I met author Steven Barnes about half a dozen years ago at a writer’s con in Minneapolis.
And there was one point where he asked this small group of us….”what is it holding you back? What are you afraid of?” and I brushed off that question and chuckled uneasily because I wasn’t ready for it. I wasn’t ready to be serious about writing……because what if I got serious and failed?
What if my stories weren’t interesting?
I wasn’t ready to give up my “only write when I feel like it” and “write by the seat of my pants”.
Fast forward a bunch of years and I’ve gradually gotten more serious about everything. I still write by the seat of my pants at times, but with a well thought out framework and intention. I’m still worried about my stories being dull, but I do it anyway.
And the culmination of most of my work so far is this: Last Dream of Her Mortal Soul, the epic conclusion to The Portland Hafu series. (cover reveal in two days!!!). I can’t even tell you how awesome this book is. I mean, I have never had such a clear picture of what book should be about or had so much fun writing it. This book has Neo-Nazis, murders, betrayal, sadness, realizations of what different kinds of power can be, and acceptance.
I can’t wait for y’all to read it 🙂