A weekend for the books ... literally

About a year ago, I was perusing Facebook when I happened upon an event taking place in Denver, Colorado. Mile High Author Event seemed like a dream come true for me. Many of my favorite authors were scheduled to appear and I jumped at the chance to attend. I purchased two tickets without a plan, a book buddy to go with, or any idea how big of an event it would be.

As time went on, my book world expanded. I solidified new friendships, "met" new people in the book world, and released my second book. As the event approached, the opportunity to assist my friend and author S.L. Scott came my way. Without hesitation (well, minor hesitation to make sure i was actually going) I agreed. 

I had no idea what that simple acceptance would entail. I spent an amazing weekend in the presence of some of the most talented women in this genre. I was in awe of the level of kindness from each person I encountered over three days. Not only did get to hug numerous friends in person, I made new friends, and had my book moment. I met the one author I always assumed would render me speechless, Jennifer L. Armentrout. Ya know, the creator of my ultimate book boyfriend, Cameron Hamilton (Wait for You - read it, you won't regret it). I was not speechless. I didn't even freak out! Yay me!

In the end, it was a weekend of little sleep, lots of laughs, and many hugs and tears. I am forever grateful for this journey I am on and for each and every person I meet as a result. This book community is an amazing thing and I am continuously in awe. 

Nerdy Girl Scavenger Hunt

 

Follow the clues every day at the participating sites from April 18th to 22nd to enter the daily and grand prize giveaways. 20 Clues in all! Check the Nerdy Girl Scavenger Hunt Facebook Event Page for daily links.

  How many times has this happened to you? If you are anything like Lindsey Gray, it happens almost daily. The characters in her books and in the books she reads are friends. They are fictional people you can form a bond with and learn from. Why shouldn’t you talk about them?

 

How many times has this happened to you? If you are anything like Lindsey Gray, it happens almost daily. The characters in her books and in the books she reads are friends. They are fictional people you can form a bond with and learn from. Why shouldn’t you talk about them?

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Nerdy Girl Nation by Lindsey Gray Published by Gray Matters Press on October 8th 2015 Genres: Contemporary Romance Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo Add to Goodreads Who knew the girl who spent most of her Saturday nights watching Doctor Who marathons with her best friend would end up becoming a reality television star? Not Emma MacLean. Emma tried to leave the nerdy girl behind as the Vice President of Operations for billionaire venture capitalist, Terrance Hunt, on the hit show Hunt for Life. When double tragedies occur on the same day, Emma is out of a job, but the cameras and a nation of fans continue to follow her. Rob “Bobby” Breyer lived and breathed the professional wrestling circuit for five years. Rob happens to be a devoted Hunt for Life fan due to a chance meeting with Emma while in high school. When he reaches out to Emma in her time of crisis, he never imagines how much it will change his life. After twelve years, their attraction still sizzles and this time, Rob's not letting Emma get away. As the cameras roll, Emma's new career and Rob's quest for glory are in the spotlight. When the heat is on, they'll need all the support they can get from the Nerdy Girl Nation.  

Nerdy Girl Nation by Lindsey Gray

Published by Gray Matters Press on October 8th 2015

Genres: Contemporary Romance

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Who knew the girl who spent most of her Saturday nights watching Doctor Who marathons with her best friend would end up becoming a reality television star? Not Emma MacLean.

Emma tried to leave the nerdy girl behind as the Vice President of Operations for billionaire venture capitalist, Terrance Hunt, on the hit show Hunt for Life. When double tragedies occur on the same day, Emma is out of a job, but the cameras and a nation of fans continue to follow her.

Rob “Bobby” Breyer lived and breathed the professional wrestling circuit for five years. Rob happens to be a devoted Hunt for Life fan due to a chance meeting with Emma while in high school. When he reaches out to Emma in her time of crisis, he never imagines how much it will change his life.

After twelve years, their attraction still sizzles and this time, Rob's not letting Emma get away. As the cameras roll, Emma's new career and Rob's quest for glory are in the spotlight. When the heat is on, they'll need all the support they can get from the Nerdy Girl Nation.

 

About Lindsey Gray

Lindsey Gray typed her first complete novel at the age of twelve and dreamed of making her writing into a career. When her eighth grade class wrote a twenty year reunion story, casting her as a mystery novelist, she wasn’t sure she could make it a reality. After years of writing off and on, she decided to make a go of it. In December of 2010 she finally made her dream come true with her first published novel, Lies Inside. Five years and thousands of written words later, Lindsey released her seventh published work, Nerdy Girl Nation, in October 2015.

When Lindsey takes a break from writing, she spends time with her husband of thirteen years and their two children, reading all kinds of romance novels, and hosting her own weekly radio show, Gray Matters, on TMV Cafe Internet Radio.

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Looking back at 2015

Where has this year gone? Some days I feel like it was just yesterday that I was asking friends and family to read (very) rough drafts of  Life Rewritten and then I look at a calendar and see the year is coming to a close. 2015 has brought many great moments to my life including a 16-year delayed honeymoon with my husband, new friendships, and publishing Life Rewritten.  

Thank You. Thank you for taking the leap and joining me on this journey as an author. I hope that I am able to continue to grow as both an author and a person in 2016. If I have learned anything in 2015, it is that every moment is important. Life's moments are what make us who we are and the people we share those with are a blessing.

I look forward to sharing many more moments with you in 2016, including Anna's story. Writing is something I love and plan on doing more of in the new year.  

I wish you all wonderful moments in 2016. 

 

Life Rewritten - Now Available!

