I was luckily accepted to join the blog tour for Internet Famous. The book looks amazing, and the author, Danika Stone, wrote an amazing post for me!
Whenever I publish a book, I get asked how I find the time. There’s a perception that somehow time works differently for me. I’m a mother to three young boys, a wife, a teacher, the child of a parent who recently had a stroke. But despite all these admittedly time-sucking elements, I write. And the answer to that isn’t “how” but “why”.
The simple answer is that I have to.
For me, writing isn’t about choice. I can’t ignore it any more than I can ignore my youngest’s pleas for “cuddle time” or my older boys’ request for “just one more chapter” during story hour. I write because it’s something that has to come out.
I’m never happier than when I’m writing. It fills a void inside me that nothing else in the world does. And though it took me a while to find my outlet, I’m so very glad that I did.
When I started professional writing, I wrote non-fiction. It was all very nice (and boring) but I did enjoy it. I wrote articles for local magazines and the occasional blog. I helped rewrite the Career and Technology curriculum, and then I decided to research and write a thesis on technology and its impact on how students learn.
It did not go well.
Partway through what amounted to a 400 page BOOK, I found my muse just wouldn’t cooperate. I literally could not make the words come out. I had drained my entire reserve of energy and there was nothing more to give. It was a terrifying place to reach and I searched desperately for the thing that would renew this creative well.
What I found was fiction.
My whole life I’d been telling stories, albeit in person – as a teacher and mom, as a friend. And when life had burned me out totally, I discovered that it was in the telling of those stories that I renewed myself. I knew that to finish my thesis and graduate, I needed to do something that made me excited.
I started writing short stories and expanded those into novellas. Soon, some of those novellas were almost the size of books and I realized that there were entire lifetimes waiting to burst out of my fiction-seized mind. The faster I wrote them down, the easier my thesis went. Writing became the carrot for every unwanted task in my life. And I thrived.
In the end, I realized that I write because it lets me live. It’s my well of energy and by being creative I can share that creativity. You can’t pour from an empty cup. For me, writing is how I fill it up.
by Danika Stone
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Romance
High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.
Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.
Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.
- (1) Paperback Copy of INTERNET FAMOUS by Danika Stone
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