At this time last year I was on the phone with Amazon, in meetings with my graphic designer, and living in a daze of pinch-me-is-this-realness. I was about to publish a novel.

Writing this book was three years in the making, probably longer if you include everything that led up it – the tribal belly dancing, the fire arts, the harassment (I did say everything), even the early lessons in tap/jazz/ballet that became the foundation of every movement my body makes today.

No piece of art exists in a silo.

writing Girl on Fire
Writing is re-writing. These are the original versions of Girl on Fire, edited by brave and dear friends and professionals alike. It was a brutal process, but it had to be done. 😉

What’s It Like to Have Written and Published a Novel?

When it comes to being a fire dancer and an author, I hear a lot of the same questions (which is fine, I don’t mind). But at a book club that featured Girl on Fire this summer, I was asked for the first time what it’s like to be published. Over the years my writing had been published both publicly and secretly (I’m also a ghostwriter), and so while having a byline and/or getting paid to write is exciting, it isn’t the first-kiss thrill I had when I first began my path as a professional writer. Publishing a novel, however, is first base, second base, third base, oh yeah. 

I could go on, but this is a PG-rated blog. 😉

What I really want to share with you today is that to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Girl on Fire, you can get it at a discount through the month of August – use the code 9YCZ6UJ3 at CreateSpace for $3 off.

Side note: If you’re thinking about writing a novel yourself, I’d like to recommend CreateSpace for self-publishing. It’s set up in a way that gently walks you through the steps, with plenty great customer service/support.

And for greater Cincinnati locals who like to buy books in person, I have great news – you can now find signed copies of Girl on Fire (and plenty of other enticing goodies) at the Rabbit Hash General Store and at Roebling Point Books and Coffee. Tell them I sent you! 😉

Thank you for reading my blog. Join me next weekend for a new #CreativityHour, during which we’ll write, sing, dance, sculpt, WHATEVER, just something cool. One hour. Any place. Just tag me and let me know you’re going to play along so we can share in this creative journey together. Find more details, RSVP, and invite a friend to Creativity Hour through the Facebook event.

“See” you online!

Peace, love, and fire,
Cherie Dawn

 

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