I am honored to host Urban Fantasy author, Paul Anthony Shortt, on the final day of his blog tour. His debut novel Locked Within came out this month to rave reviews. He had a launch party at Hughes & Hughes near his home in Ireland that brings a lump to my throat whenever I read about it or see photos posted. You can go here to read the full story.
is the final post of my Locked Within Blog Tour. As such, I felt it was
appropriate to save it for the host who was responsible for providing
the opportunity for me to get my book deal with WiDo.
early 2011, Karen hosted a contest for people to submit samples of
their manuscript. The winner would be able to choose either a full
professional critique or a contract to have the book published. I knew
what prize I wanted before I’d even sent the e-mail.
was one of the first to follow my blog and my journey to publication.
She has been my supporter for two and a half years now and I’m proud to
call her my friend.
always been a series writer. I’ve never felt I could adequately tell a
story in a single novel. Perhaps it’s an insecurity, or perhaps I just
love the idea of keeping my readers guessing between books. In any case,
as a reader I love the anticipation as I wait for the next installment
in a series to be released. And as a writer i love closing on one book,
knowing that the story will continue in the next.
was always going to be the first of a series. I’ve been hard at work on
the sequel and I’m looking forward to starting my edits. I think part
of the reason I love a series so much more than a standalone comes from
being a child.
I was very young, and to this day, one of my favourite movies was The
Last Unicorn. When the movie got to the end the first time I watched it,
I was so sad. I didn’t want it to end. I wanted to know if Lir and the
Unicorn could be together. I wanted to know what happened to Schmendrick
and Molly. I wanted more. So I put the tape back in the player (this is
back in the days of VHS, folks), and I watched it again. I watched it
so much I literally wore the tape out and it broke. I just couldn’t bear
the thought that I had to let those characters go. They were mine, and
this is something I firmly believe; the moment a reader opens your book,
those characters aren’t yours anymore. In the mind of the reader, they
belong to them. These characters were my friends. They were a part of
who I was. A part of who I am today. I wanted their lives to continue.
So perhaps that’s why I can’t stand the idea of Nathan walking off into the final page of Locked Within
without something to be walking towards. I want him to take up his
sword again and fight the good fight. There’s still evil in his town,
and he has a lot of work to do.
So, to everyone who has followed me on this tour, on my blog, on Facebook or or Twitter. To everyone who has bought Locked Within,
or will buy it in the future. To everyone who has left a review or
rating on Amazon or Goodreads. To everyone who stepped into the small
world I’ve created and came out wanting more. To you all I say thank
you. You’re the reason I’ve always wanted to do this. And you’re the
reason I get to keep doing it. So keep your eyes on my blog. Because I
promise you, this story isn’t over.
Nathan Shepherd will return.
Free right now on the Kindle! Go here to download. Last day is November 30.
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf