A Downgrade from Mush


Prepare for a rant:

I didn’t think my brain mushiness could get any worse after I edited the first version of my current novel. I was so wrong. Now that I’m writing a brand new draft, my fourth in two months, I feel like my brain is gravy. Yes, gravy.

I’m so tired all the time that today I nearly fell over while waiting for my Mexican takeout.

Anyone who says being a writer is not a real job needs to be smacked. This is almost comparable to giving birth… Not as physically painful, of course, but easily as draining. I’m basically playing God with this book universe of mine, and it’s a huge responsibility keeping all my ducks in a row and not breaking continuity or going out of character. And yet, no one takes you seriously until you’ve published it and sold a million copies. I have very little free time and don’t eat until 12 PM most days because I’m being a mother to a 1-year-old and writing a book, but yet I don’t “work,” so people still give me the evil eye. I’d like to see them try this… The result would be quite amusing. (end rant)

Enough of the whining. I am pleased to report that I am over two-thirds of the way done with the fourth draft, and while it’s far from perfect, it is so much better than the previous drafts. I have a beta reader that is so into this novel that she accidentally tries to keep reading after the sample I give her is done. I described it to my husband today as a snowball going down a mountain… While you’re reading it, you feel like you’re on a runaway train of suspense, and little hints and tidbits of info are woven throughout, so there’s always a reason to keep reading. Two months and three days until the release! If I feel generous, I might include a sample in my next post!

Preorder Diary of a Rocker’s Kid, the first book in the D.O.R.K. series here: D.O.R.K. on Kindle

Description:

16-year-old Madison Daley is the beloved daughter of a Kentucky horse rancher… or so she thinks. When her dad reveals his past identity as a popular rock star, Mads is overjoyed and becomes determined to get him back to Los Angeles, where he got his start… and also where he still owns a 7.8 million dollar mansion in Beverly Hills. Her plan is to get her dad back to the stage for good, but her schemes bring about some unintended consequences along the way, including the attention of a handsome teen actor and some clues regarding the identity of her mother.

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-H.D.

Endless Drafts


There are few things more frustrating in life than thinking you’ve finished your final draft, and then realizing that you can do so much better and starting all over again. I am working on my fourth draft right now, and I’m excited because it’s a lot better than the last one, but I’m feeling pretty drained and depressed from having to go through this process again. The new draft is pretty different from my previous ones, so it’s basically like writing a rough draft all over again. I want this novel to be the best it can be, though, so even if I have to do this ten more times, I’m going to get it right. I have never been more dedicated to anything in my entire life (except perhaps my family).

My characters are becoming so real to me… I really wish my MC could be my bestie IRL. She is just such a badass… I find myself cheering out loud for her sometimes. Her love life is still a bit of a roller coaster to write, but I’m starting to realize that the romance is not the most important part of a story, unless you’re actually writing a romance novel. I used to love reading romances and obsessing over the couples in the books, but the truth is that a good story is about more than just a love story. It’s about a person’s story. Their hopes, dreams, flaws, heartaches, triumphs, annoyances, quirks… Everything about them becomes important when you spend long enough thinking about and writing about them. They take on a life of their own, and then just for kicks, they take over yours, too.

DORK: Diary of a Rocker’s Kid has a new synopsis, by the way:

16-year-old Madison Daley is the beloved daughter of a Kentucky horse rancher… or so she thinks. When her dad reveals his past identity as a popular rock star, Mads is overjoyed and becomes determined to get him back to Los Angeles, where he got his start… and also where he still owns a 7.8 million dollar mansion in Beverly Hills. Her plan is to get her dad back to the stage for good, but her schemes bring about some unintended consequences along the way, including the attention of a handsome teen actor and some clues regarding the identity of her mother.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering, please follow this link: D.O.R.K. on Kindle

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Have a great Friday and weekend :)

-H.D.

I Wrote a Book, You Guys…


I am in shock. I actually, completely, for real wrote a book. It’s done. It’s completed. And if I dare say so myself, it’s pretty damn good.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry… just had to freak out for a second! I have been waiting so long for this moment. There are some minor edits to be made, mostly to do with appearance and brand names, but other than that, IT IS FINISHED. My first novel will be making its way to the “shelves” very soon.

On top of that, the cover is also done, and it looks fantastic! Shout out to my friend Nydia for all her hard work! In case you missed it on my Twitter or FB page, here it is again:

small DORK image

Cover by Nydia S. Robles, All Rights Reserved.

If you like my blog, you are almost guaranteed to like this book. Mads writes her blog in a very similar style to mine, except she has some stories that are a lot more exciting. This book is the first in a series, and I already have a clear direction for the second one, but, uh… one step at a time.

For now, I’m calling this book 14 years+ appropriate, although if my beta readers tell me otherwise, I’ll raise the age. There is some semi-mature content.

If you are interested, please go ahead and pre-order DORK on Kindle: D.O.R.K. on Kindle

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Thanks for following!

H.D.

