Do you believe in Heaven above?
Do you belive in Love?
Don't tell a lie, don't be false or untrue
It all comes back to you
Ah, the 1980's, a source of wonderful songs with which to theme my posts. Send Me An Angel is the 1983 hit by Real Life. When I read the blurb for Viola Estrella's soon-to-be-dropped-from-Heaven release, ANGEL VINDICATED, I knew a moment of true divine intervention (and a chance to hear one of my favorite songs!)
Please welcome the fantastic Viola Estrella to The Lovestruck Novice today for her guest blog of an Oopsie Moment where her remarkable voice and sense of humor shine. I enjoyed reading Viola's post and I know you will to.
When I approached Viola about sharing her experiences with us, I couldn't help but want to know a little more about the person behind the author. So, I asked her my favorite question.
If you were a book, what would your blurb be? Here's what Viola said.
Desperate Housewives meets Survivor. Short but resilient author and mother of four overcomes rejection and battles the overflowing laundry basket...and that odor streaming from the upstairs bathroom. How will she ever find the time to promote her upcoming releases, write, edit, and feed her family something other than take-out?
Perfect! Now, it's all you, Viola! What's your Oopsie?
My biggest oopsie moment? Hmm… Which one should I choose? Really, there are so many. I started writing with the goal to publish over six years ago. Six years, six manuscripts later, I finally sold the fifth book I’d written. A few months after that, I sold the sixth book I’d written. It was as if heaven took pity on me and let me through pearly gates…twice. Well, after I’d pounded at the doors for so long, they probably felt like they didn’t have a choice.
Over those six hellish years, I committed probably every sin an author could make. Head-hopping, passive voice, unsympathetic characters. You name it, I did it. One oopsie after the other followed by one rejection after another.
But I didn’t let it stop me.
To be honest, I think the only major oopsie a new author can make is to give up. I’ll go as far as to be cliché and say perseverance is the key. Because it is. Perseverance, writing, and honing your craft. Wash, rinse, and repeat.
And having a few writer friends to vent with doesn’t hurt! Or critique partners who gently remind you when you make an oopsie so you can correct it before you submit your almost fabulous manuscript to an agent or editor.
Nothing, not one oopsie, should ever be enough for a writer to put down that pen or stop clicking at that keyboard. Because if writing is truly your passion, you’ll be right beside me, fists clenched, pounding at those damn gates. Right?
Good. I’ll see you there. We can brainstorm your new idea.
Angel Vindicated – Available 5/14/2009 from www.cerridwenpress.com
Bewitching You – Available 10/30/2009 from www.thewildrosepress.com
Thank you, Viola for giving some heavenly inspirartion. (seriously, I can't help myself!) I loved having you here today and hope you'll visit again soon. Good luck with your releases! We'll all be wishing you tons of success. Remember everyone, the count down begins to the release of ANGEL VINDICATED. Join Abby Angel who's making the world a better place, one demon hunt at a time.
THANKS to all for stopping by today and if you're in the mood for some REAL LIFE, I couldn't resist putting a link to their ultra 1980's cheesy-ball video to Send Me An Angel