Here's the thing about being a writer in the Indie world: you aren't separate.
In the Indie world, you know your readers and they know you. They follow you in your groups, on your pages, on Amazon and Twitter and IG, and in everything you do.
And this is AMAZING, for real it is.
But as someone who is terrified of letting others down, this is also incredibly scary.
And the thing is, I didn't feel that "scary" bit until recently.
The scariest bit is that I've realized I can't make everyone happy. It's just not going to happen.
But I can make myself happy by just writing. It was my therapy in the beginning, and that has not changed. And I can continue creating my favorite (and not so favorite characters) characters. And I can push for better storylines and streamline my publishing team, and I can work my ass off to get readers the best books possible.
And that's kind of what I've been focusing on.
Not FaceBook, not the Indie world, not the Book World, not publishing (or even the fact that I'm not publishing). I've been trying to get back to the beginning...to writing...to what it all meant to me back then, a few years ago when I started this journey with one of my best friends.
Writing really has been a dream of mine, for as long as I can remember. Not publishing. No. Not being the most celebrated writer of all time. No. Although I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to have my books read by millions. The thing about it is, storytelling has always been my passion, not publishing.
And so, I'm going to tell stories, and it's going to take time, and I've finally realized I'm okay with that.
So, peace peeps because the next three Wild Beasts series books are in the works, but they won't be released until 2018. I also have an MC romance series that I've started. The first book will be published in the HTS Anthology, The Long Road Home, coming out in March of 2018. The second will be published in the HTS Anthology, Forever Yours, coming out in May of 2018. While the first is straight up MC and hardcore, the second is for their contemporary anthology and will most likely be lighter than the first.
I'm excited to share these stories with you, to pursue this journey further.
So thanks for sticking with me, y'all!
Keep in rockin'!
It's time to raise a little Hell…
Daniel Rios is fed up with playing second fiddle as a human in a supernatural band of misfits. He wants to be his carefree self, solve a string of missing persons cases dating back six years, and get his girl. The problem is he can’t do any of those things without the help of the supernaturals who are hell bent on keeping things from him.
Strung out and Fae touched, Carrie Oliver is now an Other Enforcer, working alongside an unlikely partner, but when her friends back home in Montville, New York need help on a case, Carrie can’t say no. Especially when it’s kids that are being taken.
Battling foes they never imagined and adventuring into the depths of the Underworld wasn’t on the agenda, but life is unpredictable for the wild beasts, and Carrie and Danny are about to find out just how magical they really are: human or not.
Catch up on the rest of the series here:
The Devil’s Pride
Dancing with the Devil
Rage Against the Devil
#WildBeastsSeries #DevilMayCare #DannysTurn #RaiseALittleHell
Original Cover Design by Susan Garwood of Wicked Women Designs.
Wow. Just wow! A bestseller!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm an Amazon Bestselling Author.
I was on a bestseller list.
That's just... well, I've already said it, haven't I?
It's a great feeling, but...
Yes, there is a 'but'.
But, I can't wait for the next step.
The next book.
The next story to pop into my head.
The next bestseller.
There are so many beautiful opportunities in this world, and I can't wait to experience it all!!!!!!!!!!!
So, here's to many more bestsellers, to many more workless days as I spend every waking second watching my ranking, to the friends and family who helped me get to there, to the beauty of the moment, and to the successes of today and tomorrow! I cannot wait!
Now, I should really edit Book Two, Rage Against the Devil.
Rage Against the Devil is almost done, and by almost done, I mean that the beta readers will have it on January 18, 2017! Woot! And then, it's on to another two full edits and a proofread, so bear with me. Tentative Release date is April 2017!
I'm also working on two novella series, and I have plans for books three and four to come out this year as well...
Busy. Busy. Busy.
But, oh so blessed.
Back to the #wolfcave!
Thank you so much for all of your support.
by T. Birmingham
Fingers tap… tap… tapping away at the keys as you bang out yet another amazing scene.
Shit, but that feels good, doesn’t it?
When you get a scene just right?
When it all comes together?
When that epic moment you’ve been working toward just - bam! - hits you right in the face and says, “There you go, you whiny writer. This is what you’ve been waiting for. This is what that scene three chapters back meant. This is the part where people cheer or cry or throw popcorn at you because you’ve written a cliffhanger and not an ending.”
But before you get to that epic moment that all your readers are going to hate you for (for all of about two seconds)...
Before you find your zen, and work in flow through those last six chapters...
Before you get your shit together…
How in the hell do you get over the hurdles?
What do you do when the tap… tap… tapping just isn’t coming?
How do you handle the stress of a deadline (self-imposed, fan-imposed, editor-imposed, or otherwise)?
Here are a few tips to help you get over your next hurdle:
1. Be authentically you.
That fucking simple. Just be you. Be authentic. That’s how you wrote your first or second or even thirtieth book. Don’t write the way someone else does. Don’t even write the way others think you should. We do our readers and ourselves a disservice by being something or someone other than who we are.
