Please give a hearty welcome to YA author, Laura Diamond!
Thanks so much for inviting me today, Lydia!
It’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing for over four years. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I’m a published author. The journey has been thrilling, devastating, exhausting, and shocking all at once. My emotions have never been so topsy-turvy about anything else—for realz!
I’ve often pondered what it is about writing and publishing that gets my blood going. Certainly, it has to do with the countless number of hours put into drafting, editing, plotting, revising, and brainstorming various projects, only to hear I need to rework something, or—GASP!—start over. It conjures images of building a masterpiece sandcastle only to have the ocean slap it away or constructing an intricate ice sculpture only to watch it melt. It’s even more painful to have to destroy (erm, I mean, polish) a manuscript myself.
So what keeps me going?
It’s that moment when you’re reconstructing a scene, paragraph, or chapter and you see the ENTIRE thing click into place like it’s never clicked before.
It’s getting an email from a publisher that, yes, they like your manuscript and want to PUBLISH IT.
It’s getting a, “HUZZAH!” from your crit partner.
It’s getting overwhelming support from your writing buds.
It’s getting a tweet that someone outside your regular network that they’ve bought your book.
It’s getting a review that makes your day.
The journey is slow. It’s stressful. It brings you to the brink of quitting (in my case, many times). It gives you euphoric highs. It makes you hungry for more.
How about you? What keeps you writing?
About the author:
When she's not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond--Lucid Dreamer, and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion. She is also full-time staff member for her four cats and a Pembroke corgi named Katie.
Find Laura online:
facebook author page
amazon author page
goodreads author page
About Shifting Pride:
Sixteen-year-old Nickie Leone has proof her father is still alive. His watch arrives in the mail, with a note telling her to “keep it hidden,” and her curiosity is piqued. She obeys the request, even keeping it hidden from her mother. But when an email from her father disappears before her very eyes, she begins to question her own sanity.
And things get even more complicated when she meets Xavian Katz, the blue-eyed, blonde hottie whose contagious smile and ridiculous sense of humor make her want to tell him all her secrets. But there’s a current beneath his charm that she can’t quite read. He’s hiding something.
When Nickie grows pointed ears and whiskers…and then a tail!...Xavian (who always seems to knows the right time to be around) seems unsurprised. He’s a shapeshifter too, a coincidence that Nickie can’t deny or ignore. She needs his help to master her new abilities, because her father’s rival, Derek, wants her to join his tribe. The last thing she wants is to be under his rule, but Derek’s got something to do with her dad’s disappearance—she knows it. And maybe letting herself be captured is the best way to find out…
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Thanks so much for joining us today, Laura!
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