Thank you for inviting me to answer a few questions about being an author. First I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Eve Ragland. E.M. Ragland my pen name. I am the author of a new young adult series entitled The Bound Trilogy. The first installment of the series, Yoke, was released in June of 2011. You can check out my website and book trailer when you have time. www.emragland.com.
I've always loved reading and writing and briefly considered a writing career when I was in college. Unfortunately at the time, I was more practical and less adventurous in my real life than I was in my imagination, and I decided to focus my attention on a more lucrative profession. However, I found myself a decade later and in my mid-thirties in a much different place in my head and soul. My practical, responsible persona had run its course and my imagination and desire to create new worlds was taking over. Within a matter of two months of making my decision to write a book which developed into a series, my life very organically spun in a dramatically different direction. My schedule was insane when I began the series. I maintained a demanding full time job in the financial world and my role as mother to my six year old little girl by day. By night I was a different animal all together. As soon as my daughter's head hit the pillow, I began writing until two sometimes three in the morning. And when I did go to sleep, I dreamed of my characters. My friends and family worried about my health because of the hours I was keeping but I had more energy than I'd had in years. Sure, I looked like a raving lunatic, but I didn't care. I sometimes wore the same clothes to work two days in a row because I had written straight through the night and I didn't stop to change clothes. It took nine months for me to complete my first book. I was fortunate enough to find an agent with the Harvey Klinger Agency. She loved my story but told me it was unsellable because I had written too much. It was too long for a young adult debut author and that I had to find a way to cut the first book down by nearly a third. I was devastated for about two days, then shook it off and began my edits. Two months later I had cut my story from 150,000 words to 100,000 words. After a year of trying to find a home for my series, we couldn't sell it. No one wanted an angel series because angel series were a thing of the past. Everyone wanted dystopian fiction. We had a few very close considerations but in the end, my subject matter was not what the publishing houses wanted. I didn't care. I published it myself. I found a graphic artist and he created exactly the cover I wanted. We loved working together so much we decided to make a trailer together. And now here I am. Almost three years to the day that I wrote the first words of my series. I am half way done with book two and hope to get that one out in the summer of 2012.
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