Check out the latest interview with one of my favorite authors. I am so beyond honored to call this woman ‘friend’ and even more so ‘mentor.’ I will forever fan girl over Tricia, and you should, too!
Tricia Drammeh is an author who writes in many genres: YA, fantasy, paranormal, romance, and women’s fiction. I asked her to share her thoughts on craft and publishing.
Do you decide on genre before you start writing? Does your audience shift or is there crossover?
I usually have some idea of genre, though there have been times I’ve been surprised by the outcome. For example, with Better than Perfect, I had originally intended to write a romance. It turned out to be Women’s Fiction, as the story focused more on the main character’s non-romantic relationships and her evolution as a person.
I would say my audience is broken down into two types of readers, though there is some crossover. There are the readers who fell in love with Better than Perfect and who wish I’d write more Women’s Fiction. Then there are my readers who love young adult fiction with…
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of #cockygate. Even people outside the writing community are hearing about it thanks to coverage from the New York Daily News (even though it was biased, rude, and full on inaccuracies), Slate, Vox, and so many other outlets.
In case you did actually miss it, here is the basic summary: Self-published author, Faleena Hopkins, under her production company Hop Hop Productions filed 3 separate trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 2 of those trademarked the word “cocky”, and the third trademarking “Cocker Brothers.” Many have theorized that this is in anticipation of an upcoming film that Ms. Hopkins is directing. What started as a slow build of tension and anger due to Ms. Hopkins deciding to contact other self-published authors using the word “cocky” in their book title saying they no longer had right to use the word. She even went as far as to contact Amazon, which resulted in tons of books and reviews using the word “cocky” in their title or review. The shit hit the fan after a 90 minute Facebook Live session Ms. Hopkins decided was a good idea chastising everyone that voiced their opposition to her actions. She claims that she had been drinking whiskey prior to the stream, which many people theorized was the case based on her circular speech and lack of reasoning.
For a more in depth review of the whole situation, I recommend checking out those articles and watching some of the Youtube responses from fellow authors, even a few that knew her and considered her a colleague before this whole situation. I don’t want to take up too much time rehashing all of it.
Thanks to amazing coverage from Euna Park on Twitter, there are now screen caps and updates to the situation, although I’m only going to share the one that I feel is the most prevalent to the situation:
While Ms. Hopkins has deleted her author Facebook page, as well as her Instagram, and stated that she is getting off of social media to work on her latest book (which will hastily be released in a month), it’s fairly obvious that she is waiting and hoping for the whole situation to blow over. Of course, that’s pure speculation, but given the current situation and her propensity to pass the blame on to others and view herself as the innocent victim of the situation, it’s most likely not too far off from the truth.
I have to say that while this situation has been the most ridiculous and troubling that the self-publishing world has seen in quite some time, I am happy to see that this has not fallen to the wayside. Like so many horrible situations before, this is getting the focus it deserves.
What do you think? Do you have anything to add to the situation? Leave a comment below!
Hi guys! It’s been a while.
2017 was a year of creative garbage. I didn’t reach any of the goals I set out for myself. I didn’t finish any book that I actually wanted. I feel like a failure as an author. I feel like I’ve failed my series, my characters, and above all else, I feel like I’ve failed you, my readers.
All in all I had a fantastic 2017, but my creativity and motivation were non-existent. Because of that, I intend on making 2018 a better year. I don’t have any resolutions this year. I’m not planning on posting any goals or anything like that. I just intend on working.
I’ll be getting back to filming for Youtube, working on this blog, and writing. Change is going to be slow, and I might not get everything done that I was hoping for, but I’m going to try.
I hope that you have an amazing year! If you have anything you’d like to see from me, or this blog, please let me know.
Welcome to Book Reviews By Heather! Normally if I am reading, have read, a series of novels/short stories I would give each an individual review. Considering I read this series like I had just ran a marathon and needed hydration, I will be writing this first review on the entire series and short stories! Yes, it is that good!
I found the series by complete accident while browsing the “Free Nook Books” section of barnesandnoble.com (I’m a thrifty shopper don’t judge). What initially grabbed me was the cover art, seeing as how I discovered the “Vampire Morsels” short stories first, I found it interesting that she used colorful cartoon looking illustrations for each characters backstory cover. Do not be fooled by the character illustrations, these ARE NOT children’s books!
I know exactly what you’re thinking, “Oh hell, not ANOTHER sparkly ooey-gooey vampire series,” as you slam your head into a…
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There may or may not be a crossover with a Night Touched character or two. If you’re a fan of the Amaranthine series, you definitely need to check this out.
Did you want Verchiel to turn Katelina? Did you want to see Sorino and Kai in a romantic short? Or maybe you thought Micah should hook up with someone, or that Katelina should have said yes to Samael. Now’s your chance to address those things, and right the wrongs. That’s right. It’s time for fan fiction!
What is fan fiction? A story written by a fan about characters from a fandom. Fan fiction can stay in the canon universe (in other words it could fit in with everything that happened in the series) or it can be alternate universe (meaning that crazy things can happen, like maybe Patrick didn’t get killed, or maybe Katelina joined Malick and had a showdown with Jorick – the possibilities are endless!)
Between May 16 – July 16, 2017 submit as many Amaranthine fan fiction stories as you’d like by sending them to Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor.com…
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So, I’ve decided in the past few days that I need to actually do more to advertise. I’m an author, I have books and works that are available for people to read, why do I not tell more people about them. With help from my dear friend, Edith, I am feeling much more motivated to tell people about it. I have a couple of teasers for you that you are welcome to share, or do whatever you’d like with. If you haven’t read Celine or any of my other work yet, please know that it is all available on Amazon and part of the Kindle Unlimited program!!
Come join us!!
Banner by Maegan Provan
Join myself and Maegan Provan on February 11th for a Valentine’s Facebook party complete with games, prizes, and all your favorite characters from both the Amaranthine series and Night Touched Chronicles. Verchiel is already getting in the spirit, but I refuse to post his picture here – if you want to see it, check out the event page.