Happy 1st book birthday to THE SECRET FILES OF FAIRDAY MORROW! It's been a year since the mystery of the Begonia House was revealed to the world, and now the paperback will be available January 3rd, 2017. The new cover stays true to Fairday's snazzy style, sprinkling in a few added charms. Can you spot the differences from the hardcover? ;)
Catch the book trailer to find out about the mystery...
Planning to pick up the paperback? Pre-order a copy and you could win a $50 VISA card to treat yourself after the holidays. Contest is open to all! For more details on how to enter, click here.
For more information about the book, visit the DMS at fairdaysfiles.com
Writing advice from Stephanie & Jess
Stephanie: Read as much as you can! Reading helps spark your imagination and allows you to picture stories in your mind. Writing will come much easier if you already have words swirling around in your mind. Growing up, I kept a diary. I wrote in it every day from the time I was in 5th grade until I was about 30. When I want to remember what it was like to be a certain age, I can go back and reread what I was thinking. Sometimes I am a little embarrassed by my thoughts, but they help me go back in time.
In school, I never liked editing my work, but now I embrace the edits. I know that it's impossible to look at your own writing through fresh eyes and the edits are what makes the writing sparkle. They may be a lot of work, but they are well worth the effort.
"You miss 100% of the shots you never take." ~ Wayne Gretzky
Jess: My advice to people who are interested in writing stories is to develop your unique style. Reading what you like will help improve your craft. I am a visual person, and I like to to draw. Stephanie and I will discuss a chapter, and then I’ll come up with an illustration that helps pull the idea together.
My most important piece of advice though, is to enjoy yourself! As a creative being, it’s not about the end goal, but more the process of your work. The successes and failures are all bunched together with each step, so relax and let your imagination soar! Creating worlds and characters is magical, but it takes time.
"Whatever you do, make good art."
~ Neil Gaiman