Happy Birthday, A Writer’s Blog!!!

In November 2011, I got over my fear of no one would want to hear what I had to say. On the 17th of November, I wrote my first blog post called “Creative Writing for Beginners.” Years later and I’m still going strong 🙂

Happy Birthday, A Writer’s Blog!!! May there be many more.

Fun fact: On November 17, 2017, these are the countries that visited my blog:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • India
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Australia
  • Philippines

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

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Woo Hoo, I Had Another Book Signing!!! October’s Treating This Horror Author Mighty Awesome!!! #Writerslife

October has my favorite holiday–Halloween. October is also a great month for horror writers to promote themselves. I have an online presence, and thanks to Berkeley County appreciating local authors, I’ve had a chance to interact with the local community. A couple weeks ago I had a book signing in Hedgesville. Last weekend (October 21 and 22), I joined other local authors for the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival in Martinsburg. Our tables were part of the Arts and Crafts show.

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I was lucky enough to meet some cool authors, eat delicious food, get people to sign up for my newsletter, and sell some books. Twisted Obsession was popular with the crowd, so much so, that I almost ran out of books! Something’s Amiss and One By One did pretty good too. I met a fun guy named Dan who loves to write, and I met a high schooler named Hannah. She was very nice and sweet. She loves to write too but school activities take up the majority of her time.

Getting out of my shell and having friends and family support me, I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Debating On Changing My Book Cover For One By One #WritersLife

I published One By One in 2013, and the cover has never changed from Amazon. I love Sandra Giles cover, but I think it’s time for a change. Here’s One By One now:

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And, here’s what I’d like it to be:

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What do you guys think?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

I Had So Much Fun At My Book Signing Today!

I have bad news and good news…

The bad news–I’m too busy and can’t participate in the 24 Hours Comic Challenge today. I had such a blast doing it last year. In the spirit of the fun artist’s challenge, maybe I’ll draw my comic tomorrow.

The good news–The YA author, Teri Polen, has featured me on her blog today. Check out my author interview by clicking here!

And, drum roll please…13 local authors and I had a book signing today at the Hedgesville Public Library!!! Not only did they feed us breakfast and lunch and provide us with free tables, Dana and the other lovely librarians bought each book from all of the authors. My 3 books will be on the shelves of their library! I’m so grateful.

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I met wonderful people and managed to sell some books. I’m so shy that I’m surprised I could talk to people lol. Wendy was my first sale with Twisted Obsession. After talking to her about suspense novels, I felt more at ease. I was very excited to see Kathy. We were local writing buddies back in 2013 when I was first starting out. It was cool reminiscing with her. She was my critique partner for Something’s Amiss (you can thank her for the steamy love scene at the beginning of the book). I hope she likes the way I finished the novella.

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I want to thank Kiel, my mom, and dad for coming to visit. I really appreciated the support. All in all, I sold 8 books. I’m proud of myself for coming out of my shell. I really enjoyed talking to Dani who is an aspiring writer. And, Allee was a delight to see. She’s a local poet still in high school! I hope in the near future I can buy their books 🙂

Today was my 3rd book signing. Here’s a flashback to my 1st one in Harpers Ferry:

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

#IWSG Blog Hop–Character Part of You?

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It’s that time again. IWSG hosts a blog hop the first Wednesday of every month. Writers get to discuss their doubts and fears they’ve conquered, their struggles and triumphs. Even though writing is a lonely activity, it doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through.

Showing vulnerability makes you strong. If you’d like to read more from bloggers who shared their personal experiences, then please click here.

October’s question–Have you ever slipped any of your personal info onto your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

Yes, I’ve absolutely slipped my personal info onto my characters. In fact, I tend to do it all the time on purpose. With my women’s fiction novella, Something’s Amiss, I based the female main character, Poe, off my personality. Children made her nervous, she didn’t want to become a mother, she tried to hide her pain from others, and she pushed Oliver away instead of embracing him. Totally me–that whole pushing people away thing. I really liked Poe. Unfortunately, some readers didn’t like her AT ALL. It made me think they probably wouldn’t like me in real life either 🙂

There’s a scene in Something’s Amiss where Poe was talking to Dominic on the porch. They were reminiscing about their WVU days. Those anecdotes shared between the characters were things that really had happened to me. It was fun sneaking a part of me into the story, knowing I had a secret. The only people who would know were if my readers had gone to college with me and lived in Summit Hall during my resident assistant years.

Another example of slipping my personal info onto my characters–Finia, the female main character of my novella Twisted Obsession, was an accountant. Accounting had been my major at WVU. Finia’s home and neighborhood  in the story was based off my house that I grew up in as a teenager.

It’s fun slipping in my personal information when I’m writing stories, so I’ll probably continue to do so.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

#IWSG Blog Hop–Writing Surprised You?

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It’s that time again. IWSG hosts a blog hop the first Wednesday of every month. Writers get to discuss their doubts and fears they’ve conquered, their struggles and triumphs. Even though writing is a lonely activity, it doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through.

Showing vulnerability makes you strong. If you’d like to read more from bloggers who shared their personal experiences, then please click here.

September’s question–Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn’t think you’d be comfortable in?

I’ve surprised myself with my writing. Growing up, I only focused on dramas and mysteries. In 2011, I focused on my women’s fiction novella Something’s Amiss. It was going to be a romance, but I hated all the rules that came with the genre. My men aren’t manly enough, and my ladies aren’t likable enough. Oh well. My drama Room For Two was published in an online literary magazine. My very first short story that got recognition. I was so proud of myself.

Then, I found out about NaNo–a fun challenge of writing 50,000 words in the month of November. 50,000 words! I’ve never written that except for NaNo haha. 30,000-40,000 words is my sweet spot. Since NaNo was supposed to be fun, I didn’t take it seriously. I figured it would be fun to experiment with a genre I’ve never written before. I love horror movies, so why not try writing a horror or thriller story?

My very first NaNo challenge created One By One. I wrote exactly what I’d like to see on the big screen. It took me 30 days to write 50,000 words. Then, it took me a year to revise and edit. I was lucky to have my writing buddy Jim Baroni–a horror author–offer to edit my novel. He helped me keep my publishing schedule. Ever since, I’ve been dabbling in horror and suspense stories. That’s my passion right now. One day I’ll go back to dramas though. I absolutely love a story that can make me cry.

My writing has surprised me, and I hope it continues to do so.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby