My 1st Novel – DONE!

I took a little hiatus this summer from my blog.  The main reason was to finish and polish my first novel and enjoy the summer with the family.  I’m happy to report, the novel ‘Magick’ is being published Sept 16, 2016, and is available for pre-order now.

Yahoo! MAGICK is here.

It’s been such an experience and an exciting time for me so far, although I tend to dread the marketing piece of being an indie author, none the less, I’m jumping on the train.  It’s also providing the momentum of writing the 2nd book – I ended up with a series on my hands!

I write under the pen name, Mira Monroe.  A story for another time as to why…  It’s a YA (Young Adult) fantasy novel for ages 14 and up.  If you enjoy a fun adventure check out it out.

Avg. 4-star reviews on Goodreads thus far in ARCs; as one reviewer said:

…I love a good ending and usually, I either remove or add one star to my final rating because of it. It was very tensed, full of action and magick and it all went really well. I was really excited at the end and this fact speaks for itself… – Reviewer

Well worth checking out this new author Mira Monroe!! I was lucky to get an advanced readers copy, but it comes out soon. Magick sets up a delightful maze of alternative realms. It’s ingenious. And just when you are truly frustrated (but in a good way like on the edge of your seat) the story unfolds beautifully. I’d almost describe it as a psychological mind teaser with alternate planes and realms set in the current day and with an almost fairy tale style… – Author of First Born, Janelle Gabay

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MAGICK

Willow and her best friends, Emily and Lucy, are making plans for a great senior year and daydreaming about life away from sleepy Chepstow, Massachusetts. Willow tries for a life under the radar, where her biggest adventure is dating Daniel – voted best all-around guy. Her life is perfect, until a long-lost grandmother reveals that not only does she come from a long line of Wiccans, but she’s also part of the royal family – and next in line for the crown! Not everyone is happy to discover this outsider is about to take the throne, and Willow’s life is in danger – along with those around her. Willow’s world is turning upside-down, as a new realm invades, complete with rogue Guardians and a handsome warrior who’s sworn to stand by her side. Rhydian knows everything she doesn’t, and Willow must learn to use her magick to uncover the dark secrets about her family’s past in order to save the Edayri realm and everyone she’s ever loved before it’s too late.

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Pre-order and join my author page – Mira Monroe that’s where you’ll get the scoop and stay in the inner circle.

Thanks to all my fellow writing peeps for the support over the last 9-12 months.  It’s a fantastic community of support and I love it.  Cheers to a great weekend!

The Elusive Novel Is Not Make Believe

I’ve been writing for a little while now; blogs, short stories, poetry but what is elusive to me is the longer story such as a novel or novelette. I’ve had a few decent ideas but my follow thru hasn’t really been there to reach the completed first draft. All kinds of excuses, I’m sure you can relate and if you can’t – Seriously? Agh, I’m jealous and may hate you just a little bit.

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I had this original idea and I wrote a quick little ditty about Jack and Diane, I think John Cougar-Mellencamp would disagree that Jack and Diane was original to me. Actually my little ditty is Willow and her family dynamics along with a secret or two about being a royal. Throw in a little magic; okay a lot of magic, and my little story is taking shape. Maybe it’s the line manager in me or the fact I have a teen in the house; but all of the sudden I had this book theme that was screaming Young Adult (YA) of imposed expectations or perceived ones. Yeah, I totally love YA’s as I’m a forever teenager underneath it all.

What really is helping me this year is, Fiction Unboxed 1.5. What’s been great about it, is I get to visually peak in, like a fly on a wall as these guys – Sean, Johnny and Dave work on their 30 day quest of producing a novel for the second time. I love it! I don’t watch everyday only when I can. However it’s clicking and its carrying me through my story. Also their book Write.Publish.Repeat is really good too, expect a review here soon. I’m finally feeling confident to get this follow thru done so that elusive novel will no longer be make believe. It’s happening!

The key piece and take away is pre-production. This isn’t a new concept really, but I realized in this process so far – I wasn’t going far enough. Get your characters down and know them (all of them), really know them. What was helpful was putting myself in the casting director role as they proposed. Lastly, get a good foundation on location and your world. But seriously, check these fellas out and they have a podcast to.

