I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than with the release of my first science fiction novel. Empyrean is now available in e-book and paperback! Here is the link: Empyrean on Amazon
I’ve been working on this story for nine years. Yes, nine years! It’s been through multiple re-writes and countless hours of editing and formatting. I have learned so much in this process and, while I am well aware I still have a great deal to learn, I’m proud of this book. I don’t expect to win a Hugo or anything, and this journey didn’t go exactly as planned, but maybe it went exactly the way it was supposed to go. We shall see. Most of all, I’m glad I didn’t give up.
Next I’d like to thank those who helped make the book what it is today. This is direct from the acknowledgments page of Empyrean:
First of all, thank you to my family: my parents, my husband, my sister, my mother-in-law and father-in-law, both of my brothers-in-law, and my four sisters-in-law, all of whom have shown unwavering support and confidence in me. Thank you also for reading and believing in my story. I appreciate you.
To my amazing friends and critique partners: Sara Fox, Vaughn Roycroft, D.D. Falvo, and Lara Schiffbauer, thank you for reading, in some cases multiple drafts, for your encouragement, keen eyes, and incredible feedback. Thank you also to my awesome beta-readers: James, Dana, Dan, Babak, Kate, Diane, Summer, Tammy, and Scott. Thank you to Cathy for helping work out the beginning of the book. You’ve all kept me going.
Thank you to Wanda June, for your expertise and for giving me hope, from the beginning, that this story should be shared. Thank you to Cherry for giving me a chance and some great advice when I was just starting this journey.
Thank you to Natasja Hellenthal of BeyondBookCovers for the gorgeous cover. You were great to work with and I’m so thrilled with the final result. You can check out more of her work at www.beyondbookcovers.com!
Just like raising a child, bringing the kernel of a story to fruition takes a village. I couldn’t be happier with mine. Love to you all.
Now, go buy your copy of Empyrean! I hope you enjoy the adventure.