Today’s guest blog comes from the incredibly talented L.L. McNeil, author of the Linaria epic fantasy series. She released her first novel Moroda, and the sequel, Palom, is available soon. This is the first of five blogs she published at llmcneil.com.
A native of the southeast United States, Kari Holloway is a shutterbug, spending her days chasing her two daughters while enjoying the outdoors. She never strayed far from her family’s four-generational farmhouse, attending Georgia Southwestern State University and receiving her bachelor’s degree.
Her debut series, Laughing P, is a delightful mix of real world problems infused with the iconic southern culture that many witness first hand when they visit. Not content with a single genre, she writes what comes to mind and worries about slapping a label on it later. A prolific self-published author, she has now made a meteoric transition to Paranormal Fantasy. I was over the moon when Kari agreed to be my first Q&A. Who is the woman behind the ‘glamour’ of such vivid fiction?
It’s very easy to become discouraged when you are a writer. “I can’t do this”, “What’s the point in trying?” “Published Author X’s writing standard is so beyond me that I may as well put my novel in the trash”. I hear you say all these things. And believe me, I’ve said them all. And when perfunctory rejections or complete non-responses from agents keep creeping up, it’s so tempting to throw in the towel. But you must not give in. In this blog I give you 10 reasons why your unpublished/rejected novel 100% definitely does NOT suck!!
Ah, the joys of being creative in the writing process. Nothing is more fun that thinking how much you would enjoy making a world that is truly your own. One, you can design, create, have your own lands, creatures, things, races of people, even own currency and language. It’s a really unique feeling and can be a lot of fun. Yet, it can be a huge pain in the neck and that is why I’m writing this today. I want to give a few things that might be helpful should you want to dive into the wonderful world of creating your own fantasy world.