So, here we are at the last day of August. The feel of autumn is in the air (even as summer refuses to relent with mid-90s temps in Colorado this week). Pumpkin spice everything is starting to show up everywhere. And Costco has both Halloween and Christmas decorations in store. We're heading downhill into my favorite season. What better time to release a new book?
One of the things I say often when someone asks me if I'm done with a project is, "Nothing's ever final until it's published." And even then, pretty much everything is subject to change. I still find typos in books I published years ago. Sometimes, I go through the hassle of republishing to fix them, but mostly I don't. I'm human. I'm not perfect. Sorry if you happen upon one of those mistakes. I do try my best to eliminate them before publication. One thing that has the annoying habit of frequency for this perfectionist, though, is the evolution of my artwork over the course of writing a book.
One of the pieces of advice that most writers hear at some point is to write what you know. A long time ago, I thought it wasn't very helpful. I mean, what, exactly, do I know? I used to think if I wrote only what I knew, I'd never come up with any interesting stories. It was years later when I realized I could inject my life experiences into the stories my imagination invented to create characters and situations that were interesting and meaningful.
In redesigning my site, I remembered that I have several short stories that aren't quite suitable for the Free Reads page. So, I've decided to put them up on Wattpad for people to enjoy. I posted the first chapter of Forbidden today and will upload subsequent chapters weekly until it's complete.
You've heard the phrase, 'not my circus, not my monkeys'? Well, this is definitely my circus and I wrangle all the monkeys here. In my ever-expanding universe of demanding performers, I may be the ringmaster, but it's the sarcastic simians who run the show. I don't even pretend to know what's going on.
Leah Ross is a writer and graphic designer with a penchant for loud music and sappy love stories. She believes that love should be both unconventional and unconditional, rules are negotiable, and age is nothing but a number.