I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
A strong 3/5 stars for this lovely little book!
This novel is short, sweet, cute and a hell of an enjoyable read from start to finish; as soon as I picked it up I was immersed in the story.
The story follows Megan and her journey moving from Kansas to New York in hope to better herself and eventually acquire a paid publishing job.
We get to see the highs and lows of her journey as she discovers how far away from home she really is and her exploring her new surroundings
and friends. Her character development throughout the story is lovely to read as well as her new relationships building.
I think I enjoyed the story even more as it was all about books, reading and publishing and as a serious bookworm this was a major appeal to me.
If you’re after some light hearted, easy reading then this is the book to pick up!
Hopefully the sequel in the series will come out soon!
When did you first start writing?
About a year after I graduated from college I picked up at book at the library called, “How to Sell More Then 75% of Your Freelance Writing.” Reading that book made me feel nervous and excited at the same time. I decided I didn’t have anything to lose by trying. I started freelance writing then for magazines, and I’ve been writing ever since. I’ve written fiction and non-fiction books, magazine articles, and short stories. I still ghostwrite for several business blogs in addition to my own writing.
How long did it take for you to complete writing Six Floors from Somewhere?
I first published the story as Sister WhoDat, NY Agent about four years ago. The story didn’t seem filled out enough, though, so I went through a major edit and added a couple of new characters and backstory. What resulted was Six Floors from Somewhere. The actual writing probably took 6 months the first go-round and another 4 months for the big edits.
Who did you base Megan’s character on (if anyone)?
I would say Megan is a combination of several people I know. One of my college roommates was very good at helping and protecting people, even people she didn’t know, and I wanted to incorporate that trait into Megan’s character. Megan looks like another friend of mine, and she has the tenacity of my husband (but he would probably feel weird about the comparison).
Will there be a sequel? If so, when are you planning on publishing it?
I’m working on the sequel right now and hope to have it out in early 2019. Megan meets a movie stuntman, who just happens to be the son of Nina Gilpin, the tech-challenged author Megan works with in Six Floors from Somewhere. Things get a little complicated with Owen, and Cassandra becomes a more dynamic character. That’s all I’m willing to commit to at this point. 🙂
What has been your biggest struggle so far in this industry?
The industry has changed enormously since I started freelance writing in the late 1990s. I worked for a traditional publishing company for a while and saw the difficulties surrounding traditional publishing methods: trying to predict print run sizes, managing distribution and returns from bookstores, etc. Print-on-Demand publishing has changed so many aspects of the publishing industry. I would say that most of the changes are positive. Personally, I struggle most with focusing on long-term goals. Ghostwriting is my bread and butter, so it can be hard to carve out time for writing my own projects, especially big projects like novels. But I think all that ghostwriting practice has helped me to develop my skills and keep my writing fresh.