Shhh!! I’m sharing my secrets about what being an author is really like. But you have to promise not to tell anyone…

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Unless you’re living a glamorous life à la John Green or some other celebrity author, you’re probably not completely secure about being a novelist. Heck, I definitely am not. It’s a weird mindset, to be telling stories that you make up completely out of thin air. You’re at the mercy of whoever bothers to read what you write, and if you’re a perfectionist like me, words feel like they can literally kill you (how ironic is that). But I’m writing this pseudo-rant post to let you know that you’re not alone in that odd feeling of being a bit eccentric and *different* than your non-writer friends. Read on to find out the dirty little secrets about indie publishing from yours truly – a girl who wasn’t hit with some miraculous creative breakthrough, but rather, a good dose of paralyzing hormones (I’ll elaborate, just roll with me here).

Secret #1: I actually don’t enjoy the process of writing.

Well, that’s only partially true. I enjoy dreaming up stories, but sitting down to crank out 10k words in a day (which I have actually done on a few isolated and desperate occasions) is incredibly daunting. I set hefty goals for myself, and I always want to accomplish a ton of work like the #girlboss I’m convinced I am, but that doesn’t usually pan out. When I sit down to write, there are usually a bunch of really loose ideas and concepts (or, maybe I think I know what I want to write about, but I later realize that I don’t). The next most common problem I notice recurring all the time, is that I know exactly what I want to happen in the story, but have a hard time pacing it (ie., how to get from point A to point B in a logical way that’s entertaining and not too predictable). Writing is work – that’s why I say it’s the most energy you’ll ever expel while sitting completely still.

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Scarlett and Maxx as seen in “Just Like a Pill”

Secret #2: I started writing because I was upset about a boy.

I was absolutely heartsick over this one (yeah, I know, totally Taylor Swift-esque. I’m not mad about that comparison though, she’s a badass). It was a pretty intense crush that happened and I’m still working through it, but I’ve grown a lot since then. At the time, I was nineteen and totally pissed, and so I did the only thing I could think of – short of giving him a piece of my mind: I wrote my first novel. And then published it, on Amazon, for the world to see. It’s not perfect, but it helped. And I guess I should thank him for launching my writing career – I guess everything happens (or doesn’t happen) for a reason, right? Now I just pray he never actually finds out…

If you want to check it out, you can find my somewhat-embarrassing foray into the world of novels HERE.

Secret #3: It’s really freaking hard to spread the word about my stories. 

You’d think that if you actually publish an original story online for the world to see, people might actually show some interest – that is not necessarily the case, unless you’re an expert marketer. Or you are one of the lucky few who have an agent who will push your work to the right audience. If you’re like me and are neither of these things, it feels like a relentless uphill battle laden with quiet dashboards and lackadaisical mailing list subscribers. And yet, I write. I’m vastly creative and find that I really need that outlet to get my ideas out to the world. Paired with my music lessons (as I’ve been an avid guitar player for over 11 years now), I have found ways to combat stress and view life with a *little* less cynicism.

Secret #4: Even (most of) my friends haven’t read my work.

I know, it’s weird. And a little hurtful. But I’m convinced they have other redeeming qualities. If anything, it just reminds me that they’re human too, and I do love them. I really do. Still weird, and I don’t get it. But it is what it is – and it’s not the kind of thing I would force on anyone. But a little interest from people who supposedly give a crap about my life would be nice, LOL. But that’s to be expected – some people, in your life journey, might have trouble relating to your penchant for penning the great American novel, or they might just be plain jealous. Either way, I’m sure there are other things you can bond over even if the writing thing falls through the cracks. Nothing wrong with enjoying different people for different things!

That being said, I’d like to just take a minute and mention that I do have some really amazing author friends, and they’re likely the reason why I’m still (somewhat) sane. I actually got to format and edit a book for one of them, and then he wrote a fight scene for one of my books (so it was a nice little swap). If you like really creative action-packed futuristic sci-fi with a good dose of heart, check that out HERE.

TSR GIVEAWAY PICSecret #5: I actually have no idea what I’m doing.

It’s true, most of what happens is me completely winging it. I’m not an expert marketer, even if I have learned a few tricks here and there. I also am not an expert writer, even if I can do it fairly well though years of practice. But that’s life – you just fake it ’til ya make it. And even then, nothing is ever guaranteed. My motto is to shoot for the moon, because even if you fail, you’ll still be among the stars (I heard that somewhere and can’t remember where exactly, but it’s my motto now).

