Reinvention By Tawny Stokes and Vivi Anna
First off I’d like to thank Jacki for having me at her blog. I’ve been a big fan since her first book! Now on to my post….
Ch-ch-changes…as David Bowie’s iconic song streams through my head, I think about all the changes I’ve made in the past year. There has been quite a few. Some small, and some major. Some personal like my continual battle with Pepsi addiction, but most are related to my writing career.
As probably a lot of you know, there has been tons of turmoil in the publishing industry, and unfortunately since I haven’t found huge success in the paranormal field, that turmoil has affected me, as well as tons of other authors I know and love. As with all strife, its how you handle it that makes the difference. And I’ve never been one to let anything get me down. I’ve been dropped by publishers even before this industry shakeup. Kensington dropped me after my disastrous showing in sales of my erotic post-apocolyptic book Inferno, the sequel to Hell Kat. And I kept going.
After my third book came out from Harlequin Nocturne, I did some soul searching, and realized I really didn’t belong in the current paranormal romance field, IMHO. I realized I had a strong voice for YA, so I wrote one, and sent it to my agent and she shopped it, and shopped it and shopped it. And unfortunately, it didn’t hit. So I wrote another YA, and sent it to my agent and she shopped it and shopped it and shopped it. We came closer with this one, so close it makes me cry just thinking about it. But through this all I realized that I LOVE writing YA.
Also through this shake up, I went back to my first love, writing screenplays. I actually started writing them before I ever wrote a book. So I’ve written a couple of scripts, and in the past year, I’ve secured a Hollywood manager, and a producer who loves my work and my voice and we have developed a TV show pilot together, (which is actually based one of my YA books) and it is currently at the networks being considered. Wheeeeeeee!! I have a few other scripts being read as well by various producers. I’m very excited about the future for me in movies and TV.
Oh right, back to books…. ☺
So through this all, and the rise of ebooks, and the kindle, I decided to selfpublish as well. I’ve already released a urban fantasy called GLIMMER, under my Vivi Anna name, and I’ve just released my first YA, called STATIC, under my alter ego’s name Tawny Stokes. I am still writing for Harlequin Nocturne as of this post, but will be self-publishing everything else I write. I’m very excited about the choices that authors have now. I’m excited about the future of publishing for authors. We have many paths to take to get to publication. It’s a brave new publishing world and I’m very excited to be part of it.
Praise for Static
“You’re going to love Static --- a deep, dark and sexy ride. This is a creepy and unique addition to the YA paranormal genre that goes a little bit further and gives a little bit more.” - Janet Gurtler, author of I’m Not Her and If I Tell, Sourcebooks Fire.
"STATIC is an edgy, dark, and delicious read! Tawny Stokes is a tasty new voice in YA fiction." –Michelle Rowen, national bestselling author of Demon Princess series
"Static is an edgy, unique, whirlwind paranormal story with great action and amazing storytelling. This one leads you down a path you won't forget. Don't miss it!" - Denise A. Agnew
During the summer before her senior year, 17 year old band groupie, Salem Vale, has been following her favorite punk rockers, Malice, from gig to gig hoping that one night she might get backstage and meet the sinisterly sexy guys. She’s been saving her virginity for the lead singer Thane. One fateful evening she gets her wish. It’s a dream come true.
Except the dream turns to a nightmare when she wakes up in a dumpster, tossed away like yesterday’s trash, with no memory of what happened the night before. She feels strange, different, as if something is trying to get out. Soon she realizes she’s changing…turning into something not quite human.
Now a hunger deep inside claws at her to feed, to siphon energy from those around her. Before she can do just that, Trevor, the band’s roadie shows up and stops her from killing. With his help she learns to control the hunger inside, because he’s just like her. And in return he wants her help to do one little thing…
Help him kill the members of Malice.
About the author:
Tawny Stokes has always been a writer. From an early age, she’d spin tales of serial killers in love, vampires taking over the world, and sometimes about fluffy bunnies turned bunnicidal maniacs. An honour student in high school, with a penchant for math and English, you’d never know it by the foot high blue Mohawk and Doc Martens, which often got her into trouble. No longer a Mohawk wearer, Tawny still enjoys old school punk rock, trance, zombie movies, teen horror films, and fluffy bunnies. She lives in Canada with her fantastical daughter, two cats, and spends most of her time creating new stories for teens.
You can visit her at www.tawnystokes.com or follow her on twitter @TawnyStokes
Oh, one more thing...be sure and leave a comment below. I am giving away an e-book copy of STATIC!!