Guest Post: Best and worst things about being a writer by Annette Marie

The best and worst things about being a writer are the same: having countless stories to tell. My head is full of characters, scenes, magic, new places, new conflicts, and wild ideas that may never make it into a story. I’m always working on the next idea, whether it’s the scene I’ll be writing tomorrow, a book I’m planning to write next year, a character with no home yet, or a new idea I’ll eventually explore but who knows when.

The good and the bad are so tangled there’s no separating them. I love writing—fleshing out ideas, bringing characters to life, exploring the intricacies of a new world—but I only have so much time and can only write so fast! Many ideas and characters have to take a backseat while I focus on my current project, and some, sadly, will probably never get written. There’s also that frustrating trick my brain likes to play where the most enticing story is always the one I’m not supposed to be writing right now.

But getting to bring all these worlds and people in my head to life on the page is by far the best part. I’ve heard some writers say they must write. They simply can’t stop, and I’m 100% there with them. Delving into a new series is the best feeling ever, and the biggest reason I could never quit writing. Plus, if I ever stopped writing, my head would get so crowded with characters in need of a story, I’d probably explode. 😉

Title: Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1)
Author: Annette Marie
Published by: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Publication date: September 13th 2019
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

Rule one: Don’t look at the demon.

When I arrived at my uncle’s house, I expected my relatives to be like me—outcast sorcerers who don’t practice magic. I was right about the sorcery, but wrong about everything else.

Rule two: Don’t listen to the demon.

My uncle chose a far deadlier power. He calls creatures of darkness into our world, binds them into service contracts, and sells them to the highest bidder. And I’m supposed to act like I don’t know how illegal and dangerous it is.

Rule three: Don’t talk to the demon.

All I had to do was keep my nose out of it. Pretend I didn’t find the summoning circle in the basement. Pretend I didn’t notice the shadowy being trapped inside it. Pretend I didn’t break the rules.

But I did, and now it’s too late.

From the author of The Guild Codex: Spellbound comes a new series that will plunge an unprepared young woman into the darkest magic of the mythic world.

Annette Marie is the author of Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.


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