MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! AND ALL THAT JAZZ!
I love to write. I will never stop. As the New Year approaches I want to make it clear to all the readers who have enjoyed my work. I have my reasons for sticking to a profession that is fickle, rewarding and costly for writers. I have had a laundry list of bad experiences since I decided to self publish my first book. I am not in the big leagues. I do everything myself. I write the books. I market the books. I promote my brand. I have made every single book cover with the exception of the last one that was done as a birthday gift.
Sometimes my sales would make a sane person cry tears. Yet I still continue to write. Sometimes reviews are brutal. Yet I still write. Sometimes reviews are nonexistent. Yet I still write. I love it too much to ever stop. I’ve been writing since I was ten. I wrote my first feature length screenplay in high school. It was typed on a regular old-fashioned typewriter. The pages are yellow after all these years of wear and tear. I still have it in the binder that had been passed around to all my friends in high school. Even boys read it, if you can believe that.
I have stories coming out of every orifice. I’m new to this genre because I didn’t even know it existed. I’ve been writing Interracial and Multicultural books for years but I didn’t actually know it was a sub genre. Basically I was naive and didn’t know there was a separation of races within novel genres. My books were in the wrong category when I first started out.
After 2 ½ years published and 1 ½ years published in Interracial Erotic Romance, I don’t feel like a vet but I definitely don’t feel like a rookie. I have made a few mistakes. One was I didn’t know readers were into Happily Ever Afters. I learned that pretty quickly. My first novel, BIRTH (A First Blood Novel) was typed and printed on copy paper from my Inkjet printer. I three-hole punched it and it made the rounds at my job. It was very similar to my screenplay back in high school. It was passed from person to person.
The life of a writer is very frustrating. I wish I could do it full-time but I have children and this profession has zero security and zero health benefits. Yet I continue to write and enjoy it. Recent changes to Amazon, Smashwords and other online book retailers have made it virtually impossible to reach readers who are unaware of your work. I want to thank all the folks who got the word out about the Balls To The Walls Series. You were integral in motivating me to writing more Balls To The Walls books. I planned on going back to writing Zombie and Vampire books but then I started getting a lot of inspiring IM’s on Facebook.
I look forward to a new year and new challenges in this genre. I just hope you join me for a happy, healthy and fulfilling new year in Interracial Romance. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! And all that jazz!
XOXOXO Lolah Lace