Screw the Pseudonym


Setting a release date for my novel has really made everything feel real, which led me to the question: “Do I really want my novel to be published under a pen name?”

My family and friends are wonderfully supportive of my dreams, and many of them, especially the ones closest to me, have encouraged me to use my real name when I publish DORK in September. The more I think about it, the more I’m starting to feel the same way. Why should I want to be separated from something that is such a part of me? My characters were born within me and I think I deserve to have my name connected to them. So from now on, my real name, Haley Despard, is the one I’ll be using on FB, Twitter, and this blog and it will be on the cover of DORK as well.
Bye bye pseudonym!

-H.D.

MAJOR Announcement!!!!


O.M.G…. I have been waiting for this day for so long. My book is now available on Kindle for pre-order. I just about cried when I got the email this morning.

Yeah, I know, I’m self-publishing so of course I’m getting published. But someone else just called me an “author” for the first time. No one who isn’t an author will understand what that feels like. I’m flying high right now!

My book will be available on September 4, 2015, or before that if I get done quicker and just can’t hold it back anymore. Please excuse the lack of a cover, my cover designer is still busting her butt to get it done but it’s going to be awesome when it’s finished! I can’t wait to show it off and praise her until she blushes.

The title of the book… DRUMROLL, PLEASE!:

D.O.R.K.: Diary of a Rocker’s Kid

Description on Kindle: 16-year-old Mads is the beloved daughter of a rock legend, and she never even knew it. The summer after she finds out, she travels with her dad to Los Angeles, CA to stay in his multi-million dollar mansion in Beverly Hills. While she’s there, she meets the handsome teenage actor next door, who immediately sweeps her off her feet. She also finds some clues that lead to the uncovering of the other half of her past that is cloaked in mystery: the identity of her mother.

Here’s the link, in case you’re interested in bookmarking it (or heck, going ahead and pre-ordering it! I won’t complain!):

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZOQ4ITE

Thank you everyone so much for supporting me this far in my journey! I CANNOT WAIT to release this book!

Riv

Yes, I’m Still Awake…


Good Lord… I don’t know how much longer I can keep up this pace. This book has my eyes glued open morning, noon, and night. The good news is, I am making excellent progress, and as of today I am officially working on the third draft of my novel. Pretty soon, I’ll be able to reveal the title, since I’m putting it up on Amazon for pre-order. Once I do that, no internet lurkers can steal it, so I’ll be good to go. (please correct me if I’m wrong… I would really hate to be wrong about that)

Anyway, I’m hoping it’s not just me who suffers from this insane, life-altering writer’s insomnia. The “I CAN’T SLEEP UNTIL I FINISH THIS GOSH-DARNED BOOK” insomnia. The “OMG MY HEAD IS OVERFLOWING WITH IDEAS OUT OF CONTROL” insomnia. The “CAN’T STOP CRYING BECAUSE ALL I WANT TO DO IS GO TO SLEEP” insomnia.

Seriously, though… the insomnia. It’s godawful and I want it to go away.

I could probably sleep if I were to lay down and completely shut off my brain, but right now that’s just impossible. I feel like I’m in the caboose of a train that is hurtling full speed down a mountain without any brakes. The book is controlling me now, I have no say in the matter anymore. It is determined to be finished ASAP, no matter what.

Please, someone tell me I’m not crazy… Even if it’s not true, it would really be comforting to hear right about now.

Once my pre-order is finalized on Amazon, and I feel like it’s safe, I will be happy to share the title and description of my upcoming YA fiction novel with you all! No, not happy. Ecstatic! Exhilarated! Frenzied! (you’ll get that reference later, after you read my book)

TTFN, readers… Send some positive, sleep-inducing thoughts my way! Have a great week!

Riv

The “Unimportant” Details


When I’m writing, there are certain things that I have a lot of trouble getting motivated to write: for instance, the description of the house my character is walking into, or how the sand feels between her toes. I can see and feel all of that in my mind, so sometimes it feels like a chore to have to write it down. That’s probably what’s making the second draft a bit of a slow drag for me. I foolishly skipped a lot of descriptions and small details, and now I’m having to weave them all in bit by bit.

I’m starting to see, though, that the descriptions and the sensory details you add to your book are really what make it for the readers. Without a description of Madison’s love interest’s Italian-style villa, for instance, the picture as she walks up to it to meet him would be incomplete. If I add a detailed, efficiently eloquent description (in other words, not too wordy or overdone) the readers can see the picture that’s in my head just as easily as I can and they can really see and feel what my character feels on her journey.

I’m becoming a little bit more patient with the details now after that realization. It’s not a chore, it’s a privilege. I get to create a world for the readers with those “little” details. I’ve poured my heart into this project, and I’m really hoping that my demographic enjoys this book as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.

With all the hard work I’m doing, I can easily see this book being ready before 2016, so I might actually bump the release date up a bit. We’ll see what happens once I finish this second draft. I’m about to begin another long day of editing, rewriting, and adding descriptions, so wish me luck! And remember, fellow writers, the little details do matter!

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Riv