IAM15 Guest Post…How I Became an Indie Author

IAM 2015 - TopperToday’s guest is Hannah Harvey, author of several contemporary YA fiction novels. After a chance meeting via Twitter, Hannah has previously taken part in our regular Sunday Write-Up creative challenge, and was invited to join this month’s event from that 🙂

So, that’s enough from us, let’s hand over to Hannah for her guest post on how she became an indie author…

How I became an indie author

I’ve always loved writing. I was home educated my entire school life by my mum, and growing up, I’d always loved English the best. I’d love it when my mum would set me the task of writing a short story. This led pretty quickly into me writing not just for school, but for pleasure as well.

Hannah Harvey - Author I started to fill notebooks with stories, and even started a few novels. My main problem, was that I couldn’t finish a novel. I found it too hard to stick to one idea, because I had just so many running around in my head. This is where National Novel Writing Month came in. I started taking part and before long I was finishing full novels. My love of writing grew.

At the same time, I’d started college and I had the plan of becoming a nurse, however I was diagnosed with a condition called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. Basically meaning that I I was collapsing all the time. I couldn’t attend college anymore, and I still have the condition now over six years later. So I couldn’t go to college anymore, I could hardly stand up in those first months, before I got onto the right medications and got a small amount of control.

So plans had to be reworked. I was at home a lot of the time, and I had my laptop so naturally I started writing. I poured myself into writing, and I had so many finished first drafts, that I just decided it was time I did something with them.

It was round this time that I discovered Kindle Direct Publishing. This seemed like an amazing chance for me, because breaking into the publishing world is so tough, so I thought if I could do it myself then that would be amazing.

It’s hard work. I’m in charge of writing, editing, promotion, the whole lot. It’s also a lot of fun, and I love having the freedom to set my own deadlines and write exactly what I want. I’m learning so much about writing, editing, cover design and promotion, and it’s been incredible.

Currently I’ve published four novels and one novella, and I hope to have another book out in the not too distant future.

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Between Now and Goodbye final - CopyThree friends. One eventful summer.

Libby finally has the settled life she’s always wanted, and never before had. She has a happy family, two best friends Julie and Charles, and loves her home.
This summer will be the best of her life. A summer spent learning in a culinary camp in New York, but when something happens at home and she’s forced to return, how will her summer turn out?

Charles had big dreams for his future, college, medical school, and spending as much time as possible with his girlfriend Julie. This summer will change all of that. His mom’s sick, his dad’s gone and he’s left trying to hold his family together. On top of that, Julie’s pulling away from him. Will he be able to fix things before they fall apart?

Julie is bored. She’s bored of her private school. Bored of always doing the same thing. Bored of having plans cancelled by her boyfriend who’s always busy. She’s bored and she wants a change. When she attempts to liven things up with some of her school friends, she ends up making a mistake. How will that mistake end up shaping her summer?

Follow Libby, Charles and Julie as they fight their way through an emotional summer, as they learn that sometimes theirs no escaping goodbyes, but that they aren’t always bad things.

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Want to know more? Check out the links!

Hannah Harvey is a 23 year old self published author, blogger and avid reader from the UK. When she’s not writing or editing novels, she’s working on three different blogs, and reading a tonne of books.

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Interview with…author Hannah Harvey

On Wednesday we did a cover reveal for Hannah’s latest book – today we find out more about her and her writing in a special interview! 

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Hannah Harvey - Author

Hannah Harvey – Author

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day? Curled up under a blanket reading a really good book, oh and drinking some nice strong coffee.

What is the one book you think everyone should read? The Fault in our Stars by John Green

How do you react to a bad review? I try to look at ways I can improve my writing based on what the review has said. I’m not really one to let bad reviews get to me, because everyone is entitled to an opinion.

Which authors have influence you most, and how? John Green has definitely influenced me, watching his videos and reading his books does have an influence on me, because I just love the way he creates characters, and how in depth he makes them. Also I really love his style of writing.

Night owl or early bird? Most definitely a night owl, I’m usually always up until at least 1am.

What are you working on at the moment – do you have any other books in the works? I’m sort of half working on a new novel called ‘Love and Other Works of Fiction’ but that’s going to be put on the back burner while I write my NaNoWriMo novel ‘The Possible Existence of Happiness’ both of these I hope to get published. I’ve also been working on editing my two Camp NaNo novels, ‘From Now On’ and ‘After Summer.’ [asidefromwriting – After Summer was released yesterday!)

What inspired you to want to become a writer? Just reading a lot I guess. I’d always loved writing, as a kid I used to love writing short stories, and even though when I was younger I hated reading, by the time I got to about thirteen or fourteen I was in love with reading, and it was really then that I started putting more effort into my stories, and actually finishing some. After that it was NaNoWriMo, I got involved with that and once I had these completed manuscripts, I just thought why not publish them and see what other people think.

