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My book – Missing Mandy – celebrated its first year of publication this January. The entire journey, from the first idea to its present form has been such an awesome learning experience and I would like to thank all my ‘virtual’ friends for their support, sound advice and encouragement in making it such an exciting one.
Two years back, I had a story to tell and my mom encouraged me to write it down and share it with others. I started scribbling it in March, 2011 and had completed it by May, 2011. I realized that there were too many problems in it and I spent the rest of the year, rewriting major sections and smoothing out the sharp edges. When I published it in Jan 2012, it was in a better form than the original version. Reviews came in and I found that it was badly edited and the cover was not creating the buzz that I had wanted. There was still a lot of work to be done. I promised myself that I would edit the book and create a better, more professional cover.
I know it’s been long overdue, but I am happy to say that I have successfully edited Missing Mandy and would like to present to you the new book cover–
The making of this cover was like a big project for me–getting the right images, refining the main concept and learning the technical know-how of creating a good book-cover. There are so many people out there, who have been instrumental in making this possible for me – from stock providers to those who shared tutorials on digital art. A heartfelt thanks to all of them and a big hug goes out to all the stock providers on deviantart.com for the wonderful images and textures. Without their stocks, the cover would not have been possible. Lots of love to–
Kristina – http://intergalacticstock.deviantart.com/
Struck Dumb – http://struckdumb.deviantart.com/
Cathrine Langwagen – http://castock.deviantart.com/
Tiffany Munro – http://calthyechild.deviantart.com/
Go visit their galleries! You will find some amazing stuff there.
A special thanks to our very own Mel, for her support and guidance in creating this book cover. Without her, I would have been still struggling with it. So, thank you so much, Mel. 🙂
Missing Mandy has been revamped, though I must admit there are no new chapters in the book, no major changes in the events and it is still a short story. You might still find scope of changing so much in it, if you look at it without any emotional baggage (that I have). I might go back to it after a couple of years and think over it, but for now I like it the way it is and I believe that people should read it the way I had initially intended.
So go check out Missing Mandy!!! Maybe download a sample or buy the entire book. Read it. If you like it, gift it to your friends or family. And, come back and tell me about it. Would love to hear what you think.
Happy Reading, Everyone!!!!!!
Happy New Year to one and all!!!!
I hope you bid 2012 goodbye with heartfelt thanks and brought in the New Year with pomp and joy. Let’s work towards meeting our resolutions at least this year 😉 and make the best of 2013.
With my first blog post of the year, I would also like to welcome you to my first BLOG HOP. 🙂
Let me extend my thanks to Mel, I mean M. S. Fowle, for inviting me to be part of this Next Big THING Blog Hop. For those of you who do not know her — Mel is a very talented woman. She is an indie author who has many books to her credit, all available on Amazon, including Nora’s Sun, a short story, that has received great reviews. Her latest work – The Sire, is scheduled for release this month. So watch out for more details to be posted soon.
Mel is also a fantastic digital artist and excels in creating eBook covers. So if you need one for your book, then you should go and check her site now! Connect with her through these links —
Author Site – http://msfowle.wordpress.com/
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/msfowle
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ms_fowle or @ms_fowle
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007MOAU0W
Now, to answer the questions that are an essential part of this Blog Hop. Since my forthcoming work is still in a nascent stage therefore I felt that I should write about Missing Mandy instead, which will complete a year of publication this January. So hurrah for that 🙂
(1) What is the working title of your book?
(2) Where did the idea for this book come from?
It may seem a bit silly, but the idea for this book came from a dream I had–of a shack by a black lake, mesmerizing moonlight and the ghost of a young girl. I don’t know why; maybe it was an after thought of some movie that I had been watching earlier or a book I had read but the idea kind of stuck and when I decided to write my book, it seemed as right to develop on it. Of course, the final product does have some of these elements, but nowhere resembles the dream.
(3) What genre does your book come under?
Missing Mandy is a short story with elements of crime, mystery, romance and paranormal in it. Though there is no single genre under which you can categorize it, I personally feel that Paranormal Thriller defines it best.
(4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Oh.. this is a tough one.
As Danny, probably Abhay Deol. He has this guy-next-door look and is intense and yet charming. Very likeable. He would be ideal to portray Danny.
As Mandy, Asin Thottumkal. Beautiful and very talented.
(5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Haunted by apparitions, nightmares and strange noises in the basement of his house, would Danny ever be able to solve this mystery?
(6) Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
My book is self-published.
(7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I started the book sometime in April/ May 2011. The first draft was ready within three months but I spent the rest of the year in improving it and finally published it in Jan 2012.
(8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Actually I not really sure if there is a book with a similar story in this genre (or at least I would like to think so). There are many non-fiction books that do refer to the whole out-of-body-experience. There are equally many in the fantasy and paranormal genre that talk of the transformation of the soul through magic and teleporting, etc., but I don’t think that there is a work of fiction that gives the whole out-of-body-experience such a treatment. Of course, I may be entirely wrong about this as there are millions of books out there. 🙂
(9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My Mom. As she is the one who encouraged me and pushed me to complete this book and publish it.
(10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
My book, Missing Mandy, is about the desire to survive against all odd. It’s about belief in God, about trust and hope and reaching out to those in trouble. It’s about being human. It is a short story and as other’s have said pretty refreshing.
Unfortunately, I was unable to find authors who could take part in this blog hop. So there’s no usual list of 5 authors. If you would like to be part of this then do let me know. I will post your name here and will email the other details to you.
However , not to miss out on this opportunity, I do have some suggestions for you. The below mentioned are some other promising authors whom I follow and whose blog you can check out here:
Have a great year ahead! 🙂 😀
My comp broke down last Sunday and after a whole week of just sulking round the house, it feels good to have it up and running again.
Honestly, I had never realized that I would feel so incomplete without it. I would wait for my sis to come back from work in the evening, so that I could at least check my emails and blog on her laptop. But not having access to my work and books was difficult to handle.
The one good thing that came out of it was, that I got quite a few ideas for new books and was able to resume writing on my WIP that had been sitting on my bedside table for quite some time now. Since I am more of a paper and pen kind of person, I now have a bundle of sheets to digitize. However, the way things are going I should have the first draft ready by end of the year; though I am still not sure if I want to bring it out as one novel or break it off into three different ones. Let’s see how it goes.
Other things are also underfoot.
Missing Mandy is on the editing table and should be revised soon <<fingers crossed on that>>
Much inspired by our Mel, I started an account on Deviantart.com. I tried to dabble with a few things; you can check them here. I am currently in the process of putting up some of my previous work there. Choosing the right ones, of course, is the difficult task. Would share with all of you soon 🙂
I have also started checking psd tuts to learn digital art, esp photo-manipulation. There is a lot to learn there and at times it’s quite overwhelming. But my motto still remains – Keep Going! You never know what new things you discover.
My ‘to-read’ list of books that I have to review is getting longer and longer. It is pretty clear that I may not be able to complete my Goodreads 2012 reading challenge of 100 books (seriously, I can’t believe where all that time went). I have just not been able to come around and get on with them. Tough part is to keep myself from getting tempted and picking up new books, but there’s just so much good work coming in[sigh]. But I am still going to try and get a few of the books in backlog cleared by the end of October. Already posted three reviews on Goodreads. If you like, do check them out.
Phewwww……It feels good to get all that out of my system. Be ready for more to follow…soon. :):)