April 26, 2019

Beyond the Wild Wood by E.M. Fitch – Guest Post and Giveaway

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Beyond the Wild Wood by E.M. Fitch

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The author is on the blog today to share some writing tips!

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The faery queen has forbidden Aidan from stalking his prey, but Cassie should have known that nothing would keep him from what he wants: to steal her away forever into the realm of the Fae.

Cassie struggles to pick up what’s left of her life, keeping true to her promise to watch over her best friend’s son. But despite the faery queen’s promise of safety, the shadow of Aidan is ever present in her mind, haunting her dreams and turning forest shadows into nightmares. The rest of her friends are getting ready for college, but not her. The Fae haven’t left yet. Cassie knows because Laney lingers still, drawn to the son she gave up, the foliage at his window sill bright green and flourishing at her touch.

Laney’s son is safe in the arms of his adoptive parents, and the babe has Cassie to watch over him from afar. That should have been enough for the new faery, but it wasn’t. She couldn’t let her son go. Laney watches him from afar, motionless, ageless, addicted to his tiny movements and contented sighs. The thought of leaving him is unbearable, even if she knows leaving is the only way to keep her best friend safe from Aidan’s grasp.

When the faery queen’s threat of departure becomes all too real, Aidan takes matters into his own hands, throwing the Fae into a battle that risks their very existence. His action impels Laney to choose which side she really belongs on—human or faery—and forces Cassie to decide just who she can trust, at last, with the truth.

Beyond the Wild Wood (Of the Trees 3) by E.M. Fitch
Publication Date: April 15, 2019
Publisher: Month9Books

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Top 10 Writing Tips for Aspiring Writer

If you’re an aspiring writer, there’s only one real piece of advice you need: Keep writing. But here’s ten more, just in case you need them:

  1. The first draft is the author telling themselves the story. It doesn’t need to be perfect, just get the words out. Later you can go back. Tell yourself the story first.
  2. Your first book will be terrible. It just will be. Everyone’s first book is terrible. So get it written and get it out of the way. Then move on. Write the second, the third, the fourth. I know it feels daunting. It is daunting. But the time will pass anyway. If you’re a writer, you won’t be able to help yourself: you’ll be writing. Just don’t get hung up on that first novel and you’ll be fine.
  3. Read. A lot. Read everything. Read the genre you write, read inspirational books, read about quantum physics, read biographies and war stories and romance and horror. Read good books, read bad books. Just read.
  4. Grow. And I mean on a personal level. When we write, we bleed unto those pages. We search for truth. The best books (in my humble opinion) have an underlying truth woven throughout. So as a writer, it’s our job to seek that underlying truth. I feel the best way to do that is find the underlying truth in yourself. So journal, read self help books, heck, go to therapy! Do what you need to do to grow yourself, then put that on the page.
  5. Get used to rejection. There will be a lot. I know that sucks. I’m sorry. But if you want to write, if you put pen on paper, then you’re a writer. So hold on to that, and just keep going. We’re all rejected. A lot. So you’re not alone.
  6. Find a writer’s group. Join them. Learn. My writer’s group has become a nationwide collection of wonderful friends. I love them all. I can complain to them, share successes. They’re my cheerleaders, my coaches, the ones who can unflinchingly tell me when something is awful. Find a writer’s group. Writers are weird, you need to find a weird that meshes with your weird. It’ll be worth venturing out for, I promise.
  7. Find beta readers. If you can’t find anyone willing to read your work, go out and offer to read other people’s work. Make connections by being an asset.
  8. Be supportive to other writers! I cannot emphasize this enough. It is not a race to the top. It’s okay if your author buddies are soaring in the New York Times Bestseller’s list and you aren’t. That’s fine! Be happy for other people’s successes and just keep writing.
  9. Take advice and criticisms and hear them. Listen when someone else tells you something isn’t working in your writing. Remember this: once that manuscript is published, it’s out of your hands. There is no rebuttal. There is no “but what I meant by that is…” so if someone is telling you now that they don’t get it, or they are not following your narrative at all: listen now, thank them for their honesty, and fix it.
  10. And in that same vein—and yes, I know this is confusing, but life is a balancing act so get used to it—believe in your work. You will both love and hate the words that you put on that page. That’s okay. We all do that. Not everyone will love your work, that’s okay too, not everyone will get it. Find the people who do. And believe in yourself.

Writing is messy. The life of an author is doubt and fear and rejection and soaring highs and terrible lows and best friends who live in your head and best friends who live across the country and people who look at you funny when you wonder how you’d survive a zombie outbreak if you happened to be on a subway platform (the stairs would crowd and it’d be dangerous to get on the subway, so… hmmm…) The life of an author is mass chaos, but I wouldn’t want to live any other way. If you feel the same, then I can’t wait to read your work in print.

(Ooh! Top of the subway car?? Maybe? You’d still have to get out of there… but for immediate safety, that might work.)

Good luck, keep writing.

E. M. Fitch is an author who loves scary stories, chocolate, and tall trees. Her latest novel, OF THE TREES, is a Young Adult horror/fantasy inspired by haunted cemeteries and the darker musings of W.B. Yeats. Its sequel, AT WOODS EDGE, will be released in the coming year from Month9Books. She is the author of the Young Adult zombie trilogy: THE BREAK FREE SERIES. Her story, BETWEEN SHADOWS, was recently featured in the Fragments of Darkness anthology; and her new collection of short stories entitled THE VEIL: GHOSTS, GOBLINS, GHOULS is coming soon! She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, Under the Bed Magazine, and her short stories RELEASE and THE CREEP were featured respectively in CHBB’s Lurking in the Shadows and Lurking in the Mind anthologies. When not dreaming up new ways to torture characters, she is usually corralling her four children, or thinking of ways to tire them out so she can get an hour of peace at night.

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