So the seed was planted and it just sat there, waiting for me to process it. Why had I waited so long to attempt to write the book I had talked about writing basically all my life? What is the worst thing that can happen if I do it? People hate it? People love it? People buy it? Yes, the seed had been planted and the more I thought about it the more it kept growing and growing until my fears were acknowledged, some laughed at, some taken seriously and then the decision was made. Next month will be the one year anniversary of the time I picked up the pen and paper (figuratively, not literally, I am more high tech than that) and put my money where my mouth was.
I started with an idea I had for many years about the type of book I wanted to write and then I read an article about the full moon in August, 2013 which just happened to be termed blue moon that month. The idea for my book started morphing and mutating, taking off in a new direction. It was one I was happy with too as the words seemed to flow. But a really dear friend of ours, Brenda Donelan (author of Day of the Dead) told me about a wonderful website (www.nanowrimo.org) where authors, experienced or novice, try to write 50,000 words in the month of November. I was well on my way with the book and thought why not, it couldn't hurt anything, besides what was the worst that could happen.
Well November came and I nailed it with 90,000 words. Talk about someone being proud of themselves and feeling accomplished. That month sealed the deal on the book; my first draft of my first book was finished. Then the hard part began, editing. Fast forward to today and you have the Foreword of my Blue Moon being featured on the website. Extremely proud moment in an almost year long journey. Of course, ever the competitor with myself, I am just finishing up the first draft of my second book in the Bad Moon Rising Series.
I hope you all have taken a moment just to peek at the foreword of the book, let it mix around and are wanting to know more. This was an extremely fun book to write and I think the series is only going to get better. I have so many ideas running around in my brain of where is can go and how to get there, but the fun thing about writing your own series is that it can change as you want it to.
Have a peaceful night!
Johnny Bryan Ward