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We’re two days into the official release of the Edge of Never boxed set, which includes my short novel Specters in the Storm. If you read my Monday post, then you know that I wrote it in answer to a call for a boxed set and that it took me out of my comfort zone a little, but ended up being a lot of fun.

What you don’t know, but soon will, is that Specters started out it’s book life as the beginning of a full length, steampunk novel. As originally conceived, the Great Storm of 1900 was going to be the defining moment with my characters. I planned something big and sprawling and filled with twists and turns. But when I decided to retool it for Edge of Never, I had to shrink the story down a bit. Lop off some of the elements.

So I made the Great Storm the back drop for Ernest, my very earnest scientist. It was a defining moment for him, but not The defining moment. I also got a chance to weave a lighthouse into my story—something I’d been wanting to do for a long time.

Octavius, well, there’s a story behind him, too. I was on a panel at our local ComicCon in Houston, with Cornelia Amiri, which focused on octopuses in steampunk fiction. It was so interesting that, well, Octavius popped into the story.

That happens sometime.

And then there is Ernest and Prudence (who isn’t prudent in any way, shape or form) and of course, there are specters, because this is a paranormal story. And there’s even a kitchen sink. Couldn’t leave that just sitting on the fictional lawn, now could I?

I will admit to being very excited and nervous as readers get a chance to read Specters. I had so much fun writing, of course, I want everyone to love it. Haha This is a great time to buy it because it will release all by itself next year, but not at .99.

If you get a chance, I hope you’ll stop by and let me know what you think. Even if you don’t like it—though I’d be okay if you couched it in gentle terms. Haha

I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value).  Recipient is announced the first blog post of the new month.

Perilously (and nervously) yours,


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14 thoughts on “Why I Wrote SPECTERS IN THE STORM

  • October 14, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    I have begun to realize more and more that it is the times when we take the greatest risks that we get the greatest rewards. Getting out of your comfort zone is important for growth. The risks I have taken have not always worked out the way I expected (or thought I wanted) but in the end have served me well. I have grown stronger and learned more about myself and others when I take on projects that I am not sure I will be successful at in the end. Sometimes you get these insights quickly and other times it takes years to really understand how you were impacted. I suffered a lot of medical issues over the last 14 years and I have not let those issues keep me from pushing boundaries. It might take me longer to get tasks done and require a lot more planning, but I do have successes to celebrate. I have been a life long reader and now I am actively involved in being a reviewer for many authors and a website that specializes in romance reviews. I was kind of nervous to submit my work to the website for review, but I did it. I now get a lot of positive feedback from readers and authors and it encourages me to keep trying new things. One success leads to another. I am happy to hear that your risk is paying off too.

    • October 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      That is a wonderful story. Thank you so much for sharing it and the encouragement. In the end it was great fun no matter the outcome.

  • October 14, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I have never put a story to paper, but I understand about characters popping in your mind when doing something. I can’t wait to read the story .

    • October 15, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you so much!! That is cool. Maybe someday one of your characters will make you write them down.

  • October 14, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I am so glad you wrote this!!! It sounds absolutely amazing!! Seriously cannot wait to read your story and the others in the anthology. You are a new author to me and I am beyond excited to have found you! Your books all sound great!! My tbr pile just grew and I am more than pleased by this! I will gladly write reviews for your books on amazon and goodreads once I have read them. Thanks for being at the party and becoming part of this anthology so that I was able to meet you! Can’t wait to see what you do next!!

    • October 15, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      Thank you so much!! It was great fun to write and so hope readers enjoy it!!! Thanks for letting me know!!

  • October 14, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I love hearing the thoughts of writers because their brains can be as warped as mine. 🙂 I am very excited to read this book because it was fun for you to write and it has been my experience that such books are always fun to read. I like the sound of all the characters, even the non prudent cast members. I can not leave out kitchen sinks because who does not love a kitchen sink? Think of all the dirty dishes we would have with out those pesky kitchen sinks. Those kitchen sinks are about as important as chocolate or coffee and I would be lost without all three.

  • October 14, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I’m glad you wrote it. Now I need to read it! 🙂 My TBR list is getting to big already darn it.

  • October 14, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    I love hearing about writers and their thinking! That’s got to be crazy hard condensing a full length to a short! Hats off to you, girlfriend! I hope there’s a sexton in there for a sexy hottie 😉 lol thanks for sharing and I can’t wait to dive into this Boxset!

    • October 15, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Lol!! It was crazy for sure!! Glad you enjoyed the post. I like looking under the hood too.

  • October 14, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    That sounds pretty epic! I can’t wait to read it. 😉

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