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The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins

I mean, that’s a little misleading… the journey of writing The Tree That Grew Through IronĀ began a long, long time ago. I’m sure a lot of people know the writing process is cruel and fleeting. Your muse can pop his or her head into your lives as quickly as he or she can take an unexpected vacation. Your muse can leaving you sitting in front of your laptop with nothing more than your fourth cup of coffee and bloodshot corneas from the countless hours you stared at that blank, blinding screen.

Oh, how it mocks me some nights…

But then, eventually, some 350+ pages of size 11 Times New Roman font later, you realize you might actually complete your story. I’m there. I made it. I’m conservatively guessing I have approximately another one hundred pages to go before I complete the first draft.

Then the dreaded editing process begins, yay!

I made a lot of mistakes in my past in regards to writing, the biggest of which was: “I can do this all myself! I am a superhuman goddess and words flow from my fingertips like the freakin’ Nile!” Oh, past McKenzie, you naive, naive girl…

I have hired an editor this time (like a real person!) in an effort to curb my previously inflated ego. I’ve taken whatever tips I can, like starting pre-publication marketing efforts, getting the social media accounts up and running, all that jazz. I hope you enjoy the journey, I really do. If any fellow writers want to pick my brain for what I’ve learned through other authors, I will do whatever I can to assist you. We’re all in this together, after all.

With any luck, these blog posts will overflow with the successes of The Tree That Grew Through Iron. At the very least, I promise they’ll be honest.

Enjoy the ride, my friends! I couldn’t have asked for better company.



Pre-Orders! Holy Feck!

I can’t believe the time has come to start taking pre-orders for The Tree That Grew Through Iron.

I’d like to thank my mom, for pushing me out of her body thirty years ago. And my husband, who tolerates my complete and utter inability to focus on anything other than my laptop during my writing process. And my dog, Cheesecake, who has managed to not destroy my laptop despite being a clunky, 70+ lb ox.

Okay, I might be getting a little too wrapped up in the moment. After all, people pre-release books every day (and congratulations to them, because writing is feckin’ hard!). It’s an exciting moment. For realsies.

I’m hoping this blog grows into more than just a self-serving publication place for me to pedal my writing to you though, guys. I’m going to stumble my way through indie author success if it kills me, and I will gladly speak about what worked for me and what didn’t. If any other indie authors stumble across my humble blog, please feel free to reach out! I’ll answer any questions you have to the best of my ability.

In the mean time, sit back, relax, rub your hands together menacingly as you await for the June 4th release of The Tree That Grew Through Iron, and take a deep feckin’ breath. Shit’s about to get real.

You can secure your pre-orders for the eBook version of The Tree That Grew Through Iron on Amazon.

Love you all with my whole heart!