Publishing News

So if you’ve been following me on social media, you would have seen my announcement that my debut novel, Angelborn, is being published this year by OWS Ink. I am very pleased to be able to announce this and this post will be a little about the process and where I am right now.

So the process began with edits, which I am currently working through with my editor. Angelborn was extensively edited before I submitted, so we didn’t need to make any major edits, but we did have some tweaks to do. The ending needed to be changed as well as a few other scenes, but I am happy with where it is going. I have also learned to trust my instincts better as some of these changes I had originally planned on writing, but changed for different reasons. I think it’s really important to learn to give credence to what our gut tells us, but it’s also important to listen to and consider feedback. It’s a balance to be made for sure, but ultimately it is your story and you have a certain vision for it.

I am also in talks with my cover designer. To me this is the scariest part of the process as it is such an important part and I have little experience with design. I know what I find pleasant or eye catching, but I am hardly an expert. The important thing to remember is the cover is like an advertisement or movie poster. It’s supposed to sell the idea of the novel and accurately portray the genre, not be something like a scene from the book. That seems to be a common mistake authors make when coming up with book cover ideas that I’m trying to avoid with mine. As Angelborn is also the first book in a series, I have to make sure I keep series branding in mind. My original ideas for a cover were actually better suited to the sequel than the first book, so I had to switch gears. I want them to match and seem like a series, so that’s another aspect to consider in the process.

I am also busy working on getting the sequel ready for publishing next year. Since publishing works ahead of time, it’s important for me to get my book into the queue for next year as soon as possible, so I’ve been working overtime editing that as well. My first reader finished reading it in two days and gave me good feedback, which was great and helped to allay some of those imposter syndrome doubts we all face as writers. So I plan on emailing my publisher the second book sometime this week after I do some final passes.

And that’s where I’m at right now. Busy editing, which can be a trying process, but also excited to see my stories come to life on the page. Keep an eye out for further announcements as we get closer to a release date and let me know in the comments what you’ve been working on.

Julia

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Author Interview with A.L. Mabry

Hello! So I don’t usually do this, but my good friend and colleague just released a book of short stories called Darker Daze: The Storms Within. I had the privilege of being able to read this collection as a beta reader and I wanted to share this interview from the author with you all today. Here’s my review:

Darker Daze is a collection of dark short stories. Each story was well contained and the endings, though not happy, were very satisfying! So satisfying! I really enjoyed reading these twisted tales. My favorite was The Next Best Seller. It features a headstrong protagonist willing to do anything to achieve her goals, including black magic. At a close second, and tied, were Beneath Salem and Belladonna. The emotional arc in Beneath Salem was so good and Belladonna did not disappoint in giving the characters what they deserved. If you like short stories, check these out.

And, without further ado, here is my interview with A.L. Mabry.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

 

I am a wife and mother, first and foremost. My husband and I have five kids between us, ranging in age from 17 to almost 21. I went to college for early childhood education and taught preschool for 15 years before changing paths and focusing on my writing.

  1. What drew you to writing in the first place? How did you get your start?

 

I have always loved writing but I strayed and stumbled back to it. Throughout my teaching career I was using my writing without even thinking about it. I wrote stories, and songs, and even a whole curriculum. Then, when I was struggling with being a special needs parent I found the special needs blogging community. I grew from there discovering fiction writing groups and making the leap back to creative writing.

  1. What is your process like? From idea to finished piece?

 

I am a non-linear scene writer. I rarely write in order and I tend to do all my big scenes first before stitching it all together.

  1. Where do your ideas come from? What’s your favorite way to brainstorm?

 

I get inspired by EVERYTHING. People, places, quotes, art and so on. I generally just grab an idea and write a scene. Then I flash out a character and expand that scene and keep going.

  1. What genres do you dabble in and which is your favorite? Your least favorite?

 

I am primarily dark fiction/horror, fantasy and poetry. I love everything but I could probably live without Sci-Fi.

  1. Do you have a writing ritual to get you in the mood?

 

Not really but having a chunk of uninterrupted time available and shutting down all access to social media are imperative. I have the attention span of a fruit fly.

  1. Tell us about Darker Daze, both the inspiration for the book and what it’s about.

 

So, all of the stories in Darker Daze are fiction. However, most of them are inspired by real events in my life. Sometimes the inspiration was a mere second and then I fleshed out the worst case scenario. In one case, I took excerpts from an old journal and unleased my imagination on them.

  1. What’s one thing writing Darker Daze taught you?

 

I have learned that writing these stories is extremely therapeutic but, reading them is hard. Probably harder for me than you because there are so many little nuances that are only relevant to me.

  1. What’s next on the horizon for you?

 

I am working on the rewrites for Soul Purge which is slated for release this fall from OWS Ink, LLC.

 

  1. What’s your favorite food, favorite color, and favorite beverage?

 

I love potatoes in all its glorious forms. My favorite color is (and has always been) blue. And my favorite beverage is coffeewinetea.

  1. What’s three things most people don’t know about you yet?

 

-I am a Witch. Like, literally. I am not a big fan of labels but if I chose one it would be “Intuitive Eclectic Witch.”

-I am a survivor of domestic violence.

-I was a (very good!) teen mom.

  1. And finally, where can we find you online?

You can find me at http://authoralmabry.com from there you can find all my other links!

 

So there’s A.L. Mabry in a nutshell. Be sure to check out Darker Daze here.