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It’s finished!

The rough draft for Blood for Blood, Keira Blackwater #2, is finished! I am officially doing my happy dance. I started edits yesterday, plan to finish them up in the next week, then let my husband read it looking for errors I missed. Then on October 4th, my wonderful editor Kristen Hamilton takes over, and will do her magic. If everything goes smoothly, I hope to release it either in December (just in time for Christmas!), or early January. I can’t wait for everyone to read it and give me their thoughts.

In celebration of my new book getting ready to release, I will also be updating my website, Twitter, and Facebook banners. I am really excited about the new designs I have received from the designers at 99designs. I should have them up within the next few days, so check back and take a look at them, then drop me a line to let me know what you think.

Well, that’s it for now, I’m off to edit some more ūüôā

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Welcome to my website!

If you’re reading this, then my forays into the web development world were a success.¬†Woohoo!!

My name is K. R. Willis. I love reading and writing urban fantasy, anything that can take me to another world where the inhabitants are furry and fanged, or wield magic the way some of us wield a pen, and I can escape for a little while. After all, isn’t that what reading and writing are for? If you’ve landed on my website, hopefully you agree. Here’s how this road began…

Four years ago, the writing bug hit me on my way home from the grocery store. Keira, whom I introduced you to on my Home page, popped into my head and never went away. At the encouragement of my friend, M L Woods, I began to put pen to paper.

I had absolutely no idea how to write a book. I kept thinking, I can’t write a book, that’s what authors do, but Keira (and my very supportive husband) wouldn’t let me quit and Blood Cure was born. I bought every How To book I could find, joined a writer’s group, went to a critique group (which almost caused me to quit I might add – you’ve got to be pretty tough for those when you’re just starting out like I was), and read…a lot.¬†Reading books by other¬†authors I admire and¬†respect was probably the biggest way I learned. After awhile, it’s as though I absorbed their good writing habits. So to my heroines of the urban fantasy writing world, I can’t say a big enough thank you.

For the next two and a half years I worked on¬†Blood Cure. I wrote, rewrote, and struggled through telling Keira’s story, until finally finding my author’s voice (which is probably one of the hardest things to learn as a new author – or at least for me it was). After years of blood, sweat, tears, and almost quitting¬†more times than I care to remember, something resembling a real book was born. Then began my search for publication.

In the beginning, I went after traditional publishing. I queried agents, hoping one of them would agree to represent me. I had several nibbles, but no one signed me on. I¬†became frustrated, and took a breather to re-evaluate the direction I wanted to go. I happened to read a book by a self-published author, and loved it. I thought, Wow! This isn’t the crap I was led to believe self-published authors put out. So I began to research self-publishing, and after¬†reading the book SELF-PRINTED: The Sane Person’s¬†Guide to Self-Publishing, I felt confident enough to self-publish.

One year later, here I am building my own website from scratch, putting up a business Facebook page, pretty soon I’ll tackle Twitter (unfortunately, this one scares me the most because I don’t have a clue how to tweet!), I’ve had my editor Kristen Hamilton from Kristen Corrects go through¬†my manuscript¬†twice (I just got it back last Saturday with her seal of approval!), it’s formatted for e-book and paperback, and ready to go. Next I’ll launch a competition to create¬†my book cover. As of right now, Blood Cure is scheduled for an early 2017 release, so check back often for updates, and to see what I currently have in the works.

I¬†better go for now, there’s still a lot left to do, and I haven’t yet figured out how to make my list take care of itself!