A crazy first month, no seriously so CRAZY

It’s been 23 days since I hit publish on my first book. 23 days y’all and I am still in complete shock that I did it! It’s still sinking in that I am now and indie author. A author. It still weirds me out to say it out loud.

I was at my eye exam yesterday and the doctor asked me if I work, and my first response is always no, I don’t work I stay home with my kids. He kindly told me that staying home is working and its the hardest job someone can have and blah blah blah (which it is hard at times but I don’t look at parenting as a job, its a privilege that I am able to stay with my kids because most people aren’t as fortunate to do the same but anyways), but I stopped him mid sentence and said you know what, YES I do, I do work! I am an author and I published a book and I’m actually making money. Real life money! Not play money like in monopoly, but real money that I can use to pay for this ridiculously overpriced eye exam! I tend to ramble when I’m excited, and say rude things, but hey it happens. And can we all agree that charging someone $85 just to measure the size of my iris is a tad extreme? Not to mention the actual eye exam, then paying for new glasses and contacts, I felt like he robbed me. But I had a huge smile on my face and saying it out loud that I am an author to someone I don’t know felt amazing. I think he was looking at me funny, probably from my outburst of excitement and comment about his high prices, but it was hard to tell because I didn’t have my contacts in. He cleared his throat and told me congratulations then quickly changed the subject. I think I scared him.

I am so excited to start this journey of self publishing (clearly because I have moments of outburst on random people) and I cant wait to see where it takes me!

So thank you! Thank you for your words of encouragements, your kind reviews, your not so kind reviews (I have learned a few things from some of my negative reviews), and I cant wait to share my next story with everyone!

In case you haven’t got your copy yet, here is the link 🙂 http://www.amazon.com/Alive-Holli-Spaulding-ebook/dp/B00K21NCVQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1400881654&sr=1-1&keywords=holli+spaulding

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My first blog post also happens to be my first blog hop. So you lucky folks get a two for one today

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Well first of all, that’s me. Well half of me. Its the better half of my face, so you’re welcome. I was asked by my sweet friend Anna J McIntyre to participate in a blog hop. My first reaction to this was what’s a blog hop and more importantly how do I make a blog? I am technology challenged. I am like an eighty year old woman from the 1920’s when it comes to working with computers. They terrify and overwhelm me. I should buy and purchase all the computer books for dummies, and get with the times. But anyways, back to the task at hand. I’ve been asked to answer some questions and then direct you to one of my author friends, to see how they will answer the same questions. Fun right?? So here we go.

Question number one. What am I working on?

I am working on my very first novel. This book is like my fifth child. I have put some much time and energy into this story and I can’t wait to share it with everyone! I am hoping to finish this bad boy soon, and move on to my next story. I have a busy year planned for myself and I cant wait to see where the year takes me.

Question number two. How does my work differ from other genre?

I would consider my novel to be in the NA category. Which stands for new adult. There are some really raw and emotional scenes, which might be hard for some people to read or understand, but I want people to fully understand and know what my main character is feeling, why she is the way she is, and how those events shaped her into the person she is now. There are also some steamy scenes in the bedroom, which is why this book falls into the NA category. I tried to keep it clean, but I felt my story was lacking those intimate details and I wanted my readers to connect to my characters, even in the bedroom.

Question number three. Why do I write what I do?

Since this is my first novel I will be answering this question based on what I am doing so far. I am writing this story for many different reasons. Its a story I’ve had in my head for quite some time now, and when the story first came to me, I was just daydreaming. Writing was never something I aspired to do. I am a bookworm. I enjoy reading, and getting lost in the stories I am reading. I am always creating stories in my head, but I never thought to write them down or to make a book out of the stories floating around in my brain. So one day I text messaged my good friend Elizabeth and told her my idea for a story. I stayed up late and wrote a few chapters and sent them to her. She had nothing but positive things to say about what I wrote (she might be biased, but she said she would tell me if it completely sucked, so I suppose I believe her) Three chapters lead to ten chapters, and so on and so forth, and now I almost have a completely finished novel. Its very exciting!

Question number four. How does my writing progress work?

Ha, what’s a writing progress? I have four amazing kids at home, a puppy and a husband. They of course come first, so I sneak in writing when the kids nap, or after they go to bed. I don’t write as much as I would like to, but I try to write as often as I can. Maybe one day Ill have a writing process that’s more exciting and more organized.

Before you hop off, make sure to go check out mystery and romance author Anna J. McIntyre. She will be releasing the fifth book in her Coulson Series – Coulson’s Reckoning – in March 2014. She also has a series out called The Sensual Romance Series, so be sure to check them out! http://annajmcintyreauthor.com/

Thanks for reading my first blog and first blog hop, and don’t forget to go check out that amazing author I was talking about. Happy Reading Folks!