2. Interact with your readers.
In order to be authentically you, you NEED to talk with your readers. They’re a great support system. They can tell you what they enjoyed about the first book, and you can continue writing your characters with the same heart and passion you did before, because that passion is contagious. Let your readers fuel your passion. Their love and support are a gift.
3. Step the fuck away.
It’s okay. I promise. No, I mean really. Do it. Close that computer. Well, not right yet, but soon. After you’re done with this list. Go do some yoga. Get down with some music. Just sit in silence. Go for a hike. Spend time with those little people hiding in the corner playing with legos… Oh, those are your children? Then, yes. Definitely go talk to them. Do something NOT writing. How the fuck else are you going to get your inspiration?
4. Don’t force inspiration.
If it’s not coming, that’s okay. Are you thinking too much about other’s expectations? About who they want as your next character? About how they think the storyline should go? STOP… in the name of all of the muses every-fucking-where. Just STOP! Legit. Go back to number three and get out of everyone else’s head and back into living your life the way you did before you started creating book boyfriends on paper. Because you’ve always created your characters. They’ve been rolling around in your head forever. Now, you’re just writing them with a deadline. Don’t force it. Your inspiration will come. And when it does come, it won’t be fake.
5. Find your own rhythm.
Some writers write all method, listening to their character’s music, eating food their character will eat, having sex the way their character would have sex. Definitely applaud all three. Some of us aren’t method. Maybe we don’t do well with music that doesn’t soothe our soul. Cool. Choose music that jives with who you are. Maybe we don’t have a partner to try out sexual positions with. Well, first off… sad. Get one (but only if you want). But second, that’s cool. Maybe you suck at cooking and can’t make the fancy chicken dishes your character eats all the time. That’s cool. Eat a taco. Eat a donut. Eat a salad. Who the hell cares? Just be you. Eat and drink and be merry, and just be you (sensing a theme here?).
Here’s my last piece of advice, and it doesn’t even need a number on the list:
No matter if it’s a blog for Written in Existence (hint, hint) or a poem or a short story or the actual book that has a deadline and that you need to get done. Just write! This is a job you can love. This is a job that can change your world. Let it be that. Let this be your dream job. You want to be the best writer you can be? Then, write. Even when you’ve got a hurdle.
Four Light Clans. One Dark.
Thousands of years ago, the Schrom split off from the Light Clans and became Dark. Their greed for blood consumed them. Their once orange eyes bled to red, and they became one of the demons of legend. And when they die, they do not rest. They haunt. The take. They devour. Their souls become Shadows. Darkness. Death.
Alexia Maria Garda-Martinez was born a monster.
Red hair. Red eyes. Pale skin.
And nowhere to call home.
But after years of foster care and state homes, she has finally found her niche. A family. A promising career. And a life that’s fulfilling.
When a brutal, ritualistic murder hits too close to home in her small, college town of Montville, New York, Alexia is pulled into a world of good versus evil that will have her questioning who she is and whether she really is the freak, the monster so many have thought.
But she is not alone in this fight.
The Schrom and the Shadows are closing in, and Alexia and the Light Clans must stop the darkness at all costs. Will she be able to fight her darker instincts, or will the devil inside of her draw her into its seductive web?
There have been a lot of changes - all good - going on, and I can't wait to share many of these with you all!
But to start... I'm getting into the gritty work with my editor in September, and I've also chosen my cover models (eek!), so this is going forward at a fast pace! I couldn't be more excited, nor more blessed, than I am in this moment, but as the Brad Paisley song goes, "It doesn't get better than this... and it did."
There are so many great people I'm meeting; so many opportunities I've snatched up; and so many obstacles until I get to that "it did," but wow! It's been worth every step, and I'm on this incredible journey that I wouldn't have any other way!
So, onto the second piece of news beyond the fact that the real hard work is finally starting...
I have a release date for The Devil's Pride!!!!
The first book in my Wild Beasts series will be released on November 5, 2016!
So, stay tuned because that date is right around the corner, and I can't wait to share this creation with all of you. Many of you have played such a huge role in helping me get to this point, supporting me through my life's journeys, and now, I am beyond ecstatic for you to be a part of this next step in my life and my career.
Love you all!
About a year ago, I started on a writing journey. I wanted to write something epic, powerful, engaging. And I hope I've done just that. With the conclusion of my first Urban Fantasy novel, "The Devil's Pride," I now feel this sort of cathartic (and totally fucking scary) release. I also feel sort of like a big mess. So many characters in my head. So many things I wrote that will be edited out. So many words. So many stories within the story.
So, as I wrote, I realized this would not just be a standalone. "The Devil's Pride" is the first of seven books (all with names having to do with the Seven Deadly Sins) in my very first Urban Fantasy Series, Wild Beasts.
Currently, my beta readers are hard at work, but I will keep you up to date on the publishing process!