Every author has a story about their journey to publication, some simple, some extraordinary. But of all the stories I’ve read, Hannah Jayne’s just may take the cake. First, read a little bit about her upcoming novel, TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY.
Sawyer Dodd has it all. She’s a star track athlete, choir soloist, and A-student. And her boyfriend is the handsome all-star Kevin Anderson. But behind the medals, prom pictures, and perfect smiles, Sawyer finds herself trapped in a controlling, abusive relationship with Kevin. When he dies in a drunk-driving accident, Sawyer is secretly relieved. She’s free. Until she opens her locker and finds a mysterious letter signed by “an admirer” and printed with two simple words: “You’re welcome.”
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Every writer has their own story of their road to publication, paved with lots of rejections and due paying, and I’m no exception. But my road started a little earlier than some, and I’m more hard-headed than most.
I decided I was going to be an author when I was in the second grade. Not “wanted to be” – was going to be. However, I didn’t have a lot of experience as a fat fingered second grader, and the publishing industry wasn’t clamoring for 12-page stories of time traveling orphans and penguins.
Fast forward a lot of years.
I was working a standard office job, hating it, and my “going to be” a writer had been smashed back down to “wanted to,” due to some rejections and my total fear of…everything. But one day I had had enough. I walked into my boss’s office and quit my job.
Then my boyfriend of four years broke up with me.
Then my house burned down.
Yep, just like that. Boom, boom, boom in three months time. I moved back in with my parents – and when I say ‘moved,’ I mean I brought my laptop, the clothes I was wearing, and my grandmother’s necklace. Everything else had been swallowed by flames. I moved back into my old room, which was still salmon-pink and covered with New Kids on the Block posters. I had no idea what I was going to do with myself. So…I wrote. I decided it truly was now or never and since I was a jobless, single vagrant, would I care that someone rejected my manuscript? No. A rejection was a slip of paper from someone I’d never met. And it wouldn’t kill me. I mean, I survived my house burning down!
It took me about four months to write that first book. And then sixty-three rejection letters to snag my agent, Amberly Finarelli, who I immediately fell in love with over chocolate-covered peppermint cookies and lattes.
That first book didn’t sell (you can read it online now!), but my fearless flame wasn’t doused. I moved right on to book number two – about a quirky chick with a vampire fashionista for a roommate. And the rest is history…
I wouldn’t suggest going my route (a burned-out house is a serious pain), but I would suggest swallowing that fear. If you don’t, it’ll surely swallow you.
Hannah is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the upcoming young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY and SEE JANE RUN available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she’s not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home and attempts to share couch space with two enormous cats.
Now that you’re here, kick up your feet and stay awhile…