Things are about to change

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Things have changed. I said goodbye to Burial Day Books after 5 wonderful years. I’m proud that I was able to publish dozens of wonderful authors on our website and in the Gothic Blue Books we published (which can still be found on Amazon. I’ll place the links below). I had to say goodbye to Burial Day because I was pregnant with baby number 2 and I needed to take care of myself.

Alas, baby number 2 is here! He’s fat and happy and the sweetest little baby. I now have 2 monsters running around my house, throwing food, throwing up food, and making me laugh.

I promised myself that after baby number 2 got here, let’s call him Monster 2 until I find a more appropriate public name for him, that I would focus on me more. By that I mean, focusing more on my writing. That means, I’m going to hit this writing life harder than I have ever hit it before.

I’m glad that I am an indie author. I’ve met and have worked with the most wonderful people in this community. Post Mortem Press who has published my novels are the most wonderful people, as are Raw Dog Screaming Press who published my poetry collection. However, it’s time to move on and grow.

What does moving on mean? It means working the hardest I have ever worked before in my life.

I’m working on another novel. I’ve been pretty private during my writing process, shunning personal blogs, but no more.  This blog is all about being personal now. This is my place now to come and share my writing struggles (and hopefully my writing success). I’m a born pessimist, but I can’t be anymore. I have to be an optimist. I have to allow all of this bright, positive writerly energy in.

I’ve been writing for a very long time. First, I was a journalist covering community news in Chicago. Then, I became a fiction writer, after honestly, suffering PTSD from being exposed to the crime in our city. I’m sure I will talk about Chicago crime more as the weeks go on.

Now, I have to write. I’ve always been a writer, and I will always be a writer – but I’m going to be the best writer possible.

I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. People like me (and my writing).

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I’m going to focus my entire energy on writing this novel and on finally getting a literary agent. The dream happens for so many people and I know my time is coming. It’s time for my dreams to come true, and for that to happen I’m going to focus on me, my writing, and I’m going to conjure up whatever magic possible to make that happen. Wish me luck, friends!

Gothic Blue Books from Burial Day Books

For those of you that do not know, Burial Day Books was my boutique press that published blogs, short stories, and a yearly anthology of short horror stories. Again, I killed the press to focus on my own writing career. I wish I could have managed it along with my own writing. I hope to revive it one day.

Gothic Blue Book I: The Haunted Edition

Gothic Blue Book II: The Revenge Edition

Gothic Blue Book III: The Graveyard Edition

Gothic Blue Book IV: The Folklore Edition

Gothic Blue Book V: The Cursed Edition