I recently asked Chris Marie Green, author of the Vampire Babylon series, to write a guest post for me on New Year’s Resolutions! She very graciously agreed and I’d like to welcome her to the blog! She has also generously offered to give away a signed copy (she’ll personalize it for you) of Book 3 in the Vampire Babylon Series, Break of Dawn!
**Giveaway ends January 24th, 2011!
Hello, all—and Happy New Year!
Okay, so I’m kind of late to the party on that, butKristin asked me to blog about New Years’ resolutions and how they are helpingme to look ahead in my writing as well as other things in life.
This is actually a big year for me. Not only do I write a vampire series (VampireBabylon) under my “Chris Marie Green” name, but I also create romances as“Crystal Green.” Soon, I will have yetanother pen name (one to be decided) for a western post-apocalyptic seriescalled Bloodlands. All pseudonymsincluded, I will have ten releases out in 2011. (Yikes! And, yes, I do write alot, but some of my books were pushed back on the pubbing schedules so theycould come out one right after the other.)
Hence, my first resolution will be to Not. To. Freak. Out. There’s a lot of publicity to be done for thefirst Bloodlands book, which is called BLOODLANDS and comes out in August. So I *must not* be overwhelmed (!). In September and October, the sequels, BLOODRULES and IN BLOOD WE TRUST will follow. As with all new things, I’m nervous/excited about this project. At the same time, I had such a blast writing thesebooks because, with the post-apocalyptic elements, this was something untriedfor me.
Basically, I describe BLOODLANDS as a paranormal“Shane meets Mad Max.” It features adrifter named Gabriel who is searching for his missing love in what is now thetime-battered United States west. Allclues point to his girlfriend having stopped by a hidden community of peoplewho have withdrawn from society and technology, and after the drifter isreluctantly welcomed into their midst on a temporary basis, the communityslowly finds out what Gabriel really is…and who he’s really looking for. Like my Vampire Babylon books, this serieshas a lot of twists and what I hope are fun, interesting characters.
And that brings me to my second resolution for theyear. I actually started this one in2010, but I haven’t completed it. For along time, I was taking big trips—to Japan, Italy, England—and I made good onthe research that resulted from these travels by including it in my books. Then I realized that I live in a pretty darninteresting place, myself—in southern Nevada—and I haven’t been takingadvantage of what I can learn from the area. I would love to visit the ghost towns that aren’t too far away—Goldfieldis high on my list—as well as other strange places, like the stretch of highwaynot too far off where people sight a lot of UFOs near Nellis Air Force Base andArea 52.
I’m also hoping to go to a few conferences, which issomething I wasn’t able to do much of last year. I’m looking forward to ConDor in San Diego(February), Romantic Times in L.A. (April), Romance Writers of America in NewYork (June), Comic-Con San Diego (July), and perhaps an October writer’sconference (NINC). I’ll keep my fingerscrossed that they all happen!
Thank you for reading, andhappy hunting!
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