This week, I am pleased to welcome a very special guest on my blog. No, it’s not Stephen King (maybe someday), but it is a person very influential in my journey into promoting my writing. She has taught me most of what I know about Twitter and Facebook. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know her. If you’ve seen my author page or Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud page on Facebook, I almost gave up on creating them until she sent me an article describing in detail the steps to take.
By this point you must realize I speak of Erin Albert. A self-professed “Grammar Freak,” and my “Book Sibling” (we each have fantasy novels coming out from MuseItUp Publishing in November–who knows, possibly even the same day, and our books share the same content editor) . She is simultaneously my best virtual friend and greatest publishing rival. We’re like Shakespeare and Marlowe meet Neo and Morpheus (of course she’d probably prefer a Trinity reference–it’s possible she likes The Matrix). If you don’t know her, I hope you enjoy meeting her now. Heeeere’s Erin!
First of all, let me thank you, Eric, for allowing me to guest post on your blog! I am so excited to be here and to share the story of my humble writer beginnings with you and your readers!!
I think I have always been drawn to the written word. My parents and grandparents say I started talking way earlier than most children (and haven’t stopped). One day, I wandered around my grandparent’s house and stumbled across a copy of Morris The Moose Goes To School. I studied the book intently for a while and then read it to my grandmother, only tripping over the word “alphabet.” From that moment on, I read all the time, whatever I could find. Books took me to places I could never go in reality. By the sixth grade, I started volunteering in the library. My single mother worked long hours, so I spent my time afterschool completing my volunteer work then holing up in a corner with a book until my mom came to get me.
In terms of writing, I wrote my first poem at the age of four. My grandparents own a car dealership, so I composed silly rhyming prose that included “A Honda for Fonda.” Um….yeah, not my best work. However, my family made a huge deal about it, and the attention hog inside me squealed with delight at the power of my words. I began writing for fun and, by middle school, had a gaggle of girls chomping at the bit for the next chapter in my latest tale.
In high school and college, I received the opportunity to bring the written word to life through acting. What a perfect combination—words and stardom! LOL! So, I threw myself into acting, eventually becoming the director of an acting group. I even got to write plays and watch them performed by talented people. For a good while, my creative life existed solely in that realm.
That chapter came to a close, as all good things do, but I still yearned to flex my artistic muscle. I turned back to my first love—words. One day, the idea for a story hit me like Zeus’ lightning bolt (gotta find a way to work in Percy Jackson). I wrote non-stop, breathing life into a story I named The Prophecy.
When my friends read and loved it, I decided to give publication a try. I read all the information I could find about the process and tried to steel myself for the inevitable rejections. Let me tell you, I received plenty of them but also a lot of excellent feedback and praise. My family and friends stepped in to encourage and lift me up on the days when I felt discouraged. I would not be where I am today without them.
The day I received my publication contract, I had gone to get my cat some food at the pet store. My phone dinged to notify me of an incoming email, so I gave it a cursory glance. The email’s title said The Prophecy, and my heart sank a little because I assumed the email contained a rejection. I opened it to the words, “Congratulations! We loved The Prophecy and would like to offer you a publishing contract.” I started screaming and jumping up and down…right in the middle of the pet store. I’m sure people thought I’d lost my mind! LOL!
So, that’s my story. The Prophecy releases in November 2013, and I can’t wait! I hope you will be inclined to give it a read.
Thank you again, Eric, for allowing me to “talk” about myself on your site!
Until next time,
Excerpt from The Prophecy:
Even though she had no chance to escape now, Layla shoved the Elder with all her might. The blow sent him flying into the baker’s door, which splintered under the force, and she darted forward. The Vanguard soldiers moved to block her.
“We are all Vanguards,” she pleaded. “Please let me go.”
For a moment, they hesitated. Layla used the opening to slip around them. She ran as fast as her legs would carry her, but they proved to be too slow. Within moments, the soldiers leapt upon her, knocking her to the ground. Wrenching Layla up by her hair, they dragged her back to the Elder, whose face now bled from his encounter with the baker’s door.
“I see you’re going to be trouble.” He brushed the dirt off his robes. “You can’t escape your destiny, girl.”
Erin Albert is an author and fitness trainer. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.” In her free time, Erin enjoys acting, running, kickboxing, and, of course, reading and writing.
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