When I was 17, I wrote and rewrote my first book. When I was 19, I received a life changing offer from a small (and ever growing) publishing company to finally see the series I spent the better part of my teenage years working on in print.
After a lot of thinking and deliberating, I decided to get my first tattoo about a year ago, then enlarged it some tonight. (I’m kind of a wuss, so I like to do things cautiously and minimally.) This mark is the mark of the Council (a Darspinger) from my own books, ‘The Lost Realm Series.’
The thing is, this mark is more than just a symbol from a book. This is a mark that represents loss and grief, especially for those characters where my books are concerned. Because in order to grow, we have to stumble and count our losses along the way. Over the last year and a half or so, I’ve had this lesson handed to me over and over again, and in a thousand different ways. I parted with the town and school I loved to take a risk in a town and school I knew nothing about, left people I loved behind, quit my stuffy office job, lost a few friends along the way (figuratively), and lost a beloved family member as well (literally). But among all the chaos and pain, somewhere along the way, amazingly, I started to grow.
2015 has been a monster of a year, to say the least. I know there’s still a little over a month before it’s finally over (thank goodness!), but I felt that now was an appropriate time–if there ever is actually an appropriate time to get profound on social media–to post some thoughts. Apologies to everyone for the monologue. Sometimes it feels good to get on my philosophical soap box and use my almost English degree to talk nonsense.
What I’m really trying to get at here is that the new Star Wars movie comes out in less than a month, so this year can’t be all bad, right? *Prays Abrams really knows what he’s doing.*
*To those of you gloriously dedicated, awesome humans who read my books and have asked when the next one comes out, I promise that I have not forgotten about you. I’m working on a little at a time, around the time when I’m not in school, writing papers, or having minor mental breakdowns. It WILL get done, hopefully over my holiday break. As always, thank you all so much for your patience.
I know it’s been some time since my last post, but I feel I owe it to all my readers to let everyone know what’s going on with me and my books!
Where have you been, K.L.???
For starters, I haven’t posted in forever because I really am pressed for time these days, even as I’m writing this sentence. Recently, I had a very big move (all the way from Texas to Alabama), and am now in the middle of my junior year at Auburn (War Eagle!). So anyway, big move=no time for anything and the same goes for the multiple literature classes I’m now taking, which all involve a lot of reading and even more writing (and not even the fun stuff!). Because of this excessive amount of writing research papers about other pretentious stuff, writing for fun has been (dare I say?) difficult lately. But I promise, I am still writing, if only a little at a time.
A big thanks!!!
Before I continue, I would live to give a humongous thank you to everyone for your kind words–seriously, it means the world to me!–and say that YOU GUYS are the reason I love this job. This has definitely not been the easiest of careers to follow–maddening at times–but y’all make it worth my while.
So what’s up with TLR series???
Ok, so, enough with the sappy crap. Many of you have messaged me over the past several weeks in regards to The Apprentice and the future of TLR series. DO NOT FRET. It’s not over until the fat lady sings! …please take no offense to that, just an expression! Anyway, this is my promise to you guys that I still have plenty to write about Evin’s journey, though whether Emma will or will not return I still cannot confirm. I just wanted to assure everyone that there is a story left to be told, but if my news about Emma only served to make you sadder, then, well, job well done on my part.
So when’s the next book supposed to come out???
Probably the most asked question, as of late. To that I can give no definite answer. As I said, being a full-time student who’s currently on the prowl for a part-time job (unfortunately, writing doesn’t exactly pay the bills ): ) it’s extremely hard to be able to write whenever I want. In short, I very much hope to have the fourth book done by next year, but again, no promises. I can promise, however, to keep everyone updated throughout the journey.
Anything in the works in the meantime???
Ah, yes. The other reason why TLR has been put on the back burner for the time being. Those of you who read my most recent book know how much darker it was in tone compared to its companion books. Of course, that was intentional, as I felt I really needed to give this particular book a little more than what anyone had seen so far. Unfortunately, the darkness of this book did make it mentally harder to write than the other two. There was a lot going on in the 500 something pages, a lot of planning involved! Because of this, I felt I needed to start work on something else, something drastically different, before resuming my work on TLR series. Because I would hate to give anyone anything less than my best! Rest assured, that though I cannot say anything else, there are other things in the works, which I am sure you guys will enjoy just as much as TLR series!
In short, I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m not dead–very much alive, in fact–and that yes, I do have loads more books planned. Again, when these so-called books will make an appearance is hard to say. I live a busy, if not boring, life. But they are coming! Again, thank you guys so, so much for your words of loveliness and encouragement! It gives me the drive I need to keep up the hard work! Stay strong, my lovelies!
Much love to all,
To my majestic readers,
It greatly pains me to say this, but due to a mixture of very complicated circumstances, it looks as if the release date of “The Apprentice” will be pushed back another few weeks. 😦
As I said, this is due to many factors. Primarily, I had hoped to have final edits done within only a couple of days of receiving them, which was earlier this week. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned, as a minor emergency did come up the other night and I spent the better part of yesterday with a terribly crippling sinus infection. These two events alone did set me back a good day.
Obviously, nothing would have made me happier than having everything done and the edited version sent back to my publisher, but after reading through what needs to be done, I would rather take a little extra time to polish and perfect it, for all of my reader’s sakes, than just submit an “okay” copy.
I hope you all understand and are able to bear with me as I put the finishing touches to what I hope to be the best, most exciting book of TLR series yet.
I thank you for your patience and loyalty, to the moon and back. And of course, I will let everyone know when “The Apprentice” is in its final stages of pre-release.
So for those of you wondering, tonight’s book signing was a major success!
I would like to give a humongous thanks to everyone who came out to see me tonight. I was so pleasantly surprised by the turnout, and even more satisfied with all of the new faces I had the chance to meet. You guys completely bought out The Guardians, and almost all the copies of The Secret Society as well. In other words, y’all rock!
Many of you were asking about The Apprentice and when it will be released. Again, I am just waiting for edits, so the only answer I can give at this point is soon. Of course, though, I will keep everyone updated with each further step we take towards the final publication process.
Again, thanks so much for the support today! It truly means the world to me. Don’t forget to leave a review after you’re done reading, as I am eager to hear your thoughts!
P.S. Feel free to post all pictures from today to my blog and/or Facebook page! I’d love to make a collage!
Just a friendly reminder that I will be having a book signing from 5-9pm this upcoming Saturday at Hastings Entertainment in the Wichita Falls area! Hope to see many of you there! 🙂
In case anyone missed it, I announced on my Facebook “like” page yesterday that I will be revealing the title to TLR Book 3 this week. Before I do so, however, I’ll need a little help in the announcement. The stipulation is that 100 likes=title reveal.
So grab a friend and head on over to my page to like my most recent post. Only 90 likes to go.
So a lot of you may have seen my post earlier today with the last chapter of book 3 to TLR series. An even greater number of you may have figured out already that the chapter was just my idea of an April Fool’s prank–albeit, a really twisted one.
So I hope I didn’t cause too much trauma to those of you who read it. But while I have your attention, I wanted to remind everyone that author Apryl Baker is hosting a Blog Fest this month on her site, http://mycrazzycorner.blogspot.com and that TLR “tours” the site April 14th.
So make sure to head over and check out some other fabulous authors throughout the month!