Saturday, May 24, 2014

Guest Post: Kayla Dawn Thomas


Thanks for inviting me over to your corner of the web to talk about one of my favorite things: writing! I’ve been a storyteller my whole life. Before I could work a pencil I told my tales to a jump rope. Thank goodness that phase ended once I could read and write! My grandma told me someday I would write books for a living, and I always hoped that would come true. Here I am a few decades later making reality from a dream.
 
Kayla Dawn Thomas

 

Inspiration

There are stories everywhere. I notice someone, something, or overhear a conversation that inspires me every day. I used to carry a purse large enough to haul a notebook around; terrified I’d miss my muse if I couldn’t write it down immediately. That created more stress than writing should be, and I gradually weaned myself from the habit. Now I have more headspace to really immerse myself into the present moment without trying to memorize or record it. As a result, those impressions and ideas are still there later. If a story or scene idea invades my brain, I just record it in my phone. It’s always with me anyway.

 Books have always fed my soul. When I was little, Laura Ingalls whisked me away with stories I could relate to as we lived way out in the boonies on a cattle ranch. Danielle Steel took me to more exotic locales and introduced me to romance when I was older. Though I read a bit of everything (except horror), my passion still lies with romance. There’s something about a good love story that lifts me up. Reading provides me an escape and a workout for my busy brain and that’s what I want to do for my readers.

 

Why Self-Publishing

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized I have the heart of an entrepreneur. Both my mom and sister have run successful businesses for years, and I’ve longed to create something of my own. When I learned about self-publishing, I knew it would be a great fit. Being able to write novels and work for myself, it’s almost too good to be true!

I’m grateful for pioneers like Hugh Howey and Toby Neal for clearing the trails of the industry. They’ve really set the standard for the rest of us. There should be no discernible difference between our books and the ones that come from the big publishing houses.

I’ve been amazed by the camaraderie amongst indie authors. Many industries see everyone as a competitor. In the indie world, we realize we need each other. Readers need great books, and lots of them! Therefore we all win when we work together guiding readers to each other’s work. I am so excited to be partnering with Cyndi at both of our first book signing at the Weiser Public Library in Weiser, ID on June 12 from 2-4pm. We are looking forward to celebrating our books and meeting our readers.


Contact info:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kayla-Dawn-Thomas/475221952531489

Twitter: @kayladawnwrites

www.kayladawnthomas.com

Amazon buy link

http://www.amazon.com/Swept-Up-Kayla-Dawn-Thomas-ebook/dp/B00JLDR3OS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400954195&sr=8-1&keywords=Swept+up

Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is associated with BBQ's and camping, but I just wanted to take a moment to remind you all to stop and think of the veterans in-between the festivities. That is why the holiday exists and spending time in the military when my husband was active duty was an eye opener. These men and women are so often neglected, though they're all too tough to complain. They sign over their freedom and risk their lives to protect yours. So please, thank a veteran you know or visit the VA hospital for an hour. Little things like that can make all of the difference. These brave souls, young and old, need to know that the American people hold them dear and appreciate the sacrifices they make.


As always, thanks for reading!


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Dropped off the face of the Earth

Hello, any and all that read these posts. Sorry I've been MIA the past few months. I have been under the weather, but no worries I've been typing away and should have two new novels for you guys this summer. One is the highly anticipated sequel to Landlocked. It's titled Heart Locked and I can't wait for you guys to get your hands on it :) The second is a stand alone romance called The Right Notes and it's set around a very swoon worthy rock star named Asher.



I'll keep you guys up to date, and as always thanks for reading <3