It's been too long since I've updated my blog... sorry about that.
In my defense, I've been doing a LOT of writing anyway. Most of you know that I've already started the rough draft of the ANOM: Awakening sequel, tentatively titled ANOM: Legacy. I'm about a third of the way through my draft, and I'm very excited in the direction the story is taking. I've introduced some great new characters into the ANOM universe, and I'm answering some of those questions that were left open in the first book. There's still (way) too much work to get done on the book to think about release dates yet, but I'm hoping the rough draft will be finished by the summer.
Of course ANOM is not my only series and due to popular demand, I've also started to write the sequel to Kira the Rainbow Princess. For whatever reason, kids seem to truly love this fantasy novel about talking teddy bears and not-so-scary zombies. I've heard countless stories from parents and teachers about reluctant readers investing themselves in Kira the Rainbow Princess. Of course the other story I've heard, without fail, is that by the end of the novel, my readers are dying to know: Where's the sequel?
I'm happy to announce, it's on its way. The second novel in the Rainbow Princes Chronicles should be released before the end of the year (just in time for Christmas).
And there are other projects too. In addition to being a full time English teacher at a South Jersey High School, I'm working on some other avenues to advance my writing career.
With the success of Kira the Rainbow Princess, a number of my friends (who just happen to be teachers) have invited me to speak to their classes about writing and specifically my writing process for Kira. Believe it or not, not every 3rd-6th grader loves to write! Hopefully, by meeting an author and talking about my book, these students will become more engaged with reading and the writing process. I'm already scheduled to talk to the entire 6th grade of Pitman Middle School, and I'm currently in talks to present my book to students in Swedesboro and Blackwood, too.
In other news, I've partnered with the Pitman Gallery and Art Center to offer a number of creative writing classes to our community. Classes will be geared for both young and old writers, advanced and beginners, and everyone else in-between. I'll keep everyone aware of dates, times, and course registration as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can check out the Art Center webpage here.
Finally, I'll be working to create a new cache of ghost stories for this year's Haunted Tales of Pitman Ghost Tour. This was a fun, free event last year that invited people to walk through our small town and hear some of the creepy stories from our haunted past. I'm happy to announce this free event will continue in 2017 with even more scary (and not-so-scary) stories... of course somebody has to write those stories down, and that person happens to be me. For more information about the Haunted Tales of Pitman, you should like our Facebook page.
So as you can see, it's a busy time to be a writer. Thanks for your patience, and hopefully I'll write again very soon.