The incredible work of art above (sarcasm) is brought to you by my belief that I should try my hand at cover art, color time with my daughter and my knack for drawing stick figures. (The featured stick figures are some of the characters in my novel.)
Recently, I have had some questions thrown my way about the release date for my first fantasy fiction novel, Identified: The Maya Price Story. Identified will first be e-published on the Kindle (Amazon), iBooks (Apple) and the Nook (Barnes and Noble) on December 3rd, 2012 (in time for Christmas!) Hard copies of the novel will be released at a later date.
Just to give you a little background information, I have been working on this novel off and on for about eight years. I had the idea for Maya in 2004, when I was driving from Waco to Beaumont to visit my boyfriend (now husband). I jotted down a few ideas, but never actually started writing Maya’s story. Then, in 2009, I told my friend Rebekah Sills Lamm, “I need to write this book, damn it!” From 2009-2011, I wrote chapters, sent them to Rebekah, and she gave me her opinions and much needed criticism. Then, in March 2012, I won 8th place out of 5,000 for a short story that I wrote. Even though it was not first place, it pushed me to finish my novel, once and for all. On May 12, 2012, I finished writing Identified, two days before my 29th birthday. It has not been easy; sometimes I am trying to type out a chapter on my iPhone while my husband drives somewhere. Sometimes, I am feverishly writing while my daughter naps. Sometimes I am even jotting down ideas while my students take a quiz over the preterite tense in Spanish. However, it has been worth it. And, if nothing else, I have gotten this girl named Maya out of my brain and have made her a character with coming of age story I would love for my daughter to read.
Although Maya’s story is told from the point of view of a third person omniscient narrator, each chapter is preceded by a letter from or journal entry by one of the main characters or Maya herself. I feel that this allows the reader to get to know the characters and understand their struggles as they try to find their respective places in the world (or worlds).
Maya’s story will be told in a series of five books. When Identified is released on December 3rd, an excerpt from the first chapter of the second book, Fallen: The Maya Price Story, will be included.
And yes, I already know how the series ends.
I hope that those of you who play to buy the book enjoy getting to know Maya. Though she may have some abnormal abilities, she’s a just a small-town girl with a big heart that gets a little lost and confused. I think that tends to happen to even the best of us.