The Celestial Talisman series started as a short story I typed on my phone while I watched my son play outside. Every 6000 words or so, my phone would refuse to load the document so I eventually started working on it on my computer. The story possessed me, and in three months I'd written a 30 000 word first draft. This was the first story I'd ever finished and it felt like a big deal. I was impressed with myself, until I realised how much work it still needed before it was ready to be published.
Revisions, editing, proofreading, formatting, and research followed. I learned so much in such a short space of time, and there were days when it felt like I just couldn't focus anymore. I loved every moment of it. Not only was I fast becoming acquainted with the opportunities presented by Self-publishing, but my book was shaping up into something I really liked. I even started writing the sequel.
In October of 2013, I thought I was ready to publish. Keep in mind that I intended to do this using my phone, not because I was that naive but because I didn't have an internet connection for my computer. As it turned out, my PC was so crappy it didn't handle internet well anyway, but I digress. My son's needs are always a priority for me so I didn't have a big budget for following my dreams, I still don't, but I think I manage to do more with it now. Anyway, I was unable to publish my book. I was disappointed, but it was a blessing in disguise.
I carried on writing, revising and refining my work. I knew I'd get where I wanted to be someday, I was too determined to fail. During that time, I started working on a prequel for my series. This was based on an idea a good friend of mine had for my blurb. It didn't really work for the blurb because it suggested things that happened before that book, not in it. Before I knew it, the prequel was 40 000 words long, and I got the feeling this would work better as the first book in the series.
Finding the Phoenix became a novel, and everything slowly started falling into place. I became a member of an awesome Indie Authors group on Facebook and got a fellow author to beta read Phoenix. That woman's opinions blew me out of the water. Phoenix went through more revisions and eventually became the book it is today.
It's been one hell of a journey, as depressing as it's been amazing. Sometimes I can't believe how far I've come even though I know there's a long way still to go. My second book is almost ready for beta readers, Heaven's Scar--the book that started it all. I think I'll throw a party when that is published.