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Oh dear... it has been a while, hasn't it?

Posted by Merri Hiatt on May 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I have a good reason for not blogging lately, I moved (yes, again!). The funny part is that I hate moving, yet I've done it twice in the last four months.

Never a dull moment.

This move was a very good one, though. I am now free of the spider kingdom, no longer awaiting rats that were destined to enter the area under my sink and have interrupted my last alley drug deal.

To say I am relieved is an understatement.

My writing has taken a back seat to my day job and dealing with feelings of being unsafe in my own apartment. It was a good learning experience, but I'm glad to be living in a much better (and safer) area now.

The spiders and rats will have to carry on without me.

I have begun work on the third book in the Love in the Air Trilogy. When that is finished, I will write the third, and final, sequel to the Embracing Love Trilogy. I am very sad at the thought. Courtney, Meg and Purity feel like old friends. I may not be ready to let them go just yet.

As June waits to greet us, I pray mid-year blessings find you breathing deeply and feeling a sense of peace flooding your soul. If not peace, at least a few moments to sit quietly and allow tranquility to rest upon you.

Be well and keep reading!
Merri

Love in the Air Trilogy

Posted by Merri Hiatt on September 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (3)

 


Join Jenny, Patricia and Kate, three flight attendants searching to find

Love in the Air


in the current trilogy I'm writing. You can read snippets from each of the books as I write them by following Merri Hiatt on Twitter or Facebook.


 I haven't written the complete blurbs for the books, but here are a few teasers. :D


RUNWAY ROMANCE
Jenny falls for a man who almost runs her down on the tarmac as he delivers luggage to an airplane holding cargo. Kisses on the runway ensue as their romance blossoms.

LOVE ON THE FLY
Patricia meets a passenger on a flight to the Lone Star state. They find a long distance romance difficult to manage.

PASSION AT 30,000 FEET
Kate has a thing for pilots -- all of them. She hops into bed with each one she works with, until the day she finds one man who satisfies all her needs.

Makes me want to head to the airport and take a trip on the wings of love!

Blessings!
Merri

4,501!!!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on August 11, 2012 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Color me excited today when I realized I had just sold my 4,501st title! My head is spinning a bit. Wait while I find something solid to hold onto. Okay. That's better.

THANK YOU! :D

I have all of you to thank for taking a chance on an unknown self-published author. The water is deep and there are many authors trying to get their books noticed. 

Sales ebb and flow. Overall, I've been fortunate to sell an average of thirteen books a day for the past eleven months.

Yes, I haven't been at this for quite a year yet. Mid-September will mark my one-year anniversary. I must find a way to celebrate that milestone. Remind me to do that, will you? :lol: Something free would be a lovely way to celebrate! You know how I love free stuff.

I'm currently writing Santa Hates Seattle (Christmas short story) and then I'll be starting on When Love's Gone Country. Can't wait to see what kind of trouble Courtney, Meg and Purity will get into when they visit a real working ranch.

2013 will be bringing two books in the horror/suspense genre, Shadow's Edge and Mirabella's Rosary. Also, the final sequel in the Embracing Love Trilogy, When Love's Gone Camping. 

I am continuing to work full-time through the fall and winter and have been trying to carve out more writing time. It is such a joy to share words in written form.

I hope everyone is able to breathe in a few of our last summer days before school begins again and life ramps up into high gear for the holidays.

Blessings and thank you, again, for your support and encouragement.
Merri

Changes

Posted by Merri Hiatt on June 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Last December, I quit my day job to pursue writing full-time. I was scared to death and also very excited. :D I have been incredibly fortunate to have spent the last six months spending hours and hours a day writing. What a joy!

I knew in May that I needed to supplement my income, so began looking for a day job again. I was delighted and suprised to find that a church I used to work for back in the 90s was looking for an Office Manager. I applied for the job and within a week I was back to work.

It has been great fun reconnecting with the members of the congregation. Though many procedures have changed, the basic job is the same. I feel blessed to be "home" again.

My writing has slowed considerably. I can no longer spend hours and hours a day blissfully writing long into the night. Now I need to go to sleep so I can get up early and head for work. My body was confused for a few days there. Ha! It really loves the whole "night owl" way of life.

After a few weeks, I assume I'll develop a rhythm again. The same thing happened when I first quit my job and had so many hours available to me. I had the reverse issue then, not knowing what to do with myself all day when I didn't have a job to go to.

Transitions are often full of challenges. I'm reminded that the only constant is change. We can run from it or embrace it. The choice is ours.

May July bring you and yours an abundance of blessings and maybe even a transition or two.
~ Merri

It's finished!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on March 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)


It's ready! It's ready! It's ready! Excuse me while I trip over the ottoman dancing around with excitement. :D Yes, the final book in the Celebrating Love Trilogy is finished. The e-book is available now at Amazon.  Amazon linky goodness  The paperback version will be available within two weeks.

There's a sweet sadness when I make the last edit and hit save. I often sit and imagine where the characters' lives will lead them from that moment on. What life events will come their way and how will they handle them? It's hard to say goodbye.

Yes... I'm a sap. I'll tell you a secret. I love Barry Manilow music. I know, I know, but it's true. I grew up in the singer/songwriter era of the 70s. I'm all about the story and the feelings they convey.

Emotions are my life. Bring 'em on! Hope, love, despair, agony, delight, anger, passion... I adore them all.

But, as usual, I digress.

The Celebrating Love Trilogy is complete! Time for a little break, then it's on to the next project, Seasons of Love. Four books based on four women who have the names Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Can't wait to get started.

