Achievements and Challenges I've Received and Faced as A Published Author
by Nicole Murray
The greatest achievement of being a published author is, being a published author. The tangible version of your creative vision on paper for others to consume is the achievement in itself. Autumn’s Child is my first novel and it is self-published. As a self-published authors I have found that I need to learn and wear multiple hat; writer, publisher, proofreader, marketing etc. This experience has opened my eyes to understand the entire process from soup to nuts. The challenge is a welcomed challenge, I feel as though I have developed a different point of view that I wouldn’t have necessarily gained through a traditional publisher. The time and work that has gone into Autumn’s Child, creating and publishing, is surely worth it.
About The Book
"I am hurting. Fractured in places stitches can't heal." Autumn’s Child tells the desperate story of Layla, as a young and naive twelve year-old girl. Over ten critical years, her life quickly changes like the colors of the trees in autumn. The accidental death of her parents forces her to abandon her religious, middle-class lifestyle. She moves to the inner city of Chicago with her grandmother and aunt, her only living relatives. Layla tries to approach her new life with optimism, but the perfections of her past life haunt her tormented journey. After coming to grips with the reality over the years that her only aunt despises her, Layla soon discovers that she may secretly hold the keys to helping her aunt’s diminishing health in her hands. Layla’s faith and sanity are continuously tested as she matures throughout each season of her life. She stumbles through her new found reality while learning how to play the distinct set of cards she’s been dealt. Layla’s neighbor and best friend, Shay, helps guide her from adolescence into adulthood. Autumn’s Child chronicles a life on the opposite side of the coin; where friendships grow out of tragedy, and the pressure of a marginalized life weighs heavily on pure souls. Layla must make many compromising decisions, all while perpetually asking the reader, What would you do?
About The Author
L. Nicole Murray is a creative writer by passion, training, and profession. She is a Columbia College graduate with a degree in Fiction Writing and Marketing. Nicole’s dual Gemini personality helps her pursue creative writing as a personal profession. Nicole explores the creative landscape of the mind to craft fiction out of real emotion. She currently writes short stories, novels, poems, and screen plays. Autumn’s Child is her first novel.
- Guest Post by author S.M. Freedman
“I see dead people.”
That’s one of the scariest lines in a movie, ever. Thankfully, I don’t see dead people (although plenty of my characters do).
But as a writer, I’ve been asked numerous times if I hear voices in my head. I assume this isn’t their subtle way of telling me I’ve gone loco (kind of like having a mint, just so you can offer one to someone else in hopes it will stifle their post-lunch egg-and onion stench), but rather a genuine curiosity about how authors make their characters come alive.
Confession time: I think my characters are real people. It’s gotten so bad I discuss them in public, which, when I’m talking animatedly about a murder scene, can get a little awkward. The bail money has been set aside, just in case.
But how do they become real? It’s one part deliberation and one part magic. Each character begins as an extension of myself, whether it’s a terribly inappropriate sense of humor or a love of chocolate chip cookies. They stick with me awhile, using my voice, but at some point they cross a bridge without me. (I see it as a slippery footbridge; you know, the kind that just might have a troll lurking in its shadows).
On the other side, the magic happens: They become real. Some become appalling, others inspirational. They dance at the cliff’s edge, and at times I’d like to pull them back; it’s gritty and ugly out there. But I can’t. Once unleashed, they get demanding. They want their truth to be told. And it’s my job to tell it, as best I can.
If I do their story justice, it might just touch the dark part of a reader’s soul. If it does, that reader might start hearing their voices, too. And in that way, these characters can live on. Not as dead people, but as flesh and blood we cannot see.
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S.M. Freedman is a top-ranked Amazon author in the Mystery, Thriller and Suspense categories, and a member of the WorldWiseWriters group. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, two children and a giant orange cat.
She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and spent years as a private investigator and business owner.
Inspired by authors of many different genres (favorites include Sue Grafton, Diana Gabaldon, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Justin Cronin, Suzanne Collins and Lawrence Hill, to name a few) she eventually turned back to her first love: writing.
The Faithful, a paperback and kindle Amazon Bestseller in both the US and the UK, and a Quarter Finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, is her debut novel. She's currently working on the sequel.
S.M. Freedman's Book - The Faithful
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist.
For Agent Josh Metcalf, memories are ghosts. They are blood-soaked backpacks and the smell of strawberry Chap Stick. Josh is haunted by a little girl who went missing his first summer on the force. Decades later his search has become an obsession, and he's pinned the photos of hundreds of missing children to his wall of tears. All the children had psychic abilities. All the cases went cold -- with no witnesses, no useful tips, and no children ever recovered. Until a woman gets injured trying to stop an abduction, and Josh comes face to face with his personal ghost.
For Rowan Wilson, a meteorite hunter for NASA's Spaceguard program, memories are lies. The childhood she thought she knew has been erased, leaving a black hole in its place. New recollections are flaring to life: men dressed like priests, a ranch in the mountains, mind control, and rape. Each new memory draws her closer to one of the other missing children, Sumner Macey; and to I Fidele, the underground organization for whom kidnapping is just the beginning.
For Sumner, memories have become weapons. He's sharpened each of his with surgical precision: the ranch, the doctrine, the mind-wash, and the murders. He's eager to slice at the black sludge pumping through I Fidele's heart, desperate to cripple those who stole his childhood.
To I Fidele, non-psychics are cockroaches in need of extermination, an inferior species destroying the earth. They're ready to enforce eugenics on a global scale. If they succeed, only those faithful to their doctrine will survive. Crossing several genres, The Faithful will appeal to anyone who enjoys supernatural mysteries; high-tech, edge-of-your-seat suspense flavored with paranormal elements; thrillers involving psychics, occult and high stakes action/adventure; tied up with a depth and humor usually reserved for works of literary fiction.
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S.M. Freedman is a top-ranked Amazon author in the Mystery, Thriller and Suspense
categories, and a member of the WorldWiseWriters group. She lives in Vancouver with
her husband, two children and a giant orange cat.
She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and spent
years as a private investigator and business owner.
Inspired by authors of many different genres (favorites include Sue Grafton, Diana
Gabaldon, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Justin Cronin, Suzanne Collins and Lawrence Hill,
to name a few) she eventually turned back to her first love: writing.
The Faithful, a paperback and kindle Amazon Bestseller in both the US and the UK, and
a Quarter Finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, is her debut novel.
She's currently working on the sequel.
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