In celebration of my second book, “Where Shadows Lie,” releasing in 5 days (June 14th!), I thought it would be fun to do a countdown to the launch with special behind-the-scenes shares each day. These behind-the-scenes shares may have to do with certain characters, quotes, music, during the writing process, inspirations, etc. For those of you who have been following me for the past two years or so, you’ll probably recognize some of the photos and shares.
So, what is on today’s agenda? Well….
—I’m sharing one of the very first photos I ever took of my writing process with WSL. I was still in the outlining process, but I probably had the first chapter written—albeit very rough and very different than the final version! This was also when I pretty much lived on my parents’ bed because it was the only place I could spread out my papers and computer without my then-infant brother climbing all over.
I have very fond memories on this bed with my laptop and papers. Fun fact: lots of raspberry iced tea and summer monsoons went into making this book.
—I’m sharing this photo to let you know that while I was writing “Where Shadows Lie,” I was also taking college writing courses. Here is my main textbook I used, though I had many other resources online.
This book is WONDERFUL, by the way. I highly recommend it for any aspiring writers.
—I’m also sharing one of the very first excerpts I saved from my book. This dialogue piece always stood out to me. Thinking back, I’m fairly sure I wrote it within the first two weeks of starting the book.
—Last but certainly not least, I’m sharing one of my favorite songs ever. The song is “Demons” by Imagine Dragons. This song completely and absolutely captures Shawn’s heart. The first time I heard it, I was in absolute tears for him. Yes, Shawn is a person I created. But how many real people in this world are caught in similar circumstances as his? This song is raw and beautiful.
That’s it for today! Tune in again tomorrow for more memories!