Wednesday, August 14, 2013

T.R. Raven and a giveaway!!

T.R. Raven decided to stop by and post a little something for you all to enjoy!  Also if you get to the end you will see a giveaway!!

Allow me to share a dirty little secret with you that we fiction authors live with day in and day out–we lead double lives. Sometimes triple or even quadruple lives. No, we don’t have secret families in another state and we’re not double agents. As we go about our daily lives–working, caring for our families, and socializing with our friends–our ‘other lives’ are always lurking in the backs of our minds. You know them as our books, but to us authors, they are an extension of who we are and they bleed into our real lives at all hours of the day and night. They often don’t have the courtesy to do it one at a time, either. It’s not uncommon have multiple separate ideas simmering away all at once, each jockeying for our attention so that they may come to fruition first.
These other lives we live in our own heads start as a seed, just a wisp of an idea, and eventually they blossom into the stories we pen. It all begins with a character born in our imaginations or a scenario waiting for its players to come to light. Over time these ideas grow and spread their roots. We don’t get to choose when these ideas spring forth. It’s often at the most inopportune times, like when we’re in the middle of a parent-teacher conference or our spouse’s company Holiday party. When an idea comes it either takes root or branches off into another idea and we’re at its mercy until we put it out there for the world to enjoy.
The Guardian Trilogy was born in this manner. I’d toyed with the idea of writing a novel for a while but I could never pin down which idea to bring to life first. One early evening while making the 100 mile drive home after visiting an out-of-state relative, The Guardian Trilogy came together piece by piece in my mind as the miles passed.
There I was, on the road in the New England dusk with two young children in the car. I had to pull over every ten or fifteen miles to jot down notes in a little travel notebook I kept in my purse. As the miles passed, the story grew, and by the time I got home The Guardian’s Keeper was all there in my hastily scrabbled notes. The story was no longer just an idea. Claire, Nikoli and their story had taken root within me.
Life got busy, as it tends to do. I tucked that little notebook away in a drawer for quite a while. Months? Years? I’d be hard pressed to put an exact time on it now, but it was at least a year. I may have put that little notebook aside but the story kept beckoning to me. My drive to write shifted from something I wanted to do to something I needed to do. Ideas and thoughts about Claire, Nikoli and their journey would wake me up in the middle of the night and I’d lay there in the dark, lost in my own little world that was begging to be brought forth into reality.
Eventually I gave in to my calling, and I haven’t stopped since. It’s like that for a lot of authors. We don’t decide, ‘I’m going to be an author’ and go to it…we become pushed into it by the stories in our heads that get ahold of us and won’t let go until we express them. We don’t get to choose, “I’m going to think about my next book this afternoon between 2:00 and 3:00”. The ideas come when they wish and stay until they’re done with us, not the other way around.
Now that the Trilogy is finished, I’ve had some readers inquire as to what’s next. A prequel? A Sequel expanding it past a Trilogy? Hmm…sometimes when I least expect it, a little shard of Nikoli and Giuliana’s time together, long before Claire, niggles away in the back of my brain. Will their story eventually disrupt my slumber or give me pause in the middle of the post office? Time will tell, but in the meantime I’ve got a girl unexpectedly tangled up with a pack of Lycans interrupting all else in my life. Watch for my new release, The Chosen, coming Oct. 2013.

The next time someone sits too long in front of you when the light turns green or spaces out in line at Target, try to cut them some slack. That person may just be an author or a soon-to-be-author grappling with the characters in their minds that may one day become some of your favorites!

Thanks T. R.!  Now for the exciting part....She is allowing me to giveaway an ebook from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble your choice!  The giveaway will run from Today(8/14) until the 21st and all you have to do is enter using the rafflecopter form below.  GOOD LUCK!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Thanks Heather! I love reading your reviews and author info! Thanks for the giveaway too :)

  2. Your Welcome Urs!! I am glad you are enjoying the blog, I am trying to keep up with it more.



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