Paranormal/Witch Cozy Mystery
Date Published: September 5, 2017
Andie Taylor is your average single mom. She's got a beautiful toddler, a great job at the local preschool, a neurotic best friend and one huge secret—she used to hunt vampires. Now retired, Andie would much rather be wiping kid snot off her clothes than stalking the undead.
But after a meteor rips through her small town, strange things start happening—like the school janitor is found dead with fang marks in his neck.
Andie's retired, it's not her problem.
Until vampires attack Andie on her front lawn. Now she has to figure out who the head bloodsucker is and stop him from taking any more victims—all while juggling single motherhood, a crazy great aunt, and Andie's own lust for a fallen angel. Can she solve the mystery before the vampires claim someone else? Or will she become the next target of the bloodsuckers?
About the Author
Amy Boyles grew up reading Judy Blume and Christopher Pike. Somehow, the combination of coming of age books and teenage murder mysteries made her want to be a writer. After graduating college at DePauw University, she spent some time living in Chicago, Louisville, and New York before settling back in the South. Now, she spends her time chasing two toddlers while trying to stir up trouble in Silver Springs, Alabama, the fictional town where Dylan Apel and her sisters are trying to master witchcraft, tame their crazy relatives, and juggle their love lives.
How to Meet Deadlines and Remain Sane
When I saw this topic, my first thought was “Perfect, this is something I can definitely give advice on.” My second thought was, “Not sure if I actually remain sane during the process, however.”
That’s true. Publishing deadlines are pull-your-hair-out while trying not to yell at your kids kind of moment. Everything needs to be completed yesterday and tomorrow still holds a laundry list soaring toward the clouds.
So. How do I do it?
First off, I pace myself. For years (when I still worked full time) I woke up at 4 or 4:30 every morning and wrote 2,000 words. I started when I was pregnant with my first child and kept on after she was born. Even when I woke up multiple times during the night to feed her or settle her back to sleep, I still hauled my rear end out of bed at 4 A.M. because what I wanted was more important than my need for bed.
Discipline is how I manage a career in writing. I manage my time by still waking up early, not 4 AM early, but around 5 or so. That’s my time to myself. I carve it out every day and write my words, hitting my daily count.
My basic point is: there is no procrastination in this job. I write and focus on all the bits that need pulling together—cover design, formatting, blurbs, and advertising daily. I work each and every day on this career and you know what I’ve learned? Slow and steady wins the race.
Yes, that means I don’t take a lot of time off and yes, that means I still want to pull my hair out, but I also make time for me. Take walks with my kids, play with them, enjoy family time, because I also need to refuel, fill up my well of creativity and love life.
Because that’s why I write—so I can enjoy my life with my family, and that’s what keeps me on track with my deadlines. That’s what I would tell anyone interested in writing: know why you’re doing it, keep it in the forefront of your brain for those times when you’re stressed and don’t think you can pull it all together. You can— believe in yourself and everything will work out.
It always does.