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Angela Glennon on her debut novel, Wait for It!

AL Glennon1Wait for It, a contemporary young-adult novel with fantasy elements by new Ink Smith author, A.L. Glennon. In Wait for It, three teens take the journey of an afterlifetime, traveling to Hell and back, looking for meaning in great art, bakery-fresh éclairs, and, of course, their relationships with each other.

For Glennon, writing a story is easy and fun. “Rewriting and revising it, though, are torture! I stress over every word and punctuation mark,” she said. She started writing poems and stories in the first grade and has been writing on and off ever since. For Glennon, it’s not an interest, it’s an obsession.

While writing Wait for It, Glennon said one thing she learned was that you have to trust your characters to take you where you need to go next. Even if those characters are leading you straight to Hell, like her characters Martin, Zeke, and Zelda!

Writing is not an easy feat, and writer’s in the past have told us that if they could go back and change something about the book they would. But not Glennon. “Perhaps in hindsight I’ll feel differently, but after all the years of editing, tweaking, adding, and deleting, I think I’d like to leave it just as it is now, thank you very much.”

Inspiration comes from many places, but Glennon thinks it all leads back to one. “Love. I might even go so far to argue that love inspires everything humans create.” But Glennon isn’t just a romantic, she’s got a little bite!

When asked about her writing style, Glennon asked, “Could sarcasm be considered a style?” We think so! She noted that she tries not to take herself or her fictional friends too seriously, even when writing about serious subjects. Her light, flowing words in Wait for It can attest to that—but Glennon still manages to make you feel what her characters are feeling without drowning you in every emotion.

If there is any takeaway to her novel, Glennon wants readers to know that everyone deserves a second chance, “Or in Zeke’s case, sixty chance[s]!”

And if you’re an aspiring writer, Glennon has some advice too. “Just keep writing! Enjoy the process and the time you get to spend alone with your characters in those precious weeks/months/years before you let anyone else meet them.”

Glennon’s debut novel with Ink Smith Publishing, Wait for It, is due out Summer 2019.  Make sure to keep an eye out, the cover reveal is coming! And with it, an opportunity to win a signed copy!

“Thank you so much for taking this journey with Marin, Zeke, and Zelda! (And me!)” Make sure to follow A.L. Glennon on Twitter @ALGlennonAuthor for updates on her book Wait for It!.

 

Everyone is an author

What does it mean to be an “author”?

Even if you have never had your work published professionally you are still an author. You are the author of your life. The words you type on a word document, online or on a piece of paper means you are an author. No you might not be a “published” author, but does that really matter in our hearts?

My point being is to let you know there is a difference between you and those “authors” that become known.

It’s called passion and dedication.

Truth be told just because someone presses the “publish” button does not mean that the author is going to be instantly famous and sell thousands of copies. That is the hard truth. And no, publishing isn’t a matter of pressing a button, a lot more goes into it! But that is a different post.

The passion comes into play when writing. You are so passionate about your characters, your story and the setting you have created that they seem to dance on the pages as we read it. Which is great and yes that does indeed help sell books along with a unique story line. It’s the dedication that will take you all the way, and perhaps a bit of luck. Those who are dedicated to find the latest contests, network with other bloggers, drive miles to different book fairs or stand on the corner of a street fair passing out book marks hoping that at least one of those people will buy your book, will be the one that goes farther than the author who expects it to happen.

Unfortunately publishers don’t do enough of this for the author. I’ve heard stories of authors at major publishers that have to do just as much work as those from smaller publishers like ourselves. It was the dedication and word of mouth snow ball effect that makes many books become great sellers.

It’s the harsh truth. However if you call that harsh, perhaps being a “professional” author isn’t the right route for you. If you haven’t learned by now, this industry has a large amount of heartbreaks, especially the rejection letters.

So don’t give up. The beginning is always slow and it will be the dedication that can take you further than the next!