{Blogger Book Fair} Spotlight + Guest Post + Giveaway: The End of All Things by Lissa Bryan

Monday, July 22, 2013

I'm participating in the Blogger Book Fair 2013! Until July 26, I'll be featuring authors and giving away prizes! For today, I have The End of All Things by Lissa Bryan and a guest post on how she became an author from being a Twilight fanfic writer! Her story is inspiring, all of those who are dreaming on being an author! Plus, I have a giveaway!

The End of All Things
Title: The End of All Things
Author: Lissa Bryan
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop
Date of Publication: January 24, 2013
Genre: mature YA or NA dystopian romance

After a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in her apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. With her is Sam, a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. He becomes her companion and a reason to continue when giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option. Still dazed with shock and grief, she hopes for the world to go back to normal soon.

She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier who is intent on making his way to Florida before the winter sets in. Justin coaxes her out of her hiding place and convinces her to join him on his journey, because a warmer climate will be their best chance against the extremes of Mother Nature.

Together, they begin a perilous journey through a nation laid to waste by the disaster. Challenges abound along the way. The weather, injury, and shortage of supplies all help to slow them down. In time, they discover that they aren’t the only survivors. Some are friendly but some have had their minds destroyed by the high fever. Then there are those who simply take what they want, leaving Carly and Justin with no choice but to defend what is theirs.

But their journey is not without joy and love. Together, they face every struggle, including an unplanned pregnancy. Despite the perils of bringing a child into a world of chaos, their baby is a new beginning for themselves and a symbol of hope for the other survivors they find along the way.

This is the story of their journey to find a place to begin a new life, and a home in each other.

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Guest Post

Once upon a time... I sat down at the keyboard, nervous to the point of trembling. On my screen, I had the first chapter of a story I had written, and I was trying to talk myself into hitting POST.

A month earlier, I had made a startling discovery. I was reading the reviews for a book I had read, Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard, and saw one which said the book had once been Twilight fanfiction. I wondered what that was and typed the words into a search engine.

If it was a movie, the sky would have poured down sunshine and angels would have sung the Hallelujah Chorus. I had made the discovery that there were other people out there who re-wrote books and movies to have an ending they liked better, or to send the characters on new adventures. Not only that, there were huge online communities devoted to it.

I read some of the stories and enjoyed them, but I always had that little voice in the back of my mind reminding me I'd "written" many stories of my own in my head, and here was a place I could let my characters out to play. And if people were mean about it, I could delete the stories and retreat without anyone ever being the wiser.

I chewed all of my fingernails down to nubs while I stared at that screen. I talked myself into it. I talked myself out of it. I got up and paced a bit. I went back and decided to delete the whole thing. I undid the delete. My hand hovered over the mouse and I cursed myself for being a coward. I finally reached out and hit that POST button.

It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made.

My first story had about twelve regular readers. I was thrilled. It felt awesome to have the story out there, part of the internet, immortal in a way. I cautiously began another. This one made me even more nervous, because it was... well, a little unusual. I reminded myself I could vanish at any time if it turned out my fears were right and people laughed at me.

To my shock, the new story had one hundred fifty readers the first day. I refreshed the statistics screen three times because I couldn't believe it was accurate. From there it seemed to spiral out of control, the numbers going up into the thousands. That's when I started getting a little scared. I had never expected this, and now I was worried about disappointing all of those readers. It was a terrifying responsibility.

About a month later, a strange email arrived. The woman told me she was with a publisher and asked me if I'd ever considered writing a novel. To say I was shocked was a massive understatement.

People had suggested I should try to publish my stories, and while I was flattered, I secretly thought they were just being nice. I certainly didn't have the determination, and thick skin, it takes to submit a manuscript to publishers and have it rejected over and over again. That was the only way I thought people were published. I'd never heard of a publisher approaching a writer.

So, I began to research them. They were the original publisher of Fifty Shades of Grey. I'm not an erotica writer, but the company was expanding, acquiring new authors of every genre. Their offer was genuine, but even as I sat in the lawyer's office, listening to him explain the contract, I still couldn't believe it was really happening.

I still can't believe it, actually.

Writing a book is much different than fic, obviously, so there was a lot I had to learn, and I'm still learning every day. But I'll always love the fanfiction community. It's an amazing "incubator" for new writers. The amount of support and encouragement I got from the fic community was amazing, and I've made some wonderful friends through it.

More than anything, I'm hoping that if you are trying to talk yourself into hitting that POST button that you'll take that chance. I'll always be glad I did.

About Lissa Bryan

Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot.... though only in her head. Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

She is the author of two novels, Ghostwriter and The End of All Things. Her third novel, Under These Restless Skies is scheduled for spring of 2014.


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  1. I really hope to win this book! I love everything you do! X-Cindy

  2. I love reading stories about humans prevailing in the worst of times and the wolf puppy adds an extra emotional pull! Would love to read this!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway.

    1. Aaaw, thank Lissa for the giveaway! Good luck!

  3. Lissa's personal story is so inspiring; this is all very exciting for her I'm sure. The story genre sounds very post-apocalyptic and I'm interested in the characters and their fate just from reading the synopsis. I can tell I'd be hooked on the very first page!

    1. I know! Her publishing story was really inspiring and should give hope to everyone. Good luck, Jennifer!


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