Monday, June 25, 2012

Why Writing a Book Is Where I Belong: Guest Author Janiera Eldridge

I've got another author guest blogger today. Welcome, Janiera Eldridge! She's blogging today about her bold move to quit college and become an author. I'm always up for stories about people who take big risks and go after their dreams....

Her novel Soul Sisters is available as an ebook at Amazon, currently FREE to AmazonPrime members ($2.99 regular).

Every day I’m able to get up and write is a blessing for me. Since I suffer from Fibromyalgia, a day of good health is nothing to take for granted. About a year ago, I made the decision I was not going to return to college, I was ill and college life just wasn’t what I wanted.  For me college was not worth the hassle and writing was what I really wanted to do. I was terrified of what my parents thought, but believe it or not, they were extremely supportive.
I achieved graduating at the top 10% of my class in high-school but I had so many books that I started writing, but never finished. Soul Sisters was the first book I started on since leaving college and it felt right from the moment I started writing it. Every character (especially Ani and Dana) spoke loud and clear in my head, even when I wish they wouldn’t.  Freelance writing can be a fun and rewarding gig but, some days I couldn’t wait to pop open the laptop and return to visit my characters. I wanted to know what they had been up to, what they were feeling and thinking.
Sometimes they chat when they’re not supposed to and they want me to give them love and attention. Most of the time I’m forced (and happy) to oblige. The feeling I get from writing and creating my own world is peaceful exhilaration. There is so much in life you can’t control but in my book I control almost everything! There is no better feeling than seeing a story evolve and come to life right under the tapping of your fingers. Every time, I go to start a writing session I know that writing a book is where I belong. One day I hope to be able to make a living out of being an author. If you know writing books is where you belong, don’t be afraid to take steps to make that dream a reality. Nothing is impossible to achieve with some hard work and a dream.

About Soul Sisters:

Soul Sisters is an urban fantasy novel about African-American twin sisters Ani and Dana who have a rather unique secret: one sister is human while the other is a vampire. While the sisters have lived peacefully with each other for many years one fateful night will change both their lives forever. When a drunken man tries to attack Dana (the human sister) Ani (the vampire sister) protects her sister with all of her ferocious power.

However, when the vampire’s leader Donovan finds out about the public display he calls for the sisters to be assassinated for disobedience. Ani and Dana now are in for the fight of their lives to protect each other as well as the lives of their dedicated friends who have joined them on their mission for survival. If Dana and Ani can make it through this time of uncertainty, Ani can take her new place as vampire queen. Soul Sisters is expected to be a trilogy; The book also features a multicultural cast of characters that brings a new edge of chic to the vampire world.

About the Author:

Janiera enjoys feeding her book addiction when she not writing. She is also a book blogger at Beauty and Books where she mixes being a book nerd with keeping things chic. When not reading or writing she is freelance writing in the entertainment industry. Soul Sisters is her debut novel.

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  1. Congrats on publishing your first book Janiera! It takes so much hard work and dedication to publish a book (especially to self publish) and I'm always in awe of those who have managed to do it. I'm never happier than when I'm sitting down and writing either. Love the idea of a multicultural book :)

    1. Thanks Lan! I just love writing and reading after a hard day. There is nothing better. I hope if you read it you enjoy it.

  2. What a great post! I admire you for being so brave to throw caution to the wind and go after your dream. And thank you for writing a multicultural paranormal book! You have a great niche. There are definitely not enough of those out there. Best of luck to you!

    1. Thank you Camille. I really would like to see more multicultural characters in paranormal books. It is my favorite genre to read so seeing more characters like myself could be cool.
      Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoy the book if you choose to read it.

  3. Good post! I admire the author for living her dream.

    1. Thanks Jenny for reading it. It does get scary no doubt but I love writing so much it makes it worth it in the end.


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