“Sometimes one has to dream very hard to keep oneself sane.” From the moment I read the opening line in the prologue, I was hooked. As the book progressed I wondered, who is really doing the dreaming? What reality is she trying to escape? Is this a futuristic dystopian SciFi novel or an exposé on mental illness? And who is that dead girl?
Snow City is the creation of Echo Japonica, a reclusive guitarist, who strives to live in a perfect world. A world that she created. Unfortunately, the nightmares of reality spill into Echo’s dream of perfection for Snow City. Those nightmares threaten to cause the entire system to collapse, taking Echo with it. As Echo puts is, “Here [at the Blue Rose] I can be the simple, black-garbed and blonde-braided guitarist I was months ago, before gangsters and lost ghost have entered my life. But gangsters and lost ghosts have entered my life . . .” Continue reading →
This is the second part of a workshop I hosted for the Palouse Writers Guild on Saturday, July 28, 2018. To see the first part of the workshop, click here: Building An Author Platform.
ESTABLISHING YOUR AUTHOR PERSONA
Even introverts publishing under a pen name need an author website and that’s why it’s absolutely vital to contemplate your author personal at the onset.Some people are wholly themselves online, while others may use a pseudonym and have an online persona different from who they are in real life. It is essential that authors figure out their persona BEFORE beginning to build their website; the website becomes the author’s identity.
When editors, agents, and publishers receive queries from prospective authors one of the things they do is Google the author because they want to see the size and scope of platform, prior works, etc. Readers also look for author websites. The whole point of a website is making yourself and your work easy to find. Without a website the author simply does not exist. Continue reading →