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how my books came out, and if you’d be kind enough to check them out, I’d really and truly appreciate that. They’re available on Amazon HERE.

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3 of My Best Thriller Tips for the Dystopian Rookie

Ever wanted to write a sci-fi thriller but didn’t quite know where to start? Never fear, I’ll share one option below to help get your creative juices flowing. This isn’t necessarily something I do for my stories, but I used this originally as a writing exercise while visiting a high school class, and it seemed to generally go over pretty well with the students. Try these steps, and by the end, you must just have a dystopian concept that you can run with – you’ve got nothing to lose!

Step 1: What is your biggest fear?

Simple question, with a potentially hard answer. Dig deeper than just saying “spiders” or “snakes”. Try things like “heights”, ” large empty spaces”, “being alone”, “being rejected”, etc. You need something with enough emotional nuance to draw the reader in right away, and get them where they’re most vulnerable.

Example: Divergent seems to emphasize the fear of not fitting in as its central thematic concept, while Hunger Games places more emphasis on war and combat.

Step 2: How can a government system or people in power potentially abuse this fear to control its citizens?

Dystopia is all about control – so how can this government use fear as a tactic to monitor (and punish) every misstep of their people? This is where things can get pretty dark, but don’t worry about that – just let the concept flow freely, you can always adjust the brightness (or lack thereof) later.

Example: Divergent features characters who must choose a faction to work in for the rest of their lives once they reach adulthood, and not fitting into one is unacceptable. Hunger Games involves a food ration lottery where children from each district are chosen to fight to the death as a means of entertainment for the entire known world.

Step 3: What sort of characters might live in this toxic environment? You don’t have to name them yet, but if it helps, go for it.

Adding a face to your story is the final step in getting your concept ironed out. What does your protagonist eat for lunch? What’s their family like, and what do they do for fun? What are they afraid of? The list of possible questions you could ask yourself would go on for miles, but at this point, you’ll start to see a story take shape!

I hope these ideas helped you a bit, feel free to reach out to me if you’d like to talk about your story concepts from this step-by-step process. And, if you’d like to check out my science fiction dystopian trilogy, The Upperworld Series, it’s available on Amazon HERE.

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Spring Break = More Time to Read and Write

Hello readers! I’m super jazzed because I’m off of school for a week, so I’m hopefully going to have a ton more time to work on my current WIP – a young adult time travel story.

I say “hopefully” because, of course life still will get in the way, and it’s not as simple as just sitting down to write every day. But, I’m super grateful for the time, nonetheless.

What are some of your plans for your spring break (and if you aren’t in college anymore, what are you planning to do this weekend to relax)? Lately, I’ve been reading an ARC (advanced reader copy) of a Peter Pan retelling by my friend (who is SUPER talented, I’ll be sure to let you guys know when her book is available for purchase). I also run a side business crocheting, so I’ve got some orders to fill for that as well. No rest for the weary, as they say!

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And, may I suggest, if you’re looking for a good “escape read” away from the trials and stresses of every day life, maybe check out one of my books? You can find them on Amazon HERE.

Thank you for all your interest and support! I truly could not be doing what I’ve been doing without you guys. The author life can be so fun, but it isn’t always smooth sailing. Have a fabulous spring break, I’ll be around 😉

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How I Rock That Author Life (While Keeping at Least Some Sanity in the Process)…

The Madness:

What do you see when you first find an author on social media? Probably a lot of crisp, clean colors on well-thought out covers, with maybe a few effortless blurbs that catch your attention, at least enough for you to maybe click on the Amazon link. You might imagine they’ve got strict writing schedules, publicists, editors, formatters, and fans up the wazoo. That might be true for superstars like John Green or Suzanne Collins, but it’s definitely not true for little indie authors like me.

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My life is a lot more chaotic and messy – I’m in my last senior semester of college, I play in a guitar ensemble twice a week, music lessons once a week, and run a crochet business in addition to all the author stuff. Needless to say, I really haven’t had much time (let’s be real – any time) to write since this current semester of school started. Writing is an all-consuming process that takes everything you have (trust me, it’s the most energy you’ll ever expel while sitting completely still). A good story needs focus, and the best story needs your own life-force injected into every single paragraph on every single page. Anything half-assed gets cut, so you gotta give it your all.

Of course, this probably sounds overwhelming (and it is), but I also absolutely love it. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment, or just have a bizarre love affair with literature, but this is what I was meant to do. The only tough thing, then, is balancing that with so many other interests and talents that I want to pursue. So how do I do that? Well, I’m still figuring that out.

