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Denver Comic Con 2018

I’ve taken a few days to really unwind and reflect from this last weekend where I did my first ever Comic Con in Denver! It was a long three days, physically and mentally draining, to say the least, but it was such an incredible experience that has thrown more fuel on my already raging fire.

It was a magical and eye-opening experience. Three whole days surrounded by other authors (many successful), readers, and people wanting to talk books reaffirmed and re-motivated me to stay after my goal of becoming a full-time writer. It can be done, and a recurring theme I heard from other authors living this dream was that I’m doing everything right, I’m focusing on the right things, and that “you’re always closer than you think.” I even found out that Insanity is on a banned book list at a certain company’s office in Denver, how cool!!

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I plan on being back next year with double the amount of books!

Waking up Tuesday morning to go to my day job was one of the hardest days I’ve ever had getting out of bed. I don’t even have a difficult job, in fact it’s one of the easier jobs I’ve ever had, but I feel I have no purpose when I go to work. I hate having to wake my kids up at 5:30 in the morning because I have to get them ready before I leave for the day. No one should have to wake up that early for any reason, especially a three and one-year-old. I have too much to get done and genuinely feel I don’t have time to give 8 hours of my day to a company who will drop me whenever they feel. I could get to where I want to be so much quicker if I could dedicate those 8 hours to myself each day, but we all have to keep food on the table, right?

I know one day I’ll get where I want to be, the journey is definitely exciting, but I’m growing impatient! I’m going to restructure the 2nd half of this year to increase my writing productivity by 60%. This should put me on track to release 5-6 books in 2019 and give me a better sense of how close I really am to achieving this milestone. My 2018 has already been going well and according to plan, but I simply need to do more, so more I shall do!

I’ve become friends with some incredible authors and I look forward to tapping into that network whenever I find myself in a bind. The author community is one of the most collaborative and helpful I’ve ever seen. We have the opportunity to chase our dreams together, without having to worry about competing with one another, another task that is simply impossible in the corporate world.

Those three days last weekend felt like my reality, and returning to the fictional world of a corporate job has been a struggle. Now that I’ve had a glimpse of what life could look like if I just keep going, there’s no turning back for me. Later this year I’ll be releasing the finale of the Insanity series, and will be launching a new series called Wealth of Time. I’m also getting the itch to return to my horror roots (possibly starting a series with a new slasher??), and I’ve been thinking a lot about continuing the Followed Home story and developing that into its own series. There will be some late nights and zombie-like days that follow, I’m sure, but I know it will all be worth it in the end.

I want to thank you all for supporting me along the way and joining me on this journey. I hope one day in the near future I get to share the exciting news of taking the next leap forward in my writing career!

 

PS. You can see all the pics I was able to take from Comic Con on my Facebook page!

 

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Replicate (Insanity #3) will be released on September 25, 2018

Stay tuned for more updates like the cover reveal, blurb, and much more!