Jessica's Guide to Dating the Dark Side, tells how
Jessica Packwood discovers she is a vampire princess, betrothed to the powerful Lucius Vladescu. Jessica must come to terms with her new identity but will she marry this handsome stranger, whom she just met?
Jessica Rules the Dark Side, picks up shortly after Jessica's wedding. Jessica is struggling to come to terms with her new found role as ruler. A treacherous betrayal occurs and Jessica finds herself in a hurried race to solve the murder mystery and save her beloved Lucius before time runs out.
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One of the most common queries I get as a writer is, “How do I become an author?” That’s a pretty darn broad question, but one that I actually think I have a decent – if sometimes unwelcome – answer to. And that answer is... Practice.
(I told you it might be unwelcome!)
In my admittedly humble opinion, if you want to write for a living, the best thing you can do is sit down every day and practice, just like you’d practice piano if you wanted to be a concert pianist, or baseball if you wanted to be a major league star.
I sometimes get the impression that people think the ability to write is either something you possess, or don’t possess, naturally. That if you have it in you to write a novel, you’ll sit down and it’ll flow out. And I’m sure there are some genetically gifted people for whom that happens – lucky them.
But that wasn’t the case for me. I wrote for twenty years, professionally, before even trying a novel. I was a political speechwriter, a journalist, and then a short-story writer before attempting a long work of fiction. And every day that I sat down at my keyboard, I learned something new about the rhythm of stories, pacing, how to create dialogue and drama...
To me, there’s no substitute for that kind of practice. You can read books, and that’s also a great way to learn, but until you actually write – and repeatedly – that’s like watching a soccer game and hoping to become David Beckham.
I’m not promising that everyone who practices will become a published author, any more than I could guarantee that you’ll become David Beckham just by kicking a soccer ball every day. For one thing, there’s a certain amount of luck involved in the achievement of just about any dream. But you sort of have to admit that you’ve got a lot better shot if you put in the time. So if writing is your dream, I encourage you to go for it. If you really want it, it’s fun, anyway – a lot less tedious than doing piano scales when you were, say, five.
And for those of you who are practicing, and trying, and dreaming... I wish you much luck, success, and – most of all – happiness as you work. Best wishes!
Thank you Beth! Now as part of the Jessica Dates the Dark Side Tour I have a question for you as a part of a chance to win autographed copies of both books in Beth's Jessica Series. To enter you can visit each of the participating blogs and answer the question for each post. Post all your answers on the tour website here. Good luck! Here is my question:
Who is the maid of honor at Jessica Packwood's wedding?
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