Follow Your Heart: The Writer’s Dilemma

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The Shape of Honey is incredibly special to me as a project because unlike Threefold Love, my first book, I actually started writing it with intentions of turning it into a full length, sellable novel. For me that was huge. I started thinking of myself as a writer–a person who writes. (Not an author…I can’t wrap my head around the idea of what authoring looks like, but I do sit down at my laptop or notebook and write every day.) I’d tinkered with writing for a long while before Threefold Love, but now I was being serious. In doing so I found out a lot about what I was willing to do to make a book happen. I started having dedicated writing times/days and really buckled down. During this personal revitalization process I actually lost an extremely close friend. A person who I was close to couldn’t take me reallocating some of my time and attention.

I think that actually colored some of the work that I did in the book, making it a bit darker than it might have been otherwise. I felt stronger after I lost that friend though because I realized that someone who doesn’t support your life goals isn’t really your friend, and it made me appreciate the ones who stuck around that much more. The people who really love you don’t judge you for having dreams, or berate you or belittle you if they see you’re spending time on something that makes you happy. Instead, they lift you up, laugh with you, and want to hear all about it.
Have any of you ever lost something important to follow your heart?


Check out The Shape of Honey!

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Yulian Volkov is an entrepreneur and lone werewolf who hates the city. At a pack meeting, he learns the only member he’s attracted to is being expelled for crimes unspecified. Yulian strikes a deal with the pack leader to allow Rolly Witten to live on his farm and work in his Meadery. Although enjoying handsome Rolly’s company, Yulian must tread carefully, since Rolly doesn’t trust him and the pack doesn’t acknowledge homosexuality exists. Meanwhile, Yulian stealthily courts Rolly by teaching him the value of his wolf side.

Rolly, who’s known he was gay since he was a teen, has accepted a life of solitude—and a life of crime. He has no desire to relocate. Yet Yulian’s trust in his ability to do honest work builds his confidence. As life is settling well for them, Rolly learns a friend from his old pack had a crush on him, and he’s torn between returning his friend’s feelings or pursuing the budding relationship with Yulian. But that’s not their worst problem. Assassins are trying to take out both wolves, and they need to figure out who wants them dead or all the trust and happiness they’re building together won’t matter.

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