Today starts my week long Goodreads Giveaway for a copy of Myth!
Go ahead, enter through the link below! I want you to!
Go ahead, enter through the link below! I want you to!
I’ve been looking for ways to expand the blog and thought doing a few book reviews would be a great addition (also it will encourage me to read more *bad author Erin*). So without further ado – here’s my first book review on No Wyverns!
I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle at the Northwest Book Festival last month in Portland, Oregon. It’s always great to meet another Fantasy writer and we connected a few weeks later to exchange stories.
Daeris believed the ancients were the wisest elves, totally devoted to Alfheim’s ruling family. Why wouldn’t she? She had grown up listening to songs and stories praising the ancient’s wisdom and how past kings and queens had prospered, heeding the ancient’s advice. Not until her mother’s murder does she question their loyalty and finds the ancients are not what they seem. No one, especially her father, will listen even when presented with evidence. What will it take to convince them of the enemy with in their ranks, and if she can, will it be in time?
I really loved Michelle’s descriptions in this book – the details truly take you there, whether it’s a cozy kitchen with the smell of warm scones or a bubbling stream in a quiet forest. Daeris is a fiery protagonist but vulnerable as well as she tries to find her place in both the human and magical realms she encounters. I love that there is a wide variety of mystical creatures in this book, from brownies to gods. It’s a different take on human/magical creature interaction and I liked it. I was left wanting to know what happened next (always good in a series), as there is much more ahead of Daeris in her journey.
You can get a copy of “Broken Angel” on Amazon here!
Michelle Craig Snively has always believed there was some truth to myths and, in her world, myths are the norm. When her children were young, instead of wanting a book read, they begged to hear an impromptu story about their pet dragon, Pete, who would fly into their room and whisk them off on an adventure visiting gnomes, sprites, and other forms of fae folk. She amused family and friends with her observations of animal antics and was advised many times to write a book to share her creative imagination. February 2016 she published Broken Angel which received an honorable mention at the Northwest Book Festival shortly after.
Last weekend went GREAT at the NW Book Festival! It was a super long day (leaving Eugene at 5 am doesn’t help…) but well worth it! We got there far ahead of our load-in time (by the way, the event was organized super well!)
We sold over a dozen books and met dozens of other great authors – mostly indies! It was so fun to speak with my new readers about my books and see their excitement over the story.
I think our table setup worked perfectly, but I learned some great options from other author’s tables for future events. There were a few whispered questions from passerby’s about “What the heck is No Wyverns??” – but hey, it got your attention! 😉
We definitely saw it as a success…and we’ll be back next year!
Yesterday was awesome! I had my FIRST table signing at a wonderful bookstore in Portland, Oregon called Another Read Through.
I brought copies of Myth and Quinn Family: The Mayan Ruins – both covers really drew attention! It was great talking with passerby’s about the books and also my fellow Willamette Writers who were at the event.
All in all, I learned a lot and left three copies of Myth and Quinn Family at Another Read Through – go check them out!
Cover illustration by the talented Char Houweling
I can’t believe this day is finally here but…my Young Adult Fantasy book “Myth” has a release date of 7.25.16!
If you know me and my writing, then you’ve probably heard me talk about this book at least a hundred times. What started as notebooks full of handwritten pages has turned into a novel. It’s traveled with me from Oregon to Vancouver B.C. (where those handwritten notebooks were almost stolen – thank you, nice Canadian thieves, for leaving them in my parent’s car), then to California (where I packed them with my valuables when we were almost evacuated from fires), then back to Oregon, tucked safe atop my bedroom dresser.
Where it sat. And sat. And the paperclips of notes between the pages grew rusty with age. It sat some more until one day I needed this story again. And those characters were still there, dutifully waiting in the place I had left them.
That was August of 2014. So I picked up where I left off, writing “Myth” while working full time. I’d write on my lunch breaks. I’d write after my toddler went to bed or on my days off. I don’t know how many ideas I’d repeat to myself over and over during my commute between home and work – don’t forget it, don’t forget it until you get home and jot it down. It went painfully slow but at least it went.
I was able to scramble one edit through the finished manuscript before taking it to a writer’s conference in August of 2015. I pitched it to several agents and editors, all who displayed interest. But then “Myth” had to sit and wait again. So it sat and sat, waiting for the response from those “interested” agents that eventually arrived, if at all.
Now it’s 2016 and this story is tired of sitting and waiting. When I started No Wyverns Publishing, I knew I’d have total creative control over “Myth.” And while that’s stellar, it’s also a lot of work. You need to get as much feedback as you can. You need to hire and seek out help from professionals. You need to edit and revise and edit again (then again. Oh, and again). It also helps to be married to a brilliant book format expert and all around problem-solving-genius.
