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As soon as I learned to write properly, I started to dabble with science fiction stories, and when I reached my teens, the ideas were growing pretty solid. The writing itself was still that of a child, of course, but the ideas weren't too bad. You get the point - I always wanted to make books.
One of these stories slumbered in my mind for decades, until an old song stirred the memory. I listened to Cowboy Junkies - Misguided Angel - the first time I wrote it, and when I heard the song again, I remembered. The lyrics are both beautiful and horrible, and personifies the hero to the letter. The song starts, "I said 'mama, he's crazy and he scares me, but I want him by my side. Though he's wild and he's bad and sometimes just plain mad, I need him to keep me satisfied'" I found it on Youtube. The soundquality in the video is iffy, but the lyrics carry me off to other worlds every time I hear it.
Anyway, when I wrote the story the first time, as a teenager, the heroine was called Elizabeth and wandered through a forest on foot. In the adult version, her name has changed to Patricia, and she has a car. The end result is the same - spaceman Travis abducts her by mistake and she is SO screwed.
The road between writing the thing and getting it published has been long and bumpy. The interesting thing - to me - is that it is getting published, by an actual publishing company, and it will be released on Friday. Happy dance!
I always dreamed of having a book cover designed by an actual artist, and the dream came true. Talented Gwen Phifer made it, and nothing I could come up with could ever be as cool. When I first saw it, I wasn't sure about the woman on it, but she has grown on me.
I wanted to tell you stuff about the editing process, and all the weird rejection letters, but this post is pretty long already, so I think we'll have to come back to that some other day.
Thank you for listening to my random babble! :-)
If you have the time, check out my book trailer. :-)