I’m so inspired.
And envious. And impatient.
Why am I feeling all these things at once?
Vera Nazarian, author of the Atlantis Grail series, just posted a pair of YouTube videos. In them, she’s reading three and a half chapters of Survive, the fourth and final book in the series.
I’ve been a fan of the series ever since I read Qualify, the first book. Win, the third in the series, came out in July of 2017. I dropped nearly everything else to inhale it. Since then, I’ve been anxiously awaiting to find out what happened to these characters who I’ve begun to care about. Characters I can almost believe actually exist.
Hence the impatience. By February of this year, the first five chapters of Survive were posted on WattPad. I devoured them. They raised more questions than they answered. So, of course, they did what the author intended: to whet the appetite of readers for more.
I was thrilled to listen to her read the next few chapters. I laughed out loud at some of the absolutely hilarious moments of brilliant humor. A new character is introduced, who is a complete joy and belittles the main antagonist with wit and scorn. Another character shows some major growth in his relationship with his father. And there are more questions!
I’m so envious. I would love to be able to create a world that readers want to visit over and over. And to create characters that readers care about and want to go on their journeys with.
Which inspires me to keep writing. Vera Nazarian’s work shows me just how to connect with readers by writing stories that captivate.
At long last, my novel, Raising Fear, is with my editor. Which means all my inspiration is going toward the creation of a young adult science fiction novella. I’ve turned on some music and am getting swept up in the life and trials of Sophie, my heroine. Who knows where her journey will take her and where she’ll end up. And maybe someday, someone will want to read her story and travel along with her.