So there’s a little something that isn’t really a secret but I wasn’t sure if I would ever reveal this about myself here. I’m an author.
Over my life I have written millions of words. I’ve been published in magazines, anthologies, newspapers, publications and, most importantly to me, through self publishing. Writing is truly a passion of mine and I get a little crazy if I don’t write stories, the voices tend to get really noisy in my head if I don’t give them an outlet!
I’ve been so lucky over the last few years to be able to focus on my writing, however, this past spring when I pulled both boys from school to homeschool full-time I knew I would no longer have the time to write full length novels. That’s when I decided to change up my path in life a bit and start blogging. I mourned the loss of my characters and stories, but I’ve been loving my blogging journey so far. The blogging community is really quite amazing.
Last month I went to the Focused Blogger Conference and I realized my experience and knowledge in self publishing is something that I can still use. I may no longer be able to produce fiction at the pace I once did, but I can still write, plus… and this is the big thing, I want to help other bloggers navigate the world of self publishing successfully. I see a lot of amazing opportunities for bloggers and self publishing, and I want to give back and support this community that has truly been wonderful at accepting and mentoring me.
If you are interested you can find my current works under the name P.R. Newton. I have three stories available at the moment:
And Then My Uterus Fell Out is a personal memoir about my life as a thirty year old with a severe case of pelvic organ prolapse and how I struggled to cope with a condition normally only attributed to post-menopausal women (thankfully this is changing!).
Shattered Embrace is a fictional story about adoption and the effects of childhood trauma. It’s an important story because there really is so little understanding of the effects of trauma on the developing brain, and it was my hope to write a compelling story that portrayed the impact of trauma on families but also gave hope to those families struggling.
The Tindou Tablet is a middle grade fiction novel (chapter book) that I wrote with my son Jackson. He has always been a big thinker and story teller. One day, when he was 4 years old, he asked me: What if the dinosaurs aren’t extinct? What if aliens simply took them to another planet and are taking care of them there? It took a few years but eventually we worked together to create this story inspired by his big thoughts. My mom was also the illustrator, so this is truly a family project born from a love of the written word.
So, why am I sharing this now? Well, at that conference I realized there is a need for my skills and background to help other bloggers. So I’m working on a new book that will be released shortly. It’s a guide for bloggers on how to self publish and build on their blog’s brand and business through the publication of books. I’m sharing now so those who haven’t met me in person yet, and don’t now my background, can understand how I am able to write this type of book.
Another thing I would love to share is how I wrote The Tindou Tablet with my son. It was really a wonderful (but long) journey that has given my son such a passion for the written word. There really is nothing like holding your story in your hands. Especially for a child. I would love to empower other families to take on this kind of project by sharing how we did ours in a future post.
So that’s the inside scoop. I’m not changing my blog. It is still about STEAM but you may have noticed a new category called Books & Blogs that I will be updating sometimes with new projects, stories or inspiration for anyone wishing to pursue writing their own stories.