In our modern magic-Internet world, sometimes you meet people you click with immediately, though you’ve never met them face-to-face. Hilarious zany-sexy-urban-fantasy author Liz Schulte is one of those people for me. Not only is she a long-time editing client, an author whose books I eat up like candy, like they’re treats or something instead of work (Shhh, don’t tell her in case she wants me to start paying her instead of the other way around!), I’m continually inspired and motivated by her work ethic, productivity, and generosity with advice and kind words. I’m fortunate to count her as a cohort and ally, and had a really fun, thought-provoking time being interviewed by her recently. (Thanks so much, Liz!)
You can read the interview here (I hope you enjoy it!), and if you’re in the mood for some sexy, romping other worldly adventure, I can’t recommend Liz’s books enough. Just be careful that you don’t lose yourself in the Abyss. . . . 🙂 And if you devour that series but need more Liz Schulte, or if for some reason lighter urban fantasy isn’t your genre, definitely read her dark paranormal mysteries, Dark Corners and Dark Passing, featuring Ella Reynolds. I loved them!
I was having a so-so week. You might know the kind. I got in some new words, but none were wildly inspired. I kept up with the business side of my writing life. I did the odd bit of reading for “professional development.” I felt good about being disciplined, if not overly rah-rah about what I was accomplishing. I had faith though—having learned by now that inspiration usually comes on the heels of perspiration, not before.
Sure enough toward the end of the week, a little flame flared. I’d worked in my WIP enough to break through the plodding slump. New ideas zipped through my brain, sparking fires. I’m pretty confident I’m going to finish the rough draft of a new Toni Sheridan novella this month!
I took Thursday night off and went out for coffee with an editing/writing colleague and gained fresh energy, listening to her excitement over upcoming plans to step back from her editing and focus more on her own novels.
A friend, who’d needed some encouragement in her own artistic pursuits and found the pep talk she needed in a speech by Neil Gaiman, referred said speech to me. He had so many good, thought-provoking things to say that I plan to listen to it again soon with a pen and notebook in hand to jot down quotes. Perhaps what spoke to me the most was his advice to enjoy what we’re doing and where we’re at right now . . . and his observations about friends who are so unhappy in the work they do, and how lucky we are to have something we love.
And then, the icing on my week! Author Liz Schulte (who I’ve raved about before because of her talent and her amazing work ethic) gave me the most fantastic news. One of her latest books, Easy Bake Coven, was selected by iBooks for their Break Out Books in the UK and Ireland list. So exciting and so deserved!
The news followed contact made by Amazon last month, asking Liz if they could set up pre-orders for her next book (Easy Bake Coven’s sequel, Hungry, Hungry Hoodoo) because her sales are that good. I’m beyond excited to see her breaking out and her books becoming mainstream. She offers fast-paced, edge of your seat mysteries and page-turning urban fantasy adventures, and her characters are great. If you haven’t tried her yet, you should. 🙂
Goals and dreams—however fun, sometimes silly, and “too big” they may sometimes seem—do come true. Can be achieved.
Do go and check out Liz Schulte’s books, and if there’s anything you take away from my meh-to-motivated week, let it be the lovely reminders I received: Do the work. Make time to refuel. Celebrate what you’ve already accomplished. Dream and make plans!
One of my favourite things happened yesterday! An author friend of mine, Liz Schulte, celebrated the launch of her new novel, Dark Corners, a mystery-suspense with paranormal elements that keeps you turning pages and constantly second-guessing who the villain is (or are!).
Ella Reynolds knew from the first moment she walked into the old house that someone or something was watching her. Waiting. Her husband’s violent murder sent her spiraling into a world of grief and isolation, but Ella isn’t alone. Who or what is responsible for her husband’s death is still with her. Every day reality slips a little more between her fingers as she struggles to break free from her memories. A string of uncanny events takes place and practical explanations run thin as Ella follows the terrifying road to closure. As the past and present come to a head, Ella must decipher who or what the murderer is before it takes her as well.
If you’d like to read Liz Schulte’s own words about Dark Corners’ launch, or just want to congratulate her, pop by her blog, http://enteringbatcountry.blogspot.com/, or click here. Liz is also a friendly, fun person to follow on Twitter: @LizSchulte
HUGE congratulations, Liz! Dark Corners is great and I’m already looking forward to your next novel. Write fast.
And same to all of you: happy, prolific writing this week!