10 Questions with Merri Hiatt and 2,000+ Downloads

Posted by Merri Hiatt on February 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)



Ethan Jones posted an interview with me on his website (linky goodness: http://ethanjones.blog.com/2012/02/13/10-questions-with-merri-hiatt-the-author-of-marayahs-return/). The topic: Marayah's Return and writing. Swing by Ethan's website and check it out if you have a minute.

In other news, THANK YOU for making it possible that 2,000+ e-books have been downloaded since I began self-publishing at the end of September, 2011.

I was shocked when I passed the 1,000 download mark and am equally surprised to have surpassed the 2,000 mark.

I remember sitting in my high school creative writing class thinking, "Wouldn't it be great to write for a living? Spending all my time with words and connecting with the people who read those words."

Now, I'm doing just that and I feel incredibly lucky and grateful to be sharing characters and storylines with all of you. What a joy!

Blessings!
Merri

If this hadn't happened, then this wouldn't have happened

Posted by Merri Hiatt on December 20, 2011 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever played the, "If this hadn't happened, then this wouldn't have happened" game? I was playing it today as I reflected on becoming a writer full-time. 

Yes, I've done what people tell you not to do. I quit my day job. :D

I thought back to a year ago and conversations I had with friends about e-books. I had a list of reasons why I would never like reading a book on a device:
* You can't feel the paper.
* You can't smell the book.
* You can't curl up with it in the same way as a book.
* Books don't break.
* Books don't require WiFi or a cellular plan.
* Books are forever.

Fast forward to my mom's need to leave her home and live in a long-term care facility. She moved into a wonderful facility where she shared a large room with two lovely ladies; one had an iPad. 

Mom and I talked about moving her computer to the facility, but she didn't want to do that. The iPad was much smaller and the facility had free WiFi. It seemed like a win-win. 

Now, I had no desire to own an iPad, but I had to learn how to use it so I could teach mom how to use it. I downloaded many apps, including the free Kindle app. I found a ton of free romance books (mom's favorite genre) and loaded 'er up. 

As I was choosing books, I began browsing through some of them once they had downloaded. It was fun to tap and watch the page turn. I could increase the font size easily and danged if I didn't become hooked on having sixty books available to me with a touch here and there.

If mom hadn't needed the extra care a long-term care facility provided and her roommate hadn't had an iPad, I never would have bought mom an iPad, downloaded the Kindle app, fallen in love with e-books and considered self-publishing my books in paperback and e-book form.

And, I wouldn't have just quit my day job to start a full-time career as a writer.

If this hadn't happened...

You just never know when a decision will become transforming.

NaNoWriMo

Posted by Merri Hiatt on October 3, 2011 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I realize it just turned October, but November will be here before you know it and along with November comes (drum roll, please...), National Novel Writing Month, more commonly known as NaNoWriMo.

I encourage you to visit the NaNoWriMo website and sign up. Linky goodness: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/whatisnano


Let your imagine soar, not caring about editing as you write. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. We're talking 1,667 words per day if you're an "averaging" kind of person.

Are you up for the challenge? I double dog dare you. :D

Besides, what's the worst that can happen? You start a novel and don't finish it. Been there, done that (many times). 

You know you want to try. ** nudge, nudge **

Join me and thousands of other writers as we make writing a priority.

NaNoWriMo, live it yourself this November.


What's your passion?

Posted by Merri Hiatt on September 22, 2011 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (2)

I’ve been staying up much too late this week. Paying for it in the morning, too! But, oh, how lovely it is to spend time doing what you feel passionate about. Time loses all meaning, until you realize you haven’t gone pee in eight hours and your neck and back are so stiff you can hardly move.

That’s how I get when I’m writing, editing, creating book covers, and jotting down notes about a storyline or character. I’m amazed when I look at the clock and, quite literally, hours have passed by.

Last night I began a second or third round of edits on a book around 5:30pm. When I glanced at the clock, what seemed like only moments later, it was 12:15am. I hadn’t moved, except my fingers, in almost seven hours!

It helps that I do my writing on a laptop, usually sitting in the most comfortable recliner ever. I’ll have music in the background, turned up just loud enough that I can hear it, but not so loud as to be disturbing. A Diet Coke sits on a ceramic coaster atop a table my dad received years ago when he took a job on the California Coast working at a sawmill. He was there several months before our whole family moved from a very small town to Fort Bragg.

I had a roommate for a year or so and found it very difficult to find a space in my own head to be able to write. Another person’s presence was very distracting. I didn’t even realize it at the time. It wasn’t until my roommate left that my characters’ voices seemed to break through the disruption enough for me to hear them again. What a freeing feeling!

Back to passion… is there something in your life that you feel passionate about? Something that, while you’re doing it, time is suspended? The muscle aches seem to disappear and food never crosses your mind? I hope there is, and I hope you visit that passion often.

Exciting week!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on September 12, 2011 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Most people don't put editing and exciting in the same sentence. I know I never used to. Images of long, drawn-out hours spent rewording a sentence or changing a comma to a period come to mind. The exciting part for me is that I can change anything that doesn't work or makes me stumble when I read a sentence. A writer isn't stuck with their first draft (thank goodness!), or even their fourth or fifth draft. Writing is not static. It's more like a river with its wild rapids, waterfalls and calm inlets. You never know what's around the bend!

The only part of editing that I don't like is the strain on my recently operated eye. I need to take more breaks and miss things I ordinarily wouldn't. I don't know what we did before computers. I can increase the font size to 24, if needed, and keep on plugging away at the rewrites.

I've also been working on creating covers for the Embracing Love Trilogy. I couldn't be more delighted to finally find the "magic three" that represent Purity, Meg and Courtney, as well as linking the three books in a cohesive way. Check 'em out below.

Yes, this is my idea of fun. It's a sickness, I know.

Edit, sleep, eat. Repeat. Oh, and then there's my day job. If there were just more hours in a day...


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