What was your favorite book when you were younger? I really loved and still do love ‘I Capture the Castle’ by Dodie Smith.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? Editing is your friend, don’t be afraid to delete big chunks, rewrite entire chapters, change your mind about endings or major plot points. It’s your novel, ultimately it has to be something you’re happy with so make sure you keep working on it until you are happy.

Oh and of course, read.

What is your favorite Quote? Don’t forget to be awesome! –The Vlogbrothers

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? I wanted to be a baker, and then a nursery nurse, and then a nurse, and then I settled on writer.

Who are your favorite authors of all time? John Green, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Lyn Andrews, Amy Kathleen Ryan.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? I once had an idea to write a book set in a boarding school which was in the modern world, but all the students thought they were in the 1900’s. I gave up on that idea pretty quickly.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year? I am really looking forward to ‘Flame’ by Amy Kathleen Ryan, it’s the third in the Sky Chasers series and I really cannot wait. I have my pre-order in already.

Text or Talk? I’d have to go with Text.

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About the Author: Hannah has had a keen interest in writing for a long time, starting out writing short stories when she was young. As she got older she started taking her writing more seriously, and writing longer pieces, but it wasn’t until taking part in and completing NaNoWriMo, that she decided to pursue her writing. Her first novel ‘How I Got Here’ was released in the summer of 2012.

Want to know more? Check out the links!

Authors Website: www.thebooktower.webs.com

Amazon Authors Page: www.amazon.com/author/hannahharvey

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/bookish92

Cover Reveal…After Summer by Hannah Harvey

After Summer

After Summer – Release 1st March 2013

 

 We’re really excited to be hosting a cover reveal feature today for author Hannah Harvey – her new book After Summer will be released on the first of March and you can find out all about it here! 

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The Blurb – Everything changes for Arianna when she loses one of her best friends in an accident, suddenly everything that felt happy and safe, is no longer there, and she can’t handle it.

It used to be Ben, Summer and Arianna, always together, and now it’s just Ben and Arianna left, and she needs to escape.

After Summer’s death she pushes Ben away, cutting of her connection with who she used to be, but she can’t keep running forever, not when the past is always ready to catch her up, especially since it’s more than just Summer’s death that she’s running from.

 

Full Synopsis

After Summer is a young adult fiction novel, set in a fictional beachside small town in America. It centres around Arianna, an eighteen year old who has just graduated high school. All her life Arianna has had a plan in place, but after her best friend Summer dies, she finds it increasingly difficult to live up to the expectations.

She has secrets, and throughout the novels she’s battling between what she wants, and what she thinks others want for her.

Most of the story is told in third person, though there are a few journal style letters incorporated.

After Summer is a book about discovering who you are, through many trials of growing up. It delves into loss, love, expectations and a fear of asking for help, even when you know you need it.

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Excerpt:

‘Don’t lecture me Ben I can’t deal with that tonight.’

‘I expected more from you.’ He sighs.

‘That’s the whole issue though,’ Arianna shouts, ‘so many people expected so much from me, by the time I was about thirteen my whole life had been mapped out, and I felt like if I changed even one thing, I’d be letting everyone down! I was drowning in expectations. After Summer died I just couldn’t do it anymore, but that Arianna, the one I used to be, she was so tied down by all of that, so I had to become someone new.’

‘And cut everyone out of your life? I know it’s not just me, you hardly talk to Alex anymore, you’re withdrawn around your parents, you don’t talk to my parents anymore, all of your friends were dropped, you don’t talk to Kate, and she says that Fletcher has been trying to contact you but you won’t talk to him either. I don’t understand it, you had a great life and sure I know things weren’t perfect, but you had a support system of friends and family, and you pushed them all away. What’s so horrible about the life you had planned?’

‘Nothing’s horrible about it,’

‘Then just explain to me what you’re doing? Why you’re acting like this prom queen type of girl.’

‘Maybe because I am the prom queen,’ she shrugs noncommittally, ‘I like who I am now, I have a big group of friends, I have money, I don’t have to worry about being labelled a nerd, I actually have a varied social life that consists of more than staying at home, or going to the arcade. I don’t have to care,’

‘About anything,’ he finishes for her, ‘that’s the biggest problem, you used to care about things and people, but now you don’t, or you pretend you don’t.’

‘I didn’t come here to talk about myself, so if this is the way the nights going then I’ll leave now.’ She snaps back angrily.

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About the Author: Hannah has had a keen interest in writing for a long time, starting out writing short stories when she was young. As she got older she started taking her writing more seriously, and writing longer pieces, but it wasn’t until taking part in and completing NaNoWriMo, that she decided to pursue her writing. Her first novel ‘How I Got Here’ was released in the summer of 2012.

Want to know more? Check out the links!

Authors Website: www.thebooktower.webs.com

Amazon Authors Page: www.amazon.com/author/hannahharvey

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/bookish92