Nine months ago, Teagan Matthews' boyfriend disappeared and took her sense of stability with him. But when the opportunity to live with her aging grandmother in Salem arises, she decides it's time to get on with her life. A new home, new job and new friends are adding up to a beautiful summer...
...until a young girl's body shows up one night in town, wearing a necklace exactly like Teagan's.
Now a guy looking remarkably like her missing boyfriend has arrived in Salem along with a mysterious stranger who may have some answers that Teagan has desperately been searching for. Teagan must now decide who to trust. It's a matter of life and her death.
Warning: This is a terribly honest post.
Ever see those pictures about what I think I do, and what other people think I do?
That's the life of a writer.
What I thought it would be:
I thought that within a year I would sell approx. 5k books. I had seen others do it and consider themselves only slightly successful. What I didn't think was that I would have five titles out by now. I was hoping for three! But once I started I couldn't stop. And now I love that I'm planning my life around this secret second life I lead.
What it is:
I knew my books wouldn't be successes right out the gate, but I did think I would hit the 2k sold mark before my 1 year anniversary. Here I am, only a month away and I just hit 1k sold. Slightly disheartening, but with five books on the market I have a better shot now than ever. I thought by now I'd be at least making a somewhat decent living, but I'm barely scraping by, and I'm forced to still work full time.
What others think it is:
Other people hear self publishing or small press they think "Oh she couldn't make it." When I thought, "I have to pay the bills." It's why I chose the road I did. Also I'm totally a type A personality and I wanted control of my projects and timelines. I have an amazing little team who makes sure I can put out my best work, and they make it that way. I've been told that I'm famous, which is not the case. I simply love my readers and I'd do anything to make them happy. I love my job. I love to write. And I hope there are people who love what I write as much as I do.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She's spent the last few years as a beauty queen and elementary teacher. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.
Twitter - https://twitter.com/BrinaCourtney