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Hello, Readers!

For this blog post, I wanted to start off a series of posts for the next few weeks discussing each of my series; Aster Wood, 6th Grade Supernatural, Lens, and the soon to be written Light Chaser

Today and next week, I’ll tell you all about Aster Wood!

Aster Wood and the Lost Maps of Almara (get it on Amazon) was the first book I wrote back in 2013 / 2014. I can tell you that I’m not one of those writers who always dreamed about writing when I was a kid. The things I dreamed about were horses and, later on, photography. I sort of fell into writing. Here’s how …

In fall of 2013, my husband took a sabbatical from work for a few months. I was already working from home as a digital motion painter, but I still had a lot of free time to spend with him while the kiddos were at school. 

Over the course of a few days, he imagined an app geared toward children and learning. I quickly joined in the brainstorming, and together we sketched out a world where the player would “jump” to different areas of the game, needing to solve several puzzles along the way. 

The whole thing was a blast. It was great fun to imagine the different worlds and our character’s place in them. We envisioned the player starting out at a mailbox when s/he would pull out a magical map, the key to the first of the worlds. It was at this point that our story would begin.

Along the way (with the naive imagining that our game would be a huge success), we decided that it would make sense to publish a gaming guide with a more in-depth story about our character and his adventures in each place. We needed a writer.

Guess who it was?

So, I started writing. And writing. And writing. Before I knew it, I found myself with forty pages of story with no end in sight. After another month, my husband returned to work, and the game was quickly pushed aside. But the story wasn’t! 

I surprised myself during the entire writing of that first book. I knew I could “string a few words together,” as one of my early readers pointed out, but I had never even imagined that I would be able to write an entire novel! Aster (meaning star) would be my main character, and he would jump from world to world just as we’d intended our gamer to. 

Six months later, I had my very first novel in my hands. I would say the rest is history, but there’s more to it than that. Check back here next week to learn more about the imagery that inspired the series, and my road toward publication.

Until then, happy reading!

Jen

P. S. In other news, I’ve finally started to disconnect from the news a bit and am writing again! I’ve added 6951 new words in the past week, far from my 1 Million Words goals, but still a major accomplishment. Onward!

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