Book Nerd Guest Post
I write full time and love being involved with groups that promote books! Writing about the Halflings has been the funnest and most exciting writing journey of my life! Before novels, I wrote teen curriculum published in both the U.S. and Asia Pacific.
I spent eight years in the "spa world" as a licensed esthetician and won a trip to Europe for my commitment to the spa industry. With that knowledge, I developed the Writer's Ten Step Excercise: Save Your Neck, Shoulders, Back, and Wrists!
As an ordained minister and motivational speaker, I've taught in the U.S. and Mexico at women's and teen conferences. Teen conferences ... sooo fun!!!!
A Day in the Life of an Author
By Heather Burch
There are two distinct parts of being an author. The glam side and the butt-in-the-chair hard work side. Wanna have a look into both?
I’ve just accepted a request to speak at a conference in South Carolina. They will fly me in, pay for multiple nights at a great hotel and cover all my expenses including a driver. Oh yeah, I’m loving it! Since I’m a social creature—I truly love meeting new people and learning about them—I enjoy the celebrity side of being a writer. I know a lot of authors break out in a sweat when the word book signing is uttered. Not me. I spend lots of time alone in a room with just the hum of my pc to keep me company. Get me out there! Let me see some real faces and hear some real voices!
But the largest slice of my time is spent in that other arena. The butt-in-the-chair one. Most days go something like this ...
I’m sitting in a nightshirt and sweats. My back is starting to hurt a little and my booty is numb. My cereal bowl is perched on the edge of my desk and my cold coffee is on a column beside me. Heaven forbid my coffee cup actually sit on my desk. Oh no. I’m much too clumsy for that!
I’ve yet to comb my hair (uh, you can imagine) and my feet are cold. Now that I’ve got you picturing the glam-it-up look I’ve got going on, let’s continue!
Most days start at 5:15 for me. Now, don’t go thinking I’m remarkably dedicated. My hubby leaves for work at 5:15, so after seeing him off, I stumble into the kitchen and make a latte. An alarm goes off at 5:40. Time to make sure my teenage son has risen from the dead to get ready for school. I traverse the still-dark house and enter my office. I’m an early morning writer. But it’s actually about 6:15 before I get started. I enter the land of make believe. It’s a happy place for me and I’ve been known to chuckle at my own writing and cry right along with my characters (something people give you weird looks for at Starbucks.) But even when I’m not writing, I’m living in the story. My characters are chattering in my head. I’m consumed once I sit down and hours can pass without me even realizing it. Once, when my son’s alarm didn’t go off (before I had the good sense to set an alarm too) I dropped into my story and completely forgot he was home until he came out of his room around 10:00 a.m. terrifying me because I thought an intruder had breached my home.
I wrote him a tardy note.
Please excuse Isaac. He overslept because his mother was busy flittering around a fictional world with half angel teenagers.
He refused to take it.
At 6:15, I’m at my computer and cranking out the pages. I usually work until noon or one or two. It all depends on how things are going in the story. Usually by one I’m ready to tackle emails and such. Sometimes when my brain needs a break, I handle those things throughout mornings, but I prefer to reserve 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. for writing words.
After one, I’m on The Halflings Network, Facebook, Twitter, I catch up on the guest posts I need to write and the interviews that are waiting for answers. I connect with bloggers and reviewers and check who is talking about Halflings and Guardian. I try to stop by Goodreads a couple times a week and Amazon. FYI-I just stopped by Amazon. As I was writing this I realized I hadn’t been there in a while. J
Here’s some more info on the other side of writing.
I work with a publicist set up by my publishing company. That’s fun because you never know what they’re sending out, so every morning, Google Alert is like Christmas. Right after my press release for GUARDIAN hit, I was mentioned in several rock music magazines. That’s pretty cool.
Some of the highlights of my year ...
I signed 250 copies of Halflings in about three hours at an ALA conference. This was my first signing. I will never forget it!
I got to meet the cover model who is Nikki on all three books. She’s as sweet as she is pretty!
I got the surprise of my life when I walked into Barnes and Noble and saw Halflings was on their Top Teen Fiction display.
Girls Life Magazine chose Halflings as one of their Summer Reads for June.
In the spring, my publisher sent me on a multi-city book tour.
The icing on the cake was signing a shopping agreement with a producer in Hollywood who is gathering a team and planning to make Halflings into a feature film.
It’s been a fabulous year so far and with the release of GUARDIAN on October 9, I’m gearing up to be busy, busy busy again. But can you tell I thrive on it? I do.
I don’t take writing lightly. It’s a huge responsibility to know people will invest their time and money into the words I say. So everyday I’m thankful. Thankful for the air I get to breathe, thankful for my supportive family, thankful for my awesome team-Jenn, Jacque and Lynn who take me to task when it’s not quite right. And really, really, really thankful for readers. I think of writing as a partnership between you and I. You have expectations. I must meet and exceed them. You keep me on my toes and force me to be the best writer I can be. When someone says to an author, ”I like your book!” It means the world. Seriously, it means the whole world!
Okay, so you’ve gotten a glimpse into the writer’s life as told by Heather Burch. I left out a ton of details like workshops, editing, conferences, networking with other writers, and the like. But now you know how I spend most days. It’s not all glamorous and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Split. After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings. Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret---and the wings that come with. A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys' powers, as well as her role in a scientist's dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world.
Guardian is an amazing extension of Halflings. Readers will feel engrossed in its highly-captivating plot line. The descriptive texts that Heatherprovides her readers are an enhancement to the whole experience. It will feel like you are alongside the characters in their epic journey. The plot thickens with many of the questions from the first book being answered. It also opens up new questions that will certainly keep the intrigue level for this series high. The concept behind Halflings is 100% innovative and screams brilliancy. I sensed improvement from the first book and I can only imagine how Heather will take it up a notch or two for the next installment.
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