Author Guest Post
What motivated me to keep writing and how did I overcome the challenges?
This is a wonderful question, and one that I think is so important. As a writer, it's hard to tell what type of stories your readers are going to love. What may start off as a great idea for an award winning novel to you may sound ridiculously boring to someone else. There really is no happy medium with your writing, and not everyone is going to like it.
So then why even bother to write and publish books? Because writing is creative. It's therapeutic and worth doing. So many personal details often get written into my manuscripts, and a lot of what transpires in the story stems from real life experiences. For me, writing has always been a release of what I couldn't quite get out verbally. Maybe some of my readers can relate. I was always shy growing up and never liked being in front of a crowd. I had a hard time expressing my emotions, especially in-depth about love. The easiest way I could do that was by writing it down. That has sort of always stuck. Writing allows you to fully take the time to convey what your message is, and not react just on emotion. This way, I don't walk away thinking "Man, I wish I would've said that instead," because chances are I already did.
When I wrote my first novel, Red Rock, I joined an authors critique group. It was made of three other published authors who offered to help me with my story. The manuscript was finished, but needed some work. I can remember the first email I got back from them with the first two chapters attached and how discouraged I was to see all of the corrections they suggested. I almost wanted to give up. But, one of the other authors must've known how I was feeling because he emailed me and told me to not get discouraged. There are so many edits involved in everyone's books, but it's all for the better if the story itself is good. Overall, I feel like this is what really motivated me to keep writing. After awhile, my writing itself improved so that in my second manuscript there weren't as many errors.
The main challenges always come when your book is finished. The editing and constructive criticism is easy compared to the review process. As I mentioned, not everyone is going to love your book. And those that don't, really have no problem telling the world exactly how much they don't like it. Initially, it's very easy to get your feelings hurt, and take every review to heart. Some you might even want to cry over while you destroy a pint (or more) of Ben and Jerry's, but ultimately everyone has their own opinion. Sometimes you just have to grow a thicker shell and accept that fact. The rest of the time you just know that the story is important to you, and that you are proud of it. I am very proud to have accomplished writing and publishing both of my books. My first book was a YA western, and a little bit harder to market. Although my reviews were great (for the most part), most younger readers weren't into the western genre. My latest book, The Three Month Plan, is a YA Romance with comedy.
About The Author
Other Loves: My family, yoga, skincare and makeup, sushi, and raising money for pediatric cancer. I have two rescue dogs and would have more if there weren't zoning restrictions. I’m always trying something new, as I tend to get bored very easily. Thankfully, my love of driving around with the gas light on fuels some excitement. I love novels with happy endings, and am a hopeful romantic. My latest obsession is browsing Netflix, and I can name all 50 states in alphabetical order in under 30 seconds. Do I feel a wager coming on?
SKIN CARE & BEAUTY BLOG
THE THREE MONTH PLAN WEBSITE
The Three Month Plan by Kimberley Patterson ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours
The Three Month Plan by Kimberley Patterson
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: August 9, 2013
Format: Paperback - 260 pages / Kindle - 339 KB / Nook - 238 KB
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
BUY THE BOOK: The Three Month Plan
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Enlisting the help of her childhood friend and confidant, Brian, Kelly manages to catch Jake's attention. She also unknowingly hooks Brian who tries to sabotage the plan. Kelly finds herself with a dilemma; take the final step with Jake and win the plan or follow her heart and reveal her feelings for Brian.
My Book Review:
The Three Month Plan is an enjoyable YA contemporary romance story about friendships and relationships ... sometimes you have to look right in front of you to recognize the person who loves you most.
Author Kimberley Patterson weaves an entertaining romance story set in San Diego, that follows the trials and tribulations of longtime childhood friends Kelly Callahan and Brian McMillan, as they stumble along love's path to recognizing the feelings that they've held and denied each other because they were too afraid to lose their close friendship.
Told in the first person narrative by Kelly and Brian in alternating chapters, the reader follows along as Kelly is in search of a serious relationship, and is goaded into a bet with best friend Michelle to get hottie surfer boy Jake Carter to ask her out within three months. But there is just one little problem, Kelly's hid her true feelings for Brian, and was afraid of ruining their friendship. Brian knows that Jake's a player who will break Kelly's heart, and when he reluctantly gives advice to Kelly to help her snag Jake, he realizes that he has always had feelings for her that goes beyond friendship. What should Kelly and Brian do: deny their true feelings for each other for the sake of their longtime friendship, or follow their heart?
The Three Month Plan is a lighthearted and tender love story about best friends who have deeper feelings for each other, and the trials and tribulations that they go through during a three month plan that leads them back to each other.
This is a cute coming of age romance with quirky characters, funny dialogue and amusing interactions, and a predictable storyline that still puts a smile on the reader's face. I really enjoyed that the chapters alternated between Kelly and Brian's perspectives, the reader is given the chance to get into each of their minds as the angst over their true feelings for each other duels with their reluctance to lose their close longtime friendship. This is the type of YA contemporary romance story that took me back to my own post-high school days when I was like Kelly, trying to figure out what to do with my life mixed with the youthful giddiness of agonizing over guys at the local beach.
I would recommend this fun romantic story to YA fans, it is an entertaining and easy read with a satisfying and sweet HEA ending.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
Virtual Book Tour Contest Giveaway
Win A $20 Amazon Gift Card
Contest Dates: Oct. 21 - Nov. 11, 2013
Virtual Book Tour Schedule
October 21 – Chick Lit Plus – Novel Spotlight
October 22 – Change the Word – Guest Post & Excerpt
October 24 – Storm Goddess Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
October 24- Living in a Book World – Review, Q&A & Excerpt
October 29 – Bookish – Review
October 31 - Samantha March - Novel Spotlight & Excerpt
November 4 – Keep Calm and Blog On – Review
November 4 – Traveling With T – Excerpt
November 5 – Once Upon a YA Book – Review
November 5 - Forget the Housework I'm Reading - Review
November 6 – Book Suburbia – Guest Post & Excerpt
November 8 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt
November 11 – Reader Girls – Excerpt