Hey, how you doin'?
It's been a bit since I posted a new blog, but things have been anything but uneventful over here! Let's catch up. Shall we?
Last year, around this time, I completed the first draft of my debut novel, then called All the Magic Left in the World and later renamed The Belles of St. May's and now renamed... more on that later. It was a Herculean undertaking and one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Truly, it was something I could cross off my bucket list.
In the months that followed, I gathered feedback from my amazing beta readers and painstakingly had my manuscript edited. As 2018 became 2019, I set out to get my manuscript out there while diving head-first into a second novel, a sort of follow-up to my first.
Lucky for me, I didn't have to tread water for very long and I managed to attract the interest of an amazing indie publisher, Literary Wanderlust. I happily signed with them and we have been working together to get my novel published in 2020.
Along the way, I added thirty pages of story, changed the title of said novel (for a third time, but who's counting), finished my second novel, and began working on my third.
Yes, it's been a very busy six months! But it's all good. This year started off on very shaky ground for me—I lost my dog and my 'day job' within days of each other. At one point, I had, literally, eighty-six cents to my name with no paycheck in sight.
If you had told me back in January that I would be working on my third novel while finalizing my first with my publisher, and that I would be on more solid footing, I would have said you were fecking nuts! And yet, here I am and here we are.
We all go through the highs and lows of life, but if I have learned anything from 2019 it is this: don't be afraid to ask for help, and never stop believing in yourself or doing the work.
Writing-wise, I hope to share my second novel, currently titled Totem, with my publisher by the end of the year. And my third, Morbid, around Halloween. What this means for you, my dear readers, is that hopefully you'll have two more RJ Clark novels to look forward to in the year ahead.
Let's get it done.
See you on the other side.
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