Do you have any tips on how writers can relax? Great ideas often find me in the bath, and I make sure to do some yoga in the sunshine every day. I believe sunshine is key.
Setting realistic goals and not overcommitting oneself can help to minimize potentially stressful situation. Know your limits and respect them.
How often do you write? And when do you write? I believe writing every day is so important–it establishes momentum and routine. If I skip a day, it’s twice as easy for me to skip the next day, four times as easy to skip the day after that… Procrastination is a downward spiral that never leaves me feeling happy with myself at the end. 1,000 words per day is a reasonable goal to which I can commit on a daily basis–that’s two hefty novels per year.
Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it – What keeps you going? Thoughts of becoming Flo, the 65-year-old waitress.
Have you met any people in the industry who have really helped you? One of the most rewarding aspects of publishing independently has been becoming acquainted with others doing exactly the same thing. There are so many creative and clever people out there, writing across all genres, it’s both humbling and inspiring to be able to chat with them, to learn from them.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? Hope: I want people to feel inspired, uplifted. Much of what inspires me to write is how I overcame my own personal hardships, so I’d like to remind others that there is always a way through anything. The human spirit is indestructible.
Counting days is irrelevant in the life of a well-to-do man, unless he counts the days passed in total service to the Empire. Salute. Submit. Shut up and scan the wrist. Therapists armed with batons and brass knuckles guide the derelict along a well-beaten path to Glory.
When human experiment Lukian Valentin escapes the Empire to save his crumbling sanity–through a grimescape of fissured highways, collapsing factories, putrescent sewers–he realizes the fight isn’t only for his life, it’s for his mind. Torturous flashbacks from a murky past spur him on a quest for freedom, while the Empire’s elite retrievers remain at his heels, determined to bring him home for repair.
Lukian needs one doctor to remove the implanted chips from his body, and another to serve him a tall glass of answers. Lukian attempts a psychedelic salvage of his partitioned mind, gleaning fragments of the painful truth about his identity.
A scorching, clothes-ripping rendezvous with a mysterious woman offers Lukian a glimpse of his humanity, and respite from his nightmarish past. It also provides the Empire the perfect weakness to exploit for his recapture.
To rise to the challenge of protecting his new life, his freedom of thought, and his one shot at love, Lukian must reach deep into his mind to find his true identity. To defeat the Empire, he requires the deadly power of his former self–a power that threatens to consume him.
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Genre – Sci-Fi/Steamy Romance
Rating – R (18+)
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