The Power of FOURS
Ten years ago I was living in Oxford. I'd known I wanted to be a writer for a long time.
Then, during my time abroad, I was stranded on a cliff in Cornwall, and the experience inspired my writing career. A career that seems to move in FOURS...
Last month, we moved to Delaware. I literally live on a golf course. Yeah, it's weird. I don't play golf. I've never played and don't know much about it (like can someone explain to me why people play during thunder storms? they do- for real. It seems like carrying a portable lightning rod in a storm is a poor idea, but...). Seriously, not a golf person. Golfers keep leaving my kids new toys (golf balls) in the yard, which I like, and occasional dings in the siding, which I don't like. For some reason, not too far from my house, people also keep shouting FOUR! I guess they know about my pattern.
I haveFOUR BOOKS released right now, all pubbed before signing my literary agent. If you haven't read them, fall is the perfect time to discover the SCYTHE WIELDER'S SECRET Trilogy which has a very Halloween vibe (Grim reapers and Dragons!) or PILLARS OF CHAOS.
I also have FOUR BOOKS ON SUBMISSION to the big press, through my awesome agent Steve Fraser. Briefly, on submission are the following:
- STARKEEPER, a lyrical MG fantasy about a boy who hangs stars and confronts the Man in the Moon
- THE AUTUMN TURNERS, an MG fantasy set in Starkeeper's world, about two lost siblings who manually shift the seasons and seek to solve a mystery about their family
- THE SHADOW OF EVERDAWN, a ya/adult crossover epic fantasy set during a world's first sunrise, about a prisoner who can free himself but only if he forgets everything he holds dear
- SAM AND THE OGRE - a picture book about a dragon who cooks weather and discovers friendship
I was super excited for Steve to send out all four, which seems to be unheard of in the publishing world. But even more shocked, when I realized that the FOUR on sub represent exactly one FOURTH of my finished or publisher-ready books. I have TWELVE NEW BOOKS READY FOR PUBLISHERS right now! (plus four released)
In addition to the already mentioned I've written three more picture books, three more middle grade novels, and two more YA/adult crossovers, all fantasies and all excellent stories I know will get out there eventually.
In an even crazier twist, I'm currently writing FOUR MORE BOOKS! At the moment, I'm actively drafting another picture book, an older ya/adult fantasy, an adult satire/fantasy about parenting, and an adult space opera!
All I can say is FOUR-ward!!
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