Now, here in 2015, my days are getting my youngest, now 15, off to school; homeschooling my oldest son, who is 18, due to medical conditions that took him out of brick and mortar schools, yes a whole other story and of itself; and then writing and promo; dinner; and whatever small amount of housework I can get away with before indulging in some family time or reading or watching TV or knitting for the night. There are the occasional nights where I’m completely absorbed with a story and stay up most of the night writing. Of course, life doesn’t like to play be schedules either, so I am learning to roll with the punches these days.
Of all of them, though, I do have a few stories that were more personal to me, and served as challenges outside my typical genre. One was writing my novella, The Sorcerer's Songs. I wrote The Sorcerer’s Songs using my husband's song lyrics to create the plot. It was a lot of fun to write, and a great writing exercise! I think I was so inspired by his music that the story practically wrote itself. The Senior Editor who accepted the story wrote these wonderful words about it: "I also want to note that you write about magick with a heart and understanding that's pretty rare. There's a ritual feel to the music performance in your story." To listen to a medley of three of the songs included in the story, sung by my husband, go to
“A destiny unfulfilled is an affront against the universe.”
~Anonymous Greek Philosopher
At this point, as far as my publishing dreams go, so many things have happened. In May, 2011, I was chosen as an Ohioana Book Festival author for my historical novel, Torn Asunder. This novel holds another huge highlight in my career right on its cover. NY Times Bestselling author, Hannah Howell, did the cover quote for me. FYI: we are not related. Long before I took the name Howell, she was one of the first paranormal romance authors I’d ever read. To have her have read and liked my novel, well it leaves me rather star struck to think about it. The quote reads, "Kiki Howell spins a wonderful tale of passion, magic, betrayal, and a love that conquers all. Enjoy." Can’t explain how my heart flutters still when I read that. I've also had three flash fiction stories win writing contests. In the fall of 2013, my novel, Hidden Salem, one also very personal to me, and thus my hardest to date to write, in that it meshes real life and fiction in relation to those unexplained events I mentioned earlier, made the Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers Lists in Paranormal, Suspense and Ghosts; and in the fall of 2014, my Irish set novel. What Lies Within Us, made the Amazon Top 100 Best Sellers Lists in Gothic Fiction and Occult Horror. So, the dreams coming true continue.