Soooo, my first book titled 'Something Dreamy This Way Comes' was my first attempt at a novel. I launched it on Amazon rather hastily and didn't do a great job of editing it—part of that had to do with my extreme excitement of actually finishing a novel and my ADHD. My impulsivity got in my way, I'm afraid.
Fast forward six years, and I have now written several novels and a couple of parenting books. I'd like to think that my writing has improved with more practice. In the meantime, however, I've taken a couple of writing classes that have taught me loads. I wrote my first novel without an outline, having never taken a course, and it shows.
I decided to rewrite and edit it, and boy, was I green back then. The story itself is good, but I got my tenses all screwed up, and good Lord, I wish I could spell better and had a better grip on commas. My regular comes-with-my-computer spell check doesn't catch everything, I'm afraid. Hence me investing in Grammarly, which catches pretty much everything. There was no Grammarly that I was aware of six years ago.
In rewriting this book, it has been brought to my attention that my style was and has remained playful and funny, even if what I'm writing about may be intense for a time. I have a lot of humor in my two parenting books, which is very different from most parenting books that I have read. They tend to be dead serious, I find. I believe in humor and will probably always use a dash or more of it in all of my writing. I'm just not a serious person, so writing in a serious manner just doesn't feel right.
I'm halfway done with the rewrite and editing of my first book and hope to have it relaunched in the next few months. It's a humorous book about a girl growing up and what that can look like. There are many hard lessons learned, a lot of tripping, falling, and then getting up again. Most girls/women will relate to the words spoken in the book, and yes, there is a thread of truth to it. Some of the portions you will read did indeed happen to this girl, but the book is mostly fiction, well, okay, half fiction, okay, maybe 30% fiction but I'll never tell.
I'm excited to get it back out there. It may never be a best seller but I sure had fun writing it and I hope the readers have fun reading it!