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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Author Takeover + Giveaway: Lindsay Avalon's Advice for Aspiring Authors

Please welcome Lindsay Avalon, author of Breaking the Nexus!

Advice for Aspiring Writers by Lindsay Avalon

I’ve done a number of interviews lately as part of my release blog tour and one of the questions that keeps cropping up is “Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?”

Becoming an author is hard work. Not only do you need to come up with the idea, translate it into something relatively coherent and put it onto paper, you need to find a way to keep your readers happy so you can build a brand for yourself. I’ve heard that many authors don’t start carving out a niche for themselves until they’ve released at least three books, but even then there’s no guarantee people will want to read those three books.

I never intended for my debut dark fantasy romance, Breaking the Nexus, to be the first of a trilogy. I knew I was going to write at least five books in my Mythrian Realm series, but I always thought they’d be stand alone books. As I was writing Breaking the Nexus, life reared its head and a change of plans was in order so I decided to split it into two books. Then a few days later, I had the best idea ever for how I wanted the sequel, Waking the Phoenix, to end and bam! The standalone debut had morphed into a trilogy.

Why does that matter? Because the best advice I can give my fellow authors is to be flexible and determined. I’m not kidding when I caution all aspiring authors that this is a tough field to get into. You can’t write a book and hope to achieve the fame and fortune as those New York Times Bestsellers. Write because you love to write and you have a story to tell, not to make money. Be flexible because you never know where your characters and stories will take you. And if you’re serious about wanting to turn this into a career, have ideas for several books going so you can hopefully release often enough so people start to recognize your name. Be careful because although you don’t want to have too much time pass in between releases, you don’t want to rush your work and release sloppy books.

Be prepared to work your rear off, be able to take criticism, and be ready for the disappointment that comes with realizing you aren’t selling thousands of books days after your first release. While this can be a demanding field, the rewards are indescribable. The feeling every time someone tells you how much they love your work makes everything worthwhile.

Thank you for the advice Lindsay! If you haven't already, you can check out my review of Breaking the Nexus in an earlier post

That's not all, ONE lucky winner will get a Kindle copy of Breaking the Nexus for their enjoyment! Just fill out the rafflecopter form at the end of the post for your chance to win.

About Lindsay (in her own words):
I am a wife, a programmer, and now an author. I have an adorable mini Schnauzer and more books than I have room for. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. 

When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author. My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, Breaking the Nexus started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways.  

When I’m not writing, I’ve found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading (of course!), baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don’t want.  

Find Lindsay:

Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?

Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.

For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.

The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.

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  1. Thank you for the giveaway. love the sound of it.

  2. Thank you so much for having me!


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