Hello and welcome back to my Blissful Life Project blog!
- Interview with Olivia – part 1
- Interview with Olivia – part 2
- Interview with Chloe – part 1
- Interview with Chloe – part 2
Released Book: Aurora
Currently working on: Amber
My sister Olivia and I are what people call “Military Brats”, a term used to
describe children of military families. I guess you could say we have no hometown because of how much we moved around. I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and, five years later, Olivia was born in St. Louis, Missouri. About a year after she was born we moved to Cocoa Beach, Florida. Both of us consider this to be a hometown to us because we spent a decent number of years there before moving once more. We spent almost eight years in Florida before moving to Fairfax, Virginia. We stayed in the area, only moving to neighboring towns after that. My dad retired from the Air Force allowing us to stay permanently. When I was twenty I married my high school sweetheart who was in training to join the Air Force. We got stationed in Dover, Delaware, about three hours away from our families in Virginia. I was still in college and had about two years left till I finished my four-year business degree. Olivia was just finishing her first year of high school when I moved out.
In November 2014 I graduated college and was uncertain about what to do next. The area that my husband and I were stationed in didn’t have very many opportunities for jobs and I was feeling lost. Over the holiday season my sister suggested writing a book. We sat up one evening and came up with the entire concept for Aurora. It took us a year to complete the writing and artwork for the book and four months to finish editing, layout, and format for it. April 2016 we released Aurora on Amazon and it was one of the most amazing feelings in the world. I was 24 almost and Olivia was 19 and we just wrote, illustrated, and published a book. It was unreal. My family was ecstatic. My mom and dad are definitely our biggest fans. My husband was thrilled and has worked so hard to make sure I am able to pursue whatever makes me happy. Everyone we know has completely supported us and for that we could never be grateful enough.
The next step for us was promoting. I posted about it on Imgur, a picture sharing social media site, and it went viral overnight. I was in complete shock. We did multiple promotions for it including glow in the dark wristbands that we gave away during a music festival called Firefly. Shortly after that, we did the book giveaway with Blissful Life Project; it was so fun and rewarding to work with someone who is so passionate about books.
Now it’s been a year since the release of Aurora and we are slowly working on book two, Amber. It has been much more challenging because my husband and I moved back home to Virginia, I started a job that turned out to be relatively demanding at a bank, and my sister is a full time student. I think the most challenging thing about writing a book is being able to write when inspiration hits. I work six days a week most weeks and I can’t tell you how many times I get inspired to write and I can’t. I love working and I find my job to be challenging and rewarding but it does get in the way. I have to learn where the balance is so that I can blend both harmoniously. Writing is one of the most powerful tools we have. I feel so lucky that I get to paint pictures with words and connect with people on such a unique level. Olivia, who collaborates with me on almost every detail, gets to take our words and paint a literal picture with them. She can see what the words are supposed to look like and she designs such astounding works of art from it. It makes the books ten times more powerful to me personally because our connection as sisters is literally drawn out for the reader every chapter.
As we are working on our more mundane life tasks and our books we are also working on music. My husband is a musician and the three of us work together on small projects that will hopefully be out there one day for all of you to hear. Right now our plans for the future consist of continuing the Aurora series, working on music, and enjoying the journey. While it is important to have goals and push for a brighter future, it is equally important to savor the moment leading up to it. Hopefully Amber will be released in 2018 and everyone can enjoy that journey with us. For now we hope you all continue to enjoy Aurora and it’s many mysteries and surprises!
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Until next time,