever you want to be with. It’s magical and I want to get back to that.
I recently made 6 years in self-publishing and am heading towards 3 years of writing full-time. When I went full-time, I thought that meant I could write all day. I was badly mistaken. I became my own boss, bookkeeper, web designer, marketer, agent, secretary, and so on. I had no idea what being full-time meant. I’ve had to reach out to attorneys to look over contracts, find the right accountant, and meet with other professionals who can assist and educate me on the business side that I wasn’t prepared for. I spend countless hours researching this ever-changing industry, evergreen marketing, networking, listening to seminars on things like intellectual property… and that’s just the business side. I feel like the past two years have been more about figuring out how to manage my business. It’s easy to get lost in your stats, but I want to go back to basics and really, the only thing that matters–the work. Writing is what I love most and the thing I seem to be doing less and less of these days.
There’s so many things to get sidetracked on. I’ve become overwhelmed and exhausted by the staggering amount of work that running a business requires BUT I’ve been simplifying the hell out of my life so that it makes sense to me and is a life that makes me happy SOOO… I’m going back to my first love. I’m going to write my ass off and budget my time wisely, which means no (or very little) social media and dealing with business in small increments that doesn’t drain me. I’m giving myself back to writing and will let it mold me as it will.
Books 5 and 6 in the Crime Lord Series have intersecting plots, so I will be writing them back to back. After that will be books 2 and 3 of the Singed Series and then I will be returning to the Crime Lord Series for books 7 and 8. Know that I am offline and if you don’t hear from me, that’s a good thing. I am creating stories, which will make you laugh, curse, and obsess about what’s coming next. Everyone writes differently and for me, I do my best work when I’m completely immersed with no idea what day it is and no appointments or commitments on my calendar so that’s what I’ve done. I’ve made some huge changes in my life to put writing first so please be patient with me. I’m still figuring out what does and doesn’t work for me and I’ve just gained some clarity in that arena, thank God.
I just wanted to let you all know I’m going to be MIA, so please excuse me for that. Hopefully, I will have some epic shit coming your way soon! Don’t forget to participate in the giveaway for Bitter Heat! Oh, and you can always reach me through email: [email protected].
Wish me luck!