2010/Reviews/Sequels

Oh, sequel (or for my friend Elizabeth: Schmequel). How you have tormented me. How you have laughed at me, tossed your head back and drank your whiskey with glee.

BUT I HAVE SENT YOU TO MY EDITORS. I have temporarily won. Temporarily because it is now up to the editing Gods whether or not this is the sequel that shall be printed. I have to admit, it’s much more action packed than Infinite Days.

So, after a year reading reviews of Infinite Days (some good, some bad) I’m sort of at a zen place with them. At first, I was reading Goodreads reviews all the time and Amazon reviews, biting my nails and hoping people would like the book. I am over it now but as a debut author, it is very easy to become OBSESSED. But that’s just it. I’m a debut author…I mean, I DON’T BARTEND ANYMORE! Sorry, just had to put that out there. Yay!

But overall, the reviewing process was pretty painless. I was most excited about my Kirkus, School Journal and Publishers Weekly reviews and then…after many months…I realized it didn’t make a difference what people said. Because writing is an art – it’s subjective and you have to hope you can structure a novel together to make it cohesive and entertaining. So that’s kind of where I’m at now. I love great reviews, bad reviews I try to ignore, and well the rest is left up to fate.

So what am I doing in my time off? Two things. The first, is I am spending some time at Vermont College where I will meet my third semester advisor and will work on my realistic project. The second thing I am doing is compiling my SONG OBSESSIONS OF 2010. Everyone has a “best-of” books list but I am reading so many for school it’s too hard to choose. So here’s my top 10 songs I have played ad nauseum for the last year. Yes, I know some of them are from the 60’s but if you know me at all, you know I am OBSESSED with The Doors and my obsession began in about April.

10. “Five to One”- The Doors

9. “England” – The National

8. “Off the Hook” – The Rolling Stones

7. “Pursuit of Happiness” – Lissie’s cover of Kid Cudi

6. “Sweet Chariot” – My Jerusalem

5. “Wild Goose Chase” – Dark, Dark, Dark. (This woman’s voice is incredible)

4. ANYTHING NIKI MINAJ because I love her and think she is awesomesauce.

3. “The Stable Song” – Gregory Alan Isakov

2. “Bloodbuzz Ohio” – The National

1. “Look Away” – Lissie

Here’s a link so you can listen to it:

11 thoughts on “2010/Reviews/Sequels

  1. I hope the “schmequel” is out SOON!!! I already promised my boyfriend I’d let him read the first. He’ll love it, I’m sure. And nice obsession. It’s better than ones I’ve seen before.

  2. Sixties are awesomeness:)
    And SOOOOOO excited for SCHMEQUEL!!!!! NEED!!
    *breaths* Sorry, I’m good now.
    *claps* I’m happy for you that you’ve gotten over the reviews thing and can be happy with what you’ve written. But for the record, you>awesome

  3. Are you taking many lit classes? It does somehow start to feel like one painful class after a while. I think the most painful readings I have had to do were for the British Novel. Vanity Fair, while a great piece of literature, was so very painful. And I reckon that’s a very healthy attitude where reviews are concerned. You might not be able to please everyone but the ones you do please are very, very pleased. Have fun writing!

  4. I love this book! I bought it about six months ago and just now got around to reading it. I don’t normally like vampire books but I thought this one was great!

    Also, I’m in Vermont too! And I’m a writer! Aspiring writer, but still. I am a very big fan of yours!

    Kate

  5. I bought Infinite Days from Amazon’s book sale last Christmas because the plot sounded intriguing and really you can’t lose too much when a book is only $1. I finally had the chance to sit down and read it yesterday afternoon, and I finished it last night. I think the last book I was able to complete in one sitting was Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead a few years ago.

    As a debut novel, it’s extraordinary. I was immediately captivated by the plot and characters. I love, love, love flashbacks and you did not disappoint, they were placed perfectly and acted as perfect little teasers sating my desire to learn more about Lenah’s past.

    I will honestly say that I cried at the end, and am disappointed about the one death, but understand it’s necessity, much in the way I understand, but still hate, JK Rowling for Sirius. 🙂 I’m truly excited that it is a series and greatly anticipate the release of Stolen Nights. Truthfully I went on Amazon first thing this morning to order it and had a mini temper tantrum when I discovered I have to wait until next year to find out what happens. 🙂

    So all in all, thank you for such an amazing book. In a time when vampires are overused you breathed a fresh new light on the genre. I think that Infinite Days will be granted a spot on the shelf next to my treasured Vampire Academy books, and it deserves it.

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