Today BookZone welcomes Janet Beasley, participating author in the Orangeberry Summer Splash Book Tour featuring: 100 Authors, 106 books and 500 Blog Stops in 31 days! As part of this tour Janet is promoting her epic fantasy series, Hidden Earth – Maycly as she shares how she began a new writing venture via the following guest post:
I suppose I’m the least likely candidate, when it comes to my English teachers, to someone who would tackle writing a six novel epic fantasy series right out of the gate. But little do they know just what the journey to publication involved for me.
Never let anyone tell you it’s too late in life to start another career. I believe if you are dedicated to a passion, age means nothing.
I began writing Maycly eight years ago. I had no idea what I was getting into.
Since the ‘70s I’d worked with my sweetheart, and now husband, and together written numerous stage plays, built sets, created scenes, developed special effects, deigned technical theater systems and installed them, written self-help books within the genre, been published in trade specific magazines, and the list goes on when it comes to productions and live events on all levels.
After hanging around the entertainment industry for so many years, I figured it was time for change. I had been toying with writing Maycly, but decided to get serious…I mean how hard could it be with everything I’d been involved with, I thought to myself this would be a nice easy paced career to lead me into retirement.
Spoiler alert: writing an epic fantasy series is nothing like I had expected! I started drawing maps, making up lands, creating characters, species, creatures, and plants of all kinds for my new world. This had become a creative genius’s dream job! At age 49 I was putting myself through writing school and learned the tricks of a new trade I had no idea existed. It became a passion, and not just an escape. I became dedicated to the craft and have learned to admire anyone who attempts and completes writing a novel.
And the best surprise of all. . .Maycly turned into a three part novel, and in addition five more novels have been birthed, stemming from Maycly’s events.
Maycly released as a single, three part paperback on Feb 26, 2012, and the ebooks (each a separate part) released on Mar 20, 2012. I am currently in the process of pounding out the creative ideas for the next five novels. Volume 2 is nearly a third rough-written already.
I’m excited to have found the niche` that allows my fantastical imagination to soar to new heights. . .and I must say, I appreciate the fact that it’s a whole lot lighter workload than rigging gear and building sets.