But guess what? I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It takes a lot of patience to write a book. Unfortunately, I’ve had to say ‘no’ to some things and drag myself to the computer when I just wanted to go to bed instead of editing until 1 am. But through it all, I couldn’t put this story down and never tired of it and I hope readers feel the same way.
It’s going to be an exciting and busy summer and I have twenty emails to write about this announcement. But right now I’m going to sit back and reflect on how far this book has come. It’s survived theft and fire and age and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.
So that’s the story of how “Myth” came about…but what’s the book about, you ask?
Shogun Saban dreams of becoming a woodsman like his grandfather; to fly between the trees and listen to their stories. But his father wants to keep him rooted on the ground and far away from his childhood friend, a girl of the sea named Madigan who can control the elements.
Beyond their little corner of the world, an evil has sprouted and is quietly spreading; corrupting its victims and marking them with eyes full of shadows. When it reaches their sleepy hometown of Shrunken Hollow, Shogun and Madigan search for the origin of the darkness – but the answer lies in an old myth about a place that only exists in dreams.
With the aid of the forest and the sea, Shogun and Madigan must unravel the myth before the darkness takes over their world – and themselves.
Thanks to everyone that helped me with this book, got excited with me about this book, put up with my pickiness, waited while I “just need to finish this last paragraph,” or just offered a “that’s awesome!” We did it!
I’m excited to say I am thisclose to finishing the third draft of “Myth” and the artwork for the cover is looking amazing. The release of “Myth” will be timed perfectly with the two book fairs I will be attending this summer. I’m really looking forward to bringing No Wyverns Publishing to these events and meeting/networking with other authors. Oh yeah, and selling books!!
Saturday, July 30th, 2016
Pioneer Square/ Portland, OR
Booth # 50
I’ve been assigned the booth near the Starbucks…man, did they figure me out or what! 9 Bridges is an organization of writers based out of Portland. I signed up for this festival immediately once registration was open back in January! No Wyverns Publishing will have our own table there. I’m really excited about the other authors that will be at this event as well. It’s in the middle of summer so I’ll be well-hydrated…oh yeah, and also well caffeinated.
Saturday, August 20th, 2016
1747 Hwy 101/ Lincoln City, OR
Finally! I’ve been wanting to join the Northwest Author Fair for several years now, but due to limited space and the popularity of the event, I haven’t been able to get in until now! Again, the list of authors that will be here are amazing…and I get to spend the day at the coast. Sign me up!
I’ll be selling/signing copies of all three of my titles at these events – “Memories Wait Alone”, “Quinn Family Adventures” (with its brand new cover!) and “Myth.” I can’t wait but I have a lot to do before then…so its back to editing and…oh yeah, more editing. Cheers!
It’s been a busy month between gardening, editing, editing, and more editing. Each day that passes by gets me closer to my (self-imposed) deadline of having the 3rd draft of “Myth” done by the 31st. (*breaks out in sweat*)
I’m getting there and churning out some great changes…but UGH I’M SO TIRED (*end whine*)
In other exciting news: I’m working with two amazing artists who are creating original artwork for the cover of two of my books. I am loving the collaborate process and amazed at how my stories are literally coming to life with their creative help. I can’t wait to reveal the finished covers to you all!
That’s all from me, it’s back to editing. Please send chocolate.
The last few days have been very productive – we’ve made some great updates to ErinRitch.com, including links to all the short fiction on this blog, info on upcoming events, etc. There are still more changes to come, I hope you go check it out! (FYI, “We” is actually my husband Nick. If not for him, I probably would not have a website. Okay, I wouldn’t at all.)
We’ve also added another page to this site – an “About” page. I’ve been asked the question below a lot lately:
Whether it’s at the bank, in a business meeting, or just a meetup with friends – I’m explaining it. And I can completely understand why, people are generally curious about the origin of names, anyway. But what people are really asking me is usually What the heck is a Wyvern?
A long time ago (on January 20th, 2015) my very first post on this blog was titled “Nothing against Wyverns”. (Oh, baby blogger Erin!) I remember writing this blog post more than any other, because my husband reminded me Not everyone knows what a Wyvern is, you better write a post about it or something.
NoWyverns.com was born due to ThereAreNoWyvernsInThisStory.com is just a tad wordy for a website name. (Ya think?) So what started as an inside joke between my husband and I has grown into almost 100 blog posts and a publishing company. Pretty. Freaking. Cool.
I wouldn’t change No Wyverns for anything. Besides, it’s a great conversation-starter about my writing and upcoming projects, even if I do have to spell out W-Y-V-E-R-N-S a few times. But really it’s because I so clearly remember that night on January 20th, 2015 where I took my first step in turning my writing into a career. And that step turned into a job change, more time with my family, books that were no longer “just on the horizon” but real, tangible things.
So when I’m asked What’s the significance of a Wyvern? Now you know the answer.