By Suzanne Lazear
I’m one of those people who have wanted to be a writer all their lives. I can remember back in the third grade specifically wanting to write a book that could be bought at a bookstore. I wrote short stories in junior high. In high school I had all sorts of ideas for the books I'd write one day. I even wrote chapters of a story in my English class journal instead of our assigned topic. In college and grad school I’d write instead of taking notes.
One day, about a year before my ten year high school reunion I thought to myself gee, I always thought I’d be published by now. Then, I worked backwards, well, why haven’t I?
It came to me.
Oh wait, you first have to write an *entire book*.
In all those years I’d never sat down and written a story from start to finish. I decided my new year’s resolution would be to write an entire book.
I wrote four complete manuscripts and several incomplete ones that year. Most were pretty bad. I was learning—learning how to write a book, learning what genres I liked to write and was good at, and finding my voice.
Most importantly, I reignited that passion for writing with a vengeance. Where I never lost it, somewhere a lot the way it went to “keep warm” which was probably why I never finished anything. I’m not sure why. I could have been a friend in my youth who said I couldn’t be an author because she wanted to be one, it could have been the guidance counselor who said I’d never be published, it could be that secret fear many writers have of putting their things out there – you spend so much time crafting a book and it’s hard when people point out its flaws.
It took me a long time to submit. Over a period of time I submitted manuscripts #2, #7, 9, and #10. After several years of writing constantly, taking online writing classes, entering writing contests, being in critique groups, and attending writers meetings and conferences, I sold manuscript #10 – INNOCENT DARKNESS.
I write because I can’t imagine not writing. I no longer want to be a writer, I am one.
INNOCENT DARKNESS, book 1 of The Aether Chronicles is Suzanne Lazear’s young adult steampunk dark fairytale debut. Suzanne lives in Southern California with her daughter, the hubby, and a hermit crab, where she’s currently attempting to make a raygun to match her ballgown. She’s also part of the Steampunk group blog Steamed. Learn more about the Aether Chronicles at http://www.aetherchronicles.com and www.facebook.com/theaetherchronicles
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