When I published my first book, Being Human, I was a newbie. No experience publishing and limited knowledge from what I could find on the Internet and asking those who had published before me. Mistakes were made, but I learned from them and corrected them quickly. So when it came time to publish Snapshots, I was pretty confident. I wouldn’t make the same mistakes twice.
Instead, I made new ones!
Publishing Snapshots turned into a nightmare that I avoid remembering. It was so bad that at one point I was certain my writing partner believed I was going to delete the book and tried to talk me down. Hubby had to console me because I thought I had given readers another reason to avoid self-published books and was bawling my eyes out. (And I hate crying in front of others.) It wasn’t my own books I was hurting, it was others as well. Brilliant books that surpass mine would be hurt because I got sloppy.
I would be solely responsible for the downfall of self-published books.
Yeah, I was over reacting, and over time, I managed to come to terms with what happened. As with Being Human, I learned from Snapshots’ mistakes. Each time an author publishes a book, it’s a learning experience. No two book releases go the same. But then again, no two books are the same.
My name is Cyclop Blaine and I am a real person.
“You are mine.”
I am a real person: heedless of a childhood spent under the supervision of an old man I only know as Master.
“You belong to me.”
I am a real person: regardless of my teenage years bound by violence as the adoptive son of the Victory Street Gang's leader.
“You will obey me.”
I am a real person: despite the visions I see in others' eyes. Snapshots of their futures.
“You will cower before me.”
I am a real person: my life will be my own. I belong to no one.
“You. Are. MINE.”
Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was more of an art and band geek. Some stories are meant to be told and now she can't stop writing. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.
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