Good news! Book 2 in the Keepers of the Orbs Series is about 95% of the way through the editing process. I will be looking for beta readers in the next week or so.
I started thinking about it today, and I created this blog almost a year ago, and as of yet, I haven’t actually blogged. Sure, I released my short story here, and I also released all of my book reviews, but actual blogging? Nope! So, I decided today I would change my ways, and actually use the tools at my disposal.
I know my fan-base is small, but I still get asked to know more about who I am, how and why I write, my processes, etc. So I am going to use my blog so people can get to know me better.
I have been married for twelve years to my lovely wife Sarah. We have two sons, Branden and Evan, and we live in Parker, Colorado. I met Sarah in High School, in nearby Highlands Ranch. After several on-again, off-again relationships, we finally got married after she graduated from college. I myself, had too much fun partying during my first year of college (haven’t we all made this mistake) and considering I was paying for it myself, I decided college wasn’t right for me. That is until 2009 when I was laid-off from my IT job of ten years. I found it really difficult to find a job with the U.S. in recession and decided to go back to school while I actively searched for a new job.
This period of unemployment made me realize something; I had a story and I wanted to tell it. While I couldn’t rely on this as a steady income (being new and all with no books to sell) I continued my education and my job search. My wife was nothing but supportive (as she remains today).
I wrote the first book in the series—The Unknown Man—in four months. I loved every minute of it and knew this was something I wanted to continue doing. While writing my debut novel, I was in school full-time, continued my job search (with entirely too many interviews) and also was hired by my in-laws to finish their basement. Oh, and did I mention Evan was born during this time too?
Anyway, I finished The Unknown Man and started the query process with agents and publishers. After getting nowhere, I finally landed a job, in a new field, with a chance to re-invent myself. I continued to work on the first book by editing and refining the story.
I decided to self-publish it in 2012 and posted it on Amazon. A couple of points here. Looking back now, it was nowhere near ready for the market. I had no idea what I was doing and I can see now why I wasn’t getting anywhere with an agent/publisher. Given its weak points, I sold a number of copies, and received several reviews (good and bad) to which I am grateful for. These have helped me to refine the story further, and have helped me to become a better writer (I think anyway).
One of the questions I get asked the most often is when is book 2 being released, and why it is taking so long. As you can see above, book 2 is close. As for the second part, let me explain. About the time I started writing book 2 in 2012, I finally found a new job, was still going to school full-time, and we had a very colicky and stubborn infant. Finding time to write became secondary so I could focus on everything else going on. So I put my writing on hold, which was a good thing considering how difficult my classes had become.
In October of 2013, I finally graduated with a BS in Business Finance (with honors, not to brag). I took a couple of months off to just relax and recharge, before I got back to my writing. Although I hadn’t been working on book 2, I was still actively working to improve Book 1. I trimmed it from around 213k words, down to 130k, and I really like the flow of the story now. In 2014, I hit the ground running and began my work on book 2 (and other projects too) although I still had limited time to. I started off by reviewing what I had already written (about 30k words) and I wasn’t at all satisfied with it, so I scrapped it and began fresh.
It took my about ten months, but I finally finished the rough copy of book 2, The Rising Past. After several read-throughs and revisions on my own, I handed it over to my wife to edit. She is an elementary school teacher (for ten years now). Her Bachelors is a double major in Communication and Journalism, and she has a Master’s in Education.
This is just a little background on my first novel. I plan on blogging at least every couple of days, and hope to have more information to release soon.
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