I’m super happy to announce that today Twilight Sleep hosts its first guest post! I’m pleased to present Erin Albert, author of upcoming YA high fantasy novel, The Prophecy. I met Erin through my fellow book blogger and friend, Jack of The Book Stop. We’ve been fast (Twitter) friends ever since! So without much ado, I’ll let her take over. :]
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First of all, let me thank you, Shannon, for allowing me to guest post on your blog! I am so excited to be here and to share with you and your readers!!
When I asked Shannon to give me some ideas for a topic, she suggested I talk about how I became a writer, so here it goes! :)
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 after school 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. Please check me out on FB (Erin Albert Books), Twitter (@ErinAlbertBooks), and on my website (www.erinalbertbooks.com) for more information. The book jacket blurb, cover, and an excerpt will be forthcoming shortly.
Thank you again, Shannon, for allowing me to “talk” about myself on your site!
Until next time,
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Thank YOU Erin, for being my first guest on the blog!
You’ll be seeing more of Erin around here, I’m sure. Twilight Sleep will be participating in the cover reveal of Prophecy – I look forward to getting to share more of the details of this awesome book with everyone!