Good news! I have completed my first giveaway as an author today. A winner was declared; a very nice woman from Virginia who frequently participates in online giveaways in order to get new items for her kids. I hope she and her family will enjoy the prizes I have sent them. This has been a great marketing tool that has captured the attention of over 500 people. I may try this again in the future.
Over the next three days, I will be part of an author spotlight and giveaway. The spotlight is another author interview while the giveaway will revolve around some prizes I will be giving to the winner. The prizes will be a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of my third book The Young Guardians and the Revelation Orb. If you are interested, please feel free to check this out. Thank you.
I had another author interview recently! Check it out!
My first book is now available for reviews on goodreads.com. If you are interested, please feel free to check the following link. I will provide a complimentary copy of my book for reviewing. Thank you.
I did yet another author interview yesterday and it was productive. Here is the link.
I have a new writing mentor now: my favorite author, Christopher Paolini, author of the Eragon books. I asked him for some pointers on how to improve my future writing and this was our conversation:
Me: “May I ask you for some author advice? I am in the middle of writing my own fantasy book, but there is a bump in the road. There are some characters that I plan to introduce as companions for the main characters, but I cannot decide how best to introduce them. What would you recommend regarding this?”
Paolini: “It depends. Are they a group who travels together? Or do they each join the hero separately? Whatever you do, make the initial meetings interesting and entertaining, and try not to drown the reader in tons of exposition. We don’t need to know everything about these new characters’ backstories. Not right away. It’s good to keep a few secrets. And good luck with the writing!”
I hope this will be the first of many lessons I will receive from Mr. Paolini. It is not every day you receive training and advice from your favorite author! Paolini has become the Master and I have become the Apprentice. A dream come true!
I have started my own Star Wars Readers Group on GoodReads.com! If you are a fan of Star Wars and read Star Wars books and graphic novels, please feel free to join and see if you are strong in the Force. My only rule is NO DISINTEGRATIONS!
My first book, The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell, got a new five star rating today on goodreads.com. Now it has a grand total of three ratings: two five stars and one four star.
I had a conversation with my favorite author, Christopher Paolini, on goodreads.com and this is how it went:
Me: “It is an honor to communicate with you, Mr. Paolini. I am a great admirer of your work and look forward to reading your future books. I am pleased to inform you that you are the reason I decided to become an author myself. I thank you for your inspiration. However, there is one thing that I have been meaning to ask you. Will we see another story taking place in the Inheritance world?”
Mr. Paolini: “Glad to hear that you are writing your own projects! There is no set date for a return to the world of Alagaësia because it’s really dependent on when I finish all of the other projects I’ve been working on and thinking about first, including my upcoming science fiction novel, #TSiaSoS. Hope that helps!”
This experience was utterly blissful because I got to talk to my idol and childhood hero!
I have started a superhero group on goodreads.com. Please feel to join and discuss your opinion of the genre.