Life Rewritten is now available to purchase on Amazon or if you want a special signed copy - in my shop

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and made this possible. This is very exciting! Each day I am in awe of the wonderful things being said about Life Rewritten.

"A great summer read that leaves you with a smile." - Goodreads Reviewer

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Thanks everyone! 

Meet Andrea

Photo by Andrea Nagel

Photo by Andrea Nagel

When I first started this journey I wasn’t sure what would become of it all. Would I actually finish the book? Would I give up? What happened when I wrote the final words? What was the process? Would anybody buy it? Then when I began answering all of those questions (except the last) and I started building my author ‘brand’ (that’s so bizarre to me) I needed to come up with a few blog posts.

The funny thing about that? I drew a blank. Nothing. No ideas. I was suddenly out of words. What could I possibly say that people would want to know? So, instead of writing a bunch of fodder, I reached out to a friend for help. This is someone I met through books. We’ve never met but in many ways she gets me more than people I see regularly. When I went to her and said “HELP!” She did. She compiled a list of questions for me to answer that represent what a reader may wonder about me – as a person and as an author.

Describe yourself using only 5 words.

Only 5? Sarcastic, Talkative, Caring, Funny and Motivated

I am a fan of random facts. Tell me one random fact about you.

When I was little, about 2 years old, I had the chicken pox – everywhere. There was one on my eye lid, at my lash line. I ripped it out. The lashes never grew back and I spend a lot of time with my mascara in the morning evening that spot out.

Top 5 Books

I’m going to change ‘book’ to series in some instances. In no particular order:

  1. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
  2. Helter Skelter
  3. Wait for You Saga
  4. The Collectors’ Society series
  5. All Fall Down
  6. And because months later it still sits in my soul, a special listing for Lost Souls Series by Eliza Freed

 Top 5 Authors

This is an awful question for a debut author!

  1. Jennifer L. Armentrout. I will read anything she writes. ANYTHING.
  2. Ann Rule. Her ability to tell such horrific stories in such a compelling manner is amazing.
  3. Colleen Hoover. Colleen’s story is inspiring and her heart is larger than life. She gives back ten-fold to her fans. I want to be Colleen when I grow up except drink Diet Coke.
  4. Marie Force. Responsible for me no longer hiding my love of contemporary romance novels, I love everything she gives to her characters and readers.
  5. Jennifer Weiner. Every single book she writes makes me think, feel and self-evaluate.

 Have you always been passionate about reading? What started you on reading?

Always. I’m not sure what started my love of reading but it has always been my go to hobby. I am a de-compressor; I need downtime and reading is the perfect escape from day-to-day life.

 How has the transition from reader to writer been?

In a word, overwhelming. I miss reading but I love writing even more. I think one of the best things I have done for myself as a new author is reading as much as I do. What is it they say? Write what you read? Write what you love? I think doing just those two things has made the transition a little easier.

 Describe your writing style.

Sporadic, organic, not without wine. That is embarrassing to even write but it is true. My writing style is that there is no real style. Interestingly enough, in life I don’t like spontaneity. I am a planner, always have been. I like timelines, deadlines, lists and structure. However, in writing I have no plan, no outline, no real notes, and no overall concept. I just write as the words come to me and usually in the evening with a glass of wine.

 What inspired you to write?

So many things. Mostly, my kids. I wanted them to know that it is never too late to do something for you. I had a teacher tell me once that I had a knack for writing. He told me that I should never stop writing if I loved it. 26 years later I wrote a book. It’s never too late.

 How did you come up with the idea for Life Rewritten?

This is really silly but I was brushing my teeth. I had thrown around a few ideas for books the months leading up to that moment and figured I would just write some short stories and never do anything with them. Then, one morning I was brushing my teeth and as I looked at myself in the mirror (my just turned 40 self) all of these moments came to me. I saw people and storylines and conversations. What struck me the most were the feelings I had in that moment - excitement, nervousness, joy. I wrote the first dozen paragraphs that day and every single one of those words appears in the final draft. Perhaps slightly modified in context but I didn’t change them.

 Do you see yourself in any particular character that you've written?

In addition to the main character, Victoria, we also meet her sister and her best friend. I see myself in each of the three. If you take my personality and character traits, divide them in 3, you have these women – the slightly awkward and insecure 40 year old, the cynical and snarky friend, the hopeful romantic.

 Have you always wanted to write?

I don’t know that I’ve always believed I could write but yes, I’ve always wanted to write. I have always been in awe of authors and their ability to tell a story.

 What does your family think of this new endeavor?

I don’t think this surprises them at all. This is one of the first times in my life I am doing something solely for me. For the purpose of fulfilling my dream and they support that. I am very lucky in the family and friends department.

 What are you working on next?

Continuing on with these characters. I have always seen this as a three-part series of standalones. Each of these three women have such diverse lives and backstories. I want to tell them all.

 Do you have any advice you want to give for someone who's thinking about writing their own book?

Oh I have a lot but I’ll give you 3.

  1.  This is the advice that was given to me and it holds true. Write. And then, write some more.
  2. Find your tribe. I have been forever blessed by the amazing people I have met through books. Readers, bloggers and authors are never ending sources of honesty, support and the ability to ‘get you’. Find yours.
  3. Believe in yourself and the story you want to tell. The greatest thing about writing is that it is your art, nobody can take that away from you.

 Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Retired. Okay probably not but I can dream. Truthfully, I don’t see my life being much different than it is now. I will still be living in Idaho, hopefully with a large piece of land, with my husband and sending our youngest off to college. I would like to think I will still be writing.

 Thank you Amy  for questions that made me think and kind of get to know myself.