The Method:

Currently, I’ve just been hoping that spring break will allow me both the logistic (and mental / emotional) space to add on to the two chapters I wrote for my work-in-progress: a young adult time travel story. Of course, that time will be split with capstone paper research and brainstorming (senior year, am I right?) but I’m still really psyched to dig in. I’ve also been hoping to take the plunge and try an Instagram live at some point, so that will probably happen during that same first week in March when I’m off of school.

And in the meantime? I’m trying to be nice to myself (which, is surprisingly hard). I’m definitely a type-A personality who will work myself half to death before calling it quits for the evening (or the week), but I know that’s a dangerous habit that will lead to me feeling over-stressed and cranky. So basically, I’m forcing myself to take time to get around to the latest Netflix binge that I’ve been holding off on (Umbrella Academy, anyone?) and just live in the moment.

I’m hoping that watching cool shows, reading fun books (that I didn’t write), and just learning to be a human being instead of a human doing will allow me to be more productive once I sit down to my next long-awaited writing session.

I’ll keep you posted on my projects per usual, and hopefully you can help me keep my inner workaholic in check ❤

If you’re looking for a fun time to wind down after a long day of doing all the things, maybe check out my stories? If you liked The Hunger Games or The Fault in Our Stars, I think you might be into my novels. They can be found on Amazon HERE.

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Read my album review of Avril Lavigne’s newest release, Head Above Water <3

Hello to my lovely readers! If you didn’t already know, in addition to writing novels, I also comment on music releases and concerts for the Boston Sports Desk. It’s a super fun gig and although it’s not my central focus right now, it’s a really great thing to be doing, so I figure I’d post my latest article here for you to check out.

You can find my review HERE: http://www.bostonsportsdesk.com/avril-lavigne-makes-a-splash-with-new-album-head-above-water/

Hungry for novel updates? Never fear – my YA time-travel romance is in production now. As soon as I get a spare minute, I’ll keep working on it. You know that being a student is all about that “hustle”, of course! I’m very excited for you to see what I’m cooking up next!

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Valentine’s Day Fan Art <3

A super-talented fan on Instagram was thoughtful enough to draw these fantastic illustrations of my characters for me, and I am honestly so in love with them (no pun intended). Without further ado, take a look at them for yourself…

Aren’t these the cutest things ever?!?? I truly love seeing how fans envision my characters, because I know what I picture them to be, but never truly know how they come across. Both sets of characters truly love each other, and I’m sure many of my readers can relate to that feeling.

This Valentine’s Day, why not celebrate with a brief foray into the fantasy-filled worlds of these stories? Maybe you’ll stumble upon an antibiotic-turned-love-potion like Scarlett did, or maybe you’ll accidentally screw up the entire space-time continuum and all of human history the way Luna allegedly did (although, that’s not quite as pleasant a thought).

These stories can be found on my Amazon page HERE and if you happen to read them, please do leave a review! Amazon is equipped to push books for us authors, but only after 25-50 reviews, so it’s super important for us indie authors just starting out. Thank you in advance for all your support, and I truly hope you enjoy the stories!

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Thanks so much for having me, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School!

Today, I got to visit my local middle school to talk about being an author and my writing / publishing processes, which is incredibly fun! I have a bit of an “in” because my neighbor is a teacher there, and in addition to supporting my art through purchasing my novels, she has also been kind enough to invite me to speak to her English classes.

It’s always a bit like being a celebrity for the day – the kids were all so super sweet to me, and many of them followed me on Instagram after (@angelinasingerauthor).

 

For most of the morning, my neighbor had reserved this massive lecture hall for me, which made me feel like I was giving a TED talk or something – that was literally such a cool feeling. We eventually had to relocate to her smaller classroom, as I guess the vice principle needed the space for a meeting or something, but it was super cool while it lasted!

During my presentation, I went over all sorts of things, but one thing that seemed to be a real crowd-pleaser (based on feedback from my neighbor) was my book trailers. They’re available on YouTube and you can check them out any time you’d like!

Just Like a Pill trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGuOHSNkVPw&t=92s

The Sorting Room trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61KuJtpQPnY&t=5s

Thank you for your continued support! I was planning to maybe do a brief livestream this weekend on Instagram, but it looks like I’m a little more swamped than I was expecting, so it will likely be postponed. Stay tuned for that though, I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as I carve out enough time for that 😉

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