My writing view. Me at my laptop, Little Miss writing her "life story" on the desktop. Super cute memory I'm sure I'll cherish more than the reality of trying to work while spelling words and explaining the computer commands for her every 30 seconds. It's been a long week and I desperately need a full day (or 30) of new words. The balancing act is always a struggle, but it's my struggle and I know it's a blessing to have these problems. #luckybitchproblems#authorsofinstagram#authorconfession#momlife
As an author, you have to be willing to be vulnerable. “Be willing to split open.” -Natalie Goldberg- What would surprise most people is that I struggle with my more public events. I’m naturally an introvert and described as “meek” and “shy” by those who don’t know me deep down. But when public events go with the territory of doing what you love, you’re forced to step into the spotlight and open up. Go big or go home. #passions#unfiltered
Here's a pic of this week's yummy creation😋 Talk about doing new things....this was my first attempt at making a potroast! ===============> My family says it tastes great! Woot woot😁😂🤣 These hands🙌 can do more than write!
🚨Looking for Co-Authors🚨
We are looking for 15 more women who have been in a relationship longer then 2 years and lost themselves while in their relationship. That would like to share their story. It's time for other women to see that they are not alone and that they can get themselves back. ***Aspiring, New, and seasoned authors welcome*** DM for more details
Sometimes finding the time to write can be hard. Life can keep us busy. This year has been nothing short of many amazing opportunities - but opportunities can occupy a lot of our time. I’ve found myself often neglecting any spare time I’ve had to write in favour of resting (whether that be by reading, watching tv, or simply chatting with friends). I say this because today I am writing. I am working on one of my WIP’s - a story idea sparked by my trip to Europe earlier this year. Today I’ve found the time to set aside my other obligations and opportunities in favour of my craft.
I’m summary, this post is about saying that it’s okay to take a break and not force the magic to happen. Sometimes the magic has to find you for it to truely remain magical. ✨
As I pass little milestones like this, I always try to take a moment and reflect... Since REIGN's release, it's hit #1 on Amazon, it's garnered 5 star reviews from readers all around the world and it's brought me one step closer to finishing my first ever series... A massive thank you to everyone who's bought the book, talked about it, sent a lovely message or even just liked a post. This novel wouldn't be where it is today without you 💕💕💕
Random selfie from study hall 📸
Almost done editing 10 chapters of Cantina Confidential and I'm about ready to start writing again 😛
This book is so fkin good! Its laugh out loud funny, clever, progressive and heartfelt, all in one brilliantly coherent package. .
I cant wait for people to finally read it and all of its sequels 😁
Wow, I can’t believe I went from 60 followers to almost 300 in a few days all because of the #awritechristmas hashtag. I’m excited to see what the New Year holds. I can’t wait to show my work to all of you.
You guys apparently still like seeing my big head, so here ya go. This one was taken at my (semi-adopted) brother's wedding a few weeks back. It was a wonderful weekend that made me realise how important mastering that work-life balance is for all of us 💕
Did you know that *prompts* can produce prose? ==============> Learn about the power of writing prompts during tomorrow's "Ask The Author" IG Live at 6pm (EST)! ==============> My amazing guest is Novel Masters Academy founder Julie Tyler, Ph.D. She trains writers to craft powerful stories and deliver them to the world! Follow Julie @novelmasters for more info. about her platform =============> Got questions about writing prompts? Leave a comment or DM me by tomorrow😉
I L.O.V.E. words!!!! =========> If I hear new word that piques my interest, I'm off to the races and writing. Sometimes I add new words to my arsenal by watching the news, listening the speeches or reading a good book😉 =========> What prompts you to write? Leave a comment❣
Today's the day! Prequel #7 will be released later this afternoon! Be sure that you're signed up to my mailing list to receive exclusive insight into your favourite brooding commander's life before HEART OF MIST... Sign up via my website 💕
I love praise. I really do. I try to be above and it remind myself that opinions are opinions and my work stands on its own no matter what people say about it. After all, if you give energy to the positive you also have to acknowledge the negative, and who the heck wants to do that? 😉⠀
There really IS something about hearing that a reader (or a prestigious entity like Library Journal!) loves one of my books. It means I affected them, and then they took the time and care to tell everyone about it. In the case of this graphic: Library Journal gave a "starred" review to my October release America's Sweetheart. 😍⠀
Sidebar: The book didn't sell well. 😐 In spite it being named an Amazon Best Book of October and with a starred LJ review, the needle didn't move much for this one. Weirdly, my highly acclaimed books didn't explode in sales or become rank-busters. It's a good reminder that "sales" are not a good measurement of "success."⠀
Yeah. I said it.⠀
If you find yourself in a loop where you feel you can't get ahead or that "no one" loves your work or you feel completely underappreciated, just remember that your job--YOUR REAL JOB--is to infect the world with your talent and that. is. it.⠀
Sales, rankings, bestseller lists like USAT and NYT (which have both eluded me!) are a result of many factors: luck, timing and chance... They are also marks of excellence and success, so I'm not gonna lie: I want huge sales and I dream of being a NYT bestseller! While striving for accolades, I also have to remember that the most important thing is the work. The characters. THE STORY.⠀
Everything else is up to fate.⠀
🤫 THE CONFESSIONS CONTINUE on the blog where I dish about behind the scenes secrets from the books I published this year AND give you a 🛀🏻 recipe for a detox bath 🛁 in case you're in need of a little stress relief. (And who isn't?!) #linkinbio ⠀
When I'm really too tired to read or write I flake out in front of the telly and watch absolutely anything. Usually this means I fall asleep on the sofa and end up with a crick in my neck. #authorconfession
In case I haven't said it enough, reviews are SO important for authors, especially us indies. If you enjoyed HEART or REIGN, please consider leaving a quick review on Amazon. You'll make this author's day 💕
The time has come! You all were wanting to read a bit of my writing. So this is my favourite few lines from the YA Contemporary I started last year, but finished early this year. I hope you all enjoy! •
“You do know Titanic is historically inaccurate. They wanted to base it more on the romance than getting the facts straight,” Gareth announced. He hadn’t judged me. It was like he didn’t even care if I had depression or not. I liked that. “You’re historically inaccurate.”
“That makes no sense.”
“You make no sense.”
That was when we smirked at each other. He nodded at me.
“Touché Liv. Touché. But did you cry at Jack’s death?”
I laughed. “No, I didn’t.”
“Really? Everyone does! You cried at everyone else’s though?”
I shook my head. I smiled shyly at the ground, suddenly becoming more and more aware of my abnormalities. My abnormalities from humanity were seeping through. “I cried at all of the officers’ deaths. And when Lightoller clung on to the boat helplessly, just trying to stay alive,” I informed him.
He smiled at me. “I hate it when girls cry at Jack’s death.”