What prompted me toward these guys was The Scrivener Coach. If you don’t have Scrivener for writing – get it, it will make your life so much easier. If I could use it in my day job, I would; okay I see an improvement suggestion coming. Check out my post on Scrivener to get more information.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) occurs every November and is also a great community to support and help writers get those first drafts written. It’s free and guess what, it’s not to late to join and it’s free. Lots of tools and great advice, get involved as you can.

Writing makes me think of golf. It’s the game that is played solo and your improvement and skill set is to improve your game, no one else’s. I hope this blog gives you some options to improve your writing (aka your game).

I’d be happy to gain any further insights you’d like to add to get us writers from A to B – please feel free to leave a Comment below. Let me know if you enjoyed this blog post with the Like and/or Share button.

NANO You, NANO Me, 1 Month in Counting!

In just a few short weeks it will be the start of National Novel Writing Month (NANO).  Are you ready? I’m there.  I am going to finish my 1st draft this year, this November; the gauntlet is thrown (hopefully it won’t boomerang back at my head!).  This is my first go at NANO and I’m totally pumped.

Many people say that they want to write, but really the satisfaction is to those who finish.  You may have heard of the novel made into a movie, ‘Water for Elephants’ by Sara Gruen – yep NANO.

Alrighty then, what do you need to do, to get your writing on?  And why am I already talking about this in October? Well, for me, I’m getting my butt in gear to mentally prep and plot.  My goal is butt in chair, write and finish this stinking 1st draft that haunts me – recent deadline passed, argh!  I might write before the actual start, hooray me if I get a little ahead, as that doesn’t happen too often.

NANO (www.nanowrimo.org) starts November 1-30 and the challenge is to write your novel and/or complete 50,000 words.  The best part it’s free!  You create an account and connect with a community of like-minded individuals who are working on their stories that have been in progress or those first timers who are taking a dip in the pool to flex their writing muscles.  It’s a great opportunity to meet others and connect.

It’s a built-in deadline and contest for all ages globally, with the prize of self-satisfaction of completing your novel.  It started in 1999 and last year there where over 340,000 participants and over 38,000 winners (i.e., completing the word count goal)! Lots of success to be found, many of these novels found publishers and have been self-published.

Comment below – Will you be joining NANO this year? Have you participated in NANO before, if so what’s your experience? Will you complete your writing goals this year?  I sure hope so, I love to read and it would be a shame not to have your story out there because you didn’t finish it.

In the words of Wayne Gretzky “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

If you enjoyed this blog, please like and share below! Walk the talk, or write as it were.  I’ll see you at NANO 🙂

Excuses Excuses Excuses…

I’ve been working on writing my 1st novel and with all my good intentions it hasn’t been so easy. There is the pressure that everyone knows I am writing that 1st book which in part was to motivate me along; however, some days I am one to rebel as other life issues pop up. You know the excuse that you must cook, clean, do laundry and work that day job. It’s tough to find time to write when your not a full time author. None the less this is how some of my days go…

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So if the blog is a little slow with only 1 or maybe 2 posts a month, know that I am either making up some grandiose excuse or actually putting my words to the page to finish this story that has been in my head for 5 years. I am sure many of you don’t have this issue!

You’re a well oiled machine that is working on your story without any interruption each and every day. You don’t run into issues of self doubt or the occasional road block of not moving your story forward, because you have an outline that shows you how to navigate to the end. Actually you may not have all the answers, but that is okay because your brilliance is self satisfying and the menial tasks are the dry run to your red carpet walk. The vision is so strong that you bask in the light, knowing soon you’ll be wearing sunglasses just to be comfortable.

Does the above describe you? Just know that if it does – I hate you. I envy you. I need you to tell me how.

How do you keep going and rock the above? Is it just experience and time that has made you so wonderful? Is it just that fantastic support system you have?

Comment and share for those of us that are not there yet. Let’s start the discussion and the psycho analysis 🙂