I first heard of Melissa Pearl through a friend of mine reading one of her stories and reviewing it – Golden Blood. I eventually got around to reading it, and I was sucked into an amazing world of a time travelling teen, who has to deal with parents, a boyfriend her parents really don’t like, and friends after years of being a loner. I loved the series so much, I joined Melissa’s email group, and eventually found myself in her wonderful publicity machine. When I approached Melissa about blogging, she jumped at the chance and asked me what I wanted. Perhaps how moving to China has affected your writing? This is her response:
I guess I was worried that somehow I wouldn’t be able to do it anymore or all the time and energy I’d poured into NZ school visits and building up my name in Kiwi-land were going to be wasted.
I was wrong.
I had nothing to fear.
Now sure, I’m not getting around multiple high schools chatting to kids about my books and my writing. I don’t have quite the same opportunities with local media, but my writing career has not been hindered in the least by my move to the Orient.
If anything, my brain has been exploding with new story ideas. Ironically none of them have anything to do with China, but I wonder if being away from the hustle and bustle of kiwi life and being forced to slow down has actually been a blessing in disguise.
Moving to a foreign country is really hard work. I have cried many tears. Had many ABCDs (A Bad China Day). I have been lonely, angry, exhausted, freezing cold and homesick on numerous occasions, but my writing brain has taken off. My imagination has always been my escape. When times get hard, I dive into a place of safety, hanging out with my characters, enjoying their romances, living out their predicaments… seeing them triumph. As a writer you have a sense of control within your worlds. Often in reality, we don’t have that same luxury.
I’ve also had a few marketing opportunities open up, much to my surprise. My husband is a teacher at Suzhou Singapore International School. The high school library has purchased all of my books, plus I’ve been invited as the guest author to Book Week at the end of March. I’ve actually ended up running out of paperback stock over here as staff members have purchased books for their children, so that’s been awesome.
I have now been in China seven months. I know where to find food. I understand the transport system. I can say a few essential words. I’ve made some friends. Life is good. I am really enjoying where I’m at and having my brain doused with a plethora of story ideas has been this amazing bonus I never expected. The other day I sat down and wrote a list of all the books I’d like to produce this year and next. I reached ten and had to force myself to stop writing!! Having taken a deep breath, I’ve narrowed it down to my YA fantasy trilogy (June, July, August releases) and the next installment of the Mica & Lexy series. I also have a few other minor projects I’d like to get through this year and then 2014 is quickly getting jam-packed full of books I’m itching to get started on. The amount of times I have to take a breath and remind myself, one project at a time.
So I guess the point of this post is to tell you that if you’re a writer, sometimes getting away from the hubbub of life, and spending a little more time in your imagination, can lead to magical things and story ideas you’d never have thought to dream up.
Beautiful, wild-child Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead. But when she wakes the next morning, Nicole finds herself in bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well.
Things take a turn for the weird when Nicole soon discovers she is actually hovering between life and death. Her body is lying in the forest while her spirit is searching for anyone who can hear her. Unfortunately the only person who can is Dale Finnigan, the guy she publicly humiliated with a sharp-tongued insult that has left him branded.
Desperate, Nicole has no choice but to haunt Dale and convince the freaked-out senior to help her. Will he find her body before it’s too late? Or will the guy who tried to kill her with his car, beat him there and finish her off before anyone finds out?
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Time Spirit Trilogy