My beta readers have been asking me lately when I would finally publish my teen/YA fantasy novel… Well, I guess the time has come. Editing folder all ready, pink marker and editing papers added and I’m off on another adventure.
I’ve just been thinking how truly blessed and proud I can feel. My family, both close and distant, is caring, as are my friends and acquaintances. My husband and I have been smiling all day because our daughter has been singing since morning and is enjoying her own little creative corner, and our son is playing some quality music on his electric guitar and laughing at typical teenage online jokes.
Plus, I am about to go and meet a very dear friend whom I haven’t seen in a while, and she has finally received some proper public recognition in her field of work.
Yesterday we pulled off a major new project at work really well. I still keep in touch with some of my students who have all remained the wonderful people they were as children. Rejoycing in the little stuff? There is nothing little about it – it is the very fabric of life’s joy!
I am not tagging anyone – if you recognized yourself in this post, then you belong in it♡
The author of Standing on a Whale, the wonderfully positive lady named Beverly Tiernan, author B. J. Tiernan has a new book coming out! It is an epic story of a woman trying to live life through love in the midst of political, social and emotional trauma. Meet the author – B. J. Tiernan.
About the Author
B. J. Tiernan graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Florida in 1972 and has been following her passion for teaching ever since. She is a retired sixth grade World History teacher who has led various seminars, workshops, courses, and classes on writing for adults. She writes contemporary fiction to create a dialogue that gets her readers to ponder and question aspects of life, including living and dying and the merging of our dark and light sides. B. J. Tiernan dedicates her writing to all of her students who are hungry to tell their own stories through the written word.
1. Who are you in a nutshell?
I am the female version of Yoda.
2. Why do you write?
To free myself.
3. What’s your latest project?
Canadian author, Wolf Schimanski, and I have teamed up as partners and formed an alliance called TierWolf Creations. Wolf and I have very different writing styles and when they collide it is magical. We look forward to producing some exciting books for our readers in the near future.
4. What was the most difficult thing for you to write so far?
About the pain in my past, specifically my painful relationship with my parents.
5. How do you deal with criticism, promotional activities, editing/proofreading?
I embrace constructive criticism because the editors are usually right. I love to criticize and proofread my own work, too. Proofreading and editing are essential to putting out good work.
6. What are your writing plans for the future?
To keep writing.
7. Which books/authors do you admire and why?
I love books that enlarge me. If I do not walk away a better person for having read a book, I feel disappointed. Three samples of good books for me are Zorba the Greek, Report to Grecco, and The Great Gatsby.
8. What makes you happiest in the writing process?
The freedom I feel when I am in my writing space. I can write for hours and not miss food, water, or bathroom. I am simply lost in the moment. Pure inspiration.
9. If you didn’t write, would you try any other arts or crafts?
I can’t think of one art or craft I would enjoy as much as I enjoy writing.
10. If you could sit down for a chat with any famous author or character, who would it be and what would you talk about?
Nikos Kazantzakis. I would ask him to talk to me about his beloved Greece.
Get Yield here: http://amzn.to/2gdtX14
Here she is – all fixed and spruced up and now in paperback too. My old-fashioned romcom has been called charming, fun, funny and delightful. I do hope Priscilla is pleased.
Priscilla is happy being a successful, single, business woman. Or is she? With her best friend’s wedding approaching, she finds herself constantly daydreaming about romance with perfect men – doctors, firemen, secret agents, sexy chefs. Aiming for perfection, she ignores an ordinary guy she sees every day, although he makes her feel… something. When perfection finally comes, she finds herself torn between her dreams and the reality. Perhaps dreamy perfection is just not something that ticks all her boxes. Are couples supposed to be perfect or are average relationships the stuff of life?
All my books on #lulu have been updated, glitches fixed, covers updated… It has been a long process but one that taught me humility and pacing myself. All the #books are now also #paperbacks, and The Threshold even has an extra #shortstory addition. No, nothing is perfect, but everything is better. DIY is never easy:)
Huge #thank you to all who supported me, pushed me, warned me of my mistakes (without plastering media with them), and all who kicked me up when I was down (yes, kicked, not picked;).
All updates will be visible on major purchase sites within this month.
Yep, that is a journey. From inventing stories as a kid, to writing them for my lessons, to being told I should publish…
What is a query? Does it really take so long to prepare a submission? Do I need a literary agent? Who is that person? Self-publishing? Oh my, covers?
Self-publish. Fix, fast, fix typos which sneaked in. Republish. Promote? Really? Oh well, yes I should. Endless social networking. You invest what you don’t have to earn what you don’t make, but you keep going. You learn and learn, and the questions and challenges just keep coming. Tackling this ‘hobby’ alongside family and full-time. Many of you know this. Nothing comes out perfect or exactly as you imagined it would, and yet – this too is YOU, as complicated and imperfect as posible.
And then there are moments like this – you buy your own proof copies and just look at them. And smile a timid smile. They are here.
Thank you, to my family and friends, and to everyone who’s ever encouraged me, even with constructive criticism.