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Thursday, August 22, 2013
5:00 AM | Posted by Justin941 | | Edit Post
Hey Everyone! Welcome to my stop. I am really excited to get to feature Debra as my stop for this years tour. There are many reasons that I could say make Debra a rockstar, but one of the biggest is just simply how incredibly awesome she is, and how amazing her debut into the book world. She completely blew me away with her debut (Mila 2.0) and I hope that you all will read it and see why I think she is a rockstar. I can't wait to read the rest of her series, and I am sure you all will feel the same way.
I hope you all will enjoy this awesome guest post Debra has prepared for today's stop! And make sure that you enter the giveaway she has generously provided for the stop.
Debra Driza is a member of the teen lit blogging groups the Bookanistas and The League of Extraordinary Writers, and a former practicing physical therapist who discovered tormenting her characters was infinitely more enjoyable. These days you can find her at home in California, adding random colors to her hair and wrangling one husband, two kids, and an assortment of Rhodesian Ridgebacks (most of them naughty).
MILA 2.0 is her first YA novel in a planned trilogy from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. It's currently in development with Shondaland production company (Grey's Anatomy) to become a TV series for ABC.
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be a part of the AUTHORS ARE ROCKSTARS blog event this year, woot! (Although, clearly you all have never heard me sing karaoke, and sadly my black pleather pants no longer fit. But still.)
In honor of this awesome blogger event, I’m going to talk about some great and not-so-great writing-related moments that preceded and followed the debut of my first published novel, MILA 2.0.
With life in general, I feel like good and bad are often two sides of the same coin. Writing is no different. As I sat down to make a list of WOOHOO! and EEEEK! moments, I realized that the ups and downs often seem to come hand-in-hand.
For example, a couple of my greatest MILA moments involved getting those first rave reviews, both from teen readers via my website and from bloggers. At that point, I was thinking, “Okay, maybe I DID know what I was doing all this time, YES!” Then came the not-so-great blogger reviews (dun dun DUN) which initially feel a little like someone just burst your happy bubble with a nuclear missile. I had convinced myself that I was mentally prepared (silly, silly author) but um, no. *pats naïve, pre-review version of self on head and hands self 20 lbs of preemptive chocolate* While I fully support the right of bloggers to review books as they see fit, the negative ones can just really mess with your head, make you doubt yourself, and send you down that dark hole of negativity where you ponder the viability of a career in Professional Nose Hair Clipping or Ditch Digging.
(Note: eventually, I learned to stop reading all reviews, because both good and bad can mess with your head. But the glowing emails—those always get read. Often multiple times in one day, depending on what kind of day it is.)
Here are a few more Great and Not-so-great moments that accompanied my year as a debut author:
Great moment—In October, realizing that my book would be out in the world in less than six months and oh my gosh, I WAS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE A PUBLISHED AUTHOR.
Not-so-great-moment—Realizing my mom had just been diagnosed with cancer and while I could count on having a book in six months, I had no control over what the future held for my family.
Great—Walking out for that first Dark Days tour stop in Provo and seeing a spectacularly decorated room packed with over a hundred YA book-lovers.
Not so great—The stress that engulfed me as I stepped onto the stage, worrying that I was going to say something incredibly idiotic and then have to dart behind Brodi Ashton’s furry-coat-of-awesome to hide.
Great moment—The feeling of immense possibility the day before MILA debuted and that “Holy crap, my book will be OUT IN THE WIDE WIDE WORLD tomorrow for everyone to see!” moment.
Not so great—Almost having a panic attack at the airport the day before MILA debuted because of that “Holy crap, my book is out in the WIDE WIDE WORLD tomorrow for everyone to see!” moment.
Great moment—Getting to attend wonderful events like the Romantic Times conference this year as an author versus a reader. Being on a panel with Beth Revis on one side and Veronica Roth on the other was incredibly awesome, and having a signing line always feels a little surreal.
Not so great—Begging fellow author Liz Czukas at that same Con to “TELL ME SOMETHING FUNNY!” just minutes before the giant YA Alley signing, in hopes that she could help prevent a pitiful revision and sleep-deprivation stress meltdown and keep my cheeks mascara- free.
Not-so-great—Worrying that my mom wouldn’t be in good enough health to attend my launch party, and fighting off the anxiety that she might not make it to my launch at all.
Great—Having my mom make my launch, and being able to share my debut excitement with so many wonderful friends and family.
Starting to see the pattern there? Overall, writing just seems to mimic life with its parade of ups and downs. My author friend Cindy Pon calls it the “emo-coaster” and I think that totally fits, because you can be on a complete high one minute and falling to a new low the next, and vice versa.
But personally, I think the highs greatly outweigh the lows, mostly because of two things. 1) Writing itself just fills a very specific need inside me. Without it, I’d feel like I was bottling up words and characters and feelings that really need an outlet. Stories are meant to be shared, and creating them is an incredibly satisfying experience, one I wouldn’t trade for the world. 2) Overall, the YA community has been fantastic, and contains folks who I now consider some of my best friends. So, even when I’m experiencing some not-so-great moments or feeling down, I have an entire network of people who GET IT and can offer support and sympathy. And, even better, they’re there to celebrate the highs, too.
Thank you so much for having me, and make sure to check out all the great AUTHORS ARE ROCKSTARS posts!
Debra was sweet enough to offer up a SIGNED copy of her book for me to use as a giveaway for you guys! How awesome is that?? Make sure to thank her in your comments to this post.
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