If you haven’t already figured it out, my name is Beth. For about a year, I’ve been working on my very first full manuscript, WHEN I WAKE. This blog is about my journey through querying agents, trying to get past the dreaded slush pile, and thoughts on books and related things.
A Little About Me: I exist on caffeine and chocolate. I’m insanely and creepily good at social media stalking. I have strong opinions about fonts and the Oxford comma. I have a degree in journalism from the happiest place on earth: James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. I like to be cliche and write in coffee shops, and I definitely have to block myself from Facebook and/or Twitter when I write because otherwise, NOTHING will get done. I currently work as a server, so if you’re a bad tipper, we can’t be friends. 🙂 But really though. I’m easy to be friends with. Send me pictures of dogs, and you’re in.
A Little About My Writing: I always wanted to write a book since I first learned how to read in the first place. I came up with the idea to write WHEN I WAKE when I was teaching at a high school. I was using Harry Potter as an example of something (which I am very apt to do, and often), and when they didn’t get what I was trying to say, I realized that these kids don’t have that character to grow up with like my generation did. I decided then and there I wanted to write a series, and Raya and her journey through Pirondea was born. WHEN I WAKE is a young adult fantasy novel and the first in an intended series of five, and follows a fifteen-year-old girl named Raya who discovers her diagnosis with a sleeping disorder is actually the power of astral projection, and her dreams of a forest with some interesting people are very, very real.