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I'll jump right into why I'm here:

I LOVE to read. I was one of those kids that was never without a book. Or two...or three. If I had a spare minute, whether in class or on the bus or late at night when I should have been asleep; I was reading.

I also always wanted to be a writer. I wrote my first short story when I was eight on an old typewriter and lots of whiteout (the kind you had to hold in front of the key and re-type to make it cover it).

Finally, at 44, I have accomplished my dreams. Thanks to the Indie platform and I have published 12 books (so far) and I am absolutely thrilled to be able to connect with other like-minded authors, and especially readers here on Goodreads. That people are reading my stories and enjoying the worlds I a
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Tara Ellis Hi Janna!

First, thank you for the question. It's one that I actually think about quite a bit.

I am finding the indie-publishing world a mixed bag of am…more
Hi Janna!

First, thank you for the question. It's one that I actually think about quite a bit.

I am finding the indie-publishing world a mixed bag of amazing opportunity that was never available to me before, and a whole lot of frustration. Last year alone, I am told there were over 250,000 self-published books. How do you compete with that? Well...any way you can!

I am still learning the ropes of social media and I believe that my books are slowly being found by the right audience, but it is a hard process.

Yes, I have thought often of trying traditional publishing, but now that my books have been out as self-published, it makes it even harder. I have only solicited one agent in the past two years that I have been working on my trilogy, so I obviously haven't tried very hard. However, I might get serious about it in the next year, depending on what happens with sales.(less)
Tara Ellis Nick, I apologize for taking so long, I didn't realize I had a pending question.

First, thank you for taking the time to ask!

I've always been an avid …more
Nick, I apologize for taking so long, I didn't realize I had a pending question.

First, thank you for taking the time to ask!

I've always been an avid reader and have read just about every existing genre, but I was sucked into YA, first-person with the Hunger Games trilogy. There are plenty of good examples out there, but there's something about the writing style of Suzanne Collins that grabbed me.

It's been a life-long dream of mine to be a writer and I started and (nearly completed) several manuscripts. However, I never attempted first-person and I was intrigued by it. It is a challenge, but I absolutely love the connection with the main character you can achieve with this style.

At the time that I started outlining Bloodline, my daughter was thirteen, which was one of the major, compelling reasons for my choice of Young Adult (I do consider it a valid genre) other than adult or contemporary. It was important to me that as she was asking to read it, that it would be appropriate for her. That's hard to do. Bloodline is definitely a Young Adult story, but I consider it a clean read, something that there isn't a whole lot of.

SO...to answer your question, I would say that the biggest reason is because I personally enjoy the fast pace of the genre and also because I wanted something my own kids (and their friends) would find entertaining.(less)
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“Her mother gave her strict instructions to follow the school phone policy and not use it until after the final bell rings. If she violates the rules and the phone is taken away, she won’t get any sympathy from her parents.”
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“It’s December 19th, and the Yakima is speeding towards Orcas Island. Located in the picturesque Puget Sound, off the coast of Washington State; it’s one of four islands accessible by the ferry system.”
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“The air blowing in through the open window is surprisingly cool. Sam rolls down her own window, breathing in the fresh air tinged with the smell of warm cedar. Pulling some stray hairs across her forehead, she gazes happily at the beautiful scenery rushing past. These woods are different than the ones back home. The trees are bigger and the forest appears denser. Instead of moss hanging off the branches, sweet smelling pine needles cover the dry ground. Sighing,”
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