Not sure what everyone else uses for their first blog post, so I’ll take some time to introduce myself:
I’m 25. I’m a graduate of North Carolina State University where I majored in Psychology and minored in Japanese. I currently live in Southern Maryland.
I wrote a lot as a kid. I began a new story (or 3 or 4) every school year but rarely completed them. I finally finish one when I was 16. It was about ninjas. It was really bad.
Communion, my first completed novel worth self-publishing, will be released October 1st. Writing it was a labor of love (sometimes more of a labor), but I’m eagerly looking forward to writing about Les and the other dhampir in the near future.
My values as a writer include:
Write High-Quality Books
Notice I didn’t phrase it as a “writing a good story.” While this is paramount to having a good book, another aspect writers need to think about is the quality of the book. A riveting story can easily be ruined by typos and poor editing.
The Young Adult fiction is in desperate need of more stories from a male perspective. Even more scarce are male protagonists of minority. Communion and my other current project (which is still untitled) both center around African-American males in high school. I use a cast from different racial and religious backgrounds, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
What does this have to do with writing books? The books that you write say a lot about you as a person. I want my books to have a good message. That doesn’t mean that I always use morally good characters or non-offensive content. But even the worst of us have something to say that could benefit the rest.
If I didn’t have fun writing it, I doubt you’ll have fun reading it.
So that’s all for now. I have a condensed version of this in the “About” section. Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to know or see added to that section.