I started writing 'Maledicta' at the top of every page of my notebook. I’d stare at it, say it over and over in my head, wondering if it was the right word.
The title stuck.
My writing journey has been anything but cursed. If I were to describe it in one word, it would be Fortuna. Fortuna is Latin for ‘good luck.' When I started writing Maledicta, I did not intend to become an author. Writing was a hobby, and I enjoyed it. I wrote the first draft and entered a few writing contests. Comments from the judges inspired me to seek out online critique partners, take a class in writing, and pursue publication.
I became excited at the possibility of publication so I queried four publisher/agents. Four rejections. I realized that I had no idea what I was doing so I quickly diverted from the query mode.
I took two online courses through RWA (Romance Writers of America). Both were extremely helpful, inexpensive and inspired me to write a second draft. Things were looking better.
Next, I struck gold with my critique partners.
Critiquing another’s writing helped me become more aware of my own grammatical mistakes, tighten my plot, become immersed into my characters, and cut unnecessary ‘stuff.' My writing improved, and I was inspired by my partners’ ambitions.
Luck continued when one of my critique partners entered me into a pitch contest. A week later, Maledicta, had been selected for the contest’s editor’s round. Two editors asked to see Maledicta. A month later, I was offered a contract from Soul Mate Publishing.
During the editing process in February, my editor suggested that I find a new title; one that people could understand, relate to and pronounce... After the initial shock and realization that my editor was right, I began searching for a new title. I sought help from my critique partners, preschool co-workers, friends, and family. Two weeks later, Entwined Souls popped into my head.
Souls Entwined released on April 30, 2014 in e-book form on amazon.com. Paperback will be available early 2015.