1. I would think writing a mystery would be a bit harder than a general fiction novel. Was it hard or easy to come up with so many plot twists?2. As an aspiring author I have to know...is being an author all you thought it would be?
Interestingly enough, it was never my intent to write a mystery. Mortom was originally written as a straightforward horror story about a demon hiding in a church. The story never fully resonated with me, so I dropped the supernatural elements and shifted the main focus toward family dynamics. It was when I added the 'follow the clues' storyline that everything fell into place, and Mortom became the story it is today.
Absolutely . . . and not at all.
The response from friends and fans has been overwhelming, and that alone has made the journey worthwhile. When a reader connects with your work, it's the most incredible feeling in the world. It's also pretty amazing to see your book sitting on a bookstore shelf.
On the flip side, I had no idea how much work went into marketing a book. Striking a balance between writing and promotion can be daunting, but to be successful you absolutely have to treat your writing as a business.
I am currently finishing up my next novel entitled Resthaven, and then I hope to begin work on a sequel to Mortom. My goal is to write (and release) one book a year, but life often has other plans!
Writing is 10% talent and 90% dedication and perseverance. Never give up, and do whatever it takes to get your work into the world.
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