I began my publishing journey in 2015 when The Hand of Destiny and Curse of The Hellhounds first found their way into print with covers I had created in photoshop. The world of independent publishing back then would be hardly recognizable to those entering it now. Back then, there were fewer platforms to publish and market your books, fewer resources to learn from, and fewer readers willing to give indie authors a chance. It was a struggle to get noticed, to get reviews, and to get sales. But I persevered, because I loved writing and I believed in my stories.
Over the past seven years, I’ve evolved from a self-published author into an independent publisher of several and by no means “bestselling” series, but I do have a favorable number of sales. I’ve rose at 5:30am every morning to get in a half hour jog before getting behind my desk to write a twelve-hour day. I’ve published six books- 3 each in two series and have more on the way-with quite a few in different genres. And I will have four audiobooks in The Craelis Chronicles and The Claire Thomas Paranormal Murder Mysteries for Audible listeners to enjoy, releasing very soon! I am contemplating YouTube videos and podcasts, too. I admit the very thought of filming a video terrifies me, but I have heard from my readers that they want me to post content that includes videos, so I will try.
I’m one of many independent authors making a good living publishing their own work, and I count myself blessed to be successful at my chosen career.
This all means so much to me, this wonderful path that I chose to follow seven years before, has allowed me to reach you, my dearest readers, without whom none of this would even be possible, and for which I am forever grateful- and to reach you directly, giving me the opportunity to communicate with you, hear your thoughts personally. Readers have been able to ask me questions about my novels— What inspired it? what other works or authors does it compare to? Will they like my novels if they like the other author's novels? What other mystery/crime thriller authors do I read?
And by this, I know that what I write is what you, my readers are looking for to enjoy and share.
You’re opinions matter very much to me. And I’m immensely grateful that so many of you regularly write to me to share your feedback, your praise, your criticism, and your suggestions. You help me grow as a writer and as a person. You inspire me to keep writing and keep improving. You make me feel like I’m not alone in this journey.
That’s why I decided to start this blog. To share with you more about myself, my writing process, my challenges and successes, my tips and tricks, my recommendations and reviews, and anything else that might interest you. To give you a glimpse behind the scenes of what it’s like to be an indie author in 2023. To connect with you on a deeper level and create a community of like-minded readers and writers.
I hope you’ll join me on this blog and follow along as I post new content every week. I also hope you’ll comment on my posts and let me know what you think, what you want to see more of, what questions you have for me, or anything else that comes to your mind. I’d love to hear from you and engage with you.
Thank you for being here. Thank you for reading my books. Thank you for supporting me.
You are the reason why I do what I do.